The Cool Women will be reading on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. for the Sourland Conservancy Train Station Series at the Hopewell Train Station, 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell, New Jersey. For more information call 609-309-5155.
Congratulations to Eloise on receiving a Governor’s Award in Arts Education! She was nominated by Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania and on May 22 was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award. Thank you for all you do to bring the arts to all children!
The Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration at the Hopewell branch of the Mercer County Library in Pennington was an unqualified success. Short poems both funny and serious were shared by young and old alike. First to read was Maura Whalen, a student at the Princeton Friends School. Maura not only read one of her poems but also sang a poem by Stephen Sondheim (note: she also has a great voice!). We had hoped more students would attend but the unusual (!) spring weather might have kept them away. After the Cools read some of their own as well as other short poem favorites, ten members of the audience also read, all with great enthusiasm, poems they had brought or ones we had supplied. One local poet, Bill Waters, also took photos of the event which are displayed below.
Poets and Poetry Lovers, Young and Old
You are invited to
Celebrate April, Poetry Month
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3-4 pm
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer Country Library
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
Free and Open to the Public
Bring a poem of 15 or fewer lines, your own or a favorite.
Read it with local 5th, 6th and 7th graders,
members of the poetry and critique group COOL WOMEN
and community members. Everyone invited.
Yes, there will be an open mike and refreshments.
Book sale profits go to the library.
The Cool Women will read on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, phone (732) 745-5108. The theme for the reading is “Mud Season.” The reading is part of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library 2017-18 Event Series and will be held in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The Friends of the Library present programs on the first Saturday of the month for most months between October 2017 and June 2018. For details, please visit https://www.nbfpl.org/about/friends-of-the-library.
The first event in November for Cool Women will be a book launch for Betty Lies’ new book on Nov. 4:
Publication Party for Betty Lies new book The Cliff’s Edge with readings by Lois Marie Harrod and Hopewell Valley High School Students, Saturday, November 4, 3 pm, Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Rd., Pennington, NJ, 08434. Free and open to the public.
Cool Women will perform at the Highland Park Public Library on November 28:
Cool Women Poets
Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00 pm
Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members—Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Schott, Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson—have deep New Jersey roots. The Theme is Cool Women Talk Turkey. An open reading follows the featured poets.
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9-10:15 a.m., as part of the literary festival and conference at Passaic County Community College “Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg,” The Cool Women will present a panel “Songs of Ourselves: How to Form a Vibrant Poetry Group that Moves into the Community,” featuring presentations by Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Maxine Susman and Gretna Wilkinson, with contributions also from other members of the group, in Room 103 of the Pruden Building, 44 Church Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Here is a brochure about the conference.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. the Cool Women will be performing at the Warren Township Library Branch of the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. It is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ, 908-754-5554. The theme is “Cool Women Move the Earth.”
A special event to celebrate April as National Poetry Month is a reading on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. featuring Lois Marie Harrod and Judy Michaels, who will be joined by young poets from local schools. This event is at the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Rd. in Pennington, 609-737-2610. The reading will be followed by book sales (profits support the library) and light refreshments. Here is a flyer for this reading.
On Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library (245 Pennington-Titusville Rd. in Pennington) have asked the Cool Women to return for a performance as well. The theme is Cool Women Earthy, “For the Good of Earth and Sun.” Light refreshments will be served. Flyer for the event is here.
On Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cool Women as the featured readers to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).
The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, the members of Cool Women will read.
Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members—Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Schott, Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson—have deep New Jersey roots. Since their debut in Princeton on Valentine’s Day, 2000, they have given dozens of readings in the tri-state area and as far away as Portland, Oregon.
Each of the Cool Women is widely published; collectively they have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, have won countless prizes, grants, fellowships, and awards, and have written dozens of books. They have taught and mentored all ages, from grade school through older adults. Together, Cool Women have produced six anthologies and two CDs of their work; their most recent book appeared in December 2016. This year they celebrate 21 years as a group and 17 years of performing together.