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~ 2023 ~
 The Barn, Poetry Open Mic and Art Exhibit, September 2023, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts, Ringwood, NJ
  22nd Annual Festival of the Arts of St Francis of Assisi, Poem: The Birds, Judges Choice
  Passaic County Senior Art Show, Totowa, NJ
  Carteret County Art Show: Art from the Heart, Photograph: Mardi Gras, Honorable Mention, Morehead City, NC
  New Bern Art Poem/Art by Women and Abuse:  My Story: Set Free, New Bern, NC
  NJSFWC State Grand award for Photograph: Greenhouse Door, Ringwood Manor

~ 2022 ~
 Published: Five Poems in Sensations Magazine​ Supplement 12 ~ ART ~ 35th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
 Published: Childhood by David Messineo, Our Nature Matters Press
 Published: Dear Drifter by Helene D. Kelly, Our Nature Matters Press
 NJSFWC State Grand award for cover design, Rise of the Dragon ~ Journal of a Passing and the Hush Hush Boys
 NJSFWC Writing Contest 1st place for play script poem The Tulip Tree in Four Parts
 21st Annual Festival of the Arts of Saint Francis of Assisi: Poem Me, myself and my ancestors joined together last night, 1st place 
 Rise of the Dragon ~ Journal of a Passing and the Hush Hush Boys ~ Pinacle Book Achievement award

~ 2021 ~
 Published: Creating Words to Examine Our World, Gould Writiers anthology
 RMAA Found Art Exhibit at the Barn: Weaving in Nature, 1st place in mixed media
 Passaic County Senior Art Exhibit: Weaving in Nature, 2nd place for mixed media
 Published: Rise of the Dragon -Journal of a Passing and the Hush Hush Boys by Barbara D. Hall
 Published: Best Batch of Three/Covid Poems, Sensations Magazine Supplement 11 - Decade of Dichotomy, February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2021

~ 2020 ~ 
 Published: The Day The Alphabet Was Born by Irving Weinstein, Illustrated by Barbara D. Hall

~ 2019 ~
 Published: My Galapagos Adventure by Barbara D. Hall~ Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
 Published: De-Colonizing Poetry: Hyphenated Americans - Gould Writers at the Guest House anthology

`~ 2018 ~

 Poetry chapbook: Route 1 Junkie ~ Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
 Published: A Measured Sense of Outrage ~ Gould Writers at The Guest House anthology

~ 2017 ~
 Published poetry anthology: Gould Writers at The Guest House 2017
 NJSFWC Annual Writing Contest: Short Story "Close Encounters of the Best Kind" ~ 1st place

~ 2016 ~
 NJSFWC Annual Writing Contest: Short Story "The Parrot Speaks" 1st place state

 Published: Cattitude - Stuffy's Autobiography ~ Pinnacle Book Achievement Award 

~ 2014 ~
 Published: Stuffy Discovers Uncle Jon's Jungle. ~ Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

~ 2013 ~
 Published: Stuffy Goes on Vacation ~ Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

 ~2012 ~
 Published: Waiting for the Bus - Poetry & Photography by Barbara D. Hall
 Published: Uncle Jon & Stuffy the Cat - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, NJSFWC State Grand awards for cover design.
 NJSFWC Gold awards for photography, and NJSFWC Annual Writing Contest for Play: "Man and Machine and Woman"                         and Poem: "I am a Woman" , Cover Design:  
 Produced Play: "Man and Machine and Woman"
 Stuffy has a website:

~ 2011 ~
 NJSFWC Annual Writing Contest: Short Story: "Scary - a Parable for Life" wins award 

~ 2010 ~
 Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Contest in Stageplay category, Honorable Mention: "One Sunday Afternoon in Laurelwood"
 Pines Lake Woman's Club fundraiser: "One Sunday Afternoon in Laurelwood" - play performed May 12, 2010
 NJSFWC Writing Contest: "One Sunday Afternoon In Laurelwood" ~ 2nd place play, Sadie's Secret cover design~ 2nd place, and 3rd place for a            poem, gold awards for photography.
 DVD'S of the Play available, send request via email to [email protected]
 Blog with me or with Stuffy the Cat at

 Books Available In Jon's Family Bookstore: Iris Garden Memory Calendar, all Stuffy books, Route 1 JunkieMy Galapagos Adventure,
    and Rise of the Dragon ~ Journal of a Passing and the Hush Hush Boys and Three Short Stories by my father...

