Area 6 Events


Poets and Prophets

Schedule for February

All readings at 7pm

Open follows Feature

Donation requested

2 Tuesday Night

Black History Month Readings

Tuesday, Feb 8th


at Stage One, 101 Plush Mills Road

(intersection of Route 252 &

Plush Mills Road) in Wallingford

Tuesday, Feb 15th

 Moonstone Arts Center

110 S. 13th St., 2nd floor


Two Wednesday

Valentines Night Readings

Wed., Feb 9th


Moonstone Arts Center

110 S. 13th St., 2nd floor

Wed, Feb 16th


Affairs of the Heart

Dem Drop Inn

7 A South Chester Road

Swarthmore, Pa

 Call 610-328-POET for

directions or further information

***************This Week at the Kelly Writers House*****************

** Now call 215-746-POEM (215-746-7636) for KWH updates **

Monday, January 31st at 5:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A meeting of the

Tuesday, February 1st at 12:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A lunch talk with
or call 215-746-POEM.

Tuesday, February 1st at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A poetry reading
by NATE MACKEY. Introduced by Tsitsi Jaji. Co-sponsored by the
Creative Writing Program, the English Department, the Center for
Africana Studies, the English Undergraduate Program, the Poetry and
Poetics Reading Group, and Latitudes.

Wednesday, February 2nd at 8:00pm in the Arts Cafe: SPEAKEASY:

Thursday, February 3rd at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: CECILIA VICUNA:

Our hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday,
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday,
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

All events take place at the Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk,
and are free of charge.If you have any questions or would like further
information, please e-mail us at, or call 215-
746-7636. For a more detailed Writers House calendar, visit our web-

Monday, January 31st at 5:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A meeting of the

The Kelly Writers House has been run more or less collectively by
members of its community since its founding in 1995-1996. Our original
team of intrepid founders—the group of students, faculty, alumni, and
staff who wanted to create an independent haven for writers and sup-
porters of contemporary writing in any genre—took for themselves the
name “the hub.” “Hub” was the generic term given by Penn’s Provost,
President, and other planners who hoped that something very innovative
would be done at 3805 Locust Walk to prove the viability of the idea that
students, working with others, could create an extracurricular learning
community around common intellectual and creative passions. To this
day, the Writers House Planning Committee refers to itself as “the hub—
the core of engaged faculty, student, staff, and alumni volunteers from
whom the House’s creative energy and vitality radiates.

New and old Hub members alike are welcome to join us for pizza and
a discussion of upcoming readings and programs, volunteer oppor-
tunities, and updates from project leaders. Anyone is welcome to join
the Writers House Planning Committee. At this first meeting of the
year we will discuss ways you can get involved at Writers House.

The Writers House is proud to host a number of ongoing writing and
reading groups. For more information about joining the following groups,
contact the group organizers listed below.

A journal of feminism, gender, and sexuality. For more information con-

The Green Couch
A literary journalism project that publishes once a semester and is open
for submissions! For more info contact Jessica Lowenthal at

Jabberwocky: Writing for Children
Interested in writing for kids — stories, poetry, picture books?
Jabberwocky will bring together all those interested in writing, illustrating, or
otherwise being involved in the world of literature for children. If you’ve ever
considered writing for kids, come check out Jabberwocky! For more
information please contact both Tracy Byford at
and Kermit Oswald III at

A Lacan discussion group. For more info contact Patricia Gherovici at

Penn Appetit
A journal of food and food writing. For more information contact

Penn and Pencil Club
A creative writing workshop for Penn employees. For more information,
contact John Shea at

Pennomicon is a writing group for those who create worlds of fantasy,
science fiction and horror. Whether your medium is short story, novel,
or screenplay, bring an idea to discuss, pages to read, or a writer’s
block to smash, in the company of like minded visionaries. Please
contact Matthew Spizuco ( for details.

Penn Review is the premier mainstream magazine devoted to the literary
and visual arts on Penn’s campus. The magazine accepts literary and
visual arts submissions for annual publication. For more information,

The Plays’ The Thing
An open-ended monthly play reading and thinking group, designed to
get people together to study the genre of writing for theater and to share
and discuss their work. For more info contact Christine at

Writers Workshop
For writers, published or working in that direction, interested in sharing
their stories while giving and receiving feedback. This is a mixed genre
group — fiction writers, memoirists, creative nonfiction writers and
essayists. Writing is submitted via the Internet, but critiqued in person
using a traditional writers workshop format with scheduled meetings.
For more information, please contact Martha Turner (

Suppose An Eyes
A poetry workshop where poets can come to share and discuss their
work. For more information contact Pat Green at

34th Street Poets
Meets weekly to workshop poems that range from experimental forms
to carefully crafted sonnets.

