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Words on Wednesday: Poetry Open Mic

  • The Creativity Caravan 28 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

This will be our LAST open mic at 73 See Gallery & Design Studio. 73 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ which has been forced to shutter its doors after 8 wonderful years. Please come out to help us celebrate the incredible work Mary See has done to bring such a magical space to life.

Admission is free (but donations are always welcome!!) - and Montclair digs poetry - so come early to sign up for an opportunity to share your work with the audience. Also, all are welcome to the show, so please share this event with your friends. 

.Our June featured readers are:

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Robin Rosen Chang is an adjunct professor of English as a Second Language. A resident of New Jersey, she has lived in several different states as well as overseas. Her poetry has appeared and is forthcoming in Cream City ReviewHarpur Palate, Michigan Quarterly ReviewNorth American Review, Painted Bride QuarterlyPaterson Literary ReviewStillwater Review, Vinyl Poetry, and many other literary journal and anthologies. She was the recipient of the Poet's Choice Award in the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall 2018 Poetry Contest and a finalist for Warren Wilson's 2018 Levis Alumni Award for her manuscript in progress. She has an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. 


Frank Rubino has been writing poetry since the 80s when he was regularly featured at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project. He’s been published in DMQ Review, Caliban, Chaleur, and The Aesthetic Apostle. He can be found hanging out on New Jersey Transit trains— where he makes his mobile #trainscape pictures for Instagram— the local Y, and The Red Wheelbarrow poetry workshop at the Williams Center in Rutherford, where he edits The Red Wheelbarrow. He lives in Montclair with his wife and four children

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Tina Kelley’s collection, Rise Wildly, is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press, which also published Abloom and Awry (2017). Ardor won the Jacar Press 2017 chapbook competition. Her other books are Precise and The Gospel of Galore, which won the Washington State Book Award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and was a New York Times reporter for a decade, sharing in a Pulitzer for coverage of 9/11.

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Theresa Burns’ poetry, reviews, and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, America Magazine, New Ohio Review, JAMA, and elsewhere. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018, and her chapbook of poems, Two Train Town, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. A long-time book editor in New York and Boston, she has taught writing at Seton Hall University, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and the 92nd Street Y. She completed her M.F.A. in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.   

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Distinguished Professor of English and creative writing, emerita, Montclair State University, Carole Stone’s poetry collections include LATE, HURT: THE SHADOW, Dos Madres Press, AMERICAN RHAPSODY, Cavankerry Press, and TRAVELING WITH THE DEAD, Backwaters Press and ALL WE HAVE IS OUR VOICE, Dos Madres Press. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her poems have won second place twice in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. She received three Fellowships from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a fellowship from Rotheremere Institute, Oxford University, UK as well as residencies at Hawthorde Writers Retreat, Scotlad nd Chatu de Lavigny, Switzerland. She divides her time between Springs, East Hampton and Verona, New Jersey. 

Earlier Event: June 8
Tandem Poetry: Private Event
Later Event: June 13
Creativity Cafe