2010 in Review

THE FOX CHASE REVIEW

The FCR continues to expand its readership and the grade of excellence of its published poets and writers. We have been faithful to our mission in providing our readers with a mixture of poetic voices under the guidance of our Poetry Editor, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri.  In 2010, we published three editions and remain committed to releasing three editions a year.  Our expanded fiction section has been well received and we will continue to expand under the guidance of our Fiction Editor, O.L. Barnes. 

The FCR focuses on the literary promotion of our published poets and writers.  Our Web Designer, SR Moser, has developed a sleek format to facilitate this endeavor by taking our readers straight to our writers’ work, without the bells and whistles that distract from the literary content.   January 2011 will mark the release of our ninth edition. 

This is the third year that The FCR has nominated poets/writers for The Pushcart.  We hope to crack this ceiling with an award sometime in the future. In addition, we are researching other avenues to promote the poets and writers that we publish. This year has marked a change in our submission policy.  Poets and writers can query The FCR and request an invitation to submit.  We look forward to 2011.

THE FOX CHASE READING SERIES includes the following venues:

  1. Featured Poets Series: This series has completed its third season at 3 Sisters Corner Café, 7950 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. This intimate cafe has a great vibe.  Our two featured poets per month came from our city and from across the United States. The featured poets are follwed by an open mic.  The café changed ownership during 2010; however, the new owners remain committed to the reading series. So if you can, come out and support the venue and the poets who read here.
  2. 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic: This series entered its second season in 2010. Tough economic times forced the closing of our venue and after finding a temporary home, we decided to go on hiatus in the spring of 2010. We are pleased to announce that in December of 2010, this popular series returned to The Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. The quality of established and emerging poets who read in this series is simply amazing. Depending on the crowd size, each poet is permitted ten minutes to read their poetry.  We thank The Hop Angel for bringing us back onboard and for their commitment to the arts in Fox Chase.  The Brauhaus has a great menu and drink selection. We are looking forward to an outstanding season in 2011.
  3. Poets in the Park: 2010 marked our first outdoor poetry reading in Lions Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.  The reading was held July 31st , a warm summer evening. The five poets who read provided this well attended event with excellent poetry.   Special thanks to The Northeast Lions and The Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association who maintain this beautiful park in the heart of Fox Chase.  Poets in the Park will return on July 16, 2011.  Six poets will read from the gazebo in the park.
  4. Poets on the Porch: 2010 also marked our first reading on the porch of The Historic Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.   The reading was held on August 20th with an electric atmosphere. The seven poets who read were well received and a great time was had by all. Special thanks to the staff of Ryerss Museum and Library for the use of their beautiful outdoor facility. Poets on the Porch will return on August 20, 2011, with seven poets reading on the porch.

You can find out who is reading at our venues by visiting the ninth edition of The Fox Chase Review that will be released in January 2011 and by visiting our blog at this link: Fox Chase Reading Series 2011 Schedule

THE BLOG

The Fox Chase Reading Series Blog was originally created to compliment The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series. In 2010 we were able to expand to book reviews by our staff, Diane Sahms- Guarnieri, Rodger Lowenthal, Alfred Hayes and Charles Loudon. In addition, we promote books that come to our attention by poets/writers who are published in FCR and highlight literary links of interest.  2010 marked the departure of Charles Loudon who moved on to other adventures.  If you have a review you believe the FCRS blog would have an interest in please submit it to foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com for consideration.

ON THE HOME FRONT

g emil reutter had his eighth release, Carvings, published in November 2010 and we have created a blog in support of the release. For information on Carvings please visit: http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri , our poetry editor, will release Images of Being, a full-length poetry collection in October 2011. We will keep you updated.

SR Moser continues to write, garden in the pacific northwest while exploring her art of photography.

Rodger Lowenthal continues to publish book reviews and poetry in the small press. Rodger is looking forward to finding a home for his manuscript in 2011.

Alfred Hayes has fled the winter months in Burholme and is traveling throughout the southwest on his Harley, where he will visit with Charles Loudon in New Mexico. We look forward to his return, unless Charles keeps him out west!

CONCLUSION

Ron Silliman has named us The Fox Chase Collective. Truly, that is what we are. A collective dedicated to the promotion of the written word on- line and the spoken word in performance.  The road has been bumpy and full of surprises. We wish the venues that support our reading series great success in 2011.  We hope our readers of The Fox Chase Review continue to enjoy the poets and writers that we bring to them.   Special thanks to Frank Wilson – The Books Inq. Blog; Ron Silliman; Anthony Buccino – The New Jersey Poetry Blog;  Nathalie Anderson –promoter of  literary events in Southeastern Pennsylvania;  local newspapers and various websites for including a number of FCR and  FCRS events on their blogs and announcements.

We have grown over the last three years and look forward to continued growth in 2011. 

The Fox Chase Collective 

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