Virginia Woolf Discussion Group
For Virginia Woolf, the politics is in the writing. With this in mind, our
discussions will focus on Woolf’s language and how it functions in her
texts. For more information, contact Judith Allen at

Write On!
Is a group for Penn students working with middle school students on
expository and creative writing projects. For more information contact


Dear Forum Friends,

We have rescheduled Tim Allen and Deke Kassabian’s talk, The Magic Circle: Realistic Expectations for Virtual Worlds, which was postponed on January 26 because of weather, to this Wednesday, February 2, 5:00, Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum.

We hope to see you there!

best regards,


– – – – – – – –

Jennifer Conway, Associate Director

Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania

215.898.8220 |


The three rules of IAWA: Write or be written, Read each other and Buy our books. 

IAWA Presents
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Honorees
Anthony Buccino  and Maria Giura
Saturday, February 12, 2011

New York, NY- On Saturday, February 12, 2011, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) invites – Anthony Buccino and Maria Giura — who won Honorable Mention from the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards in 2010.
Anthony Buccino’s poem Something Tells Me You Went To Catholic School earned Honorable Mention in the 2010 Allen Ginsberg awards and will be published in the Paterson Literary Review; his poem Ten Minutes earned Honorable Mention in the 2009 Allen Ginsberg Awards.
He has published 12 books including six poetry collections, which are all available in print, and on Kindle and Nook eReaders: Canned, Sixteen Inches On Center, American Boy: Pushing Sixty, Voices On The Bus and One Morning In Jersey City. The editors for Volume 55 of U.S. 1 Worksheets nominated his poem, At The Vet for a Pushcart Prize.
His work has also appeared in Celebrating William Carlos Williams and The Poetry of Place: North Jersey in Poetry; Rattlesnake Review; Medusa’s Kitchen; Voices in Italian Americana; The Fox Chase Review; and Caduceus.
A financial news editor by day, Buccino contributes to He maintains New Jersey Poets and Poetry, a blog of poetry happenings in New Jersey.

Maria Giura’s poem, Mercy was selected for Honorable Mention in 2010 and will be published in The Paterson Literary Review; in 2005, her poem Earthly Father won First Prize in the Allen Ginsberg competition and appeared in Paterson Literary Review; other work has appeared and in, VIA adn she has written for the TV show New Morning.   A member of the American Italian Historical Association, she read two chapters of her memoir at the 2009 and 2010 conferences, Telling Papa and The Long Loneliness.
She is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, NJ where she teaches First Year Writing and Memoir and is Assistant Director of their First Year Writing Program. She received her doctorate in English with a creative dissertation from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Executive Director at the Poetry Center
Passaic County Community College, which sponsors the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. For guidelines visit

The reading takes place Saturday, February 12, 2011, 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at the Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, (212-989-9319); The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. IAWA is a 501(3)©not-for-profit corporation. Since 1991, the organization has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia St. Café every month. For membership information, visit

Visit the Italian American Writers Cafe blog

Contact: Maria Lisella
Authors Available for Interviews


The Making Of A Poem: Writing & Poetic Forms Works

Mondays: January 31, February 7, 14, 28 & March 7
7 PM
Atlantic County Library
40 Farragut Avenue
Mays Landing, NJ

Adults welcome to explore poetic forms such as the sonnet, ballad, villanelle and sestina as well as to workshop poems.

Contact: Outreach Services; 609-625-2776, ext. 6338



In October of 2011, Pig Iron Theatre Company will open the doors of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a two-year program in physical and ensemble-devised theatre for emerging theatre artists, based in our hometown of Philadelphia.  This bold new venture will bring together a diverse mixture of performance-makers who will train their bodies and imaginations, develop their artistic vision, and meet friends and collaborators from across the country and the globe.

The core of APT will be inquiry: inquiry into movement and into what moves us. It will be a meeting place for daring, passionate performers and directors to meet, train, devise and form long-lasting collaborations. The journey of each student will be a journey both inward and outward, searching for his or her own creative motor while simultaneously responding to the world around us – its rhythms, characters, and contradictions.

Applications are being accepted through April 15.  Places in APT’s inaugural class will be filled with qualified applicants (as determined by the admissions committee) on a rolling basis up until the deadline. To apply please consult the application instructions and requirements, available as a PDF here.  Send all questions to Once the full application has been received, you will be notified regarding the committee’s decision within 6 weeks.