~ 2009 ~
 NJSFWC Photography awards, Gold for Cover design: Shoestring...An Adventure in the Florida Keys, local and state 

~ 2008 ~
 NJSFWC Annual Writing Contest, Short story, excerpted from Sadie's Secret: "Sadie" - 1st place in state

~ 2007 ~
 Foreword Magazine:  Silver Award, Book of the Year in Family and Relationships, Independently Published:  Adam's Eve
 79th Annual Writer's Digest Contest Honorable Mention Stageplays: "One Sunday Afternoon in Laurelwood" 
 76th Annual Writer's Digest Contest Short Stories- Honorable Mention: "Monhegan Island"  
     Peabody - Can't Hear Me (inspiration for a chapter in upcoming book: Mothers & Sons)

~ 2006 ~ 
 NJSFWC ~ Creative Writing Contest 1st Place- Short story: "Uncle Jon and Stuffy the Cat;" Second Place- Essay: "The Process" (on website);  Third Place- Short Story: Peabody - Can't Hear Me

 Adam's Eve: excerpt Adam's Eve: and Interview with Info Trak at
 Bokuru fans: visit website for information on discovery of a skull similar to that described in Bokuru. It is real. Read  Lloyd Pye's book: Starchild Skull and visit website

 Visit for excerpts from Adam's EveBokuruSadie's Secret and Jon's creative journey: "A Matter of Faith"

​ Creativity Workshops - How to start writing and keep writing and Collage Art workshops
 Contact me for information - for New Jersey Creativity Workshop by cell phone or email for location
 Bring paper/notebook and pens/pencils for timed writing workshops geared to start writing and keep going.
 These are not critique sessions but ways to tap into your creativity and remove writing blocks.

~ 2006 ~
 Foreword Magazine's Silver Award for Adam's Eve: A Handbook for the Social Revolution, ECOA and the Story of Adam and Eve in the category         of family & relationships
 NJSFWC Adam's Eve Cover Awards for Graphics Design: Gold ribbon local and 1st in State -

Radio Talk Show Appearances
  WGHT 1500 Morning Show with John Moultrie, Greta Latona, and Jimmy Howe, Pompton Lakes, N. J.
  WWRM St. Petersburg, Florida, Chad and Kristi Thomas, Magic Morning Show
  News Talk 550 KCRS, Robert Hallmark, Odessa, Texas
  WZPT FM, Pittsburgh, Pa., Kate Harris with The Morning Show with John, JR, Kate & Bubba
  InfoTrak Creative Information Network interview with Terrance McCall
  CJAD, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Peter Anthony Holder Show with Peter Anthony Holder* (CD Available)
  WLTH Radio, Gary, Indiana with Ron MOhammed
  KFYV Kelli McKay, The Connection, Los Angeles, California
  CHOK 1070, Lee Michaels Live, Sarnia, Ontario
  Talking with Tammy, Kakuka, Iowa
  WPTT Radio, Jane Nugent's Home and Garden Talk Show, Jane Nugent, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  WIBA 1310 Newstalk, Madison, Wisconsin with Carl Ames
  WMBS-CBS The Jack Evans Show, Uniontown, Pa.
  WORD FM 1990 Studio, John & Stephanie, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  KOLE NEWS Fox Radio, Morning Blend, J. Chapman
  Lyrical Cypher Radio Show, hosted by Chyna, Kinston, NC

