Curated by James Ruggia


Riverview Neighborhood Association

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January Reader

Dorothy Friedman August

Dorothy Friedman August has published her work widely including two books of poetry and two more books coming including The L Shaped Room and Drinking Alaska. She has received two New York Foundation of the Arts fellowships and most recently an Acker award. A former student of John Ashbery, at Brooklyn College, she herself teaches writing at Fordham University, CSI, and Empire State College. She also writes art and books reviews, edits a zine, WHITE RABBIT, and is working on a memoir.

January Reader

Ron Kolm

Ron Kolm reads with Backroom Broadsides a second time, he first appeared at the Fox and the Crow in 2018. Kolm’s poetry and stories have appeared in many magazines and such books as Swimming in the Shallow End, Welcome to the Barbecue and Night Shift.

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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