Upcoming Literary Events in NEPA

Many, many thanks to Harold Jenkins for putting the time and effort into creating another calendar of local literary events happening in northeastern, PA. Harold posted the events on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers’ Collective blog, and I’m posting them here so more people can see all that’s happening.

I just want to add one event not on the calendar. On Thursday, March 20 from 5-7 p.m., The Valley Community Library in Peckville is hosting its third annual Local Author Night, featuring book signings and readings by local authors. The event is free, and I’ll be there, so come say hello!

Here is a list of other local events:

Thursday, March 20 – Scranton
Third Thursday Open Mic at the Vintage, 326 Spruce Street, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers’ Collective. Sign-ups begin at 8:00, poetry at 8:30. This month’s host will be Alvin K. Nurse. Come celebrate the first day of spring with poetry! This is a free event, but donations to support the Vintage are encouraged and appreciated.

Friday, March 21 – Wilkes-Barre
Third Friday Spoken Word featuring the Breaking Ground Poets at Art Seen On The Square, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Open mic beforehand. Hosted by Sarah Scinto from The Times Tribune. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 (or whenever the sign-up sheet goes out, no less than 5-10 minutes before the readings), readings begin at 8:00.

Friday, March 21 – Tunkhannock
Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Open mic, followed by a performance by the Terry Wayne Goodholm band. Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00. Open to audiences and performers of all types.  Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. Hosted by Laurel Radzieski.

Sunday, March 23 – Scranton

A Lie is a Venial Sin (VT Stage Reading Series) The Vintage Stage Reading Series will kick off with a reading of a work by local playwright Ted LoRusso.

The Vintage is proud to kick off its 2014 stage reading series (in conjunction with its newly established resident ensemble) with a live stage reading of Ted LoRusso’s engaging work A Lie Is a Venial Sin .

March 23rd / 4:00 pm @ The Vintage

Free & Open to all (donations are encouraged to support The Vintage and continue its artistic programming and outreach).

The playwright will be in attendance for a Q&A discussion following the reading. The facilitator for this reading is Maggie A. O’Brien, who also serves as the resident ensembles producing director.

*NOTE: Due to strong language and content this reading is recommenced for mature audiences only.

There are a few more events scheduled for the end of March, including three events on March 28! For the rest of the events, check out the NEPWC blog.

More Upcoming Events

March is shaping up to be a busy month for me, with  some readings booked over the next few weeks, leading to some larger events for National Poetry Month. This Friday, March, 7, I’m reading in historic Gettysburg for  the first time ever. The reading will be at  7 p.m. at the Ragged Edge Café, 110 Chambersburg St.  I’m thrilled to take part in this long-running series and read in front of a different audience.


If you can’t make that reading, but you’re in Scranton this weekend, then you should check out Micah Towery’s reading Saturday at 3 p.m. at Library Express in the Steamtown Mall. Micah  is the editor of TheThePoetry blog and the author of the new book of poems, Whale of Desire.

Then on Thursday, March 20, from 5-7, the Valley Community Library is hosting Local Author Night. Along with authors, I’ll be having a book signing and reading.

Local Author Night

I just want to make a quick plug that I am taking part in “Local Author Night” this Wednesday from 5-7 pm at the Valley Community Library, located at 739 River Street in Peckville. The event is free and open to the public. I’m not sure who else will be reading, but I do know my friend and fellow poet Dawn Leas will also be there.