Category Archives: Philadelphia Poetry Scene

Poets @ Pennypack II – May 10th

amp-at-pennypack-environmental-center The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the second installment of Poets @ Pennypack on May 10, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will host.  The featured poets will be followed by an open reading.

The Lineup

April 12, 2014 007 g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia where he founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series.  Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by Stonegarden.net, Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. Most recently Carvings in November 2010. You can visit him at   http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

nat anderson Nathalie Anderson teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and librettist for three operas, including most recently a version of the Sherlock Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia.” You can read the poetry of Nathalie Anderson in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14nanderson.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/AndersonN.html

michelle Michele A. Belluomini is a poet, storyteller and librarian. Her work has been published in journals such as The Mad Poets Review, Poetry Motel, American Writing, APR: Philly Edition, and most recently in the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others won the 2004 Plan B Press Poetry competition. Her latest release from Plan B Press is signposts for sleepwalkers.  You can read the poetry of Michele A. Belluomini in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/01-MicheleABelluomini.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/20-MicheleABelluomini.html

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Dennis Daly has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines and recently nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Ibbetson Street Press published The Custom House, his first full length book of poetry in June, 2012. His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was published by Wilderness House Press in August, 2012. His third book of poems entitles Night Walking with Nathaniel has been accepted for publication by Dos Madres Press. A fourth book is nearing completion. You can read the poetry of Dennis Daly in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14ddaly.html

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Lester Mobley was born and raised on Long Island, not far from the birth place of Walt Whitman. Lived most his life in Philadelphia where he resides in Center City, just over a bridge not far from the final resting place of Walt Whitman, whose background is that of a blue-collar tradesman, as was Walt Whitman.  He writes short stories and poems of God, nature, love, jazz, and the socio-political aspects of humanity. They are exemplified in his current book Chapbook, The First Three: Poems by Lester Mobley (Mobley Publishing 2013).  He has been a featured reader throughout the Philadelphia/South Jersey area and participates in open mics whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can read the fiction and poetry of Lester Mobley at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14lmobley.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

chad Chad Parenteau was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island in 1973 and grew up in  Bellingham, Massachusetts.  Graduating high school in 1991, he entered  Framingham State College (Now Framingham State University) and majored in  English.  He learned poetry and prose writing from instructors such as Alan  Feldman and Miriam Levine and studied journalism under Desmond McCarthy. Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans,  the Brownstone Poets series in Brooklyn and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state.  His recent contribution to the reading series is creating and editing its online tribute journal, Spoonful and releasing a limited series of print chapbooks currently availabe through the venue.  Most recently, he has partnered up Stone Soup with Jason Wright’s Oddball Magazine, where he currently serves as a contributing editor and oversees the weekly “Stone Soup Servings” column in addition to collaborating with on a humor column with George Panagopoulos called The Last(ish) Word. You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/07-ChadParenteau.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/16-ChadParenteau.html

RichardOkewole

A teacher by trade and writer at heart, Richard Okewole fuses his life in his native home of Nigeria with his experiences in the states to create poetry that speaks on many different levels. With an African father and Jamaican mother, Richard touches on topics in his writing that force readers to think outside the conventional box. His set of unpublished poetry have been featured in Polyphony Magazine and Anthology Philly Volume 1, but he spends most of his time teaching fourth grade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he resides. You can read the poetry of Richard Okewole in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/RichardOkewole.html

Michael and Maguire in Fox Chase- April 27th

michaelDMaguireThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on April 27th with Poets Ann E. Michael and Dan Maguire at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.  The reading will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The features will be followed by an open reading.

For more information please view these links: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/michael-and-maguire-april-27th/ Broadsides by Michael and Maquire will be available at the reading: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/fcr-broadsides-14-6-and-14-7-available-april-27th/

The Poetry of J.C. Todd in The Fox Chase Review

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http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/JCTodd.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/10-JCTodd.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/04-JCTodd.html

The Poetry and Fiction of Alice Wootson in The Fox Chase Review

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http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/22-AliceWootson.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/WootsonA.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/13WS/Wootson.html

The Poetry of Mel Brake in The Fox Chase Review

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http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/MelBrake.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/24-MBrake.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/17-MelBrake.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/12-MelBrake.html

…Remembering Justin Vitiello 1941-2013

justin 1It is National Poetry Month and cause to remember Justin Vitiello, Poet and Professor Emeritus of Italian at Temple University who was an intricate part of the poetry scene in the City of Philadelphia. He passed away on October 17, 2013.

