Area 6 Events

GET OUT AND MEET FELLOW WRITERS!__________________________________________________________________________________________________

*Events with our very own Kathryn Craft!

Hi all,

February will be a busy month for me. I have several talks coming up, all free, and (for the most part) open to the public.

The first, tomorrow night, is open only to patrons of the Bethlehem Library. This disappointing new rule, added to another that requires advance sign-ups, has made a devastating impact on attendance–one of my best topics, “Those Critical First Pages,” may be canceled. This has been scheduled since October 2009–if you have a Bethlehem library card and have any interest, call right away, as the decision to cancel will be made today.

The talk on Thursday at Parkland, 7 pm, is a fun new topic. It covers similar material as the Bethlehem talk, but is much more interactive. Participants have 15 minutes to go out into the library and fall in love with a book in the genre of their interest, and bring it back into the conference room. For as many as we have time, you will then become its agent, taking a turn in the “hot seat” to advocate for it in front of the rest of us–the editorial board. We will cover what draws agents, editors, and the buying public to books in a way that will forever impact your appreciation of the subjectivity of this business. It’s fun and unpredictable!

My workshop at Brandywine Writers is on Writing to Heal the Heart, which includes why writing is such a powerful mode of healing, and includes an exercise that in the past has worked really well to help participants write about difficult material.

I’ll be speaking at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group on Feb. 26 on Final Quick Fixes to tune up your manuscript before the upcoming conference season, and that afternoon we’ll have a pitching workshop in which participants will write or tune up their agent/editor pitches and get feedback on them.

Full schedule:

Tues. Feb. 8, 2011: “Those Critical First Pages,” Bethlehem Area Public Library, Main Branch, Bethlehem, PA. 7-8:30 pm. 610-867-3761. MUST call to sign up this morning.

Thurs. Feb. 10, 2011: “Good From Page One,” Parkland Community Library, Allentown, PA. 7-8:30 pm. 610-398-1361.

Tues. Feb. 15, 2011: “Writing to Heal the Heart,” Brandywine Valley Writers Group, Four Dogs Tavern, Marshallton, PA. 7-8:30 pm.

Sat., Feb. 26, 2011: “Final Quick Fixes” to get your manuscript in shape for submission, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Palmer Library, 11 am–noon. Free.

Sat. Feb. 26, 2011: “Learn to Pitch: It’s Catching,” a workshop to prepare for agent/editor appointments, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Palmer Library, 1:30–3:30 pm. $10 GLVWG members/$15 non-members.

If you’d like more info on any of these, feel free to e-mail me.

Annette Gordon-Reed, author of Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869  

Tuesday, February 8 @ 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Cost: $15 General Admission, $7 Students

Contact: 215-567-4341



Tuesday, February 8 @ 5:30 PM

Paul Robeson Gallery, Multipurpose Room
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Newark, NJ
Contact : (973) 353-1107 or


Susan Weidener is facilitating a memoir writing workshop for women in
April at Pendle Hill. Here’s the information:

Writing From Life: A Retreat for Women With Stories to Tell
Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA
April 8 – 10, 2011
Limited Spaces! Register Today!

• Where: Pendle Hill, a Quaker residential study center in Wallingford,
PA, that dates back to 1930. (For more information about Pendle Hill:
• When: Retreat begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and concludes at 2
p.m.—after the mid-day meal—on Sunday, April 10.
• What: Two days and two nights of time away from our busy lives to
focus on writing, both in solitary and group settings.
• Who: Facilitated by Susan Weidener, author of Again in a Heartbeat and
former Philadelphia Inquirer report. (For more information about Susan:
• Cost:
o $298 includes workshop, as well as two nights lodging, five meals, and
refreshments at Pendle Hill
o Limited spots for commuters (first-come, first-served): $200 includes
workshop, as well as three meals and refreshments at Pendle Hill

• How to register:
1) Fill out the attached registration form (electronically) and email to
Beth Toner at; if you are registering
with a friend, please submit a separate form for each (one check is OK).
2) Print out a copy of the completed form and send it, along with a
check for your full registration fee and made payable to Susan Weidener, to:
Susan Weidener
75 Jennifer Drive
Chester Springs, PA 19425
Registration forms and checks must be received by February 20, 2011.
3) You will receive an email confirmation when we’ve received your
check; expect directions and more information about the weekend schedule
as the weekend draws closer.
4) Please note: All registration fees are nonrefundable.


**This Week at the Kelly Writers House**

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

Monday, February 7th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A talk by
MICHAEL DAVIDSON: “Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and
Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes.” Introduced by Charles Bernstein. Co-
sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and EDIT: Processing
Improvisatory Writing Technologies.

Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00pm at The Rotunda: The Kelly Writers
House presents REVOLUTION GIRL STYLE AGAIN simulcast at the
Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street). A Kerry Prize panel discussion orga-
nized by GRACE AMBROSE. **All seats at the Kelly Writers House
are already full. Please go to the Rotunda for the simulcast.

Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A Reading by
PHILLIP LOPATE. Third Annual Bob Lucid Memorial Program in Fiction.
Introduced by Max Apple. Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Pro-

Thursday, February 10th at 5:00pm in the Arts Cafe: RealArts@PENN
presents journalist and Penn alumna ASHLEY PARKER. Introduced
by Anthony DeCurtis.


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, February 7th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A talk by
MICHAEL DAVIDSON: “Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and
Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes.” Introduced by Charles Bernstein. Co-
sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and EDIT: Processing Im-
provisatory Writing Technologies.

MICHAEL DAVIDSON has written more than a half dozen books of
poetry as well as numerous historical, cultural and critical works. He
has been affiliated with the University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
since 1974 and as a professor of American literature since 1988 with
areas of study and research in Modern Poetry, Cultural Studies, Gen-
der Studies, and Disability Studies. Davidson has written extensively
on disability issues, including “Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech
in Deaf Performance,” in Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities,
“Phantom Limbs: Film Noir and the Disabled Body,” GLQ 9:1-2 (2003),
and “Strange Blood: Hemophobia and the Unexplored Boundaries of
Queer Nation,” in Beyond the Boundary: Reconstructing Cultural
Identity in a Multicultural Context. His essays on disability are col-
lected in Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body
(University of Michigan). His critical work, Outskirts of Form: Practicing
Cultural Poetics, is scheduled for publication in 2011 by Wesleyan
University Press. Davidson is known for insightful literary criticism,
his work in disability studies, and for the meticulous editing of the
monumental George Oppen, New Collected Poems.

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Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00pm at The Rotunda: The Kelly Writers
House presents REVOLUTION GIRL STYLE AGAIN simulcast at the
Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street). A Kerry Prize Panel discussion orga-
nized by GRACE AMBROSE. **All seats at the Kelly Writers House
are already full. Please go to the Rotunda for the simulcast.

Although seating at the Kelly Writers House is full, REVOLUTION
GIRL STYLE AGAIN will be simulcast live to the Rotunda (4014 Wal-
nut Street). This program will not be recorded, so this streaming is
your only chance to participate in this exciting conversation. Those
attending the simulcast will also have the opportunity to ask questions
of the panel from this satellite location. After the discussion, stay at
the Rotunda for the benefit show featuring Trophy Wife, Whore Paint
(Providence), Cat Vet and Slutever, with all proceeds going to support
Girls Rock Philly. Please arrive at the Rotunda no earlier than 5:45 to
guarantee yourself a seat.

KATHLEEN HANNA is a NYC artist best known for her groundbreaking
performances as the singer of the seminal 90’s punk band, Bikini Kill
and her more recent, highly acclaimed multimedia group Le Tigre. She
was a pivotal figure in what became known as ‘Riot Grrrl’, a feminist
movement that took place within the underground music scene between
1990-1996. She is currently gearing up for the release of a performance
based documentary called Le Tigre: On Tour, writing a new album and
doing work surround the recent donation of her papers to the Fales
Archive at NYU.

SARA MARCUS is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn. Her book
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution was pub-
lished by Harper Perennial in October 2010. Marcus’s prose and poetry
have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including the San
Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Salon, Bookforum,, Time
Out New York, The Advocate, EOAGH, Encyclopedia, Tantalum, The
Art of Touring, and Heeb, where she was the politics editor for five
years. She is a cofounder of New Herring Press, a collectively run
micropress focusing on prose chapbooks. She received an MFA in
creative writing from Columbia University.

KATY OTTO recently relocated to Philadelphia after living in Washing-
ton, DC. Ms. Otto has over a decade of experience in fundraising for
violence prevention, women’s issues, youth development, and arts
organizations. She started playing drums when she was 17 and has
not gone one week without them since. At 22, she and two friends
founded the independent label Exotic Fever Records, which just cele-
brated ten years and over forty internationally distributed indepedent
releases. She has done contract development work creating grass-
roots fundraising plans and authoring proposals for social justice or-
ganizations nationally. Katy has toured the country several times
playing drums in her former band Del Cielo. Her current band, Trophy
Wife, just released a full length debut, Patience Fury, on 307Knox
Records. She co-founded the national Visions in Feminism confer-
ence. She was a member for over twelve years of the group Positive
Force DC, a volunteer punk collective that organizes concerts and
events for social change and plans community actions. She has
done radical sexual assault prevention and survivor solidarity work
and workshops.

