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FCR Report on Philly Poetry Day

philly poetry day By: g emil reutter

Philly Poetry Day was slated to kick off at 12:00 am in West Philly with over 30 events scheduled across the city, Delaware and Bucks Counties. Philadelphia is home to a diverse group of poets mirroring the arts scene across the city. Realism, Language, Spoken Word, Mathematical, Haiku, Confessional, Formal, Concrete, Dada, Modernist, Post-Modernist, Avant-Garde, call it what you want but in Philadelphia this day words flowed forth from porches, coffee houses, in front of buildings, parks, studios, on Septa buses, town halls and colleges, on street corners and backyard barbeques . We at the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series have a fondness for the parks in Philadelphia. Our Poets @ Pennypack was planned over six months ago and fell on Philly Poetry Day. We decided to add two informal events to the day. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and I slated a reading in Lions Park in Fox Chase because that it is where it all started, the idea for the review and reading series. We also slated a reading at Gorgas Park in Roxborough where Diane graduated from the adjacent Roxborough High School and grew up just a block away where the elders of her family still reside.

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia Philly Poetry Day

Our day began at Lions Park for an 11 am reading centered on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We enjoyed reading in Lions Park to the folks waiting on the 18 bus in the loop.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day


Pennypack Environmental Center on Veree Road - Philadelplhia

Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road – Philadelplhia – Philly Poetry Day

Following the Lions Park reading in Fox Chase we traveled down Rhawn Street to Verree Road and the amphitheater located to the rear of the Pennypack Environmental Center. This rustic setting set on a ridge high above the Valley of the Pennypack  in the Northeast was perfect for a poetry reading. The reading began at 1 pm with our featured poets.  B.E. Kahn, Peter Krok, Tom Mallouk, Bruce Kramer, Wendy Schermer, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and J.C. Todd delighted the crowd with full 15-20 minute sets of poetry. The following poets participated in the open mic following the features: Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack Park- Philly Poetry Day

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Gorgas Park in Roxborough

Gorgas Park in Roxborough – Philadelphia- Philly Poetry Day

After a brief rest we traveled south on the Boulevard to the Fox street exit and down Henry to Leverington Avenue arriving at Gorgas Park which rests on Ridge Avenue. At 7 pm we completed the day much as we started, on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We were met by the elders of Diane’s family and a few neighborhood kids and enjoyed reading in Gorgas Park.

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day


Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Philadelphia is blessed with possibly the most beautiful park system in the country. From the expansive Pennypack Park to neighborhood parks like Lions Park and Gorgas Park. The poet Joseph Brodsky once said, “Poetry must be available to the public in far greater volume than it is.”  On this day, the 12th of April 2014 in Philadelphia, on Philly Poetry Day in over 30 venues, poetry was available in abundance.   Photographs from our events are available at these links: Philly Poetry Day : Poets @ Pennypack:   For other reports from across the city  please visit:

More poetry? On April 27th @ 2 pm Dan Maguire and Ann E. Michael are reading at our Featured Poets/Writers Series at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information on this reading can be found at this link:

Philly Poetry Day Events – April 12th

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amp-at-pennypack-environmental-centerApril 12th  @ 1pm        

Our first installment of Poets @ Pennypack featuring Kahn, Krok, Kramer, Mallouk, Schermer, Sahms-Guarnieri and Todd followed by an open mic is slated for 1 pm @ 8600 –A Verree Road. More information here:


Reading poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places

Diane Sahms-Guarnierig emil reutter at Chop Suey Books.

We also have two informal readings before the Pennypack reading and after featuring Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter.

lions-park-fox-chase11 am – Lions Park, Gazebo, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. (30 minute reading)




gorgas park.

7 pm – Gorgas Park, Gazebo, Gorgas Park 6300 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 (30 minute reading).


We hope you can find the time to come out to Pennypack or visit one of the informal readings. You can check out other Philly Poetry Day events by visiting their website:


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:

Book Shopping in Fox Chase

lions park

Surprisingly enough with the artsy appearance of downtown Fox Chase with the Blooming Artist Studio, Iconic Gallery, a soon to open design studio in Fox Chase Plaza and our small restaurant row there is not an independent bookstore. Yet there are a few places you can get your book fix in Fox Chase.


Ryerss Museum and Library located at 7370 Central Avenue offers two venues for your book fix. On the first Saturday of every month The Friends of Ryerss sponsors a used book sale in the basement of the museum. Their offerings are eclectic and are priced individually and by the bag. In the main library there is ongoing vintage book sale where you may find that jewel you have been looking for.  For more information visit Ryerss on line at:

Thrift Shop

In the heart of Fox Chase, The Thrift Shop, recently renovated, has an expanded book offering at 7963 Oxford Avenue.

fox chase library

Over at the Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn Street, The Friends of the Library hold annual sales in the community room with a large offering of books. You can check to see when sales are offered at their facebook page:


