Brooklyn writer Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. As a child, she’d write and illustrate a make-believe newspaper. However, she wasn’t encouraged to write until the early '90s when she wrote witty pitches for her Brunch 'n Fun social activities at St. Bartholomew's Church. One friend encouraged her to explore her literary muse. Another friend said that her eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had poetic resonance.
Ms. Carragon is an avid writer of short stories, prose, and poetry. Her first book of poems is Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005), followed by Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). Her latest book is Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Her publication credits include Allbook Books, The Avocet, BigCityLit, Bear Creek Haiku, Boog City, CLWN WR, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Drunk Monkeys, Home Planet News, Inertia, Lips, Levure littéraire, Long Island Quarterly, Mad Hatters’ Review, Maintenant, The Mom Egg, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Tribe Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Word Salad, Yellow Chair Review, and others. She is a member of brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems, and is a member of Pen Women's Literary Workshop and Tamarind. She is one of the Executive Editors for Home Planet News Online.
Ms. Carragon hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. Since August 2005, Brownstone Poets still continues to be a safe haven for the written and spoken word. It is an open mic reading held usually on first Saturdays with two or three guest readers.
(Please check her publications page http://brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/p/publications-of-poems-prose-and-short.html)
She's in several anthologies:
Shadow of the Geode, The Alternative New Year's Day Spoke Word/ Performance Extravaganza Anthology, edited by C.D. Johnson, Rogue Scholars Press, 2015
The Venetian Hour, Dinner with the Muse-Vol. II, edited by Evie Ivy, Ra Rays Press, 2014
Estrellas en El Fuego, The Alternative New Year's Day Spoke Word/ Performance Extravaganza Anthology, edited by C.D. Johnson, Rogue Scholars Press, 2014
Recession Depression and Economic Reflection: Poetry of the Economic Crisis, edited by James P. Wagnr, Local Gems Press, 2014
Sounds of Solace, Meditative Verse, edited by Nick Hale, Local Gems Poetry Press, November 25, 2013
Retail Woes: Poetry From Both Sides of The Counter, edited by Nick Hale and Jullian Roath, Local Gems Press, 2013
Writing Outside The Lines, edited by Peter V. Dugan and Tammy Nuzzo-Morgon, Wylde Syde Press, 2012
Employees Only - The Work Book, edited by Chris Boder, Poet Plant Press, 2012
The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, edited by Ron Kolm, Carol Wierzbicki, Jim Feast, Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Shalom Neuman, Atonomedia/Unbearable Books, 2011
The Mom Egg, Vol 9, Edited by Marjorie Tesser, Half-Shell Press, 2011
How Dirty Girls Get Clean: An Anthology of Wicked Woman Writes, Art and Subversive Scholarship, edited by Rene Diedrich, Art Soldier Free Press, 2011
The New Poetry - In Love, edited by Nicki Jones, Copeland Books, 2009
Dinner With the Muse, The Anthology of the Green Pavilion Poetry Event, edited by Evie Ivy, Ra Rays Press, 2009
The Best of Stain, Vol. 1, Winter 08-09, edited by Janice Brabaw, Tangled Up In Blue, 2009
Expressions Poetry Anthology: Poets from Around the World, edited by Deborah Simpson, Lulu (Printer), 2008
The Battered Suitcase, Vol. 1, Isuue 5, Vagabondage Press, October 2008
The Hay(Na)Ku Anthology, Vol. II, edited by Jean Vengua and Mark Young, Meritage Press, 2008
The Spam Poetry Game: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, edited by Cecil Touchon, Ontological Museum Publications, 2008
South by Southeast, Haiku and Haiku Arts, Volume 15 Number 2
South by Southeast, Haiku and Haiku Arts, Volume 15 Number 3
South by Southeast, Haiku and Haiku Arts, Volume 16 Number 3
The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, South by Southeast, vol.15 #2 and #3,
Deborah Simpson's anthology, Expressions ( http://www.deborahsimpson.org/published-books.html)
The Ice Road Poems, edited by Phil Linz, Fierce Grace Press, 2007
Patricia has featured at numerous venues including Unnameable Books, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Telephone Bar, KGB Bar, the Galapagos Art Space, The Huntington Poetry Barn (Huntington, NY), The Colony Arts Center (Woodstock, NY), Robin's Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA), Poets and Angels Reading Series (East Brunswick, NJ), The Carrozini von Buhler Gallery, the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, The Cornelia Street Cafe, the Phoenix Reading Series, the Bowery Poetry Club, A Gathering of the Tribes, Bluestockings Bookstore, the Saturn Series, the Moroccan Star, Stark!!! and the Back Fence.
In 2006, Christine Leahy from the Park Slope Reader interviewed her. In 2008, she was interviewed by Louis Reyes Rivera on WBAI's Perspective on September 3 with Juanita Torrence-Thompson and Vivian Warfield. Patricia and several of her "Brownstoners" (Evie Ivy, Linda Lerner, Obsidian, Richard Fein and Peter Chelnik accompanied by saxiphonist Bob Feldman) were interviewed on Anne Cammon Fiero's Studio A Radio Series - WKCR 89.9 FM - Columbia University, which aired on December 13, 2009. Patricia was part of David Morneau's Love Songs CD in 2013, along with Austin Alexis, Iris Berman,Ana Bozicevic, Anne Fiero, George Held, Cindy Hochman, Roxanne Hoffman, Evie Ivy, and Susan Maurer. In 2013, she was one of the 3 muses in David Francis' indie flick, Village Folksinger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njU2DWEEu5I.
Since 2005, She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets, formally the Park Slope Poetry Society, at the Park Plaza Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights and is the editor-in chief of the annual Brownstone Poets Anthology. She was one of the hosts for the SOS ABC NO RIO Sunday Open Series on the Lower East Side. She is proud resident of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
For Patricia, poetry allows the imagination to guide the hand in writing down the voice from within. Poetry is a safe flight into her darkest moments and other forbidden territories with her at the controls. By using words on paper, they become puppets. Through these puppets, she can express any deep-rooted fear or desire without submitting herself to embarrassing conversation. She prefers to get things down on paper as a catharsis for the soul. These emotions and ideas, whether they are dark or light are beautified and the afterimages that they produce are rewarding and up-lifting. Please share her experience and take a journey to where the intelligence of the heart can contemplate the complexities of the mind.