extended hiatus

Due to expanded commitments to my small press, I've been forced to cut down on some other projects. I would be delighted if someone else came forward to carry on this blog. Meanwhile, I hope some of the links and contacts herein are of some use.



National Poetry Month Reading: Bethlehem: 4/26/08

Saturday, April 26, 11am - 10pm:

The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem celebrates National Poetry Month with their Poetry Day, an all-day lineup of poetry readings. Here's the complete schedule:

11am-12noon: Lynnel Jones
12noon-1pm: Barbara Crooker
1pm-2pm: Ann Michael
2pm-3pm: Ann Borger
3pm-4pm: Art Freeman
4pm-5pm: Elizabeth Bodien
5pm-6pm: Matthew Hittinger
6pm-8ish: Open mic (open to guest poets and the public)
8pm-10pm: Open mic at Wired Gallery and Cafe (about a block up Main St)

Location: 428 Main Street, Bethlehem. Click on the bookstore link above for more information.

Kristine Grow, Maria Raha, Joyce Meyers: Philly: 4/24/08

Thursday, April 24, 6pm:

At Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, Plan B Press presents Kristine Grow, Maria Raha, and Joyce Meyers.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/042408.html

Paula Closson Buck: Bucknell: 4/22/08

Tuesday, April 22, 7 PM: Paula Closson Buck will give a poetry reading in Bucknell Hall on the campus of Bucknell University.

Closson Buck is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa (1998) and Litanies Near Water (2008), both from LSU Press, as well as poems in such journals as Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, and Shenandoah. She has recently completed a first novel, "Drinking with Ptolemy.” Closson Buck is the editor of West Branch, a biannual journal of contemporary writing published at Bucknell. She teaches creative writing at Bucknell.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ice, Jane Ormerod, Brant Lyon: Philly: 4/22/08

Tuesday, April 22, 6pm:

The Moonstone Poetry Series at Robin's Bookstore (108 S 13th St, Philadelphia) presents Ice, Jane Ormerod and Brant Lyon, three poets published in A Cautionary Tale: Seven New York Performing Poets. Hosted by Justin Vitiello; open reading to follow.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/042208.html

Enid Shomer: Susquehanna: 4/21/08

Monday, April 21, 7:30 PM: Poet Enid Shomer will give a reading in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall on the campus of Susquehanna University.

Enid Shomer is the author of the poetry collections This Close to the Earth, Black Drum, and Stars at Noon: Poems from the Life of Jacqueline Cochran; her books of fiction include Tourist Season and Imaginary Men. She edits the Univeristy of Arkansas Press Poetry Series.

This reading is free and open to the public.

Global Aphasia

It’s like a two-way street, the hospital speech
therapist explains, drawing lanes with arrows

and curves. Information swerves in through the ears;
replies arrive in the mouth The brain is the driver.

“Okay okay okay,” Mother answers without delay
when asked about the food, her health, this task.

This “automatic response,” a kind of static, relieves
the silence she emotes like a high-frequency note

of distress. “Brush your . . . ?” “Suitcase,” she rushes to fill
in the blank, shaking her head as you would to free the ink

in a ballpoint pen. “Tie your . . . ?” Mother’s eyes roll.
“Suitcase?” she pleads. At the root of “perseveration,” the name

for this odd repeating of words, is the word “persevere,”
that hopeful bird which sits on my chest with its head

snaked under a wing and its talons digging in as she shakes
more and more suitcases loose from her mind. One shines

on her finger, one barks like a dog. O singer with your one-word
song, you knew I was there but not for how long, so all

day you conjured up luggage, all afternoon you lured my bags
from the thicket of thought and picked at the locks of my visit.

: Enid Shomer, Black Drum (1997)

Robert Zaller, Marion Cohen, Andy Macera, Beth Phillips Brown: Philadelphia: 4/20/08

Sunday, April 20, 2 PM: Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St in Philadelphia:

Philadelphia Poets presents a reading in honor of the winners of the Second Annual John and Rose Petracca & Family Award.

