Brake, Sahms-Guarnieri and reutter @ Moonstone April 27th

august 27th

Reading Series on Break – But We Will Be Out and About

diane-sahms-guarnieri-reads-at-book-launch-10-15-11-017The Fox Chase Reading Series will be on summer break until September 28th when the series returns with MM Wittle and Rodger Lowenthal at Ryerss Museum and Library. Please note the new start time of 1 p.m. Schedule here: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FCR2014ReadingSchedule.pdf

Where We Will Be During the Summer


July 23rd @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

South Jersey Poets Collective

Dante Hall Theater – Richard Stockton College

14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City New Jersey

August 4th @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter

Stone Soup Poetry Series

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery

106 Prospect Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 

August 27th @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri –g emil reutter- Mel Brake

Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub

August 27th @ 7 p.m.

1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

September 19th @ 7p.m.

g emil reutter – Noah Cutler

Fabio and Danny’s Station Café

Wayne Train Station

135 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, Pa. 19087

November 1st @ 7 p.m.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri – g emil reutter and Others

“The Jackson Inn Presents: Breakout the Straight Jacket…An Evening of Poetry and Music.”

Jackson Inn, 101 North Dupont Road, Wilmington, De. 19801


…Remembering Justin Vitiello 1941-2013

justin 1It is National Poetry Month and cause to remember Justin Vitiello, Poet and Professor Emeritus of Italian at Temple University who was an intricate part of the poetry scene in the City of Philadelphia. He passed away on October 17, 2013.

Vitiello traveled the globe, published over twenty works of poetry and essays in English, Spanish and Italian. A peace activist, Vitiello was active in the Civil Rights movement and Anti-War movements during the Vietnam era, protested the proliferation of nuclear weapons during the cold war, boldly stood as a non-violent reformer to the Mafia in Sicily and conducted research for the Ghandi Peace Foundation in India. justin 3In the midst of this whirlwind of activity in 2006 Vitiello began to  curate the long running Moonstone Poetry Series at Robins Bookstore in Philadelphia giving full credit as always to the Robin family and Herschell Baron.justin 4
He provided a stage for new and established poets, mentored hundreds of poets and provided beautiful works for others to read. A citizen of the globe, born in NYC, Vitiello remained happily in Philadelphia, although all and all he would have rather been in Spain.


vincartHe once said, “Well Shelley said poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. But I’m not so optimistic. Many poets die unappreciated.” Vitiello was influenced early in life by Lorca, Antonio Machado, Ungaretti, (all of whom he had translated), and Dylan Thomas, yet as he developed his craft his own voice began to emerge.justin 5 He said of all his collections, translations his favorites were poppies and thistles and Vanzetti’s Fish Cart. Vitiello was proud of the fact that all his collections  and all his poems were unique, for Justin Vitiello never repeated himself, considering them all  his “babies”.

Poet and publisher Lamont B. Steptoe was a friend of Justin Vitiello. He published poppies and thistles (1963-2004), by Vitiello under his Whirlwind Press. Steptoe said of Justin Vitiello, “He was a friend and activist who believed in truth & beauty. His was an important creative voice in the latter half of the 20th Century and the first decade of the 21st Century. ” Steptoe often addressed Vitiello’s creative writing classes at Temple University and remembered Vitiello as an anarchist who distrusted all governments.

justin vitiello reading in fox chase

Poet ant Translator Dr. Elizabeth A. Pallitto remembered Justin Vitiello as a great teacher, mentor and writer.  “Certainly Justin leaves us much-loved and much-missed. To a chorus of voices — friends, fellow poets and translators, writer-activists, and fellow workers — I add my appreciation for Justin Vitiello as a writer, colleague and a tireless worker for a better world.”

Pallitto first met Vitiello at a MLA conference. “He responded to my conference paper with generous and encouraging written comments. Similarly, his feedback on the translations in my first book, Sweet Fire: Tullia d’Aragona’s Poetry of Dialogue and Selected Prose, was invaluable. It was my privilege to give feedback on his poetry collection Poppies and Thistles and to read his many works, notably the lyrical and yet politically engaged Labyrinths and Volcanoes: Windings through Sicily.”

Justin Vitiello influenced poets in the Philadelphia area, North America and across the globe. Vitiello, in the end, was appreciated by all those he came into contact with.

subway homelabs




Books at Amazon:


On youtube:

1980 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NyQdEjOqgs

2009 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgprEFk5xKo

At The Fox Chase Review: http://www.foxchasereview.org/fcr/08AW/05-JustinVitiello.html

At poetic del parco: http://www.poetidelparco.it/9_159_Justin-Vitiello.html

The Temple Times Remembers:



–        g emil reutter

Poetry in Decline- Is a Revolution Needed?

