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Sahms-Guarnieri and Reutter in Bloomsburg June 4th

River Poets Series @ Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market Street, Bloomsburg, Pa.  Poetry reading begins at 7:30 pm. http://riverpoets.com/

???????????????????????????????Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011) and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, forthcoming in January, 2016). She has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Blue Collar Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. Awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013, she currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review. More about Diane can be found at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/  & https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

IMG_1360g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Nine collections of his poetry and fiction have been published, most recently a collection of short stories, Thugs, Con-Men, Pigs and More released in 2014. His new book, From the Valley—Poems will be released in 2016. He can be found at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/



Purpose: To recognize and promote excellence in poetry

Eligibility: ALL MONTGOMERY COUNTY (PA) RESIDENTS – 18 years and older

Entry Rules: Ten (10) poems; no more, no fewer. Any style, form, or length. All work to be original, published or unpublished, typewritten or word processed, one side only. DO NOT PLACE NAME OR ADDRESS ON POETRY PAGES. Attach Entry Form with paper clip to packet of poems (no staples please!). List titles of poems, your name, address, and phone number on opposite side of this page. If return of manuscript is desired, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. *Please do not send certified mail.

Deadline: Poems must be mailed to: MCPL Poet Laureate Competition, PO Box 441, Hatfield PA 19440. Manuscript must be post-marked NO LATER than Monday, February 3, 2014.

Reader’s Fee: $25.00 Please make your check payable to: The Indian Valley Arts Foundation.
In the memo, please write “Poet Laureate”. ** We accept additional donations to support the continued growth of the MCPL program.

Notification: Winner will be notified by Friday, March 28, 2014. Please note all entries will be judged anonymously.

Awards: $500 Honorarium to the winner and a formal awards presentation by the Celebrity Judge at The Indian Valley Public Library (time and date is to be determined).

Judges: Three recognized poets, two of which reside in the Delaware Valley (Hayden Saunierand Roy Smith), The third, a community-based “Celebrity Judge”, J.C. Todd.

About the Judges: http://www.a2pwebdesign.com/montcopoet/history/celebrityjudge/2014.htm

>> go here to download the 2014 ENTRY FORM

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/

The tenth edition of The Fox Chase Review is now on line

The tenth edition of   The Fox Chase Review  is now on line

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

Fiction by: Michael Onofrey, Noah Cutler, Louise Halvardsson, Bob Davis, Nicolette Wong, William Hastings

New Poetry Workshop at Big Blue Marble Book Store

This notice is from our good friend Mike Cohen, host of the Poetry Aloud and Alive Series at Big Blue Marble Book Store in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

New! Poetry Writing Classes at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

Featuring Hal Sirowitz, Award Winning Poet, the Former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York and Minter Krotzer, Non-Fiction and Prose Poem Writer, Creative Writing Teacher

Special One Day Workshop – Sunday, December 13th from 3-5pm ($25 – includes reading materials fee)

Poetry Workshop Series – Sundays from 3-5pm starting January 10th

Six sessions, meeting on Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm, January 10th – February 28th (no class Martin Luther King and President’s Day
weekends) ($150 – includes reading materials fee)

In both the workshop and class series, Hal and Minter will lead a workshop focusing on poetry drawn from one’s life stories mostly in the forms of free verse and the prose poem. Selected poetry texts will be read and discussed. There will be in class writing and optional sharing. Series classes include private one-on-one meeting with teachers at the end of the series and a celebratory reading at the Big Blue Marble Café.

You must pre-register/register with Minter directly by November 30th (full payment) for the one day class and by January 4th ($50 deposit) for the series. Space will be limited. Please note that there has been enormous interest in these classes and we expect them to fill soon.
For more information on the classes or to register, please e-mail
Minter: minterk@gmail.com.
                                               === About Hal: Hal Sirowitz is the author of four books of poems, Mother Said, My Therapist Said (both Random House), Father Said, and Before, During & After (both Soft Skull Press). His work has been translated into nine languages including Icelandic and Turkish! Garrison Keillor has read his work many times on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac and he has included Hal’s poems in his anthologies, Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times. Hal has performed and appeared on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS’s Poetry Heaven, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Hal is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York.

