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Philly Poetry Day – April 12th

philly poetry day

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 in the Park 2011- A Great Evening of Poetry

A great night was had by all in Fox Chase, thanks to our poets and the great crowd who came out on a breezy summer evening to enjoy poetry. Photographs of the event are at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157624478593342/

Tonight: Poets in the Park

A mild summer breeze will be cascading across Lions Park tonight for the 2nd annual Poets in the Park 2011. Come on out and enjoy an evening of poetry in heart of Fox Chase, 7900 Oxford Avenue.  The program will run from 7:30pm to about 9:30pm. Grab a bench, bring a lawn chair, or blanket and relax at this free event.  Poets in the Park 2011 – July 16th

Poets in the Park 2011 – July 16th

July 16th @7:30pm – The Fox Chase Reading Series and The Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association present a magical evening of poetry in Lions  Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadlephia, Pa. 19111.

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The Fox Chase Reading Series and The Rockledge/Fox Chase Business Association present the 2nd Annual Poets in the Park on July 16th at Lions Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. This year, Poets Thaddeus  Rukowski, Timothy Gager, Leonard Gontarek and Chad Parenteau join Fox Chase Poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter reading in Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and settle in for a magical evening of poetry in Fox Chase.

ThePoets

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri was born, raised, and is still residing in Philadelphia.  Images of Being, her first full-length collection, is slated for release in October 2011.  Her work has been published locally, nationally, and internationally in the small and electronic press. She is currently the Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review (2009 –present); served on the Editorial Board of Philadelphia Stories; founded and facilitated the Center City Poets’ Workshop at Borders Bookstore, Philadelphia (2006-2011).  Diane has performed her poetry at venues in Philadelphia; Harrisburg; Southeastern Pennsylvania; Delaware; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and New York.  You can visit her at http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

G Emil Reutter is a Poet currently residing in the Fox Chase Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Eight volumes of his prose and poetry have been published. You  can visit him at www.gemilreutter-author.com

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Leonard Gontarek is a Philadelphia Poet. He is the author of four books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners,and Déjà Vu Diner (Autumn House Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Pool, Volt, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird and The Best American Poetry (Paul Muldoon, editor). His poems also appear in the anthologies Joyful Noise! American Spiritual Poetry and The Working Poet. He has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, and twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He conducts poetry workshops at The University City Arts League, Moonstone Art Center, The Kelly Writers House and in the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Visit him at: http://www.leafscape.org/LeonardGontarek/index.html   You can read the poetry of Leonard Gontarek in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/09-LGontarek.html

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Thaddeus Rutkowski is a poet from the LOWER EAST SIDE West Village in New York City. He is the author of the novels Tetched and Roughhouse. Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. His  latest release is THE NOVEL Haywire. Thaddeus teaches LITERATURE AT CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA  COULD CUT “IN MANHATTAN”  in Manhattan. You can visit him at http://www.thaddeusrutkowski.com/  You can read the poetry of Thaddeus  Rutkowski in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/11-TRutkowski.html  and http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/09-ThaddeusRutkowski.html

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Timothy Gager is a poet from Somerville Massachusetts and hosts the popular Dire Literary Series in Cambridge Massachusetts.  He has published eight volumes of poetry and prose. His work is widely published on the Web and in print. He lives at timothygager.com. You can read the  poetry of Timothy Gager in The Fox Chase Review at his link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/12-TimothyGager.html

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Chad Parenteau is a poet from Jamica Plain Massachusetts. His latest book is Discarded:Poems for My Apartments from Cervena Barva Press. He hosts the Stone Soup Poetry series in Cambridge Massachusetts and edits its tribute anthology Spoonful.  Visit him at http://chadparenteaupoetforhire.blogspot.com/ You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in the Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/07-ChadParenteau.html and http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/16-ChadParenteau.html

Lions park at 7900 Oxford Avenue is located a block from the Fox Chase Train Station and at the Septa 18 bus loop.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Siegell and Vuongin Fox Chase June 26th

Poets inthe Park – July 16th

 

Spring into Summer 2011 Reading Schedule

We end our spring season with May 10th- 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic and two poets from New York who will entertain and  challenge you with their verse Lisella andFagiani in Fox Chase May 22nd . Two events you shouldn’t miss!

