New Hope Reading

If you read my blog and you’re in the Philly area this week, then please come out to see me read at Farley’s Bookshop in New  Hope, PA Wednesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. I’ll be reading some work from All That Remains, but also a selection of new poems from a new manuscript. The other co-feature is Ryan J. Torres, and there will be a limited open mic. I will also note that Farley’s is one of the most impressive, expansive bookstores in the Philly area, especially for poetry. It has shelves and shelves of books from indie presses/publishers.

Here’s the full info about the reading from the press release:

Farley’s Bookshop Poets Series welcomes poets Brian Fanelli and Ryan Torres for a reading and book signing Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Farley’s is located at 44 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938. Phone 215-862-2452

Our reading is followed by a Q&A with the featured poets and an open reading (one long-ish or two short poems–about two-three minutes for each reader)

About the Poets

Brian Fanelli is the author of the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing) and the full-length collection All That Remains (Unbound Content). His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles TimesWorld Literature Today, Blue Collar Review, Portland ReviewContemporary American Voices, Main Street RagBoston Literary Magazine, and several other publications. Brian has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and teaches English full-time at Lackawanna College. He is also a Ph.D. student at SUNY Binghamton. Find him online


Ryan J. Torres lives in Horsham, Pennsylvania. He has published poetry and short fiction in such publications as Shoofly, Essence, The Boston Literary Magazine, Page and Spine, The Young American Poet’s Blog, APIARY, and, most recently, Chapter and Verse, an e-zine that is published in southern France. Torres has been a journalist, newspaper photographer, editor, and is currently a teacher and administrator at the ATG Learning Academy; a non-profit school for children with learning disabilities. He collects, and does the majority of his work on typewriters.

Upcoming Readings

My summer has mostly been spent reading and working on new material, but there are a few events coming up I want to share. This Friday, July 26, I will be the featured reader at the Dietrich Theater, located at 60 E. Tioga Street in Tunkhannock. This is a wonderful venue and a great reading series, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it. There will be an open mic from 7-8 p.m., and then I will take the stage at 8:15. I am going to read some poems from my forthcoming book, All That Remains, and a few even newer poems, as well as some oldies. Please come out if you can!

I also wanted to share information about a new reading series at the Hoyt Library in Kingston. The reading will take place this Thursday, starting at 6:30. The featured readers include my friends Lauren Stahl and Scott Thomas. There will be an open mic as well, and I hope this will turn into a long-running series.

Meanwhile, I am in the process of booking some readings in the fall surrounding the release of my new book. I already have some readings scheduled in Doylestown and Reading. I will post more info about upcoming readings as they draw closer.

KGB Bar Reading

If you’re looking for something to do this week and you’re anywhere near New York City, then you should come by the KGB Bar, located at 85 East 4th Street, and see me read with some other writer friends, including Taylor Polities, Sandee Gertz Umbach, Rich Uhlig, and Pat Florio. The reading is going to be a mix of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and the event is free. I read at the KGB Bar last July, and it’s a unique venue that hosts several readings and literary events throughout the week. They also have a fairly large bar and a lot of drink and food specials.

Here is some info about the other readers:

Taylor M. Polites is a novelist living in Providence, Rhode Island with his small Chihuahua, Clovis. Polites’ first novel, The Rebel Wife, was published in February 2012 by Simon & Schuster. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and BA in History and French from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, he was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship from Wilkes University. He has lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, New York City, St. Louis and the Deep South. He has covered arts and news for a variety of local newspapers and magazines, including the Cape Codder, InNewsWeekly, Bird’s Eye View (the in-flight magazine of CapeAir), artscope Magazine and Provincetown Arts Magazine.

Richard Uhlig is the author of the Knopf-published novels, Last Dance At The Frosty Queen and Boy Minus Girl.  He is also the screenwriter of the award-winning film Dead Simple, starring James Caan and Patricia Richardson, as well as Kept, starring Ice-T.  He recently wrote, produced and directed the short film comedy Can’t Dance, starring Karen Lynn Gorny.  The film won Founder’s Choice Award at the Queens World Film Festival. Richard lives in New York with his wife and two small children.

Sandee Gertz Umbach is a poet and writer from Western Pennsylvania, currently residing near Pittsburgh.  Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including Poet Lore, The Ledge, Gargoyle, and The Green Mountains Review. She has been the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship grant and is a Sandburg-Livesay Award Winner. Her recently released poetry collection, The Pattern Maker’s Daughter, (published by Bottom Dog Press) is set in the industrial steel city of Johnstown,Pennsylvania and reflects coming of age themes with a strong narrative sense of place and landscape.  Geology, geography, weather, and even neuroscience collide as this “Girl Interrupted” speaker tells her stories from the heart of one of America’s colorful working class cities.

Patricia Florio spent 17 years as a certified professional court reporter in Brooklyn’s federal court system when she decided to change careers.  She’s had this constant buzzing muse prompting her to write since she was a teenager.   Her first book “My Two Mothers” was published in August 2011.  She has gotten excellent reviews.(see it on  She’s married to her husband Ralph for 40 years and they live in the Historic Victorian town of Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore.  She received her undergrad from Rutgers in Liberal Studies and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University.