Symposia Community Events – January 2011

Symposia’s wish for 2011:

“In the garden of gentle sanity,
May you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness!”
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Spoken Word Series
– Poetry/Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, January 9th at 3 pm

 Season 2010-2011
September 12, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Susanna Rich
November 7, 2010 at 3 p.m. – David Messineo and Tony Gruenewald
December 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Joe TraumJanu
January: 9, 2011 at 3 pm: – Lois Marie Harrod and Michael Steffen
February 6, 2011 at 3 p.m.- Tara Jepson and Danielle Rose

All events in this series are open to the public and free – with a suggested donation of $3.
Event organized by Debaun Auditorium in collaboration with Stevens Institute of Technology

Presenting artists from academia and industry, with voices from traditional to modern, co-hosts Siobhan Barry-Bratcher and David Vincenti will introduce you to a panorama of poetry that will stretch not only your view of the art, but your view of your world as well.

Each featured writer will read selections from their collection and then the microphone will open to the public to share their work. This series is at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Symposia Bookstore.

Lois Marie Harrod’sCosmogony won the 2010 Flyway Hazel Lipa Chapbook contest (Iowa State University) and her Furniturewon the 2008Grayson Press Poetry Prize.Brief Term, poems from 22 years of high schoolteaching, is forthcoming from Black Buzzard Press in November. Earlier booksinclude Firmament, Put Your Sorry Side Out, Spelling the World Backwards, This Is a Story You Already Know, Part of the Deeper Sea, Every Twinge a Verdict, Crazy AliceandGreen Snake Riding. Over 350 of her poems have appeared online and injournals including American Poetry Review, Blueline, The MacGuffin, Salt, The Literary Review, Verse Dailyand Zone3. She presently teaches Creative Writing andsupervises student teachers atThe College of New Jersey. For more about Lois,please visit

Michael Steffen’s first full-length poetry collection,No Good at Sea, was published by Legible Press in2002. His second, Heart Murmur,was published by Bordighera Press in 2009. Michael was granted a 2002 Fellowshipfrom the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and has had poems appear in a widevariety of journals includingPoetry, Potomac Review, The Ledge, Poet Lore, Rhinoand many others. Michael is a Y2K graduate of the MFA inCreative Writing Programat Vermont College and currently lives in Roseto, PA. For more about Michael,please visit
Lois Marie and Michael will read from their works and then the microphone will be open to the public to share their work.
Although it is not necessary to pre-register to attend the event, those interested in sharing their work during the open mic are asked to sign up at 2:45 p.m.  Open mic participants are asked to limit their work to five minutes per person.  Admission is free with a $3 suggested donation.
The Spoken Word Series takes place at Symposia Bookstore, 510 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ,  Symposia is the only used bookstore in Hoboken and has great prices for used books, wireless Internet access and many events every week.  This is the seventh year DeBaun Center for the Performing Arts and Symposia Bookstore have teamed up to co-produce the Series.  With each reading, more and more people are introduced to this wonderful bookshop and the work of many superb artists.
For more information, please visit, email or call 201-216-8933.
The next Spoken Word event will be held be February 6, 2011, at 3 p.m. with Tara Jepson and Danielle Rose.
The Naked Spirit in Action– Conversation Group
January 13th and 27th at 7 pm
 Organizers: Rafi and Carmen

Come discuss Spirit in everyday life.
The Naked Spirit in Action is a forum dedicated to the friendly sharing of views and beliefs of subjects pertaining to spirituality.

Based on the success of the previous meetings, we decided to have the spirituality group bi-weekly. Our last meeting was truly inspiring, proving that we all have the capacity and willingness to open up about some of our deepest spiritual concerns if offered a safe place to gather and share. We had a great time and invite all of you to come and join us on this most rewarding adventure of self-exploration.

Besides nurturing our souls, let’s nurture our bodies as well. BRING A DISH TO SHARE and celebrate the diversity of our spirits!

*Not sponsored by or affiliated with any philosophy or religion.

For more information, call Carmen Rusu  at 201-805-1739

 Public Voice Salon – Friday, Jan 14th  at 7.30 pm
Please join us as our experimental “citizen intervention” in TV Land continues. Come and learn—possibly in an “aha moment”—that you too have ideas, questions, and stories as worthy of sharing with the public as the “talking heads” that dominate our corporate controlled media. Come to share an artwork too, if you’re so inspired (maybe a poem, painting, or song) or an excerpt from an essay that you (or someone else) wrote, as together we forge a new “public space curriculum” that is hopeful, intellectual, and humane: elements sadly missing from today’s shrill and shallow public discourse.

Space is limited, so please RSVP John at to be on our 8 member panel, or studio audience.

Professional Pigs and Social Moguls Book Club – Sat. January 29th at 7 pm

 It’s a club that:
Reminds you that books can be just as interactive as the internet!
Encourages you to say more than just “Hi” to a colleague, roommate, or stranger.
Makes you think outside the box.
Increases your confidence.
Transforms you to feel as if you’re just as good a public speaker as Obama (okay, well, maybe not, but pretty darn close!)
Encourages you to USE the information in the real world.
Allows you to bond with others.
Requires you to have FUN!
BOOK: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Organizer: Robin Sampson,  201-527-8630 (

Guitar Circle – Wednesdays, 8 pm (Except Dec. 29th)

Beginners welcome!
For more info, contact Carlos at

Naked Group Conversation at Symposia Tonight, Jan.27th

In spite of the weather, we will still have our conversation group on the Spirit in every day life at Symposia tonight at 7 pm.
Symposia  will provide refreshments. Feel free to bring something to share.
It is the ideal time to get together with friends. There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet! :)
For more information, call Carmen at 201-805-1739.
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