TIME CORRECTION: Warm up Winter with an Afternoon of Poetry!

Evening of Poetry Symposium Books

This original post had the incorrect time for the event. The correct time is February 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Warm up your winter during An Afternoon of Poetry Sunday, February 8, from 3 p.m. to  5 p.m. at Symposium Books in East Greenwich, RI! I’ll be reading with Tom Chandler, Lynnie Gobeille and former Poet Laureate Lisa Starr.

The store is located at 1000 Division Street (Dave’s Market Plaza) in East Greenwich. Hope to see you there!


I’ve the honor of being guest poet tomorrow…

Hope Street Book Cover

…at the release event for the poetry collection HOPE STREET: Nine New England Poets on Love and Loss! The event takes place tomorrow, Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Symposium Books in East Greenwich, RI.

The afternoon will feature readings and a reception with an Open Mic, and I’ll have the pleasure of reading a couple of my own poems before introducing the nine RI Poetry Loft poets whose work appears in this collection: Nancy E. Brown, James Cronin, Michael Crowley, Diane Dolphin, Joan Fishbein, Karen Haskell, Maureen Lapre, Beatrice Lazarus, and Sandra Moran.

For more information, visit http://symposiumbooks.com/or call 401-886-1600. If you’d like to check out the book, visit http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/hope-street/

For your convenience, the flyer is below. Hope to see you all there!


Give Words a Space with me on Sept. 18

Hello all,

I’ll be participating in Give Words a Space, an OutLoud event at the Jamestown Arts Center next Thursday, September 18. This exciting evening of poetry readings, music, and dramatic monologue will kick off at 7 p.m. with refreshments. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Joining me are Robert Carothers, Craig Watson, David Dragone, and Rossible Kurz. You can read more about them below.

The Jamestown Arts Center is located at 18 Valley Street in Jamestown, RI. For more information, visit their website at http://www.jamestownartcenter.org.

Robert Carothers has the distinction of being a poet, a lawyer, a professor and university
administrator. His first poems appeared in 1965 in magazines and journals while he was a
graduate student at Kent State University and he has continued publishing work ever since.
He has published three small books of his poetry. In 1969 he taught his first of many poetry
workshops for student writers at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and his last one at the
University of Rhode Island in 2012. In the meantime, he served as president of Southwest
Minnesota State University, chancellor of the Minnesota University System, and for 18 years
as the president of the University of Rhode Island.

Craig Watson is the author of Sleepwalking With Orpheus, Secret Histories, True News and
four other books. He has worked in the performing arts, corporate arts, literary arts and
emergency arts, among other oddly grouped activities. In 2010 he retired as the Associate
Artistic Director for Trinity Repertory Company, a professional theater in Providence. Except
for one generation, his family has owned property in Jamestown since the mid-1700s.

David Dragone has been self-employed in Rhode Island as a piano tuner and violin
teacher for over ten years. Many of his poems have been published in national magazines
such as California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Bryant Literary Review, and Avocet.
Three of his poems have appeared in the Sunday Providence Journal, and he was an award
winner in Newport Life’s inaugural writing issue. David’s poetry has been repeatedly featured
on Rhode Island NPR and Trinity Repertory Company performed one of his poems as part of
their radio theatre program. He lives in Middletown with his wife and college age son, and is
the proud new grandfather of Nathan Fullerton.

Rossibel Kurz is a freshman at NECC pursuing a degree in American Sign Language. She
is passionate about dance and was most recently seen in the High Mowing High School
productions of Finnian’s Rainbow in the role of Silent Susan and as The Cuban Dancer in
Guys and Dolls. Rossibel loves to write poetry, paint and work with stained glass. She
received the Most Valued Player for soccer in her junior year.

Come to Bridgefest this Tuesday!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be reading some new poetry (yes! Stuff making its public debut!) at BRIDGEFEST this Tuesday, July 29, as the event presents MUSIC TO MY EARS by Ocean State Poets in Jamestown.

Joining me will be poets Ira Schaeffer,  Dave Dragone,  Victoria DuBois, Kathy Kroener, Diana Cole, Margie Flanders, Juliana Anderson, Bill Carpenter, Larry Krips, Carol Anderheggen, and Brian Callahan.

Don’t miss this evening of poetry and music…make it a Time-Out-for-You Tuesday, if you will! The event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Jamestown Central Church, 99 Narragansett Street, Jamestown, RI.

Hope to see you there! For more information about Bridgefest and to get downloadable schedules, visit here: http://newportbridgefest.com/.




Photos from the MEET THE AUTHOR event!

The Meet the Author event at the Davisville Free Library in North Kingstown on Saturday, May 10, was a success! I enjoyed reading from THESE ONYX HOURS and seeing friends new and old — some of whom shared in the open mic, which followed.

Special thanks to the Origami Poems Project, who presented the event with the library, and Lynne for the photos and the collage. If you want to keep up to date with the Origami Poems Project, you can visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/OrigamiPoemsProject Enjoy!

The audience Davisville Free Library

The audience, and a really nice display of THESE ONYX HOURS and chapbooks to the left.

Poet Heather Sullivan reads from These Onyx Hours.

Me, reading.

Collage of poet Heather Sullivan

The neat collage of photos from the day I mentioned earlier.

Poet Daria Smith

Poet Daria Smith shares her work at the Open Mic.

Poet Donna Freeman

Poet Donna Freeman shares her work at the Open Mic.

Poet Larry Krips

Poet Larry Krips shares his work at the Open Mic.



Don’t miss these events May 16 & 17!

If you have a moment this weekend, I’ll be presenting at these events. Stop by, say hello, and hear some great poetry by many Rhode Island poets! Hope to see you there!

“Telling Our Stories” Autobiography Night for The Arts Advisory of the East Bay Met School

Friday, May 162014 ~ 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore ~ Middletown Village, 1311 W Main Rd, Middletown, RI

Participating writers: Kim Baker, Phil Goldman, Heather Sullivan,  Larry Krips & Lynnie Gobeille

More information: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2160


Poetry and Art ~ A Celebration of the Bristol Art Museum’s 50th YEAR

Saturday, May 17, 2014  ~ 3 pm.

Bristol Art Museum, 10 Wardwell Street, Bristol, RI

A Poetry Reading by Rhode Island Poets Kim Baker, Bill Carpenter, Nancy Jasper, John Kotula, Heather Sullivan, Katherine Kroener, Kara Provost, Alexandra van de Kamp & Lynnie Gobeille

More information: www.bristolartmuseum.org401 253-4400

Ocean State Poets’ “Words into Poetry” featured in THE BAY

I’m excited to announce that Ocean State Poets — which holds a “Words into Poetry” session the second Saturday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Middletown Library and features an open mic — has gotten a nice little write-up in The Bay. Just follow the link below to read it.