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Poetry in the News…

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Dylan Thomas: Rock ‘n’ roll poet


Meet the people making poetry cool again in Ireland


Oklahoma City’s poetry scene is lively, growing


Edgar Allan Poe Was a Vampire


Syrian sisters’ singing, poetry on Mideast crises goes viral


Mindy Nettifee moves with inspiring poetry


Taipei begins countdown to poetry festival


Drunk Poetry Fans and the First Reading of ‘Howl’


Poetry and Catastrophe


215 Festival


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/


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 

2nd annual cara's sweethearts

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

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 


FCR Broadsides 14-11 and 14-12 Available on September 28th


Our Broadside Series continues with 14-11 and 14-12 printed in a limited edition of 30 copies.  Broadside 14-12, The Installation by MM Wittle and 14-11, Smooth the Way by Rodger Lowenthal. These  broadsides will be available on September 28th at our Featured Poet/Writer Reading at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/lowenthal-and-wittle-in-fox-chase-september-28th/






PHILALIA Small Press, Poetry and Art Fair September 25th to September 27th


PHILALALIA is a three-day FREE event that will bring together poets, visual artists, publishers, & arts enthusiasts to showcase, perform, & sell their work.

WHERE:   Tyler School of Art, on the main campus of Temple University. There will also be off-site events at venues throughout the city.


Thursday, 9/25, 2-5pm

Friday, 9/26, 11am-5pm

Saturday, 9/27, 11am-5pm


The Schedule : http://philalalia.com/schedule/

For More information on vendors, poetry readings and more at PHILALIA visit: http://philalalia.com/


The Here & Now Duo – A Profile

the here and now 1The Here and Now are an acoustic duo consisting of Lyndsay Mahalis on vocals and Donald McGettigan on guitar and vocals based out of the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. They perform covers and original compositions. McGettigan a self-taught guitar player combines with Mahalis whose background in stage/theater give them a unique sound with beautiful harmonies.

the here and now @ eddington house

The duo has played a number of festivals as well as touring the local Philly scene at venues such as Bernie’s Pub, The Broken Goblet, Joe’s Coffee House, Hard Rock Café, Lickety Split, Vice Coffee, and The Grape Room.

the here and now 2Jay Breslin of Rock on Philly described a performance by the duo, “The Here & Now put on a great set filled with originals and covers, including a spot-on rendition of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men . . . we heard beautiful harmonies that made for a truly heartfelt set.the here and now 8

Lindsay Mahalis said it just seemed natural to form a duo with Don. “We were in a band for awhile together and the more time we spent performing and playing music together, the more we realized we were heading in the same direction. We have nearly the same exact taste in music.  We can usually hear something the other will love.  On top of that, we have a really nice vocal blend.  Our tones are complementary to the other which makes for some really nice harmonies.  The more apparent that became, the more we realized it should be spotlighted.  We soon realized we could make this work and become something people would hopefully want to see”.  Mahalis has a simple desire as the duo moves forward, she says, “We’d love to play as much as possible, hopefully earning enough money along the way to record some of our original songs.”

mmp the here and nowIf you would like to see the duo play over the next 3 months you can find them at a Toys for Tots benefit at Eggs Nest Inn on November 15th, and a likely return to Broken Goblet Brewing Co in Bristol.

The Here & Now on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8twXbd1FiP4lX3ovsMe29A?app=desktop

The Here & Now on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheHereAndNowAcoustic

For more information on The Here & Now or to book them,  contact them at Thehereandnow.acoustic@gmail.com