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.



November news . . .

Michael Loughran and Lisa Sewell will read their poems on Monday, November 2, 6:30 PM at the Central Library in Philadelphia--click here for the full details . . . Poet Randy Boone will read on Thursday, November 5, 6:00 PM at Cucina Cafe at the Goggleworks (201 Washington Street) in Reading; an open mic will follow Randy's reading . . .

Randy Boone: Reading: 11/5/09

Thursday, November 5, 6 - 8 PM: Poet Randy Boone will read at Cucina Cafe at the Goggleworks, 201 Washington Street in Reading, PA. An open mic reading will follow the featured poet. This event is free and open to the public.

Randy Boone hails from Hellertown, Pennsylvania and teaches at Northampton Community College's Monroe Campus. His most recent publications include poems in Spout, Glimpse, Lehigh Valley Literary Review, English Journal, Connecticut River Review, Clark Street Review, and Epicenter, and a chapbook, Ignoble Daydreams for Impudent Minds (Violent Publications).


October news . . .

. . . Baron Wormser will give a reading in Bucknell Hall on the campus of Bucknell University on Tuesday evening, October 6, at 7 PM . . . Guest judge Karen Weyant has selected Jeff Walt's Soot and Rebecca Lauren's The Schwenkfelders as the co-winners of the 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize; look for both chapbooks to appear next summer . . . The River Poets will host their annual Dead Poets Reading at the Bloomsburg Public Library, October 29 at 7:30 PM . . .


September news. . .

. . . Paul Siegell's newest book, jamandbootleg, has reviews up at the following sites: Relix Magazine, Black Ocean, Surrender to the Flow, and Amazon. Congrats, Paul! . . . Fourteen finalists have been named in the Keystone Chapbook Prize competition from Seven Kitchens Press. This year's judge, Karen Weyant, will select the two winning manuscripts in October; check the 7KP blog for further updates and a list of finalists and semifinalists . . . Kudos to poet Shanna Wheeler, whose chapbook Lo & Behold is forthcoming next month from Finishing Line Press. You can pre-order a copy by clicking here . . . The third annual Stillwater Poetry Festival is coming up on Saturday, September 12--find out more by clicking here . . . Sascha Feinstein reports that this fall's visiting writer will be Scott Russell Sanders, who will read at Lycoming College on Monday, September 28 . . . more news added as we get it: pop me an e-mail . . .

Scott Russell Sanders: Williamsport: 9/28/09

Monday, September 28, 7:30 PM - Essayist Scott Russell Sanders will give a reading in Honors Hall on the campus of Lycoming College. This reading is free and open to the public.

Born in Tennessee and reared in Ohio, Scott Russell Sanders studied at Brown University and earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University before going on to become a Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. Among his more than twenty books are novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction, including Staying Put (Beacon, 1993), Writing from the Center (Indiana U.P., 1995), and Hunting for Hope (Beacon, 1998). His memoir, A Private History of Awe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006), was nominated by the publisher for a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is A Conservationist Manifesto (Indiana U.P., 2009), which envisions a shift from a culture based on consumption to one based on caretaking.  For his writing, Sanders has won the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the Indiana Humanities Award, and the Mark Twain Award. His work has appeared in such magazines as Orion, Audubon, and The Georgia Review, and it has been reprinted in The Art of the Essay, The Norton Reader, and more than fifty other anthologies, including the annual Best American Essays. In his books he is concerned with our place in nature, the practice of community, the relationship between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley. 

EMCA Open Poetry Readings: Tunkhannock: 9/13/09

Sunday, September 13, 2 - 5 PM: The Endless Mountains Council of the Arts will resume its presentations of monthly Open Poetry Readings. The program will be held at the EMCA Gallery, 302 West Tioga Street, in Tunkhannock. Members of the public are invited to read from their favorite poets or read from their own work . . . or just sit, listen, and enjoy. The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 836-3622 or 945-7621.

Stillwater Poetry Festival: 9/12/09

Saturday, September 12: The third annual Stillwater Poetry Festival will feature readings by Joe Weil, Lee Upton, Phill Miller, Gabriel Welsch, Ed Ochester, James Hoch, Todd Davis, Jerry Wemple, and K.A. Hays, among others. Participate in morning poetry workshops! Enjoy the live acoustic music! Pay what you wish! Find out more by clicking here!

Don Riggs: Philadelphia: 9/08/09

The Moonstone Arts Center, 110A South 13th St in Philadelphia, will present a poetry reading by Don Riggs at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 8.

Will Schutt & Michael Scalise: Bucknell: 9/8/09

Tuesday, September 8, 7 PM: The Stadler Center for Poetry presents a reading by poet Will Schutt and nonfiction writer Michael Scalise.

Will Schutt is a poet and translator from New York City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Faultline, FIELD, Harvard Review and The Southern Review. In 2003, he co-founded Verso, a culture and arts magazine based in Siena, Italy, where he was a contributing editor and translator until 2007. He is the 2009-2010 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell. Click here for more information and to read one of Will's poems.

Michael Scalise's essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Post Road Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, The Rumpus, PopMatters and many other publications. He earned his M.F.A. at George Mason University, where he studied creative nonfiction. He is the 2009 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell. Click here for more information and to read an excerpt from one of Michael's essays.

Fox Chase Reading Series-Open Mic: Philadelphia: 9/08

Tuesday, September 8, 7-9 PM:

The Fox Chase Review and the Blue Ox Bistro present The Fox Chase Reading Series: 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic.

Host: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Location: Rhawn St and Oxford Ave in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia.

Come early to sign up and enjoy the great atmosphere of the Blue Ox Bistro: excellent menu and ten rotating drafts on tap. Sign up ahead of time for the open mic by emailing foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com.

