Before my days gets really hectic you should all come out and see Rich and Jess rock out at the Downtown Bronx Café. It’s always a fiesta when the crew is together and tonight should be some good fun.

Also, tomorrow is Barbara’s award presentation. Can ya say “proud and happy boyfriend”? I knew ya could.
But more than poetry prizes and meeting all kinds of strange new folk who will be asking me what island I am from (Jus happened yesterday in another uncomfortable moment that says there is still much work to be done) will be the fact that I am going to be in mad kinds of bliss as I walk side by side with Barbara Jane down theses streets.

Entering radio silence…

First Wednesdays @ Downtown Bronx Cafe
149th St & Walton Ave, Bronx, NY
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:30pm

Downtown Bronx Bar & Cafe (718 585 5255) is located at
141 E. 149th St @ Walton Ave. Take the #2, 4 or 5 to
Grand Concourse, walk one block west on 149th St.
First Wednesdays is part of the Bronx Cultural Trolley
Program. For more information, or to make a
reservation for the trolley, call BCA at 718 931 9500,
ext. 33 or call The Bronx Writers’ Center at 718 409

Jessica Torres:

Rich Villar:

Downtown Bronx Bar & Cafe:

Bronx Writers Center:

Bronx Council on the Arts:

Academy of American Poets Awards Ceremony

Poets: Claudia Rankine, Gerald Stern, Mary Rose O’Reilley

Thursday, November 3, 2005, 7 p.m.
Lang Auditorium, New School University, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY


Seven award-winning poets will gather for the Academy’s annual Awards Ceremony. The event will feature Gerald Stern, Claudia Rankine, and all the winners of the Academy’s seven major awards and prizes.

Gerald Stern will be accepting the $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement, recognizing his outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

Of Mr. Stern’s work, Toi Derricotte, the lead juror of the Wallace Stevens Award Committee, said: “You know a Gerry Stern poem when you hear it. His is the voice that captures, as no other poetic voice I know, the feel of song. You turn to their songs inside you. They make your heart dance.”

Other honorees who will be present to accept their awards and read from their work include Claudia Rankine (Academy Fellowship), Mary Rose O’Reilley (Walt Whitman Award), Barbara Jane Reyes (James Laughlin Award), Ann Snodgrass (Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship), and Anne Winters (Lenore Marshall Prize).

Sponsored by Academy of American Poets

Info: 212-274-0343

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