Yearly Archives: 2013

….. We’ll Be Back in January

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We are looking forward to a great 2014 here in Fox Chase.

The Winter/Spring 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is slated for release in January. Until then you can enjoy the review at

We will resume blogging in January 2014.


Our Featured Poet/Writer Series at Ryerss Museum and Library kicks off on January 26th with Maryann L. Miller and J. Erin Sweeney. Our full lineup for 2014 can be viewed here:

Amp at Pennypack Environmental Center

Our new outdoor poetry series, Poets @ Pennypack will be held on April 12th and May 10th. Our lineup can be viewed at these links:

April 12th:

May 10th:

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Poets on the Porch at Ryerss Museum and Library will be held on July 13th. Our lineup can be viewed at this link:

Davis and Reece Warm Things Up

ryerssThanks to Robert Hambling Davis and Russell Reece for an outstanding fiction/poetry reading today at Ryerss Museum and Library. The features were followed by an open mic with poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Rodger Lowenthal, Bertram Moniz, Noah Cutler, F Omar Telan, Wendy Schermer, Maria Keane, Bruce Kramer, Jane Miller and g emil reutter.

Photos of this event can be viewed here:

Davidsons Moving On

Sandra DavidsonSandra Davidson has served as web editor for The Fox Chase Review since 2007. Her husband, T.G. Davidson and Sandra have also served as fiction editors of the review since 2011. Sandra’s commitment to providing the best possible venue for poets and writers in the presentation of the review has been greatly appreciated not only by those of us at the review but by the numerous poets and writers who populate our pages. Sandra and T.G. Davidson’s service as fiction editors was outstanding as reflected in the work they chose to accept. The Davidsons will always be an integral part of The Fox Chase Review and their input and hard work will be missed. We wish them the best on their continuing journey through life and the best of health as they enjoy each sunrise and sunset atop the mountains out west.

Christmas and Holiday Events in Fox Chase – December 7th

Artisans, photographers, crafters will abound in Fox Chase on December 7th at three public events. Consider spending the day in Fox Chase for these family oriented events.


10am to 2:30pm – Victorian Christmas Bazaar at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue in Fox Chase.  The bazaar will feature festive decoration, crafts, gifts for sale, holiday decorations, photographs, art, scarves and hats, homemade baked goods, Wassail Bowl, raffles of valuable prizes. There will be a special Christmas Poetry Reading by Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, special blacksmithing demonstration, music by students from the Settlement Music School and Santa’s first visit of the day to Fox Chase.


10am to 3pm-  Fox Chase Farm annual Greens Sale, 8500 Pine Road in Fox Chase

Shop for your holiday greens at our annual Greens sale. Decorated wreaths, swags, bows, candle centerpieces, white pine roping and baked goodies will be available to purchase.


2pm to 5pm – Fox Chase Christmas Tree Lighting  The annual Fox Chase Christmas Tree Lighting in Lions Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue in the heart of Fox Chase.

Where to eat in Fox Chase? – some suggestions here:

Ryerss Museum Announces Poet in Residence

Local Poet will host various events at Museum and Library

By Martha Moffat and Ruth Wiley – Ryerss Museum and Library

???????????????????????????????Lawndale poet and Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, has been appointed Poet in Residence at the Ryerss Museum and Library. The poetry of Sahms-Guarnieri has been published widely in the small and electronic press and her first full length collection, Images of Being was published in 2011. She has been active in the literary community of Philadelphia conducting workshops and open mics; serving on editorial staffs; and co-hosting The Fox Chase Reading Series.

Diane has performed her poetry at various venues along the east coast of the United States. In 2013, she received a grant in poetry from the AEV foundation based in New York. Sahms-Guarnieri said she is looking forward to serving as Poet in Residence, “I am honored by this appointment and look forward to following in the footsteps of the Ryerss family, whom had poetry running through their bloodlines and had a faithful commitment to the community.” Sahms-Guarnieri said she is looking forward to bringing new visitors to Ryerss through workshops, poetry and art exhibits, and a youth poetry contest/reading for 9th to 12th grade students at area high schools. Sahms-Guarnieri will read a poem during the Victorian Christmas Bazar and Tea.

