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.






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.

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

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.


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.