July 23, 2012


Dear Family and Friends,
Please attend this special event, which includes a presentation from my book Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round and a book-signing.  As always, there will be additional surprises.  Please see the press release from Englewood Public Library below.
Love & Peace,
ENGLEWOOD, July 11, 2012 - -  Noted Wood-Ridge Poet John J. Trause will read selected poems from his new poetry book, "Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round  and Round" (New Delhi: Nirala Publications, 2012), on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:45 p.m. in  the Englewood Public Library's Mackay Room. A book signing will follow the program, which is free and open to the public.
             In addition to this new book, Trause, Director of the Oradell Public Library, is also the author of chapbook Seriously Serial, and Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists' periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, and the journal Offerta Speciale, and the Uphook Press anthologies Hell Strung and Crooked and –gape-seed-. Trause has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg, and the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II. He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, NJ., and the host of its monthly reading series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009-2011).

Trause's new book has received noteworthy praise from several poetry critics.. Here are some of their comments.

"Dizzy from diving into John J. Trause's new collection of surprising poems. I urge you to enter! Let the title swirl and turn you into his wild array of inventions. Witty, ribald, arch, they tease and entice. They are smart poems. With eclectic topics, he applies a scholar's encompassing mind, and an artistic eye for colorful detail. Trause is not only a prosodic humorist, he is as ever a proficient scholar, and these poems prove his rigorous power."
 - - Madeline Tiger, author of From the Viewing Stand

"Whether he is standing on his head or juggling green peppers, while reciting poetry, rapping in Middle English, channeling Lou Reed and the Brothers Grimm, or reciting Sappho provocatively in the original Aeolic Greek, John J. Trause is a fascinating and engaging performer of his own poetry as well as that of others. This complex and carefully constructed volume of his poetry, which places old gems among new pieces, offers an audience the pleasure of reading his work and savoring at one's leisure the richness of his language, the Byzantine and beautiful structures he creates, the voices and the characters he employs, the moods and the tones he at once sets and disrupts, and the sheer audaciousness of his singular creativity."
- - Della Rowland, Chair, William Carlos Williams Poetry Symposium

          For further information on the July 24 program, please call Dick Burnon, Head of Adult Programming and Public Relations at the Library at 201-568-2215; e-mail him at dburnon@aol.com, or visit the Library's website at www.englewoodlibrary.org. The Englewood Public Library is located at 31 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ.
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