Doylestown Reading Recap

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of reading at the Doylestown Bookshop with fellow local poet Dawn Leas. We were invited back after reading there a few months ago. At the time, Doylestown did not have any steady poetry series going on, but now it does. Every third Thursday of the month, starting at 6:30 p.m., the store runs a poetry series that includes at least one featured reader and a limited open mic. I recommend that poets check this out because it has a nice built-in audience, mostly young people and some poets from around the Philly area that make their rounds at various open mics. The audience is also generally responsive and receptive, eager to talk about the poems after the reading concludes.

The bookstore also has a unique selection of books. Its poetry section includes a lot of chapbooks and full-length collections from local authors and smaller presses. Some of the only more well-known poets I saw on the shelf included Billy Collins, Robert Frost, and Tony Hoagland. Its other sections are also expansive.

If you’re looking for something to do in the Philly suburb area, I recommend stopping at the Doylestown Bookshop. You can also visit the quaint restaurants, bars, and cafes that line the streets downtown. For a full list of author events at the bookstore, click here.

Next Sunday, March 25, from 3:30-5, I’m taking part in a reading and Q & A session at the Belmar Arts Council Boathouse in Belmar, NJ. I’ll be joined again by Dawn Leas and our friend and prose writer Anne Henry. The three of us will be joined by some writers from NJ. I feel confident the experience will be as pleasant as the reading in Doylestown.

March Events

Over the next few weeks, I’m partcipating in several poetry-oriented events that I want to let everyone know about.

This Wednesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Marywood University’s English Club is hosting me for a reading. It will be held in the second floor of the library.

On Thursday, March 15, I’m reading at the Doylestown Bookshop with Dawn Leas. The reading starts at 6:30 p.m. and a limited open mic will follow.

On Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30-8, I’m teaching a workshop at the Osterhaut Library in Wilkes-Barre. The event will focus on finding literary journals for your work.

On Sunday, March 25 from 3-5:30, I’m reading in Belmar, NJ at the Belmar Arts Council Boathouse with three PA-based writers and three NJ-based writers. A $5 donation is encouraged. We will also take questions from the audience after the reading.

On Saturday, March 31 from 7-9 p.m., I am co-hosting the next New Visions Writers Showcase with Jason Lucarelli. Our featured readers this month include Rachael Goetzke, Charlie O’Donnell, Renna Ranells, Sandee Gertz Umbach, Keith Gilman, and Pittsburgh-based SLAM poet William James.

For a full schedule of upcoming events, check the events page of my website here.

Be sure to also check out the Art SEEN gallery in Wilkes-Barre this Friday. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be a reading of work by Irish writers. An open reading will follow.







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.