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Poets Read in Rustic Philadelphia- Poets @ Pennypack

Peter Krok reads as a cowboy passes in the background

Peter Krok reads at Poets @ Pennyapck as a cowboy passes in the background – Philly Poetry Day

A rustic reading in the city of Philadelphia, the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack was held in the amphitheater at the Pennypack Environmental Center in the Northeast. The featured poets delighted the crowd, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Peter Krok, Wendy Schermer, Bruce Kramer, B.E. Kahn, Tom Mallouk and J.C. Todd gave outstanding readings followed by Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal reading in the open mic.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads at Poets @ Pennypack – Philly Poetry Day

Wendy Schermer reads

Wendy Schermer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Bruce Kramer reads

Bruce Kramer reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day



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B.E. Kahn reads

B.E. Kahn reads at Poets @ Pennypack  Philly Poetry Day

Tom Mallouk reads

Tom Mallouk reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

J.C. Todd reads

J.C. Todd reads at Poets @ Pennypack Philly Poetry Day

.You can view photographs of the event at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/

We return to the amphitheater on May 10th. More information will be forthcoming.

Poets @ Pennypack – April 12th @ 1pm

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The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack on April 12, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. 7 featured poets will be followed by an open reading. For more information please visit : https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/poets-pennpack-april-12th-1pm/

Philly Poetry Day – April 12th

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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 @ Pennypack – April 12th – 1pm

Amp at Pennypack Environmental CenterThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the first installment of Poets @ Pennypack on April 12, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. The featured poets will be followed by an open reading. 

The Lineup

BEKahnB.E. Kahn – B.E. Kahn, a native Philadelphian, now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and Pew Grants. She was awarded First Prize for Poetry at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and some of her other awards include The Lotus Bloom Journal and The Missouri State Poetry Prize. You can read the poetry of B.E. Kahn in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/10AW/BEKahn.html 

SchermerWendy Schermer – Wendy Schermer was born in Detroit, grew up in Philadelphia, and is now a resident of Arden, Deleware, where she has lived for the past eight years. Wendy shares her home with a dog and two cats who have been steadfast companions since her two sons became adults and made lives of their own in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, respectively. Although Wendy works full-time for the State of New Jersey’s Judiciary, her real love is writing. You can read the poetry of Wendy Schermer in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/Schermer.html and http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/WendySchermer.html 

kramer Bruce Kramer – Bruce Kramer is a writer from South Jersey. Most of his work has appeared in boring technical documents, medical publications, and marketing propaganda, but he has also been published in the occasional magazine and literary publication. He believes in cold beer, rock and roll, and baseball. He sometimes acts like he is named after Bruce Springsteen, but he knows he is named after somebody much cooler. He has poetry forthcoming from Barrelhouse Magazine and you can read his poetry in the Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/11June/BruceKramer.html

 PKrokPeter Krok – Peter Krok is the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and serves as the humanities/poetry director of the Manayunk Art Center where he has coordinated a literary series since 1990. Because of his identification with row house and red brick Philadelphia, he is often referred to as “the red brick poet.” His poems have appeared in the Yearbook of American Poetry, America, Mid-America Poetry Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Blue Unicorn and numerous other print and on-line journals. In 2005 his poem “10 PM At a Philadelphia Recreation Center” was included in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (published by Penn State University). His book, Looking For An Eye, was published by Foothills Press in 2007. You can read the poetry of Peter Krok in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/16-PKrok.html

mallouckTom Mallouk  – Tom Mallouk’s work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including GW Review, The Pisgah Review, The Quercus Review, Red Rock Review, US 1 Worksheets, The Schuykyll Valley Journal and The Sun. His book, Nantucket Revisited, was published in May, 2013. He has been a psychotherapist for many years and resides in Doylestown Pennsylvania with his family. You can read the poetry of Tom Mallouck in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14tmallouk.html

???????????????????????????????Diane Sahms-Guarnieri – Diane Sahms Guarnieri is a Philadelphia Poet and Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review and co-curates The Fox Chase Reading Series. Her first collection Images of Being was released in October of 2011. She was awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in May of 2013 and currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library in Philadelphia. . Diane’s poetry has been published widely in the small and electronic press. You can visit her at http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/  and http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/  On Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9oJuy6i2gw

JCToddJ.C. Todd – J.C. Todd is the author of What Space This Body published by Wind Publications 2008 as well as Nightshade and Entering Pisces, chapbooks published by Pine Press. Her awards include a Fellowship in Poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, two Leeway Foundation grants, and a fellowship to Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has an M.F.A. from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and teaches creative writing at Bryn Mawr College. You can read the poetry of J.C. Todd in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12AW/JCTodd.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/10-JCTodd.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/04-JCTodd.html

….. We’ll Be Back in January

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We are looking forward to a great 2014 here in Fox Chase.

The Winter/Spring 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is slated for release in January. Until then you can enjoy the review at www.foxchasereview.org

We will resume blogging in January 2014.

