Poets in the News

latest news

Poet and Journalist Maria Lisella Selected as New Laureate for Queens




Balakian Reads with Kurdish Poet in Diyarbakir


Poet Richard Blanco Launches Writing Project To Lift Cuba’s ‘Emotional Embargo’


Kannada poet Kayyara Kinhanna Rai turns 100 on June 8


Poet’s works ponder the link between man and machine


Love, poetry and war: the Afghan women risking all for verse


Three Irish poets shortlisted for £10,000 Forward Prize




From the Archives


2 poems from Josiah Bancroft



Flies by Aaron Belz



True Flies by Amy Burns



2 poems from JP Dancing Bear



4 poems from J.V. Foerster



3 poems from Doug Holder



3 poems from Maria Lisella


A Good Vibe at Ryerss Museum and Library

Gil Fagiani and Maria Lisella read to an appreciative crowd at Ryerss Museum and Library today. The vibe was good and it was good to meet their friends in the Philadelphia area who came out to listen to the poetry of Fagiani and Lisella.
Photographs of the reading can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157614581079088/

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.

Lisella and Fagiani in Fox Chase May 22nd

May 22nd @ 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 Gil Fagiani and Maria Lisella followed by an open mic



Gil Fagiani’s poetry collection Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007) is set at Pennsylvania Military College in the
1960s, his poetry chapbook Grandpa’s Wine (Poets Wear Prada in 2008) focuses on his family’s immigrant generation, and has been translated into Italian by Paul D’Agostino (Poets Wear Prada, pending 2009). His book of poetry Chianti in Connecticut was inspired by his childhood in Springdale, Connecticut (Bordighera, pending 2009).Gil’s poems and translations have been published in more than a dozen anthologies, as well as such newspapers and journals as The New York Times, The Paterson Literary Review, Mudfish, Skidrow Penthouse, Descant, Philadelphia Poets, Identity Theory, Saint Elizabeth Street, The Ledge, Italian Americana, The Journal of Italian Translation, and Gradiva. He has translated into English, poetry written in
Italian, Abruzzese dialect, and Spanish. He co-hosts the monthly open reading of the Italian American Writers’ Association at the Cornelia Street Café, and is the Associate Editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal. A social worker (LCSW) and addiction specialist (CASAC) by profession, Gil has directed a residential program for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in Downtown Brooklyn for the past twenty years. You can read the poetry of Gil Fagiani in The Fox Chase Review at this link:

Maria Lisella’s poetry has appeared in NY Quarterly, Feile-Festa, Gradiva, Italian Americana, LIPS, Oberon, the Paterson
Literary Review
, Skidrow Penthouse, Liquer 44 [French] and is featured in the newly-published Avanti Popolo. She is co-host
of the Italian American Writers Association readings and is co-editing an anthology based on the series. She was a finalist in the competition for Poet Laureate of Queens in 2007. You can read the poetry of Maria Lisella in The Fox
Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/27-MLisella.html


National Poetry Month and More

Events to celebrate National Poetry Month:

 April 3rdMoonstone Arts Presents15th Annual Poetry Ink Reading

 2nd Tuesdays on April 12th 

Anderson and Leo in Fox Chase April 17th 


May 10th @ Hop Angel Brauhaus – 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic  

May 22nd  – Maria Lisella and Gil Fagini feature @ Ryerss

…. And in June

The tenth edition of   The Fox Chase Review  will be released.

Poetry by:

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Christine O’Leary-Rourke, Francesco Levato, Michelle Cahill, Carlos Reyes, Lauren Camp, Joshua Gray, J.V. Foerster, Jack Veasey, Michael Graves, Josiah Bancroft, J.J. Campbell, Kammika Williams-Witherspoon, Bruce Kramer, Marty Esworthy, Lindsey Warren

Fiction by:

Michael Onofrey, Noah Cutler, Louise Halvardsson, Bob Davis, Nicolette Wong, William Hastings.

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








Poets in the Park- Lions Park

7900 Oxford Avenue,  Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.


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.



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.