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.

Oh, How I Miss Indie Bookstores

As I write this blog, it’s about 1 a.m. on a Thursday night. I just returned from doing a reading at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA, outside Philly. By far, Farley’s is one of my favorite bookstores that I’ve read at. Its fiction and non-fiction collections are extensive, and it has a decent poetry selection, far better than what you find in Books-a-Million or Barnes ‘N Noble. Even better, Farley’s showcases several indie poetry/fiction presses, including TriQuarterly Books, Hanging Loose Press, and Press 53. They have walls and walls of books on display from indie publishers. I have yet to visit another bookstore in PA that does that.

The poetry reading itself had an attentive audience that asked several quesions during the Q & A session, mostly regarding the writing process and some about publishing. If you live in the Philly area, you should check out the featured poetry readings. They take place every first Thursday of the month from 8-10 p.m. Following the featured reader, there is a limited open mic. The organizer, Bernadette McBride, does a wonderful job keeping the reading series going throughout the year.

Browsing Farley’s bookshelves made me miss the indie bookstores we used to have in NEPA, including Tutor and Anthology New and Used Books, both long gone. When they were around, they hosted a lot of workshops, open mics, and featured readings. Like Farley’s, these spaces kept the local writing scene alive, and they were especially important in allowing young writers to share their work and get feedback.

After the reading, I was happy to see that Farley’s had several customers browsing and buying books. I hope the store continues to draw a lot of customers because it’s a real asset to the community.

Now it’s time to get some sleep!

New Hope

This Thursday, I’m venturing to one of my favorite towns in Pennsylvania, New Hope, a suburb of Philadelphia located in Bucks County. I enjoy New Hope for its charm, for its array of restaurants and shops near the river that snakes and cuts through the town. I’m going there to do a reading at Farley’s Bookshop, by far one of the best indie bookstores I’ve been to, especially in PA. The store has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction, bookshelves that showcase releases from indie presses, and a decent poetry section.

The reading starts at 8, and a Q & A will follow. I wrote my set list on paper, and it will be a little different than other readings I’ve done this year. It will include a few poems from my chapbook Front Man, but it’s also going to include some poems from the book I have coming out next summer. I’ve been holding back on reading a lot of poems from the new book because I’ll do a lot of readings next year centered around the new publication. But I’ll give a small preview at Farley’s.

I’m looking forward to this, and if you’re in the area, please stop by. If you have extra time, browse New Hope’s shops before stopping over at Farley’s.