Downtown Writers: A New Monthly Reading Series In Montclair

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Are you ready to share your poetry, novels, or essays with the residents of Baristaville? Here’s your chance.

Downtown Music and Variety is offering a venue for local artists to share their talents in a new monthly reading series called Downtown Writers. 

The series will be curated and hosted by Robert Langdon, who ran the successful Poetry U series for the past four years at Gallery U in Montclair.  

If you are a local writer of poetry, short fiction, or essays and would like to participate in a future event, please send sample work to Robert Langdon at

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Robert Langdon

Downtown Writers will take place the third Thursday of each month, from 7-9pm, at 324-B Orange Avenue in Montclair, and is open to the public. 

The first event is scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd, and will include the following poets:

ANTHONY CIRILO is a poet, translator, Part-Time Lecturer, and an MFA candidate at Rutgers-Newark. He is currently at work on his first collection of poems, Geronimo! His writing influences include Agha Shahid Ali, Carolyn Forché, and Arthur Rimbaud.

ROBERT P. LANGDON is a poet living in Northern NJ. He has worn many hats over the years including Director of Sales and Marketing at a publishing house, Director and curator at an art gallery, professional photographer and teacher. He is drawn to strong imagery and is influenced by confessional poetry and the works of Sexton, Sharon Olds, Diane Ackerman, and Toi Derricotte, among others.

STILLMANK is the vigilantist poet making moves for poetic justice. He is a writer and musician living in Montclair. Stillmank is the founder of Atlas Records and curator of musical events at Montclair’s The Batcave and other venues.

BILLY TOOMA was born and raised in northern New Jersey. He’s an award-nominated documentarian for Fly First & Fight Afterward: The Life of Col. Clarence D. Chamberlin. Over the past few years, Tooma has published collections of poems and short stories in addition to completing work on his first novel.  Currently, Tooma teaches English Literature & Writing at Essex County College.

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  1. “Lord Grantham, it seems Lady Edith is now reading her words- publicly- at some downtown ‘series’ in Mountclair…”

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