Joan Cusack Handler is a poet and memoirist, and a psychologist in clinical practice. Her poems have been widely published and have received awards from The Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. She has published GlOrious, a poetry collection that is “an anthem to adolescent rebellion in adulthood, The Red Canoe: Love in Its Making, a verse memoir exploring the anatomy of a marriage, Confessions of Joan the Tall, a prose memoir written in the voice of her 11 year old self and most recently Orphans, a verse memoir that recounts the stories of her colorful Irish immigrant parents and her complicated relationship with them. She is also the founder and publisher of CavanKerry Press Ltd.
Jean Hollander was director of Annual Writers’ Conferences at the College of New Jersey for 23 years. She has taught literature and writing there, as well as at Princeton University, Brooklyn College, & Columbia University. She was Poetry Editor/Columnist at the Princeton Packet for many years. She gives lectures on Dante’s Commedia, as well as teaching poetry writing at various institutions. She has given over a hundred readings of her own poetry, as well as workshops at universities, libraries, bookstores and poetry events, such as the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, The University of Dallas, The Poetry Society of America, Barnes & Noble Reading Series in Manhattan and Princeton, Station WPFW for Voice of America, Harvard University, Poets House, etc. She has published over three hundred poems in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. Her latest book is And They Shall Wear Purple: New and Selected Poems (2016).
Charlotte Mandel didn’t grow up dreaming of being a published poet. Instead, after happily getting married and having children, she started writing poetry in her forties. “Though I wrote my first poem at the age of 8, I did not write another poem for a quarter century,” she says. Winner of the 2012 New Jersey Poet’s Prize, her collection, Life Work is her eighth published book of poems.
This series is hosted by poets Laura Boss and Maria Mazziotti Gillan and held at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium. All readings are free and open to the public and begin at 7 pm. Time allowing, an open reading will follow the featured poets’ readings.
Location: Montclair Public Library (Auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ For information, contact the library at 973-744- 0500