CityLitRag Launch Party

July 20, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anton Yakovlev grew up in Moscow, Russia, but moved to the United States in 1996. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. Anton lives in Ridgewood, NJ and works as a college textbook editor. His poems have appeared in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and The Poet in New York and are forthcoming in 823 on High and Instigatorzine.

Nina Camp is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, where she’s been a featured blogger in the Women, My Story, Comedy, and Funny Women verticals. Her writing can also be found at Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood,, The Del Sol Review, and, under a pen name to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent, at White Whale Review.  Ms. Camp lives in New York City.

Amy Barone wrote chapbook Views from the Driveway (Foothills Publishing.) Her poetry has appeared in such publications as First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow.  From Bryn Mawr, PA, Amy lives in New York City where she works in business writing.  As a board member of the Italian American Writers Association, she co-organizes their monthly readings in New York City.  She reads her poetry at venues in New York City and Philadelphia and belongs to PEN America Center and the Brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem.

Mark Fogarty’s poetry has been published in Hawaii Review, Viet Nam Generation, Journal of NJ Poets, Exit 13, Unrorean, Eclectic Literary Forum, Cokefishing in Alpha Beat Soup,Footwork, The Brownstone Poets Anthology, The TEA Newsletter, Gallery and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow. Work is forthcoming in Red Hill Paint, Instigatorzine, Artemis Journal, and others. Mark, also a musician, is the author of three poetry collections from White Chickens Press, Myshkin’s Blues, Peninsula and Phantom Engineer. A journalist by trade, Mark grew up and lives in Rutherford, NJ. He is the managing editor of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and emcees the Red Wheelbarrow Poets monthly reading series.

John Barrale’s poetry has been published in Paterson Literary Review, Red Wheel Barrow Poets (Volumes I – 6), Poetalk, NJ Journal of Poets, The Lullwater Review, California Quarterly, Tiger’s Eye Journal, The Aurorean, and The William and Mary Review, and Instigatorzine.  In June 2012, Shakespeare’s Moths a collection of John’s poems was published (White Chicken Press).  John is a founding member of the Red Wheel Barrow Poetry Workshop, and is one of the “Gang of Four” who sponsor and host the monthly William Carlos Williams Center Readings. In 2012, John became managing editor of “The Red Wheel Barrow” poetry anthologies.

Lee Bacon is the author of the middle grade novel Joshua Dread and its sequels, The Nameless Hero, and The Dominion Key, all from Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books. Lee grew up in Texas and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us(Guernica Editions). She is the founder /executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of English at Binghamton University-SUNY.  She has published 18 books.  The most recent are:  Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press, 2013); The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books, 2013); Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica, 2013); The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012); and What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009(Guernica Editions, 2010).With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website at

Jim Klein’s books include Blue Chevies, To Eat Is Human Digest Divine, and Trinis Talk Like the Birds, a chapbook. He has published more than 100 poems in literary magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Field, Gandhabba, Onthebus, Poetry Now, Pulpsmith, Unmuzzled Ox, and many times in the Wormwood Review, including a Special Section. He was a semi-finalist in the Anthony Hecht Prize, WayWiser Press, London, and the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press. He has led a weekly poetry workshop in Rutherford for seven years, and he edits The Red Wheelbarrow and reads regularly at The Williams Center and Gaineville Café in Rutherford.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. She is the author of two other full-length poetry collections, To Part Is to Die a Little, Cervená Barva Press, and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky, 8th House Publishing, Canada, and two chapbooks, and her poems and translations have appeared in many journals. Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, she co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011). Ms. Serea lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company. A rising star in the world of contemporary surrealist poetry, she received two Pushcart nominations in 2011.