February 27th @ 2pm – The Fox Chase Reading Series presents The Featured Poets Reading at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Join us for the poetry of Mel Brake and B.E. Kahn
Mel Brake is an awarding-winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010.
He was interviewed or appeared on several broadcasters such as CNN, WURD-AM, WHAT-AM, WHYY-TV12, WLIU-FM, WPEB-FM, Nexus Radio, BSS Radio, and Umuvme-Gtownradio.com to discuss his views and opinions on family, life and home.
Mel Brake is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. Recently, he appeared in a one-act play, “The Body Artist” at the Old Academy Players, a non-profit community theater located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
His first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at: MelBrakEpress.blogspot.com. You can read the poetry of Mel Brake in The Fox Chase Review at the following links: 2008 WS; 2008 AW; 2009 AW
B.E. Kahn, a native Philadelphian, now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Pew Grants. She was awarded First Prize for Poetry at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and some of her other awards include The Lotus Bloom Journal and The Missouri State Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in the small press. Her collections, Silver Apples Silver Birch, (Greenleaf Press 2008), Landscapes of Light, (Poets Wear Prada 2010), are available at Amazon. A retired speech therapist, she teaches poetry to intergenerational, interfaith, community based groups, some under the auspices of the Arts and Spirituality Center. She is also a recent pushcart nominee. You can read the poetry of B.E. Kahn in The Fox Chase Review at this link: 2010 AW
The museum opens at 10am if you would like to arrive early and take a free guided tour of Ryerss.