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Clauser and Arthur Brighten up Dreary February

Featured Poets James Arthur and Grant ClauserWords flowed once again in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library. Our featured poets, Grant Clauser and James Arthur presented an outstanding array of poems to the delight of the audience. The featured poets were followed in the open mic by David Kozinski and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

For more photos of today’s event please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

Next up: Frank Wilson and John Timpane – March 24th

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Arthur and Clauser in Fox Chase February 24th

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grant clauser 2James Arthur and Grant Clauser read in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library on February 24th @2pm. Ryerss is located at 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. You can read more about the poets at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/feb-24th-james-arthur-and-grant-clauser-in-fox-chase/

Feb 24th James Arthur and Grant Clauser in Fox Chase

The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on February 24th with Poets James Arthur and Grant Clauser at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The reading will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The featured poets will be followed by an open reading

James Arthur’s first book, Charms against Lightning, was releasedby Copper Canyon Press. Individual poems in the volume have appear or will soon appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Narrative. James Arthur has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampiit House, as well as fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He was recently appointed  a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. You can read the poetry of James Arthur in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/JamesArthur.html

Grant Clauser lives in Montgomery County and make his living as a home technology writer. His poems have appeared in The Literary ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyCortland Review, Wisconsin ReviewBlueline and others. In 2010 he was named the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. His book The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing) was published in 2012. He runs the Montco Wordshop, teach poetry writing at Philadelphia’s Musehouse and blog at poetcore.com. You can read the poetry of Grant Clauser in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/GrantClauser.html

Seven Places in American by Miriam Sagan

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Paperback: 136 pages

Publisher: Sherman Asher Publishing (September 15, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1890932426

ISBN-13: 978-1890932428

Review by: Grant Clauser

Frequently while reading Miriam Sagan’s latest poetry collection, Seven Places in America, I was struck with waves of jealousy. The book is constructed around her journeys and residencies at what, at least through her writing, must be some of the most wonderful places in the country for a poet to meditate on things great and small. This is especially true for a poet like Sagan, who has an affinity for the more rustic or natural places.

Some of these places were official writers’ retreats, while others were just places that accommodated her, and she accommodated them. Either way, she made the most of these visits, as good writers can, by using the foregrounds and backdrops as gateways for her poems to pass through or stretch out within. Her poems ride “the boat of the mind/that floats on air” tacking through waterways looking for purchase. When they land on hard ground, you know it, as in “10,000 Islands,” part of a series titled Ever/Glade (which, incidentally, made me think of Karen Russell’s novel Swamplandia.

I longed for departure

As if it were love

As if it would take me out

Of myself, of my accustomed way—

Sandbar of white pelicans

Lifts off, wheels into the sun

Silver flash of fish before the prow

Maze of low islands, one after the other,

Gives way

to open water.

Do you see what she did there? The very quiet leap from the silent meditation of longing for departure to the dramatic scene of birds rising and a boat rushing among islands. For me, these poems are at their strongest when she uses her environment as the A in an ongoing Q & A with themselves.

While I found poems to relish throughout the book, I think my favorites are in part V, which were written at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, New York. Maybe being a Pennsylvanian drew me to these poems as they describe scenery very like my own home.

In the first poem in that section, Sagan uses, with dramatic effect, the refrain “body of” in a chant-like list of things you might find in any eastern woodland.

meadowlark

body of liberties

forest

body of knowledge

dream

body of research

fireflies

body of principals

That’s fun, as are a lot of the poems in this book. You can feel the author’s delight coming off the page. At the same time, there are also haunting moments, such as in “Tree House,” where the speaker reflects in attendant language (“The creaks and meows of night,/Shadows of the copper beeches.”) on the material landscape of a childhood while simultaneously acknowledging the psychological landscape.

There were moments I thought the poet may have fallen into her own traps—pushed a metaphor a little too far, took the readers’ trust for granted, but then come moments of wonderful self-awareness, as if she knows where she’s taking us and is grinning a little inside, like here, in the poem “Stone Quarry Hill”:

If this poem were Chinese

I’d say my hair is gray (which it is)

And that I haven’t heard

News of you in a long time.

If I’m being played, I’m OK with it. Even when she asks “Why must inspiration be a vista?” you know she knows the answer is more complicated than that. “An inner self/that also shifts shape” is the visita we’re really meant to contemplate: “how what we ignored or couldn’t explain/remained in plain view.”

You can buy Seven Places in America here on Amazon.

GrantClauserGrant Clauser is the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers (2012). Poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Fox Chase Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Cortland Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and others. In 2010 he was Montgomery County Poet Laureate. He started the MontcoWordshop in Lansdale, teaches poetry writing at Philadelphia’s Musehouse and runs the blog www.unIambic.com .

2013 Fox Chase Reading Series – January to June

The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present poets/writers reading for the first half of the season in 2013 for our Featured Poets/Writers series at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The readings will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The featured poets/writers will be followed by an open reading.