Upcoming notices:
  • The Autumn/Winter 2009 edition of The Fox Chase Review is due first week of September.
  • September 26: C.A. Conrad and Frank Sherlock will read at 3 Sisters Corner Cafe.

Kudos - Shanna Wheeler

Kudos to Shanna Wheeler, whose chapbook Lo & Behold is forthcoming next month from Finishing Line Press. You can pre-order a copy by clicking here--just scroll down (chapbooks are listed alphabetically by author).


Vincent Quatroche & Timothy Gager: Philadelphia: 7/25/09

The Fox Chase Review and The Mad Poets Society present Vincent Quatroche and Timothy Gager.

The Fox Chase Reading Series at 3 Sisters Corner Café
Corner of Barnes and Loney Streets, Fox Chase Section, Philadelphia.
July 25, 2009: 2 - 4 PM

Vincent Quatroche is from Fredonia New York and is a Professor at Fredonia State University. Quatroche has released two CDs of his work at Sleeping Giant Records and has published several full length collections of his poetry and prose. Quatroche was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His latest release is expected this summer. You can view his website at www.rubbereden.com.

Timothy Gager is the author of seven books of short fiction and poetry. Two poetry chapbooks, These Poems are not Pink Clouds (Propaganda Press) and this is where you go when you are gone (Cerena Barva Press) were released in 2008. He hosts the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His short stories have appeared in Twelve Stories, Word Riot, Skive, Dogzplot, Six Sentences, 55 Word, The Binnacle, Scene Boston, Thieve’s Jargon, Long Short Story, The Smoking Poet, Zygote in My Coffee, Slurve, Poor Mojo’s Almanac, Tuesday Shorts, VerbSap, Long Short Story, The Smoking Poet, Write This Magazine and Further Fenway Fiction. His poetry has appeared in The Blood Orange Review, The Fox Chase Review, Night Train, Poems for All, Right Hand Pointing, GUD, Boston Poetry Journal (Bad Ass Edition), Edifice Wrecked, Blue Print Review, Barnstorm, Lit Up Magazine, Hobart, The Long Islander, Spare Change, Delmarva Review, High Horse, Third Lung Review, Poesy XXIV and The Ibbetson Street Journal. He has had over 150 works of fiction and poetry published since 2007 and has four times been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Timothy is the current Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.

Call for performers: Downington: 7/19/09

passing this along:

Victory Brewing Company announces its third annual performing arts extravaganza, The Victory Collaborative, on Sunday July 19th! Calling local singers, songwriters, poets, spoken word poets, classical musicians, theatrical performers—come share your work! We are also looking for artists to showcase their paintings, graphic arts pieces and photography to be displayed on the stage.
  • Date: July 19th 2009
  • Time: 2-4 PM
  • Location: VBC Restaurant Beer Hall, 420 Acorn Lane, Downington PA 19335

There are only twelve slots available, any interested performers please email Christine Yurick at christiney01@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Talent
  • Brief description of performance, whether song, music, poem, etc. and proposed length of performance
  • If you are a poet or a theatrical performer, please send a sample of your work for review
  • Samples of artwork for visual artists
  • Please remember: no profanity, and no graphic lyrics or literature. Participating artists will receive a free beer and pint glass!

For more information and to see pictures from last year’s event, please click here: http://www.victorybeer.com/V_event.html

Last call for PA chapbooks: The Keystone Chapbook Prize

Click here for guidelines to the Keystone Chapbook Prize, sponsored by Seven Kitchens Press. The postmark deadline for this year's competition is Wednesday, July 15th. Authors published so far in the series are Harry Humes, Deborah Burnham, Lisa Sewell and Katherine Bode-Lang.

Fox Chase Open Mic: Philadelphia: 7/14/09

The Fox Chase Review and The Blue Ox Bistro present

The Fox Chase Reading Series
2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic
July 14, 2009
7pm to 9pm
Host: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Please join us for the “2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic” at The Blue Ox Bistro located at Rhawn St. and Oxford Ave in the Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia. Come early to sign up and enjoy the great atmosphere of The Blue Ox Bistro, excellent menu and ten rotating drafts on tap. Sign up early for the open mic by emailing us at foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com

Transportation: Our venues are located one block from the Septa Fox Chase Station. The station is 15 minutes from Market East Station via the R-8 in Center City. If you take the R-8 to “2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic” save your receipt- The Blue Ox Bistro will pay your fare! The Fox Chase Bus Loop also services the 18 and 24. There is free parking behind the Bistro.

JoAnne Growney: DC area: 7/6/09

Long-time Pennsylvania poet JoAnne Growney will read in the Word Works' Cafe Muse Series on Monday, July 6, at 7:30pm.

The Cafe Muse Series is held at the Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD. Classical guitar by Mike Davis begins at 7 pm; featured readings start at 7:30pm. Open poetry mic follows.

Other events in this series:
  • May 4: Judy Neri & Anne Harding Woodworth
  • June 1: Wayne Miller & Eric Pankey
  • July 6: sculptor Mark Behme & poet JoAnne Growney
  • August 3: Luis Alberto Ambroggio & Yvette Neiser Moreno

Hosts: Adele Steiner & Laura Goldberg. For directions, call 301-656-2797.

The Word Works web site can be found at http://www.wordworksdc.com/.


Fourth River: Poetry & Nonfiction Contest

Fourth River Award for Poetry 2009
Fourth River Award for Creative Nonfiction 2009


Fourth River is looking for poetry and creative nonfiction that capture the places—natural, built and imagined, urban, rural or wild—where humans and nature converge and collide. First place winner in each category will be published in Fourth River and will receive a $500 cash prize upon publication. Contest judges to be announced.

