THURSDAYS ARE FOR POETRY AT THE TEANECK GENERAL STORE:
TRIPLE THREAT POETS, September 24, 2015, at 7:30PM
Featuring ZEV SHANKEN, JOHN J. TRAUSE and STEPHEN BLUESTONE. The reading this month is being held on the FOURTH rather than the THIRD Thursday of the month.
Open mic as usual. Donation $6.00 at the door, and a free cup of coffee. We meet at the Teaneck General Store, 502A Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666. www.teaneckgeneralstore.com
ZEV SHANKEN is cofounder of Thursdays Are for Poetry, a program designed to both hear the poems and stimulate impromptu thoughts of contemporary poets. Zev has conducted workshops for the New York State Poets in the Schools / Poets in Public Service program for 20 years and taught conventional English classes in high schools and colleges in the metropolitan area. His poems have appeared in Jewish Currents, Yes, New Verse News, and BREVITAS Festival 10 – 16. His chapbook, Al Het, was published by Blue Begonia Press, Yakima, 1996.
JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, was born in Teaneck, NJ, and is the author of Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His book of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts, Exercises in High Treason, is forthcoming from Great Weather for Media. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists’ periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant . He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011, 2013). . His artwork has been exhibited in The Museum of Modern Art Staff Show (1995), at Il Trapezio Café (Nutley, NJ), and in the permanent collection of The Museum of Menstruation (New Carrollton, MD) to whose website he has contributed.STEPHEN BLUESTONE was born in New York City. His earlier volume THE LAUGHING MONKEYS OF GRAVITY was nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry. THE FLAGRANT DEAD, his latest book, also nominated for the National Book Award, Stephen Bluestone has won The Greensboro Review Poetry Prize, The Thomas Merton Prize, two Hopwood Prizes, and second prize in the Robert Penn Warren Competition, in addition to an NEH Award, a Pushcart Prizes Special Mention, and other awards.
In November, 2002 “Holiness Everywhere,” his free adaptation of a 12th-century work by Jehudah Halevi, set to music by Atlanta composer Curtis Bryant, was given its New York City premiere. “O City!” a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy) was performed by the Gregg Smith Singers in New York City in February, 2003. In September 2003 the world premiere of Curtis Bryant’s setting of “The Laughing Monkeys of Gravity” was performed at McCorkle Hall on the Mercer University campus. In addition, a collaboration with composer David H. Johnson resulted in a new work, “Jerusalem Trilogy,” which was first performed in the fall of 2007.
In 2010 Stephen Bluestone’s adaptation of Psalm 104 (“I Sing of Light”), also set by Bryant, was performed as part of the Atlanta Faith Partners Residency, sponsored by the American Composers Forum. Recent work has also appeared or is about to appear in the “Sewanee Review,” “Measure,” and the “Atlanta Review.” Various selections have also appeared in “The Southern Poetry Anthology (Volume V: Georgia),” “Writing on Napkins at the Sunshine Club: An Anthology of Poets Writing in Macon,” and “The Brownstone Poets (2012).”
Stephen Bluestone taught English and film in the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University for many years and now lives and works in New York City.