FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free evening of poetry readings on Tuesday, June 20th beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. The evening’s readings will feature two distinguished New Jersey poets, Deborah Gerrish and Mary-Jane Grandinetti.
Deborah Gerrish is a teacher and award-winning poet whose work has appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, Ararat, Exit 13 Magazine, Off Line, South Mountain Anthology, Goldfinch, and other publications. She is the author a chapbook, “The Language of Rain” (2008) and a larger collection of poems, “The Language of Paisley” (2012), which begins with the moving story of her Armenian grandparents who came to America from Turkey before the Armenian genocide. She received an Edward Fry Fellowship as a doctoral student at Rutgers University where she earned her Ed.D. in 2004.
Mary-Jane Grandinetti has had her poems published in various literary journals and international poetry anthologies. Her collection of Fibonacci poems, “Chocolate Sauce,” was published by Muse-Pie Press in 2008. She is a poet who has a special interest in short forms of poetry. Grandinetti runs on-line workshops on the various forms of short poetry. She is the editor of two on-line journals: The Fib Review, a journal of Fibonacci poems; and Shot Glass Journal, which is devoted to free verse and form poetry of 16 lines or less, both published by Muse-Pie Press.
The Carriage House Poetry Series was launched in 1998 and is now in its nineteenth 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 June 20 reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performances.