BETH WARSHAW-DUNCAN is the line producer at the NPR music
program The World Café. She has also been the production director
of WXPN, a noncommercial radio station in Philadelphia, and has
edited live sessions with bands, directed live & recorded shows, &
edited in soundproof studios all day (and all of the night). She is also
a board member of the 215 Festival in Philadelphia, is certified as a
secondary-school teacher in Pennsylvania & has taught Writing For
Radio at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as sound & recording
workshops for the Black Lily Film & Music Festival. After volunteering
for two years as a counselor & workshop instructor at Willie Mae Rock
Camp in New York, Beth founded & is the executive director of Girls
Rock Philly, a rock & empowerment camp where girls ages 9-17 learn
instruments, write songs & form their own bands. Girls Rock Philly
held its first camp session in August 2007 & is a founding member of
the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

Co-sponsored by the KWH Kerry Prize, SPEC Fully Planned, SPEC
Connaissance, Creative Writing Program, and the Music Department.

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Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00pm in the Arts Cafe: A Reading by
PHILLIP LOPATE. Third Annual Bob Lucid Memorial Program in Fic-
tion. Introduced by Max Apple. Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing

PHILLIP LOPATE was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943. He has
written three personal essay collections—Bachelorhood (Little, Brown,
1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Poseidon-Simon & Schuster, 1989), and
Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions
of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987);
two poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open (Sun
Press, 1972) and The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976); a memoir of his
teaching experiences, Being With Children (Doubleday, 1975); a collection
of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically (Doubleday-Anchor);
an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (Crown,
2004); and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer
and Filmmaker (Harry N. Abrams, 2004.) In addition, there is a Phillip
Lopate reader, Getting Personal: Selected Writings (Basic Books, 2003).
His most recent books are Two Marriages (novellas, Other Press, 2008),
Notes on Sontag (Princeton University Press, 2009), and At the End of
the Day: Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010). He has received
many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public
Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two NEA grants,
and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He is a member of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the NYU Institute for
the Humanities. After working with children for twelve years as a writer
in the schools, he has taught creative writing and literature at Fordham,
Cooper Union, University of Houston, New York University, Hofstra Uni-
versity, the New School and Bennington College. He is now a Professor
in the graduate division at Columbia University.

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Thursday, February 10th at 5:00pm in the Arts Cafe: RealArts@PENN
presents journalist and Penn alumna ASHLEY PARKER. Introduced
by Anthony DeCurtis.

ASHLEY PARKER is a reporter for the New York Times and a distin-
guished Penn alum. While at Penn she won both the Rolling Stone
Journalism Award and the Nora Magid Prize. She was hired as Mau-
reen Dowd’s assistant at the Times, and, to the surprise of no one who
knew her in school, soon became a hilarious recurring character in her
boss’s award-winning op-ed columns. In her own writing and reporting,
Parker has defined a smart, sly voice, whether analyzing with anthro-
pological zeal the arcane language of her younger sister (“The Ling”);
chatting with then Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama,
for a profile of his ever-present “body man” Reggie Love; or limning
the works and days of “All the Obama 20-Somethings” for the Sunday
Times Magazine. Parker will be discussing her work at the Times,
and the thrills and perils of forging a career in the fraught world of
contemporary journalism.

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


Hi Pals!

Next Friday, celebrate your love for your friends, your cat, your partner, poetry, coffee, music-anything!
Because we love you, it’s discounted admission on 2/11.
Bring a friend: Special admission for pairs/couples: 7$ 
1$ off admission for everyone else. (Plus extra hugs if you pass our invites along.)
Plus I’m making cupcakes! I got some sprinkles shaped like X-es and O-s!
Love! Jane
5$, 3$ for students
Home of the Philadelphia Poetry Slam
Second and last Fridays
Doors 7:30, Reading starts at 8:30
InFusion Coffee and Tea
7133 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA

MRAC Hosts Valentine’s Haiku Program

 Celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center at 419 Green Lane will host “The Heart of Haiku and Other Japanese Forms” on Sunday, February 13th from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  Facilitated by award-winning poets Elizabeth Bodien and Marilyn Hazelton, the program will include the history and techniques of haiku, tanka and related forms, followed by an open mike.  Participants will be encouraged to read their own haiku or tanka, or to read Japanese-style poems from books and journals that will be available on that day. There is a $4 admission and refreshments will be provided.