About Minter: Minter Krotzer’s prose has been published in Many Mountains Moving, the Saint Ann’s Review, the Arkansas Review, Upstreet, Night Train, Before and After: Stories from New York (WW Norton 2002), Louisiana in Words (Pelican Press), God Stories (Random House 2008), and in the upcoming Hint Fiction anthology (WW Norton).
She has received writing fellowships at the New School, where she received an MFA, Bennington College, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference.


Seven Kitchens Press 3rd Annual Keystone Chapbook Prize

SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS sponsors the third annual Keystone Chapbook Prize for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript in English by a Pennsylvania writer*.

  • Prize: $100 plus 25 copies.
  • Submission deadline: Postmarked between May 1 and July 15 of each year.
  • Eligibility: Open to all Pennsylvania writers. [*We consider a “Pennsylvania writer” as one who was born in, or has lived in, Pennsylvania, as well as any writer with a self-defined “Pennsylvania connection.”]
  • Please note the following change to this year’s competition: Two manuscripts will be selected as co-winners of the 2009 Keystone Chapbook Prize: one by a writer with no previous book or chapbook, and the other by a writer with previous book or chapbook publication.
  • Please read the guidelines carefully; the complete guidelines are posted on the Seven Kitchens site and we are not responsible for other versions of the guidelines that may be posted, in whole or in part, elsewhere.


  • Anyone who identifies as a Pennsylvania writer is eligible to submit to the Keystone Chapbook Prize.
  • The manuscript itself need not address Pennsylvania themes, though such work is welcome.
  • The final judge for this year’s series is Karen J. Weyant, of Jamestown, New York..
  • Submit a paginated manuscript of 16-24 pages (not including front matter).
  • Include two cover pages: one with the manuscript title, author name, address, e-mail and phone number; the second cover page should have the manuscript title only.
  • Include a table of contents page.
  • Include, if applicable, an acknowledgments page for work previously published.
  • Please include, on a separate page, a brief (100-150 words) biographical note, including a statement of any previous or pending book or chapbook publication.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript.
  • All manuscripts will be blind judged, meaning all identifying material will be separated from the manuscripts as they are logged in.
  • Manuscript titles and their log numbers will be posted on the web site [http:// sevenkitchens. blogspot. com] (remove spaces from URL) as they are received.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions must be posted between May 1 and July 15, 2009.
  • The winning manuscripts will be announced on or before October 15, 2009.
  • Manuscript finalists will also be announced, and may be eligible for publication.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. E-mailed submission is preferred, but you may send via regular mail.
  • If you are sending by mail, do not staple or bind your manuscript; please use a binder clip and mail flat in an 8.5 x 11 envelope.
  • If you are sending by e-mail, please send one document in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx or .rtf files are ideal); you must include the words “Keystone Chapbook” in the subject line of your e-mail.
  • Include a $12 reading fee with each manuscript you submit (multiple submissions are welcome). Checks should be made payable to Ron Mohring, NOT to Seven Kitchens.  Online payment may be made via PayPal to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com.
  • Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook, to be published by spring of 2010. Please let us know if you change your e-mail or mailing address!
  • Each co-winner will receive $100 and 25 copies of her or his chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies and will solicit online reviews of each chapbook.
  • Send your manuscript:
    ~by e-mail, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to: sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com; or
    ~by mail to Ron Mohring, Publisher; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Initiated in 2007, this chapbook series honors the wide diversity of poetry found within–and inspired by–the state of Pennsylvania. Titles in this series include Underground Singing by Harry Humes (2007 winner), Still by Deborah Burnham (2007 runner-up); Long Corridor by Lisa Sewell (2008 winner); and Spring Melt by Katherine Bode-Lang (2008 runner-up). All titles are kept in print and are available for $7 each; please add $1 for shipping.

We also highly recommend the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, edited by Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple and published by Penn State University Press.

ABOUT THE JUDGE: Poet Karen J. Weyant was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. She now lives in Western New York where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Jamestown Community College. Her most recent work can be seen in 5 AM, The Barn Owl Review, The Coal Hill Review, The Comstock Review and Slipstream. Her first chapbook, Stealing Dust, has just been published by Finishing Line Press (http://www.finishinglinepress.com/). She is a 2007 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She blogs at http://www.thescrapperpoet.wordpress.com/.