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Poets on the Porch – July 13th 1 pm to 4:30 pm

The Fox Chase Reading Series 

Presents

Poets on the Porch 

Ryerss Museum and Library

7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

ryerss

The Poets

Rodger Lowenthal – Your Host

Rodger Lowenthal 4Rodger Lowenthal  is a poet from Montgomery County. His poetry and book reviews have appeared in a number of small press and electronic publications. He hosts a quarterly reading series at his home featuring poets and musicians. Rodger is an occasional book reviewer and host for the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series. You can also read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/23-RLowenthal.html

Bruce Kramer – Your Co-Host 

Telan and Okewole Reading Fox Chase Reading Series 6 30 13 022Bruce Kramer is a writer from Philadelphia. 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

 Mel Brake

MelBrake (1)Mel Brake has won several awards for his poetry and musical talents. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, and proud of it. He lives in Springfield, PA because the water is fresh, clear and tasty. Many publications and journals have published his poems including Fox Chase Review, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, E Pluribus Unum:An Anthology of Diverse Voices, Apiary Magazine, Word Riot Magazine, Poetry Ink, The New Verse News and many others. You can read the poetry of Mel Brake in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2008 WS2008 AW2009 AW2012 SU 

Suzán Jiván

SuzánJivánSuzán Jiván’s poems have appeared in Frog Pond and the Poetry Ink Anthology. Her chapbook Looking in and Sipping was released in 2012. You can read the poetry of SuzánJiván in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/Suz%C3%A1nJiv%C3%A1n.html

Steve Delia

Steve Delia in Open MicPoet Steve Delia has been crumpling balls of paper into the trash can for 30 years now.  His chapbooks are Revisited, Revised, Retyped and 1622 Church Street, Zoo Poetry. You can read the poetry of Steve Delia in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/01-SteveDelia.html

 Alice Wootson

WootsonAAlice Wootson grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Cheyney University which is located outside of Philadelphia. She remained in the area after graduating with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. She earned a Masters Degree in Education and a Principal’s Certification from Cheyney University as well. Alice earned a Reading Specialist Certification from the University of Pennsylvania. You can read the poetry and fiction of Alice Wootson in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2008 WS2010 WS

Marty Esworthy

MEsworthyMarty Esworthy is a leading advocate for sound poetry and meta-verse. Esworthy is a Megaera-award-winning poet, editor emeritus, Steel Point Quarterly, and renowned poetry impresario, is director of the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. He’s been published in numerous regional and national publications, including Haggard & Halloo, text_TOWER, Literary Chaos, Fledging Rag, House Taken Over, logodaedalus, Syzygy, The International Digest of World poetry, and the Miserere Review. Recent Esworthy tomes include hard reality, Pacobooks, 2004, and The Object Stares Back, Uh-Oh!, T&T Press, 2009.Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs was awarded the 2006 R.E.Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry from Iris G. Press in 2006. You can read the poetry of Marty Esworthy in The Fox Chase Review at this link:  http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/MartyEsworthy.html

Noah Cutler

CutlerNoahDNoah Cutler is a retired real estate lawyer living in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He enjoys writing essays and novels, as well as writing and performing his poetry. You can read the fiction of Noah Cutler in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2010 SU2011 SU

Lisa Sewell


Sewell_abrevLisa Sewell
 is the author of three books of poems: The Way Out (Alice James Books, 1998), Name Withheld (Four Way Books, 2006), Long Corridor (2009 Seven Kitchens Press). She is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan, 2007). She has received grants and awards from the Leeway Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Recent work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, New Letters, Tampa Review, Laurel Review, The Journal and Colorado Review. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches in the English department at Villanova University

Dave Worrell 

DWorrellDave Worrell studied literature and philosophy at Union College in beautiful Schenectady, New York. His poems have appeared in US 1 WorksheetsMad Poets Review and Wild River Review. He has performed poems at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and Cafe Improv in Princeton.  His latest collection is We Who Were Bound. You can read the poetry of Dave Worrell in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/07-DWorrell.html

 

Tamara Oakman 

OakmanTTamara Oakman, a graduate of Temple University, has completed her Master’s thesis in English—a book entitled, Snatched—at Arcadia University; won awards in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. She has been published by Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Mad Poets Review, and other journals. She is executive editor of Apiary Magazine. You can read the poetry of Tamara Oakman in The Fox Chase Review a this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/OakmanT.html