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Our Featured Poet/Writer Series at Ryerss Museum and Library kicks off on January 26th with Maryann L. Miller and J. Erin Sweeney. Our full lineup for 2014 can be viewed here: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FCR2014ReadingSchedule.pdf

Amp at Pennypack Environmental Center

Our new outdoor poetry series, Poets @ Pennypack will be held on April 12th and May 10th. Our lineup can be viewed at these links:

April 12th: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FoxChaseReadingSeries-414.pdf

May 10th: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/FoxChaseReadingSeries514.pdf

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Poets on the Porch at Ryerss Museum and Library will be held on July 13th. Our lineup can be viewed at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/13AW/docs/PoetsonthePorch_2014.pdf

Premiere of Lawren Bale’s 2nd Thursdays Poetry Reading at The Leonard Nelson Gallery

A great time was had by all at the premiere of Lawren Bale’s 2nd Thursdays Poetry Reading at The Leonard Nelson Gallery. Photos available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157603927065737/

 

Farewell to Lou….

 The Fox Chase Reading Series held the 3rd memorial reading for Poet/Teacher Louis McKee yesterday. The tribute was opened by an excellent performance by The Sun Bear Duo followed by a powerful set by Featured poet Steve Delia. On behalf of State Rep. Michael McGeehan, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri presented a state citation to Joseph Farley, one of his publishers, honoring the memory of Lou McKee by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A gracious crowd then heard various poets own styling’s of McKee’s poetry with memories of Louis McKee intertwined with the poetry. Special thanks to Poets Thomas Devaney, Steve Delia, Joe Farley, Robert Burns, Mike Cohen, Peter Krok, Mel Brake, Lester Mobely and Suzan Jiving in addition to Folk Singer Saul Broudy and Retired Father Judge teacher, Tom Rooney.  Many of the poets were graduates of Father Judge High School and the crowd was a mix of poets, Judge graduates and teachers.

Photographs of the event are available at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157629096910438/

All the best,

Diane and g

Northeast Philadelphia Memorial for Poet/Teacher Louis McKee with Featured Poet Steve Delia and musical guests Mary and The Sun Bear Trio.

The Fox Chase Reading Series presents a tribute to Louis Mckee with Featured Poet Steve Delia, Mary and The Sun Bear Trio and an open reading with special guests reading the work of Louis McKee. This special Featured Poets Reading on April 29th will begin at 1:30pm at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

“You think you could not have mattered/that much…/ I pick up the right stone/and throw it; watch the river change.” – Louis McKee

Louis McKee Obituary :http://planphilly.com/articles/2011/11/23/obituary-louis-mckee-1951-2011

Memorial for Louis McKee – The poet and longtime Father Judge Teacher passed away on November 21, 2011, Lou was scheduled to read at this event prior to his passing. He was a special friend to The Fox Chase Review having his work published three times in our first four years and having presented his poetry at The Fox Chase Reading Series four times including Poets in the Park. State Representative Michael McGeehan will present a Pennsylvania State Citation in honor of Louis McKee. Students/friends and poets desiring to share memories or a poem of Louis McKee are invited to attend the memorial reading. To sign up in advance to read in the open memorial to Louis McKee please email foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com  and join Poet Thomas Devaney, Poet Joe Farely of Cynic Press publisher of Louis McKee, Alyce Wilson publisher of Wild Violet Magazine, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review,  Peter Krok of The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poet Mike Cohen of Poetry Aloud and Alive, Poet Rodger Lowenthal, Folk Singer Saul Broudy, Poet Mel Brake, Poet Bruce Kramer, James Dugan of Lunchbreak, Poet Lester Mobley, Poet g emil reutter and others. The tribute will follow the reading by Steve Delia. You can read the poetry of Louis McKee in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2008 WS; 2008 AW; 2009 AW Poet Steve Delia is a Father Judge graduate and former student of Louis Mckee. He has been crumpling balls of paper into the trash can for 30 years now. The one’s he keeps he calls poetry. He has also killed trees with short stories and most recently a homicide with his first essay. His idea of a perfect evening is scrapple by candlelight and a couple of games of naked twister. He lives with his record and CD collections and ponders why he can’t blow up and tie balloons. He has released chapbooks titled Revisited, Revised, Retyped and 1622 Church Street. His latest chapbook that was inspired by a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo was released in 2011. You can read his poetry in FCR at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/01-SteveDelia.html Mary and The Sun Bear Trio  was formed by three Father Judge Graduates and have played under various names at The Theater of the Living Arts and a number of venues in the Northeast. If you cannot make the April 29th Memorial for Louis McKee, The Mad Poets Society is honoring Lou with a memorial in Media Delaware County on March 18th. For more information on the MPS Memorial please visit: http://www.madpoetssociety.com/ Update: Short article and photos of the April 29th Memorial at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/farewell-to-lou/

RIP Bill Hetznecker

Doctor William H. Hetznecker III passed away on the 1st of April. Bill an accomplished professional in the medical field was also an accomplished poet.

The poet Diane Sahms-Guarnieri said of Bill, “He was a gentle man who always lent an ear to emerging poets encouraging them in the craft and offering inspiration. He always spoke fondly of his wife Noreen. I remember him kindly from our friendship at The Philadelphia Forum.”

