Gettysburg Area Poets

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Writers’ Showcase the other night at The Vintage. We had a great turnout, and many thanks to Bryne, Paul, Charlotte, Eric, and Bernadette, our featured readers. They all did an excellent job. This weekend, there’s another literary event going on in Northeastern, Pennsylvania. Four poets from the Gettysburg area will read at the Library Express Saturday at 3 p.m. This event is free, and these poets are well worth checking out.

Here is information about the event from the press release:

Four Gettysburg area poets will read at the Library Express in the Steamtown Mall on Saturday, July 19 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The featured poets include Martin Malone, Katy Giebenhain, Dana Larkin Sauers, and Gary Ciocco.

Malone teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University. His poems have appeared in Dream International Quarterly, Lighted Corners, The Monocacy Valley Review, Scribble and the Seminary Ridge Review.

Giebenhain edits the Poetry + Theology rubric for Seminary Ridge Review. Her poems and prose have appeared in The London Magazine, Tokens for the Foundlings, Bordercrossing Berlin, Saint Katherine Review, Appalachian Journal, Water˜Stone Review, Little Patuxent Review, Bellevue Literary Review and elsewhere.

Sauers, currently an adjunct faculty member at Mt. St. Mary’s University, is a founding member of the Hanover Poets and co-editor of the literary journal Digges’ Choice. Collections include Between the Space of Grace and Gray (2006) and My Letter to the World (2010). She has published in journals and has been recognized in various poetry contests. She recently began a yearly traveling and service commitment in Central and South America resulting in two books, Pura Vida (2013) and If These Stones Could Speak (2014).

Ciocco teaches philosophy and political science at Gettysburg College, Harrisburg Area Community College, and other colleges. He has had poems published in several journals including Seminary Ridge Review, Shadowtrain, National Catholic Reporter and Backbone Mountain Review.   He lives with his family in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and regularly travels near and far to hear and read the spoken word.

National Poetry Month Readings

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking part in two big readings for National Poetry Month. The first will take place this Thursday, April 19 at the Library Express Bookstore. It starts at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be reading with local poets Scott Thomas and Dawn Leas, as well as John Amen, author of three collections of poetry and editor of the award-winning journal The Pedestal Magazine. The event is free and open to the public, and we will have books for sale.

There has been some nice press about this reading. Go Lackawanna ran a story recently about it and all of the literary events the Library Express has hosted. Check it out here. WVIA’s ArtScene radio program also ran an interview Scott, Dawn, and I did with Erika Funke. You can listen to the interview here. It is the second link on the page.

The second reading I’m doing for National Poetry Month will take place on Friday, April 27. It is the launch party for the new issue of Harpur Palate, in which my poem “After Work” appears. I’m reading with three or four other poets whose work also appears in the issue. That event will begin at 7 p.m., and it will take place at RiverRead Books in Binghamton New York. It is also free and open to the public.

That store is also hosting Christine Gelineau this Friday at 6:30 p.m. She is a fantastic poet, and if you are in the area, you should check out her reading.