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Curated by James Ruggia


Riverview Neighborhood Association

We’re taking a Summer vacation! See you in September…

You can still watch all our previous events below and on our @rna jc YouTube channel.

Watch for the September, 2021 countdown to begin!
Amel Barrientos at Backroom Broadsides Live!
Amel Barrientos

Amel Barrientos a poet and musician living in Weehawken, Barriento’s work is rooted in Surrealism, Rock music, the French Decadents, and experimental writing. He has been featured in RNA’s “Backroom Broadsides” and at “Inspired Word” in New York City numerous times, and his work has been read in Jersey City’s “Viral Verse”, hosted by JC Writers and No Peeking Theater’s productions “In Lak’Ech”.

Brooklyn Poets’ “The Bridge” and Mad Gleam Press’s “PostPorn” have published his poems online as well.”

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Buttered Roll

Buttered Roll is an artist that works in multiple mediums which include poetry, performance art, painting with oils, painting with acrylics, mixed media collage and de-collage and photography. He has been a featured performer at venues such as The Arlo NoMad, D’s Soulfull Cafe, Jersey City Arthouse, Speakeasy at Pet Shop, The Meatlocker in Montclair, Great Weather For Media Sundays at Parkside Lounge, and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Rough Draft festival and The Inspired Word.  Buttered Roll won the 2017 People’s Feature at the Jersey City Slam. Buttered Roll’s writing has appeared in Breadcrumbs Magazine, #405.

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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

Watch our June event below.

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