April 5th’a gwfM Spoken Word Sunday has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

I fully support this move. Other venues have cancelled as well. This is not about succumbing to fear but it is about minimizing risk and I applaud all who make the decision to postpone their events.

Although I have advertised other Open Mic and Poetry feature venues on my web/blog site and other social media sites, I encourage you to use your own judgement about attending venues over the course of the next few weeks.

Join Me

Join me at:

Yur Friendly Neighborhood Open Mic

THIS Saturday, March 14th
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Flor De Azalea Cafe
902 34th Ave, Astoria Queens NYC

Hosted by Jonathan Cherlin

2 drink minimum – alcoholic or non-alcoholic

Open Mic Sign Up starts at 4:30pm; get there early to reserve your spot!

Click the FB link below for more info:



We are just FOUR week’s away!

April is National Poetry Month and there’s no other way to kick it off than another great open mic and poetry spectacular just for you!!!

great weather for Media Kicks Off National Poetry Month with: Laurel S. Peterson, Van Hartmann and Jane Ormerod!!!

When: April 5th, 2020
Time: 4:00PM – 6:00PM
The Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston Street
Lower East Side, NYC, NY

21 and over.
2 drink minimum (coffee and sodas non-alcoholic drinks are also available)

$3 suggested donation

There is an Open Mic!

Open mic list closes at 4:45. If you come later you will be put on wait list, there is no guarantee you will get on but we will try.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

For More Info and Poet BIOs, just press the link:

My Next Chapbook

My Next Poetry Chapbook

I just finished 3 new poems:

A Song of Remembrance for Mama

My Last Smoke

Red Versus Seadog

all 3 are some of the longest pieces I’ve ever written. Too long to read at most Open Mics (A Song of Remembrance…clocks in at 4 minutes and 25 seconds).

I’m sending all 3 to a poetry contest held by Phoebe, Journal of Literature and Arts.

The entry fee is $5 and the deadline is tonight 11:59pm Eastern.

Now my chapbook plan is as follows: if Phoebe accepts 1 of the pieces, rights return to me immediately after publication and that 1 poem as well as the other 2 will go in my chapbook, now slated for release later this year! We will see.