Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Call for Authors – ‘Celebration of Abilities’ Roundtable Poetry Reading

Friday October 12 - 7:30 pm - 80 Broad Street, Red Bank NJ
Thursday October 18 - 7:30 pm – 179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair NJ
Free admission / Family-friendly event

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, U GALLERY & BOUTIQUE is hosting a poetry roundtable reading event to be held at their Red Bank and Montclair locations.  The event is being curated by Suzann Brucato, author, Matriarch ~ A Journey Through Tradition.  

This event is open to published and unpublished poets of different abilities with a maximum of five poets to read at this event.  Interested poets should send name, email address, and phone number with a PDF version of two sample poems, or copy of poems in body of the email, to TheFaceOfPoetry@mindspring.com (no other attachments will be accepted).  Deadline for submissions is October 10, 2012.  Not all poets who submit a sample poem will be included in this reading event.  Themes are currently open and the event is family-friendly.  With a planned two-hour event, each author may be able to read five to six poems, each poem not to be longer than one page in length. 

U GALLERY & BOUTIQUE is a fully functional combination "Art Space" and boutique.  Unique handcrafted jewelry and art pieces produced by our clients through the Universal therapy programs are available for sale.  Gallery U in Red Bank holds monthly group art shows featuring local established and emerging artists.  Our receptions are open to the public.  We also feature music events, poetry readings, film screenings, and more.  Gallery U is an extension of Universal Rehabilitation Institute, which services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).  Gallery U is a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the workforce and community.  Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U including inventory, completing transactions, organizing new items, checking and responding to emails, customer service, and more.  At Gallery U, we strive to take an active role in the Red Bank community by collaborating with local businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, creative arts programs, community programs, etc.   If you are interested in submitting artwork for consideration in an upcoming exhibit, or if your group would like to collaborate with Gallery U, please contact Robert Langdon at rlangdongalleryu@gmail.com or (732) 747-6696.

Suzann Brucato was born in Union City and moved to Fords, New Jersey where she lived until she was married in 1990.  She attended Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Montclair State University where she graduated cum laude.  She and her husband Paul celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2010 and have two children, John and Maria.  With many years as a corporate business analyst and consultant, Suzann became a small business owner in 2003.  In addition to enjoying gardening, photography, and painting, Suzann finds writing to be her balance.  Suzann has published in many small press journals and anthologies, with Matriarch ~ A Journey Through Tradition her first published full collection that conveys the importance of family traditions as a contribution to ensuing generations.  www.MatriarchJourney.com

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Poetry Night at Bradley Beach Public Library

April is National Poetry Month.
Come celebrate poets and their craft.

Poetry Night at the Bradley Beach Public Library
Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
511 4th Avenue Bradley Beach, NJ 07720 
At this event, Suzann Brucato, author of Matriarch ~ A Journey Through Tradition, will share her own personal journey through tradition, as well as the journeys of other poetic women.
Attendees are invited to bring their own work to share after the presentation.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Clementina Graziano Signorelli

When I was only ten, my father's mother passed away March 28th 1970, at 52 years old.  She had originally developed breast cancer, which developed later into brain cancer.  I have two very vivid memories with her.  One, when I visited for a weekend, and she and I painted a cocktail platter; it had a black background with an outline of flowers, but it was not paint-by-number.  They gave a photo with three or four suggested samples of what the finished platter could look like, and she and I seemed to spend hours painting that platter.  Second, on another weekend I visited and slept over, I had  been sitting literally at her feet when she sat in her reading chair where she beaded .... flowers .... small, intricate, decorative flowers.  I sat in awe watching her thread and bead, not knowing what the end result would be, until she wired them all together.  She was a seamstress by trade, but also a soulfully creative woman who shared so much with me before I was ten.  I am saddened that I was not able to "grow-up" with her, but blessed to have know her and received her gifts, including our writing poetry together, or actually making it up while she was sitting next to me as I fell asleep in her home.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Celebrating Women's History Month

In celebration of Women’s History month in March and Mother’s Day in May, Suzann Brucato is scheduling reading and signing events through June 2012 including discussions about family, culture, and the role of women in maintaining tradition.

An Italian-American woman residing in central New Jersey, Suzann Brucato has created a photo-journal as a tribute to motherhood, family, and heritage. This full-length collection of poems and photos conveys the importance of family traditions as a contribution to ensuing generations.

Author: Suzann M. Brucato
ISBN: 978-0-615-47832-6
List: Print Format - $24.20
Digital Format - $14.29 (compatible with digital readers)
Web: www.MatriarchJourney.com

"For Suzann, family is a quilt tied together by foods and celebrations that live and grow from year to year." Rosalie Bennett, a New Jersey artist.

For scheduling availability, please contact 732.747.3422 or MatriarchJourney@mindspring.com

25% DISCOUNT through February 14, 2012