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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.

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