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Poets @ Pennypack II – May 10th

amp-at-pennypack-environmental-center The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the second installment of Poets @ Pennypack on May 10, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will host.  The featured poets will be followed by an open reading.

The Lineup

April 12, 2014 007 g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia where he founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series.  Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by Stonegarden.net, Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. Most recently Carvings in November 2010. You can visit him at   http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

nat anderson Nathalie Anderson teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and librettist for three operas, including most recently a version of the Sherlock Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia.” You can read the poetry of Nathalie Anderson in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14nanderson.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/AndersonN.html

michelle Michele A. Belluomini is a poet, storyteller and librarian. Her work has been published in journals such as The Mad Poets Review, Poetry Motel, American Writing, APR: Philly Edition, and most recently in the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others won the 2004 Plan B Press Poetry competition. Her latest release from Plan B Press is signposts for sleepwalkers.  You can read the poetry of Michele A. Belluomini in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/01-MicheleABelluomini.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/20-MicheleABelluomini.html

Dennis Daly has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines and recently nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Ibbetson Street Press published The Custom House, his first full length book of poetry in June, 2012. His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was published by Wilderness House Press in August, 2012. His third book of poems entitles Night Walking with Nathaniel has been accepted for publication by Dos Madres Press. A fourth book is nearing completion. You can read the poetry of Dennis Daly in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14ddaly.html


Lester Mobley was born and raised on Long Island, not far from the birth place of Walt Whitman. Lived most his life in Philadelphia where he resides in Center City, just over a bridge not far from the final resting place of Walt Whitman, whose background is that of a blue-collar tradesman, as was Walt Whitman.  He writes short stories and poems of God, nature, love, jazz, and the socio-political aspects of humanity. They are exemplified in his current book Chapbook, The First Three: Poems by Lester Mobley (Mobley Publishing 2013).  He has been a featured reader throughout the Philadelphia/South Jersey area and participates in open mics whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can read the fiction and poetry of Lester Mobley at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14lmobley.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

chad Chad Parenteau was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island in 1973 and grew up in  Bellingham, Massachusetts.  Graduating high school in 1991, he entered  Framingham State College (Now Framingham State University) and majored in  English.  He learned poetry and prose writing from instructors such as Alan  Feldman and Miriam Levine and studied journalism under Desmond McCarthy. Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans,  the Brownstone Poets series in Brooklyn and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state.  His recent contribution to the reading series is creating and editing its online tribute journal, Spoonful and releasing a limited series of print chapbooks currently availabe through the venue.  Most recently, he has partnered up Stone Soup with Jason Wright’s Oddball Magazine, where he currently serves as a contributing editor and oversees the weekly “Stone Soup Servings” column in addition to collaborating with on a humor column with George Panagopoulos called The Last(ish) Word. You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/07-ChadParenteau.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/16-ChadParenteau.html


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

signposts for sleepwalkers by Michele A. Belluomini

signposts_for_sl_5154c8da2b566_90x9043 Pages

Plan B Press


Review by g emil reutter

Within the pages of signposts for sleepwalkers, Michele Belluomini ,uses images to bring us along on her walk into the reality of memories and the surreal nature of dreams. From facing fear of the unknown to watching in the shadows, she travels on trains home; brings us to the Triangle Factory in 1911 … human comets streaking through the air. She returns to the stormy rains and snow of everyday life.
She writes of ghosts that rise and fall around her, the shadow of the train rolling over the rusted hulk of another and of dreams.
From Dream poem #28
we dreamed we were darkness
all the best lives were taken
everything a mirror
in the walls of the blue house
you could find the answers     if only
thunder and lightning in the midst of a snowstorm
people ripping up letters and receipts
incriminating evidence
I had already stopped doing the slip/slide dance
I kept remembering things
Belloumini is a master at images such as this from Meshes of the Afternoon (after a film by Maya Deren):
a woman
a door
sunlight on a mirror
a key
and a knife in an empty house
ascending stone stairs
a woman holds power in her mouth
her mirrored faces echo
the knife’s lucent edge
into an open palm
Belluomini reminds us of places forgotten.  … and empty wire hangers in a closet filled with longing. Of family… I tried to run away from it/travelling here and there/still, I have returned, prodigal daughter/knowing escape is no longer the point.  And the pond in the mountains … chimeras of steam float over its surface to the variations of the ocean. Her homes and apartments become characters onto themselves. signposts for sleepwalkers – get the book.


You can pick up the book here: http://www.planbpress.com/bookstore?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_books.tpl&product_


g emil reutter bw almost uptown poetry cartel 2– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa.

Belluomini and Devaney in Fox Chase September 25th


September 25th – 2pm–  The Fox Chase Reading Series presents poets  Michelle Belluomini and Thomas Devaney at 3 Sisters Corner Café, 7950 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Come and join us for a wonderful afternoon of featured poetry plus an open mic.

Michele A. Belluomini is a poet, storyteller and librarian. Her work has been published in journals such as The Mad Poets Review, Poetry Motel, American Writing, APR: Philly Edition, and most recently in the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others won the 2004 Plan B Press Poetry competition. You can read her poetry in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2008 WS; 2009 WS; 2009 AW

Thomas Devaney is the author of two poetry collections A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum) and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press), and a nonfiction book, Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ Folios). From 2001-2005 Devaney was program coordinator of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylivana. Special projects include poems written for “Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1070’s with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and “The Empty House” at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “The Big Nothing” (2004). Devaney teaches at Haverford College and is the editor of ONandOnScreen (poems + videos). Thomas Devaney’s website is http://www.thomasdevaney.net/. You can read his poetry at the Fox Chase Review at this link: