Category Archives: Philadelphia Poetry Scene

Kuzma and Worrell at PII Gallery

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CATHERINE KUZMA 
& DAVE WORRELL

Close to Home

PII Gallery is pleased to present a show of paintings and poems by Catherine Kuzma and Dave Worrell, respectively. To Kuzma, painting is a meditative process, each painting a conversation, communion with a creative power documented in color and impressions. In her most recent series CLOSE TO HOME, she celebrates local landscapes and patches of nature that have survived suburban development in southern New Jersey.
When Dave Worrell first saw the paintings exhibited in CLOSE TO HOME, he felt drawn into a very familiar world. The poems that have emerged from Dave’s contemplation of Catherine’s paintings evoke a South Jersey landscape much impaired by human encroachment, yet still retaining isolated spots of beauty and tranquility: the yet-lingering consolations of the natural world through which flashes of the eternal shine through.
April 3 – 25
Special Reception will be held on April 1, from 6-9pm.
Opening reception on April 3, 6-9pm.

PII Gallery

242 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Gallery Hours 
Thursday – Saturday 
12 – 6pm & special appointment

 

Red Dashboard Cruises into Ryerss

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8074652084_ca16faf524_oFollowing the last snow of the winter Red Dashboard cruised on into Ryerss Museum and Library for a featured reading. Writers Elizabeth Akin Stelling, Barry Gross, Marion Deutche Cohen, g emil reutter, Joshua Gray, Erin Locks and Laura Madeline Wiseman brought new life into the parlor of the museum. Open mic readers Keya Acharya, Steve Delia and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri delighted the crowd. You can view more photographs here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

 

Winners of The 2nd Ryerss Museum and Library Youth Poetry Contest Announced

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Poet in Residence of Ryerss Museum and Library, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri has announced the winners of the 2nd Ryerss Museum and Library Youth Poetry Contest. Winning students will read their poems in celebration of National Poetry Month on April 4th @ 1 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss.
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9th Grade –  1st  – Richard Spencer – Central High School
                         2nd – Grace Brighter – Saint Hubert High School
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10th Grade-  1st  –  Monica Volodarsky – Central High School
                         2nd  –  Vy Tran – Central High School
                         3rd  – Jessica Zheng – Central High School
                        Honorable Mention – Ashley Padolina – Central High School
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11th Grade-  1st  – Melisa Phung – Central High School
                      2nd –   Chelsea Dunn – Mercy Vocational High School
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12th Grade-  1st  –  Danielle Talbot – Saint Hubert High School
                        2nd  –  Sarah Pimble – Saint Hubert High School
                        3rd  –  Nicole Vandermay – Saint Hubert High School
                         Honorable Mention  – Kelsi Burns – Saint Hubert High School

Red Dashboard in Fox Chase March 21st

red dashboard pressSaturday – March 21st @ 1 p.m The Fox Chase Reading Series presents the poets and writers of Red Dashboard Press. Open Mic will follow.  The reading will be held in the 2nd Floor Gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Ryerss sits atop the hill at Burholme Park. More information here: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/march-21st-the-fox-chase-reading-series-presents-red-dashboard-press/

March 21st – The Fox Chase Reading Series presents Red Dashboard Press

Saturday – March 21st @ 1 p.m The Fox Chase Reading Series presents the poets and writers of Red Dashboard Press. Open Mic will follow.  The reading will be held in the 2nd Floor Gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Ryerss sits atop the hill at Burholme Park.

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The Lineup 

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eas2Born in Fort Worth and raised in Carrollton, Texas, on Stockyard Rodeos and Pioneer Days during the 60-70s— Elizabeth Akin Stelling is a wife, mother, chef, an editor/writer, activist for CHD and grief counselling after losing her daughter to heart disease in 2000. Elizabeth is also managing editor of Red Dashboard LLC—Z-composition, Annapurna and Cowboy Poetry. She has works published in vox poetica, Referential Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Curio Poetry, Wordgathering, River Review, Tuck Magazine, CrazyLitMag, Texas Observer Magazine, and culinary trade magazines. And known as Chef E, her food poetry has been heard on CroptoCuisine Radio, out of Boulder, CO. Her most recent poetry collection: My South by Southwest- A Cast Iron Tempo Recollection.

