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Celebrating the Work of Cid Corman – Live Today 9/16

From Al Filreis



On Tuesday, September 16 the Kelly Writers House will host two events celebrating the work of Cid Corman. Both events will be webcast live. To connect to the video stream, go here

http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/ at the time of each event.

At 4 PM (Philadelphia time) I will moderate a discussion about Corman’s work featuring Thomas Devaney, Gregory Dunne, and Frank Sherlock.

At 6 PM (Philly time) there will be a celebratory reading. We have invited eight poets, scholars, and fans of Cid Corman—Laynie Browne, Thomas Devaney, Gregory Dunne, Pattie McCarthy, Jenn McCreary, Joshua Moses, Frank Sherlock & myself—to read and briefly comment upon selected Corman poems, one poem per person.

If you are in the Philadelphia area, you are of course welcome to come to 3805 Locust Walk and join us in person. Otherwise, we hope you will click on KWH-TV at the link above and will watch the live stream.


New Poem Talk at Jacket 2

Berkson_061st episode of PoemTalk – a 30-minute discussion of Bill Berkson’s “Signature Song” with Thomas Devaney, Marci Nelligan, and David Kaufmann.  http://jacket2.org/content/poem-talk


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

Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month

An eclectic list of 20 poetry collections you may want to have a look at during National Poetry Month compiled by g emil reutter

What Space This Body by J.C. Todd

Marginalia: Poems from the Old Irish by Louis McKee

Images of Being by Diane Sahms Guarnieri

Crawlers by Nathalie Anderson

The Holy Grail: Charles Bukowski & the Second Coming Revolution by A.D. Winans

Dhaka Dust: Poems by Dilruba Ahmed

Street Psalms by James D. Quinton

The Alphabet (Modern & Contemporary Poetics) by Ron Silliman

The Accidental Cage by Michelle Cahill

Good Grief by Stevie Edwards

Love & Lust by The Hong Kong Writers’ Circle

Pointing at the Moon by Bill Wunder

jambandbootleg by Paul Siegell

The 3 Faces of Brahman by Christine O’Leary-Rockey

Chianti in Connecticut by  Gil Fagiani

Mosquito Operas by Philip Dacey

A Series of Small Boxes by Thomas Devaney

Spring Apples Silver Birch by B.E. Kahn

I Want to Make You Safe by Amy King

Identity Papers by Jeffrey Ethan Lee


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/



This is the  fifth in a series of looking back at poets and writers published in past editions of The Fox Chase Review.

From the Autumn/Winter 2008 Edition:

Thomas Devaney: Pasternak; Saline; Manichaean

Frank Sherlock: No Such Thing as Unchanged Value

Ellen Peckham: A. Goes Sailing; Disbeliever

Devaney and Belluomini kick off Fall Season

A warm autumn breeze cascaded across Fox Chase as the words of Michele Belluomini and Thomas Devaney floated about the small cafe to kick off the Fall Season of The Fox Chase Reading Series at 3 Sisters Corner Café in Fox Chase. The open mic was outstanding. You can view photographs of the event at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157614581079088/

Next Up: Mike Cohen and Hanoch Guy on October 23rd!

September 25th kicks off Fall Season

Belluomini and Devaney in Fox Chase September 25th

Learn more about our featured poets on September 25th:

Thomas Devaney – http://www.thomasdevaney.net/

Michele Belluomini – http://www.facebook.com/people/Michele-Belluomini/1371627804

Bring a few poems and join the open mic following the featured poets and remember to visit our on line magazine The Fox Chase Review

Around the Web

At Books Inq.

Hugo Awards – http://booksinq.blogspot.com/2010/09/envelopes-please.html

Philadelphia Inq. Book reviews- http://booksinq.blogspot.com/2010/09/todays-inquirer-reviews.html

Gently Reads  new reviews- http://gentlyread.wordpress.com/

Boston Area Small Press Scene new reviews- http://dougholder.blogspot.com/

Orange Alert Watch List- http://orangealert.net/node/732

Ron Slate- http://ronslate.com/

Philly Poetry Calendar-  http://www.brownbearsw.com/freecal/PhillyPoetry

Thomas Devaney on Youtube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOjlpXu9ZEI

This month in Fox Chase: Belloumini and Devaney in Fox Chase September 25th

FCRS Fall Season

The Fox Chase Reading Series resumes at 3 Sisters Corner Cafe in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. Please join us for these fine poets and an outstanding open mic. The schedule can be viewed here:


We look forward to seeing you!