Berks County Bards and the Reading Scene

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.


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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