New Books: Howarth, Carr, and Jurkovic

Two months into the new year and we have 3 new books from CAPS members to tell you about. The first, Wild Man of The Mountain from Anthony Howarth available through the CAPS Store and Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Man-Mountain-Drama-Verse/dp/1937968944/

Larry Carr's Paradise Loft is the first ever joint venture for CAPS Press with Larry's lightwoodpress and is available also through the CAPS store and Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Loft-poems-Laurence-Carr/dp/1735441023/

mooncussers, the follow-up to Mike Jurkovic's AmericanMental, is also available through the CAPS store, Bookshop.org at https://bookshop.org/books/mooncussers-9781952411861/9781952411861 and Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Mooncussers-Mike-Jurkovic/dp/1952411866/

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A HAPPY ReCAPS 2021


As perverse and unpoetic as it sounds, the last twelve to fifteen months has been good for CAPS. We've managed to strengthen our ties with those of you who have been with us for any stretch of the last two plus decades and through the wacky, wild west world of ZOOM we've become the international enclave we wildly once dreamed of.

Imagine featured poets and open mic'ers from France, Nepal, Australia, Brooklyn, the UK, Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, California, Colorado, Connecticut, and other far flung global points reading with and alongside all of us here in the Hudson Valley, Albany, and NYC. No language barriers, just poetry! Give yourselves a well deserved standing O. Fuckin' eh!

CAPS Press lives! Besides the publication of our anthologies, CAPS 2015, CAPS 2020, and Mightier - Poets for Social Justice, we are days away from the publication of Larry Carr's enigmatic, full length, Paradise Loft. Pretty cool. (And thanks Larry for trusting us with your words)Now add that to the burbling idea that we're thinking of starting CAPS Chapbook Series and you begin to see just how far we've come from those days in Beacon. . .

We've expanded our traditional First Friday feature event from two poets to three to broaden the range and scope of the myriad voices we've encountered through ZOOM. We've added one featured poet to our Third Thursday Be The Feature Zoom events, while still leaving space for an expanded open mic and salon style give and take. Thanks to David Schell at Green Kill Gallery in Kingston, we've been live-streaming poetic events every Second Thursday for over a year now and will continue to do so, virus or no virus. Our membership has grown and as we begin 2022, these three events will continue on their set days, starting at 7pm. Plans are also in the works for a JazzOetry event in April and a Zoom Marathon in the spring. We hope to go live again come spring but we'll keep the live/Zoom hybrid. We know it works. Stay tuned. Join the email list. Check Facebook. Become a supporting member!

But perhaps the biggest news is we're beginning to plan a Calling All Poets online archive.Thirty plus years of Hudson Valley poetry ranging through 9/11, the '08 bust, the Arab Spring,Clinton, Bush, Obama, it who will not be named, COvid and Biden. Voices of protest, loss, victory, community. Voices of those we've lost - Don Lev, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Lynn Hoins - new voices, familiar voices. Audio, video, photos. . .the whole enchilada as they say. If you can help us find funding for this endeavor, please contact us. Any help is a  great help.

The CAPS community thrives worldwide because of your words and fearlessness to have them heard against the breaking waves of alternate facts, disinformation, and flat out n out lies. I've always said CAPS has kept me honest. Let me just say that Jim, Greg, and I thank you most heartedly for yours. 

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CAPS @ PUF starting September 3, First Friday 7pm

Though we'll certainly miss New Paltz and Roost Studios, CAPS goes live at our new location at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, 8 N. Cherry Street, Poughkeepsie, NY on Friday, September 3rd. Our features that night will be Roger Aplon, Greg Correll & Ronald P. Brenmer. We will continue with a hybrid of Live, in person features and open mic participants as well as Zoom participants, who now range from the Hudson Valley to Brooklyn to Florida to Europe and Easter Europe. So please register for the Zoom here on the home page. PUF is easily accessible coming to and leaving via the 44/55 Arterial and is adjacent to the Poughkeepsie Police Department. Plenty of parking. Join us as we get back to in person readings! 

