As An Alien in a Land of Promise is the latest work by poet Hank Kalet. Based on more than a year of reporting and research, the book is a hybrid work of journalism and poetry, with breathtaking photos by Sherry Rubel, that tells the story of the men and women who lived in the now-defunct Tent City in Lakewood, NJ.
Hank Kalet: Hank’s poetry and journalism have appeared in regional and national publications, including The Progressive, In These Times, the Journal of New Jersey Poets, Big Hammer, Big Scream, The Free Press and elsewhere. He has authored three chapbooks — Suburban Pastoral (Voices of Reason, 2008), Certainties and Uncertainties (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and Stealing Copper (Finishing Line Press, 2015) — and his work was included in Palisades, Parkways & Pinelands: An Anthology of Contemporary New Jersey Poets (Blast, 2016).He is a regular contributor to NJ Spotlight, where he covers poverty, immigration and urban issues, and writes a regular column for The Progressive Populist and the blog Channel Surfing. A long-time editor and editorial writer for the Princeton Packet newspaper chain, he now teaches journalism and writing at Rutgers University and Middlesex County College. He lives in Central Jersey with his wife Annie and their two dogs.
Sherry Rubel: Sherry grew up in her father’s darkroom watching the magic happen. Early in her work she photographed musicians and live theater but eventually had her own studio and worked for PATCH.com. After a few trips to South America and Mexico, and, getting laid off from PATCH, she became interested in finding a photo-journalistic project close to home. In December of 2011 she did a Google search on homelessness and discovered Tent City in Lakewood, NJ. The images included in this book are but a few of the many she collected over the 4 years involved photographing the homeless encampment. With 100’s of applicant’s Sherry was chosen as 1 of 6 for the New and Emerging Artist series at the Monmouth Museum and had a solo show in July 2015. More recently she had a two gallery solo show at the Ocean County Artist Guild in July 2016. Her photographs have been published in a variety of news articles, magazines and websites and are in a number of private collections throughout the USA and abroad. Sherry hopes her work assists in changing the stigma attached to homelessness and continues to raise awareness about the homeless and affordable housing crisis plaguing our country and beyond. She has also published a separate book Faces of Tent City with over 140 color pages of photographs selected over the 4 year period documenting The Tent City Story. It is available through MagCloud as well as higher end hard copy edition available through Amazon.
Mark Brunetti, publisher: Mark is a poet, songwriter, musician and founder of Piscataway House Publications. PHP has been making books for the past 10 years, including the works primarily of local New Jersey poets and novelists like Josh Ballard and Bud Smith. The publishing company was founded by Mark and fellow poet Keith Baird, who continue to promote the small press and DIY (Do It Yourself) community in the publishing world. You can visit their website at www.theidiommag.com to find information on their other books and projects.
A poem by Hank Kalet
with photos by Sherry Rubel.
$15, plus $2 shipping.
To be published by Piscataway House Publications in September.
Hank Kalet. Based on more than a year of reporting and research, the
book is a hybrid work of journalism and poetry, with breathtaking photos
by Sherry Rubel, that tells the story of the men and women who lived in
the now-defunct Tent City in Lakewood, NJ.