To learn more about Ryerss Museum and Library please visit:


The Dirty Life By Kristin Kimball

the Dirty Life book CvrPublisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416551611
ISBN-13: 978-1416551614
Reviewed by Stephen Page
            A successful freelance writer with a degree from Harvard lives on the trendy Upper East Side of New York (OK, so she lives in a walkup across the street form the Hells Angels main headquarters building—but the area is becoming popular for aging preppies, so rent and property prices are rising).   She gets a hack job from a magazine editor to drive out to small plot of land just past the Big Apple’s suburbs to interview an educated neo-hippie who is running an organic farm.  The man avoids her when he can, gives her errands to do when he can’t, and just generally bosses her around and treats her like trash for three days, until she finally stands her ground and corners him as he is running from one of his thousand daily chores to another of his thousand daily chores, and she demands as she points a finger at him, “Look, are you going to give me the interview or not?”  He stops in his tracks, chuckles, looks deeply and respectfully into her eyes, and says “yes.”  In the ensuing interview, while they are pulling the entrails out of a freshly slaughtered pig, she falls in love with him and he falls in love with her.  For the next several years they build a life together while struggling to keep an organic farm viable.
            In the memoir Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball shows the reader that “pastoral” and “bucolic” have different connotations—and that neither word is synonymous with “idyllic.”  Yet, for Ms. Kimball and her fiancé, privilege is perspective.  “Wealth” and “success” are subjective words which cannot be measured in meaning with a pop-culture ruler, but rather with how one lives life.
            Once you get past the first page of romance-novel description, The Dirty Life is an outstandingly written book.  If you are like me, when I am reading a book that I love, whether it be for its content, plot, voice, characters, or style (and in this case, all of the preceding), you don’t want to finish the book.  When you find yourself arriving toward the end, perhaps the last fifth of the book, you procrastinate, continually finding excuses to not read more than a few pages at a time because you don’t want the beauty of the story or the magic of the story telling to end.  This is one of those books.
Check out the book here:
kimballkristin author photoAbout Kristin Kimball:
I was born in 1971, and grew up in central New York. I graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York City, where I worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and freelanced for magazines and travel guides. In 2002, I interviewed a wingnut farmer named Mark, and took more than a professional interest in both him and his vocation. We founded Essex Farm together in 2004 – the world’s first full-diet CSA, as far as we know – and I’ve been professionally dirty ever since. Mark and I have two daughters, and I have three great jobs: mother, farmer, and writer. I stink at returning email. Please contact Simon& Schuster Speakers Bureau for information on talks and appearances.

Since the publication of The Dirty Life, I’ve written for O Magazine about what it’s like to change your life completely; for Vogue on physical work, and for Gourmet Live on all sorts of farm and food related subjects (The Pigs Are Alright, A Corny Story, Tales of Terroir, Three Things Every Ethical Eater Needs To Know). Food & Wine featured us here, the Burlington Free Press here, and for the francophones out there, Alix Girod de l’Ain Laffont wrote about us here, in French Elle.
Stephen Page in front of wheat photoStephen Page was recently ranching and farming during a sabbatical from teaching world literature. He loved learning the cow-to-calf and the seed-to-harvest businesses even though he discovered first-hand that bucolic and pastoral are not synonymous with idyllic. He did however, after a long debate with the owner of the ranch, manage to keep a portion of the land fallow at all times as a moral obligation to the people of the world’s people and the Earth’s environment.

From Red Dashboard Press

Principles of Belonging

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Joshua Gray is an internationally published poet whose poems have been published in journals such as Poets and Artists, Front Range Review, Iconoclast, Zouch Magazine, Tar Wolf Review, Chaffin Journal and Blind Man’s Rainbow. He was the DC Poetry Examiner for for two years where he wrote reviews of books by local DC authors as well as reported on the local poetry scene. He regularly writes critiques of individual poems which can be read or linked to from his Web site. His book Beowulf: A Verse Adaptation With Young Readers In Mind was published by Zouch Six Shilling Press in 2012 and he is the editor of Pot and Sticks, a collection of poetry by Charles A. Poole. He currently lives in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India.

You can read the poetry of Joshua Gray in the Fox Chase Review at this link: and in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition.

Check out the book here:


The Complete Pasquale

Forthcoming in 2014 from Red Dashboard Press – The Complete Pasquale

Pasquale Varallo, Poet, is a resident of Fox Chase, Philadelphia, PA- Born in the Great Depression, Pasquale Varallo quit school after eighth grade, joined the Army at 16, the Coast Guard at 19. He doesn’t like poetry if it isn’t understandable after 2 readings. He was widowed after 42 years of marriage to his beloved wife, with whom he had 4 children (and 3 grandchildren). He spends his time waiting for the eternal call.

“Poems for a Beautiful Woman by Pasquale” by Pasquale Varallo is in three parts. The first part depicts the grief over the loss of his wife, the second part emphasizes the fun and experiences Varallo encountered after dealing with the grief and started to go out and have fun.  The third part is about losing the second woman in his life, this time because of his mistakes. In this part he highlights loving her and then losing her.

