Tuesdays at Curley's

Welcome to PoemAlley, Stamford, Connecticut's eclectic venue for poets, poetry reading and discussion! Open to anyone living in Fairfield County and the surrounding area, we meet Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm at Curley's Diner on 62 Park Place (behind Target) . Come contribute, get something to eat, or simply listen!

Jun 26, 2018

The Digital Bard Returns To Stamford

Poet/storyteller, teacher, business consultant and multifarious cyberspace denizen, John F. McMullen (aka "johnmac the bard") returns to the Stamford area this evening at Curley's to share selections from his newest title, Live At The Freight House, his eighth book featuring material read last February at the historic cafe of the title, located in Mahopic, New York.

In 2009 "Cashing A Check," which won third place in the Writer's Place National Poetry Contest that year, became the title of the first of six poetry collections, followed by A Writing
In My Head (CreateSpace, 2009), offering ruminations on the famous Hudson River Country Store, Guinan's (a favorite watering hole), religion and other topics. The Inwood Book (johnmac Press), an omnibus of poetry, short stories and Offering It Up, a novel—all situated in Manhattan's Inwood section—appeared the following year.

A graduate of Iona College with two Master's degrees from Marist College, John has taught at Monroe College among several other institutions and was named Poet Laureate of Yorktown, New York in 2017.

Coleen Rowley
As John's busy and remarkably varied platform www.johnmac13.com demonstrates, he has fulfilled for himself the potential of the personal computer as a powerful social, informational and creative accelerant (scrolling through the voluminous archive for his Internet radio show alone showcases interviews with the likes of FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, angel investor/cosmonaut Esther Dyson and cartoonist MG Lord), first heralded with the publication of Microcomputer Communications--A Window on the World (John Wiley & Sons), co-authored with his wife Barbara back in 1984.

Serving both the consumer and trade markets since then, John has contributed innumerable stories, articles and columns to The Chicago Tribune, PC Magazine, Computer Shopper, Lear’s, InfoWorld, Government Executive and the National Review.

He is a member of the Association for Computing, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freelancers Union and lives in Jefferson Valley, New York with his wife (who frequently edits his books). You can find out more about John's other collections and activities here, as well via his Facebook fan page.

Jun 11, 2018

Frank Chambers: The Spoken Word "Against The Howling Mob"

As president of the Fairfield County branch of the Connecticut Poetry Society (now, in its forty-fourth year and spanning ten chapters with the addition of Farmington Valley), tomorrow’s featured poet at Curley’s is Frank Chambers, who will be reciting material drawn mainly from his commitment to his family and, in particular, what he terms affectionately as “the four young muses masquerading as children”.

Frank’s Open Mic program, which he has facilitated faithfully for many years each month at the Stamford Barnes & Noble, has been a valuable venue for expressions of hope, humor, honest outrage and humanity by poets and essayists, not just from the immediate vicinity, but from as far as across the nation and the world.

Situated appropriately enough in the downtown Stamford Town Center retail/office complex (itself, just a few years younger than the CPS, publisher of the annual Connecticut River Review), Open Mic’s regular outpourings of creative observation and dissent make for a grounding counterpoint to a city which has become increasingly dizzy in its repeated submission to the celebrated vapidity of corporatized culture, a widespread trend dramatized to disturbing effect in this video version of progressive metal trio Rush's 1993 song "Nobody's Hero":


You can revisit the details of past speakers here, here and here.

Frank has placed poetry in such publications as PostScriptPoetry EmergingLong River Run (the members-only magazine of the CPS), A First Tuesday in Wilton and the 2006 PoemAlley anthology Wednesdays at Curley’s (Turn of River Press).  

Open Mic Poetry begins at 7:15 pm on the second Monday of each month in the DVD and Music section on the main floor of the bookstore in the Stamford Town Center mall:

Barnes & Noble
100 Greyrock Place, Suite H009
Stamford, CT 06906

May 14, 2018

Duane Esposito & Ralph Nazareth: Friendship and Individuality In Defiance Of Time

Building on the their experience as co-presenters at last December’s “Poetry In Conversation” program at the Norwalk Library, this evening friends and academic colleagues Duane Esposito and Ralph Nazareth will be reading from their new collection, Dropping Death (Yuganta Press, 2018) at the Stamford Barnes & Noble bookstore this evening. 

Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Duane Esposito
In his write-up for the Colorado Review, poet Tim Wood draws particular attention to Dropping as a successful effort in its atypical commitment to honoring both, rather than suffusing either, contributors’ creative voices, such that “the point is… to bring them into orbit around one another. "
Ralph Nazareth
Among other interpretive lenses Wood applies in his examination is existentialist Martin Buber’s “I-Thou/I-It” dialectic in laying out how Duane and Ralph’s collaboration ties their friendship with an enthusiastic acknowledgement of that fundament of sapience, our sense of Self--and, by contrast, expressions of Otherness, be it in meeting a new neighbor, encountering different cultures, Death, or, in the sample below by Duane, the priorities of childhood: 
head inside to things
the toys
& crumbs & crafts

& such—
& I
lie beside it all—
rub my kids’ bellies—
tell them the story

Duane Esposito is a Professor of English at Nassau Community College, (from where Ralph recently retired). Duane holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and has placed work in dozens of journals. Prior to Dropping Death, he has published three collections, including Cadillac Battleship (Broken Tribe Press, 2005) and Declaration for Your Bones (Yuganta, 2012). He also resides on Long Island with his family on Lopsided Farm.

Ralph has released several collections, and is a dedicated poet, publisher and teacher who has worked in academic, penal and community settings--including the Tuesday night PoemAlley group based in Stamford’s Curley’s Diner. His book Ferrying Secrets was originally released by Yugadi Publishers, Hyderabad, India in 2005 and is available through Ralph's Yuganta Press. Last year’s Between Us the Long Road was published through Owl Feather Collective as a fundraiser for GraceWorks, Inc., the international non-profit foundation Ralph manages (find out more here).

Hosted by Frank Chambers, Barnes & Noble’s Open Mic Poetry program meets the second Monday of each month in the music/DVD section on the main floor of the bookstore (located in the Stamford Town Center), beginning at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Barnes & Noble
100 Greyrock Place, Suite H009
Stamford, CT 06906