Our Summer Season

June 1st – The 10th Edition of The Fox Chase Review will be published on line

June 12th – The last 2nd Tuesdays Poetry  Open Mic until September at The Hop Angel Brauhaus.

June 26th
Philadelphia Poet Paul Siegell joins with NYC Poet Ocean Vuong for our Featured Poets Reading at Ryerss Museum and Library followed by an open mic.

July 16thPoets inthe Park returns to Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase when Poets Thaddeus Rutkowski, Leonard Gontarek, Timothy Gager, Chad Parenteau  join Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter in the park for a magical evening of poetry.

July 31st – The Outlaws return to Ryerss Museum and Library when Poet David Blaine heads east into town from Michigan and Nathan Graziano heads south from New Hampshire. A great afternoon of poetry will follow their arrival followed by an open mic.

August 20thPoets onthe Porch returns to Ryerss Museum and Library when poets Dan Maguire, Lynn Levin, Amy King, Ana Božičević, Elizabeth Pallitto join Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter on the porch of the historic museum for a special afternoon of poetry in Fox Chase.

We will post updates to each event as they approach. Thanks to all those who come out to support the poets and The Fox Chase Reading Series. We hope to see you on May 10th for the open mic and for two great poets at Ryerss on May 22nd, Lisella and Fagiani.

Fox Chase Reading Series 2011 Schedule

We are pleased to announce our 2011 reading 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.

February 27th @2pm

B.E. Kahn and Mel Brake

.March 27th @2pm

John Dorsey and Rebecca Schumedjda.

April 17th @2pm

Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo.

May 22st @2pm

Maria Lisella and Gil Fagiani.

June 26th @2pm

Paul Siegell and Ocean Vuong.

September 25th @2pm

Catherine Staples.

October 30th @2pm

 Jm Mancinelli and Rodger Lowenthal

 

 

 

 

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JULY 16TH

Poets in the Park- Lions Park

7900 Oxford Avenue,  Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

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Poets in the Park returns on July 16, 2011 at 7:30pm when Poets Thaddeus Rutkowski, Leonard Gontarek, Chad Parenteau, Timothy Gager join Diane Sahms Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter in Lions Park for a magical evening of poetry.

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AUGUST 20TH

Poets on the Porch- Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

Poets on the Porch returns on August 20, 2011 at 1pm when Poets Dan Maguire, Lynn Levin, Amy King, Ana Bozicevic, Elizabeth Pallitto  join Diane Sahms Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter on the porch of historic Ryerss Museum and Library for a beautiful afternoon of poetry.

April 24th – Small-McKinney and Gontarek in Fox Chase

Come and Celebrate National Poetry Month in Fox Chase

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April 24th- 2pm  
Featured Poets Reading at 3 Sisters Corner Café, 7950 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The Fox Chase Reading Series presents Featured Poets Leonard Gontarek and Amy Small-McKinney followed by an open mic..

Leonard Gontarek is the author of four books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, and Déjà Vu Diner (Autumn House Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Pool, Volt, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird and The Best American Poetry (Paul Muldoon, editor). His poems also appear in the anthologies Joyful Noise! American Spiritual Poetry and The Working Poet. He has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, and twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He conducts poetry workshops at The University City Arts League, Moonstone Art Center, The Kelly Writers House and in the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. You can read the poetry of Leonard Gontarek in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/09-LGontarek.html You can also listen to Gontarek’s work at the Philadelphia Inquirer Special on National Poetry Month at these links:

Hear Leonard Gontarek read “Green Line”

