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RIP – Tato Laviera

LAVIERA- by david gonzalez


Northeast Philadelphia Memorial for Poet/Teacher Louis McKee with Featured Poet Steve Delia and musical guests Mary and The Sun Bear Trio.

The Fox Chase Reading Series presents a tribute to Louis Mckee with Featured Poet Steve Delia, Mary and The Sun Bear Trio and an open reading with special guests reading the work of Louis McKee. This special Featured Poets Reading on April 29th will begin at 1:30pm at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

“You think you could not have mattered/that much…/ I pick up the right stone/and throw it; watch the river change.” – Louis McKee

Louis McKee Obituary :

Memorial for Louis McKee – The poet and longtime Father Judge Teacher passed away on November 21, 2011, Lou was scheduled to read at this event prior to his passing. He was a special friend to The Fox Chase Review having his work published three times in our first four years and having presented his poetry at The Fox Chase Reading Series four times including Poets in the Park. State Representative Michael McGeehan will present a Pennsylvania State Citation in honor of Louis McKee. Students/friends and poets desiring to share memories or a poem of Louis McKee are invited to attend the memorial reading. To sign up in advance to read in the open memorial to Louis McKee please email  and join Poet Thomas Devaney, Poet Joe Farely of Cynic Press publisher of Louis McKee, Alyce Wilson publisher of Wild Violet Magazine, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review,  Peter Krok of The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poet Mike Cohen of Poetry Aloud and Alive, Poet Rodger Lowenthal, Folk Singer Saul Broudy, Poet Mel Brake, Poet Bruce Kramer, James Dugan of Lunchbreak, Poet Lester Mobley, Poet g emil reutter and others. The tribute will follow the reading by Steve Delia. You can read the poetry of Louis McKee in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2008 WS; 2008 AW; 2009 AW Poet Steve Delia is a Father Judge graduate and former student of Louis Mckee. He has been crumpling balls of paper into the trash can for 30 years now. The one’s he keeps he calls poetry. He has also killed trees with short stories and most recently a homicide with his first essay. His idea of a perfect evening is scrapple by candlelight and a couple of games of naked twister. He lives with his record and CD collections and ponders why he can’t blow up and tie balloons. He has released chapbooks titled Revisited, Revised, Retyped and 1622 Church Street. His latest chapbook that was inspired by a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo was released in 2011. You can read his poetry in FCR at this link: Mary and The Sun Bear Trio  was formed by three Father Judge Graduates and have played under various names at The Theater of the Living Arts and a number of venues in the Northeast. If you cannot make the April 29th Memorial for Louis McKee, The Mad Poets Society is honoring Lou with a memorial in Media Delaware County on March 18th. For more information on the MPS Memorial please visit: Update: Short article and photos of the April 29th Memorial at this link:

Lisella and Fagiani in Fox Chase May 22nd

May 22nd @ 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 Gil Fagiani and Maria Lisella followed by an open mic



Gil Fagiani’s poetry collection Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007) is set at Pennsylvania Military College in the
1960s, his poetry chapbook Grandpa’s Wine (Poets Wear Prada in 2008) focuses on his family’s immigrant generation, and has been translated into Italian by Paul D’Agostino (Poets Wear Prada, pending 2009). His book of poetry Chianti in Connecticut was inspired by his childhood in Springdale, Connecticut (Bordighera, pending 2009).Gil’s poems and translations have been published in more than a dozen anthologies, as well as such newspapers and journals as The New York Times, The Paterson Literary Review, Mudfish, Skidrow Penthouse, Descant, Philadelphia Poets, Identity Theory, Saint Elizabeth Street, The Ledge, Italian Americana, The Journal of Italian Translation, and Gradiva. He has translated into English, poetry written in
Italian, Abruzzese dialect, and Spanish. He co-hosts the monthly open reading of the Italian American Writers’ Association at the Cornelia Street Café, and is the Associate Editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal. A social worker (LCSW) and addiction specialist (CASAC) by profession, Gil has directed a residential program for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in Downtown Brooklyn for the past twenty years. You can read the poetry of Gil Fagiani in The Fox Chase Review at this link:

Maria Lisella’s poetry has appeared in NY Quarterly, Feile-Festa, Gradiva, Italian Americana, LIPS, Oberon, the Paterson
Literary Review
, Skidrow Penthouse, Liquer 44 [French] and is featured in the newly-published Avanti Popolo. She is co-host
of the Italian American Writers Association readings and is co-editing an anthology based on the series. She was a finalist in the competition for Poet Laureate of Queens in 2007. You can read the poetry of Maria Lisella in The Fox
Chase Review at this link:


Ish in NYC 5-10-10

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

131 E. 10th St. New York NY 10003
212-674-0910 |

Ish Klein & Farid Matuk

May 10, 2010 @ 8pm

Ish Klein’s book, Union! came out  April  2009 through  the Canarium Press. Her poems have been published in The Canary, Gare du Nord, The Hat magazine, X-connectBridge, Spork and are online.  She also makes movies and lives in Philadelphia.

Farid Matuk is the author of Is it the King? (Effing, 2006).  His poems have appeared most recently in The Boston Review, Barrelhouse, Matchbook, and Big Bridge and are forthcoming in Typesetter. Matuk’s translations from Spanish have appeared in Bombay Gin, Translation Review, and Kadar Koli.  His essays and reviews have appeared in Cross-Cultural Poetics and Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics, among others.  His work is also included in the anthology Between Heaven and Texas (University of Texas Press) and will appear in the forthcoming anthology What’s Your Exit? (Word Riot Press).  His collection, This Isa Nice Neighborhood, will be released by Letter Machine Editions in the fall of 2010.  Matuk lives in Dallas with the poet Susan Briante where together with the nonprofit WordSpace they host readings for traveling authors.


You can read the poetry of Ish Klein in The Fox Chase Review at this link:

A Diffferent Welcome for Spring

Vincent Quatroche welcomes spring to Gridville in a way only Quatroche can. Read it at this link:

Quatroche reads with Thaddeus Rutkowski in Fox Chase on June 26th. For a  complete listing for 2010 Fox Chase Reading Series “Featured Poets Reading” please visit:

Fagiani reads in NYC on April 9th

Gil Fagiani will be reading with Mike Marcellino at Galeery RIVAA  on April 9th. You can read the poetry of Fagiani in The Fox Chase Review at this link:

Poet Gil Fagiani, co-host of the monthly Italian Writers Association open reading at Cornelia Street Café, performs selections from his new book “A Blanquito In El Barrio,” a poetry collection that captures his “profound connection” and “love” for Spanish Harlem. New York City poet Bob Holman selected the book as one of the best poetry collections in 2009.

You can learn more about Gil Fagiani at this link:

Friday, April 9, 2010
Gallery RIVAA
527 Main Street
Roosevelt Island in New York City