Contest Guidelines:
  • Submissions should be postmarked no later than October 15, 2009.
  • Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
  • Students, faculty and employees of Chatham University are not eligible.
  • Include a title page with your name, address, phone number and the title of your submission(s).
  • Your name must not appear on the actual manuscript.
  • The reading fee is $5 for three poems or one essay (7,000 word maximum), and includes a copy of Issue 7.
  • Please make checks payable to Chatham University.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each submission must be accompanied by a reading fee.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • (Please note: the reading fee does not apply to regular submissions. )
  • Send your submission, your reading fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
  • The Fourth River, Chatham University, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh PA 15232, Attention: Fourth River Award for (please insert genre here--Poetry or Nonfiction).

CFS: Autumn House Poetry & Fiction Contests (full-length books)

Passing this along; the deadline is June 30th--

The 2009 Autumn House Poetry and Fiction Contests

Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Contest judged by Alicia Ostriker
Guidelines for the 2009 Autumn House Fiction Contest judged by Sharon Dilworth

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2009 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2009.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alicia Ostriker.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Sharon Dilworth.
  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • If you wish to be informed of the results of the competition, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” or “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Twenty five dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • Send manuscript and $25.00 fee to: Autumn House Press, PO Box 60100, Pittsburgh PA 15211

Kwame Dawes: Bucknell: 6/22/09

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets will present a reading by guest poet Kwame Dawes on Monday, June 22, 7pm in Bucknell Hall. This reading is free and open to the public.

PA-themed poetry: York: 6/20/09

Saturday, June 20, 3 PM: Come to a reading of Pennsylvania-themed poetry at the York Arts Association, 220 South Marshall Street in York, PA. Readers will include Ann Michael and Jerry Wemple, among others. Hosted by Barbara DeCesare. For more information, call 717-755-0028.

Dana Levin: Bucknell: 6/15/09

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets will present a reading by guest poet Dana Levin on Monday, June 15, 7pm in Bucknell Hall. This reading is free and open to the public.

EMCA open reading: Tunkhannock: 6/14/09

Sunday, June 14, 2-5pm: The Endless Mountains Council of the Arts will sponsor another Open Poetry reading on Sunday, June 14, in honor of Flag Day. The theme for this month's event is "Patriotism, Politics, and Poetry." The public is invited to read the works of their favorite poets or read their own work.. Event takes place at the EMCA gallery, 302 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Refreshments will be served. Call 836-3622 or 945-7621 for more info.

Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series: DC area

FYI, here's the summer scedule for the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series (an outdoor reading series held through the summer in the DC area):

Tuesday evenings, 7:30 pm at Joaquin Miller's Cabin in Rock Creek Park, Picnic Area 6 (Beach Drive at Military Road overpass):

  • June 9: Deborah Bernhardt & Marcela Sulak
  • June 16: Tyler Caroline Mills, Katherine Casey & Baobao Zhang
  • June 23: Chris Goodrich & Nancy Krygowski
  • June 30: Melanie Henderson & Luke Johnson
  • July 7: April Lindner & Bonnie Naradzay
  • July 14: George Drew & W Luther Jett
  • July 21: Cynthia Atkins & Dan Vera
  • July 28: January Gill O'Neil, Joseph O Legaspi & Joseph Ross

Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets: Staff reading: 6/9/09

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets will present a reading by the program staff on Tuesday, June 9, 7pm in Bucknell Hall. This reading is free and open to the public.


Poetry at Robin's: Philadelphia: 5/26/09

Tuesday, May 26, 7PM: At Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St in Philadelphia, S (Samantha Barrow) & M (Monica McIntyre) present ABUNDANCE -

featuring Katonya Mosely, Shayna Israel, Aaren Yates Perry and Charan Morris.

Philadelphia Poets Magazine Reading: 5/19/09

Tuesday, May 19, 8 PM: Poets & Prophets presents the 2009 Philadelphia Poets Magazine Reading. Featured readers include Mel Brake, Ashini J. Desai, Joseph Dorazio, and Ruth Rouff. Coordinated by Rosemary Cappello.

For more information: www.poetsandprophets.com

Joel Chace & Ron Silliman: 5/19/09: Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 19, 7PM: Robin's Bookstore, 108 S 13th St in Philadelphia, presents a reading by Joel Chace and Ron Silliman.

Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream, Three Candles, 2River View, Joey & the Black Boots, Recursive Angel, and Veer. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections. Recently out from BlazeVox Books is Cleaning the Mirror: New & Selected Poems, and from Paper Kite Press is Matter No Matter, another full-length collection. Two new chapbooks have also appeared: Scaffold, from Country Valley Press; and (b)its, from Meritage Press. For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.

Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books to date, most recently The Alphabet... Silliman was the 2006 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, a 2003 Literary Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2002 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Arts Council as well as a Pew Fellow in the Arts in 1998. He lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons, and works as a market analyst in the computer industry. He is a member of The Grand Piano collective.

Center City Poets Reading: 5/16/09: Philadelphia

Saturday, May 16, 2 PM: The Fox Chase Review presents The Center City Poets 2nd Annual Reading.

Featured Readers: Eileen Moeller, Rafi Lev Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Cheryl Grady Mercier,
Elizabeth Quigley, Walt Feldman and Paul Selbst.

May 16th at 2pm ~ 3 Sisters Corner Cafe, corner of Barnes and Loney Streets ~ Fox Chase Section ~ Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.


MPWA Poetry Contest - Deadline extended

Poetry Contest Deadline Extended:
Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) has announced an extension of the deadline for the Eighth Annual Regional Poetry Contest. The new deadline for entries is May 15. (The previous date was March 30.)

