Make poetry accessible to the residents of Yorktown and surrounding communities.
Support any poets or prospective poets in the Yorktown community by providing resources, workshops, and encouragement.
Promote and publicize the work of any Yorktown poets and poetry endeavors.
Bring poetry to enrich the lives of both the young and the elderly.
Other poetry-related activities as they become apparent.
Yorktown Poetry Workshop
First Meeting – January 24, 2017 at 6:00PM John C Hart Library – Shrub Oak
The Yorktown Poetry Workshop will be a place for poets and would-be poets to sharpen their skills by reading their work, having it respectfully criticized, listening to the work of others, and sharing information relating to the business of poetry (publishing platforms – magazines, journals, and on-line; and reading opportunities) and resources (books, courses, and technology tools). It will meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month and be coordinated by John F. McMullen, Poet Laureate of Yorktown. If you plan to attend, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (initial membership will be limited to 12 on a first-come, first served basis) and plan on bringing 12 copies of a poem which you will read.
Local Writer Bio
Calendar of Events
Ongoing Every Tuesday -- – Stamford Poets @ Curley’s Diner, 62 W. Park Place, Stamford, CT (203 348-2020) 7 PM Every Thursday – Mahopac Writers Group -- Mahopac Public Library – 6:15 PM Every Thursday -- Local Writers -- Mohansic Grill, 1500 Baldwin Road, Yorktown, 7 PM Every Friday -- Write! -- Barat House, Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase St · Purchase -- 1-4PM ========================================= First Wednesday - Lake Writers @Lake Carmel Arts Center, 640 Route 52, Kent Cliffs (845 228-2685), 6:30PM First Wednesday – Old Put Poetry Series @ The Freight House Café, 609 Route 6, Mahopac (845 628-1872), 7 PM First Friday – Calling All Poets @ Roost Studios and Art Gallery, 69 Main St, New Paltz, (845 255-5532), 7 PM Second Monday –The Bean Runner Café @ 201 S. Division Street, Peekskill, 6:30 PM Second Tuesday -- Montgomery Book Exchange Poetry Night @ 13 Union St, Montgomery, (845 764-1787), 7 PM Second Wednesday – Mahopac Poetry Workshop @ Mahopac Public Library – 6:15 PM Second Thursday -- Evening Writers @ East Fishkill Library - 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533(845 221-9943) 6:30 - 8 PM Second Thursday -- Word of Mouth Poetry Series @ Art Bar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston (845 338-2789), 7:30 PM Second Friday – Studio 4 Poets, Writers, Singers @ Antonio’s Studio 4, 925 South Street (across from Wells Fargo), Peekskill, 8 PM Second Saturday -- Woodstock Poetry Society Reading @ The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker St, Woodstock, (845 679-8000), 2 PM Third Thursday – Monthly AM Mahopac Writers Group @ The Freight House Café, 609 Route 6, Mahopac (845 628-1872), 10 AM Third Friday –Hudson Valley Writers Center @ Philipse Manor Railroad Station, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow (914 332-595), 7 PM Fourth Monday –Poetry at the Church @ Goshen Methodist Church, 115 Main St, Goshen (845 294-5010),7 PM Fourth Wednesday -- Yorktown Poetry Workshop @ John C Hart Library, Shrub Oak, 6:15 PM Fourth Thursday -- Hudson River Poets Reading @ Newburgh Library, 124 Grand St, Newburgh (845 563-3601), 7 PM Fourth Friday – Poetry Slam @ Milkweed Gallery, Sugar Loaf Farmers Market at Romer's Alley, 1371 Kings Hwy, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981 (914 420-7823), 7 PM Last Thursday – Calling All Poets @ Towne Crier Café, 379 Main St, Beacon, (845 855-1300), 7 PM ===================================== Seasonal Third Friday (Feb, Apr, July, Oct) -- Poetry Cafe @ Florida Public Library, 4 Cohen Circle, Florida (845 651-7659), 7 PM Third Saturday (Mar - Dec) Poetry Night @ Mudd Puddle Cafe, 10 Main Street (inside Water St. Market) New Paltz (845 255-3436), 6PM Last Friday (January through October) --@ Jones Farm (in the Country Store), 190 Angola Road, Cornwall (845 534-4445), 7 PM
Iona College -- BA (English Literature) Marist College -- MSCS (Information Systems) & MPA (Criminal Justice) Member – Academy of American Poets; Association for Computing; Hudson Valley Writers Center (“HVWC”); Poets & Writers, Mahopac Poetry Workshop; Mahopac Writers Group; Yorktown Poetry Workshop
Publications – I have 6 published books of poetry (one 110-poem collection and four smaller “chap books”); 2 other books; and over 2,500 magazine, newspaper, and news service columns, articles, & news stories.
Media – I host a weekly radio show on the Internet (over 200 episodes to date – links to recordings of all shows –www.johnmac13.com), and publish both a free daily newspaper (a curation of news stories and columns from around the country and the world) and a daily newsletter (a 10-story subset of the newspaper).
Educator – I was a full-time professor at Monroe College for 10 years and am currently an adjunct at Westchester Community College and an occasional volunteer professor at Marist College’s “Center for Lifetime Study”. Over the years, I have been an adjunct at NYU, The New School For Social Research, Marist College, and Purchase College.
Personal – My wife, Barbara McMullen, and I are 38-year residents of Yorktown (Jefferson Valley) and I am a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Mohegan Lake.