Vitiello traveled the globe, published over twenty works of poetry and essays in English, Spanish and Italian. A peace activist, Vitiello was active in the Civil Rights movement and Anti-War movements during the Vietnam era, protested the proliferation of nuclear weapons during the cold war, boldly stood as a non-violent reformer to the Mafia in Sicily and conducted research for the Ghandi Peace Foundation in India. justin 3In the midst of this whirlwind of activity in 2006 Vitiello began to  curate the long running Moonstone Poetry Series at Robins Bookstore in Philadelphia giving full credit as always to the Robin family and Herschell Baron.justin 4
He provided a stage for new and established poets, mentored hundreds of poets and provided beautiful works for others to read. A citizen of the globe, born in NYC, Vitiello remained happily in Philadelphia, although all and all he would have rather been in Spain.

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vincartHe once said, “Well Shelley said poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. But I’m not so optimistic. Many poets die unappreciated.” Vitiello was influenced early in life by Lorca, Antonio Machado, Ungaretti, (all of whom he had translated), and Dylan Thomas, yet as he developed his craft his own voice began to emerge.justin 5 He said of all his collections, translations his favorites were poppies and thistles and Vanzetti’s Fish Cart. Vitiello was proud of the fact that all his collections  and all his poems were unique, for Justin Vitiello never repeated himself, considering them all  his “babies”.

Poet and publisher Lamont B. Steptoe was a friend of Justin Vitiello. He published poppies and thistles (1963-2004), by Vitiello under his Whirlwind Press. Steptoe said of Justin Vitiello, “He was a friend and activist who believed in truth & beauty. His was an important creative voice in the latter half of the 20th Century and the first decade of the 21st Century. ” Steptoe often addressed Vitiello’s creative writing classes at Temple University and remembered Vitiello as an anarchist who distrusted all governments.

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Poet ant Translator Dr. Elizabeth A. Pallitto remembered Justin Vitiello as a great teacher, mentor and writer.  “Certainly Justin leaves us much-loved and much-missed. To a chorus of voices — friends, fellow poets and translators, writer-activists, and fellow workers — I add my appreciation for Justin Vitiello as a writer, colleague and a tireless worker for a better world.”

Pallitto first met Vitiello at a MLA conference. “He responded to my conference paper with generous and encouraging written comments. Similarly, his feedback on the translations in my first book, Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose, was invaluable. It was my privilege to give feedback on his poetry collection Poppies and Thistles and to read his many works, notably the lyrical and yet politically engaged Labyrinths and Volcanoes: Windings through Sicily.”

Justin Vitiello influenced poets in the Philadelphia area, North America and across the globe. Vitiello, in the end, was appreciated by all those he came into contact with.

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Books at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-0262224-5909148?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=justin+vitiello

On youtube:

1980 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NyQdEjOqgs

2009 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgprEFk5xKo

At The Fox Chase Review: http://www.foxchasereview.org/fcr/08AW/05-JustinVitiello.html

At poetic del parco: http://www.poetidelparco.it/9_159_Justin-Vitiello.html

The Temple Times Remembers:

http://www.cla.temple.edu/blog/remembering-professor-justin-vitiello/

 

-        g emil reutter

The Poetry of Michele Belluomini in The Fox Chase Review

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http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/01-MicheleABelluomini.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html

 

The Poetry of Louis McKee in The Fox Chase Review

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http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/05-LMcKee.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/15-LouisMcKee.html

http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/03-LouisMcKee.html

Poets Read in Rustic Philadelphia- Poets @ Pennypack

Peter Krok reads as a cowboy passes in the background

Peter Krok reads at Poets @ Pennyapck as a cowboy passes in the background – Philly Poetry Day

