FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to a free event on Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m., featuring distinguished poets Maria Giura and Penny Harter in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (75 N. Martine Avenue).

Maria Giura has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Center for Women Writers. She has taught Literature and Writing at Montclair State University, St. John’s University and Binghamton University, where she earned her Ph.D. in English. Maria’s first book, a collection of poems about her Brooklyn upbringing, “What My Father Taught Me,” is a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her second book, a memoir, is due in October. Maria’s writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Lips Magazine, Prime Number, Italian Americana, Presence, and Ovunque Siamo.

Penny Harter is the author of many poetry books, including “The Resonance Around Us,” “Lizard Light: Poems from the Earth,” and “The Night Marsh.” In 2002, she was the recipient of the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award. She is a graduate of Douglass College and taught English in public and private high schools in New Jersey and New Mexico. Harter has received fellowships in poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and in teaching writing from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. A former resident of Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Summit, Penny now lives in South Jersey.

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The Carriage House Poetry Series was founded in 1998 at the Patricia Kuran Arts Center, an historic 19th century Gothic Revival structure that was once a carriage house, hence the name of the series. The June 18 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 directions and the 2019 Carriage House Poetry Series calendar, visit or call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298.