Our vibrant series ended its sixth year on June 2, sharing with the local and broader community lively readings of brilliant, contemporary work by a host of highly-accomplished poets from the Pennsylvania Bucks and Montgomery Counties region as well as Philadelphia, New York, Virginia, North Jersey, Vermont, and more.
It is with very mixed feelings that I step down from hosting this series which I began in July, 2009. But never fear, the readings continue in September with our new host, Joanne Leva, a good friend and poet who has pinch-hit for me many times when my schedule kept me from being able to be at Farley’s (my main reason for turning over the project—it is certainly in capable hands!)
So do keep checking Farley’s website for news on upcoming poets beginning in September.
Who: Two featured poets each month followed
by a Q&A with the authors
When: First Thursday of each month (hiatus in August)
Time: 7 pm
Where: Farley’s Bookshop
44 S. Main St.
New Hope, PA 18938
Why: Why not?
June 2, Bill Wunder, Sibelan Forrester, Matt Lake
Bill Wunder is the author of two volumes of poetry, Hands Turning the Earth (WordTech Editions, 2014), finalist for The 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Pointing at the Moon (WordTech Editions, 2008,) as well as a chapbook Kingdom of Heaven (Aldrich Press, 2015). In 2004, he was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His poems are widely published and have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. Bill, a Vietnam veteran, serves as Co-Poetry Editor of The Schuylkill Valley Journal, and lives with his four Labrador Retrievers in the wilds of Bucks County.
Sibelan Forrester has been writing poetry for many years, and her work is informed by the study of poetry in Slavic languages. Her poems have appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Apiary, and elsewhere. She has published translations of poetry, prose, and scholarly works from Croatian, Russian and Serbian. Recent translations include The Russian Folktale by Vladimir Propp (Wayne State UP, 2012) and selections of poetry by Maria Stepanova (in Relocations, Zephyr Press, 2013). She is co-editor with Martha Kelly of Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts (Academic Studies Press, 2015). In her day job, she teaches Russian language and literature at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
Matt Lake began his writing life as a career journalist, writing science and technology articles for magazines, newspapers, and books. He has written for such diverse publications as the New York Times, Family Circle, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly. Things took a sharp left turn when he was offered the chance to edit and write for the Weird U.S. book series ten years ago. His name appears on the cover of seven books in that series, including Weird Pennsylvania and Weird Maryland. He kept his poetry to himself until a few years ago, when he began performing at open mics and on stages. He has just collected the material for his second poetry book, to be published this year.
May 5, Susan Charkes and Phyllis Purscell
Susan Charkes, a former Bucks County resident, now lives in Chester County, PA. Her poetry has been published in Apiary, Arsenic Lobster, Blue Lake Review, Cleaver, Gargoyle, Paper Nautilus, Posit, Prick of the Spindle, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a member of the Montco Wordshop poets group. In addition to writing poetry she is the author of three nonfiction books about enjoying the outdoors in the Delaware Valley.
Phyllis Purscell spent her earlier writing life as a playwright. She was able to develop several plays as a member of the Women’s Project in New York City, and her play “Separate Ceremonies” was published in their first anthology of women’s plays. Ms Purscell had a several years’ long involvement with the Princeton Rep Company, and had plays produced in other theaters across the country. She’s been the recipient of grants from the arts councils of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For the past few years she has been an active participant in the community of poets found in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “Remind Me Next Spring …” is her first book of poetry. Ms Purscell has lived in Newtown for over thirty years.
April 7, Lorraine Henrie Lins and David Escobar-Martin
Lorraine Henrie Lins is the author of a full-length book of poetry entitled, All the Stars Blown to One Side of The Sky (Virtual Artists Collective, 2014) and two chapbooks by Finishing Line Press: I Called It Swimming (2011) and Delaying Balance (2013). In 2010, Lins was named the Bucks County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate, and prior, had the honor of winning The Penland Prize for Poetry. Lins’ tender and generous poems have appeared in numerous publications, including: The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Mudfish 16, Transcendent Visions, and Eating Her Wedding Dress, along with several online journals and collections. Lins was recently named the Director of New and Emerging Poets with Tekpoet, an online and in-person mentoring and manuscript service for writers. Born and raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, the self-professed Jersey Girl now resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her family and several dogs.
