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Poetry Workshop in Doylestown – February 21, 2015

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Adult Poetry Workshop


Spots expected to fill quickly – Deadline for sign up Jan. 5th 

Where: Main Street Baptist Church
59 S Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901
FREE Parking
(215) 348-8086

When: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. Bring a brown bag lunch, as there will be a 1/2 hour lunch break.

What: Each poet may submit only one poem; one—two pages in length;
Font 12 pt.; Times New Roman or Garamond to be workshop with their peers.
Theme: Poet’s Choice
Cost: $20.00, to cover costs. Make checks payable to “Diane Guarnieri.”

How: After payment has been made, submit poem via email to:

First come, first serve. Workshop limit will be set at a total of ten poets.
Submit payment via snail mail to:

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
711 Longshore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Diane Sahms-GuarnieriDiane Sahms Guarnieri is a Philadelphia Poet and Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review. She co-curates The Fox Chase Reading Series and is the publisher of The Fox Chase Review Broadside Series. Her first collection Images of Being was released in October of 2011. She was awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in May of 2013 and currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library in Philadelphia.  She has toured the east coast of the United States presenting her poetry. Diane’s poetry has been published widely in the small and electronic press. You can visit her at  and

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop a Success

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

First Annual Ryerss Poetry Workshop with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

The first annual Ryerss Museum and Library Adult Poetry Workshop was held on October 4th. The workshop was booked up almost immediately when announced and attracted poets from the Philadelphia area, Delaware and New Jersey. Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri led the workshop that was held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Attendees included, Wendy Schermer, Maria Keane, Bert Moniz, James Diamond, Melanie Eyth, Michele Grottola, Linda Texter Hall, Siobhan Gannon, Chris Chandler and Jane Miller


Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Ryerss Christmas Celebration


Sahms-Guarnieri began her service as Poet in Residence with a reading at the Ryerss Christmas celebration, conducted a Youth Poetry Contest with winners Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest Reading 029reading at Ryerss for National Poetry Month and wrote a poem  in honor of poet-in-residence-diane-sahms-guarnieri - Ryerss BirthdayRobert W. Ryerss birthday that was read at the celebration.

Ryerss Poetry Workshop – October 4th


As of 7/24 all spots are filled.

A poetry workshop will be held on October 4th by Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, at Ryerss Museum and Library. There are only 10 spots available, of which 4 have been filled. For more information please visit:


2012 Year in Review

2012 was a good year here in Fox Chase. We published three editions of The Fox Chase Review publishing 43 poets and 9 prose writers. We continued to strive to offer diverse selections of poetry and prose to our readers. We encourage you to read the works of these artists at these links:  

Our 2012 Editions of The Fox Chase Review

.and visit: Comprehensive List of Contributors for our archives.

The Fox Chase Reading Series  partnered with Ryerss Museum and Library in Fox Chase to present eight events featuring 16 Poets in the second floor gallery of the museum.       





Our Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri conducted 2 workshops in 2012. The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop for the Delaware Literary Connection in April and for The Fox Chase Reading Series at The Hop Angel in November.




The Fox Chase Review and Reading Series Blog promotes our readings, poets, writers,  interviews, book reviews and general information of interest for our readers and the Fox Chase community.

We are looking forward to 2013 with nine events featuring eighteen poets/writers reading for The Fox Chase Reading Series at Ryerss Museum and Library.  For dates and times please see our schedule at: . In January we will release of the Winter/Spring 2013 edition of The Fox Chase Review and are pleased to announce Poets on the Porch returns with 17 poets reading on the porch of Ryerss Museum and Library on July 13th.

The review and reading series are made possible by

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Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

SR Moser
Fiction/Web Editor S.R. Moser


Fiction Editor T.G. Davidson

Rodger Lowenthal reading 3-27-11

Occasional Book Reviewer and Host Rodger Lowenthal

In addition to contributors of book reviews and the poets and writers who grace our review with their work and read at our series. We do this for our love of the art of the written word and look forward to 2013 and your continued support.

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– g emil reutter

Photographs from The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop

On November 10th The Fox Chase Review sponsored The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop with our Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. The Workshop was held in the intimate Fox Chase Room of The Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase. We thank all those who participated. You can view additional photographs at this link:

The Calm Before The Storm- Belloumini and Kozinski close out 2012 Season

Just before Hurricane Sandy meets up with two cold fronts and travels up the Delaware Bay the calming poetic voices of David Kozinski and Michele Belloumini stirred the crowd in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library. 

Thanks to open mic poets Joe Roarty, Steve Delia and Diane Sahms-Guranieri.

We thank everyone who has supported the reading series this year and look forward to our first reading of 2013 with Lester Mobley and Bruce Kramer on the last Sunday of January 2013.

