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Carriage House Poetry Series to Present “Poets’ Apocalypse” in Fanwood on Oct. 17

Tom Plante and Adele Kenny
FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series will celebrate its 19th anniversary with a special program on Tuesday, Oct.17 beginning 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).
The program, called “Poets’ Apocalypse,” will play on the current popularity of zombies and the term “zombie apocalypse.” In the spirit of the season, and with Halloween just around the corner, the evening will feature ten New Jersey poets and readers who will read their own poems and the works of such time-honored poets as Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Robert Service, and Sylvia Plath.
Performers will include Alan Pizzarelli of Bloomfield as Bone Yard the Poet Ghoul; Jagged John McDermott, Nightmare Nancy Lubarsky, and Undead Deborah LaVeglia from Cranford. Also featured will be Ghostly Gary Szelc and Terrifying Tom Plante from Fanwood; Armageddon Amanda Berry from Garwood; Requiem Raymond Londa from Elizabeth; and Tombstone Tony Gruenewald from Edison. Emceeing will be Appalling Adele Kenny (Carriage House founding director and Fanwood’s Poet Laureate).
These performers are prize-winning poets, musicians, editors, publishers, teachers/professors, a distinguished Union County attorney, a school superintendent, and authors of numerous poetry collections.
The Carriage House Poetry Series was launched in 1998 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. 17 reading is free and open to the public. An open mic for readers who come in costume will follow the featured performances. Refreshments will be served.
Join the Carriage House zombies for a ghoulishly good time. For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For information, and to see the Carriage House Poetry Series calendar, visit

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