Shoutouts to Two Venues

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing some more readings out of the area as 2011 winds down. It’s been a year filled with readings for me, and I’ve trekked across various pockets of the tri-state area to share my work. Some of my favorite spots have included the Bowery Poetry Club and the KGB Bar in NYC and the Owl Cafe in Ithaca, NY, one of my favorite towns.

Recently, I read at two new venues for me that I encourage people to check out. The first is the Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, PA, not terribly far from where I spent a long time living when I was in the Philly area. They have a wide section of books in all genres and a slew of different  events. The staff is friendly, and the website allows you to check out their events and browse their catalog.  If you do travel to visit the bookshop, hang out in Doylestown, which has several boutiques and restaurants.

Last night, I traveled to Canadensis, PA to read at the Frog Town Inn with my friend Reena Ranells. This too is another unique venue, one that is cozy and set in the bucolic mountains of the Poconos. There is a restaurant, saloon, and lodging, and it has a great dinner atmosphere and would be a good place to take a date. The audience in the saloon was receptive to us, and one couple even stayed for a while to chat and buy us a few drinks.

I have a few readings left to close out the year, and then I’m going to finish my new manuscript. It’s only two pages shy of meeting the requirements to be a full-length collection. Then I’ll be out on the road again, discovering some new venues that I’ll share here.

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About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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