Curated by James Ruggia


Riverview Neighborhood Association

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Valery Oisteanu

Valery Oisteanu’s roots go back to the Soviet Union where he was born as a Romanian in the midst of World War Two. Oisteanu came to the United States in the early 70s and has brought his powerful brand of surrealist observation to a very American brand of poetry.

Oisteanu has authored more than a dozen books of poetry, including the recently released In the Blink of a Third Eye. He has also published a book of short fiction, and a book of essays. As an art critic Oisteanu contributes to The Brooklyn Rail, NYArts, Rain Taxi and D’Art International. Oișteanu is the founder and president of PASS: Poets and Artists Surrealist Society.

John deSouza

John deSouza was born in Montreal in 1964, John deSouza (1964- ) was awarded the Burston Prize in Fine Art, 1982 and was selected to attend the Poet, Christopher’s Dewdney’s ‘Dream Class’ for promising young Canadian Poets in 1983. Attended the University of Toronto (studied in three Arts programs) graduating in 1992> he was the runner up for the Pratt Prize in Poetry.

He emigrated to the US in 1994 and has since resided in Manhattan, Princeton and Jersey City. He studied poetry with the poet Frederick Tibbetts between 2005 and 10. He has published in various journals, including most recently #58 of Big Scream. Has participated as a featured reader in James Ruggia’s Backroom Broadsides Poetry Series and participates in numerous other readings in New Jersey and New York.

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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