– g emil reutter

Cover of the Summer 2012 edition of the Fox Chase Review

Cover of the Summer 2012 edition of the Fox Chase Review

Salt Publishing based in the United Kingdom recently announced they are discontinuing publication of single author poetry collections. The Guardian article notes the cause of the announcement:

“Official figures from Nielsen BookScan show a sharp decline in the overall poetry market in the last year. There was growth of around 13% in 2009, when the market was worth £8.4m, followed by small declines in 2010 and 2011, and then a major drop of 18.5% volume and 15.9% value in 2012, when the overall value of the market fell to £6.7m.”

While we know that poetry publishing caters to a niche market and very few poets make a living writing, it is sad news that a prominent British publisher who was dedicated to the publication of poetry has withdrawn from the market.  There appears to be a disconnect.

diane sahms-guarnieri wsp 2Diane Sahms-Guarnieri , poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review places fault directly on the establishment and Universities with a call for promotion of realism.

“This is very unfortunate news coming from the UK that Salt will no longer be publishing Poetry.  With many small presses in America closing due to increased publishing costs and decreased sales, poets are almost forced to do the unthinkable (self – publish).  Hopefully, Poetry in America will have a resurgence of readers/sales, but I think in order for this to happen Poetry will have to connect more with the masses of readers and thinkers, and get its head out of the thoughts of the controlling groups of Elitists in Universities.  Let’s face it, Poetry is Poetry and Art is Art and when either genre tries to become what it’s not it loses its soul.  Poetry has lost its way in America – it’s an exclusionary country club that does not allow for realism, rather it’s fragmented and its howl (and not a Ginsberg “Howl”) is more like a slow dying Yawp, with an aftermath of wine glasses clinking and Brie to the giggles of many self-indulgent, stream of consciousness – nothingness.”

Guarnieri concludes with hope, “Poetry is dying a slow death and until the revolution of realism flows through its veins again (intravenous is where we are at), then many American publishers will join up with it unfortunate cousin in the UK, lying still in a coffin.  Bring on the Revolution!”

larry robinLarry Robin, a longtime promoter of poetry in Philadelphia takes on a different point of view.

“Robin’s Book Store closed last December after 76 years, Moonstone Arts Center closed as a venue as well, since it was dependent on Robin’s Book Store for the space (Please note that Moonstone continues to present poetry every Wednesday at Fergie’s Pub and other programs at other locations, seewww.moonstoneartscenter.org) How does this relate to Salt Publishing? “Talk is cheap.” if you don’t support the organizations who do the things you like then they will not be able to continue. Yes, the economy is bad; yes, you can find it cheaper on line, Yes, you can leave it to others to support them. And then there were none!”

Robin concludes with a look at poets themselves:

“How many poetry books did you buy last year? How many readings did you go to and left without buying the poet’s book or making a donation to the organization who organized the reading? How do you think things get paid for?  The problem is not them, it is us. Each of us are responsible for what we do, for how we act, for what we support, for how we spend our money. For the cost of three lattes or beers or a cheap dinner, you can buy the poetry book at the next reading you go to. The book will last forever, you can  read it again and again, you can give it to a friend and pass it on to your grandchild. You can say, “here is a book that is out of print, it is a poet I really liked, it is autographed because I got it at a reading I went to, you will like it.”

In an age when “Inclusion” is an iconic word for progress some say those at the top of the poetry mountain have built a wall denying entry. With DIY publishing, small letter press publishers and POD technology available the masses are drawing near. The question remains, can the establishment be toppled? Larry Robin made an outstanding point, go out and buy a poetry book!  What say you?

g emil reutter


– g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa.

Moonstone Poetry Lives at Fergie’s Pub


Moonstone Poetry Lives with a weekly series of poetry readings at

Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street.

Each week of the month will have a different host. All programs will include an open reading.

First Wednesday of the month be coordinated and hosted by Elijah B. Pringle, III, former on-air host of Panoramic Poetry at October Gallery.com, he is the author of At the Cornerstone, Feeding the Sparrow, and Second Saturday at Serenity. His work has been in Edison Poetry Review, Fox Chase Review, The God’s Must Be Bored, and will have a Feature is The River Poets Journal.

Second Wednesday of the month will be coordinated and hosted by Charles Carr, a native Philadelphian, born and raised in Southwest Germantown. In 2007 Charles was Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem “Waiting To Come North”.  In 2009 Cradle Press of St. Louis published Charles’s first book of poetry: paradise, pennsylvania. Charles’ poems have been published in various print and on-line local and national poetry journals.  Charles has recited his poems at various regional poetry events.  Haitian Mud Pies, Charles’s next collection of poems will be published in 2013.

