Category Archives: Philadelphia Poetry Scene

Rosenbloom and Wunder in Fox Chase October 26th

billwunderrosenbloomThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on October 26th with Bill Wunder and Robert Rosenbloom at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. .  The reading will begin @ 1 p.m. in the second floor gallery of the museum. The features will be followed by an open reading. More information on the poets here: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/wunder-and-rosenbloom-in-fox-chase-october-26th/

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Gift Basket for Cara’s Sweethearts – Beats From the Heart Fundraiser 10-18

Cara's Sweethearts GiftWe are pleased that through donations of books by poets and writers we were able to donate a gift basket to Cara’s Sweethearts for the October 18th fundraiser. We also added a bottle Old Grand-Dad, E&J Brandy and Clan MacGregor Scotch to the basket for the winner to enjoy while reading these outstanding books. Cara’s Sweethearts is an organization that does the right thing by children and their families during their stay at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. There is a link to their website at the bottom of this post under the flyer for the fundraiser. We wish them the best.

Thanks to the following poets/writers who contributed books to our gift basket for Cara’s Sweethearts

The Book of Small Treasures by Christine Klocek-Lim

Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim

Mud Lake Trilogy by Russell Reece

Images of Being by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Six Weeks To Yehidah by Melissa Studdard

My Yehidah – by Melissa Studdard

What Space This Body by J.C. Todd

Carvings by g emil reutter

Stirring Within Poems and Tales From Mount Carmel by g emil reutter

My South by Southwest by Elizabeth Akin Stelling

Nota Bene Eiswein by Eileen R. Tabios

Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole by Eileen R. Tabios

We Who Were Bound by David Worrell

Sessions  by Peter Baroth

In the Shooting Gallery of the Heart by Jeff Rath

Film Noir by Jeff Rath

The Language of Moisture and Light by Le Hinton

Traces by Daina Savage

Colors of the Universe by Elizabeth Rivers

Border Love by Alice Wootson

Loopholes by David P. Kozinski

Words Not Spoken by Vinita Agrawal

Contemporary Haibun Edited by Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross and Ken Jones

Recording Loss by Ellen Peckham

Allen M. Hart in Retrospect 1965-1969

Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations – an Alphabet by Bernadette McBride

The Event 

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You can learn more about Cara’s Sweethearts at this link: http://www.carasweethearts.org/home.html

FCR Broadsides 14-13 and 14-14 Available on October 26th

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Our Broadside Series continues with 14-13 and 14-14 printed in a limited edition of 30 copies.  Broadside 14-13, Creche by Robert Rosenbloom and 14-14, Moons by Bill Wunder. These broadsides will be available on October 26th at our Featured Poet/Writer Reading with Bill Wunder and Robert Rosenbloom at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/wunder-and-rosenbloom-in-fox-chase-october-26th/

10 Questions for Alice Wootson

alice 3Alice Greenhowe Wootson grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Cheyney University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she married and remained in the Philadelphia area. She earned a Masters Degree in Education and Reading Specialist Certification and taught in the public schools. Alice is the award-winning author of ten romance novels and an award-winning poet; she has taught writing workshops for numerous groups. She is also a board member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Alice Wootson is an active member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Isaiah. http://www.alicewootson.net/

Interview with g emil reutter

The Interview 

alice 2GER: You have published a large body of work in the genre of Romance Novels. What drew you to this genre?

AW: I write romance novels because I like happpy endings.

GER: Some have described your novels as realistic romance full of suspense with out of the ordinary plot twists. How does this set you apart from others in the genre?

AW: I add twists to my novels because I don’t want the story to ‘unfold in a straight line’ and I don’t want the reader to reach the end and say ”I knew that’s what was going to happen.”  

BorderLove-2GER: You latest release is Border Love. Please tell us about the book?