The contest carries a top prize of $100, with $50 given to second place and $25 going to the third. Several will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. The winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading in Scranton in July, and winning poems will be published in the 2009 online edition of The MPWA Journal. The contest will be judged by Tara Shoemaker Holdren, Dr. David Elliott, and Susan Luckstone Jaffer. For further information, contact the contest coordinator, Richard Aston, at (570) 829-3163 or by e-mail at astonrj@yahoo.com.

Contest Rules:

· The contest is open to former and current residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania, except MPWA Board members and previous first-place winners.
· Each entrant is limited to a maximum of three poems.
· The entry 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 a 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 three pages.
· List the title(s) of your poem(s) in a cover letter including your name address, email, and phone. If a poem is untitled, use the first few words.
· Do not put your name on the poem.
· Keep a copy of your poem. Submitted poems will not be returned.

Send submissions to: MPWA Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 468, Scranton, PA 18501. Entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2009. Winners will be notified before July 1, 2009.

Julia Kasdorf & Katie Bode-Lang: Bellefonte: 5/13

Wednesday, May 13th, 6:30 PM:

Join Julia Kasdorf and Katie Bode-Lang, award-winning poets and Bellefonte residents, as they share and discuss their work with each other and their audience. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing.

Julia Spicher Kasdorf's poetry collections include Sleeping Preacher (1992) and Eve's Striptease (1998), both from the university of Pittsburgh Press.

Katie Bode-Lang's first chapbook, Spring Melt, was selected by G.C. Waldrep as the runner-up for the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in May from Seven Kitchens Press.

Call 814-355-1516 for more information.
Location: Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA.

Ted Mathys, Chris Martin: 5/12/09: Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 12, 7 PM: Poets Ted Mathys and Chris Martin will read at Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia.

Ted Mathys is author of The Spoils ($16, Coffee House Press).

"[Mathys] is a bit like the mid-century poets of the New York School of poetry (which counts John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara among its members), only with the whimsy replaced by a menacing sense of claustrophobia. You find he can go from high culture to low in one stomach-churning swoop... wonderfully, disturbingly, upsettingly real. Reading Mathys, one remembers that poetry isn't a dalliance, but a way of sorting through life-or-death situations." - Los Angeles Times

Chris Martin is author of American Music ($15, Copper Canyon Press), recipient of the Hayden Carruth Award; he is the editor of Puppy Flowers.

Fox Chase Open Mic: 5/12/09: Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 12th, 7 - 9 PM: The Fox Chase Review and The Blue Ox Bistro Present 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic. Host: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri.

Please join us for the “2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic” at The Blue Ox Bistro located at Rhawn St. and Oxford Ave in the Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia. Come early to sign up and enjoy the great atmosphere of The Blue Ox Bistro, excellent menu and ten rotating drafts on tap. Sign up early for the open mic by emailing foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com.

Keystone Chapbook Series: Number 3: Lisa Sewell

Long Corridor: poems by Lisa Sewell. Number Three in the Keystone Chapbook Series from Seven Kitchens Press; winner of the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Prize. Selected by G.C. Waldrep:
"Some selves present as halls of mirrors, but for Lisa Sewell, the poetic self--the lyric self, the speaking I--inhabits a hall ofo texts, a palace of moments in which personal experience resonates literally with someone else's story. From Murder on the Orient Express to The Anatomy of Melancholy, Little House in the Big Woods to The Corrections, texts become sites against which a speaking self fragments, then constellates again as a sort of negative image through which the exigencies of our historical moment come into sharp focus. In these poems, King Lear and Ellis Island are joined at the spine, Iraq and Wharton's House of Mirth, New Orleans and Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. These lyrics suggest that in the end it may not be literature that haunts our lives, but our lives that haunt the longer, stranger, more oblique life of Literature."
42 pages, 5.125 x 7.875 inches
ISBN-13: 978-0-9820372-4-9
Available May 1, 2009
LISA SEWELL is the author of two books of poems: The Way Out (Alice James Books, 1998) and Name Withheld (Four Way Books, 2006). She is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan, 2007). She has received grants and awards from the Leeway Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Recent work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, New Letters, Tampa Review, Laurel Review, The Journal and Colorado Review. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches in the English department at Villanova University.
Murder on the Orient Express (1976)
O summon me
first to the porter's compartment
to question in private my whereabouts,
my wardrobe, sleeping habits and origins
then with the governess and elder statesman
the small dark man with a womanish voice
to the velvet curtained rail car
scene of crimes
and in the voice of reason, tone that holds its own
but withholds judgment and hoards
its shocking revelations until the end
tell what we have done.
Be diminutive and mild, pink-cheeked
or darkly French with waxed mustaches
but choose an English and an explanation
each of us can believe, as pieces fall
as you expose what we never meant to show
through choice of adjectives, the way we mixed up
chicken pox with whooping cough or German measles,
by what we stole or secreted out of greed or curiosity
for lust or private gain or to protect, we tell ourselves,
the loved or unloved ones whose life and livelihood
we stepped back or out of the way of and let begin
its fall and steep climb from the mountaintop.
Show me the knife, my fingerprints
on the cabinet door, the terraced rice field
burned village nightly body count full terrain
of my part and my complicity
now that I am no longer young and no longer free
to point a knowing finger or to vanish
with the fuchsia kimono down the long corridor of history.
:: Lisa Sewell, Long Corridor


Chad Parmenteau & Ray Greenblatt: Philadelphia: 4/25

Saturday, April 25th, 2 PM: The Mad Poets Society Fox Chase Reading Series at 3 Sisters Corner Cafe will feature Chad Parmenteau from Boston and Philadelphia’s own Ray Greenblatt.

Transportation: Our venues are located one block from the Septa Fox Chase Train Station. The station is 15 minutes from Market East Station via the R-8 in Center City . The Fox Chase Bus Loop also services the 18 and 24.

