Featured poets Daniel Simpson and Ona Gritz
PLUS NYC's Best Open POETRY Mike Hosted by Kat Georges
Daniel Simpson, former church musician, computer programmer, and high school English teacher, currently serves as Access Technology Consultant to the Free Library of Philadelphia. He recently completed a volume of poetry entitled Inside the Invisible and is currently working on a memoir. In 2007, Dan and his brother Dave released Audio Chapbook, a CD of their poetry. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Cortland Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Venues where he has read include The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia's First-Person Festival, WXPN World Café, and on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Cowane. In 2003, he received a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Ona Gritz's poems appear in numerous online and print literary journals. Her poetry chapbook, Left Standing, was published by Finishing Line Press as part of their New Women's Voices series. In 2007, she won the Inglis House poetry contest, the Late Blooms Poetry Postcard competition, and was nominated for three Pushcart prizes. In 2009, she place second in Lilith Magazine's Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition. Ona is also a children's author and columnist for the online journal, Literary Mama.
The featured readings follow the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink. Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com