For more information, make sure to visit

P.O. Box 17275 | Philadelphia, PA 19105 US


2011 Montgomery County Poet Laureate COMPETITION:

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. 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 Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

Reader’s Fee: $25.00 Please make your check payable to: The Indian Valley Arts Foundation.
In the memo, please write “Poet Laureate”

Notification: Winner will be notified by Thursday, March 31, 2011. Please note all entries will be judged anonymously.

Awards: $500 Honorarium to the winner and a formal awards presentation by the Celebrity Judge on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at The Ambler Theater in Ambler PA.

Judges: Three recognized poets, two of which reside in the Delaware Valley (Laura Holloway and Charles Mann), The third, a community-based “Celebrity Judge”, Dr. Christopher Bursk

Entry Form at this site:


Dear Poet Organizers, Teachers, Series Curators, Small Press Publishers, & Vibrant Cultivators of the Philadelphia Poetry Community:

This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Poetry Ink and we want to do something special to commemorate it and the poetry community here in Philadelphia that makes it possible. A huge part of that is you! And the various events, series, presses, and poetry projects that you have each brought to life in this city.

In celebration of that fact, we’d like the opening section of this year’s Poetry Ink 2011 book to feature those efforts. If you send us a single paragraph (of no more than 120 words) describing your series/press/poetry project we’ll see that it is featured in the book’s opening pages, along with any contact information that you care to include.

We’ll also be happy to distribute materials on your various projects at a literature table during the 15th Annual Poetry Ink event on Sunday, April 3, 2011.

We’re thinking of this as a cross-pollination and mutual aid effort to see that the poetry community here in Philadelphia continues to thrive and expand in the years to come.

We look forward to your contributions.

Please send all submissions by Monday, February 28, 2011 to


Larry Robin


Fiction writer Monique Truong will read from her new novel Bitter in the Mouth on February 1, at 7pm in the Radnor/St. David’s Room in Connelly Center.  Truong is the author of the bestselling novel The Book of Salt.  It was honored as a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction Book, one of the Village Voice‘s 25 Favorite Books, and one of the Miami Herald‘s Top 10 Books.  Bitter in the Mouth is her second novel.

Alan Drew

Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing 

Villanova University

800 Lancaster Ave

Villanova, PA  19085




CFEVA Direct Dialogue Lecture Series

Register Now!

Defining Success for Artists (Rescheduled) 

Thursday, February 17, 2010

Join us for a conversation about defining success for yourself as an artist. Panelists Don Camp and Miriam Seidel will share their experiences, offer insights, and discuss options in art careers. 

Don Camp began his career in photography as a talented newspaper photographer.  After ten years as a photojournalist, Camp sought a degree in the fine arts.  With his forceful, yet intimate, portraits of African American men, Camp quickly established himself as an important new voice in contemporary art.  Camp holds both a BFA and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and is the subject of an American Artist Oral History at the Smithsonian Institute.  He has been honored for his work with a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.  Camp has exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Noyes Museum.  Camp’s work is included in a number of important public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. As an artist in residence, Camp is now an Assistant Professor at Ursinus College.
Miriam Seidel is a writer, critic and curator in the Philadelphia area, whose work is informed by her experience as an artist and a musician. After graduating from Swarthmore College and receiving a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, she worked as an artist for several years before turning to writing. Her dramatic works include the libretto for the opera Violet Fire, about the inventor Nikola Tesla, with score by Jon Gibson, which had its world premiere in Belgrade, Serbia, and its U.S. premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2006. She is the librettist for the new opera Judgment of Midas, with composer Kamran Ince, scheduled for a concert performance in Istanbul in 2011. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines. She has written on visual art and dance for journals including Art in America (as corresponding editor), the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Dance Magazine, as well as writing many essays for artist exhibits. Her writing has been supported by three Individual Art Critic Fellowships and a Special Opportunity Stipend in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, by the Five County Arts Fund and other organizations. She is currently curator of the Gershman Y Galleries in Philadelphia. 

Location: CFEVA 1521 Locust St., Lower Level, Philadelphia, Pa 19102
All programs begin at 5:30 pm. Each session is $12.00. Registration is required. Individuals who have not pre-registered are not guaranteed a seat. To reserve a space or to receive more information about The Center for Emerging Visual Artists or Direct Dialogues Lecture Series, please contact Genevieve Coutroubis, by phone (215) 546 – 7775 x 11 or by email


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