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Poetry Reading in Fanwood on March 20 Will Feature Cat Doty and Susan Lembo Balik


FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a free poetry reading on Tuesday, March 20th at 8:00 p.m. in the Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall. 

The featured poets will be Catherine “Cat” Doty and Susan Lembo Balik.

Susan Lembo Balik works for the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson. Her first book of poetry, “Sinatra, the Jeeperettes & Me,” was published by Garden Oak Press in 2014, and her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Lips, Tiferet Journal, San Diego Poetry Annual, and elsewhere. She has an M.A. in Journalism from New York University and has worked as a feature writer and columnist for newspapers in northern New Jersey. Vegan for the past eight years, Susan is an animal rights and environmental activist who lives in Newfoundland, NJ.

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Catherine “Cat” Doty worked as a bartender and cartoonist when she attended Upsala College and the University of Iowa, where she earned her MFA. She is the author of “Momentum,” a volume of poems published by CavanKerry Press in 2004. Her poems have appeared in Garrison Keillor’s “More Good Poems for Hard Times,” and Billy Collins’ “180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day,” and in Louisiana Literature, Hanging Loose, Exit 13 Magazine, Mudfish, and other journals. Born and raised near Garrett Mountain in Paterson, Cat has been a teacher for many years and a visiting artist for the Frost Place, the Dodge Foundation and the New York Public Library.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is currently in its 20th year at the Patricia Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The March 20 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 more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For directions, information, and to see the 2018 Poetry Series calendar, visit

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