David Escobar-Martin is a Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement Alumnus and the Poet Laureate of Montgomery County PA for 2015. As a Cuban-born writer, he seeks to revolutionize Latino identity both through and as poetry, narrative, and song. His work can be found in several local Philadelphia publications, including CRED Philly and Moonstone Poetry’s 2015 Anthology.
March 3, Elizabeth Austin and Charles Carr
Charles Carr is a native Philadelphian, educated at LaSalle and Bryn Mawr College, where he earned a Masters in American History. He has worked in social and community development services for 40 years and has also been active in raising funds for various missions and organizations serving the poorest of the poor In Haiti. In 2007 Charles was The Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem “Waiting To Come North.” In 2009 Cradle Press of St. Louis published his first book of poetry: paradise, pennsylvania. In January, 2014 Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems was published by The Moonstone Arts Center. Charles’ work has been published locally by the Painted Bride Review, Apiary, The Schuykill Valley Journal, Mad Poets, Philadelphia Stories, Moonstone Poetry Anthology, as well as The Blue Collar Review and Generations of Poetry. Charles hosts the Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie’s once per month and has been a guest host for the Philadelphia Poetry Festival and guest co-host for the Green Line Poetry Series in Philadelphia. In 2014 Charles read poems in The Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, Ireland in honor of Poets for Peace.
Elizabeth Austin is currently a graduate student in Creative Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have been published in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, See Spot Run, and Driftwood Press. She was first runner up for Bucks County Poet Laureate 2014, as well as the 2013 winner of both the Stan Heim Award for Poetry and the Penland Award for Poetry. She is the 2012 winner of the Delaware Valley College (now University) Student Poetry Award, as well as the Sellersville Library Art Show Poetry Award. She is the founder and editor of Art School Literary and Visual Arts Magazine, based in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
February 4, Jerry Mirskin and Yolanda Wisher
Jerry Mirskin was born in the Bronx, NY, and has lived in California, Wisconsin, and Maine. He has worked as a herdsman on a dairy farm, as a carpenter, and as a New York State Poet-in-the-Schools. He is currently an Associate Professor at Ithaca College in NY. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and he has presented his work and given workshops at universities, colleges, public libraries, art centers, and on public television and radio. He was the winner of the Mammoth Books prize for poetry, and his first collection, published by Mammoth, is entitled, Picture a Gate Hanging Open and Let that Gate be the Sun. A second collection, In Flagrante Delicto, (rated PG-13) was described by one reviewer as the “poetry of an adult man.” Jerry is the winner of the 2013 Arts & Letters Prime Poetry Prize. His recent collection, released in 2014, is entitled Crepuscular Non Driveway.
Yolanda Wisher is a multidisciplinary poet and educator based in Philadelphia, PA.Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, 2013). Her work has appeared in GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harriet the Blog, Ploughshares, Fence, MELUS, and the anthologies Gathering Ground and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. Wisher is the inaugural Montgomery County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate in 1999, a Cave Canem Fellow (1999-2001), a Leeway Art and Change Award Grantee (2008), a Center for Performance and Civic Practice Catalyst Initiative Grantee (2015-2016), a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence (2016), and a 2015 Pew Fellow. She currently works as the Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. yolandawisher.com
January 7, Connie Wrzesniewski and Joseph Chelius
Connie Wrzesniewski, a native Philadelphian, lives in Doylestown Bucks County, PA. A freelance writer, she works for the Bucks County Herald and has been published in several local magazines. Her poetry has appeared in The Griffin, the Gwynedd Mercy University Literary Journal, and the Schuylkill Valley Journal several times. She was a participant in Making Magic:Beauty In Word And Image Exhibition at the Michener Museum with both live and recorded readings scheduled to become a traveling exhibit. Her essay “An Austere Childhood Shapes the Woman – Carie’s Daughter” will appear in a forthcoming book about Pearl S. Buck. Her poetry collection Watching Over My Shoulder (Finishing Line Press) has recently been published.
