Category Archives: Philadelphia Poetry Scene

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.

justin vitiello reading in fox chase

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/

Philly Poetry Day Events – April 12th

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amp-at-pennypack-environmental-centerApril 12th  @ 1pm        

Our first installment of Poets @ Pennypack featuring Kahn, Krok, Kramer, Mallouk, Schermer, Sahms-Guarnieri and Todd followed by an open mic is slated for 1 pm @ 8600 –A Verree Road. More information here: http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/poets-pennpack-april-12th-1pm/

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Reading poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places

Diane Sahms-Guarnierig emil reutter at Chop Suey Books.

We also have two informal readings before the Pennypack reading and after featuring Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter. http://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/    http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

lions-park-fox-chase11 am – Lions Park, Gazebo, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. (30 minute reading)

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7 pm – Gorgas Park, Gazebo, Gorgas Park 6300 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 (30 minute reading).

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We hope you can find the time to come out to Pennypack or visit one of the informal readings. You can check out other Philly Poetry Day events by visiting their website: http://www.phillypoetryday.com/

 

Three local poets show poetry’s human range

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Frank Wilson reviews 3 books by Philly Poets in the Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/literature/20140406_Review

 

Ryerss Museum and Library – First Annual Youth Poetry Reading

Ryerss Musuem and Library First Annual Youth Poetry Contest Reading

Ryerss Musuem and Library First Annual Youth Poetry Contest Reading

Ryerss Musuem and Library held their first Youth Poetry Reading to celebrate National Poetry Month this afternoon. The students reading were winners of the first Annual Youth Poetry Contest facilitated by Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. 12 area high schools were invited to participate. The reading was held in a packed 2nd floor gallery of the museum and library. The students read their poems to an appreciative audience and received awards, certificates and shirts from Ryerss Museum and Library and The Friends of Ryerss. Some photographs appear below. Certificates and Ryerss Museum and Library shirts were provided by Manager Martha Moffat. $50.00 gift cards were presented to first prize winners by The Friends of Ryerss.

First Prize wiiner for 9th Grade Sarah Smolnicki from Saint Hubert High School reads  A Visit to Ryerss

9th Grade first prize winner Sarah Smolnicki  from Saint Hubert High School reads A Visit to Ryerss

 

Sarah Smolnickiof Saint Hubert High School receives her gift card, certificate and a Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez of The Friends of Ryerss

Sarah Smolnicki  receives her gift card, certificate and a Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez of The Friends of Ryerss

10th Grade First Prize wiinerMelissa Phung of Central High School reads her poemArab Hunter

10th Grade First Prize wiiner Melissa Phung of Central High School reads her poem Arab Hunter

Melissa Phung receives her award, certificate and shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Melissa Phung receives her award, certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

 

11th Grade First Prize wiinerr Drew Schmidt of  Abington Sr. High School reads his poemDrifting Through  Frozen Memories

11th Grade First Prize wiinerr Drew Schmidt of Abington Sr. High School reads his poem Drifting Through Frozen Memories

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Schmidt receives his award, certificate and shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Drew Schmidt receives his award, certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

 10th Grade Second Prize  winner Jessica Bachman of  First Century Gospel reads her poem

10th Grade Second Prize winner Jessica Bachman of First Century Gospel reads her poem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Bachman receives her certificate and shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Jessica Bachman receives her certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

10th Grade Third Prize winnerHarry Yang of Central High School reads his poem Time After Time

10th Grade Third Prize winner Harry Yang of Central High School reads his poem Time After Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Yang receives his certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Harry Yang receives his certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

 

10th GradeHonorable Mention winnerMaeve Thomas  of Abington Sr. High School reads her poem Friend Cemetery

10th Grade Honorable Mention winner Maeve Thomas of Abington Sr. High School reads her poem Friend Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maeve Thomas receives her certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms- Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Maeve Thomas receives her certificate and Ryerss shirt from Diane Sahms- Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

11th Grade Honorable Mentionwinner Dominick Palmaof Central High School reads his poemLessons of Central High School reads his poem Lessons of a Baseball

11th Grade Honorable Mention winner Dominick Palma of Central High School reads his poem Lessons of Central High School reads his poem Lessons of a Baseball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominick Palma receives his certificate and Ryerss Shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Dominick Palma receives his certificate and Ryerss Shirt from Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Gary Martinez

Martha Moffat welcomes students and families to the Youth Poetry Reading

Martha Moffat welcomes students and families to the Youth Poetry Reading

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Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri announced the Second Annual Youth Poetry Contest will commence in January 2015.