Recto y Verso EDITIONS, Inc., Pine Hills Review & Daniel Nester present:
“PHR@RVE” - a reading series

Every 3rd Thursday 7pm to 9pm Admission is free, donations accepted.

PHR@RVE - a reading series


a reading series

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PHR@RVE - a reading series


a reading series
JULY 2022

FEATURED WRITERS: Luis Pabon, Carlo Contessa, Jill Dearman, Brett Peterson, Lee Matthew Goldberg, and Special Guests.

Luis Pabon is a poet and spoken word artist born and raised in Bronx, NY. He is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Boy Butter (2020), and one chapbook, Ricanstruction (2016), which explores his Black and Puerto Rican heritage. Luis currently resides in Albany, NY, and is working on his next full collection of poems, entitled Earth’s Bad Mouth.

Jill Dearman's latest book is the novel Jazzed just published from Vine Leaves Press. She is the author of The Great Bravura (She Writes Press, 2015), a novel, and Bang the Keys (Penguin 2009), a book for writers, and Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women. (Nomad Press 2019). She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the New School, and held the position of part-time professor of journalism at New York University for ten years. She is a part-time professor of writing at NYU’s Global Studies Program. She has also taught writing at The College of New Rochelle, Rosa Parks Campus. She is an award-winning prose writer whose work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, The Capra Review, The Portland Review, and numerous other publications. She runs a private editing/writing coach business and regularly teaches writing workshops at The Writers Room in New York City. She is honored to serve on the Editorial Board of The Dialogic Pedagogy Journal: An International Online Journal. Jill also lends her voice to the weekly science podcast for Archaeology magazine. A native New Yorker, mystic-about-town, and lifelong film fanatic, Jill enjoys taking imaginative forays along the seedy side of the street.

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels The Ancestor, Slow Down, The Mentor (St. Martin’s Press), The Desire Card, Orange City, and the YTA series Runaway Train and Grenade Bouquets. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. After graduating with an M.F.A. from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, Hypertext, If My Book, Past Ten, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is a contributor to Pipeline Artists. Lee is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series.

Brett Petersen is a writer, musician and artist from Albany, New York, whose high-functioning autism only enhances his creativity. He earned his B.A. in English from the College of Saint Rose in 2011, and since then, his stories and poems have appeared in over a dozen print and online publications. The Parasite From Proto Space and Other Stories is his first book, and unless he is apprehended by the Trump Regime for being an outspoken autistic, will certainly not be his last. Academic critics should note that the subject matter of his stories and his taste in literature in general was heavily inspired by Japanese role-playing video games such as Xenogears, Chrono Trigger, and Shin Megami Tensei. Aside from his writing career, he is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist for sludge rock band Raziel’s Tree, a competent visual artist, Tarot reader, and wannabe Kabbalist. All things Brett Petersen can be found @


Rev. Carlo Contessa (he/they) is a Saint Rose alum with a B.A. in Psychology. He currently works as a Case Manager at United Counseling Service of Bennington County. A lifelong writer and bibliophile, poetry is his second passion next to helping others, and writes about his own struggles with mental health, his experience as an LGBTQ+ person, and harrowing life experiences. In his free time, Carlo works on what he hopes to be a published collection of his poetry, and chilling out with his four dogs.

Meet your host:

PHR@RVE - a reading series hosted by Daniel Nester

College of Saint Rose Professor Daniel Nester is the MC of "PHR@RVE" a New Reading Series @ RVE Warehouse District 883 Broadway & North Ferry Suite 102, Albany, NY 12207.

Daniel Nester is an essayist, poet, journalist, editor & Queen fan. His latest book, HARSH REALM: MY 1990s, is Daniel's 1st book of poems in 15 years, published by Indolent Books www.indolentbooks.com

His previous books include “How to Be Inappropriate,” a collection of humorous nonfiction (Soft Skull Press 2010), and “The Incredible Sestina Anthology” (Write Bloody 2013), which he edited. His first two books, “God Save My Queen: A Tribute” (Soft Skull, 2003) and “God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On” (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen.

As a journalist and essayist, his work has appeared in a variety of places, such as Salon, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, and the Poetry Foundation website, and anthologized in such collections as “Lost and Found,” “The Best American Poetry,” “The Best Creative Nonfiction,” “Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll,” and “Now Write! Nonfiction.”

More at: www.danielnester.com

Writers & poets:

Luis Pabon

Carlo Contessa

Jill Dearman

Brett Peterson

Lee Matthew Goldberg

Jennifer Austin

Danni Beltran

Samson Dikeman

Ameara Ditsche

Sunny Nowacki

Sarah Sandor

Alex Stephenson

PHR@RVE - a reading series


a reading series
JUNE 2022

FEATURED WRITERS: Jennifer Austin, Danni Beltran, Samson Dikeman, Ameara Ditsche, Sunny Nowacki, Sarah Sandor, Alex Stephenson, and Special Guests.

Jennifer Austin's work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Metroland, and NAILED Magazine. Jennifer’s one-act plays, Bitter Brunch and Exit, have been produced as staged readings at The College of Saint Rose. She holds an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from The College of Saint Rose. She is an assistant professor of English at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. She lives in Colonie with her husband and four (yes—four!) dogs.

Danni (they/them) is a grad student at UAlbany pursuing their M.A. in English. They’re a poet, creative nonfiction writer, and pet parent to a cat full of “tortitude.”

Ameara Ditsche is your typical young writer going into her second try at senior year at The College of Saint Rose, where they let her be Executive Editor of its award winning student newspaper, The Chronicle. She is pursuing a degree and maaaybee career in journalism. What she really hopes for is to write sitcoms and hang out with her orange cat Oliver, maybe even at the same time.

Samson Dikeman is a poet from Albany, NY where he lives with his wife and baby. His work has been featured in the Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and the Up the River Journal.

Sunny Nowacki is a graduate from The College of Saint Rose and former managing editor of Pine Hills Review. She is currently working for a nonprofit, but hopes to reenter the literary world with full force in the coming years. She's a lifelong poet and writer, and plans to debut as a stand-alone author.

Sarah Michelle Sherman is a creative writer who has been exploring issues surrounding mental health for over a decade. She is currently working on a collection of personal essays devoted to the chaos and beauty of navigating [new] motherhood and mental illness. As a full-time copywriter, Sarah creates content for an eclectic collection of brands, always striving to tell a meaningful story. She lives in Albany, where she uncovers new depths of love for her son each day, and new understandings of family and purpose.

Alex Stephenson majored in English literature with a minor in studio art at The College of Saint Rose and graduated just this year. A month before graduation Alex was hired as the communications associate at North Country School and Camp Treetops, a progressive private school and summer camp for grades 4-9 in Lake Placid, NY. In her free time she hangs out with her family and new rescue pitbull, Chai.

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