Writer’s Showcase: August Edition!

I just want to give a quick shout-out to the fine folks at Electric/Diamond City for the wonderful write-up on the August edition of the Writer’s Showcase at the Old Brick Theater in Scranton. I’m thrilled we got to sit down with them for an interview and photo shoot. This reading series continues to grow, and I couldn’t be more proud. Check out the article here.

The reading will take place this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $4. The Old Brick Theater is located at 126 W. Market Street in Scranton. I couldn’t be more excited about this edition’s line-up! Check out their bios:

Carrie Reilly is a genderqueer poet from Philadelphia and host of Wild Mischief: A Reading Series & Literary Gathering. Carrie earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and has had poems published in Apiary Magazine and My Favorite Bullet, as well as the collective chapbook, “Bodies of Fire,” with poets Julia C. Alter and Julia Perch.

Raymond P. Hammond served over twenty-five years as a law enforcement officer at the National Park Service. He is editor-in-chief of The New York Quarterly Foundation and the author of Poetic Amusement, a book of literary criticism. He is also an adjunct professor at Keystone College and is the faculty advisor for Keystone College Press.

William Black’s short fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, Crazyhorse, The Sun Magazine, Harvard Review, and more than twenty other journals and magazines, and a collection of stories, Inheritances, came out in the spring of 2015. He lives in Scranton and teaches creative writing and world literature at the Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Zane Lewis is a poet and science geek from Scranton, PA. She is the recipient of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Writing Prize in Poetry, the J. Harold Brislin Medal for Distinction in Creative Writing, the Sister M. Charitas Loftus Medal for Excellence in Poetry, and a National Science Foundation Research Experience in biochemistry. The author of two chapbooks and several limited edition graphic poems, her work has also appeared in Pulp, and the recent SwanDive Press anthology, Everyday Escape Poems. Sarah Zane founded Seattle’s Word of Mouth poetry series, and featured at the Seattle Poetry Festival, the Seattle Poetry Slam, the National Poetry Slam, the Bumbershoot Music Festival and was the 2001 Bumberslam Champion. Sarah Zane served as Scoring Director for the National Poetry Slam, has coached a youth slam team at Brave New Voices, and mentored young writers through the Emerging Voice program. She holds a B.S. in Biotechnology and a lifetime membership to Trapeze School New York.

Kaylie Jones is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me (2009). Her novels include A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was released as a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998; Celeste Ascending (2001); and Speak Now (2004). She is the author of numerous book reviews and articles, which have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Paris Review, the Washington Post, Confrontation Magazine, and others. She is the editor of the anthology Long Island Noir (2012). Her latest novel, The Anger Meridian, was published in July 2015. Kaylie has been teaching for more than 25 years, including at Southampton College’s MFA Program in Writing, and in the low residency MFA Program in Professional Writing at Wilkes University. She co-chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 yearly to an unpublished first novel. Her latest endeavor is her imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books, a writer’s collective in which the authors play a fundamental part in their own publishing process.

Summer Writers’ Showcase

This Saturday, July 12 is the summer installment of the Writers’ Showcase at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, 326 Spruce St. There will be wine. There will be food. There will be engaging readings. The event starts at  7 p.m. Yours truly will be hosting, but I’m hoping Jason Lucarelli will be present, too, to say his goodbyes.

The cost is $5 and all of the money goes to support the Vintage. Check out the bios of our five featured readers:

Born and raised in Scranton, PA Bryne Lewis is a philosopher, poet, writer and teacher. Her poems have appeared in Janus Head: A Journal of Philosophy and Art, The Anglican Theological Journal and The Penwood Review. In 2010, her poem “Conjoined” won first prize in the “Love at the Mutter” poetry contest, sponsored by the Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Lewis is a regular contributor to the web journal “The Church and Postmodern Culture” at The Other Journal and works out her philosophical demons at www.brynelewis.com.

Paul Capoccia is a Dunmore native. He attended Holy Cross High School and graduated as Salutatorian of the class of 2012. He was also selected as a Scranton Times-Tribune Scholastic Superstar for the class of 2012. Paul currently attends Marywood University where he is working toward a Bachelor’s degree in English with minors of Writing and Mathematics. Paul has only recently begun writing as he spent three of his first four semesters at Marywood as a Math major.

You may have seen Charlotte Lewis hopping trains throughout the United States and Canada. You may have seen her living in redwoods stopping deforestation, marching against the war in Iraq, or playing fiddle in a whimsical puppet show about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing. Maybe you remember her from highschool as that bald girl yelling and playing trumpet in a punk band. But mostly, you may have seen the Scranton native Charlotte Lewis frequenting poetry readings in the area for the past nine years. She has helped host the Anthology New and Used Books poetry reading and now hosts her own reading, Kick Out the Bottom, every last Friday of the month, at Embassy Vinyl in downtown Scranton. She has produced her own zines such as Last Guerilla’s Poetic Tactics and Burn in the Memory of Burning.

Eric Wilson is a pipe fitter from the water industry who likes the sight of penguins more often than not. He has a glorious wife and two fantastic children who share his love for peanut butter and machine lubricants. His work has appeared relatively nowhere due to a debilitating fear of postage stamps, envelope glue, and technology. He is the president of the newly founded SwanDive Publishing Company, and cannot wait to meet you in person. You can follow him on Twitter @SwandiveEric.

Poet Bernadette McBride’s work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies nationally as well as in the UK, and on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor. A former Poet Laureate of Bucks County, PA, she has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was second-place winner of the international Ray Bradbury writing award, and both a finalist and runner-up for the Robert Fraser poetry prize. She teaches writing and literature at Bucks County Community College, has taught Creative Writing at Temple University, and presents poetry and fiction writing workshops, often on the intersection of art and writing. In addition to directing the monthly Poets Reading Series at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA she reads her own work widely, including appearances on Public Television in New York City and PhillyCAM in Philadelphia. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Waiting for the Light to Change (Word Tech Editions) and Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations, forthcoming from Aldrich Press in September, 2014.