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Poets Read in Rustic Philadelphia- Poets @ Pennypack

Peter Krok reads as a cowboy passes in the background

Peter Krok reads at Poets @ Pennyapck as a cowboy passes in the background – Philly Poetry Day

A rustic reading in the city of Philadelphia, the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack was held in the amphitheater at the Pennypack Environmental Center in the Northeast. The featured poets delighted the crowd, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Peter Krok, Wendy Schermer, Bruce Kramer, B.E. Kahn, Tom Mallouk and J.C. Todd gave outstanding readings followed by Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal reading in the open mic.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Poets @ Pennypack – Philly Poetry Day

Wendy Schermer reads

Wendy Schermer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Bruce Kramer reads

Bruce Kramer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day



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B.E. Kahn reads

B.E. Kahn reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day

Tom Mallouk reads

Tom Mallouk reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

J.C. Todd reads

J.C. Todd reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

.You can view photographs of the event at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/

We return to the amphitheater on May 10th. More information will be forthcoming.

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FCR Report on Philly Poetry Day

philly poetry day By: g emil reutter

Philly Poetry Day was slated to kick off at 12:00 am in West Philly with over 30 events scheduled across the city, Delaware and Bucks Counties. Philadelphia is home to a diverse group of poets mirroring the arts scene across the city. Realism, Language, Spoken Word, Mathematical, Haiku, Confessional, Formal, Concrete, Dada, Modernist, Post-Modernist, Avant-Garde, call it what you want but in Philadelphia this day words flowed forth from porches, coffee houses, in front of buildings, parks, studios, on Septa buses, town halls and colleges, on street corners and backyard barbeques . We at the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series have a fondness for the parks in Philadelphia. Our Poets @ Pennypack was planned over six months ago and fell on Philly Poetry Day. We decided to add two informal events to the day. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and I slated a reading in Lions Park in Fox Chase because that it is where it all started, the idea for the review and reading series. We also slated a reading at Gorgas Park in Roxborough where Diane graduated from the adjacent Roxborough High School and grew up just a block away where the elders of her family still reside.

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia Philly Poetry Day

Our day began at Lions Park for an 11 am reading centered on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We enjoyed reading in Lions Park to the folks waiting on the 18 bus in the loop.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

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Pennypack Environmental Center on Veree Road - Philadelplhia

Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road – Philadelplhia – Philly Poetry Day

Following the Lions Park reading in Fox Chase we traveled down Rhawn Street to Verree Road and the amphitheater located to the rear of the Pennypack Environmental Center. This rustic setting set on a ridge high above the Valley of the Pennypack  in the Northeast was perfect for a poetry reading. The reading began at 1 pm with our featured poets.  B.E. Kahn, Peter Krok, Tom Mallouk, Bruce Kramer, Wendy Schermer, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and J.C. Todd delighted the crowd with full 15-20 minute sets of poetry. The following poets participated in the open mic following the features: Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack Park- Philly Poetry Day

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Gorgas Park in Roxborough

Gorgas Park in Roxborough – Philadelphia- Philly Poetry Day

After a brief rest we traveled south on the Boulevard to the Fox street exit and down Henry to Leverington Avenue arriving at Gorgas Park which rests on Ridge Avenue. At 7 pm we completed the day much as we started, on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We were met by the elders of Diane’s family and a few neighborhood kids and enjoyed reading in Gorgas Park.

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

 

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Philadelphia is blessed with possibly the most beautiful park system in the country. From the expansive Pennypack Park to neighborhood parks like Lions Park and Gorgas Park. The poet Joseph Brodsky once said, “Poetry must be available to the public in far greater volume than it is.”  On this day, the 12th of April 2014 in Philadelphia, on Philly Poetry Day in over 30 venues, poetry was available in abundance.   Photographs from our events are available at these links: Philly Poetry Day : https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749178684/ Poets @ Pennypack: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/   For other reports from across the city  please visit: http://www.phillypoetryday.com/

More poetry? On April 27th @ 2 pm Dan Maguire and Ann E. Michael are reading at our Featured Poets/Writers Series at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information on this reading can be found at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/michael-and-maguire-april-27th/

Poets @ Pennypack – April 12th @ 1pm

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The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack on April 12, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. 7 featured poets will be followed by an open reading. For more information please visit : https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/poets-pennpack-april-12th-1pm/

Philly Poetry Day – April 12th

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A day of celebrating poetry for National Poetry Month across the City of Philadelphia. The events are beginning to build so have a look or create one of your own. It all starts here:

http://www.phillypoetryday.com/

Poets @ Pennypack – April 12th – 1pm

Amp at Pennypack Environmental CenterThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack on April 12, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. The featured poets will be followed by an open reading. 