Open reading: Tunkhannock: 4/19

[passing this along:]

Sunday, April 19, 2-5 PM:

This is just a reminder about Sunday's open poetry reading at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts, 302 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA., 2-5 PM. This event is being held in honor of the late Martha Fray Sampson, founder and first president of the EMCA, who passed away in October 2008. Besides being an acclaimed artist, Ms. Sampson was a great lover of poetry; many of her poems will be on display alongside her artwork. The theme for this event is based on one of Ms. Sampson's favorite expressions, "Share What Makes You Happy." Attendees are invited to read their own work, read the work of their favorite poets, read from Ms. Sampson's work, or just enjoy the recitations of others. Refreshments will be provided.

Fox Chase Open Mic: Philadelphia: 4/14

Tuesday, April 14th, 7 PM: Celebrate National Poetry Month by attending the Second Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic at The Blue Ox Bistro, Rhawn Street and Oxford Avenue, hosted by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. Come on time as spots fill up quickly or pre register by emailing foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com

Lynn Chandhock & Julianna Gray: West Chester: 4/8/09

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 PM: Poets Lynn Chandhock and Julianna Gray will give a reading at West Chester University's Poetry House, located at 823 South High Street in West Chester, PA.

For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235 or e-mail at poetry@wcupa.edu.


Sarah Manguso: Bloomsburg: 3/30

Monday, March 30, 7 PM: Award winning author Sarah Manguso will read Monday in the KUB Hideaway on the campus of Bloomsburg University as part of the Big Dog Reading Series. Her memoir describes a nine year bout with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare auto immune disorder.

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), named an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and a Best Nonfiction Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. The paperback is forthcoming this spring.

"If art can be described as the path one takes toward some form of compassion, this distilled and luminous book offers us one such map. An exploration of a body at a particular moment in its history, narrated by an unsparing yet appealing consciousness, The Two Kinds of Decay brings the reader to a place of grace and compassion that is absolutely breathtaking."-Nick Flynn

"One of the most movingly humane books I have read in a long time; it is a hard-earned vision of life, every word grounded in both body and soul."-John Burnham Schwartz

Manguso's other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), one of three volumes in McSweeney's One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator (2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (2002), named a Favorite Book of the Year by the Village Voice. Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and three volumes of the Best American Poetry series.vIn 2008 she received the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the Pratt Institute, and the Graduate Writing Program at the New School. Born and raised near Boston, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8th Annual MPWA Regional Poetry Contest: March 30 DL

8th Annual MPWA Regional Poetry Contest

The Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) announces its Eighth Annual Regional Poetry Contest:
  • The overall winner of the contest will receive a $100 cash prize.
  • Two other winners will share $75 in cash prizes -- $50 for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd place.
  • Several poets will be recognized with an Honorable Mention.
  • Judges will be Tara Shoemaker Holdren, Dr. David Elliott, and Susan Jaffer.
  • All winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading on or about Saturday, July 11, 2009, in Scranton, PA.
  • All winning poems will be published in the 2009 online 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, except for MPWA Board members and previous first place winners.

  • 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 a 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 to: MPWA Poetry Contest; P.O. Box 468; Scranton, PA 18501.

  • The contest postmark deadline is March 30, 2009.
  • Winners will be notified by June 1, 2009.

Justin Vitiello & Ellen Peckham: Philadelphia: 3/28

Saturday, March 28, 2 PM: The Mad Poets Society Fox Chase Reading Series will feature poets Justin Vitiello and Ellen Peckham at 3 Sisters Corner Café, Corner of Barnes and Loney Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19111 . To read the poets work please visit Fox Chase Review.

Justin Vitiello is a Professor Emeritus of Italian at Temple University. He received his B.A. from Brown University (1963) and, after a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Spain (1963-64), he did his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (English, Italian, Spanish) at the University of Michigan (1964-70). He has published numerous scholarly articles on and translations of medieval, Renaissance and modern Italian, Sicialian and Spanish poetry. His books (including those listed below that are for sale directly from him in autographed copies) are: Il carro del pesce di Vanzetti (poems, 1989), Vanzetti's Fish Cart (poems, 1991), Sicily Within (essays, 1992), Italy's Ultramodern, Experimental Lyrics: Corpo 10 (1992), Poetics and Literature of the Sicilian Diaspora; Studies in Oral History and Story Telling (1993, reprinted in 1998), Labyrinths and Volcanoes: Windings Through Sicily (essays, 1999), suicidio di un poeta etnico/suicide of an ethnic poet (poems, 2004), Labirinti e vulcani: nel cuore della Sicilia (essays, 2005), and amapolas y cardos/poppies and thistles (poems and poetic sketches of Spain, 2006). He is presently working on another book of poetry in Spanish and English dealing with his recent experiences in Latin America and two other lyric volumes in Italian and English touching upon his family's anarchist and tragic history.

Ellen Peckham has read, published and exhibited in the U.S. , Europe and Latin America . She frequently uses both art forms in a single work, the text decorating and explicating and the image illuminating. Her archives of drafts, edits and art are collected at the Harry Ransom Center For The Humanities and a 7-minute visual biography, Parallel Vocabularies, is available on DVD and via her Web site.

Poetry Ink--100 Poets Reading: Philadelphia: 4/5/09

Sunday, April 5, from 1 to 6 PM:
Moonstone Arts Center presents the 2009 Poetry Ink event--
One hundred poets will read. Each reader gets 3 minutes; that's 5 hours of poetry! We supply the coffee, you bring the desserts. For 2009, the readings will be in regular alphabetical order, A to Z. (We did reverse order in 2008).

Final registration deadline is Friday, March 27.

