For Immediate Release: October 30, 2013

Contact: Adele Kenny, 908-889-7223


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Fanwood Poetry Reading features

Charlie Bondhus and John Petrolino, Nov. 19


FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free event on Tuesday, November 19th 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). Central Jersey poets Charlie Bondhus and John Petrolino will be the featured readers.


Charlie Bondhus teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. He earned a Master’s in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Charlie is the author of three books of poetry: “What We Have Learned to Love,” which won Brickhouse Books’ 2008-09 Stonewall Competition, “How the Boy Might See It” (Pecan Grove Press), and “All the Heat We Could Carry,” winner of the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. His poems have appeared in Baltimore Review, the Yale Journal for the Humanities, the Tulane Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Cold Mountain Review, the Sierra Nevada Review, and other periodicals.


John Petrolino is a Red Bank poet and a Merchant Marine Engineering Officer by trade. He graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Class of 2004). John’s published works include two volumes of poetry: “Galleria” (CreateSpace Publishing), and “Congo Lights” (Piscataway House Publishing). When he isn’t exploring the poetry landscape in New Jersey and New York or organizing poetry readings in Red Bank, he can be found aboard ship in the South Atlantic searching for new energy sources off the coast of Africa. His poems have appeared in The Idiom, Lips, the Journal of New Jersey Poets, Exit 13 Magazine, and on,, and other sites.


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

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