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        Save the Date

                                       Book Launch Party:
                         Summer Drowning
by Ira Schaeffer  
                        With Guest Poet - Jane Lunin Perel 
                              Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3PM
                           William Hall Library, Cranston, RI

                         Refreshments, snacks, & book signings

Admission is free!  A much needed jar of Peanut Butter 
                         or a donation to the RI Food Bank would be appreciated



                            Winner of the 2014 LOFT Chapbook Award

Congratulations to Ira Schaeffer, Warwick, RI, 
 for  his chapbook, Summer Drowning, selected by Professor Emerita Jane Lunin Perel

       The Poetry Loft is thrilled to publish Summer Drowning. Release date: April 2015. 

                       Price: $10.
  To purchase a copy, email 


Ira Schaeffer lives in Warwick and teaches English at the Community College of Rhode Island. His short fiction has appeared in Paragraph Magazine and First Word. His recent poetry has appeared in Penumbra, On the Dark Side: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry, 50 Haiku, the Providence Journal and TETYC (Teaching English in the Two Year College).  He has offered poetry readings in numerous venues throughout Rhode Island. 

We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to Professor Emerita Jane Lunin Perel for her generous time and  expert attention given to the finalist manuscripts.  


Jane Lunin Perel, Poetry Judge, is Professor Emerita of English, Creative Writing in Poetry, and Women's Studies at Providence College, Rhode Island.  She has written five books of poetry.  Her most recent publication is a prose poetry book, Red Radio Heart from White Pine Press (2012), available at Amazon and the Providence College bookstore.

Finalists are also be eligible for publication.  The winning author will receive 20 copies of their published chapbook and be invited to read selections of their work.  Chapbook will be distributed at various venues throughout RI.


                                  LOFT CHAPBOOK 
Submissions  (Currently Closed)

                                          April 1 - June 15, 2014   Click 
here for guidelines.

   LOFT Chapbooks present finely crafted poetry, prose, lyric essays and one act plays of literary merit.

   During our "Open" reading period we accept submissions for chapbooks (small unified collections) in 

   each category from established writers as well as emerging writers.

   Our published volumes help support the RI Community Food Bank. Please
pay the gift of poetry forward by 
   donating a much needed jar of peanut butter to the RI Food Bank.  

  To obtain a copy, email:  

  LOFT Chapbooks are supported by the generous donations of writers, readers and patrons of the arts.




Analgesia: A Play in One Act 
                                                       by James Celenza
                                               Spring 2014, Vol. III, 24 pages

Memorable and moving! Click 
here to read a sample.

What happens when a patient throws his doctor a curve and doesn't fit into the usual medical paradigms? This thought provoking, poetic play centers around a life-altering encounter between patient and physician and is a must read for those encountering the health care field, as well as anyone coming to terms with the many "bridges" we must cross in our lives.          --Beatrice Lazarus 

James Celenza writes: "Analgesia is a melodic mediation on the connections and breakages that are embedded in human interactions, even those that are especially intriguing, such as the intimate practice of healing and health and its irrevocable outcome."

Chapbooks distributed to these RI locations: 
Brown University Bookstore, 244 Thayer St., Providence
Ada Books, 717 Westminster St., Providence
Cellar Stories Bookstore, 111 Mathewson Street, Providence
L'Artisan Bakery and Café, Wayland Square
Cranston Public Library
, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston
White Electric Coffee,
711 Westminster St., Providence 
Craftland, 235 Westminster Street, Providence

                                                                                                                                                             At the ROOTS CAFE 
  Fall 2013, Vol. II, 20 pages

Featuring poets:

Kim Baker, Andrew Browder, James Celenza, James Cronin, Diane Dolphin, Joan Fishbein,
B. Lazarus, Maureen Lapre, Mary Mueller
, Kara Provost

Many thanks to our host Len Cabral at The Roots Café for his support of poets, musicians and the spoken word in Rhode Island.



Fall 2013, Vol. I 

Showcases favorite poems selected by poets and writers of The Poetry Loft, including "My Papa's Waltz" (Roethke), "What the Living Do" (Marie Howe) and "The Second Coming" (Yeats), plus others. These contemporary and classic poems, both inspirational and memorable, are sure to be read again and again.  

Thank You for your donations!  Your generosity helps to continue and support the work we do and is very much          appreciated!                                                                                                                                                                        



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