Area 6 Events

Upcoming Events for Area 6


Colm Tóibín to read from The Empty Family: Stories  
Thursday, January 27 @ 7:30 PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Contact: 215-567-4341


Painted Bride Quarterly to host their monthly “Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am!” featuring special guest storyteller Katonya Mosley followed by poetry/story slam hosted by Chris Brennan.

Thursday, January 27 @ 7:30 PM
Pen & Pencil Club
1522 Latimer St
Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Kathy Volk Miller at, 215-895-1303, or visit


Hello Gang!
First, let me apologize for not letting anyone know that the 17th had morphed into the 25th. I thought we had talked about the Burns’ Night thing back on December 13th – but I might have been drunk and just imagined we had. There was a lot of it going around that night.

Here’s a schedule of events that may be of interest to you.

Tuesday, January 25th
Upstairs at Marcella’s. It’s the 252nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the poet of Scotland. Burns was an ardent proponent of democracy and the “common man”. There’s no set theme, aside from me reading a Burns poem or two. The floor is open to anyone and to whatever they wish to contribute.  Marcella’s is putting on a special dish on the menu in honor of Burns. A haggis supper with turnips (“neeps” in lowland Scots) and Brussels sprouts for $15.

8:30 pm
7 East Ferry Street
New Hope, PA 18938-1309
(215) 862-1700

Saturday, January 29th
Poet Vasiliki Katsarou read some of her work for us at our November get-together. She runs Ragged Sky Press, a poetry publisher in Princeton. Vasiliki has put together a reading at Panoply Books in Lambertville. She’s brought John Timpane, a poet and journalist (he’s a staff writer at the Philadelphia inquirer), to read some of his latest work. Our friend Roland runs Panoply and it is across the street from Phoenix Books, where our friend Andy works. Panoply is a great shop. I recently noticed a 1916 copy of Princeton Poets there.

Panoply Books
46 North Union St.
Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 397-1145

P.S. Our friend Liam – the poet who runs the New Hope-Solebury Library – is looking for volunteers to march in the WinterFest parade on the morning of Saturday, the 29th, as part of the Library contingent. Drinking will follow.

Wednesday, February 9th
Our own John Hensel, poet and author, is putting together a great reading that will feature Bucks County Poet Laureate Lorraine Henrie Lins. She has recently published her first chapbook, “I Called It Swimming”. Lorraine’s poetry appears in “Eating Her Wedding Dress”, published by Ragged Sky Press.

New Hope Arts Center
2 Stockton Avenue
2nd Floor
New Hope, PA 18938
Phone: 215-862-9606

Monday, March 14th
Upstairs at Marcella’s. Stand-up Comic Ehren Harrison is back! The rest to be determined.

8:30 pm
7 East Ferry Street
New Hope, PA 18938-1309
(215) 862-1700


Poets and Prophets

Mel Brake and Rosalie Grant
in a Celebration of Black History Month

Tuesday, Feb 8th at 7pm
Stage One
101 Plush Mills Road
(Route 252 & Plush Mills Road)
in Wallingford, Pa
open follows Feature
Donations accepted


Moveable Beats Reading Series
(formerly Fishtown Airways Reading Series)

Sunday, January 30, 4-5 p.m.

J. C. Todd
Courtney Bambrick, Poetry Editor for Philadelphia Stories
Poetry Reading
Book Signing and Conversation to follow

Slingluff Gallery
11 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 307-1550
Subway: Girard Station: (Turn left at bottom of stairs, walk 1 block east to gallery)
Get directions

Contact: Jim Mancinelli,




Reading from her new book of poems,
“People are Tiny in Paintings of China”

Thursday, January 27, 8:00 pm
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
College Drive
Pomona, NJ


Contact: Nathan Long 609-652-4887 /

Directions to Richard Stockton College:


Panoply Books Reading Series 2011 presents John Timpane reading from his new poetry collection Burning Bush.

Saturday, January 29 @ 6 pm
Panoply Books
46 North Union Street
Lambertville, NJ

Contact: (609) 397-1145


Dear poets and poetics people,

The first lunch conversation of the semester will feature poet and
publisher CHARLES ALEXANDER, next Tuesday, February 1, at 12:00 PM. The
founder of Chax Press in Tucson, Mr. ALEXANDER’s art books can be found
in major collections nationwide. He is currently working on a book about
the pleasure of poetry. Please rsvp to to let us
know you’re coming!

WH Staff

The Kelly Writers House presents

a lunch conversation

Tuesday, February 1, at 12:00 PM in the Arts Café
Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk
Please rsvp to or call (215) 746-POEM


Dear poets and lovers of poetry,

We’re pleased to announce award-winning poet, novelist, and critic
NATHANIEL MACKEY will be reading at the Writers House next Tuesday,
February 1, at 6:00 PM. Mr. MACKEY’s books include the epic poem Splay
Anthem — winner of the National Book Award — and From a Broken Bottle
Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, an ongoing epistolary novel about an
avant-garde jazz group, whose first three volumes were republished last
year. Introduced by Penn English professor Tsitsi Jaji, this is sure to
be an excellent reading!

WH Staff

The Kelly Writers House presents


introduced by Tsitsi Jaji

co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the English Department,
the Center for Africana Studies, the Poetry and Poetics Reading Group,
and Latitudes

Tuesday, February 1, at 6:00 PM in the Arts Café
Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk
No registration required – this event is free & open to the public


Bill Collins and the Poetry Music Project

This singer, songwriter, poet, and musician will perform his latest program, a solo of original poetry backed by recorded instrumental music with vocal improvisations. The Poetry Music Project is a performance-driven combination of poetry and prose in conjunction with musical jazz arioso, which is a style of solo singing between recitative and aria.

Sunday, Jan. 30 @ 3 PM
Princeton Library, Community Room, first floor
65 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ


Contact: 609-924-9529


“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” – Rumi

The Light & Honey Series presents:

Towards a Secret Sky: Readings on Love and Freedom by local LGBT Writers and Allies
February 10, 7-9 p.m., Giovanni’s Room

Come warm up with a diverse gathering of oustanding local LGBT/ally artists at Giovanni’s Room, for performances and conversation about queer identity in Philly and love in all its forms. The night will begin with a panel discussion about queer writing in Philadelphia. Poets CA Conrad, Debrah Morkun, and Jane Cassady, spoken word artist J Mase III, and fiction writer Janet Mason will perform excerpts of their writing, and converse how love and queerness have shaped their work. Songbird Allegra Fletcher offers up a musical interlude; poetry by artists Octavia McBride Ahebee, Warren Longmire, Rachna Vohra and students from the Philly Youth Poetry Movement will follow. Each Light & Honey reading wraps up with an open mic, so the audience can add their voices to the mix! E-mail to sign up.

Suggested donation at the door is $5. This event is brought to you by APIARY Magazine, Philly’s only all-ages literary magazine, and Light of Unity, an organization dedicated to creating artistic unity across our fair city.


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