From the Ragged Edge

About a month ago, I read at the Ragged Edge Cafe in Gettysburg, and if you live anywhere near central of southeastern, PA, I suggest checking out their poetry series, which runs every First Friday of the month. The event is half open mic and half feature, and the open mic only includes poetry, so writers don’t have to worry about competiting with musicians. The event organizers work hard at promoting the event, and when I read, my audience consisted of a few dozen people. Not bad for a cold night in early March! Futhermore, the open mic was a great mix of local college students and poets that have done several readings throughout Pennsylvania. The writing community there is encouraging and supportive, and I hope their events continue to grow well into the future.

Ian Falcone, a son of one of the regular poets/open micers, recorded a video of me reading. I’ve done a lot of readings, but few videos have surfaced, so, I thought I’d share.

More Upcoming Events

March is shaping up to be a busy month for me, with  some readings booked over the next few weeks, leading to some larger events for National Poetry Month. This Friday, March, 7, I’m reading in historic Gettysburg for  the first time ever. The reading will be at  7 p.m. at the Ragged Edge Café, 110 Chambersburg St.  I’m thrilled to take part in this long-running series and read in front of a different audience.

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If you can’t make that reading, but you’re in Scranton this weekend, then you should check out Micah Towery’s reading Saturday at 3 p.m. at Library Express in the Steamtown Mall. Micah  is the editor of TheThePoetry blog and the author of the new book of poems, Whale of Desire.

Then on Thursday, March 20, from 5-7, the Valley Community Library is hosting Local Author Night. Along with authors, I’ll be having a book signing and reading.