2013 Fox Chase Reading Series – January to June

The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present poets/writers reading for the first half of the season in 2013 for our Featured Poets/Writers series at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The readings will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The featured poets/writers will be followed by an open reading.

January 27th @ 2pm – Lester Mobley and Bruce Kramer 

Lester Mobley has been a proud “blue collar” construction worker for over 30 years. A native of New York, he has lived in Philadelphia for most of his life. He draws inspiration for his writing from a passion for jazz, jazz culture, justice, nature and appreciation of human spirituality and God. He can be found reading his poetry at open mics in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. His latest release Jazz Musings and Similar Poems will be available at the event.  You can read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link:http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

Bruce Kramer is a writer from Philadelphia. Most of his work has appeared in boring technical documents, medical publications, and marketing propaganda, but he has also been published in the occasional magazine and literary publication. He believes in cold beer, rock and roll, and baseball. He sometimes acts like he is named after Bruce Springsteen, but he knows he is named after somebody much cooler. You can read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/BruceKramer.html

February 24th @ 2pm – James Arthur and Grant Clauser 

James Arthur’s first book, Charms against Lightning, was releasedby Copper Canyon Press. Individual poems in the volume have appear or will soon appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Narrative. James Arthur has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampiit House, as well as fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Beginning in September, he will be a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. You can read the poetry of James Arthur in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/JamesArthur.html

Grant Clauser lives in Montgomery County and make his living as a home technology writer. His poems have appeared in The Literary ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyCortland ReviewWisconsin ReviewBlueline and others. In 2010 he was named the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. His book The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing) was published in 2012. He runs the Montco Wordshop, teach poetry writing at Philadelphia’s Musehouse and blog at poetcore.com. You can read the poetry of Grant Clauser in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/GrantClauser.html

March 24th @ 2pm – Frank Wilson and John Timpane 

Frank Wilson has been reviewing books professionally since October 1964. For most of the past decade he was Books Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He currently blogs at Books Inq. It is one of the most successful blogs in the literary blogosphere. You can read the poetry of Frank Wilson in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/FrankWilson.html

John Timpane is Media Editor/Writer and Assistant Books Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. His poetry has appeared in Sequoia, Vocabula Review, Apiary, ONandOnScreen, Painted Bride Quarterly, Per Contra, 5_Trope, Wild River Review, and elsewhere. His books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994); It Could Be Verse (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed, 1995); (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of San Francisco State University) Poetry for Dummies (NY: Hungry Minds, 2000); and (with Roland Reisley)Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000); and a book of poetry, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2010). He lives in Lawrenceville, N.J., and is husband to Maria-Christina Keller, copy director at Scientific American. They are amazed parents of Pilar and Conor. The poetry of John Timpane will appear in the Winter/Spring 2013 edition of The Fox Chase Review.

April 28th @ 2pm – Christine Klocek-Lim and Le Hinton

Christine Klocek-Lim received the 2009 Ellen La Forge Memorial Prize in poetry. She has four chapbooks: Ballroom – a love story (Flutter Press), Cloud Studies (Whale Sound Audio Chapbooks), How to photograph the heart (The Lives You Touch Publications), and The book of small treasures (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, OCHO, Diode, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies and was a finalist for 3 Quarks Daily’s Prize in Arts & Literature. She is editor of Autumn Sky Poetry. You can read the poetry of Christine Klocek-Lim in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/ChristineKlocek-Lim.html

Le Hinton is the author of four collections of poetry including, most recently, Black on Most Days (Iris G. Press, 2008) and The God of Our Dreams (Iris G. Press, 2010). His work has been published in various journals including Gargoyle, haggard and halloo, Literary Chaosand Bent Pin Quarterly. His poem, “Our Ballpark,” will be part of the Poetry Paths installation at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2012. He is the founder and chief editor of the poetry journal Fledgling Rag. You can read the poetry of Le Hinton in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/LeHinton.html

May 19th @ 2pm – Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collectionRare Space and the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel. She also took first place in the1997 Chicago Literary Awards Competition judged by Gerald Stern. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008. Leslie’s work appears in numerous publications including American Poetry: The Next GenerationDogwoodThe Emily Dickinson Award AnthologyThe LedgeThe Mississippi Review, and the Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry and Pearl. Leslie works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her daughter Silas, and writer/guitarist, Don Bertschman, with whom she also performs poetry. You can read the poetry of Leslie Anne Mcilroy in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/LeslieAnneMcilroy.html

Rosebud Ben-Oni

A former Rackham Merit Scholar and Leopold Schepp Scholar, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater, and at work on a new play. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Puerto del Sol. Her first book of poems SOLECISM is forthcoming from Virtual Artists’ Collective in 2013. She’s co-editor of HER KIND, the official blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org. The poetry of Rosebud Ben-Oni is forthcoming in the Winter/Spring 2013 Edition of The Fox Chase Review

June 30th @ 2pm –  F. Omar Telan and Richard Okewole


Born in Philadelphia and raised in its outlying suburbs, F. Omar Telan graduated Emerson College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. He made his directorial debut at La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) with THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. He has performed theatrically at P.S. 122 (NYC), the New York Fringe Festival, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His poetry has been published in journals such as A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES and OUR OWN VOICE; and he has read his work at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), the Kelly Writers House (Philadelphia), the National Asian American Poetry Festival (NYC), the Philippine Embassy (DC), and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Waterloo Village, NJ). As a member of the New York Neo-Futurists, he shared a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production for TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND.

A teacher by trade and writer at heart, Richard Okewole fuses his life in his native home of Nigeria with his experiences in the states to create poetry that speaks on many different levels. With an African father and Jamaican mother, Richard touches on topics in his writing that force readers to think outside the conventional box. His set of unpublished poetry have been featured in Polyphony Magazine and Anthology Philly Volume 1, but he spends most of his time teaching fourth grade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he resides. You can read the poetry of Richard Okewole in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/RichardOkewole.html

The Fox Chase Reading Series is hosted by:

g emil reutter 



Diane Sahms-Guarnieri 



The second half of our season begins in September and ends in November. We will post information on those readings in July. Ryerss Museum and Library stands atop the hill at Burholme Park and is located close to the SEPTA Fox Chase Station and Ryers Station as well as the SEPTA 18 and 24 bus lines. If you arrive early, Ryerss offers free tours of the museum.   

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