Fanwood Poetry Reading Celebrates Exit 13 Magazine's 25th Anniversary, Oct. 15


FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free event on Tuesday, October 15th at 8:00 p.m. in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue). The evening’s event will be a celebration of Exit 13 Magazine, a journal of contemporary poetry that has been published in Fanwood by Tom Plante since 1988. Many local poets will be on hand to read their poems from the magazine’s most recent issue.

Tom Plante launched Exit 13 Magazine shortly after he and his wife moved to Fanwood from Elizabeth. The poems in that first magazine and each subsequent issue were selected from manuscripts Plante received from poets throughout the United States and elsewhere. The layout of the early issues was done on his kitchen table and the printing was done by a small company on South Avenue. With each new issue, more and more of the poets come from New Jersey. The newest issue contains work by nearly 50 poets, half of whom live in the Garden State.

“In keeping with my long-time interest in poetry and geography, I’ve been happy to publish so many wonderful poets from the tri-state area and beyond over the years in the pages of Exit 13 Magazine,” Plante said. “And I’m also glad to play my part in keeping Fanwood on the map.”

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Adele Kenny, the founder and director of the Carriage House Poetry Series – and Fanwood’s Poet Laureate – will be the emcee of the Oct. 15th event.  The local poets who will be reading include: Nancy Lubarsky of Cranford, Wendy Rosenberg of Westfield, Tony Gruenewald of Edison, Linda Radice of North Plainfield, Siobhan Barry of West New York, Laura Boss of Guttenberg, Juditha Dowd of Stockton, Gail Gerwin of Morristown, Charles and Laine Sutton Johnson of Hillsborough, Kathe Palka of Flemington, Wanda Praisner of Bedminster, Ken Ronkowitz of Cedar Grove, Bob Rosenbloom of Bound Brook, Basil Rouskas of Long Valley, John Trause of Wood-Ridge, and Sander Zulauf of Andover.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is in its 15th year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The Oct. 15th reading is free and open to the public.

For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions and information, visit



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