Director's Book Club
Poetry Reading with Tina Kelley
Grace Schulman, poet, scholar and editor has written that "Precise, the title of Tina Kelley’s second book, truly captures her style, for she is ever engaged in the quest for exactitude in presenting all she sees and finding exact language for it. She goes further in moving beyond the immediate sense impression to wonder at the mystery that lies beyond it. Reading these poems, I’m struck by a passionate curiosity and control. Kelley praises life in all of its fullness and leaves room for the miraculous, as well."
Tina Kelley’s second collection of poetry, Precise, was published by Word Press in January 2013. Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore, won a 2003 Washington State Book Award. She is the co-author of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, a nationally best-selling book about six homeless young people and the forces that sent them to the street, published in October 2012. She was a reporter at The New York Times for ten years, shared in a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service Journalism for being a part of the Times’ coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, and wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. She is on the staff of Covenant House and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two children.
Poetry in Nine Voices: Reading, Q&A, Book Sale and Signing
The Program Will Feature the Following Nine Poets:
Victor Alcindor teaches English at West Orange High School in New Jersey. He recently earned his Doctor of Letters degree at Drew University, where he discovered his poetic voice. Alcindor resides in South Orange, NJ with his wife and daughter. He hopes to release a book of poetry within the year.
In her last conversation with her dying mother, Mary Brancaccio discussed the work women do. Her mother Deanna regretted that so much of her life involved housework, which distracted her from her painting. Her final plea to Mary was to "create, just create. Nothing else matters." Much of Mary’s poetry concerns this terrible tension between devotion to motherhood and to art. She understands that many people struggle to balance demands of partners, children, parents and work, while keeping alive the fires of creativity. Mary’s work has appeared in Edison Literary Review, Minerva Rising, Naguatuck River Review, Adanna and other journals and anthologies.
Roberto Carlos Garcia's published works include the chapbook amores gitano (gypsy loves) [Cervena Barva Press 2013] and his poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, 5 AM Magazine, HTMLGiant, Connotation Press- An Online Artifact, Poets/Artists, and others. His website is here.
Peter Kirn was born in New Jersey. He currently works on a farm in Massachusetts. You can find his work in The Normal School and OVS Magazine.
Lynne McEniry has poems and reviews published or forthcoming in 5 AM Magazine, Adanna, The Stillwater Review, Paterson Literary Review, The Lake Rises Anthology, and others. She won Honorable Mention for the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and her poem, “My Son, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Me” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Lynne curates readings and workshops, including those in conversation with visual arts. She is a regular guest editor for Organs of Vision and Speech and Adanna Literary Journal for which she edited two special issues, “Hurricane Sandy: Students Speak Out” and “How Women Grieve.” Lynne earned her an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. Click here for her website.
Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. Her poetry has appeared in the chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5 AM Magazine, OVS Magazine and Adanna. Her Manuscript “The Pink Box” was a first book award semifinalist with Crab Orchard Press, Kore Press & Trio House Press. In 2012 her poem Notorious was nominated for a Pushcart prize.
Jane Seitel is an Expressive Art Therapist (Lesley University) and received her MFA in Poetry from Drew University in 2011. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Midstream, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Lilith Magazine, Split This Rock and others. She is the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Newberger Prize, and a 2013 semi-finalist for The Florida Review Editor's Prize. In January 2014, she started the Doctor of Letters program at Drew University.
Lisa Sisler is a born and bred Jersey girl, where she still resides with her husband, novelist Sam Hilliard. She is the associate editor of OVS, a journal of poetry and art, the former assistant editor of Trio House Press and the editor of Knocking at the Door: Approaching the Other, a Poetry Anthology from Birch Bench Press/Write Bloody Publishing (2011). She teaches writing and literature at Kean University and has just co-authored a Creative Writing Workbook for high school and college students with Cognella Press (2014).
Christine Redman-Waldeyer is a poet and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey. She has published three poetry collections, Frame by Frame, Gravel, and Eve Asks (all with Muse-Pie Press) and has appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, Verse Wisconsin, and others. She founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women's topics.
This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.