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!

 

NEPA Literary Events

Local writer Harold Jenkins has been doing a wonderful job keeping up with all of the literary events happening in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, and on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writer’s Collective blog, he posted a list of events happening throughout the rest of February. I thought I’d share because the more people that hear about these events, the better. I also want to note that I’m doing a featured reading on Friday, Feb. 28 at The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. I’ll be reading some new poems and from my latest collection, All That Remains. There’s an open mic, too. Sign-ups start at 6:30, and the event begins at 7.

Here’s a list of the other events:

Thursday, February 20 – Scranton
Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night at the Vintage, 326 Spruce Street, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers Collective! Sign-ups begin at 8:00, poetry at 8:30, hosted by K.K. Gordan. This is a free event, but donations to support the Vintage are encouraged and appreciated.

Friday, February 21 – Wilkes-Barre
Third Friday Spoken Word Event W. Featured Performers MOCK SUN! at Art Seen On The Square, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Open Mic plus special musical feature Mock Sun, hosted by Special Guest M.C. Alex Devirgilis. Sign-ups begin at 7:30, readings begin at 8:00.

Sunday, February 16 and Sunday, February 23 – Stroudsburg
Every Sunday features the Open Mic at the Living Room, 522 Main Street in Stroudsburg, next to the Sherman Theater. Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00.

Friday, February 28 – Scranton
The fifth edition of Kick Out the Bottom Open Voice Poetry Reading at Embassy Vinyl in Scranton, hosted by Charwonica Dziwozony. Limited to thirteen readers, signups begin at 6:45, poetry begins at 7:00. The event is BYOC – Bring Your Own Chair.

Friday, February 28 – Tunkhannock
Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Featuring Brian Fanelli. Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00. Open to audiences and performers of all types. Poet Brian Fanelli will be reading from his new book All That Remains. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. Hosted by Laurel Radzieski.

Saturday, March 1 – Scranton

Writers’ Showcase at the Vintage, 7 p.m., featuring Laura Duda, Jeff Rath, Kevin McDonough, Amanda J. Bradley, and Le Hinton. Free, but donations to The Vintage encouraged and appreciated. Hosted by Brian Fanelli and Jason Lucarelli.

Upcoming Readings/Events

It’s the beginning of a new year, so I’ve started to schedule some readings.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, I’m reading at Wilkes University’s M.F.A. Alumni Night. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the  Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. I’ll be joined by fellow poets Laura Moran, Jason Carney, Phil Brady, and Thom Ward. The reading is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, I’m reading at the Osterhauht Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA. The reading begins at 2 p.m. and  a is celebration of the new issue of  the literary magazine Word Fountain.  Other contributors will also read. Copies of the journal will be for sale, and all money made will be given to flood victims of Luzerne County.

In February, I’m taking part in the local author night at the Valley Community Library in Peckville. More details on that to come soon.

Later in the year, my first full-length book of poems will be out through Unbound Content. Once I schedule more readings for the book, I’ll post them here and on my website.