 

Christine O’Leary Rockey

COLeary-RockeyChristine O’Leary-Rockey is a poet, philosopher and a professor and with a tendency to lose things and incur student loans for frivolous subjects. Greatly influenced by W.B. Yeats, e.e. cummings and mystics such as Julian of Norwich, St. Francis of Assisi and Shel Silverstein, she has failed to come to terms with any real religious identity and is open to suggestions…. She’s been published in a variety of state and local publications, including The Fledgling Rag, The Experimental Forest, Steel Pointe Quarterly, Harrisburg Magazine, and Megaera. Christine is a member of Harrisburg’s infamous (almost) Uptown Poetry Cartel and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in November 2007 by Iris G. Press. You can read the poetry of Christine O’Leary Rockey in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/ChristineOLeary-Rockey.html

 Kimmika Williams Witherspoon

KWillams-WitherspoonKimmika Williams-Witherspoon, PhD  (Cultural Anthropology), M.A. (Anthropology), MFA (Theater), Graduate Certificate)Women’s Studies, B.A. (Journalism); is an Associate Professor in the Theater Department at Temple. Along with Eugene Martin (Film), William Witherspoon is a recent recipient of the Provost’s Seed Grant for Interdisciplinary Work ($50, 000.);the 2003 Provost’s Arts Commission Grant recipient; a 2001 Independence Foundation Theater Communications Group Grant, the 2000 winner of the PEW Charitable Trust $50,000 fellowship in scriptwriting, and the 1999, winner of the DaimlerChrysler “Spirit of the Word” National Poetry Competition  (Seattle) at the Unity’99 Conference, Kimmika Williams has also been the recipient of a host of awards and honors, including: the DaimlerChrysler Regional Poetry Contest (Philadelphia), the 1996, Lila Wallace Creative Arts Fellowship with the American Antiquarian Society and a two-time returning playwright with the Minneapolis Playwrights’ Center and Pew Charitable Trusts Playwrights Exchange.

The author of The Secret Messages in African American Theater: Hidden Meaning Embedded in Public Discourse” (Edwin Mellen Publishing, 2006) Williams was, at one time, Arts Producer for public radio, WXPN-88.5, reporter and columnist with the Philadelphia Tribune and television editor for the Chicago-based “Maceba Affairs Media Review Magazine. You can read the poetry of Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/KimmikaWilliams-Witherspoon.html

 Paul Siegell

SiegellPPaul Siegell is the author of jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009), Poemergency Room(Otoliths Books, 2008) and the forthcoming wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2009). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed to The American Poetry ReviewBlazeVOXCoconutRattle and other fine journals. Paul has also been featured in the Philadelphia City Paper, Paste MagazineRelix Magazine and Bookslut. Kindly find more of Paul’s work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL. You can read the poetry of Paul Siegell in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/SiegellP.html

Jack Veasey

JVeaseyA 2010 nominee for a Pushcart Prize, Jack Veasey is a Philadelphia native who has been living in Hummelstown, PA for over 20 years. He is the author of ten published collections of poetry, most recently “The Sonnets” and “5-7-5” (both from Small Hours Press, 2007).  He is a member of Harrisburg’s Almost uptown Poetry Cartel. His poems have also appeared in many periodicals and a number of anthologies. You can read the poetry of Jack Veasey in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/JackVeasey.html

 Ryan Eckes 

RyanEckesRyan Eckes lives in South Philadelphia. He’s the author of Old News (Furniture Press 2011) and when i come here (Plan B Press 2007). He works at Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University. You can read the poetry of Ryan Eckes in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/RyanEckes.html

 Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

DIANE4Diane Sahms-Guarnieri is a Philadelphia Poet. Her first release, Images of Being, received critical acclaim.  Her second collection, Night Sweat, is awaiting a release date. Her poetry has appeared in a number of small and electronic press magazines. In May of 2013 Diane was awarded a grant for poetry by the AE Ventures Foundation. She is the Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review. http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/

g emil reutter

g emil reutterg emil reutter is the author of ten collections of poetry and prose. His work has been published widely in the small and electronic press. He founded the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series in 2007. http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Frank Sherlock

