An Evening of Poetry and Art at the Les Malamut Art Gallery

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UNION—Celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening of Poetry and Art at the Les Malamut Art Gallery on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The Les Malamut Art Gallery (wheelchair accessible, downstairs in the Union Public Library) is located at 1980 Morris Avenue. This event is free to the public.

Back by popular demand after last year’s success, this poetry event is part of an ongoing series of events taking place inside the gallery. This evening presents the opportunity to hear 6 New Jersey poets read their works. Since the readings will be held in the gallery itself, attendees will also have the opportunity to view the current exhibit “Cowboys and Horses of the Wild West” by photographer Walt Jarko.


Barbara Wirkus, has had her poems published in various poetry magazines, including Exit 13, Poet Magazine, Albatross Literary Magazine, as well as a chapbook, Poems for Unpretentious People. She is currently working on a memoir, Received and Responding, relating her experiences as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician on a rescue squad, and a second chapbook Echos From the Bell Jar.

Leona M Seufert has published a chapbook, From Here to There and Back Again – A Commuter’s Journey, which grew from being a commuter into NYC for 11 months and spending 2 hours a day riding trains. She has also published The 9-11 Year, a signed, limited edition, hand bound book of poems and essays about the aftermath of 9/11 that came from a journal she kept during the year following the World Trade Center destruction.

Chris McIntyre is a co-founder of the Walking English poetry collective and it’s web site, His work has also been published in The Idiom Magazine and Upstage Magazine. He was an assistant editor for the Idiom Anthology, 2008. His poetry has been featured as part of the 2009 Long Branch Poetry Festival, the River Read Poetry Series and the Baron Arts Center’s Poets Wednesday.

Joy Ann Lara (writing as JJG Cabanos) is an artist whose works celebrate the synergy of painting, poetry, dance, and music.  Her poems have appeared in Exit 13 Magazine. She creates and presents art lectures for children and adults.

Deborah LaVeglia, is well known as the director of the PoetsWednesday Poetry Series at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge. She is also the creator of a helpful website PoetsWednesday & More, that gives listings of many poetry events and venues. She has been published in numerous poetry journals including the Paterson Literary Review, American Poetry Journal, Exit 13 Magazine, and the Edison Literary Review. In 2008 she was a featured guest on National Public Radio. Deborah has also published a chapbook, The Vigil.

Harriet Swan Barkei enjoys writing whimsical verses and an occasional essay.  Harriet has petted the backs of bumblebees dozing at dawn in the dazzling dahlias dangling from her garden fence.  She marvels at the infinite beauty of God’s creation.

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States and is celebrated every April.

The gallery is open during Library hours. The Les Malamut Art Gallery, originally opened in March 1988 as the Wheelchair Gallery Inc., and through an elevator provides access to the lower level of the of the building where the gallery is located. Each year six to eight exhibits are mounted and have included various media. For more information about the gallery visit

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