FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series will celebrate its 14th anniversary with a unique mix of music and words featuring distinguished poet James Arthur and local guitarist Brian Celardo on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 pm in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue).

James Arthur poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. James is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

The Dec. 11th event also will launch his debut poetry collection, “Charms Against Lightning,” which is available from Copper Canyon Press.

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Brian Celardo is a founding member of the acoustic folk/blues duo "Angst For The Memory." He developed his acoustic blues, jazz and improvisational techniques working with the late, great Michael Higgins.. He has multiple projects in the works including an original act in his hometown of Fanwood, where he is the musical creator and arranger in partnership with a new lyricist. He is also the lead and rhythm guitarist for a working cover band, “Covr2Covr.”

The Carriage House Poetry Series was established in December of 1998 in the Patricia M. Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series.

The Dec. 11th reading is free and open to the public. For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions and information, visit