FrankSherlock (1)Frank Sherlock is the author of Over Here, The City Real & Imagined collaboration with CA Conrad) and Ready-to-Eat Individual, (a collaboration with Brett Evans.) Sherlock is also the author of Neighbor Ballads, a public poetry installation project with Erik Ruin that celebrates South Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. You can read the poetry of Frank Sherlock in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/13-FrankSherlock.html

 

Poets on the Porch returns in 2013

Poets on the Porch 2011We  are pleased to announce Poets on the Porch returns in 2013 with 17 poets reading on the porch of Ryerss Museum and Library. This event wil be held on July 13th.  Our flyer can be viewed at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13WS/docs/2013PoetsOnThePorch.pdf

Additional information will follow as the date gets near.

The Trouble with Rivers by Grant Clauser

Review by: Christine O’Leary-Rockey

72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine

Foothills Publishing, 2012

Grant Clauser is an unusual poet. At least he strikes me as unusual for today; He writes about fly-fishing and taxidermy, turkey-hunting and frozen ponds, but with a philosophical and artistic dexterity that is seldom found within this traditional subject matter.  Clauser’s poems in his new book, The Trouble with Rivers’, from FootHills Publishing, is unpretentious, lyrically beautiful, and surprisingly deep. Clauser’s sparse, densely- packed words frame his images and experiences with a zen-like quality that allows them to expand before the reader like, well, like a river…

And that’s the trouble with rivers. Or at least that’s what he tells us…Not in his title poem, ‘The Trouble With Rivers’. No, in this poem he gives us a fisherman’s eye; the fumbled casts, the chary trout, and the dying towns around it. In this poem, like many others, we hear a sportsman’s voice listening intently to the silence found above the rumble of cars on bridges above, and the sigh of hawks hanging when no one else watching. Through the sportsman’s eyes we see nature, smoky and green, spread about on the trunks of trees and the smell of old tobacco pipes drifting through dead branches.  But push a little bit further and we find a deeper eye- the love and yes, the alienation, of being away- immersed in it, separated from the corporate and the mundane and into the more living, vital world found outside of our constructed lives.

And it’s a lonely life, to hear it unfold. Maybe it takes a lonely heart to hear the language of the river, to ‘Know the false habits of water, what can hide in a ripple/ or swell like shame the instant it breaks waves.” Undoubtedly it takes a strong heart to peer into corners that we usually keep closed. After all, it’s an act of bravery to admit that ‘Once the match is struck/there’s no taking it back…’. But back from what? From ‘the ghosts of other faces…pressing skin against bone…” Or from the day your children stop believing in fairies, or love. Clauser’s writing is unabashed in its harsh sentimentality, merging bitterness with love, death with renewal, and hope from the darkness- all without ever losing his simple, melodic tone…

But the trouble with rivers, we find, is that they don’t make it all better. They don’t fill any voids, or repair any of the holes left by life, by loss, or by the thought of those things that came before and left, like a footprint or an impression that has lost the very thing that gave it form. They don’t stop you from being alone. And no matter how much you love them and are drawn to their banks, to their shallows and depths, no matter the consolation they give, every so often they rise up and destroy everything you hold sacred, only to recede and expect you to love them again.”…the moment you see autumn/lose its stolen hour, the hour when a heron/turns its dagger mouth/ from the pond/ and leaves, you know/what empty means.”  And you do. And we do, and we do, and we do. But that’s the trouble with rivers…

The Trouble with Rivers is available at http://www.foothillspublishing.com/2012/id43.htm

  Christine O’Leary-Rockey is a poet, philosopher and a professor and with a tendency to lose things and incur student loans for frivolous subjects. Greatly influenced by W.B. Yeats, e.e. cummings and mystics such as Julian of Norwich, St. Francis of Assisi and Shel Silverstein, she has failed to come to terms with any real religious identity and is open to suggestions…. She’s been published in a variety of state and local publications, including The Fledgling Rag, The Experimental Forest, Steel Pointe Quarterly, Harrisburg Magazine, and Megaera. Christine is a member of Harrisburg’s infamous (almost) Uptown Poetry Cartel and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in November 2007 by Iris G. Press.