Our next event: November 10th-  The Tenth Muse Workshop with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop – November 10th

Registration for The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop is now closed. Thanks to all those who signed up for this event. The workshop will be held in the intimate Fox Chase Room of The Hop Angel Brauhaus on November 10th. If you have an interest in attending check back for cancellations.

Moonstone Arts Center Moving

The Moonstone Arts Center is moving at the end of the year and with the move comes the end of the legendary Robin’s Bookstore.  Larry Robin has been a lifelong promoter of the arts and literature in Philadelphia.  Thousands of poets/writers/musicians have performed their work at Robin’s and Moonstone always with encouragement from Larry.  While performing at Robin’s has always been a right of passage for Philadelphians engaged in the arts, Larry also opened his venue to artists from all over the United States and the world.  Emerging artists benefited greatly from the experience of performing at this venue, established artists returned time and again to visit with Larry.

History of Robin’s Bookstore: 

Robin’s Bookstore has been a uniquely Philadelphia brand since 1936 and the final departure will leave a hole in the heart of the city. Moonstone Arts Center will continue at another location that will be announced at the end of year. The center is currently offering 60% off all books in stock. Larry has given generously to the arts community for decades so it would be wonderful if you could give back, stop by and pick up a few books.

Moonstone hasn’t rolled up the carpets and have outstanding events scheduled for the rest of the year. You can find a listing at this link: 

Many of us remember our first feature at the Moonstone Poetry Series or reading at “100 Poets” also known as Poetry Ink.  There are three months left, take the time to climb the steps from 13th Street, enter the center, say hello to Larry, catch a show, and buy a book.  Remember this place, feel the fabric of the city pulling and savor it.

We at The Fox Chase Review thank Larry Robin for all he has done and wish him the best when he opens The Moonstone Arts Center at its new location.

The Tenth Muse Workshop with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

There are only 6 spots remaining for the November 10th Poetry Workshop. To learn more and register please visit: The Tenth Muse Workshop with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri


The Tenth Muse Workshop with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Only 15 spots open

 A Poetry Workshop for Novice & Experienced Poets

Workshop Leader: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Sponsored by The Fox Chase Reading Series
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

Poems are words. These words are uniquely the poets and may through the revision process become poems, which will merit a place in any publication. In creating, there is always room for revision, as T.S. Eliot writes in Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” The poet always has final say in the completion of their poem(s); however, “Workshopping” can be a means whereby a poet is joined by other poets in the tedious revision process. This workshop will afford each poet a unique opportunity to read/perform one of their own poems in front of others; to hear their work read by another; and to have constructive input from others, while being guided by the workshop leader. Revisions by peers are only meant as suggestions (to be regarded or discarded). This workshop may be just what you’re looking for to assist you in the revision process and ultimately help you in finishing a poem, or it may get you just one step farther along in the revision process. Whatever the outcome, this will be an enjoyable event.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri is a native Philadelphia poet and currently the poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review. She has served on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories magazine and founded The Center City Poets Workshop. Her poetry has been published in The Southern Ocean Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, Many Mountains Moving, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Fox Chase Review, Folio, Philadelphia Stories, Mid-West Cultural Council, Mad Poets Review, Northern Liberties Review, Levittown Leader, The Camel Saloon, Limited Editions among others.

Her latest release is Images of Being. Nicolette Milholin of the Montgomery County News said of Images of Being,“Like a well-written memoir, Sahms-Guarnieri’s work shoots straight to the center of human experience instead of hiding pain under a false fabric of pretension.” Barbara Bialick of the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene said, “To Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, images are an all-important way she remembers people from her childhood and on into motherhood.”

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot now. The cost of the workshop is $25.00. Please register for the workshop and send two poems no later than 10/20/12 in word doc to attention Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

What workshop participants said about The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop :

~Diane was very supportive to each and every participant and handouts were super. She was great about allowing participant feedback, as well as her own, really well done!  I learned a lot. – K.H.

~Excellent, informative, helpfulWendy S.

~It was a wonderful workshop.  You are an excellent leader.  You found the positive in each poem and gave really excellent suggestions.  Thank you – Arlene H.

~My first time and I really enjoyed it!  So great to know others who share a love of poetry and language.   The dialogue and handouts were great too. – Jane M.

~Very much appreciated the excellent organization, adherence to time for each poet, and the wealth of helpful information – Eleanore M.

~I use this format when critiquing in a poetry group.  It really worked extremely well here.  What a lot of work and thought went into this workshop.  Thank you – I am sure as I read the handouts and remember comments I will further benefit– E.Jean L.

~Wonderful! Great presentation and preparationMarie K.