If you're excited to present your work at this event, please click on the link below and fill out a registration form today or just send us an email saying you plan on reading. Please also forward this message to others who might be interested.


Lynn Emanuel & Karen Lillis: Pittsburgh: 3/26

Thursday, March 26, 7 PM: Pittsburgh poets Lynn Emanuel and Karen Lillis will read at the TeCafe Reading Series:

2000 Murray Avenue at Beacon -- Pittsburgh, PA. 412-422-8888. Free. Open Mic to follow if time allows.

POESIS: New group at West Chester University

"The mission of POESIS at West Chester University is to give students the opportunity to convey ideas, thoughts & feelings through written word and verbal expression. As students face the challenges in their lives, POESIS is available to nurture creative, intellectual and social growth. POESIS will encourage, motivate and provide the opportunity for literary growth, public performance and self-expression, as well as create an uplifting campus presence that enhances the college experience."

Click here to visit the POESIS blog (also listed at right in PA Poetry Links).

Lynn Emanuel: Johnstown: 3/19/09

Thursday, March 19, 7:30 PM: Poet Lynn Emanuel will read in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.

Emanuel is the author of Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then Suddenly— and the forthcoming book of poetry Mob and Torch. Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry, and The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Also a distinguished teacher and editor, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a National Poetry Series Award.

Emanuel’s appearance is part of a poetry series begun in 2004 and made possible by a generous endowment from UPJ alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz. This event, coordinated by UPJ’s major in Creative and Professional Writing, is free of charge and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Paul Siegell: Pittsburgh: 3/19/09

Thursday, March 19, 8:30 PM: The University of Pittburgh Poetry Club presents a reading by poet Paul Siegell.

Location: 501 CL.

Paul Siegell is the author of Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008) and the forthcoming jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and has contributed to The American Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Coconut, No Tell Motel and other literary and online journals. You can find his blog "ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL" at http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com. Siegell got his B.A. in English Writing in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh.

This reading is free and open to the public.

John Poch: West Chester: 3/18/09

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 PM: Poet John Poch will give a reading at West Chester University's Poetry House, located at 823 South High Street in West Chester, PA.

For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235 or e-mail at poetry@wcupa.edu.

River Poets: Bloomsburg: 3/10/09

Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 PM: Come join the River Poets' monthly reading event at Phillips Emporium, 10 East Main Street in Bloomsburg. Theme: Poems in remembrance and honor of Ervene Gulley. Open reading to follow.

MC: Angela Runciman.


Patricia Smith: West Chester: 2/26/09

Thursday, February 26: Poet Patricia Smith will give a craft lecture at 4:15 PM at West Chester University, followed by a reading at 7 PM in the Sykes Ballrooms B & C.

For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235 or e-mail at poetry@wcupa.edu.

K. A. Hays & Erinn Batykefer: Bucknell: 2/24/09

Tuesday, February 24, 7 PM:

Two poets on staff at the Stadler Center for Poetry will read together in Bucknell Hall.

K. A. Hays, the 2008-09 Stadler Emerging Writer, earned an M.F.A. in the Literary Arts at Brown University and studied as an undergraduate at Bucknell and Oxford Universities. Poems from her first book, Dear Apocalypse (Carnegie Mellon), have appeared in such venues as Missouri Review, Southern Review, and the anthology Best New Poets 2007. Her verse translations and fiction have appeared in GulfCoast, Hudson Review, Fugue, and elsewhere. She is a native of southeast Pennsylvania.

Erinn Batykefer, the 2008-09 Stadler Fellow, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from the University of Delaware and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Martha Meier Renk Distinguished Poetry Fellow. Batykefer’s debut collection of poetry, Allegheny, Monongahela, won the 2008 Benjamin Saltman Prize and will appear from Red Hen Press this year. Her poetry and nonfiction have recently appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Literary Review, The Journal, and Agenda (UK). She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853.

_____ _____ _____ _____ _____

Outside the Basilica di San Petronio

A girl is after pigeons, tracking them.
She bows her head. She holds up her palms.
Her hand goes out and the things gust off.

Meanwhile the nuns in the basilica clutch beads
beneath their habits. And the priest
cleans the chalice, making it shine.

She is eager for the next step: to hold the flurry
of beak and breast, to draw it close.
She is stepping, pausing, tensed
and watchful as the underside of prayer.

When the birds rise, the white in their breasts
flashes before the basilica. The girl’s arms fall.
It is as easy as wine to blood, how they lift
into the ether. They are as good to her

as the miraculous saints. Dear saints,
keeping always and perfectly away.
_____ _____ _____ _____ _____

In O’Keeffe’s From the Lake, No. 3,

I see a lace of algae as a map—here, a waterway,
gritty houses dotting Troy Hill as it rises from the river,

ochre silt like sandstone sheared by highways.
It is summer. We pull the seashells from the garden

and press each one to our ears; we listen through dirt
for their coiled echolalia,

the way they endlessly whisper back the wishes
we tied to stones and dropped in the rivers.

The way they relay the secrets of our younger selves back
in the semaphores of the sea: furling,

unfurling. This is our city from above, the way
we remember it—suspended in a haze of morning;

we see through the weight of air blued by water
to the shapes we know, the way we can see our faces

welling up through a breath-fogged mirror:
Allegheny, Monongahela.
_____ _____ _____ _____ _____

K.A. Hays & Erinn Batykefer: Bloomsburg: 2/16/09

Poets K.A. Hays and Erinn Batykefer will both read from their work at Bloomsburg University on Monday, February 16, at 7 PM in Monty's Assembly Room on the Upper Campus. This reading is free and open to the public. For more information on Hays and Batykefer, click here.