AW:  ‘Border Love’ features Border Patrol Agents assigned to Brownsville, Texas located on the Texas/Mexican Border. My husband and I spent several winters in Brownsville and I found many interesting things about it. A highway just outside town has a tall chainlink fence running parallel to the road for miles and miles. Just on the other side of the fence is the Rio Grande River. If your arms  were long enough, you could dip your hand into the water. The river is also shallow along here so the most that would get wet would be your pants legs. No buildings are visible on the Mexican side and ranches are along the road on the US side with no buildings in sight. It would be easy to wade across the river, use the spaces in the fence to climb and be in this country. The fence follows the contours of the river so many areas are out of sight. Also many Mexican students commute to Texas Southernmost University which is within walking distance of the bridge they walk across. You can pay a small toll and walk across into Mexico. With all of this in mind, I let my imagination run wild and thought of various problems that could arise from the close proximity and easy access to and from Mexico. I did extensive research which I do for all of my books. Then I decided what problems to give my agents. Drugs are a bigger problem in Mexico than they are here. Some towns are subjected to nightly battles between rival gangs over turf. A lot of the problems are caused by people from countries to the south of Mexico. I also had to consider that the drug smuggling trade wouldn’t get a foothold here if not for the involvement of US citizens. Unfortunately all of the situations I use in the book are possible.

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GER: You have conducted a number of writing workshops. What are the benefits of workshops to those attending and to you?

AW: I do several writing workshops for groups of interested people. The basic one deals with the three elements necessary to write a story: character, setting and plot. I go into detail about the three and explore various options. If time permits, I have those attending develop the beginning of a story that includes all three elements. I pose questions along the way. (I’m a retired teacher so I can’t help it.  What’s in it for me? I enjoy helping people follow their dreams.)

GER: What advice would you give to emerging writers and poets?

AW: I always tell writers and poets, if you have an idea, write it because it will continue to bug you until you do. You don’t have to worry about forgetting it. It’s not going anywhere until you write it. Remember, the hardest part is starting. 

alice 5GER: Your poetry and short stories range from realism to the surreal. Do you approach these genres differently than your romance novels and does it reflect another side of Alice Wootson?

AW:  I don’t know why my short stories and my poetry are not only different from my novels, but they are different from each other. I think my personality is split three ways. I might read something or see something and an idea pops into my head and I have to get it down.

GER: You are firmly grounded in family and faith. How does this stability assist you in your writing?

AW:   I am blessed in many ways and I am aware of it. I have choices. I do not have drama in my life and I am thankful for it. I live comfortably in a nice house on a quiet street in a quiet, safe neighborhood and I have everything I need. I am aware that too many people aren’t as blessed as I am. I write because I want to, not because I have to. (Although, if I have an idea it will make me write it so it will leave me alone.)

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GER: Some poets shy away from public readings of their work. You have performed your poetry at many venues. Tell us how the interaction with an audience has assisted you in the development of your poetry?

AW: I am still a little uncomfortable reading in public, but I like to think people enjoy hearing my poetry and find much of it thought-provoking. I get positive feedback from those who hear it and I am grateful for that.

GER: Who are your favorite writers and poets?

AW:  A few of my favorite poets are old: Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, but I read whoever I have access to. I’m only going to name two authors: Beverly Jenkins and Catherine Coulter although I read many, many others. I’m on a romantic suspense kick right now and there’s a lot of authors out there.

GER: What is next for Alice Wootson?

AW: My next book released will probably be “Border Danger” because my editor already has it. “Border Danger” also features Border Partol agents stationed in Brownsville, but they are different agents facing different dangers. The two books aren’t part of a series, just wiith the same setting. I also have to get back to Nate, a secondary character from ‘Aloha Love” who tried to take over every scene he was in. He finally backed off when I promised him his own story. I started it and have to get back to it soon, but I’ve been working on submitting 4 other finished novels. I have to get back to Nate, though. I have a feeling he’s losing patience with me. I’m serious about this..

Alice Wootson at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alice-Wootson/e/B001JRUHYM

You can read the poetry and fiction of Alice Wootson in The Fox Chase Review: http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/22-AliceWootson.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/WootsonA.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/13WS/Wootson.html

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2nd-saturday-poets-1-21-12-guarnieri-reutter-readiing-017-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA) https://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Pa. 13th Congressional District – Candidates on the Arts

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On September 23rd we sent some questions to Pennsylvania 13th Congressional District candidates Democrat Brendan Boyle and Republican Dee Adcock concerning the arts. A brief biography on Brendan Boyle appears before the questions. The answers are direct from the candidate and have not been edited. Dee Adcock failed to respond our request. We hope you find this information useful and remember to vote in Novembers election.

