A HAPPY ReCAPS 2021


As perverse and unpoetic as it sounds, the last twelve to fifteen months has been good for CAPS. We've managed to strengthen our ties with those of you who have been with us for any stretch of the last two plus decades and through the wacky, wild west world of ZOOM we've become the international enclave we wildly once dreamed of.

Imagine featured poets and open mic'ers from France, Nepal, Australia, Brooklyn, the UK, Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, California, Colorado, Connecticut, and other far flung global points reading with and alongside all of us here in the Hudson Valley, Albany, and NYC. No language barriers, just poetry! Give yourselves a well deserved standing O. Fuckin' eh!

CAPS Press lives! Besides the publication of our anthologies, CAPS 2015, CAPS 2020, and Mightier - Poets for Social Justice, we are days away from the publication of Larry Carr's enigmatic, full length, Paradise Loft. Pretty cool. (And thanks Larry for trusting us with your words)Now add that to the burbling idea that we're thinking of starting CAPS Chapbook Series and you begin to see just how far we've come from those days in Beacon. . .

We've expanded our traditional First Friday feature event from two poets to three to broaden the range and scope of the myriad voices we've encountered through ZOOM. We've added one featured poet to our Third Thursday Be The Feature Zoom events, while still leaving space for an expanded open mic and salon style give and take. Thanks to David Schell at Green Kill Gallery in Kingston, we've been live-streaming poetic events every Second Thursday for over a year now and will continue to do so, virus or no virus. Our membership has grown and as we begin 2022, these three events will continue on their set days, starting at 7pm. Plans are also in the works for a JazzOetry event in April and a Zoom Marathon in the spring. We hope to go live again come spring but we'll keep the live/Zoom hybrid. We know it works. Stay tuned. Join the email list. Check Facebook. Become a supporting member!

But perhaps the biggest news is we're beginning to plan a Calling All Poets online archive.Thirty plus years of Hudson Valley poetry ranging through 9/11, the '08 bust, the Arab Spring,Clinton, Bush, Obama, it who will not be named, COvid and Biden. Voices of protest, loss, victory, community. Voices of those we've lost - Don Lev, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Lynn Hoins - new voices, familiar voices. Audio, video, photos. . .the whole enchilada as they say. If you can help us find funding for this endeavor, please contact us. Any help is a  great help.

The CAPS community thrives worldwide because of your words and fearlessness to have them heard against the breaking waves of alternate facts, disinformation, and flat out n out lies. I've always said CAPS has kept me honest. Let me just say that Jim, Greg, and I thank you most heartedly for yours. 

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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets, Thursday Aug 12 7pm

Ken Holland, Stephanie JT Russell and yours truly will be the features for the next installment of Green Kill Sessions presents. We will also be allowing 20 living, breathing human folk into the gallery as an audience.  Please click the link to choose one of two options: to receive the livestream link or to reserve seating and receive the livestream link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-poets-caps-august-12-7-pm-live-streamlive-audience-tickets-164866533239

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Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets

Please join us Thursday, July 8th at 7pm for another installment of Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets. Our featured poets are special guest SF poet/activist Karla Brundage alongside Alison Koffler-Wise and Dayl Wise. Here's the link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-poets-caps-july-8-7-pm-live-stream-tickets-161343880891

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JazzOetry Returns! Thursday, April 8 Green Kill Gallery Livestream

JazzOetry returns just in time as we start to resurface from the plague year! On Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 pm, Green Kill Gallery presents CAPS Livestream JazzOetry. Our great JazzOetry quartet reconvenes: Robert Kopec - bass, Eric Person - reeds, Joe Vincent Tranchina - keys, and drummer Bob Meyer will join Jim Eve, Penny Brodie, Addison Goodson, Greg Correll, and yours truly for ninety minutes of old school free form poetry and jazz. The Eventbrite link is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calling-all-poets-caps-april-8-7-pm-live-stream-tickets-148779604803

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Interview with Roger Aplon, editor of CAPS 2020 Anthology

Read a recent interview with Roger Aplon, friend and long-time supporter of CAPS and editor/publisher of Waymark - Voices of the Valley here:

https://www.hoctok.com/roger-aplon.html

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Susana H. Case & Ken Holland, Friday, February 5, 7:00pm

Our first First Friday Zoom of 2021 features two great poets. Susana H. Case makes her first CAPS feature reading from her latest book "Dead Shark on the N Train" plus new work. Longtime friend and supporter Ken Holland, who received two Pushcart nominations in 2020, will be our second feature. As always a two poem, five minute open mic will follow the features. We have instituted a small Tip Jar donation for all events to continue all of CAPS future events and publications. Thank you for your continued support, words and generosity!

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Be The Feature Zoom Event 1/21/21

Our first open mic Zoom Event of 2021 and the first for Biden/Harris featured poetry from a host of friends and supporters. Special thanks to Greg Correll, Amanda Russell, Gary Siegel, Roberta Gould, Dan Brown, Sally Rhodes, Tanya Tyler, Todd Paropacic, Suzanne Rancourt, Penny Brodie, Tom Nolan, Marina Mati, and Julie Lomoe. Register for our next Be the Feature,  Thursday February 18 7:00pm on the CAPS home page.

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Links to Green Kill Sessions presents Calling All Poets 1/14/21

Our first inaugural livestream From Green Kill Gallery in Kingston featuring Teresa Costa, Marina Mati, & Cheryl A. Rice.

Buzzsprout https://www.buzzsprout.com/821191/episodes/7443238

YouTube:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Ve1A6pqQk

Listen and share. Spread the word! www.callingallpoets.net 

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9th Annual CAPS Marathon & Hudson Valley Book Fair, Saturday September 23, 1-10pm

Our 9th Annual CAPS Marathon promises, as always and ever, a wide array of voices and ideas that makes our community the unique forum it is. Some of those scheduled to appear are: Irene O'Garden, Guy Reed, Greg Correll, Seamus Casey, Mary Panza, Tara Yetter, Lucia Chercui, John Martucci, Susan Konz, Dara Lurie, Kate Hymes, and Cassandra Clarke. From SUNY New Paltz we'll have Larry Carr, Pauline Uchmanowicz, and Jan Schmidt. We're hoping to have a special open mic section for students and a discussion of The Roost Studios/CAPS 'Ekphrasis Project.' Spread the word!

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CAPS & Roost Studios to Unveil 'The Ekphrasis Project'

Several CAPS poets and Roost Studios artists have been collaborating on works for a special monthly exhibit The Ekphrasis Project. The works will be in the Roost Studios & Art Gallery starting Thursday, August 31 - Sunday, September 24. On Saturday, September 16 from 7-9 there will be a reception and artist talk. 

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CAPS @ Empowering Ellenville Discontinued as of Aug 4

Due to the closing of the Empowering Ellenville Community Center, CAPS will no longer be holding our Second Friday open mics.   

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