We’ll Be Back in January

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We’re taking a break from blogging until January 2013 when the Winter/Spring 2013 edition of The Fox Chase Review will be released and our first reading of the year will be held.
Until next time,
The Fox Chase Review and Reading Series Blog

Poets in the Park 2011- A Great Evening of Poetry

A great night was had by all in Fox Chase, thanks to our poets and the great crowd who came out on a breezy summer evening to enjoy poetry. Photographs of the event are at this link:

Tonight: Poets in the Park

A mild summer breeze will be cascading across Lions Park tonight for the 2nd annual Poets in the Park 2011. Come on out and enjoy an evening of poetry in heart of Fox Chase, 7900 Oxford Avenue.  The program will run from 7:30pm to about 9:30pm. Grab a bench, bring a lawn chair, or blanket and relax at this free event.  Poets in the Park 2011 – July 16th

Poets in the Park 2011 – July 16th

July 16th @7:30pm – The Fox Chase Reading Series and The Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association present a magical evening of poetry in Lions  Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadlephia, Pa. 19111.


The Fox Chase Reading Series and The Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association present the 2nd Annual Poets in the Park on July 16th at Lions Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. This year, Poets Thaddeus  Rukowski, Timothy Gager, Leonard Gontarek and Chad Parenteau join Fox Chase Poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter reading in Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and settle in for a magical evening of poetry in Fox Chase.


Diane Sahms-Guarnieri was born, raised, and is still residing in Philadelphia.  Images of Being, her first full-length collection, is slated for release in October 2011.  Her work has been published locally, nationally, and internationally in the small and electronic press. She is currently the Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review (2009 –present); served on the Editorial Board of Philadelphia Stories; founded and facilitated the Center City Poets’ Workshop at Borders Bookstore, Philadelphia (2006-2011).  Diane has performed her poetry at venues in Philadelphia; Harrisburg; Southeastern Pennsylvania; Delaware; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and New York.  You can visit her at

G Emil Reutter is a Poet currently residing in the Fox Chase Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Eight volumes of his prose and poetry have been published. You  can visit him at



Leonard Gontarek is a Philadelphia Poet. He is the author of four books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners,and Déjà Vu Diner (Autumn House Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Pool, Volt, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird and The Best American Poetry (Paul Muldoon, editor). His poems also appear in the anthologies Joyful Noise! American Spiritual Poetry and The Working Poet. He has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, and twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He conducts poetry workshops at The University City Arts League, Moonstone Art Center, The Kelly Writers House and in the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Visit him at:   You can read the poetry of Leonard Gontarek in The Fox Chase Review at this link:


Thaddeus Rutkowski is a poet from the LOWER EAST SIDE West Village in New York City. He is the author of the novels Tetched and Roughhouse. Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. His  latest release is THE NOVEL Haywire. Thaddeus teaches LITERATURE AT CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA  COULD CUT “IN MANHATTAN”  in Manhattan. You can visit him at  You can read the poetry of Thaddeus  Rutkowski in The Fox Chase Review at these links:  and


Timothy Gager is a poet from Somerville Massachusetts and hosts the popular Dire Literary Series in Cambridge Massachusetts.  He has published eight volumes of poetry and prose. His work is widely published on the Web and in print. He lives at You can read the  poetry of Timothy Gager in The Fox Chase Review at his link:


Chad Parenteau is a poet from Jamica Plain Massachusetts. His latest book is Discarded:Poems for My Apartments from Cervena Barva Press. He hosts the Stone Soup Poetry series in Cambridge Massachusetts and edits its tribute anthology Spoonful.  Visit him at You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in the Fox Chase Review at these links: and

Lions park at 7900 Oxford Avenue is located a block from the Fox Chase Train Station and at the Septa 18 bus loop.


Siegell and Vuongin Fox Chase June 26th

Poets inthe Park – July 16th


Two Events in Fox Chase – June 4th- One Event June 12th



Farm Open House & 4H Club mini Farm

Saturday, June 4, 2011 (Rain or Shine)

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (FREE!)

Join the pig, goat and beef clubs as they demonstrate grooming techniques and
present their animals to the public.

FOX CHASE FARM, 8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111


Ryerss  June 12th
@ noon


Come celebrate the Ryerss and their love of animals.Pooches on Parade at Noon – Bring your dog. The most
“Victorian” dog wins a prize!
Pet Exhibit & Dog Scavenger Hunt in the Museum See the Ryerss’ Pet Cemetery and
Exquisite Paintings of the Ryerss’ Pets

Helping to Celebrate will be:

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines*

The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Mobile Adoption Unit with Pets for Adoption*

The Anti-Vivisection Society*

*The Ryerss were founders of these organizations

Animal Rescue Organizations Including: Faith’s
Hope, Dancing Paws, Pets of the Homeless, Del. Valley Doberman Pinscher
Assistance, Inc

Pabby’s Pet Pantry

Pet Value

Philadelphia Pet Hotel

Therapy Dog Inc./Therapy Dog International

Refreshments for HUMANS too

Museum & Library Burholme Park 7370 Central Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 19111(215)685-0544 ~ ~