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.
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 Café, 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.