Third Wednesday of the month be coordinated and hosted by Dave Worrell, whose first chapbook titled “We Who Were Bound” was published in August 2012 by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. His poems have appeared in U.S. 1 Worksheets, Mad Poets Review, Exit 13, Wild River Review, Fox Chase Review and Adanna. He has performed his music-backed poems at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and The Cornelia Street Café in New York.

Fourth Wednesday of the month will be coordinated and hosted by Suzan Jivan, poet, photographer, fiber artist and avid blogger, she will feature themed poetry readings followed by open readings. While fairly new to Philadelphia Suzan has been published in The Fox Chase Review and Poetry Ink and enjoys attending the readings at the many poetry venues and looks forward to adding to the Philadelphia scene.


Moonstone Arts Presents15th Annual Poetry Ink Reading

On Sunday, April 3rd, you can expect to hear a wide diversity of local talents who vary in age, aesthetics, and performance style alike! Some of these poets may be sharing their work for the very first time, while others have been doing so for many decades.

110A S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-735-9598

Email: info@moonstoneartscenter.org


Reading Order and Times (*approximately):


1. Aaren Perry
 2. Adriann Bautista
 3. Alison Hicks
 4. Aliya Vance
 5. Alyce Wilson
 6. Amy Small-McKinney
 7. Angel L. Martinez
 8. Aziza Zenzile Kinteh
 9. B.E. Kahn
 10. Barbara Daniels
 11. Barbara Torode
 12. Barbara Dundon 


13. Benjamin Winkler 

14. Beulah Gordon-Skinner

15. Bonnie MacAllister 

16. Carlos Raul Dufflar 

17. Catherine Bancroft

18. Charles Carr

19. Chelle Fresh

20. Chloe Beltran

21. Christina Pecora

22. Christopher Bursk

23. Cole Eubanks

24. D. Shulamith (Burton) Caine

25. Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
26. Daniel T. O’Hara
27. Dave Worrell
28. Dave Steel
29. David Gordon
30. David Kertis
31. Deb Fox
32. Deidra Greenleaf Allan

33. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri
34. Ditta Baron Hoeber
35. Donald Riggs
36. Ebony Malaika Collier


37. Eleanor Wilner

38. Elijah Pringle
39. Elizabeth Bodien
40. Elliot Levin
41. Emanuel McGill
42. Emma Eisenberg

43. Eugene Brown
44. Ewuare Osayande
45. Frank ‘Chui’ Fitzgerald
46. g emil reutter
47. Gabre’ Medhin
48. George Schaefer  


49. Geri Ventura

50. Glenna Huls

51. Hanoch Guy

52. Harriet Levin
53. J.T. Barbarese
54. James A. Freeman
55. Janet Spangler
56. Janet Burgents

57. Jason Johnson
58. Jaz
59. Jeanne Sutton
60. Jeanne Omans


61. Jeffrey Ethan Lee

62. Jennifer Kramny
63. Jim Cory
64. Jim Kaliss
65. Joan Hanna
66. Joanne Leva
67. Joe Roarty
68. Joel Batchelor
69. John Timpane
70. John Oliver Mason
71. Katherine Barham
72. Kathleen O’Toole

73. Kay Peters


74. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon
 75. Kinard Lang


77. KT Terry
78. L.C. Arrington
79. Lamont Steptoe
80. Lara McDavit
81. Laurie Pollack
82. Leonard Gontarek
83. Lesley Valdes
84. Lila Bita

85. Lillie Guytonwallace

86. Lisa Konigsberg
87. Lisa Grunberger
88. Liz Chang
 89. Lynn Blue
 90. Lynne Watson
 91. Marcia Ivans
 92. Marilyn Sandberg
 93. Marion Deutsche Cohen
 94. Mary F. Fox

95. Meredith Avakian
 96. Michele Belluomini 


97. Molly Russakoff

98. Monique Gordon

99. Natalie Felix
 100. Nish Push

101. Pat McLean
 102. Pheralyn Dove
 103. Prabha Prahbu
 104. Preston Hood
 105. Quincy Scott Jones
 106. Ray Brown

107. Ray Garman
 108. Rebecca Weiss


109. Richard Bank

110. Richard Morgan
 111. Robert Zaller
 112. Ron Kipling Williams
 113. Ruth Rouff
114. Samantha Barrow
115. Sean Hanrahan
116. Sekai-afua Zankel
117. Sharon Bisaha
118. Shine Alyse Valentine

119. Sonia Arora
120. Stephanie Morris

121. Steven Halpern

122. Stuart Roberts
123. Susan Charkes
124. Tamara Oakman
125. Terry Dugan
 126. Tiffany Cooper
 127. Tonya Ryva
 128. Tracy Greenlea
 129. Tracy Kauffman Wood
 130. Tree Reisener
 131. Tyler Carman
 132. Veronica Bowlan


133. Wendy Logan