Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Long and Short of Poetry

Enjoy the poetry and different writing styles of New Jersey poets Marcia Ivans and Ray Brown when they read from their work at Bernardsville Public Library on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 pm.

Marcia Ivans, who lives in Chatham and whose poems are usually short, will be reading from her second collection of poetry, Over Easy (2007). She began writing over twenty-five years ago as she embarked on the journey that is her life today. As her writing gathered momentum, she found herself sharing both her written works and the healing process of creating them. She is a member of Women Who Write, Inc. of Morris County where she serves on the board. She hosts “Poetry and Pastries,” a bimonthly open poetry reading in Chatham and was recently the featured poet at the “Poetry on the Loose” reading series.

Ray Brown, a resident of Frenchtown who writes the longer poems, graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey. His poetry has appeared in a number of literary print journals and on-line. He will read from his first collection of poetry, I Have His Letters Still - Poetry of Everyday Life (2010). This fall he will publish two books, Like Flies on Milk and The Crèche.

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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