May 3, 2012


Dear Family & Friends,
Earlier tonight Norma Bernstock and Marilyn Mohr provided not only a delightful feature of their own poetry, but also a joint lecture on William Carlos Williams's life as a doctor with examples from his stories.
I continue to host this excellent series, which continues into its seventh year, so please come by for this upcoming reading.  Mark your calendars now!
NOTE that this series is held on FIRST Wednesdays each month.
The WCW Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County is pleased to invite the poet, publisher, and entrepreneur Ice (Gayle Johnson) as the feature on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:00 p. m.  As usual this monthly program will also feature the words of William Carlos Williams.  We conclude with open readings from the floor.  No advanced registration is required and all poets and poetry lovers are invited.  We hold the WCW Poetry Cooperative readings in the upstairs Terrace of Williams Center for the Arts ( located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, N. J.

Also, please remember that noted poet Jim Klein leads our peer-to-peer poetry workshops (Red Wheelbarrow Poets).
The workshop has a new Wednesday meeting room at the Municipal Building/Borough Hall in Rutherford, NJ (176 Park Ave., Rutherford, NJ), which is handicap accessible.  The workshop meets there on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 7 p. m. to 9 p. m.  The meeting room is the "Blue" room located on the second floor.
Please bring 10 to 12 copies of the poem(s) you wish to be workshopped.  The poets pass the poems out; everyone reads his/her poem(s), and then the poets discuss them. Jim Klein is our teacher/workshop moderator.  No dues or rules. Bring your thickest skin, because it gets heavy at times, but it's fun and you will learn a great deal about what you write, and how to improve it.
If you have any questions, please contact John Barrale by e-mail (  Please do not contact Borough Hall
Also, please see the Red Wheelbarrow website here:
Mark Fogarty hosts a monthly reading and music series for the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets on fourth Fridays of the month at 7 p. m. at GainVille Learning Center and Café (
GainVille Learning Center and Café
17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
The cover of $6 includes coffee/tea and dessert. 
For Friday, JUNE 1 ------ the poetry feature is Janet Kolstein, and the musical feature is Jazz singer Corina Bartra.  Open reading follows.
Remember too that the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets recently published volume 4 of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, including six poems of mine, those of many others associated with the WCW Poetry Cooperative and literary life in Rutherford, some excellent essays (one by me), and reflections on Dr. Williams.  Copies of the anthology are on sale now, so please contact the editors at, if you would like more information or like to purchase a copy or two.  They make excellent birthday or holiday gifts for poetry lovers and anyone who loves literature and history.
Please come out and support these creative endeavors.
Thank you.
Love & Peace,
John Trause

corrected 5.16.2012

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