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).


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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




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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!





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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.






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Poem in Your Pocket

Poets and Poetry Lovers, Young and Old

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You are invited to
Celebrate April, Poetry Month
a Poem-in-Your-Pocket
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
Phone 609-737-2610

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.

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Mud Season Soon Here

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

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Cool Poets Read With Cool Students December 2


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November Readings

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, SaturdayNovember 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 Princeton Public Library as part of the Poets at the Library Series on Monday November 13, 2017, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The theme is “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” Hosted by Delaware Valley Poets, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 609.924.9529. Cool Women Reading November 13 2017.docx

Cool Women will perform at the Highland Park Public Library on November 28:

Highland Park Public Library
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.


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Songs of Ourselves

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.

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Readings in April for the Cool Women: April 19, April 23 and April 29

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.


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