Short Poem Enthusiasts and Emily Dickinson Fans Get Ready for Brevitas at the Bowery Poetry Club

New York, NY, October 15, 2010 --( Short poem enthusiasts and Emily Dickinson fans get ready. City Lore, an organization devoted to urban folk culture, and the Bowery Poetry Club will present the 7th Annual Brevitas Festival of The Short Poem on Sunday, November 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. Brevitas is an internet community of invited poets who email one to two original poems (14 lines max) to the group on the 1st and the 15th of each month. This reading and book release party is the annual occasion for Brevitas poets to actually meet in person. The program features each poet's top hits for 2010. Brevitas’ founders are poets Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin, founder and executive director of City Lore. This year’s host is poet Flash Rosenberg, also known as a cartoonist, photographer, humorist, turtle wrangler and Artist-in-Residence for Live from the New York Public Library.

Brevitas will honor Emily Dickinson as Historical Guest Poet for her divine role as Patron Saint of the Short Poem. Poet and performer, Shelley Miller, will read a selection of Emily’s poems. There will also be a screening of “Emily Dickinson – Her True Self” an animated short by Flash Rosenberg, produced by the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Also, a special Brevitas poetry dedication will be made for jailed Chinese dissident and recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace prize, Liu Xiaobo.

The following Brevitas poets will be reading:

D. F. August, Susan Gerardi Bello, Iris Berman, Claudia Carlson, Patricia Carragon,
Gil Fagiani, Sanford Fraser, Christian Garaud, Bob Heman, Eileen Hennessy,
Cindy Hochman, Judy Kamilhor,Andrew Kaufman, Susan T. Landry, Maria Lisella,
Tsaurah Litzky, Georgia Luna, Sue Machlin,James McMenamin, Katrinka Moore,
Jim Pignetti, Leslie Prosterman, Flash Rosenberg,Dorothea Hutton Scher,
Susan Schipke, Zev Shanken, Hal Sirowitz, Ed Smith, Esther K. Smith,
Richard Storm, Juanita Torrence-Thompson, John J. Trause, Alicia Vasquez,
Angelo Verga, Carolyn Wells, Steve Zeitlin

The 2010 brevitas book of short poems will be presented to all who attend.

Guest poets will be invited to sign up for the Short Poem Open Mic (14 lines max).

7th Annual Brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
Sunday, November 14 from 2 to 6 p.m
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Houston & Bleecker Streets)
New York City - 212-614-0505

Admission: $7

Patricia Carragon
917 679 5002