Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic Featuring Dawn Marar

Caffe LenaOn Wednesday, May 2, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Dawn Marar. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7pm and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5.

Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022,

Dawn Marar’s chapbook, Efflorescence, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in March 2018. Selected as a finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, her poems appear in Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. She was also a finalist in the 2016 Orison Anthology of Fiction & Poetry Awards, and winner of the 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Up the River: A Journal of Poetry, Art & Photography, Tribute to Orpheus 2, as well as the Chautauqua Literary Journal as a contest finalist. Her creative nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dawn earned a Bachelor’s from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree from Columbia University; and has worked with social justice and human rights groups as a planner and community organizer.

Dawn MararWe travel with the poet to Jordan… and learn of Abu Khalid, who, “using remnants of weapons, rockets/and tank shells, rolled out the dough to make barley/bread which his son then sold on the street.”
– Philip Metres, author of Sand Opera

…In poems…as simple in means as they are complex and disturbing in effect…
– Alan Shapiro, Life Pig

…a Geo-Political romantic cross-cultural language craftswoman…
– Alan Casline, ROOTDRINKER