Personal Appearances, Book Signings, Photography Exhibits
  Boynton Beach Public Library, Boynton Beach Florida, IWWG Kitchen Table
  Reader at open mics for The Write Group, Montclair Public Library, Montclair, New Jersey
  Barnes & Noble, Clifton Commons, Clifton, NJ
  Walden Books, Wayne, N. J.
  Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, N. J. 
  Career Day - So you want to be a writer... Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N. J.
  Children's Story Hour - Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N. J.
  Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell, N. J.
  International Women's Writing Guild, Author Panel & Skidmore summer conference "Remember the Magic"
  Aventura Writers, North Miami Beach, Florida
  Wayne Public Library, Wayne, N. J.
  Passaic Public Library, Passaic, N. J.
  The Gallery at Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes, Franklin Lakes, N. J.
  West Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach, Florida 
  Ramsey Public Library, Ramsey, N.J.  
  Upper Saddle River Library, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
  Nutley Public Library, Nutley, N. J. 
  River Edge Public Library, River Edge, N. J.
  Hallendale Public Library, Hallendale, Florida sponsored by the Gulfstream Writers
  NJ Audubon Society, Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary, Wyckoff, NJ
  NJSFWC Fall Convention
  St. Francis of Assisi Holiday Boutique, Haskell, NJ  
  St. John Viannay School, Colonia, NJ
  St. Mathias Home School Association, Somerset, NJ  
  Franklin Elementary School, S. Plainfield, NJ
  South Brunswick High School  
  Riverdale Community Center, Riverdale, NJ
  A. P. Terhune Elementary School, Wayne, NJ  
  Morris County Parks - Freulinghuysen Arboretum
  Elmwood Park Elementary School, Elmwood Park, NJ  
  Linden Presbyterian Church, Linden, NJ
  Wallington Jr.-Sr. High School, Wallington, NJ  
  Bergenfield High School, Bergenfield, NJ 
  Nomad's Choir, NewYork, NY
  Riverside Poets, NYC Riverside Library and Riverside Poet's Anthology
  Parkside Poets, NYC
  Nuyorican Poets Cafe - the annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza
  Poetry readings at The Barn, Ringwood Manor State Park, RMAA
  St. Catherine of Bologna Annual Art and Poetry Festival  and St. Francis of Assisi Art and Poetry
  Unitarian Universalist Church of New Bern, North Carolina 2022
  The Ant Bookstore & Cafe, Clifton, N. J.
  North Jersey Literary Community, Classic Quiche Cafe, Teaneck, NJ, and Wayne Public Library
  Folk Project Getaway and other open mic events, Morristown, NJ and at The Getaway
  Trumpets, Montclair, NJ
  Red Wheel Barrow Annual Anthology - poems published in #12 2019, #13 2020, #14 2021, #15 2022, #16 2023
  The Barn, Poetry events at The Barn, Ringwood Manor State Park
  Hudson River Poets, The Bank, Newburg, New York
  The Green Pavillion, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Red Wheel Barrow open mics, William Carlos Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ and Zoom
  New Bern Art Exhibit and Ekphrastic poetry reading, New Bern, NC
  Poets of North Carolina workshop, Beaufort, NC
  IWWG summer conferences Saratoga Springs, NY and Muhlenberg University, Allentown, Pa.
  WWAM meetings at Saratoga Springs, New York
  Folk Project Getaway, winner of Vocalata with opening performance of Sunday concert, Today from a Distance
  Sensations Magazine poetry readings at Lafayette, N.J.
  Art Walk, New Bern, NC
  The Arts Council of Carteret County, Art from the Heart 2023
  Illusions Open Mic Night, Kinston, NC
  Poetry at Soulshine, Soulshine Market, Pine Bush, NY
  Hudson River Poets, Florida Public Library, Florida, NY
  Hudson River Poets, Nobel Coffee Roasters Poetry Night, Campbell Hall, NY
  Poetry at the Church, Goshen Methodist Church, Goshen, NY
  Poetry at the Friary, St. Lawrence Friary, Beacon, NY
  The Barn Poetry Readings & Art Exhibits, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts, Ringwood, NJ
  Lit Balm: An Interactive Livestream Reading Series
  The High Mountain Meadow Poetry Series