New Year, New Readings

I hope that everyone is having a safe, happy, and healthy 2017 so far! This January, I’m doing a few poetry readings around the tri-state area. If you’re in northeastern, PA, NYC, or Lancaster, perhaps I’ll see you at one of these events:

Thursday, January 12 2017 7-9 p.m.

Wilkes University M.F.A. Alumni Reading/Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series

Dorothy Dickson Darte Center Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Saturday, January 14 2017 5:45-7:45 p.m.

Italian American Writers Association Reading

Corneila St. Cafe, New York, New York

I will be reading with Phillip Giambri.

Wednesday, January 25 2017 7-9 p.m.

Lancaster Poetry Exchange

Red Rose Commons, 1700 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA

I will be reading with Dawn Leas. There will be a short open mic, too.


For more info about the Maslow Foundation Series, click here. 

For more information about the Italian American Writers Association reading, click here. 

May everyone’s new year be creative and productive.

New York Quarterly Reading

Next Monday, August 11, I’ll be reading at the Bowery Poetry Club  in New York City as part of the New York Quarterly Reading Series. The reading series is held each month and features writers who have published through NYQ Books, or writers who have had or have work forthcoming in the magazine. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The three other featured readers include Emanuel di Pasquale, Ellen “Windy” Lytle, and Alexander Norelli. For a full list of our bios, click here.

I am humbled and honored to be part of this reading series and can’t wait for the event!

Winter/Spring Readings and a New Review

As the winter howls on, I’ve been focused on the coming spring months and rounding out the reading tour for my new book All That Remains. I will be reading around PA over the next few months, including in Tunkhannock, Gettysburg, and Lancaster.

In the meantime, I’m doing a reading in NYC this Sunday at 4 p.m. with Dawn Leas and William Wolak. This is part of the Phoenix Reading Series, and it will be held at the Upright Brew, located at 547 Hudson St. in the Village. There’s an open mic too, so if you do come, and you’re a writer, bring something to read. I will post info about the other upcoming readings closer to the dates.

In other news, I wanted to share a review of the new book that Poets’ Quarterly published. Big thanks to Andrew Ruzkowski for the review, which you can read here.

KGB Bar Reading

If you’re looking for something to do this week and you’re anywhere near New York City, then you should come by the KGB Bar, located at 85 East 4th Street, and see me read with some other writer friends, including Taylor Polities, Sandee Gertz Umbach, Rich Uhlig, and Pat Florio. The reading is going to be a mix of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and the event is free. I read at the KGB Bar last July, and it’s a unique venue that hosts several readings and literary events throughout the week. They also have a fairly large bar and a lot of drink and food specials.

Here is some info about the other readers:

Taylor M. Polites is a novelist living in Providence, Rhode Island with his small Chihuahua, Clovis. Polites’ first novel, The Rebel Wife, was published in February 2012 by Simon & Schuster. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and BA in History and French from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2009, he was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship from Wilkes University. He has lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, New York City, St. Louis and the Deep South. He has covered arts and news for a variety of local newspapers and magazines, including the Cape Codder, InNewsWeekly, Bird’s Eye View (the in-flight magazine of CapeAir), artscope Magazine and Provincetown Arts Magazine.

Richard Uhlig is the author of the Knopf-published novels, Last Dance At The Frosty Queen and Boy Minus Girl.  He is also the screenwriter of the award-winning film Dead Simple, starring James Caan and Patricia Richardson, as well as Kept, starring Ice-T.  He recently wrote, produced and directed the short film comedy Can’t Dance, starring Karen Lynn Gorny.  The film won Founder’s Choice Award at the Queens World Film Festival. Richard lives in New York with his wife and two small children.

Sandee Gertz Umbach is a poet and writer from Western Pennsylvania, currently residing near Pittsburgh.  Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including Poet Lore, The Ledge, Gargoyle, and The Green Mountains Review. She has been the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship grant and is a Sandburg-Livesay Award Winner. Her recently released poetry collection, The Pattern Maker’s Daughter, (published by Bottom Dog Press) is set in the industrial steel city of Johnstown,Pennsylvania and reflects coming of age themes with a strong narrative sense of place and landscape.  Geology, geography, weather, and even neuroscience collide as this “Girl Interrupted” speaker tells her stories from the heart of one of America’s colorful working class cities.

Patricia Florio spent 17 years as a certified professional court reporter in Brooklyn’s federal court system when she decided to change careers.  She’s had this constant buzzing muse prompting her to write since she was a teenager.   Her first book “My Two Mothers” was published in August 2011.  She has gotten excellent reviews.(see it on  She’s married to her husband Ralph for 40 years and they live in the Historic Victorian town of Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore.  She received her undergrad from Rutgers in Liberal Studies and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University.