Laura Boss will be reading her poetry on July 18, 2017 at the Kuran Arts Center as part of the Carriage House Poetry Series. Laura will be reading along with Jim Gwyn. Laura Boss is editor of the poetry magazine Lips, which she founded in 1981. She is a first-place winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Memorial Award. Her other awards include three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the first International Award in Poetry from the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. Laura’s new poetry collection, The Best Lover, is due this year from New York Quarterly.
The Kuran Arts Center is located on Watson Road (off Martine Avenue, for GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue) in Fanwood, New Jersey. Monthly readings in the series are held at 8PM on the third Tuesday of each month. All readings are free and open to the public.
Jim Gwyn is an actor and poet who has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. Recent work is in Lips, The Paterson Literary Review, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Quarterly. He won first prize in the 2008 Allen Ginsberg poetry contest and has received eight Pushcart Prize nominations. He hosts the ANT Poetry and Music series in Clifton, NJ.
The Carriage House Poetry Series was established in 1998 as a project funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. With the support of additional grants and the Fanwood Borough Mayor and Council, the series features some of the finest contemporary poets each year. All readings are held in the Kuran Arts Center, a 19th century carriage house, formerly known as the Fanwood Carriage House and for which the series was named.
The Carriage House Series, hosted by Adele Kenny, is pleased to feature a wide range of both nationally-known and local poets. Readers include Gerald Stern, Mark Doty, Stephen Dunn, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, Taylor Mali, and Maria Gillan. Most readings include an open mic after the feature, and audience members are invited to share their poems.