Veasey Returns Home as Esworthy and O’Leary Rockey Sway the Museum

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel from Harrisburg, Pa. came to visit Ryerss Museum. Christine O’Leary Rockey and Marty Esworthy entertained the crowd with a joint reading and Jack Veasey returned home for his first reading in Philadelphia since 1991. The audience listened to a talented open mic group of Christian Thiede, Maria James Thiaw, Bill Fritz and Krystle Griffin.  Photos of the event are available at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

Veasey, O’Leary Rockey and Esworthy in Fox Chase May 20th

The Fox Chase Reading Series presents our featured poet/writers reading on May 20th @2pm featuring the poetry of Jack Veasey, Marty Esworthy and Christine O’Leary Rockey at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

Jack Veasey is a Philadelphia native who has been living in Hummelstown, PA for over 20 years. He is the author of ten published collections of poetry, most recently “The Sonnets” and “5-7-5″ (both from Small Hours Press, 2007). He is a member of Harrisburg’s Almost uptown Poetry Cartel.
His poems have also appeared in many periodicals including Christopher Street, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Harbinger: A Journal Of Social Ecology, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Painted Bride Quarterly, Fledgling Rag, Oxalis, The Blue Guitar, Bone And Flesh, Zone: A Feminist Journal For Women And Men, Film Library Quarterly (Museum of Modern Art, NYC), Experimental Forest, Tabula Rasa, Wild Onions, Mouth Of The Dragon, Asphodel, Insight, The Irish Edition, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Harrisburg Review, The Princeton Spectrum, The Little Word Machine (U.K.), and The Body Politic (Canada), among others. His poems have also appeared in a number of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets On Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press), Sweet Jesus: Poems About The Ultimate Icon (Anthology Press, Los Angeles), and A Loving Testimony: Remembering Loved Ones Lost To AIDS (The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA) and most recently in Assaracus. You can read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/JackVeasey.html and his interview at FCRS here 10 Questions for Jack Veasey

Christine O’Leary-Rockey is a poet, philosopher and a professor and with a tendency to lose things and incur student loans for frivolous subjects. Greatly influenced by W.B. Yeats, e.e. cummings and mystics such as Julian of Norwich, St. Francis of Assisi and Shel Silverstein, she has failed to come to terms with any real religious identity and is open to suggestions…. She’s been published in a variety of state and local publications, including The Fledgling Rag, The Experimental Forest, Steel Pointe Quarterly, Harrisburg Magazine, and Megaera. Christine is a member of Harrisburg’s infamous (almost) Uptown Poetry Cartel and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in November 2007 by Iris G. Press. You can read her poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/ChristineOLeary-Rockey.html

Marty Esworthy is a leading advocate for sound poetry and meta-verse. Esworthy is a Megaera-award-winning poet, editor emeritus, Steel Point Quarterly, and renowned poetry impresario, is director of the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. He’s been published in numerous regional and national publications, including Haggard & Halloo, text_TOWER, Literary Chaos, Fledging Rag, House Taken Over, logodaedalus, Syzygy, The International Digest of World poetry, and the Miserere Review. Recent Esworthy tomes include hard reality, Pacobooks, 2004, and The Object Stares Back, Uh-Oh!, T&T Press, 2009.Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs was awarded the 2006 R.E.Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry from Iris G. Press in 2006. You can read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/MartyEsworthy.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

 

Fox Chase Reading Series 2012 Schedule

Featured Poets Series @ Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Start time: 2pm. Featured poets are followed by an open mic.

January 29, 2012 @ 2pm

Mike Cohen and  Anthony Buccino

February 26, 2012 @ 2pm

Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo

March 25, 2012 @ 2pm

Marie- Elizabeth Mali and Dilruba Ahmed

April 29, 2012 @ 2pm

Steve Delia with musical guests The Sun Bear Trio And an open reading dedicated to Louis Mckee

May 20, 2012 @ 2pm

Jack Veasey, Marty Esworthy, Christine O’Leary Rockey

June 24, 2012 @ 2pm

J.C. Todd and Hayden Saunier

September 23, 2012 @ 2pm

 Ditta Baron Hoeber and Kirsten Kaschock

October 28, 2012 @ 2pm

David Kozinski and  Michele Belluomini