Falling Leaves 2016

Pershing Field Garden Friends invites you to…

An evening of Poetry, Prose and Song to benefit the gardens of Pershing Field.

Friday, September 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm

at 942 Summit Ave. (Choc o Pain & Bloomsbury Sq.) on the corner of Zabriskie Street.

Music by: “The Bottomless Mimosas,” a collective of super talented musicians, mostly from Jersey City, NJ, that really dig playing Fabulous music for Super Cool People.

Spoken word by: Deborah Jack, Mel Kozakiewicz, and Dr. Ann M. DeVenezia.

Your donation of $16 will include a beverage and a selection of Choc o Pain’s sweet and savory treats.

Get your tickets as it fills up fast!


Falling Leaves 2016 at 942 Co-op on Summit Ave in JC Heights


Deborah Jack is an artist who works in video/sound installation, photography, and text. Her current visual art deals with trans-cultural existence, memory, the effects of colonialism and mythology through re-memory.  Her writing merges historical with contemporary socio-cultural interests.  She has published two poetry collections, The Rainy Season (1997) and skin (2006).  Her poetry has appeared in the 2015 anthology, Where I See the Sun: Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin, The Caribbean Writer and Calabash and has given readings in the Caribbean, South Africa, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Deborah Jack has been a featured poet at Global Voices Poetry Festival in Durban and Tradewinds Poetry Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, Winternacthen Poetry Festival in The Hague, and the Utan Kayu Literary Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Deborah Jack is an Assistant Professor of Art at New Jersey City University.


Mel Kozakiewicz is a writer, editor, and educator. She lives in the Heights with her partner and two children.
Her blog can be found at urdoingitright.wordpress.com.


Dr. Ann M. DeVenezia turned to writing poetry, following her retirement from teaching high school English. Since then, she has published three collections: Grave Rubbings, Riding My Tricycle, and Telling Abuse. Her work appears in numerous publications, including Asphodel, Italian Americana, Louisiana Literature, Paterson Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Red River Review, and Shot Glass Journal.

She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Her Master of Letters in Humanities and Doctor of Letters in Russian Studies are from Drew University. The recipient of a Dodge Grant for her study of the interrelationship of the arts, she has traveled extensively in Europe, Russia, and China.

She and her husband Richard reside in northern New Jersey.


“The Bottomless Mimosas” is a collective of super talented musicians, mostly from Jersey City, NJ, that really dig playing Fabulous music for Super Cool People.

They have recently played the Live at the Lumber Yard and Groove on Grove Summer festivals in Jersey City as well as Caffe Vivaldi in Manhattan and lots of other venues in the Tri-State area.

Mimosas music is written by Nick Ciavatta and is Original Rock with a Funk edge mixed with some Folk and Blues. It’s kind of all over the place.

The line up includes:

Nick Ciavatta-Lead Vocals/Guitar
Malcolm Marsden-Lead Guitar
John Lampone-Guitar
Freddie Moises-Saxaphone
John Warren-Upright Bass Guitar
Fred Jenkins-Drums

Bottomless Mimosas

Sponsors: Remco Press of NJ, Pershing Field Garden Friends, Central Avenue Liquors, Eugene P. O’Connell, Attorney at Law, (CARA DEVELOPMENT), Bloomsbury Sq, Choc o Pain, and Susan Newman Design Inc.

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