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Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Brooklyn: THE BROWNSTONE POETS READING SERIES: Current December Schedule: There’s No Reading on Saturday, December 6! It was rescheduled to Satur…

Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Brooklyn:


Current December Schedule:

There’s No Reading on Saturday, December 6!

It was rescheduled to

Saturday, December 13 at 3:30PM at Café Sutra

Salute to Washington Heights

*Demetrius Daniel & Joy Leftow *

Café Sutra
639A 5th Avenue
(between 18th & 19th Sts.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215
$3 donation + food/drink - Regular Open Mic
Take the R or M to Prospect Avenue

Tuesday, December 16 at 7PM at The Fall Café

* Rose Bernal & Arlene Cassarino *

The Fall Café
307 Smith Street (between Union & President Sts.)
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231
$3 donation + food/drink - Limited Open Mic
Take the F or G to Carroll Street & exit at President Street



Demetrius Daniel

Demetrius Daniel is a spoken word artist and musician residing in Washington Heights. He has read throughout New York City in venues such as the Nuyorican Poet’s Café & the Knitting Factory. Demetrius has read at the Monkey Room & the Archway. He has also hosted a reading series at the formerly known Bahamas Restaurant back in 2003 & the “WORD” series at the OSA church from 2004 to 2005. In 2006, Demetrius was a featured guest on Rockland world radio as well as the local TV show, “The New Yorkers.” He has performed at the Uptown Artstroll since 2005. Demetrius also plays trombone with the Latin jazz bands Masacote and IC Express. He has a CD entitled “Words Speak” on He has also been published in the “Silent Journey.” Demetrius teaches English and poetry to middle school students at Eleanor Roosevelt Intermediate School. He has also featured at STAINS lounge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He has been a featured reader at STARK’s and Nightingale Lounge’s Saturn series. Demetrius currently plays in the band DEEP INTENT which can be seen regularly at the Shout Out at Otto’s Shrunken head on Saturdays.

Joy Leftow

Joy Leftow is a writer with a unique perspective and voice. She has been active in the New York City poetry scene since 1993, frequently reading at poetry evenings at CBGB's, the Wetlands, Cornelia Street Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, the Back Fence, Palmer Vineyards and the Paris Cafe and making appearances on local public radio shows, such as Poetry Central, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Everything Goes, The Sounds of Poetry on Adelphi Radio on WBAU-FM, Jazz Poetry Café with Phillip Gregory on WFLO Cool On The Groove on Rockland World Radio Program and on the television show, The New Yorkers. She also organized and hosted the Spoken Word Event at the 4th, 5th & 6th Annual Uptown Arts Stroll event in 2006, 2007 & 2008. Some of Leftow’s numerous publishing credits can be viewed at Poets & Writers website.

Leftow has been performing on the New York poetry scene for some time and has published A Spot of Bleach, a book of poetry and prose. Her story, Foolish Pride, came out Spring 2007, in an all female anthology called The Lipstick Diaries from Augustus Publishing. Joy writes and gets her work published when she is not busy doing cat rescues and meeting her muse.

Leftow is a clinical social worker proficient at understanding character. Writing from her own experiences and those of her close friends, Joy focuses a new light on the wacky, humorous, and sometimes painful adventure of “Life in the Big Apple.”

Leftow's first book, A Spot of Bleach & Other Poems and Prose (Big Foot Press, 2006), was praised by the Aquarian East Coast Rocker (March 15-22, 2006 issue) as "bringing a bold energetic humor to the matters of everyday life. Growing up in a not so “Leave It To Beaver” household, she reflects on her relationships with family members and friends with more sarcasm than you could find in a whole season of “Seinfeld.” Her prose is like a catchy tune, keeping the reader engaged within every line and pause, allowing her words and loud voice to linger around in your head. Her observations and analysis of human nature represent the cynicism with which we think but never have the guts to say out loud."

Rose Bernal

Rose Bernal has read at the Phoenix series and several other venues around the city, as well as in open sessions.

Besides appearing in her high school yearbook, and an anthology of high school poetry, her work has appeared in the Jefferson Market Library Workshop anthologies for 2005, 2006 and 2007, the 2006 anthology of Stuyvesant Cove Poets and the Phoenix magazine.

Early and currant poems are usually intermixed, abstract along with descriptive, leading to a revelatory statement. Rose likes to start out with her latest work.

Arlene Cassarino

Arlene Cassarino is a member of the Jefferson Market Library Workshop. Having been born and raised and still a resident of Greenwich Village, she feels it was preordained that she would be eccentric. This was further exaggerated by her being born a Gemini.

Patricia Carragon

Curator, Editor
The Brownstone Poets


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