A “Howl” of Voices from Sandy’s Wake
LONG BRANCH, NJ — Hurricane Sandy did more than inflict unprecedented devastation upon the most densely populated region in the United States. It changed countless lives in significant ways, and for many of us changed the way we look at and think about the place we call home.
In late 2013, the Long Branch Arts Council put out a call to New Jersey poets of all ages and backgrounds, to share their stories of this major and, for many, still ongoing event. As the third anniversary of the disaster approaches, the Poetic Voices project culminates in the publication of the anthology “HOWL OF SORROW: A Collection of Poetry Inspired by Hurricane Sandy.” More than 40 previously published and first-time poets contributed to the volume, which was designed by Nita Congress and Stephen Caporaletti, and illustrated with images by regionally based artists and photographers.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 — nearly three years to the day that Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey Shore — a group of participating poets from the project will present a reading of selections from the book, to be published in October by the Long Branch Arts Council.
Scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the reading will be hosted inside the Council chambers at Long Branch City Hall, located at 344 Broadway. More than 30 of the contributors will read their work during the public-welcome event, which is presented free of charge by the LBAC.
Hailing from storm-affected communities all over the Garden State, the poets share their personal experiences and impressions of Sandy — the fury of the superstorm; the long, cold, dark days and nights in its wake; the continuing process of recovery, restoration and moving forward.
Serving as hosts for the evening will be members of the Long Branch Arts Council. Copies of HOWL OF SORROW will be available for purchase at the event, with proceeds from the $15 price dedicated to the ongoing community arts events and programs of the Long Branch Arts Council.
Additional support for the Long Branch Arts Council Poetic Voices project has been provided by the City of Long Branch; by ArtHelps, a project of Monmouth Arts/Monmouth County Arts Council through the New Jersey Recovery Fund via the Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and by Investors Bank Charitable Foundation.