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Fanwood Poetry Event Celebrates New Issue of Tiferet Journal with Readings by Five Local Poets, July 17


FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites you to enjoy a free poetry reading on Tuesday, July 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Ave., adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. The evening will celebrate the spring 2018 publication of Tiferet Journal’current issue and will feature five local poets. Refreshments will be served.

The distinguished poets who will read include:

Tom Plante is a native New Yorker who studied Geography at the University of California in Berkeley. He worked for several newspapers, including The Berkeley BarbThe Irish Echo, and The Courier News, and for the County of Union, NJ. Tom published Berkeley Works magazine (1981-85) and has published Exit 13 Magazine, an annual poetry journal, since 1988. His essays and poems have appeared in numerous magazines. His collections of poems include My Back Yardstick and Atlas Apothecary. Tom lives in Fanwood. 

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Diane Lockward, author of four poetry books, including The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement, also is the editor of The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop, and the original The Crafty Poet. Her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Southern Poetry ReviewPrairie Schooner and elsewhereHer awards include the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, a NJ State Council on the Arts poetry fellowship, and a Woman of Achievement Award. Diane is the publisher of Terrapin Books, a small press for poetry, and lives in West Caldwell, NJ.

Ray Cicetti is a writer, poet, psychotherapist, and Zen teacher. He is married with a son and two grandchildren. Ray was born and raised in Newark and now lives in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. He contributed a chapter, “A Journey towards Awakening: Self Relations and Mindfulness” in the book Walking in Two Worlds. His poems have appeared in the online literary magazine, The Metaworker, and in Tiferet Journal. Ray received  a 2018 Carriage House Poetry Award.

Donna Baier Stein is the author of the novel The Silver Baron's Wife, winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction and the 2017 Foreword Reviews Best Book of the Year bronze award in General Fiction, as well as the award-winning story collection Sympathetic People. A founding poetry editor of Bellevue Literary Review, she founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. Her books include Sometimes You Sense the Difference and Letting Rain Have Its Say. Donna lives in Bernardsville, NJ.

Priscilla Orr, a resident of Hamburg, NJ, is the author of Losing the Horizon and Jugglers & Tides. Her poetry has been published in Southern Poetry ReviewNimrod, and other journals. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the NJ State Arts Council and has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. Founding director of the Silconas Poetry Center, she also is the founding editor of Stillwater Review and a long-time poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is currently in its 20th 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 July 17 reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performances, so individuals are invited to read one poem of their choice.

For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions, information, and to see the 2018 Poetry Series calendar, visit

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