Rosemary Cappello, Editor, will emcee, and the participating poets will be Robert Zaller, Marion Cohen, Andy Macera, and Beth Phillips Brown.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/042008.html

Dan Featherston & Bill Marsh: Philadelphia: 4/19/08

Saturday, April 19, 6PM: Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St in Philadelphia, presents poets Dan Featherston and Bill Marsh.

Dan Featherston books of poetry include The Clock Maker's Memoir, United States, and Into the Earth.

Bill Marsh is co-founder of Factory School, a learning and production collective committed to hi-stakes cultural work in the form of book publishing, education design, and action-research consultation.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/041908.html

Deidra Greenleaf Allen, Daniel Godston, Chris McCreary: Philly: 4/18/08

Friday, April 18, 6PM: Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St in Philadelphia, presents poets Deidra Greenleaf Allen, Daniel Godston, and Chris McCreary.

Deidra Greenleaf Allen's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Aurelian, Mad Poet's Review, Poetry Miscellany, Puerto del Sol, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, West Branch, and Wind Magazine.

Daniel Goldston teaches poetry to young people through The Center for Community Arts Partnerships and Snow City Arts Foundation.

Chris McCreary is co-editor of ixnay press and the author of the books Dismembers and The Effacement.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/041808.html

Annual Student Reading: Bucknell: 4/18/08

Friday, April 18, 7 PM:

Each year the Annual Student Reading gathers the winners of Bucknell’s two undergraduate creative writing contents for a formal reading in Bucknell Hall. The Stadler Center / West Branch Literary Prizes, judged by a recent contributor to West Branch magazine, award first and second place cash prizes in poetry and prose. The Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize, established in the memory of a Bucknell graduate who died in 1977, awards one prize each in poetry and prose.

This event is free and open to the public.

Art Is Not Enough/Poetry Isn't Sufficient: Kingston: 4/18/08

Fri, April 18, 6-8pm:

Art is Not Enough/Poetry Isn't Sufficent: An international art event inspired by the work of Clemente Padín. We've received a hundred pieces of art in response to the theme "Art is Not Enough/Poetry Isn't Sufficent" from all over the world: the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Japan . . . you get the idea. All works offered for sale through the gallery at $10 each, with all after-expenses proceeds to be donated to Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org/). The exhibit is on display through May 14th. Gallery hours are Sundays noon until 5 or by appointment.

Paper Kite Press Studio & Gallery, 443 Main St, Kingston PA

Eleanor Wilner: Philadelphia: 4/17/08

Thursday, April 17, 6 PM:

Robin's Bookstore presents Session #4 of their Writers on Writing Series, featuring poet Eleanor Wilner. 108 S 13th St, Philadelphia.

Want to be a Writer? What does it take? What is the writer's life like?
Find answers to these questions with 12 professional writers over the next 12 months. A $25.00 contribution to Moonstone and pre-registration is required for each session.

We are now able to offer you the chance to listen in on this presentation on our website for only $10.00. Register online: http://www.robinsbookstoreonline.com/ or download the registration form.
Seating is limited.

This month's session features poet Eleanor Wilner.

"Wilner . . . has a deep and heroic belief in the transformative power of language and myth. She paddles her surfboard outside the reef where most poets stop; she rides the big waves." - Tony Hoagland

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/041708.html

Spanish/English Poetry Reading: Bucknell: 4/16/08

Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 PM:

You are invited to attend the annual bilingual poetry reading sponsored by the Spanish Department. This year's theme is "Poesía y Canto" - "Poetry as Song." The event will be held in Bucknell Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16th, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Professor Alice Poust.

Toby Olson: Philadelphia: 4/16/08

Wednesday, April 16, 6 PM:

Robin's Bookstore presents An Evening with Toby Olson. 108 South 13th St, Philadelphia.

Toby Olson has a new novel, Tampico (University of Texas Press), and a new book of poetry, Darklight (Shearsman Books).