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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets, Thursday Aug 12 7pm

Ken Holland, Stephanie JT Russell and yours truly will be the features for the next installment of Green Kill Sessions presents. We will also be allowing 20 living, breathing human folk into the gallery as an audience.  Please click the link to choose one of two options: to receive the livestream link or to reserve seating and receive the livestream link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-poets-caps-august-12-7-pm-live-streamlive-audience-tickets-164866533239

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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets

Please join us Thursday, July 8th at 7pm for another installment of Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets. Our featured poets are special guest SF poet/activist Karla Brundage alongside Alison Koffler-Wise and Dayl Wise. Here's the link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-poets-caps-july-8-7-pm-live-stream-tickets-161343880891

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Welcome new CAPS members!

We would like to take a moment to send a special shout out and welcome our newest CAPS members: Phil Linz from Wilmington, DE, Penny Brodie, Paul Clemente, David Capellaro, and James Seegert from here in the Hudson Valley. Membership donations helps maintain CAPS online and in our new physical space, (TBA soon), helps us further establish CAPS Press (three anthologies and two ekphrastic catalogs), and keeps future JazzOetry events on the front burner. Member donations will also go to fund The Calling All Poets Archive Project, our latest attempt to categorize and digitize 30 years of Hudson Valley Poetry! Huzzah to all new members. Please consider a membership today!

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Susana H. Case & Ken Holland, Friday, February 5, 7:00pm

Our first First Friday Zoom of 2021 features two great poets. Susana H. Case makes her first CAPS feature reading from her latest book "Dead Shark on the N Train" plus new work. Longtime friend and supporter Ken Holland, who received two Pushcart nominations in 2020, will be our second feature. As always a two poem, five minute open mic will follow the features. We have instituted a small Tip Jar donation for all events to continue all of CAPS future events and publications. Thank you for your continued support, words and generosity!

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Be The Feature Zoom Event 1/21/21

Our first open mic Zoom Event of 2021 and the first for Biden/Harris featured poetry from a host of friends and supporters. Special thanks to Greg Correll, Amanda Russell, Gary Siegel, Roberta Gould, Dan Brown, Sally Rhodes, Tanya Tyler, Todd Paropacic, Suzanne Rancourt, Penny Brodie, Tom Nolan, Marina Mati, and Julie Lomoe. Register for our next Be the Feature,  Thursday February 18 7:00pm on the CAPS home page.

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Links to Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets 1/14/21

Our first inaugural livestream From Green Kill Gallery in Kingston featuring Teresa Costa, Marina Mati, & Cheryl A. Rice.

Buzzsprout https://www.buzzsprout.com/821191/episodes/7443238

YouTube:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Ve1A6pqQk

Listen and share. Spread the word! www.callingallpoets.net 

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Congratulations Ken Holland!

In 2020, Ken Holland had not one but two poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The first poem, "Summer of the Gods," appeared in Naugatuck River Review, and in fact was awarded third place in their annual contest prior to the journal nominating the poem for the Pushcart. The second poem, "Falling Awake" was published in Shot Glass Journal. Since the small presses make their nomination decisions at the end of the year, Ken heard from both journals in December...holiday gifts like this are rare. This is his third nomination. 

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CAPS & Roost Studios to Unveil 'The Ekphrasis Project'

Several CAPS poets and Roost Studios artists have been collaborating on works for a special monthly exhibit The Ekphrasis Project. The works will be in the Roost Studios & Art Gallery starting Thursday, August 31 - Sunday, September 24. On Saturday, September 16 from 7-9 there will be a reception and artist talk. 

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CAPS @ Empowering Ellenville Discontinued as of Aug 4

Due to the closing of the Empowering Ellenville Community Center, CAPS will no longer be holding our Second Friday open mics.   

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An Evening with Eamon Grennan

Friday, May 5 8pm: 


Born in 1941, Eamon Grennan is a Dublin native and Irish citizen who has lived in the

United States for over thirty years. He was educated at University College in Dublin

and Harvard University.

His collections include: Matter of Fact (Graywolf Press, 2008); The Quick of It, (2005);

Renvyle, Winter (special limited edition, 2003); Still Life with Waterfall (2002),

winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Selected & New Poems (2000);

Relations: New & Selected Poems (1998); So It Goes (1995), a finalist for the

Paterson Poetry Prize; As If It Matters (1992); What Light There Is and Other Poems

(1989), a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; What Light There Is (1987);

and Wildly for Days (1983).

As well as a number of Pushcart Prizes, he has received awards from the National

Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from the

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

He taught at Vassar College until his retirement. He lives in Poughkeepsie, and spends

as much time as he can in the West of Ireland.

Join us for a very special evening.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/eamon-grennan

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