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.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the theme for their March 1 reading at the New Brunswick Free Public Library will be “Feminist Wiles.” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, phone (732) 745-5108. The reading is part of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library 2016-17 Event Series and will be held in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, was the date of the Women’s March on Washington. This successful event was attended by an estimated half a million participants (or more), and at least 4.8 million worldwide at 408 marches in the U.S. and 168 in 81 other countries. (There is of course a wikipedia article already which uses these figures). Our Maxine attended the march in Washington:
And a grand total of 4 of us attended the march in Trenton (where there were at least 7,000 marchers!). Some photos of the march below:
The Off-Broadstreet Theatre turned out to be a terrific venue for our successful launch of our Cool Women anthology, Volume Six. We had a great and appreciative crowd, sold lots of books, and the reception afterwards was splendid indeed. Thanks to Anne Zeman of the Hopewell Public Library for co-hosting us. She wrote our group the day after saying it was “an absolutely wonderful evening–all of you were fantastic!” We are ordering more copies of the anthology, if you need one see our webpage that has ordering information.
Lois was the mistress of ceremonies and we all read in a pre-determined order, as is our usual method.
The Cools’ next venue will be in Portland, Oregon, at the home of Cool stalwart Penelope Scambly Schott. She and her husband have hosted the White Dog Salon there for many years and have featured (at last count) over 100 poets.
Here are photos from our reading as well as photos of other places we visited.
If you’re not able to travel that far to hear us, please come to the launch of our new anthology, Cool Women Volume Six, which will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Off Broadstreet Theatre, 5 So. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, New Jersey. We hope to see you there!