I find it hard to say which poem I like the best because each one touches a different part of the soul. – Natalie V.

Remembering John F. Kennedy


In His Words

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a better place to in which to live”

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and it is the test of the quality of a nation’s civilization”

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.”

“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crises maintain their neutrality.”

“There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age Elizabeth also the age of Shakespeare. And the New Frontier for which I campaign in public life, can also be a New Frontier for American art.”

“And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

November 24th- Robert Hambling Davis and Russell Reece in Fox Chase

rhdavisrussellreeceThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on November 24th with Poet/Writers Robert Hambling Davis and Russell Reece at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The reading will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The features will be followed by an open reading. More information here:

Alice James Books Celebration – November 19th

Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm
Featuring Shara McCallum, Richard McCann, Mihaela Moscaliuc, and Lisa Sewell
Co-sponsored by: the Creative Writing Program
University of Pennsylvania
3805 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA 19104
Alice James Books is a nonprofit cooperative poetry press, founded in
1973 by five women and two men: Patricia Cumming, Marjorie Fletcher,
Jean Pedrick, Lee Rudolph, Ron Schreiber, Betsy Sholl and Cornelia
Veenendaal. Their objectives were to give women access to publishing and
to involve authors in the publishing process. The press remains true to
that original mission and to publishing a diversity of poets including
both beginning and established poets, and a diversity of poetic styles.
Alice James Books is one of the original and few presses in the country
that is run collectively. Our cooperative selects manuscripts for
publication through both regional and national annual competitions. The
cooperative offers two book competitions a year: the Kinereth Gensler
Award and the Beatrice Hawley Award. The winners of the Kinereth Gensler
Award competition become active members of Alice James Books and act as
the editorial board after their manuscripts are selected for
publication. The winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award is exempt from the
cooperative work commitment.
Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of four books of
poetry: The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, a
finalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Song of
Thieves, and The Water Between Us, winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch
Starrett Prize for Poetry. For her poems, she has received awards and
fellowships, including a 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library
of Congress and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry
Fellowship. Her work has appeared in journals, anthologies, and
textbooks in the US, UK, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Israel and
been translated into Spanish and Romanian. She lives with her family in
Pennsylvania, where she is Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and
Professor of English at Bucknell University.
Richard McCann is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a work of fiction,
and Ghost Letters, a collection of poems (1994 Beatrice Hawley Award,
1933 Capricorn Poetry Award). He is also the editor (with Michael Klein)
of Things Shaped in Passing: More ‘Poets for Life’ Writing from the AIDS
Pandemic. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in
such magazines as The Atlantic, Ms., Esquire, Ploughshares, Tin House,
and the Washington Post Magazine, and in numerous anthologies, including
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007 and Best American Essays 2000. He is
currently working on a memoir, The Resurrectionist, which explores the
experience and meanings of illness and mortality through a narrative
exploration of his experience as a liver transplant recipient. For his
work, Richard McCann has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher
Isherwood Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, Yaddo, The MacDowell
Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts
Work Center in Provincetown, on whose Board of Trustees he served from
2000-2008. He earned his MA in Creative Writing and Modern Literature
from Hollins University and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the
University of Iowa, where he was a Rockefeller Fellow. He grew up in
Silver Spring, Maryland, and he has lived in numerous places, including
Sweden, Germany, and Spain. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he
teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University.
He also serves the Board of Directors of the PEN Faulkner Foundation and
is a Member of the Corporation of Yaddo.
Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Father Dirt, winner of the Kinereth
Gensler Award from Alice James Books and translator of Carmelia Leonte’s
The Hiss of the Viper (Carnegie Mellon UP, forthcoming). She is the
editor of a collection of essays on poet Gerald Stern (Trinity
University Press, 2014). Her poems, translations, reviews and articles
have appeared in Arts & Letters, America, Mid-American Review, The
Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, and Poetry International among others. Her
articles on Roma/Gypsies and on poet Kimiko Hahn appear in History of
the Literary Cultures in East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures
in the 19th and 20th Centuries, in Soundings, An Interdisciplinary
Journal, and in Orient and Orientalisms in American Poetry and Poetics.
She is Assistant Professor of English at Monmouth University and core
faculty in the MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew
Lisa Sewell is the author of The Way Out (Alice James Books), Name
Withheld (Four Way Books), and Long Corridor, which won the 2009
Keystone Chapbook Award. She is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of
American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics and Eleven More
American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics Across North American,
both from Wesleyan UP. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in
Ploughshares, Harvard Review, The Fox Chase Review and Drunken Boat. She
teaches in the English Department at Villanova University.