James Temp “Preacher” Kelley was born and raised in the Salt Grass area of the JTKelleyTexas Gulf Coast near Houston, Texas. It was his rearing between this area of Texas and his grandparents’ farm in the central part of the state that he started developing into the one thing that he most wanted most to be, a cowboy. After graduating from Sam Rayburn High School, in Pasadena, Texas, he embarked on a career in the United States Army, which lasted for over twenty years, until he retired in 1993. Upon his retirement “Preacher” went to work for a major pharmaceutical company in northeastern Pennsylvania. Throughout his life “Preacher” has worked with livestock and chased arena lights of the small town rodeo circuit as a saddle bronc rider, and a bull rider. He also spent quite a bit of his spare time as a working cowboy with various small cattle concerns throughout the country. All of the things associated with rodeo and working cowboys were his passion, a passion that he still has today at age sixty. He currently resides in a small town in the mountainous Coal Region of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Kathleen, a pack of dogs, a couple of cats and a house full of grandchildren.”

BarryGrossBarry Gross doesn’t remember exactly when he first wrote, “Observe and Record” in one of his journals, but he uses that phrase from time time to remind himself why he writes. He has participated in poetry readings in New Hope, Newtown, Trenton, Philadelphia, and Souderton, where many of this book’s poems have been performed. He’s worked as a department store Santa Claus, a stadium beer vendor, window washer, bartender, waiter, cook, proofreader, newspaper production, and currently works as a teacher. Barry reviewed books for the Times of Trenton, and his work has been seen in The Mill Hunk Herald, The North Colorado Review, and the Bucks County Playhouse Best of Talk Story 2014. “Coiled Logic,” a Red Dashboard LLC Press production, is his first chapbook. .

LauraMadelineWiseman

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks and the editor Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Thirteenth Moon, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, a Will P. Jupiter Award, a Susan Atefact Peckham Fellowship, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Focus for the Arts, the Center for the Great Plains Studies, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. She has a masters from the University of Arizona in Women’s Studies and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska in English. Currently, she teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. http://www.lauramadelinewiseman.com/

Marion CohenMarion Deutsche Cohen is a mathematician, math prof, and the author of 23 books, including two memoirs. The latest memoir is Still the End: Memoir of a Nursing Home Wife. She teaches math and writing at Arcadia University in Glenside PA, where she has developed the course, Truth and Beauty: Mathematics in Literature, and is working on developing the course Alternating Currents: Societal Issues on the College Campus, where she will use, in lieu of a text, articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Other interests are classical piano, singing, Scrabble, thrift-shopping, ethnic food, four grown children, and five grands, including twins. Her website is:   www.marioncohen.net

Joshua Gray is an internationally published poet whose poems have been JoshuaGrayBioPicpublished 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 Examiner.com 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, and Principles Of Belonging, Red Dashboard LLC Publishing. He lived in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India, but is currently back in the United States for a stint. http://joshuagray.co/

ErinLocks

Erin Locks has studied at CUNY Brooklyn, TNCJ Jersey, and is currently working as a Graduate Student in the field of Food/Economics and how it affects the family in various economies through history. She is a published poet, Annapurna Magazine, and attends open mics in New Jersey and PA.

 

 

 

Masington and Baroth Brought the Heat to Ryerss

IMG_1061There was a snow storm outside but it  was a bit balmy in the 2nd floor gallery at Ryerss as Maria Masington and Peter Baroth delighted the crowd with their reading. The features were followed by an outstanding open mic with poets Wendy Schermer, Maira Keane, Bob Zell, Omar Telan and Lester Mobley.

You can view photographs of the reading at this link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

Our next reading is March 21st @ 1 p.m. featuring the poets and writers of Red Dashboard Press.

Masington and Baroth This Saturday Feb. 21st

Join us for our first reading of the 2015 Season

Poet Maria Masington

Poet Maria Masington

Poet Peter Baroth

Poet Peter Baroth

Saturday – February 21st   @ 1 p.m The Fox Chase Reading Series presents poets Maria Masington and Peter Baroth in the 2nd Floor Gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Ryerss sits atop the hill at Burholme Park. An open mic follows the featured readers. More information at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/masington-and-baroth-in-fox-chase-february-21st/