The world of haiku and tanka is expanding each year.  These forms and others appear in online and print journals in Europe, Africa, India, Australia, as well as in Japan, the U.S. and Canada.  Participants in “The Heart of Haiku…” will take away a list of resources for reading and for publishing their work if they wish to continue in this field.

Elizabeth Bodien, Kempton, Pennsylvania, has had poems in Frogpond, Ribbons, red lights, Contemporary Haibun Online, Magnapoets, Eucalypt, Ribbons, bottle rockets, American Tanka, Modern English Tanka, Atlas Poetica, among other publications.  Her most recent poetry collection is Endpapers (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

Registered as a poet with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 2000, Marilyn Hazelton teaches poetry in public and private schools in Pennsylvania.  Her work includes residencies or readings in France, Japan and Morocco. Her writings include poetry, art reviews, op-eds and book reviews published regionally, nationally and internationally. She is editor of the tanka journal, red lights.

Peter Krok, the Humanities Director of the MAC, is the coordinator of the M/RAC  Reading Series and is Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal.

 The afternoon literary series at the M/RAC started in the fall of1990.  There is a $4 donation and, of course, refreshments are provided. For information about the program, call the MAC at 215-482-3363.

 Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

419 Green Lane  (rear)

Philadelphia, PA  19128


Among other events scheduled by the Irish Studies Program at Villanova
this spring, please notice these readings:

March 10th
Novelist Colum McCann
Reading as part of the Villanova Literary Festival
Radnor/St. David’s Room,
Connelly Center
7 p.m.

March 31st
Poetry Reading and Reception
Moya Cannon
Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies
President’s Lounge
Connelly Center
6 p.m

April 13th
“Reading Ireland” Poetry Release Party
for Nathalie Anderson
(Swarthmore College)
and Joseph Lennon
(Villanova University),
Falvey Library
4 p.m.

Michael Scheuer author of Osama bin Laden  

Thursday, February 10 @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

Contact: 215-567-4341.

Dear friends of the Writers House:

Our first 2011 Kelly Writers House Fellow is SUSAN CHEEVER.  There are a few seats left at the two public programs during Ms. Cheever’s visit:

1) 6:30 PM on Monday, February 14 – a reading and Q&A; and
2) 10 AM on Tuesday, February 15 – a brunch and interview/conversation.
Reserve a seat now by emailing Or call: 215-573-9749.
Susan Cheever has just published a biography of Louisa May Alcott. For more about her work–including her memoir about her father, the legendary writer John Cheever–see below.
–Al Filreis
Al Filreis
Kelly Professor
Faculty Dir., Kelly Writers House
Dir., Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
University of Pennsylvania

Susan Cheever has published five novels and seven works of nonfiction ranging from memoir to literary history to psychological investigation. Cheever’s writing is at once engrossing and unsettling, funny and heartbreaking. Home Before Dark, her memoir of her father, the legendary fiction writer John Cheever, is bravely honest yet shows a narrative restraint that would elude a less skilled writer. Her recent book, Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction, explores the boundaries between passion and addiction in a provocative yet tempered, lucid manner.

Cheever’s 2006 book American Bloomsbury, a portrait of the community of transcendentalist writers in and around 19th century Concord, was on the Boston Globe’s best-seller list for many months and has been lauded as a penetrating look at the lives of some of America’s most important writers. Cheever’s forthcoming book, Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography, due for publication in November 2010, continues this vivid, humane examination of the woman—a working writer, civic intellectual and headstrong daughter whose communal and familial struggles inform choices many young women face today.

Cheever’s work has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and was awarded the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Authors Guild Council, the winner of an Associated Press Award and a director of the Yaddo Corporation. Cheever has taught at Yale, Hunter College, and the New School, and she is on the faculty at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Known for emotional intensity and compassion in her work, Cheever has earned a reputation as one of America’s most respected nonfiction writers. Writing about Desire, Kelly McMasters of Newsday has said that Cheever “puts herself under the microscope here because no one else was willing, and she does so with grace.”


The Doylestown Bookshop And The Bucks County Poetry Series

Is proud to present Tom Mallouk

Reading this Friday, Feb. 11th, 8 pm

 There will be a Q & A with Tom after he reads

This event is free and open to the public

Doylestown Bookshop

16 S. Main St.

Doylestown, Pa. 18901



You are invited to
an afternoon of Sufi poetry
& musical guest FROM A FOUNTAIN
Sunday, February 20, 2011 3-5 p.m
 (past where Conshohocken turns onto Montgomery)
tea & light refreshments will be served

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