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

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:


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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets Thursday, March 11 7pm

We know a lot of you had trouble logging into the event. We can only figure that the link was corrupted in some way since some got access and some didn't and some couldn't access through computer but could through phone and vice versa and who knows what this technology thing is all about but special thanks to our features, Michael Platsky, Andy Clausen, and Pamela Twining. Special guest musicians Sylvie Degiez and Wayne Lopes.  Here's the Youtube link:


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A Super Kick-Off to First Friday 2021

If you missed our First Friday Zoom this last Friday you have only yourself to blame. It was an epic one! Not only were our features, Susana H.Case & Ken Holland on the top of their poetic game, all 26 of our open mic participants, including such luminaries as Carrie Magness Radna (reading from her new book  "In The Blue Hour" through Nirala Publications)  Julie Lomoe, Leslie Gerber, Lenny Dellarocca, Gary Siegel, Joann Deiudicibus, (who will be featuring with Patricia Carragon on April 2) Thomas Festa, Roberta Gould, Penny Brodie Toni Logan, Amanda Russell (one of livestream features in May) Bill Seaton, Sharon Ferrante, Steve Otlowski, Cassandra Clarke, Ron Bremner, Sandy Yannone, Kate Hymes, Addison Goodson, plus Jim and Greg made for a great CAPS night of poetry and possibly more importantly, in these divided times, a united community and camaraderie that makes CAPS the great gathering it has been for twenty-two years this March. Thanks to all! See you again on Thursday February 18 for Be The Feature Zoom 7pm.

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