Poetry Jazz Night

A few months ago, I posted about a wonderful and inspiring poetry and jazz night that took place at the AFA Gallery in Scranton. The second poetry and jazz night is set to take place tonight, from 6-9 p.m. at the AFA Gallery again. The event is part of the weekly drawing social series that occurs at the gallery, so if you come, feel free to bring art to work on, or writing. If you don’t want to do that, then you can just enjoy the music and the poets.

The cost to attend is $5 for the general public, and $2 for students. The featured readers include Rich Howells, Tom Allen, Maureen McGuigan, and I. The musicians include Tom Allen on woodwinds, Chelsea Smarr on harp, Bob Ventrello on percussion, Doug Smith on acoustic bass, Ron Stabinsky on piano, and  Julian Sparacino on saxophone and flute.

This should prove to be another great event, and one that mixes different artistic mediums, which is a great way to share poetry with a broader audience. After tonight, there should be another poetry and jazz reading in two months or so.

And the Summer Readings Roll On

Last weekend, I had the chance to read with a jazz band and some other poets at the AFA Gallery, as part of the weekly drawing social. At first, the challenge of reading with a band was not easy, and I may have read a little too fast through the first two poems or so, but after a while, I feel into a groove, and slowed down the rhythm for the band to chime in, which featured a harp, sax, cello, and drums. As I said during the reading, I’m a fan of combining art forms as a way to draw other people in who may not care about poetry, or jazz, or art. I hope to participate in more events like this in the future. Here are some pictures that my friend Rich Howells took. He also read and was a co-organizer of the event.




This Saturday, I’m reading at the Hawley Silk Mill with my friends and fellow writers Alexis Czencz Belluzzi and Susan Luckstone Jaffer. Following our reading, there will be a Q and A session and open mic. Check it out if you’re in the area. I haven’t been to this venue yet, but I’m excited to read there.