Five bucks at the door gets you wine, beer, snacks and the company of charismatic creators. The Old Stone House In Park Slope is here. And here’s the line-up:
Alex Crowley is a co-curator of Brooklyn’s MENTAL MARGINALIA Reading Series. He received the first annual Paul Violi Poetry Prize from The New School and his work has appeared in or is forthcoming from DIAGRAM, Handsome, SHAMPOO, Short Fast & Deadly, and the Argos Books anthology Why I Am Not A Painter. He supports Newcastle United FC, follow him on twitter @a_p_crowley
Debbie Deane is a native Brooklynite who performs her soulful songs with Jim Whitney on bass and John Mettam on drums. Debbie’s latest CD, “Grove House,” is a musical smorgasbord of jazz, folk and funk, released on musician Ravi Coltane’s RKM label. Jazz Review praised her lush vocals and seductive hooks, and said “her languid, yet crisp and emotive delivery has soul to burn.” Learn more at debbiedeane.com
Margaret Young has two collections of poetry: Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2002) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press, 2011). She lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Michele Madigan Somerville is the author of Black Irish (2009, Plain View Press) and WISEGAL (2001, Ten Pell Books). Her verse has appeared in numerous journals including Downtown Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Review, Puerto del Sol, 6ix, Pagan Place, Mudfish, Eureka Street, Quarto, The Nervous Breakdown and Hanging Loose. A second edition of her book-length poem, WISEGAL and a Catholic Under Protest a collection of essays are forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Books in 2013. A native New Yorker, Somerville lives in Park Slope Brooklyn. She works as a tutor.
Pat Smith was born in La Rochelle, France, and raised in Middletown, Ohio. He received his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His play Driving Around the House (1985) has been produced around the U.S. and is published by New Rivers Press. Recent poems have been published in Psychic Meatloaf, Haggard and Halloo, Apeiron, The Bakery and Eclectica. He curates poetry events for the Brooklyn Reading Works at Park Slope’s Old Stone House. His poetry blog is Not in the News Today and you can follow him on Twitter @thatpatsmith.
Frankly, I don’t know anything about the rest of the lineup, but I’ll probably be good, so there’s that.