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Susan Chute (Invasion of the Body Ukraine), Sandy Yannone (The Glass Studio), and Tim Brennan (Notes From a Terrestrial) are the First, Second, and Third Place winners of CAPS 25th Anniversary Anthology Poetry Competition.  Dollar prizes of $100, $50, and $25 will be awarded to Susan, Sandy, and Tim when they feature for us on First Friday, March 1st at our new home at Unison Arts Center, 9 Paradies Lane in New Paltz. 

The inaugural event (it will be the first live event at the new Unison) will be an in person/Zoom hybrid experience so please join us anyway you can. Physical & Virtual doors will open at 6:30 pm and the readings will start at 7:00pm (or as close as poets standard time allows) As is twenty five years of tradition, a two poem open mic will follow our prize winning features. Refreshments as always will be available. $5.00 donation appreciated. $3.00 for students/seniors/CAPS & Unison Members.

We would be utterly remiss at this time not to recognize our finalists who span the poetic spectrum and the planet. They are, in alphabetical order:

Alan CaitlanHalf Awake and Dreaming;  Ruth DanonGrief;  John DorseySleeping Tips for the Partially Blind

Gina R.EversCoronavirus (after reading Natalie Diaz's The Facts of Art);  Meghan Grupposo, Plume

Matthew HupertPhilaster, Keats, & the way of Bushido;  Bonnie LawOn Days Like This;  Heller LevinsonFriday the 13th

Mary MakofskeDrive;  Tim Tomlinson,The History of Jazz;  George WallaceThe Next Time I Fall In Love;

Glenn Werner25 Wide Pantoum

Thank you all!!!!! See you on  March 1st

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Happy New Year & Hang On To Your Hats

Happy New Year everyone! As 2024 begins its electoral trundle, March 2024 marks TWENTY-FIVE YEARS of Calling All Poets! Man, who would ever have thought that?!

Anyway the anthology is moving along as planned and announcements will go out this month. I have no idea who the contest winners are nor who or what was excepted but hang tight. We'll all find out soon.

We recently found out that First Friday in March, or March 1st, will be our inauguration at the new Unison Arts Center at 9 Paradies Lane, New Paltz. As promised the features will be our three anthology contest winners. We will be in person and also Zooming so there's a whole lot going on. There is a CAPS conversation with Ulster County Poet Laureate Kate Hymes slated for March 23 at Unison. We're planning an Anthology Marathon for sometime in March plus a special livestream from Green Kill Gallery.

I'd also like to take a moment and thank the folks who join us regularly via Zoom from pretty much every state in the union as well as the Virgin Islands, New Zealand, Canada, France, England, and Ireland. And imagine, we were a little open mic in Beacon at one time.

So thank you one and all!

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2024 reading list

1. Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy — ✔️
2. Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin — ✔️
3. The Wager, by David Grann — ✔️
4. Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges — ✔️
5. on earth we're briefly gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong — ✔️
6. Babel, by R. F. Kuang — ✔️
7. Chronicle of a Death Foretold, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — ✔️
8. Swann's Way, by Marcel Proust
[+ Proust's Way, by Roger Shattuck;
Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time, by Patrick Alexander]
9. The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
10. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library, by Michiko Aoyama
11. Beautiful Evidence, by Edward Tufte
12. The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius — (finish)
13. best poetry 2023
[+20 poems each by select list of ten poets: ]
14. To The Ends of The Earth, by William Golding
15. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders
16. The Saga of Icelanders, trans by various; intro: Jane Smiley
17. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, transl by Simon Armitage
[+ Tolkien's trans ]
18. The Enchanters, by James Ellroy
19. A Month in the Country, by J.L. Carr
20. A Place of Greater Safety, by Hilary Mantel
21. A Thousand Ships, by Natalie Haynes
22. Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
23. The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker
24. The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich
25. Touch, by Elmore Leonard
26. The Silmarrilion, by J. R. R. Tolkien
27. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
28. Lempriere's Dictionary, by Lawrence Norfolk
29. The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk
30. The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
31. The Emigrants, by W. G. Sebald
32. 100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
33. Truth and Repair, by Judith Herman, MD
34. Histories Grecques, by Maurice Sartre — (finish)
35. The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald
36. The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
37. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov — (finish)
38. Blindness, by Jose Saramago
39. My Antonia, by Willa Cather — (finish)
40. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
41. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
42. The Night Watchmen, by Louise Erdrich
43. The Trial by Franz Kafka
44. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
45. Americanah, by Chimamanda
46. The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
47. Middlemarch by George Eliot
48. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
49. The Last Mughal, by William Dalrymple — (finish)
50. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Edith Grossman, transl)
51. The Landmark Anabasis, by Xenophon — (finish)
52. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by Luo Guanzhong (Penguin, Martin Palmer transl)
53. The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker
54. The Sense of Style, by Stephen Pinker
55. The Treasure of the City of Ladies, by Christine de Pizan
56. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
57. Weekends at Bellevue, by Julie Holland, M.D.
58. When Religion Becomes Evil, by Charles Kimball
59. The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman

60. No One Is Talking About This, by Patricia Lockwood (K) 

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Green Kill Gallery presents Calling All Poets, July 13

Join yours truly Thursday, July 13 at 7pm for Green Kill Gallery presents Calling All Poets Livetsream featuring Rebecca Schumejda, John Dorsey, and CAPS founder Jim Eve. There will be a live in person open mic for all who come by and want to share their truths. . . here's the ticket link: 

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CAPS 25th Anniversary Anthology March 2024

As I announced last month at our new home at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, CAPS will be publishing a 25th Anniversary Anthology in March of 2024.

Can you believe it? 25 years! You have all been an integral part of our continued success at building a community from Beacon to New Paltz, Albany to NYC, and, thanks to Zoom, a global presence. On any given day of our three monthly events (First Friday, Second Thursday Livestream, Third Thursday Be The Feature) fellow poets are logging in from any of the fifty states, six European countries and Australia. How freakin cool is that?!

So you will all be invited to submit. Ww are in the process of establishing a Submittable account. Submissions of 3 poems will begin to be accepted from July 1 - October 31, 2023.  There will be three contest winners: Best Poem: $100, Second Place: $50 and Third Place: $25. All three winning poets will feature in March, 2024. We are also planning an anthology marathon in March also.

To help offset costs, there will be a reading fee: $5.00 for CAPS Members (so sign up or renew while you can) and $7.00 for non members. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the Anthology and the contest winners and contributors will be notified no later than January 2024. All submissions will be read blind and chosen by the CAPS Editorial Board.

So there you have it. Get your pens and pencils ready. All this info will also be posted on our FB page at:

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SUNY New Paltz Creative Writing Events

4/20 @ 7PM (Honors Center/College Hall, Campus Location TBD) – Professor Thomas Festa reads from his debut chapbook poetry, Earthen. Signed books will be for sale! 

Festa's "linguistically rich, taut poems show how the communities we create arise through acts of attention—between student and teacher, parent and child, lover and beloved. Evocative, contemplative, and often moving, Festa's poems inhabit these moments of attention that make us both more alive and more compassionate." –Carrie Etter 

This event is free to the community and sponsored by the English Department. Contact the department, 845-257-2720 or Kris Jansma, Creative Writing Director, for details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more about SUNY New Paltz Creative Writing events, follow us here!

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The man next door is useful.

He mows around our shed in spring, cuts

firewood, stacking it smartly for winter.

His wife comes outside only in morning,

shuffles down the driveway, crossing the road

to the mailbox. She is pale as an ocean

stone with sand-scraped skin

softened by the circling sea.

Now, it is summer. Her husband

skims the in-ground pool.

For hours, he stands over nearly-

clear water removing debris.

He never stops skimming, skips

breakfast, work, phone calls, dessert.

The grass grows high against the shed.

The lawn stretches lazily as the wind yawns.

The mailbox shuts its mouth:

it is full of unanswered statements.

The man next door skims

the surface of the unused pool.

He catches leaves, Polly noses, Japanese beetles.

At night, he dreams of quarantine: black

iridescent blotches, Rorschach

butterflies floating into white net.

-Joann Deiudicibus

(Originally Published in Typishly 2020)

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Survivor's Guilt

Prepare yourself.

Prepare your shoeless feet for

paths scattered with stone, shells, bone-shatter, casings.

There will be flowers,

stems bound like limbs,

bunches of legs dangling above water;

flowers pulled from fields,

dug from torn ground, rootless.

There will be blood-black blooms,

mud-colored hair spilling like petals,

dark shards arranged in sharp angles.

Those chosen could not prepare:

Captives cast off like chaff

or thrown atop pyres,

stalks askew, barbed leaves lifting

like ash-flecked palms in prayer.

Prepare yourself:

the rampart about your heart bursting with grief,

as shrapnel seeps into tight red bud. 