Elizabeth Bodien & Fern Hill: Bethlehem: 2/13/09

Friday, February 13th at 8PM: The Greater Lehigh Valley Writer’s Group presents Elizabeth Bodien reading new poetry and Fern Hill reading from her novel. These local writers share and discuss, field questions, and mingle in Touchstone’s adjoining café space. Open mike to follow.

Firehouse Friday Writer’s Soiree. Ticket price: $5
Box office opens at 7 pm; no call ahead reservations.

Touchstone Theatre, 321 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem PA 18015 [610-867-1689]. touchstone@touchstone.org

Porochista Khakpour: Bucknell: 2/10/09

Tuesday, February 10, 7 PM: Visiting Assistant Professsor Porochista Khakpour will give a fiction reading at Bucknell Hall on the campus of Bucknell University.

Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, Khakpour is the author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic). The debut novel received much acclaim in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. Her writing has appeared widely in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, and elsewhere. Khakpour received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA from The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.

This event is free and open to the public.

from Sons and Other Flammable Objects:

"None of it was news to him, that these bad things happen—that’s not the part that got him at all. After all, it first occurred to him on one of the days of his early childhood, when America was still new for them all—at one of the moments when he had spied his mother sobbing in the kitchen to no one but a running sink, while on TV Lucy bawled into Ethel’s armpit to the laughter of some invisible audience—that the new world, while a very demanding place for all of its inhabitants, held a functional almost laughable misery for its own and a possibly unconquerable one for the others. Here, the older your world, Xerxes-the-child contemplated, trying to make some rules out of it all, rules that even Xerxes-the-adult could not fully argue with, the sadder and badder your days."

Open Poetry Reading: Tunkhannock: 2/8/09

Poetry of Love:

Sunday, February 8, 2-5 PM

The Endless Mountains Council of the Arts is holding an Open Poetry Reading at the EMCA Gallery, 302 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. All are welcome. Read your own work or read from your favorite poet. For more information, call 836-3622 or 945-7621.

Sponsored by the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts.

Rick Kearns: Harrisburg: 2/5/09

Thursday, February 5, 8 PM:

Award-winning poet, freelance writer and musician Rick Kearns will be Poetry Thursdays' featured reader at the Midtown Cinema's Reel Cafe, 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg.

Kearns' poetry has been published in three chapbooks and two full collections, including Street of Knives (Warm Springs Press, 1993), Boricua In Between (1997), Jazz Poems (1997) and Endtime Poems (1998, Pacobooks). Red Pagoda Press has published five of his poems in brochure form since 2000. His latest collection of verse, The Body of My Isla, was published in 2007. As a journalist, Kearns has written for daily, weekly and monthly news publications since 1986. In the last decade his work has focused on Latino and Native American issues. Kearns' poems have appeared in numerous anthologies: El Coro/A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1997); Voices from the Nuyorican Cafe (Henry Holt & Co., NY, 1994 [Winner of the American Book Award]), and in literary reviews such as The Massachusetts Review, Chicago Review, Drum Voices Revue (So. Illinois University Edwardsville), Painted Bride Quarterly, The Patterson Review, HEART Quarterly, Big Hammer, Palabra: A Journal of Chicano and Literary Art, Yellow Medicine Review, and Fledgling Rag

Kearns' feature begins at 8 PM, following a 7 PM open mic. Poetry Thursdays, celebrating its tenth year as a weekly poetry series, is sponsored by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. Marty Esworthy and Julia Tilley host. For more information: (717) 909-6566.

Cherise Pollard & Alexander Long: West Chester: 2/4/09

Wednesday, February 4, 7 PM: Poets Cherise Pollard and Alex Long will give a reading at the West Chester Poetry Center. The WCU Poetry House is located at 823 S. High Street, West Chester, PA.

For more information, please contact coordinator Jamie Smith at 610-436-3235, or e-mail poetry@wcupa.edu.


Thomas Devaney & Mike Cohen: Philadelphia: 1/31/09

Date: Saturday, January 31
Time: 2 PM
Location: 3 Sisters Corner Café, Philadelphia

The Fox Chase Reading Series kicks off the 2009 season with featured poets Thomas Devaney and Mike Cohen on January 31, 2009 at 2 PM. The series is sponsored by 3 Sisters Corner Café in Fox Chase, Mad Poets Society and The Fox Chase Review. 3 Sisters Corner Café is located at 7950 Oxford Ave. (corner of Loney and Barnes), Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

Thomas Devaney is the author of A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum, 2007) and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press, 1999). Devaney has worked with the Institute of Contemporary Art (Phila) on a number of site specific, multi-sensory projects, including “No Silence Here, Enjoy the Silence” for the Locally Localized Gravity show (2007) and the performance “The Empty House” at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for The Big Nothing exhibit (2004). Devaney is a Senior Writing Fellow in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Cohen has authored two collections of poetry, Poet’s Pilgrimage and For Reading Out Loud, both awaiting discovery and broad dissemination (perhaps posthumously). Mike’s work has appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Philadelphia Daily News, Mad Poets Review, and Poetry Forum Anthology. He has presented public readings in various bookstores, coffee shops, and libraries. Mike’s current project is the Poetry Aloud And Alive program at the Big Blue Marble Book Store in West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

This event is free and open to the public.

Applications due soon for Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets

Please share this information. If you know a student who qualifies, please encourage him or her to apply. If you can write a letter of recommendation, please offer to do so.

In 2009, the Stadler Center for Poetry will conduct the twenty-fifth annual Seminar for Younger Poets. Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences. In the past, such poets as Robin Becker, Denise Duhamel, Linda Gregg, Terrance Hayes, James Harms, Mary Ruefle, Gerald Stern, David St. John, Michael Waters, and Kazim Ali have served as visiting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available on the basis of need.

