Summer Wind 2016

Pershing Field Garden Friends presents

“Summer Wind”

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

Friday, June 17th, 6:30-8:30pm

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

Music by: Din, a contemporary, jazz-infused trio, based in Jersey City Heights.

The spoken word by: Michael Liska, Nancy Burke (Toomey) and Michael VanCalbergh.

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!


Nancy Burke earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers Newark in 2011. Since then, she has focused her creative efforts on book length work and shares her passion for writing at Montclair State University where she teaches. She holds a marketing communications position at Union County College.  Nancy is a founding member of Working Title Six (WTS) , an active writing critique group and also leads a writing workshop, Finding our Way Back, for those experiencing loss or grief and for whom writing is one of the chosen ways toward healing.

Her short stories have been published in  the journals Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and Pilgrim: A Journal of Catholic Experience. Her play, Make Yourself at Home, was performed at Union County College’s first short play festival and won second prize in 2011. A second play, Midway Island: 1945 was performed at this same festival.  Her short fiction strives to uncover the layers of truth hidden beneath the quotidian rituals of daily life and the psychological underpinnings of characters who appear at first glance to be untroubled.   Two book length works, a novel of Chile, From the Abuelas’ Window, 2005 and  If I Could Paint the Moon Black, 2015, reflect her lifelong interest in anthropology and history and the impact of war and revolution on the lives of ordinary people. Nancy is at work on a novel.

Michael VanCalbergh received his MFA in Poetry from Rutgers-Newark where he currently teaches. When not convincing his daughter that she doesn’t actually want to start drinking coffee yet, he finds time to research comics. His work has appeared in Apex Magazine, The Collagist, Weave Magazine, and others.

Michael Liska is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Rutgers-Newark.  His work has appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and recently his unpublished short fiction collection was selected as a semi-finalist in Black Balloon’s Horatio Nelson Fiction Contest.  He lives on the Delaware River and is hard at work on a historical novel.

Din is a contemporary, jazz-infused trio, based in Jersey City Heights. On electric Bass and vocals is Timothy Erbach, Andrea Stevenson plays drums, and her main band is called Cachabacha. John Kadian is on keyboards, and he also plays with the Kadian Quartet.

Thanks to: Choc o Pain, Bloomsbury Sq., Remco Press, and Susan Newman Design Inc.

Summer Wind (2016) poster design by Susan Newman Design Inc.

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