-Joann Deiudicibus

(originally published in the Shawangunk Review)

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Snowbound, Evening Light

We have been here before,
so it will occur to us
on the other side
when we reach out our fingertips like leaves
for the last light,
we have never been.

(first published in Chronogram, May 2021) 

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On the Death of Miles Davis

In the hospital where I was born, St. John's

in Santa Monica, my grandmother cared for Miles Davis

till they turned the machine off

and he breathed his last breath.

Before that, his breath and I

had only ever been connected by machines,

my father's abandoned record

collection, Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain;

and concert t-shirts

for the Tutu and Amandla tours

I helped Keith make at work.

                                                                     She told

of the ravages he suffered, singular at the end

as he had been from the start, mightily

protesting himself into a coma.

                                                                     It is not

the tone of another world, but this one,

cussed and sutured so to heal,

scars within earshot. Not turning away

from the audience, as in later years onstage,

but outburst from a backlit thunderhead.

                                                                     She mentioned

flowers, followers,

hangers on,

ambivalences of family,

all peeled away, dropped

like petals

into municipal water

in a glass vase.

                                                                      I can't believe

Bitches Brew

is as old as I am.

What drove my grandmother's years of volunteering

comes to me like forgotten names of constellations.

Feline, lithe in your approach, we have hardly made you out

in the night sky, nor can we glean your shape,

a breath through innermost brightness, the bell

of that last trumpet. Another, tolling.

Each one of us listening, sounding

the syncopated notes of our own desolation.

-Thomas Festa

(first published in Lightwood 2020)

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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets

As we have since August 2021, Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets every second Thursday of the Month.

On Thursday, March 9, the livestream will feature Timothy Brennan, Greg Correll, and  Phillip X Levine reading from new and selected works. An in-person open mic (audience limit - 30) will follow the featured livestream.

Just follow the link to follow us:

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After 3 Years CAPS Goes Live! Friday, April 7th @ Unison

As our 24th year gets started, CAPS returns to in-person performance on First Friday, April 7th, at 7pm.  Yessir, for the first time in three long years we return to the live stage at the new Unison location at 9 Paradies Lane, New Paltz, NY.

Our featured poets that night will be Raphael Kosek, Alison Koffler Wise, & Day Koffler Wise. Open mic remains 2 poems, five minutes. All that's changed is we will integrate the Zoom experience so that all the folks who have joined us throughout the states and the world at large can continue to do so. The open mic will include Zoom readers so please register on the home page and join us!

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Zoom Event, March 12, 10am-12pm EST 

Calling All Poets is proud to host the third in a series of March 2022 POETS BUILDING BRIDGES ZOOM EVENT, a triangulation project for World Poetry Day that brings together artists from three different regions on the world for a few hours of sharing. The event, set for Saturday Mar 12 10am-12pm EST, will be MC'd by series host George Wallace, writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and director of Poetrybay Productions.

Participants will include

from LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY: Octavio Quintanilla Edward Vidaurre ire'ne lara silva; musician Ray Perez 

from KOREA: Hack Hee Kang Park Dukkyu Hanyong Jeong; musician Young Ok Hwang f

from NYC: Mike Jurkovic Kofi Forson Marc Ellot Stein; musician Alan Semerdjian 

comperes Octavio Quintanilla, Tanya Ko Hong fb livestream by Calling All Poets 

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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

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

mooncussers, the follow-up to Mike Jurkovic's AmericanMental, is also available through the CAPS store, at and Amazon at

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CAPS January 2022

Friday, January 7 7pm Zoom Only: Leslie Gerber, Prince A. MacNally, & Jules Nyquist. Register for Zoom link above.

Thursday, January 13 7pm: Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets livestreamL  Features Celia Bland, Greg Correll, and Amanda Russell. Eventbrite link:

Thursday, January 20, 7pm Zoom Only. Be The Feature Extended Open Mic. Feature poet: Gregory SETH Harris. Extended open mic. Register for Zoom link above.

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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:

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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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Welcome! Welcome New Members & Contributors!

Jim, Greg and I would like to give another shout out to our newest members and generous contributors.  From Florida we welcome to the CAPS community Deborah DeNicola whose work has been published in such journals as The North American Review, The Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, and many more. Most generous membership contributions from Margi Condyles from Mahopac and singer/songwriter, poet and longtime CAPS member/supporter John Martucci, Daniel Brown, Steve Otlowski, as well other long time friends of CAPS, Jan Z. Schmidt, recently retired Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz and former Dutchess County Poet Laureate Raphael Kosek. CAPS continues anew ! Thank you all for continuing with us.

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