August 31, 2009

Sunday Poetry at the South Brunswick Library

Nancy Mercado and Deborah LaVeglia on Sept. 13

South Brunswick's Monthly Poetry Reading Series Resumes
on Sunday, September 13
With Poets
Nancy Mercado and Deborah LaVeglia

South Brunswick, NJ – Poets Nancy Mercado, whose work has appeared in literary magazines such as Columbia University's City Magazine, and Deborah LaVeglia, director of PoetsWednesday, the longest-running (30 years) poetry series in New Jersey, s offered at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge, will be the guest readers on Sunday, September 13 as South Brunswick resumes its monthly series of Sunday poetry readings.

The program, sponsored by the South Brunswick Arts Commission, in cooperation with the South Brunswick Public Library, starts at 2 p.m. in the Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction.

Mercado has presented her work throughout the US, Europe and in Canada as a featured poet and conference panelist. She is the author of It Concerns the Madness (Long Shot Productions) and the forthcoming Rooms for the Living: New York Poems, featuring an introduction written by Ishmael Reed. Her work has been anthologized in Powwow, American Short Fiction from Then to Now (Perseus Books Group); Kiss the Sky: Starring Jimi Hendrix (Paycock Press); From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002 (Thunder's Mouth Press) and Poetry After 911: An Anthology of New York Poets (Melville House Publishers). She served as an editor of Long Shot (1993–2004) and as the publication's editor-in-chief for one of those years.

LaVeglia's work has been published in poetry journals including Negative Capability, Lips, Paterson Literary Review, American Poetry Journal, Exit 13, and Edison Literary Review. She was a featured guest on National Public Radio in 2008, and a featured poet at various readings in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her essay publications include "Diving In and College English Notes." Her first chapbook, The Vigil, was published in 2000. She runs poetry workshops at grade schools, high schools and colleges. LaVeglia was an adjunct English teacher at Middlesex County College. She was the previous poetry editor of Black Swan Review. Currently, she is director of the PoetsWednesday Poetry Series and she created the website "PoetsWednesday & More," which lists poetry events and venues in Central New Jersey.

Admission to the poetry readings is free, though a donation of a nonperishable food item, which will be given to the South Brunswick Food Pantry, is encouraged.

The Sunday poetry readings will continue through the fall, with the following program schedule:

October 18: Laura Boss and BJ Ward
November 15: Gina Larkin – Edison Literary Review
December 13: Renee Ashley and Hank Kalet

For more information, including directions, contact the South Brunswick Arts Commission at (732) 329-4000, ext 7635.

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