A rustic reading in the city of Philadelphia, the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack was held in the amphitheater at the Pennypack Environmental Center in the Northeast. The featured poets delighted the crowd, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Peter Krok, Wendy Schermer, Bruce Kramer, B.E. Kahn, Tom Mallouk and J.C. Todd gave outstanding readings followed by Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal reading in the open mic.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Poets @ Pennypack – Philly Poetry Day

Wendy Schermer reads

Wendy Schermer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  - Philly Poetry Day

Bruce Kramer reads

Bruce Kramer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day



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B.E. Kahn reads

B.E. Kahn reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day

Tom Mallouk reads

Tom Mallouk reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

J.C. Todd reads

J.C. Todd reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

.You can view photographs of the event at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/

We return to the amphitheater on May 10th. More information will be forthcoming.

FCR Report on Philly Poetry Day

philly poetry day By: g emil reutter

Philly Poetry Day was slated to kick off at 12:00 am in West Philly with over 30 events scheduled across the city, Delaware and Bucks Counties. Philadelphia is home to a diverse group of poets mirroring the arts scene across the city. Realism, Language, Spoken Word, Mathematical, Haiku, Confessional, Formal, Concrete, Dada, Modernist, Post-Modernist, Avant-Garde, call it what you want but in Philadelphia this day words flowed forth from porches, coffee houses, in front of buildings, parks, studios, on Septa buses, town halls and colleges, on street corners and backyard barbeques . We at the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series have a fondness for the parks in Philadelphia. Our Poets @ Pennypack was planned over six months ago and fell on Philly Poetry Day. We decided to add two informal events to the day. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and I slated a reading in Lions Park in Fox Chase because that it is where it all started, the idea for the review and reading series. We also slated a reading at Gorgas Park in Roxborough where Diane graduated from the adjacent Roxborough High School and grew up just a block away where the elders of her family still reside.

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia Philly Poetry Day

Our day began at Lions Park for an 11 am reading centered on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We enjoyed reading in Lions Park to the folks waiting on the 18 bus in the loop.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

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Pennypack Environmental Center on Veree Road - Philadelplhia

Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road – Philadelplhia – Philly Poetry Day

Following the Lions Park reading in Fox Chase we traveled down Rhawn Street to Verree Road and the amphitheater located to the rear of the Pennypack Environmental Center. This rustic setting set on a ridge high above the Valley of the Pennypack  in the Northeast was perfect for a poetry reading. The reading began at 1 pm with our featured poets.  B.E. Kahn, Peter Krok, Tom Mallouk, Bruce Kramer, Wendy Schermer, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and J.C. Todd delighted the crowd with full 15-20 minute sets of poetry. The following poets participated in the open mic following the features: Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack Park- Philly Poetry Day

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poets @ Pennypack  - Philly Poetry Day

Gorgas Park in Roxborough

Gorgas Park in Roxborough – Philadelphia- Philly Poetry Day

After a brief rest we traveled south on the Boulevard to the Fox street exit and down Henry to Leverington Avenue arriving at Gorgas Park which rests on Ridge Avenue. At 7 pm we completed the day much as we started, on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We were met by the elders of Diane’s family and a few neighborhood kids and enjoyed reading in Gorgas Park.

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

 

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Philadelphia is blessed with possibly the most beautiful park system in the country. From the expansive Pennypack Park to neighborhood parks like Lions Park and Gorgas Park. The poet Joseph Brodsky once said, “Poetry must be available to the public in far greater volume than it is.”  On this day, the 12th of April 2014 in Philadelphia, on Philly Poetry Day in over 30 venues, poetry was available in abundance.   Photographs from our events are available at these links: Philly Poetry Day : https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749178684/ Poets @ Pennypack: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/   For other reports from across the city  please visit: http://www.phillypoetryday.com/

More poetry? On April 27th @ 2 pm Dan Maguire and Ann E. Michael are reading at our Featured Poets/Writers Series at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information on this reading can be found at this link: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/michael-and-maguire-april-27th/