The Carriage House Poetry Series will return from its summer hiatus on Tuesday, Sept. 21, with a presentation of "Poetry Vaudeville" featuring Joe Weil in an evening of poetry, music, surprise cameos, and a bit of the old soft shoe. The free performance will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue.)
Joe Weil grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was described by The New York Times as personifying that town: "working-class, irreverent, modest, but open to the world and filled with a wealth of possibilities." Mr. Weil, known for his humor, story telling and eloquence, currently lives in Vestal, New York, and teaches poetry and fiction in the creative writing program at Binghamton University (SUNY). He is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, has appeared on "Fooling with Words" with Bill Moyers on PBS-TV and has published several books of poetry, including "What Remains," "Painting the Christmas Trees," and "The Plumber's Apprentice." His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Paterson Literary Review, Poet Lore, Ploughshares, Rattle, and The New York Times. From 1989 until 2005, Joe Weil hosted the PoetsWednesday series at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey, with fellow poets Edie Eustace and Deborah LaVeglia.
The Carriage House Poetry Series is currently in its twelfth 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 September 21st reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performance. For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions and information, visit http://carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com/.