Fools Rush In!


Join the Cool Women for a themed reading (Fools Rush In) on Thursday, April 4th, 7 p.m., at the Hillsborough Library Branch of the Somerset County Library System, 379 South Branch Rd., Program Room AB, Hillsborough, New Jersey,, 908-458-8420.




Fall Retreat 2018 in Easton, PA

November 8-9, 2018, the Cools went on a special fall retreat to Easton, Pennsylvania where Cool member Juditha recently moved with husband Jim. Two full days of workshopping, reading, walking, planning.

Two Readings by the Cool Women in November

Cool Women Reading “Sourland Dialogues”
for Sourland Conservancy Train Station Series
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 6.39.04 PMAs part of the Sourland Consevancy 2018 Train Station Series, Cool Women Poets will read on Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. at the Hopewell Train Station, 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell, New Jersey. Suggested donation $5.00 at the door. The members of the nine-women poetry critique and performance group will read three rounds of poems, creating a jazz conversation with and about plants, animals and people in the Sourlands. For more information call 609-309-5155. To register, follow this link:


Lost and Found Edges. . . Cool Women at Ellarslie Poetry Reading
The Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4 pm
Free with donation

Cool Women Poets is a Central Jersey-based, nine-member poetry critique and performance group, which has been meeting for 24 years. The members are widely published individually and as a group. Their performances are theme based improvisations and the result is a jazz-like poetic performance. The reading is lg_mansion-300x215a benefit for the Trenton Museum Society as the society celebrates its 40th anniversary and will celebrate the current Garden State Water Color Society exhibition. The theme for this reading is Lost and Found Edges which is a watercolor technique used to create and suggest movement. (Watercolor of Ellarslie by Thomas Malloy).


Congratulations to Lois!

IMG_20180929_151317Last weekend on September 29, a plaque commemorating Lois Marie Harrod’s poem “The Spineless” was unveiled on the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail  at the D&R Greenway, in Princeton. A sizeable gathering hiked up to hear Lois read her poem, and refreshments were then served on the King Terrace, where congratulatory remarks were made by Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert. Two master artisans were also recognized, woodworker David Robinson, who produced eight benches for the trail, and sign maker George Zienowicz, who has done all fifty of the poetry plaques. “The Spineless” celebrates nature with a wink to our own humanity. This is the 50th poem on the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail that now has equal representation by men and women spanning centuries of thought.


A Dodge poet, 3-time recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowship, 5-time recipient of fellowships to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Lois has spent her life writing and teaching. Resident of Hopewell borough since 1972, she is the author of 16 books of poetry and is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. Read her online work at




Congratulations to Eloise!

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!





Poem in Your Pocket a lot of fun

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.