Upcoming Poetry Events/Readings

If you live around NEPA and you’re looking for some upcoming literary events, then you’re in luck! April is National Poetry month, and here are some events happening in the region:

Sunday, April 3 6-9 p.m.

Jazz/Poetry Reading

Featuring: Lawrence Pugliese, Amanda J. Bradley, Brian Fanelli, and the Doug Smith group

The Olde Brick Theatre

126 W. Market Street, Scranton

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Wednesday, April 6, Wednesday, April 13, Wednesday, April 20 6-7:30

Poetically Speaking Poetry Workshops

This is a three-part workshop series for teens. I will host a writing workshop on April 6. Alicia Grega will host a performance/public speaking workshop on April 13, and the workshops will conclude with an open mic night on April 20! This event is free for teens.

Osterhout Free Library

71 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Saturday, April 9

Scranton Radical Bookfair

The bookfair will feature a number of vendors and talks. The poetry reading will run from 6-7 p.m. and feature Daryl Sznyter, Amanda J. Bradley, Maggie Gilbertson, Sarah Zane Lewis, and I. The event is free.

Nazareth Student Center, Marywood University

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If you know of any other upcoming literary events in the area, feel free to comment and let us know about them!

 

Osterhout Library Poetry Workshop Series

Last year, the Osterhout Library in Wilkes Barre hosted free poetry workshops each month by a variety of different writers with publishing credits. The series has returned again this year, and tonight, my friend and fellow poet Dawn Leas will be hosting a workshop on found poetry. The event begins at 6:30 pm and is slated to run until 8 pm.

I am also going to teach a workshop in the series again. Mine will be held on Tuesday, March 20, also from 6:30-8 pm. The subject of my workshop is finding journals to place your poetry. We will look at different methods of finding journals suitable for your poetry and writing a cover letter for editors. What I will stress the most, though, is that you should NEVER send your work out to any journal if it is not ready for prime time. Revise, revise, and revise some more.

Check out the workshop series as it progresses through the spring months. The series will conclude on Tuesday, June 19 with an open reading of students and instructors. All of the workshops are free and open to writers of any level. The library is located on 71 S. Franklin St.

Announcements

Last night, I was told by a  friend via Facebook that I won the category of “Best Local Author” in the Electric City/Diamond City’s year-end best of list.  I then ran out to grab a copy of the paper and found out it’s true. Thank you to anyone who voted for me! This news came as a wonderful surprise! To see the full list of winners, pick up a copy of the paper, or visit the website here and click on each category.

I also want to mention that this Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm, the Osterhout Library in Wilkes Barre (71 S. Franklin St.) is hosting a poetry reading. It will feature instructors and students that took part in the poetry workshops the library ran during the fall. I’ll be reading, and I’ll be joined by some friends. There will also be an open mic. This event is free, so stop by!

Writing Process/Writing Habits

Last week, I attended a free poetry workshop at the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre led by friend and fellow writer Rachael Goetzke. This workshop focused on writing habits/the writing process. I enjoyed the workshop for several reasons, including the fact that it was a workshop I could just sit back and enjoy and not teach.  What I took from it is that I am indeed a creature of habit and do have a strict writing process. For me, writing in the early morning works best, before I leave for work. Later in the day, my mind is simply too clogged to write. I also have a specific place I like to write– at the kitchen table, with notebook if I’m drafting, or my laptop if I’m revising.

After I was uprooted this weekend, due to the evacuation in Kingston from the flood of 2011, I struggled to write. But now we’re safe and not flooded, thank God!  I’m back to my normal writing routine.

The other poetry workshops, including the one I’m teaching, will take place throughout the fall months. All are free, so why not attend? I know I posted this before, but here’s the list again:

September 20–Dawn Leas “Channeling Memories.”

October 4–Amye Archer “Language Poems”

October 18–”Performance Poetry”  Not sure who’s teaching this section.

November 1–Alexis Czencz Belluzi Not sure what her focus will be.

November 15–Jenny Hill “Heavy Metaphor.”
We’ll explore the use of metaphor in prose and poetry and use the library resources to write our own extended metaphors.

November 29–Brian Fanelli will focus on writing about home/place in poetry. We will look at how certain poets depict home/place in their work, and do some writing prompts that tie into home/place.

All sessions held in the Gates Lab.

Final workshop/oration/open mic December 13 (Reading Room)

 

Poetry News

Just wanted to mention that The Portland Review published two of my poems online this week, and they will appear in print later this year. The first, “The Summer of Our Fall,” can be read here. It’s a poem left over from the Front Man manuscript, but it was taken out during the final edits. The second poem, “Missed Cues,” which is part of my new manuscript, can be read here.  I also have three poems forthcoming in Yes, Poetry. They will appear online in October. I also have a poem forthcoming in the fall issue of Evening Street Review.

I also want to announce that the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre is hosting free poetry workshops throughout the fall months. I’m hosting one in November, and several of my friends are also involved. The workshops start next week and run from 6:30-8. The dates and some blurbs are listed below.

September 6–“Writing Tools and Habits.”
Rachael Goetzke, teen poetry coordinator, will host a session on environment, writing tools, and making poetry a part of your daily life.

September 20–Dawn Leas “Channeling Memories.”

October 4–Amye Archer “Language Poems”

October 18–“Performance Poetry”  Not sure who’s teaching this section.

November 1–Alexis Czencz Belluzi Not sure what her focus will be.

November 15–Jenny Hill “Heavy Metaphor.”
We’ll explore the use of metaphor in prose and poetry and use the library resources to write our own extended metaphors.

November 29–Brian Fanelli will focus on writing about home/place in poetry. We will look at how certain poets depict home/place in their work, and do some writing prompts that tie into home/place.

All sessions held in the Gates Lab.

Final workshop/oration/open mic December 13 (Reading Room)

Some Plugs

There’s a few announcements I want to make today. One, I placed five new poems in the Oregon-based journal Indigo Rising Magazine. You can read them online here. They will also be in the print edition. What’s really cool about this is the fact that one of my former students at Keystone, Tricia Kinney, also placed poems in the same magazine and our work will be in the same print issue. You can read her poems here.  I think I’m more exicted by the fact that this is Tricia’s first national publishing credit! Furthermore, I’ve worked with her on some of these poems during a community poetry workshop I taught at the Vintage Theater, so it’s nice to see that the revisions paid off.

Second, I am doing a reading this Saturday with Dawn Leas for National Poetry Month. The reading will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. We’ll also have our books available for sale, and we’re also going to read a few poems by other poets. I have Langston Hughes and Terrance Hayes on my list so far. May add one more.

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