Brendan Boyle .

bren boyleBorn and raised in a Philadelphia rowhome, Brendan Boyle worked hard to achieve the American Dream.  Brendan learned the value of hard work from his father, a SEPTA maintenance custodian who emigrated from Ireland at the age of 19, and his mother, a school crossing guard. Brendan was the first in his family to attend college and received a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Brendan worked as a sportscaster announcing both Notre Dame football and basketball games on 640 WVFI-AM. Brendan would later earn his Master’s Degree in public policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is married to Jennifer, a Montgomery County public school teacher, who just gave birth to their daughter Abigail.

Brendan was elected to the PA State Legislature in 2008 and became the first Democrat ever elected to his legislative district. Since being sworn into office in 2009, Brendan has built an impressive legislative record in education, health care, government reform, and economic development. Brendan has never forgotten who he is or where he comes from. He has been a strong advocate for the middle class and is very proud of his 100% pro-labor voting record. Brendan has also been an instrumental voice in Harrisburg for education reform, criminal justice reform, and protecting victims of domestic violence. http://voteboyle.com/

FCR: Montgomery County is home to a number of arts centers and Northeast Philadelphia which is host to independent arts/theater/dance and poetry. What is your view of the impact of the arts in the community?

BB: I believe that a thriving art community is vital to the continued reputation of the Philadelphia region as one the richest cultural centers in the country. Our museums, our musical scene and our theaters have tremendous value that can’t be counted in dollars, but are also a boon for our regional economy, which is heavily based on tourism. The arts are therefore a vital part of the fabric of every community in our region and bring in valuable tax revenue that benefits our schools, our infrastructure and our overall quality of life.

FCR: Do you support continued funding for the arts through the National Endowment for the Arts?

BB: Yes. I strong support robust funding for the arts through local, state and federal agencies.

FCR: Who are your favorite poets and why?

BB: I’ve always enjoyed classic American poets such as Walt Whitman.

FCR: What type of literature do you enjoy reading?

BB: I am an avid reader historical nonfiction books and literature detailing the history of American politics.

FCR: Do you have a preference in art?

BB: I enjoy much of the art that is intertwined with American history, work by artists such as John Trumbull and Gilbert Stuart.

FCR: What museums have you visited and which are your favorites?

BB: I have always been a great admirer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but also enjoy the new Barnes Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Within our congressional district, I have always had a very close relationship with the Abington Art Center and have actually staged local events there, so their collection is also one I enjoy and have seen a great deal of.

FCR: As a Congressman how would you promote the arts?

BB: I believe the most important way to promote the arts is through our youth beginning at an early age. I would support greater funding through federal grants to go to states for programs promoting the arts in our schools. It has been shown time and again that involvement in the arts not only helps academic performance, but reduces disciplinary problems and incidents of drug use amongst older students. We need to view the arts as not only a way to educate students, but as a way to promote positive life choices in our children.

 Dee Adcock 

Failed to respond 

 

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop a Success

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

The first annual Ryerss Museum and Library Adult Poetry Workshop was held on October 4th. The workshop was booked up almost immediately when announced and attracted poets from the Philadelphia area, Delaware and New Jersey. Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri led the workshop that was held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Attendees included, Wendy Schermer, Maria Keane, Bert Moniz, James Diamond, Melanie Eyth, Michele Grottola, Linda Texter Hall, Siobhan Gannon, Chris Chandler and Jane Miller

 

Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Ryerss Christmas Celebration

 

Sahms-Guarnieri began her service as Poet in Residence with a reading at the Ryerss Christmas celebration, conducted a Youth Poetry Contest with winners Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest Reading 029reading at Ryerss for National Poetry Month and wrote a poem  in honor of poet-in-residence-diane-sahms-guarnieri - Ryerss BirthdayRobert W. Ryerss birthday that was read at the celebration.


Remembering U.S. Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman – October 5th

Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman

2014 Celebration In Historic Christ Church, Sunday Oct. 5th – Dead Poets Remembrance Day in Philadelphia.

http://deadpoets.typepad.com/dead_poets_of_pennsylvani/2014/09/2014-celebration-to-take-place-in-historic-christ-church.html

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“A Love Story in Stone” Tribute to Daniel Hoffman – A Video

http://deadpoets.typepad.com/dead_poets_of_pennsylvani/2014/08/a-love-story-in-stone-tribute-to-daniel-hoffman.html