FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free event on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 8:00 p.m. in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Ave., adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. (GPS use 75 N. Martine Ave.).

The 2018 season of the Carriage House Poetry Series begins with the annual “Sweetheart Night,” in observance of Valentine’s Day. The featured poet will be Edmund Charles Baranowski, of South Amboy, He is a “wandering poet” who has traveled to poetry readings and Renaissance fairs all over the country since 2002, reciting his poems while dressed in Renaissance garb.

Baranowski is well known for his appearances at numerous Medieval and Renaissance fairs from Los Angeles to Lakewood, NJ; from the Boundary Waters to the Sonoran Desert, and from the Bay of Fundy to Mallory Square.

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“My purpose is to connect and entertain,” Baranowski has said. “From coast to coast, I’ve learned to connect with the passion of the audience.” 

With this special event, the Carriage House Poetry Series begins its 20th 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 Feb. 20 reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performance, so individuals are invited to read one poem of their choice.

This will be Edmund Baranowski's his third appearance in the Carriage House Series. He was also a featured performer in our "Renaissance Night" event back in 2011.

“Each year, the Carriage House Series commemorates Valentine's Day with a "Sweetheart Night" program. We've had couples and husband-and-wife poets read together, and we've featured a range of well-known poets who read the love poems they've written,” said Adele Kenny, Fanwood’s Poet Laureate, who is the director of the poetry series.

“The theme of the event is always love in any of its various forms. Edmund's reading will incorporate spiritual love, love for the natural world and its creatures, and love for our fellow human beings.”