Watershed Literary Events Presents: A Tribute to Public School Teachers

Literary events in the watershed:

CONTACT: Peter Travers [email protected]

AN EVENT: Watershed Literary Events presents: A Tribute to Public School Teachers, with Victor Alcindor, Mary Brancaccio, Kathy Kremins, Stacey Z Lawrence, and Ras Heru Stewart

EVENT DATE: Sunday December 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION OF THE EVENT: The Skate House, Meadowland Park, South Orange

Watershed Literary Events, the spoken word series sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Meadowland Park Conservancy in South Orange, will conclude its 2022 season with a reading by five outstanding SOMA-based poets who are also public school teachers.

Featured poets include Victor Alcindor, Mary Brancaccio, Kathy Kremins, Stacey Z Lawrence and Ras Heru Stewart. The event, which will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Victor Alcindor, by Jewel Scott-Jones

by Victor Alcindor first collection of poetry remain silent (Get Fresh Books, 2018). American poet of Haitian origin, his poems have appeared in HIV Here & Now Anthology, Lunch Ticket, Insanity’s Horse Literary Magazine, The November 3rd Club, and elsewhere. An English teacher at West Orange High School, Victor completed his undergraduate studies at the College of New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree in criminology from Rutgers and a doctorate in arts and letters from Drew University.

Marie Brancaccio, by David Brancaccio

Marie Brancaccio taught English and creative writing at Columbia High School and Livingston High School. His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently in Write the Earth: Northeast (2021) and Write Earth: Maine (2022). Brancaccio’s first complete collection of poetry, fierce geometry, just released from Get Fresh Books. Brancaccio draws inspiration from hiking in wilderness areas and national parks, as well as researching art, history and the natural world.

Kathy Kremins, by Ysabel Y. Gonzalez

Kathy Kremins is a Newark native of Irish immigrant parents and a retired teacher and coach. His collection of poetry, Undress the world, was published in 2022 by Finishing Line Press. Kathy’s recent work appears in Aferro Gallery’s ongoing project Poem Booth: Make Me Wanna Holler, Drunk Monkeys, Paterson Literary Review, The Night Heron Barks, Stay Salty: Life in the Garden State, Stillwater Review, and Divine Feminist: An Anthology of Non-Binary Poetry and Art by Womxn and Folxamong other publications.

Stacey Z Lawrence, by Stacey Lawrence

Stacey Z Lawrence teaches poetry and English at Columbia High School. His first collection of poems is Risk of falling (Finishing Line Press, 2021). Stacey’s poetry has been shortlisted for the Fish Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2022, his poem “Pre-Pandemic Field Trip” received an Arts by the People grant and was animated for the Moving Words film screening in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is an avid hiker in the Catskill Mountains where she has a writing cabin.

Ras Heru Stewart, by Ras Heru Stewart

Ras Heru Stewart is a Newark-born poet, artist, creative entrepreneur and educator. In 2018, Heru founded Rebel Ink Publishing, coinciding with the release of his first Complete collection of poems, The Book of Heru: Portrait of a poet. His latest book, The Rubicon, was released by Rebel Ink in late 2020. Heru also produces “Rhythm & Words,” a creative writing and performance fusion event. Currently a fifth-grade language arts teacher at Delia Bolden Elementary and a student rights advocate, Heru aligns her creative endeavors with initiatives and opportunities to create lasting impact.

Watershed was founded in 2019 and hosts four readings a year, featuring established and emerging writers with a New Jersey connection. For up-to-date information, contact Peter Travers at [email protected].

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