Joseph Chelius was Bucks County poet laureate in 2000. He has a B.A. in English from LaSalle University and an M.A. in creative writing from Temple University. His work has appeared over the years in journals such as Blue Unicorn, Cider Press Review, Christianity and Literature, Commonweal, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Poetry East, Poet Lore, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Spitball. In addition, he has published two poetry chapbooks, Taking Pitches, 2006, and Row House Yards, 2011 (Pudding House ) and one full-length collection, The Art of Acquiescence (WordTech Communications in Cincinnati).
Joe and his wife Pat have two grown children and have lived in Bucks County for more than 20 years. He has been a featured reader at the Buckingham Peace Fair, the Wordsmith Poetry Series, the Manayunk Art Center, LaSalle University, the Free Library Philadelphia Monday Night Poetry Series, Farley’s Bookstore, the Doylestown Bookstore, Reach Out, and Fergie’s Pub.
December 3, Therese Halscheid and Sean Webb
Therése Halscheid’s recent book Frozen Latitudes (Press 53), won the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Honorable Mention for Poetry. Other collections include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, and a Greatest Hits chapbook award. Her poetry and lyric essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Other recent awards include first place in Welcome Table Press’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction contest. By way of house-sitting she has been living simply and writing on the road for two decades. Journeys include the Arctic north of Alaska, where she lived with and taught an Eskimo Inupiaq tribe.
Sean Webb received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been recipient of numerous honors and awards for his work including fellowships from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Utah Arts Council, and a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. In 2005 he was selected by Grace Paley to serve as Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pa. and in 2014 won the Passages North Neutrino Prize. HIs work has appeared in dozens of publications including The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and The Seattle Review.
November 5, Wendy Fulton Steginsky and Adele Kenny
Adele Kenny’s poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She is the recipient of various awards, including two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, the International Book Award for Poetry, and Kean University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. A former creative writing professor, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet Journal. Active in readings and in private and agency-sponsored workshops, she has read in the US, England, Ireland, and France, and has twice been a Geraldine R. Dodge Festival poet. Website: http://www.Adelekenny.com
Wendy Fulton Steginsky grew up in Bermuda where the sea’s rhythms seeped into her bones and stayed. A sense of place is a lasting thread in her life and art. Currently she resides happily in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in two volumes of Bermuda Anthology of Poetry, Bermuda Reading and Writing Festival Companion 2014, courtesy of Read*Write* Bermuda Books and The Buechner Society of Bermuda (October 2014), And The Questions Are Enough, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, online at tongues of the ocean, Wild River Review and featured in an exhibition, Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (November 2012 through March 2013). She was honored to read her poetry in The Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts in 2009 to celebrate Bermuda’s 400th anniversary. Her chapbook, The Tide of Bermuda’s Light was published by Aldrich Press in 2014.
October 1, Elvis Alves and Elliott bat Tzedek
Elvis Alves was born in Guyana and raised in New York City. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and is the author of the poetry collection Bitter Melon. His poetry has appeared in several journals and magazine, including Sojourners, The Applicant, StepAway Magazine, and the Caribbean Writer Journal. Elvis writes for the Goodmenproject and for the Compulsive Reader. He lives and teaches in Newtown, PA.
Elliott bat Tzedek is a poet, critic, translator, activist, teacher, and gardener. She holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University where, in 2013 she won the Robert Bly Prize awarded to advanced translation students and alumni of the MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. She has been Writer-In-Residence at Mt. Airy’s Big Blue Marble Bookstore where she has led craft lessons in writing as well as poetry workshops. You can visit her at http://www.thisfrenzy.com.
September 3, Christine McKee and Barry Gross
Life-long educator Christine McKee fell in love with poetry at an early age after being read to by her mom and sisters. She continued the tradition by reading to her younger sisters and then, decades later, her students. Robert Louis Stevenson was a favorite. McKee began writing poetry about fifteen years ago. Now semi-retired, poetry writing has become a priority. Her new book, On Shady Lane, was released this summer by WordTech Communications.
Barry Gross doesn’t remember exactly when he first wrote, “Observe and Record” in one of his journals, but he uses that phrase from time time to remind himself why he writes. He has participated in poetry readings in New Hope, Newtown, Trenton, Philadelphia, and Souderton, where many of his new book’s poems have been performed. He’s worked as a department store Santa Claus, a stadium beer vendor, window washer, bartender, waiter, cook, proofreader, newspaper production and teacher. His work has been seen in The Mill Hunk Herald, The North Colorado Review and the Bucks County Playhouse Best of Talk Story 2014. Coiled Logic, a Red Dashboard LLC Press production, is his first book.