"Nothing can detract from Mr. Olson's ability to conjure gorgeous prose passages that celebrate the healing powers of friendship, the pleasures of love and lovemaking, and the inborn mystery and beauty of things in this world." --New York Times Book Review

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/041608.html

Contest DL: April 15 postmark: Mulberry Poets & Writers Association

The Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) announces its Seventh Annual Regional Poetry Contest. The overall winner of the contest will receive a $150 cash prize. Two other winners will share $150 in cash prizes -- $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place. Several poets will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Judges will be Dr. Richard Brook, Jim Warner, Jennifer Diskin, Susan Jaffer, and Jerry Grealish.

The postmark deadline is April 15, 2008. Winners will be notified by May 15, 2008. All winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading on or about Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave in Scranton. All winning poems will be published in the 2008 edition of The MPWA Journal. For further information, contact the contest coordinator, Richard Aston of Wilkes-Barre, at 570-829-3163 or by e-mail at astonrj@yahoo.com.

Contest Rules:
~Open to former and current residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
~Each entrant is limited to a maximum of three poems.
~The entrance fee is $2 for each poem submitted.
~An individual may win in only one of the first, second, or third place categories. If more than one of his or her poems rank in a winning category, only the highest will be counted for that person.
~Each poem must be original and unpublished.
~Each poem should be typed on 8½ x 11" paper, single spaced, except for intentional spacing. Each new poem should start on a new sheet of paper. If it exceeds one page, please staple the pages together. Each poem should take a maximum of 3 pages.
~List the title(s) of your poem(s) in a cover letter including your name address, email, and phone. If untitled, use the first several words.
~Do not put your name on the poem.
~Keep a copy of your poem. Submitted poems will not be returned.
~Send submissions and check to: MPWA Poetry Contest; PO Box 468; Scranton, PA 18501

update: Berks Bards

Just added under "PA Poetry Links" is the blog for Berks Bards. Please check out their blog for a long list of Poetry Month readings and events!

Barbara DeCesare: Wilkes Univ: 4/15/08

Barbara DeCesare
Tuesday, April 15th ~ 7:00 PM

Kirby Hall Salon, Wilkes University

~ Free and open to the public ~
Sponsored by the Allen Hamilton Dickson Fund.

Barbara's second collection of poetry, Silent Type, is available from Paper Kite Press: http://www.wordpainting.com/shop.shtml

"Barbara DeCesare is one of the most exciting and original poetic voices in the Mid-Atlantic region. I'd follow her voice anywhere." —Richard Peabody, Editor, Gargoyle Magazine

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Larry Kearney & Frank Sherlock: PhillySound: 4/13/08

Sunday, April 13, 4pm - PhillySound at Robin's Bookstore presents Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Larry Kearney, and Frank Sherlock. 108 South 13th St, Philadelphia.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is a poet and feminist literary critic living in Swarthmore, PA, and teaching at Temple University. Larry Kearney has published nine books of poetry and lives in Larkspur, California. Frank Sherlock is the author of Ready-To-Eat-Individuals.

Hosted by C.A. Conrad.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/041308_4.html

Doug Arnold & Liz Stanley: Pottsville: 4/12/08

Saturday, April 12 ~ 1 pm - 4 pm: Doug Arnold & Liz Stanley will read their poetry at All Things Good, 209 West Market Street in Pottsville. [Click here for an online event schedule.]

Doug Arnold's poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, The Sulphur River Literary Review, Psychopoetica (University of Hull-UK), Mad Poets Review, and The Pedestal. His first chapbook, Playing in Most of the Keys, was published by Finishing Line Press. His essay, “Reading Kay Ryan's Poetry,” appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Doug was formerly president of an advertising agency he founded and has written columns for the Philadelphia Business Journal and The Reading Eagle.

