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"World of Shadows" by  James Cronin 
Reading and Reception: April, 2020
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James Cronin's impressive first collection of poetry is haunted by a sense that we live on the edge of nothingness:"the holes in the glass/ and the dread that won't pass."  Poetic form, however, is his counter-weighted response to that dread. From sonnet to ghazal, from meter and rhyme to free verse, his poetry is in a restless search  for the meaning that form can reveal, especially when the poet is confronted with and challenged by loss, suffering, death, and the other shadows we so often meet in this world." -- Fred Marchant, author of "Said Not Said".


                   "Summer Drowning" by Ira Schaeffer  
                               With Guest Poet - Jane Lunin Perel 

                                        Book Launch Reception:
                                                     Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3PM
                                                    William Hall Library, Cranston, RI
                                                   Refreshments, snacks, & book signings


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 (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.  

Poetry Judge: Jane Lunin Perel 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.


 Chapbook Submissions (currently closed)   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) from established   writers as well as emerging writers. Our publications help support the RI Community Food Bank.                                 Please pay the gift of poetry forward by donating a jar of peanut butter to the RI Food Bank. 

 For information, 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.  

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