November 2007 "Special Guests" at the Colony Café Monday Night Open Mic

Colony Cafe The featured readers for the November open mics have been announced.  Below is information on all of the upcoming readings.  The Monday Night Open Mic at the Colony Café (Colony Café, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock) takes place every Monday night starting at 7:00PM with and open mic before and after the featured readers. All events include an open mic of poetry/prose/performance hosted by Phillip Levine.

Monday, November 5th, 2007: Resident Poets, Musicians, and Artists from Northeast Center for Special Care
A select group of poets, musicians and artists from Northeast Center for Special Care will be performing original music and poetry, and exhibiting original paintings, prints and drawings at the Colony Cafe on Monday night,  November 5th.

The Northeast Center for Special Care is an innovative long-term care, rehabilitation, recovery and community reentry program for individuals recovering from multiple disabilities acquired from complex injuries, mainly traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Monday, November 12th, 2007: Efrayim Levenson and Deborah Emin
Efrayim Levenson’s poems have been published in Above Water, ArtVoice, Bflo Journal, Blatherskite, The Buffalo News Poetry Page, Earth’s Daughters, Foist, The Grin, Medicinal Purposes Literary Review, Pure Light, Swift Kick, and Tempus Fugit.  His new chapbook, Dances With Tears, published in March 2007 by Poets Wear Prada, was a featured selection in Poets House’s 2007 Showcase.

More information can be found at,, and

Deborah Emin is the author of the novel, Scags at 7. Set in the 1950s suburban world outside of Chicago, the story is told by the seven-year-old Scags about her summer vacation. Believing she is about to embark on a lazy, fun-filled couple of months, it is anything but that as her beloved Pops falls apart and with him the world as she knew it.

Sample pages of the novel are available on the publisher’s website: More than you may want to know about Deborah’s other work is on her website:

Monday, November 19th, 2007: Tim Verhaegen, Patricia Martin and Gus Mancini
Tim Verhaegen was raised on Long Island.  He has been living in the Capital District since 1980.  He is a member of the Every Other Thursday Poetry group in Voorheesville and the Armchair Poets in Troy. His poetry appears in Many Waters and Poetry Don’t Pump Gas, an anthology created by the Voorheesville poets.  His poetry is inspired by his Long Island childhood, his gay identity, his insatiable curiosity about the workings of people, and the stories of the people that surround him.  Wordsmiths Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, David Gray and Melanie Safka are his lyrical heroes. He has featured at nearly every poetry open mic in the capital district.  He will be featuring at Caffe Lena in Saratoga November 7th. He loves the spoken word, he chooses his most personal, intimate poetry for the spoken word experience.

Join the irrepressible duo Mancini and Martin to experience some live IN the Moment sharing– a rich aura/aural tapestry of original music and evocative words, selected from their upcoming same-titled cd.

Monday, November 26th, 2007: Cate McNider and Cheryl A. Rice
Cate McNider is an artist in her own residence in West Hurley four days out of the week. Originally from North Carolina, she migrated to NYC after a two year stint studying acting and modern dance in London. While auditioning and acting, the writing became more satisfying and creatively expedient. She has read her work at St. Marks Church, NYC, The Knitting Factory and various Brooklyn café’s.

Cate’s work has been published in several journals, The Westmoreland News, VA, and at In 1990, ”Guardian’s Trust” was made into a song by the late Michael Hedges on his Road to Return album. Cate continues to write lyrics, collaborating with the musician/lyricist & Oscar nominee Ramsey McLean of New Orleans.  Their song ‘Straydog Mountain’ is a hit.  A collection of her poems is on the way.

Born on Long Island in 1962, Cheryl A. Rice has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She has had both poems and prose published in Chronogram, The Country and Abroad, The Florida Review, The Gathering of the Tribes, Home Planet News, Mangrove, Other:, The Temple/El Templo, Ulster Magazine, and The Woodstock Times, and online at,, and She has lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for over 25 years.

For further information about the Monday Night Open Mic or possible bookings contact Phillip Levine at For information about the Colony Café contact Mariann Harrigfeld at or call 845-679-5342.