Liz Stanley completed her B.A. in English at Gettysburg College, and a Master's degree at Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont. She attended the Bread Loaf Writers conference, and taught English at Governor Mifflin Junior High School, Shillington, PA, where John Updike grew up. Since 1998 Liz Stanley has hosted the Bruce H. Stanley Memorial Poetry Series at Reading Area Community College, "Poetry @ 6," featuring local, regional and national poets, sponsored by the Foundation for RACC. She is currently on the board of directors of Berks Bards, a volunteer community organization that promotes the living art of poetry in Reading and Berks County, and sponsors monthly poetry readings at City Espresso in Reading, poetry events during the Literary Festival in October, and BardFest in the Spring.

update: Sascha Feinstein interview

Please click here to listen to an interview with Sascha Feinstein on the Indiana University Press blog.

Barbara DeCesare: Bloomsburg: 4/8/08

Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 PM: Poet Barbara DeCesare will be the featured reader at the River Poets event at Phillips Emporium, 10 East Main Street in Bloomsburg.

Barbara DeCesare is the author of jigsaweyesore (1999) and Silent Type (2007). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Poetry, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gargoyle, and Tarpaulin Sky.

Kyle Conner & Jenn McCreary: Philly: 4/8/08

Tuesday, April 8, 6pm - Moonstone Poetry Series presents Kyle Conner and Jenn McCreary; both will read at Robin's Bookstore, 108 South 13th St in Philadelphia.

Kyle Conner is the author of Breaths For Flesh. Jenn McCreary lives in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press.

Hosted by Justin Vitiello; open reading to follow. For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/040808.html

Thom Ward: Bucknell: 4/8/08

Tuesday, April 8, 4 PM: Thom Ward will give a poetry reading in the Willard Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building on the campus of Bucknell University.

Thom Ward is the author of three books of poetry, Small Boat with Oars of Different Size (2000), Various Orbits (2004), and The Matter of the Casket (2007), as well as several chapbooks. He is senior editor for BOA Editions, Ltd., a prestigious publisher of American poetry and poetry in translation. For his poetry, he has received a fellowship from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2000 and 2001, he served as Chairman of the Literature Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. Ward has taught creative writing workshops throughout the United States. He lives in Penfield, NY.

The new Writers Up Close series brings to campus poets who also work in arts administration. Each poet speaks on his or her area of editorial/administrative expertise as a guest in Shara McCallum's course on arts administration, then presents a poetry reading in the Willard Smith Library.

This event is free and open to the public.

Jen Currin, Pattie McCarthy, Jeremiah Bowen: Philly: 4/6/08

Sunday, April 6, PM:

PhillySound at Robin's Bookstore features poets Jen Currin, Pattie McCarthy and Jeremiah Bowen.

Jen Currin is the author of Hagiography and The Sleep of Four; she lives in Vancouver, B.C., where she is a member of the poetry collective vertigo west, and teaches creative writing at Vancouver Film School and Langara College.

Pattie McCarthy is the author of Choragus; she teaches at Temple University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Jeremiah Rush Bowen lives in Philadelphia. He is currently at work on three book-length poems.

Hosted by C.A. Conrad.
For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/040608.html

Kimmika Williams: Philly: 4/3/08

Thursday April 3rd, 6 PM: Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St, Philadelphia.

Poetry as Performance Art with Kimmika Williams and her class from Temple University.

Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon and the Spring 2008 Poetry as Performance Class (from the Theater Department in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University) will be presenting "Songs of Spring and Rites of Passage." Open Mic; all are welcome.

For more information see: http://www.robinsbookstore.com/events/040308.html

Judith Hall: Bucknell: 4/1/08

Tuesday, April 1, 4 PM: Judith Hall will give a poetry reading in the Willard Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building on the campus of Bucknell University.

Judith Hall is the author of four collections of poetry, To Put the Mouth To (1992), Anatomy, Errata (1998), The Promised Folly (2003), and Three Trios, her translation of the poet J II (2007). For a time Hall directed the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project and senior program specialist for literary publishing at the NEA. Since 1995, she has served as poetry editor of Antioch Review. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. She teaches at the California Institute of Technology and in the MFA program at New England College.

The new Writers Up Close series brings to campus poets who also work in arts administration. Each poet speaks on his or her area of editorial/administrative expertise as a guest in Shara McCallum's course on arts administration, then presents a poetry reading in the Willard Smith Library.

This event is free and open to the public.