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PII Gallery and Dave Worrell Seeking Poets and Writers

From Dave Worrell


The Philadelphia International Institute gallery (PII) in Old City, Philadelphia, (242 Race StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19106) is looking for poets and creative writers of all kinds to take part in its August 7 First Friday opening event. The gallery show will feature abstract paintings — so if you have poems or prose pieces that are a little bit out there (or a lot), we want you.  This is your chance to let that wild side off the leash for a while — more or less within the limits of the law, of course. No need to write anything specifically for the occasion — just bring your most imaginative stuff.

We anticipate a sizable crowd so we may not be able to give folks more than a minute or two — sort of fast-moving tag-team marathon concept. Sometime in July, you will be able to see some of the paintings on the PII website. http://www.piigallery.com/

Dave WorrellTo get booked for this event please contact me by the end of June so we can you include your name in the publicity materials. daveworrell13@yahoo.com


Kevin Convery- Artist in Burholme

By g emil reutter

kevinArtist Kevin Convery of Burholme has been painting for over four decades. His paintings have been exhibited at the Roxborough/Manayunk Arts, Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, The Michener Museum, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Abington Arts Center, and Cheltenham Arts Center among many others. His art has been published in many Philadelphia area literary and arts magazines. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and is a school teacher. The Philadelphia Inquirer described one of his paintings as,” imaginary scene engages the viewer in a direct, intimate, yet mysterious encounter”. golden thread His latest release is, The golden thread: reflections on myth and memory, The introduction captures the essence of his art and text. “Convery’s reflections on mythic themes in images and text. His paintings, which cover a 25-year period, represent a combination of these themes with personal experience. Many of the paintings “draw references from specific, well-known stories”, but are intended to express “meaning related to contemporary life, rather than storytelling.” Kevin-Convery-11 travelsIn addition to his passion of painting, Convery is a poet. Two collections of his poems have been released. Passages of heart : poetry of the Unification movement and Travels on the night sea : an inner journey through a changeful era. Convery has performed his poetry at numerous venues in the Philadelphia area.Kevin Convery at Poetry Reading To learn more about The golden thread: reflections on myth and memory, visit http://www.mythicgold.com/excerpt-from-golden-thread-book.htm To view the art of Kevin Convery please visit: http://mythicimages.thelovingorganization.com/gallery/main.php

-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. You can find at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/

The Individual – Combating the Norm

Ryerss Vintage Book Sale courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

In a society that continues to stress conformity, as opposed to individuality, the arts remain a bastion for individual accomplishment despite efforts to bring everyone in line with a certain school of writing or creativity. Individual thought spurs new ideas, challenges the status quo, questions authority and the flavor of the day. The mimeograph revolution in poetry of the 1960s, to the photocopy age of the 70s and 80s, and the current electronic revolution of the later part of the last century into this have shown poets are resourceful in combating the control of corporate and university publishers in providing poetry to the people. While there are some who condemn the wide range of poetry available today on the internet, one sobering fact remains, poets will not permit the individual nature of the art to be trampled upon.

andrew_wyeth courtesy of andrewwyeth websiteCharles Bukowski

A fine example of an individual remaining true to his art is found in the visual arts, in the person of Andrew Wyeth. Despite the post modernist movement, Wyeth stayed true to himself in his creative portraits and landscapes. Perhaps a lesson he learned from his father, a great illustrator, who attempted to blend into the French modernist movement. Then there is the poet Charles Bukowski, labeled as “the Poet Laureate of the low life.” A sometimes crude, harsh man, Bukowski could also be a gentle poet always writing in what is now known as the Meat Poetry style. He believed if the “big” magazines wouldn’t publish you, go to the “little ones.” Get your work out there for others to read. Today his philosophy lives on through the Outlaw Poets and he continues even in death to outsell the acclaimed poets of his generation.

federico_garcia_lorca1mohammed al-ajamiZhu Yufu


There is a reason dictators of the right and left imprison writers and artists. The written word and visual arts stimulate independent thought, challenge the senses, and encourage true diversity. The arts resist conformity. If one wants to write with passion or paint the common man or landscape, do it. If one wants to write about or paint obscure objects, do it. If a poet wants to write in form as opposed to free verse, do it. In this age when pressure mounts to conform and to lose individuality, we owe it to those who came before, to those who gave their lives for the art, to remain true to ourselves, following our own inspiration, no matter what anyone says.

g emil reutter– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA)

Baron Hoeber and Kaschock at Ryerss on September 23rd

The Fox Chase Reading Series presents our featured poet/writers reading on September 23rd @ 2pm featuring the poetry of Ditta Baron Hoeber and Kirsten Kaschock at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Guest Host: Rodger Lowenthal. The Featured Poets will be followed by an open mic

Ditta Baron Hoeber is a Pew-nominated artist (2010) as well as a poet.  Her manuscript Without You was a finalist for the Four Ways Books 2006 Intro Prize.  Her poems have been most recently published in Nthposition, an online publication out of London, and in The American Poetry Review. You can read the poetry of Ditta Baron Hoeber in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/DBaronHoeber.html

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of two books of poetry: A Beautiful Name for a Girl andUnfathoms. Her first novel, Sleight, was published by Coffee House Press in October. She has earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and is currently a doctoral fellow in dance at Temple University. Kirsten lives with her three sons and their father in Philadelphia, where she works with words, bodies, and when she is lucky—other people. You can read the poetry of Kirsten Kaschock in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/KKaschock.html