June 4, Nancy Scott and Eric Heller
Nancy Scott has been managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey for more than a decade. She is the author of eight books of poetry. Running Down Broken Cement (Main Street Rag, 2014) was inspired by stories from her caseload as a social worker for the State of New Jersey. Her most recent book, The Owl Prince (Aldrich Press, 2015) is a collection of reimagined fairy tales. http://www.nancyscott.net.
Eric Heller has been a teacher, technical writer, and web designer; he’s currently the director of marketing for a technology company. His poems have appeared in US1 Worksheets, Thatchwork, and Caduceus, among others. In his spare time he’s a drummer and fiction writer. Born and raised in North Jersey, Eric now lives in Hamilton, NJ with his two kids. You can find him online at http://www.eric-heller.net.
May 7, G. Emil Reutter and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011) and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, forthcoming in January, 2016). She has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Blue Collar Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. Awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013, she currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review. More about Diane can be found at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/ & https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/
g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. Nine collections of his poetry and fiction have been published, most recently a collection of short stories, Thugs, Con-Men, Pigs and More released in 2014. , From the Valley-Poems by g emil reutter will be released in 2016. He can be found at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/
April 2, Sandra Becker, current Bucks County Poet Laureate and Kristina Moriconi, current Montgomery County Poet Laureate
Sandra Becker is the 2015 Bucks County, PA Poet Laureate and the author of four books: Imperfect Matter (WordTech, 2013), At the Well of Flowers (VAC, 2011), Foreign Bodies (Carolina Wren Press, 2004), and Dread Islands (forthcoming from Kelsay Books, July 2015). All are (and her new book will be) available amazon.com. On September 27, 2014, Becker’s poem, “A City Girl Feeds Country Cows” was read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. She hopes her new book, Dread Islands, will serve as a window into the daily lives that challenged individuals and their families face.
Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist. She is the author of the chapbook, No Such Place (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and her work has appeared most recently in Blood Lotus, Under the Sun, and Crab Creek Review. She is the 2014 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. She earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington and lives and teaches now in suburban Philadelphia.
March 5, Wendy Fulton Steginsky and Adele Kenny
Adele Kenny is the author of twenty-three books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She is the recipient of various awards, including two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, and Kean University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. One of her poems appeared on the marquee of the Rialto West Theater in NYC as part of the 42nd Street Art Project, and her antiques reference books have been cited by Home and Garden Television. A former professor of creative writing in the College of New Rochelle’s Graduate School, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet.
Wendy Fulton Steginsky grew up in Bermuda where the sea’s rhythms seeped into her bones and stayed. A sense of place is a lasting thread in her life and art. Currently she resides happily in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in two volumes of Bermuda Anthology of Poetry, Bermuda Reading and Writing Festival Companion 2014, courtesy of Read*Write* Bermuda Books and The Buechner Society of Bermuda, And The Questions Are Enough, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, online at tongues of the ocean, Wild River Review and featured in an exhibition, Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (November 2012 through March 2013). She was honored to read her poetry in The Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts in 2009 to celebrate Bermuda’s 400th anniversary. Her chapbook, The Tide of Bermuda’s Light, was published by Aldrich Press in August, 2014.
February 5, Joseph A. Chelius and Laura Matson-Hahn
Joseph A. Chelius is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Taking Pitches (2006) and Row House Yards (2011), both published by Pudding House Press, as well as a full-length collection, The Art of Acquiescence, published in fall, 2014, by WordTech Communications. Employed as an editorial supervisor with a healthcare communications company in the suburbs of Philadelphia , he and his wife, an artist, have lived in lower Bucks County for almost 22 years and have two grown children. He holds a B.A. in English from LaSalle University and an M.A. in creative writing from Temple University , and his poems have appeared in various journals, including Poetry East, Commonweal, Christianity and Literature, Cider Press Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Spitball. He has been a featured reader at such venues as The Buckingham Peace Fair, the Wordsmith Poetry Series at Bucks County Community College, the Newtown Library, the Manayunk Art Center, and the Philadelphia Free Library Monday Night Poetry Series.
