Sunday, August 24, 2014

Photos of James P. Wagner

August 23, 2014
Photographs by Marquis McCheever
and Jay Jii.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

*Upcoming Event - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Avant Garden
Poetry Amphitheatre


James P. Wagner

James P. Wagner (Ishwa) is an editor, publisher, award-winning fiction writer, essayist, performance poet, and alum twice over (BA & MALS) of Dowling College. He is the publisher for Local Gems Poetry Press (which in its 3 years has published over 20 titles) and the Senior Founder and President of the Bards Initiative, a Long Island based non-profit dedicated to using poetry for social improvement. He also sits on the advisory board for the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and State Historic Site. James also helps plan the Dowling College Writing Conference. James believes poetry can make a difference and has used his poetry for activism and advocacy for autism awareness and other worthy causes. When not writing poetry or anything else, James can be seen playing laser tag, going out to Applebee’s with his friends, or working on helping other authors with their books and collections.

Open Mic. Refreshments.
Marshmallow roast.
The "Poet Tree."
Hosted by Jay Jii.

Saturday, August 23, 7:00 PM


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Highlights from Masquerade Party 2014

A huge "THANK YOU"
to all of the participants who made 
the Avant Garden Poetry Amphitheatre's
first Masquerade Party such a fantastic event!
Here are some of the cast of characters:

 "Lady Tangerine"

 "The Unknown Gift Bag Poet"

 "Maroon Marquis"

 "Dark Lord of Misrule"

 "Charmaine Oddly"

 "Miss Terry"

 "Mystical Flower Mistress"

 "The Reinstein Cowboy"

 "Elle Belle"

 And the "Phantom of the Avant Garden" says,
"We'll definitely be masquerading
again in 2015."


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

*Upcoming Event - Saturday, July 26, 2014

Avant Garden
Poetry Amphitheatre


Masquerade Party 2014

All poets, actors, musicians, and artists
are cordially invited to this first event
of the 2014 season!

Bring whatever food or drink you'd like.
Also bring $3 for the "Yes" game.
And, of course, wear a mask.

Open mic.
Marshmallow roast.
Hosted by Jay Jii.

Saturday, July 26, 7:00 PM

Come to
Avant Garden Poetry Amphitheatre;
it's going to be a ball!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

*Upcoming Event - June 22, 2013

Avant Garden
Poetry Amphitheatre


Barbara Branca

Although fairly new to performance poetry, Barbara Ann Branca has been writing and performing since childhood. She considers her poetry creative nonfiction based on her lifelong passions for music, history and the environment. Most of her poems take the form of a three-minute song, often accompanied by music as she is prone to bursting into blues and jazz riffs on repeated lines or shaking her signature native-American gourd rattle. She has read original works on National Public Radio stations WSHU (Fairfield, CT) and WLIU (Southampton, NY) and at Cornelia Street CafĂ©, Bowery Poetry Club, Greenwich Village Bistro, Huntington Poetry Barn, numerous libraries, and Walt Whitman Birthplace where she took first place in the LI Poetry Collective’s Super Poetry Sunday 2010. Her work appears in the recent anthology Paumanok II: Interwoven as well as e-Polarity online magazine.

Open Mic. Refreshments.
Marshmallow roast.
Hosted by Jay Jii.

Saturday, June 22, 7:00 PM


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scenes from Grand Finale 2012!

Thank you to everyone
for making the first year of the
Avant Garden so memorable.
 See you in Spring 2013.

Jay Jii