The Lineup

BEKahnB.E. Kahn – B.E. Kahn, a native Philadelphian, now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Pew Grants. She was awarded First Prize for Poetry at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and some of her other awards include The Lotus Bloom Journal and The Missouri State Poetry Prize. You can read the poetry of B.E. Kahn in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10AW/BEKahn.html 

SchermerWendy Schermer – Wendy Schermer was born in Detroit, grew up in Philadelphia, and is now a resident of Arden, Deleware, where she has lived for the past eight years. Wendy shares her home with a dog and two cats who have been steadfast companions since her two sons became adults and made lives of their own in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, respectively. Although Wendy works full-time for the State of New Jersey’s Judiciary, her real love is writing. You can read the poetry of Wendy Schermer in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/Schermer.html and http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/WendySchermer.html 

kramer Bruce Kramer – Bruce Kramer is a writer from South Jersey. Most of his work has appeared in boring technical documents, medical publications, and marketing propaganda, but he has also been published in the occasional magazine and literary publication. He believes in cold beer, rock and roll, and baseball. He sometimes acts like he is named after Bruce Springsteen, but he knows he is named after somebody much cooler. He has poetry forthcoming from Barrelhouse Magazine and you can read his poetry in the Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/BruceKramer.html

 PKrokPeter Krok – Peter Krok is the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and serves as the humanities/poetry director of the Manayunk Art Center where he has coordinated a literary series since 1990. Because of his identification with row house and red brick Philadelphia, he is often referred to as “the red brick poet.” His poems have appeared in the Yearbook of American Poetry, America, Mid-America Poetry Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Blue Unicorn and numerous other print and on-line journals. In 2005 his poem “10 PM At a Philadelphia Recreation Center” was included in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (published by Penn State University). His book, Looking For An Eye, was published by Foothills Press in 2007. You can read the poetry of Peter Krok in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/16-PKrok.html

mallouckTom Mallouk  – Tom Mallouk’s work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including GW Review, The Pisgah Review, The Quercus Review, Red Rock Review, US 1 Worksheets, The Schuykyll Valley Journal and The Sun. His book, Nantucket Revisited, was published in May, 2013. He has been a psychotherapist for many years and resides in Doylestown Pennsylvania with his family. You can read the poetry of Tom Mallouck in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14tmallouk.html

???????????????????????????????Diane Sahms-Guarnieri – Diane Sahms Guarnieri is a Philadelphia Poet and Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review and co-curates The Fox Chase Reading 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. . Diane’s poetry has been published widely in the small and electronic press. You can visit her at http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/  and http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/  On Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9oJuy6i2gw

JCToddJ.C. Todd – J.C. Todd is the author of What Space This Body published by Wind Publications 2008 as well as Nightshade and Entering Pisces, chapbooks published by Pine Press. Her awards include a Fellowship in Poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, two Leeway Foundation grants, and a fellowship to Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has an M.F.A. from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and teaches creative writing at Bryn Mawr College. You can read the poetry of J.C. Todd in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/JCTodd.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/10-JCTodd.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/04-JCTodd.html

Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month

An eclectic list of 20 poetry collections you may want to have a look at during National Poetry Month compiled by g emil reutter

What Space This Body by J.C. Todd

Marginalia: Poems from the Old Irish by Louis McKee

Images of Being by Diane Sahms Guarnieri

Crawlers by Nathalie Anderson

The Holy Grail: Charles Bukowski & the Second Coming Revolution by A.D. Winans

Dhaka Dust: Poems by Dilruba Ahmed

Street Psalms by James D. Quinton

The Alphabet (Modern & Contemporary Poetics) by Ron Silliman

The Accidental Cage by Michelle Cahill

Good Grief by Stevie Edwards

Love & Lust by The Hong Kong Writers’ Circle

Pointing at the Moon by Bill Wunder

jambandbootleg by Paul Siegell

The 3 Faces of Brahman by Christine O’Leary-Rockey

Chianti in Connecticut by  Gil Fagiani

Mosquito Operas by Philip Dacey

A Series of Small Boxes by Thomas Devaney

Spring Apples Silver Birch by B.E. Kahn

I Want to Make You Safe by Amy King

Identity Papers by Jeffrey Ethan Lee

 

Brake and Kahn in Fox Chase February 27th

February 27th @ 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  Mel Brake and B.E. Kahn

Mel Brake is an awarding-winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010.
He was interviewed or appeared on several broadcasters such as CNN, WURD-AM, WHAT-AM, WHYY-TV12, WLIU-FM, WPEB-FM, Nexus Radio, BSS Radio, and Umuvme-Gtownradio.com to discuss his views and opinions on family, life and home.
Mel Brake is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. Recently, he appeared in a one-act play, “The Body Artist” at the Old Academy Players, a non-profit community theater located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. 
His first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at: MelBrakEpress.blogspot.com. You can read the poetry of Mel Brake in The Fox Chase Review at the following links: 2008 WS; 2008 AW; 2009 AW

B.E. Kahn, a native Philadelphian, now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Pew Grants. She was awarded First Prize for Poetry at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and some of her other awards include The Lotus Bloom Journal and The Missouri State Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in the small press. Her collections, Silver Apples Silver Birch, (Greenleaf Press 2008), Landscapes of Light, (Poets Wear Prada 2010),  are available at Amazon. A retired speech therapist, she teaches poetry to intergenerational, interfaith, community based groups, some under the auspices of the Arts and Spirituality Center. She is also a recent pushcart nominee. You can read the poetry of B.E. Kahn in The Fox Chase Review at this link: 2010 AW

The museum opens at 10am if you would like to arrive early and take a free guided tour of Ryerss.