Laura Matson Hahn, author of the novel The Heart Code, loved reading and writing from her earliest years and knew someday she would write a novel. But to have something worth writing about, she spent several decades experiencing life through a career in Strategic Communications and world-wide travel, becoming published in multiple non-fiction formats. With a deep belief in the idea of the heart as the root source for one’s truth, Laura’s novel weaves the concepts of modern science’s research of the heart’s intelligence separate from the brain, into a tale of a Bohemian Grandmother who’s dearest wish is for her only granddaughter to hear and heed her own heart’s wisdom. Set in the delicious era of 1930’s Connecticut, New York City and Bohemia, the historical drama has contemporary relevance for young and old. When asked if her novel is autobiographical, Laura replied “I wish.”
JANUARY 8, 2015, Poets Susan Gerardi Bello and Melanie Eyth
Susan Gerardi Bello is a member of the New York City-based poetry community Brevitas, and U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative in Princeton. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including the Paterson Literary Review and U.S. 1 Worksheets, as well as on New York Public Radio. She hosts the Bucks County Bards poetry series at the Newtown Library on the 3rd Friday of every month. Her poem “The Game” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Melanie Eyth is a writer, artist and dancer. She believes that all artistic expression is important and wonderful. May the sharing of her art — and of all art– inspire us all to rise above our current situations and problems and to delight in our commonalities and shared human experiences. A creative God created us, and in Him we live and move and have our being. Melanie is currently working on her MFA in creative writing with Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Melanie curates the Poetry Night on Third Thursdays at the Doylestown Bookshop.
DECEMBER 4, 2014, Poets Molly Weigel, Kasey Jueds, and Ethel Rackin
Molly Weigel is a poet and translator living in central New Jersey near the Delaware River. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Volta, Fringe, MiPoesias, and Verse Wisconsin. Her translation of Jorge Santiago Perednik’s “The Shock of the Lenders” won the 2013 PEN Poetry in Translation Award and her translation of Oliverio Girondo’s “In the Moremarrow” was shortlisted for the 2014 BTBA Award for poetry (both published by Action Books). She is also a therapist specializing in trauma work.
Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5AM; it has also been featured on Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jueds has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. She has new work forthcoming in the American Poetry Review.
Ethel Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes, published by Parlor Press in 2013. Her second collection of poems, Evening, was named a finalist for the 2014 Akron Poetry Prize. Her work has also appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Evergreen Review, Kestrel, Poetry East, Verse Daily, and Volt. She has taught at Penn State Brandywine, Haverford College, and Bucks County Community College, where she is currently an associate professor.
NOVEMBER 6, 2014, Poets Lorraine Henrie Lins and Michael Cohen
Former Jersey Girl, Lorraine Henrie Lins, a Bucks County Poet Laureate and the author of three chapbooks, I Called It Swimming, Delaying Balance and the forthcoming, Faith As My Religion (Finishing Line Press, 2015) as well as a full-length poetry book, All the Stars Blown to One Side of the Sky (Virtual Artists Collective, 2014). Lins’ work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, among them: Eating Her Wedding Dress, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Transcendent Visions and River Poets. She presently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her family and assorted dogs. (www.LorraineHenrieLins.com)
Mike Cohen hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive at Philadelphia’s Big Blue Marble Book Store. His articles on sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal to which he is a contributing editor. He also played Editor Whedon in a Laurel Hill Cemetery production of Spoon River Anthology for the Philly Fringe Festival. Mike has memorized a good deal of his poetry in case a power failure during a reading leaves him in the dark.
Mike’s wry writing has appeared in the Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and other journals. His poetic presentations feature humor and drama against a philosophical backdrop. Mike’s poetry can be found at http://mikecohensays.com/ and in his book Between the I’s
OCTOBER 2, 2014 Poets Catherine Staples and JC Todd.
About the Poets:
Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013) winner of the McGovern Prize. Her chapbook, Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was awarded the Keystone Prize. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Commonweal, 32 Poems, Third Coast, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Quarterly West among others. Honors include a Walter F. Dakin fellowship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, an Eric Hoffer Book Award, and the Southern Poetry Review’s 2011 Guy Owen Prize. Staples grew up in Dover, Massachusetts, spending summers in Virginia and on Cape Cod. She lives with her family in Devon, PA and teaches in the Honors program and English Department at Villanova University.
