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.

It’s been a while since I’ve sat in an audience and just listened to another poet or musician perform without worrying about also having to read my work. But tonight, I attended the Fourth Friday Open Mic series at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock just to listen and enjoy the entertainment. I was especially impressed by the number of high schoolers that got up there and read their work. That takes a lot of guts and courage, and I doubt at that age I would have been able to do it. I didn’t read at my first open mic until college. Several of the students that read are part of the Breaking Ground Poets organization, led by Tunkhannock High School teacher Katie Wisnosky. The organization has held various poetry slams over the last year at different venues around northeastern, PA. I respect and admire Katie’s energy as a teacher and the way she has inspired her students to care about the art of writing poetry, or creating music. I wish more schools had similar support for the arts, or more teachers willing to create organizations similar to the Breaking Ground Poets.

If you want to see these students in action, then come by the Dietrich Theater this Sunday at 5 p.m. The students will compete in a poetry slam. The cost is $5 per ticket, and the money goes towards their trip to Chicago to compete in a national poetry slam. You should also check out the next open mic on June 28, which is free. It starts at 7, but get there earlier if you want to sign up to perform. I will be filling in for Laurel Radzieski as the emcee. and my friend Dave Hage will be the musical feature.