The Poet Peter Krok said, “Bill was a talented poet and a very perceptive friend.  I regret his passing and his warm affection.  I know he missed Noreen and he wanted to be close to her again.”

The Poet David Kozinski said, “I find it quite appropriate that Bill died on April Fool’s Day, before anyone had a chance to pull a foolie on him. It’s as if he left us with a wink and that sweet, wry smile.”

The poem Crow Business by Bill Hetznecker courtesy of Peter Krok

CROW BUSINESS

        Crows define their arc of sky

        with harsh sentinel squawks.

        They strut from the roadside,

        snatch a shred of asphalt squirrel.

        They convene above the gravestones,

        clot, flit from roost to air,

        caw and clack among the pin oaks.

        Crows condense black in the eye,

        inflict racket in the ear,

        appear in guises

        composed by the mind.

A poem by David Kozinski in honor of Bill:

As Winter Cedes To Spring

(in memory: Dr. Bill Hetznecker)

Despite the inside-out cooling of Alprazolam,

even while fumbling for a hank of gratitude

as foreign to my habit as a priest’s vestments,

I feel the heat come down into my head,

sweat swelling in my pores

as if I’d stopped running on a July afternoon.

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My friend’s body’s betrayal of him I take personally

as a ransacking, a robbery.

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Fifteen years from early middle

to late middle age have flowed

through my fingers faster for this friendship,

recent by the measure

of a life flush with friends

I’ve known for four-fifths of it, and longer.

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These aren’t bells soft or celebratory,

a fool’s jingles, calla bells or baritone horns,

aren’t beckoning chimes or mourning bells.

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They clang for the fire brigade and pull

my fists into knots around the handles

of buckets I run back and forth

between conflagration and stream,

water sloshing over the rims, spilling

half their fullness onto steaming ground

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not even sure why I’m running

or what spitting at death means.

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When only rising smoke is left and cinders

blot the landscape we reset the stones,

replant the garden and quiet falls

where there is peace enough

to recognize in what’s left behind

what is dearest.

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If my words are leaner and level and plumb

for knowing you, they sound

as chords for our song,

stand as the frame of what you give me

and what I hope to pass along.

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-dpk

4/1 (2:30 AM), 4/2; 4/3, 4/5/11

Obituary information: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mainlinemedianews/obituary.aspx?n=william-h-hetznecker&pid=149991733

Van Buskirk and Krok in Fox Chase March 27th

The Fox Chase Reading Series, Featured Poets Reading, presents Poets Bill Van Buskirk and Peter Krok on March 27th @2pm at 3 Sisters Corner Café, 7950 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. Van Buskirk and Krok will be followed by an open mic.

 . Bill Van Buskirk is a Business professor by day and a Poet the rest of the time. He has published in the Comstock Review, Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, and many other journals. He has won five Ginsberg awards for his work. His book: This Wild Joy that Thrills Outside the Law won the Joie de Vivre Poetry Contest sponsored by the Mad Poet’s Review. His chapbook: Everything that’s Fragile is Important was a finalist in the Jesse Bryce Niles competition sponsored by the Comstock Review. He lives in Bethlehem with his poet-wife Lisa Baron, two children Elizabeth and Sam and the dog, Kazoo—the best singer in the family. He teaches at La Salle University

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Peter Krok is the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and serves as the humanities/poetry director of the Manayunk Art Center where he has coordinated a literary series since 1990. Because of his identification with row house and red brick Philadelphia , he is often referred to as “the red brick poet.” His poems have appeared in the Yearbook of American Poetry, America, Mid-America Poetry Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Blue Unicorn and numerous other print and on-line journals. In 2005 his poem “10 PM At a Philadelphia Recreation Center ” was included in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (published by Penn State University ). His book, Looking For An Eye, was published by Foothills Press in 2007. You can read his work in The Fox Chase Review at : http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/16-PKrok.html  and http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/04-PeterKrok.html

 . Coming Up:

Celebrate National Poetry Month in Fox Chase!

. Tuesday, April 13th- 7pm

 2ND TUESDAYS POETRY OPEN MIC. The Fox Chase Reading Series presents this popular poetry open mic, hosted by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. Sign up early by email: foxchasereadingseries@yahoo.com . Red Rooster Inn, 7960 Dungan St. , Philadelphia , PA. Phone: 215-745-1919. 7:00 PM, FREE. There is plenty of parking and the SEPTA route 19 and 28 stop on the corner of Rhawn and Dungan.

. April 24th- 2pm

FEATURED POETS SERIES. The Fox Chase Reading Series presents its monthly featured poets series. Poets Leonard Gontarek and Amy Small-Mckinney will read, followed by an open mic. 3 Sisters Corner Café, 7950 Oxford Ave. , Philadelphia , PA. Phone: 215-725-6848. 2:00 PM, FREE. There is plenty of on street parking and the Septa R-8 to Fox Chase is only 15 minutes from Market East Station. Septa 18 Bus Loop is located across the street from 3 Sisters Corner Cafe.

Please remember to support out venues!

For directions visit:

  • Philadelphia Poetry Map on Google