Lunar Walk Poetry Series Presents: Ken Hart and Joy Gaines-Friedler

Kenneth Hart received an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 1998. He teaches writing at New York University, works in the family roofing business, and gives readings and workshops for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His poems have been published in Arts & Letters, North American Review, Mead, Mississippi Review, Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Poet Lore, and his book reviews appear regularly in Journal of New Jersey Poets. He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award, and the recipient of the 2008 editor’s prize for New Ohio Review. His poem “Keep America Beautiful” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac in 2009. He lives in Long Valley, NJ, and spends his summers in Alaska. Hart’s book, Uh Oh Time was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. In 2013, he became Poetry Editor of The Florida Review.

Joy Gaines-Friedler is the author of two full length poetry collections: Like Vapor (Mayapple Press, 2008) and Dutiful Heart (Broadkill River Review Press, 2013). A chapbook, Capture Theory is forthcoming. Joy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University in Ohio, and studied for her Masters in English Literature at Oakland University in Michigan. Her poems and essays are published in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poets.

The event is free, but we encourage everyone to buy at least one drink (it's a great bar!) and there is an Open Mic after each reading (one poem/one page per reader). The event is hosted by Madeleine Barnes, Gerry LaFemina, and Lynn McGee.