Hear Leonard Gontarek read “Pale Blossoms”
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 .Amy Small-McKinney’s second chapbook, Clear Moon, Frost, is now available from Finishing Line Press. Her first chapbook, Body of Surrender (Finishing Line 2004), was showcased at Poet’s House in New York. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and again in 2006. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Wild River Review, The Cortland Review, ForPoetry, Elixir Press, Mad Poets Review, upstreet, The Pedestal Magazine, and Blue Fifth Review. She was guest editor for the June 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine. Her poem, “Nigeria 2002,” was awarded third place in the 2007 Philadelphia Eco Poetry Project. Her Cockapoo, Willie, is working on second novel, Grrrs of Wrath. You can read the poetry of Amy Small-McKinney in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/14-ASmall-McKinney.html and http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/10-AmySmallMcKinney.html

.3 Sisters Corner Cafe is located one block from the SEPTA R-8 Station which is a 15 minute ride from Market East Station and across the street from the SEPTA Route 18 Bus Loop..

For Directions to our venues please visit: Philadelphia Poetry Map on Google

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Déjà Vu Diner – Leonard Gontarek

A Poetic Review

Rodger Lowenthal* – The Fox Chase Review

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Raw poems.  Primordial.

Uncooked meat on a plate.

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Blurbs offer only “precision”

and “surreal.”  In which case

it is time to rearrange your mind.

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Unusual plangent sex

as if the missionary position

was never.

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Part 1.  Unexpected connections

flail at truth.  Part11 strengthens

into Part 111.  Loss

tricks the senses.

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Thematic threads tightly raveled.

“The motion & surface are sufficient.”

“Voice of despair.”

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Find the love avoid

confusion (ha).  Do not be

tricked by delusion.

Dark Rum.  Hairbrush.  Blossoms.

Burst from the page trailing

a whirlwind of ashes.

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You can find Déjà Vu Diner at this link:

http://www.autumnhouse.org/catalog/deja-vu-diner-by-leonard-gontarek/

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On April 24th @2pm, Leonard Gontarek reads with Amy Small-McKinney for The Fox Chase Reading Series, “Featured Poets Reading” @ 3 Sisters Corner Café.

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* Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent 3 Sisters Corner Café in Fox Chase. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is known to pick up pieces of cigars and Hollywood whenever he can.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH IN FOX CHASE

April 13th– 7pm.

2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic at The Red Rooster Inn , 7960 Dungan Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The Fox Chase Reading Series presents this popular event hosted by Diane Sahms Guarnieri. Come and join us for open mic poetry, good food and a great venue!

Plenty of on site parking and the Septa 19 and 28 stop at the corner of Rhawn and Dungan Street. Sign up early for the open mic by emailing foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com

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April 24th- 2pm  

Featured Poets Reading at 3 Sisters Corner Café, 7950 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. The Fox Chase Reading Series presents Featured Poets Leonard Gontarek and Amy Small-McKinney followed by an open mic.

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Leonard Gontarek is the author of four books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, and Déjà Vu Diner (Autumn House Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Pool, Volt, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Hanging Loose, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird and The Best American Poetry (Paul Muldoon, editor). His poems also appear in the anthologies Joyful Noise! American Spiritual Poetry and The Working Poet. He has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize, and twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He conducts poetry workshops at The University City Arts League, Moonstone Art Center, The Kelly Writers House and in the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. You can read the poetry of Leonard Gontarek in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/09-LGontarek.html 

.Amy Small-McKinney’s second chapbook, Clear Moon, Frost, is now available from Finishing Line Press. Her first chapbook, Body of Surrender (Finishing Line 2004), was showcased at Poet’s House in New York. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and again in 2006. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Wild River Review, The Cortland Review, ForPoetry, Elixir Press, Mad Poets Review, upstreet, The Pedestal Magazine, and Blue Fifth Review. She was guest editor for the June 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine. Her poem, “Nigeria 2002,” was awarded third place in the 2007 Philadelphia Eco Poetry Project. Her Cockapoo, Willie, is working on second novel, Grrrs of Wrath. You can read the poetry of Amy Small-McKinney in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/14-ASmall-McKinney.html and http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/10-AmySmallMcKinney.html

3 Sisters Corner Cafe is located one block from the SEPTA R-8 Station which is a 15 minute ride from Market East Station and across the street from the SEPTA Route 18 Bus Loop.

For Directions to our venues please visit: Philadelphia Poetry Map on Google