For the 2009 Seminar, visiting poets Kwame Dawes and Dana Levin will join director G. C. Waldrep and staff members Deirdre O'Connor, Erinn Batykefer, and K. A. Hays.

The dates of the 2009 Seminar will be Sunday, June 7, to Sunday, June 28. The postmark deadline for applications is Friday, January 30. Click here for complete application guidelines and here for a program FAQ.

John Updike: 1932 - 2009


The vacant lots are occupied, the woods
Diminish, Slate Hill sinks beneath its crown
Of solvent homes, and marketable goods
On all sides crowd the good remembered town.

Returning, we find our snapshots inexact.
Perhaps a condition of being alive
Is that the clothes which, setting out, we packed
With love no longer fit when we arrive.

Yet sight that limited our truth were strange
To older eyes; the town that we have lost
Is being found by hands that still arrange
Horse-chestnut heaps and fingerpaint on frost.

Time shades these alleys; every pavement crack
Is mapped somewhere. A solemn concrete ball,
On the gatepost of a sold house, brings back
A waist leaning against a bucking wall.

The gutter-fires smoke, their burning done
Except for, fanned within, an orange feather;
We have one home, the first, and leave that one.
The having and leaving go on together.

River Poets planning session: Bloomsburg: 1/27/09

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009: The River Poets will hold their planning session (for 4/09 to 9/09): 6:30 PM food; 7 PM meeting at Panera's.

Kudos: Elizabeth Bodien

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bodien, whose manuscript, Plumb Lines, has been published by Plan B Press. You can order a copy of Elizabeth's chapbook here.

Nance Van Winckel: Bucknell: 1/20/09

Date: Tuesday, January 20
Time: 7 PM
Location: Bucknell Hall, on the campus of Bucknell University

Nance Van Winckel will give a poetry reading on 1/20 in Bucknell Hall. Van Winckel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently No Starling (University of Washington). Among her many honors and awards are two NEA Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, two Washington State Artist Trust Awards, and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has appeared widely in journals and magazines. She has also published three collections of short stories. Van Winckel teaches in the MFA programs at Eastern Washington University and at Vermont College. As Bucknell’s 2009 Poet-in-Residence, she will teach a poetry workshop during the spring semester.
This event is free and open to the public.

Call for resources: Bucks County/ Doylestown

Dear Folks:

I've received a request for a list of meeting dates for readings and groups in the Bucks County/Doylestown area. Can anyone help? Please post here if possible, or e-mail me [ron dot mohring at gmail dot com].

Many thanks.

G Emil Reutter's Blue-Collar Poet now available

Stonegarden.net Publishing is now accepting pre-orders of G Emil Reutter’s latest release, Blue Collar Poet: Selected Poems, 1994-2008.

What others say about the poetry of G Emil Reutter:

"Reutter’s poetry has the keen ability to focus on people in a variety of situations, and to add his own unique twist to each poetic experience.”- Diane Sahms-Guarnier, Poetry Board Editor, Philadelphia Stories Magazine

“The stench of cigarette ash and the resinous swell of pines are as much a part of these moments as the wise and careful worry, the sharp memories, and quiet hope.”- Louis Mckee, Publisher, One Trick Pony Magazine

"His work reflects a love of life and a concern for humanity; it is the epitome of the idea that with every single moment we learn something about ourselves.”—Eileen D’Angelo, Editor, Mapoets Review

“Always ready to tell the truth and shame the devil, he can take you places from the road to the barroom and so many stops between.”- Vincent Quatroche, Professor, Fredonia State University

River Poets event: Bloomsburg: 1/13/09

Tuesday, Jan 13, 7:30 PM: Come join the River Poets' annual start-up party at Phillips Emporium, 10 East Main Street in Bloomsburg. Plan to wear a hat (and other clothing, too), it conserves energy. Prizes will be awarded for the prettiest, weirdest and warmest headwear. Bring your oddities (books, CDs, videos, gadgets) for a white elephant sale to help River Poets stay afloat financially. Open Reading. MC: Susan Brook.

Heather Thomas: Harrisburg: 1/08/09

Thursday, Jan 8, 7 PM: Heather Thomas Kicks Off The Poetry Cartel's Return to Midtown.

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is pleased to celebrate its 10th anniversary by returning to Midtown Harrisburg, with an inaugural reading for Poetry Thursdays at the Cartel's new home, the Reel Cafe in the Midtown Cinema, at 7 pm, on Thursday, Jan. 8. Berks County Poet Laureate Heather Thomas will be the premier featured reader.

Thomas, an award-winning poet, is professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Blue Ruby (FootHills Publishing, 2008). Resurrection Papers (Chax Press, 2003) was translated into a bilingual edition and published in Argentina. The Fray, an art and poetry collaboration, was created with artist Barbara Schulman. Her poems appear in anthologies including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and in more than 30 print and online journals. Thomas has garnered awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The weekly reading series, Poetry Thursdays, began in a long-gone coffehouse on Third Street in 1999. A lot has changed since then, and the Midtown area has recently become a very lively cultural center. And the Cinema is right in the thick of things! In 2009, we'll also soon feature performers like Rick Kearns, Jennifer Hill-Kaucher and Dan Waber. Also-- Craig Czury, Maria Thiaw, and Harrisburg's self-proclaimed ambassador of poetry, Keith Snow. Featured poets generally begin reading at 8, after an hour of open mic which begins at 7pm. Marty Esworthy and Julia Tilley host the long-running series.The Midtown Cinema's Reel Cafe is at 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg. For more information: 717 909-6566.

Kudos: Karen Weyant

Congratulations to Karen Weyant, whose chapbook Stealing Dust is now available for preorder from Finishing Line Press (click on the "new releases" page and scroll down by author last name).