Curated by James Ruggia


Riverview Neighborhood Association

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Donna Dallas

Donna Dallas studied writing and philosophy at NYU, travelled extensively, became a businessperson, wife, and mother of two. Her writing documents lives as a witness to a wide variety of lives. Originally, published in Mud Fish, Nocturnal Lyric, The Café Review and The New York Quarterly, she studied under William Packard. Her work currently appears in Horror Sleaze Trash, Red Fez, The Opiate, Anti-Heroin Chic and Beatnik Cowboy, among others. She serves on the editorial team of Red Fez.

Dan Jacoby

Dan Jacoby graduated from St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University. He has published poetry in Anchor and Plume(Kindred), Arkansas Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Bombay Gin, Burningword Literary Review, Canary, The Fourth River, Steel Toe Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and Red Fez to name a few. He is a former educator, steel worker, and counterintelligence agent. He is a member of the Carlinville Writers Guild and American Academy of Poets among other groups. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. Nominated for Best on the Net for Poetry in 2019 by Red Fez. He is the author of Blue Jeaned Buddhists.

Danny Shot

Danny Shot founded, published, and edited Long Shot magazine, along with Eliot Katz in 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ. Born in the Bronx and raised in Dumont, NJ by German Jewish refugees, Shot graduated from Rutgers. He was featured on the television show State of the Arts, NJ in July 2018. He is currently Head Poetry Editor of RED FEZ ( and an Associate Editor of TRIBES online. He spent over 30 years as a NYC public high school teacher, serving in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Brooklyn. Mr. Shot lives in Hoboken, NJ where he was the most recent poet-in-residence of the Hoboken Museum. WORKS (New and Selected Poems) was published in March 2018 (CavanKerry Press).

Kerry Trautman

Originally from Ohio, Kerry Trautman was one of the founders of and the “Toledo Poetry Museum” page on Facebook, both of which serve to promote Northwest Ohio poetry events. She participates in such events as the Columbus Arts Festival and “Back to Jack”—Toledo’s annual Jack Kerouac memorial reader’s theater—and she has served as a judge and workshop leader for the Northwest regional semifinals of Ohio’s annual “Poetry Out Loud” competition since 2016. In 2015, a “yet-to-be-published” poetry collection was a finalist for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Stevens Award, and was a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series 1st Book Award. Her work has appeared in dozens of journals. Her books include Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press 2012,) To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press 2015,) Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017,) and To be Nonchalantly Alive (Kelsay Books 2020.)

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is a husband, father of two and a beer-league softball player. Some of his poetry, fiction and non-fiction can be found in such on-line publications as Visual Verse, Fishbowl Press, The Blue Nib, Terror House Magazine, Califragile, and Spillwords. Jordan is an editor at, and His latest book, Spirits for Sale, is available on Amazon. His poetry has been translated into Vietnamese and Farsi. His work may be found at

Curator | James Ruggia

James Ruggia is the creative curator of this spoken word series. As we attempt to return to our in-person series, James is our featured reader and if there is enough interest and room (social distancing rules will apply) we will have an open period as well. Watch this page for developing information.

With over four decades of writing and travel experience he is uniquely suited as our curator and we are lucky to have him! You can read more of his work at

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