Did you love Mad Libs as a kid? If so, you may enjoy filling in the blanks in the poem Lucy Mad Lib, by Claudia Cortese, a Jersey poet whose work will be featured at an upcoming Jersey City Writers Poetry Reading. The poetry reading will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:00 pm ($10 admission).
Claudia Cortese has a full length book Wasp Queen forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, and has also published two chapbooks, Blood Medals (Thrush Poetry Press, 2015) and The Red Essay and Other Histories (Horse Less Press, 2015). She teaches at Montclair State University has also been co-hosting (with Jen DeGregorio) an engaging poetry reading series held in Jersey City called Cross Poetry, which strives to bring poets from Jersey and New York City together.
The reading is in celebration of National Poetry Month. Jersey City Writers has teamed up once again with Jersey City Independent to offer an open call for poem, deadline March 25. Please consider submitting a poem of yours, see the guidelines for more information. Submissions by Hudson County residents will be considered for publication in the Jersey City Independent and submissions by all others will be considered for inclusion in the poetry reading on April 13.
If you enjoy writing poetry or want to give it a try, consider stopping by the Gia Gelato Café on a Saturday at 11am, where Sarah Jewell of Jersey City Writers now hosts a weekly poetry workshop. Please check Meetup for details. Hope to see you there!