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Local Poets Pack Adventures into New Issue of Exit 13 Magazine

Tom Plante and Adele Kenny

FANWOOD, NJ – Two dozen local poets lead the way in the new issue of EXIT 13 Magazine as they write about journeys to places near and far-away. The Garden State poets find inspiration in all sorts of places, whether it’s a graveyard in Ireland or a desert road in Arizona. They also write about Jersey snow and swimming pools; Greek islands and Scottish pubs. The emphasis is on geography and the fertile ground of imagination.

“I felt like I was travelling around the world. It was fun!” wrote poet Paula Yup after reading the new issue. The two poems that she contributed focus on her years spent in the Marshall Islands before she moved to Spokane, Washington.

Since 1988, editor Tom Plante of Fanwood has carefully selected poems for publication in EXIT 13 Magazine, an annual collection of contemporary poetry from around the corner and around the world. The new issue reflects the landscapes and adventures of 24 New Jersey poets plus 19 contributors from other states.

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EXIT 13 Magazine focuses on poems of exploration and discovery,” Plante says. “It’s a celebration of journeys great and small.”

Local poets in this 23rd issue of EXIT 13 Magazine include: Adele Kenny of Fanwood, who contributes postcard-like haiku poems from European journeys; Nancy Lubarsky of Cranford examines the fabric of life in Panama; John Larkin of Edison shares glimpses of Greece; Ed Romond of Woodbridge remembers the summer of ’66; Wanda Praisner of Bedminster views renewal in Asian ruins; and Bob Rosenbloom of Bound Brook muses about life after boyhood in Brooklyn.

Other Garden State poets in the new issue include: Paul Sohar of Warren; Tony Gruenewald of Edison; William Nunez of Elizabeth; Carol Stone of Verona; Penny Harter of Mays Landing; Mauricio Rosales of Hackensack; Lavinia Kumar of Plainsboro; Sander Zulauf of Andover; Elaine Koplow of Blairstown; Matthew Ayres of Hillsborough; Denise La Neve of Wayne; J.F. Battaglia of Hampton.

Some out-of-state poets include: A.D. Winans, Nathan Whiting, Carol Hamilton, Charles Rammelkamp, Ann Struthers, Randy Fingland, Ellaraine Lockie, David Alpaugh, Robert Cooperman, Ruth Holzer, Sheryl Nelms, Simon Perchik, Sandy McCord, Robert Joe Stout, Dawn Zapletal, and Jesse James Doty.

Issue #23, is available from EXIT 13 Magazine, PO Box 423, Fanwood, New Jersey 07023. For more information or poetry submission guidelines for the 2018 issue, send e-mail to:; or visit

EXIT 13 Magazine is included in library collections at Rutgers University, Brown University, the University at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the New York Public Library.

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