Category Archives: Lions Park in Fox Chase

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 ~ ~

Calling All Artists! Art in the Park – Fox Chase June 4th

Calling all artists! The Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association is sponsoring its annual Art in the Park at Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase on June 4th. Come and enjoy this great community event and share your art with Fox Chase. To sign up print out the form below or email Mary at


Don’t forget  on July 16th , the second annual Poetsin the Park will be held at Lions Park.

Spring into Summer 2011 Reading Schedule

We end our spring season with May 10th- 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic and two poets from New York who will entertain and  challenge you with their verse Lisella andFagiani in Fox Chase May 22nd . Two events you shouldn’t miss!

Our Summer Season

June 1st – The 10th Edition of The Fox Chase Review will be published on line

June 12th – The last 2nd Tuesdays Poetry  Open Mic until September at The Hop Angel Brauhaus.

June 26th
Philadelphia Poet Paul Siegell joins with NYC Poet Ocean Vuong for our Featured Poets Reading at Ryerss Museum and Library followed by an open mic.

July 16thPoets inthe Park returns to Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase when Poets Thaddeus Rutkowski, Leonard Gontarek, Timothy Gager, Chad Parenteau  join Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter in the park for a magical evening of poetry.

July 31st – The Outlaws return to Ryerss Museum and Library when Poet David Blaine heads east into town from Michigan and Nathan Graziano heads south from New Hampshire. A great afternoon of poetry will follow their arrival followed by an open mic.

August 20thPoets onthe Porch returns to Ryerss Museum and Library when poets Dan Maguire, Lynn Levin, Amy King, Ana Božičević, Elizabeth Pallitto join Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter on the porch of the historic museum for a special afternoon of poetry in Fox Chase.

We will post updates to each event as they approach. Thanks to all those who come out to support the poets and The Fox Chase Reading Series. We hope to see you on May 10th for the open mic and for two great poets at Ryerss on May 22nd, Lisella and Fagiani.

2010 in 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 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 for consideration.


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:

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!


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 

Fox Chase Reading Series 2011 Schedule

We are pleased to announce our 2011 reading schedule.

Featured Poets Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Start time: 2pm. Featured poets are followed by an open mic.

February 27th @2pm

B.E. Kahn and Mel Brake

.March 27th @2pm

John Dorsey and Rebecca Schumedjda.

April 17th @2pm

Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo.

May 22st @2pm

Maria Lisella and Gil Fagiani.

June 26th @2pm

Paul Siegell and Ocean Vuong.

September 25th @2pm

Catherine Staples.

October 30th @2pm

 Jm Mancinelli and Rodger Lowenthal








Poets in the Park- Lions Park

7900 Oxford Avenue,  Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.


Poets in the Park returns on July 16, 2011 at 7:30pm when Poets Thaddeus Rutkowski, Leonard Gontarek, Chad Parenteau, Timothy Gager join Diane Sahms Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter in Lions Park for a magical evening of poetry.



Poets on the Porch- Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

Poets on the Porch returns on August 20, 2011 at 1pm when Poets Dan Maguire, Lynn Levin, Amy King, Ana Bozicevic, Elizabeth Pallitto  join Diane Sahms Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter on the porch of historic Ryerss Museum and Library for a beautiful afternoon of poetry.