January 27th @ 2pm – Lester Mobley and Bruce Kramer 

Lester Mobley has been a proud “blue collar” construction worker for over 30 years. A native of New York, he has lived in Philadelphia for most of his life. He draws inspiration for his writing from a passion for jazz, jazz culture, justice, nature and appreciation of human spirituality and God. He can be found reading his poetry at open mics in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. His latest release Jazz Musings and Similar Poems will be available at the event.  You can read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link:http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

Bruce 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. You can read his poetry in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/BruceKramer.html

February 24th @ 2pm – James Arthur and Grant Clauser 

James Arthur’s first book, Charms against Lightning, was releasedby Copper Canyon Press. Individual poems in the volume have appear or will soon appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Narrative. James Arthur has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampiit House, as well as fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Beginning in September, he will be a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. You can read the poetry of James Arthur in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/JamesArthur.html

Grant Clauser lives in Montgomery County and make his living as a home technology writer. His poems have appeared in The Literary ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyCortland ReviewWisconsin ReviewBlueline and others. In 2010 he was named the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. His book The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing) was published in 2012. He runs the Montco Wordshop, teach poetry writing at Philadelphia’s Musehouse and blog at poetcore.com. You can read the poetry of Grant Clauser in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/GrantClauser.html

March 24th @ 2pm – Frank Wilson and John Timpane 

Frank Wilson has been reviewing books professionally since October 1964. For most of the past decade he was Books Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He currently blogs at Books Inq. It is one of the most successful blogs in the literary blogosphere. You can read the poetry of Frank Wilson in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/FrankWilson.html

John Timpane is Media Editor/Writer and Assistant Books Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. His poetry has appeared in Sequoia, Vocabula Review, Apiary, ONandOnScreen, Painted Bride Quarterly, Per Contra, 5_Trope, Wild River Review, and elsewhere. His books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994); It Could Be Verse (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed, 1995); (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of San Francisco State University) Poetry for Dummies (NY: Hungry Minds, 2000); and (with Roland Reisley)Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000); and a book of poetry, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2010). He lives in Lawrenceville, N.J., and is husband to Maria-Christina Keller, copy director at Scientific American. They are amazed parents of Pilar and Conor. The poetry of John Timpane will appear in the Winter/Spring 2013 edition of The Fox Chase Review.

April 28th @ 2pm – Christine Klocek-Lim and Le Hinton

Christine Klocek-Lim received the 2009 Ellen La Forge Memorial Prize in poetry. She has four chapbooks: Ballroom – a love story (Flutter Press), Cloud Studies (Whale Sound Audio Chapbooks), How to photograph the heart (The Lives You Touch Publications), and The book of small treasures (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, OCHO, Diode, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies and was a finalist for 3 Quarks Daily’s Prize in Arts & Literature. She is editor of Autumn Sky Poetry. You can read the poetry of Christine Klocek-Lim in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/ChristineKlocek-Lim.html

Le Hinton is the author of four collections of poetry including, most recently, Black on Most Days (Iris G. Press, 2008) and The God of Our Dreams (Iris G. Press, 2010). His work has been published in various journals including Gargoyle, haggard and halloo, Literary Chaosand Bent Pin Quarterly. His poem, “Our Ballpark,” will be part of the Poetry Paths installation at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2012. He is the founder and chief editor of the poetry journal Fledgling Rag. You can read the poetry of Le Hinton in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12SU/LeHinton.html

May 19th @ 2pm – Leslie Anne Mcilroy and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collectionRare Space and the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel. She also took first place in the1997 Chicago Literary Awards Competition judged by Gerald Stern. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008. Leslie’s work appears in numerous publications including American Poetry: The Next GenerationDogwoodThe Emily Dickinson Award AnthologyThe LedgeThe Mississippi Review, and the Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry and Pearl. Leslie works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her daughter Silas, and writer/guitarist, Don Bertschman, with whom she also performs poetry. You can read the poetry of Leslie Anne Mcilroy in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/LeslieAnneMcilroy.html

Rosebud Ben-Oni

A former Rackham Merit Scholar and Leopold Schepp Scholar, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater, and at work on a new play. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Puerto del Sol. Her first book of poems SOLECISM is forthcoming from Virtual Artists’ Collective in 2013. She’s co-editor of HER KIND, the official blog of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org. The poetry of Rosebud Ben-Oni is forthcoming in the Winter/Spring 2013 Edition of The Fox Chase Review

June 30th @ 2pm –  F. Omar Telan and Richard Okewole

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Born in Philadelphia and raised in its outlying suburbs, F. Omar Telan graduated Emerson College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. He made his directorial debut at La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) with THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. He has performed theatrically at P.S. 122 (NYC), the New York Fringe Festival, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His poetry has been published in journals such as A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES and OUR OWN VOICE; and he has read his work at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), the Kelly Writers House (Philadelphia), the National Asian American Poetry Festival (NYC), the Philippine Embassy (DC), and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Waterloo Village, NJ). As a member of the New York Neo-Futurists, he shared a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production for TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND.

A teacher by trade and writer at heart, Richard Okewole fuses his life in his native home of Nigeria with his experiences in the states to create poetry that speaks on many different levels. With an African father and Jamaican mother, Richard touches on topics in his writing that force readers to think outside the conventional box. His set of unpublished poetry have been featured in Polyphony Magazine and Anthology Philly Volume 1, but he spends most of his time teaching fourth grade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he resides. You can read the poetry of Richard Okewole in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/RichardOkewole.html

The Fox Chase Reading Series is hosted by:

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http://gemilreutter-author.com

http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri 

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The second half of our season begins in September and ends in November. We will post information on those readings in July. Ryerss Museum and Library stands atop the hill at Burholme Park and is located close to the SEPTA Fox Chase Station and Ryers Station as well as the SEPTA 18 and 24 bus lines. If you arrive early, Ryerss offers free tours of the museum.   

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.       

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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.

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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: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/docs/ReadingSeries2013.pdf . 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

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Fiction/Web Editor S.R. Moser

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Fiction Editor T.G. Davidson

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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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Our 2013 Reading Schedule

We are pleased to release our reading schedule for 2013. Nine events will be held at Ryerss Museum and Library featuring eighteen poets/writers. You can view our schedule at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/docs/ReadingSeries2013.pdf more detailed information will be posted here on the blog as each event nears.