Two Upcoming Readings

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating in two readings in Northern New Jersey during the month of March. On Saturday, March 13th, I’ll be joining other women poets in what has become an annual reading called “Girl Talk,” generously coordinated and hosted by Diane Lockward in the North Caldwell Public Library. To learn more about this event and see a list of the invited readers, please visit Diane’s page for the event on her blog at:

And I’ve also just found out that on Friday night, March  19th, I’ll be one of a number of  poets—selected by the judges Lois and Lee Harrod—reading a poem honoring trees at D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton.:

D&R Greenway Land Trust
One Preservation Place
Princeton 08540

The reading accompanies D&R Greenway’s current exhibition, “Living Among Giants: Seeing the Forest for the Trees,”and I’ll be reading the poem “Forest Fire” from my book, Lizard Light: Poems from the Earth. I hope any of you within hailing distance of Princeton can come that night.

The following is the text of a press release just sent out by Carolyn F. Edelmann, Arts & Education Associate:



Editors/Judges, Lois and Lee Harrod, have chosen the finals from a galaxy of powerful poets for D&R Greenway’s Poets’ Night, Friday, March 19, from 6 – 8 p.m. This Reading/Reception will start promptly at 6. Guests are requested to call 609-924-4646 to register for this free event honoring poets and trees among us.

For Immediate Release:

D&R Greenway Land Trust Announces Poets, Invites public to poets’ night,
Friday, March 19, promptly at 6 p.m. Free.
Call to register for READING/Reception: 609-924-4646
Contact:, 609-924-4646 – X131

Princeton, New Jersey: D&R Greenway Land Trust announces the Poets of Preservation, welcoming the public to Poets’ Night, Friday, March 19, from 6- 8 p.m. A galaxy of powerful writers submitted works to Editors Lois Marie and Lee Harrod, to accompany the current art and photographic exhibition: “Living Among Giants: Seeing the Forest for the Trees”.

The art is available for viewing in their Marie L. Matthews Galleries during business hours on business days through March 19. The event will be held in the Johnson Education Center of D&R Greenway, One Preservation Place, Princeton 08540. All art is for sale, a percentage of the proceeds supporting the preservation and stewardship mission of the land trust.

D&R Greenway is honored with the partnership of these writers, an array one might well term Poets of Preservation. Most will appear to read their chosen works: notably Linda Arntzenius, Barbara Crooker, Ellen Foos, Patricia Goodrich, James Haba, Therese Halscheid, Daniel A. Harris, Penny Harter, Carlos Hernandez-Peña, Deda Kavanagh, Hank Kalet, Marsha Kroll, Corey Langer, M.D., Betty Lies, Joe Longino, Joyce Lott, Rice Lyons, Judith McNally, Jane McKinley, Scott McVay, Judy Michaels, Paul Muldoon, Peter Murphy, Sharon Olson, Alicia Ostriker, Ruth Ramsey, Jim Richardson, Bob Rosenbloom, Nancy Scott, Elizabeth Socolow, Maxine Susman, Gerry Stern, Arlene Weiner, Jim Whelden and C. K. Williams. The judges, Lois and Lee Harrod, have orchestrated the reading which evolved into a song of the seasons.

BACKGROUND: “Living Among Giants: Seeing the Forest for the Trees”

Luminous canvases of plein-air artist Clay Johnson radiate upon the walls of the 1900’s barn, D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center. Interspersed with Johnson’s large work is the art of key area photographers, selected by guest curator, Maia Reim. D&R Greenway Curator, Jack Koeppel, has chosen and mounted salient quotes referring to trees, interspersed and linked with images in each room of the Marie L. Matthews Gallery. Photographers include Clem Fiori, Alice Grebanier, Mary Leck, Frank Magalhaes, Tasha O’Neill, Bennett Povlow, Maia Reim, Olga Sergyeyva, Igor Svibilsky and BarbaraWarren. Despite severe weather warnings, seventy-five guests filled the galleries for the Artists’ Opening Reception, at which festivity artwork was also sold.

“Considered the oldest and largest living things,” observes D&R Greenway Curator Jack Koeppel, “trees are often overlooked and under-appreciated on their own merit. From earliest times, trees have helped make possible life on earth.” Koeppel adds, “I want visitors to see trees as individual living beings that teach us and lend their wisdom to our own lives.”

From the Judges: “We chose poems that talk to other poems, work which creates an interesting ‘conversation of poems throughout a year’ for the evening.”

Lois and Lee Harrod.


About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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