If you live anywhere in Central, PA and you’re interested in finding a literary community, check out the Berks Bards. The organization hosts several literary events each month, including a reading series at Reading Area Community College called “Poetry at the 6.” The reading often includes a featured reader or two and then an open mic. Last night, I was the featured reader, along Scott Thomas. This was my first time reading for the Berks Bards, and I was impressed with the turnout, especially for a Monday night. The organization provides wonderful support and community for Reading area writers. In addition, the work read during the open mic portion was polished and strong, a pleasure to hear. The audience members were attentive, and they will buy your book if you give a good reading.
Reading has some other cool events, including writing workshops that are held on Saturdays at the Pagoda and an open mic series held at the Wise Owl Bookstore in West Reading, just across the bridge from downtown Reading. I suppose the best way to find out about events in that area is to like the Berks Bards on Facebook by clicking here , or simply check the group’s website. The organization has several events yet to happen for National Poetry Month, almost an event a day, into the beginning of May.