Featured writer Peter Covino is an award-winning poet, translator, and editor. His latest work is poetry collection, The Right Place to Jump, recently featured on National Public Radio and in Lambda Literary and the Huffington Post. Covino is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He is also the author of poetry collection Cut Off the Ears of Winter and chapbook Straight Boyfriend for which he won the Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize. Among literary prizes are the 2007 PEN American/Osterweil Award for emerging poets and the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence. His poems have
appeared in the American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, The
Paris Review, The Yale Review, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing, among other journals. For more information, please visit www.petercovino.com/books.html#jump.
John J. Trause’s newest poetry collection is Eye Candy for Andy from Finishing Line Press. He is the Director of Oradell Public Library in New Jersey and founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, NJ where he formerly hosted its monthly reading series. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists' periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant and the avant-garde art and literary journal Offerta Speciale. Trause is also the author of poetry collections Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round; Seriously Serial; and Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. He has been nominated for the
Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011.)
Event kicks off with Open Mic readings of five minutes.