J. C. Todd’s recent work explores war’s infiltration into daily life. The author of What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008). Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, The APR, Virginia Quarterly Review, Big Bridge, Wild River Review and elsewhere. A 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she has also received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Baltic Center for Writers and Translators (Sweden), and the Artist House at Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program at Rosemont and holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 Poets Bill Wunder and Christine McKee. Guest host Joanne Leva.
About the Poets:
Bill Wunder is the author of two volumes of poetry, Pointing at the Moon (WordTech Editions, 2008,) and Hands Turning the Earth (WordTech Editions, 2014.) In 2004, he was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His poems have been widely published, and he has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. Bill has been a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He has read and lectured in local schools, colleges, festivals, book stores, libraries, and on public television. Bill, a Vietnam veteran, serves as Poetry Editor of The Schuylkill Valley Journal, and lives with his two black labs in the wilds of Bucks County.
Christine McKee has fond memories of having nursery rhymes read to her and her opportunity to read poetry to students. Writing her own poems has provided her the opportunity to exorcise ghosts and conjure up a twisted sense of humor. Her first book On Shady Lane will be published in the Summer of 2015.
WE WILL BE ON HIATUS IN AUGUST, BUT DO CHECK BACK FOR OUR NEW SEASON BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER!
July 3, 7 p.m., Poets Brian Fanelli (All That Remains) of Scranton, PA and Ryan Torres will regale us with their contemporary styles paired with insights that remind us what we forget we know already. Poet Joanne Leva will guest host.
June 5, Poets Amy Small-McKinney (Life Is Perfect) and Tom Mallouk (Nantucket Revisited) will share work from their new books as well as new poems in a presentation of observations that are startling yet peppered with sharp-edged humor.
May 1, 7 p.m., Poets Elizabeth Rivers (Colors of the Universe) and Diana Pazicky (Cultural Orphans in America), two highly prolific poets for an evening of moving poetry tempered with incisive wit. What could be better on May Day?
April 3, 7 p.m., National Poetry Month: Bucks County Poet Laureate, Alexa Gutter and Montgomery County Poet Laureate, Glenn McLaughlin (Something Catches). Poet Marylou Streznewski will be guest hosting for me this month. Come and enjoy!
March 6, 7 p.m., Poets Hayden Saunier (Say Luck) and Helen Mirkil (Sower on the Cliffs) read from their new books. Attendees had insightful questions and comments following the reading for our two poets whose responses left everybody with a deeper understanding of the poetic process.
February 6, 7 p.m. What I called a dynamic duo (as cliched as that is!)–it’s the best way to describe the combination of Mongtomery County’s grande dame Joanne Leva and New Hope’s Roy Smith who read their lively work in tandem. Guest host for this month, poet Tom Mallouk.
January 2 Sadly, the snow won and we had to cancel our reading this month. Our poets will be rescheduled later in the season.
December 5, 7 p.m. Poets Sandra Becker (Imperfect Matter) and Leonard Gontarek (Deja Vu Diner) read a variety of their poems from their books and shared their insights in our Q&A with an appreciative audience!
November 7, 7 p.m. Poets Liz Chang (What Ordinary Objects) and Deda Kavanagh (Bicycle Through a Covered Bridge), two extraordinary poets, share from their books.
October 3, 7 p.m. Poets Luray Gross (The Perfection of Zeros) and Dave Worrell (We Who Were Bound) provided beautiful inroads for contemplation, Dave accompanied by his favorite Jazz on a piece or two, Luray introducing some of her work with biographical notes of her childhood on a farm and its inspiration for her writing.
September 5, 7 p.m. Poets Gerald Stern (In Beauty Bright) and Anne Marie Macari (She Heads into the Wilderness). A stirring evening it was with an institution in American poetry, Gerald Stern, and the brilliant work of Anne Marie Macari. Our Q&A session is always ground for tilling, and our lively attendees did just that.
August 1, 7 p.m., Featured reader/presenter: Rick Black on Nick Virgilio, internationally renowned Haiku poet. Rick will discuss his Turtle Light Press publication, Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku , and conduct a multi-media presentation on the work of the late Virgilio.