September 22, 2010

Art Of Words - Montclair, 9/30

The Art Of Words
an evening of the written word by local poets

Thursday, September 30, 2010
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
open mic follows

179 Glenridge Ave. Montclair NJ 07042

(973) 707-7159
Gallery U: Contemporary Art Space is proud to presents featured readers:

MARY BRANCACCIO acquired a knack for capturing the sharp edge of emotions in her writing, inspired in part by her motherʼs stories of growing up in an orphanage in the Rust Belt. She has worked extensively in journalism and teaching, and has produced “AIDS Lifeline,” a long-running television series in San Francisco, which won an Emmy and a Peabody. She currently teaches creative writing at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ and is faculty advisor to the schoolʼs award-winning literary magazine, Guildscript.

ZEKE JAMES is a poet and client of Universal Institute.

ROBERT P. LANGDON is a native of NJ who has taught creative writing and has run poetry groups through the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco. His poetry has appeared in various printed and on-line journals. He expresses himself through the arts of poetry and photography and has merged the two on his blog where he combines photographs with poems that inspired them:

SUSAN ROTHBARDʼs poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Comstock Review, Dogwood, The Paterson Literary Review, English Journal, Pif Magazine, and The Literary Review. She earned her MFA degree in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and teaches English and Creative Writing at Livingston High School.

HOLLY SCALERA wrote her first poem "Angel Parking Only" at the sweet age of 4, went on to become Left Fielder for The Astros when she was 12, and flourished through her life from there. Seeing both the bizarre and beautiful, sparkles on concrete, new fathers pushing baby carriages with tattooed arms at car and loss, the whimsy of reality. She has 4 collections of poetry: Crazy Love Rides, Painting the House Pink, Jello Dogs, and The Nunʼs Garden. Junkyard Flowers 24 awaits publication.

STILLMANK. is an undergraduate philosophy major, linguistics major and pre-law minor at Montclair State
University who aspires to become a social activist in the likes of MLK Jr. and Gandhi. Among his many ambitions, he hopes to find his name among his heroes like Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Anderson. He is an executive of the record label Atlas Records.

GREGORY YOUNG was an artist scholar at the University of Maryland and a professional actor and magician until his accident in Budapest in 2002 when he was hit by a bus and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He continues intensive rehabilitation at the Universal Institute. In addition to his therapy, he works at Gallery U and enjoys music, poetry, chess, movies and theatre.

ABOUT GALLERY U: Gallery U is owned by Universal Institute, a brain injury rehabilitation facility in Livingston, NJ. Gallery U is operated by people with traumatic brain injuries as part of their recovery and transition back into the community. For more information about Gallery U, please visit