RED BANK, NJ – The Art Alliance of Monmouth County and the English Department at Brookdale Community College will jointly hold their fourth Brookdale Writers Read.  During this event, 3 faculty members and 4 students will read, each from their own original writings.  The faculty are mentoring these students in preparation for this, their first read . 

Coordinator Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Professor of English at Brookdale, claims, “This is a wonderful event that showcases original works by Brookdale faculty and also shows the close mentoring that occurs between faculty and student and the creativity that results!”  Indeed, for there will be readings in “creative non-fiction and poetry and one student will be singing”! 

Among the featured faculty, two are published authors of poetry, both from the English Department, Michael Broek and Suzanne Parker.  The third faculty member is a working actor and author, Geoff Shields from the Speech DepartmentBroek authored Refuge/Refugees and twp chapbooks.  He is the Managing Editor of Barrow Street Journal, and a recipient of fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.  Parker’s Viral, won the Kinereth Gensler Book Award and was included on the National Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List of recommended books for 2013.  Her Feed, won Tupelo Press’s Sunken Garden Chapbook Award.  Shields is writing a one-man play, Junk Drawer, from which he will read a monologue at the event.  His play is to premier this October at Aether Plough Theater, in Omaha, Nebraska.

For this year’s Brookdale Writers Read, Broek has mentored student Antoinette Galassa, Parker has mentored student Stella Mrowicki, and Shields has mentored student Corwin Brooks.  Organizer Kennedy has mentored student Tate Hewitt, although she herself will not read this year.

In the spirit of coffee houses and clubs for performances, there will be an open mic session which will immediately follow the featured readers.  All who have gathered are encouraged to take part and read from their own original work.  This event draws many attendees from the community, in particular, Red Bank’s active artists and patrons, and also fellow Brookdale students and faculty.

Please join us Friday, April 13, from 7 to 9 PM, for the Brookdale Writers Read.  Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ. 

For more information, visit the website at, where you can also link to the Facebook page, or visit or call the gallery during operating hours, (732) 842-9403.

Founded in 1978, the Art Alliance of Monmouth County is dedicated to promoting the advancement of the visual arts and providing exhibition, studio, and classroom space to local artists. New members are always welcome.

Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $40 per year, $25 for students with id. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.

Programming at the Art Alliance is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the arts.

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