Scranton ZineFest

If you’re around the Scranton area this weekend, I recommend that you check out the annual Scranton Zine Fest, to be held at the Tripps Park Community Center on Saturday from 11-6. While the term “zine” may conjure up images of handmade, DIY magazines, the festival includes a host of other vendors besides zinesters. In past years, there was art, records, and movies for sale, among other items.  This year is unique because it will also feature an entire day’s worth of live music. You can check out the schedule of bands here.

While on the website, check out photos from past years to get a sense of what the festival is all about!

Scranton ZineFest

If you’re  around northeastern, PA this weekend, then I encourage you to come out to Scranton ZineFest. Since it’s creation a few years ago, the festival has grown to include more artists, zinesters, poets, and this year musicians. It has become an inclusive festival over the last few years that does its best to include a variety of art forms and media.  The free event will take place Saturday from 1-7 p.m. at the Tripps Park Community Center, 2000 Dorothy St. in Scranton. This year’s event features artists from all over the East Coast, including Maryland, Philadelphia, Richmond, DC, and artists from far away as Chicago. For a list of the artists and zinesters participating, click here.

There will also be live music throughout the day and a poetry reading at 2 p.m. I’ll be reading, along with Rich Howells, Alexis Belluzzi, Rachael Goetzke, and David J. Bauman. For a list of our bios, click here.

If you want more information about the festival, then check out this article The Weekender just published.

A big thank you to Jessica Meoni and her partners in crime for organizing this whole thing for yet another year.

Scranton ZineFest

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you should stop at New Visions Studio and Gallery in Scranton Saturday for the second Scranton ZineFest. From noon-6, there will be tables filled with zines, journals, books, arts and crafts. This year, the vendors are coming from all along the East Coast, and there is even one coming from Canada. Following the tabling, there will be a poetry reading at 7 p.m. featuring Jason Lucarelli, Steve Keating, Rachael Goetzke, Alexis Czencz Belluzzi, Rich Howells, William James, and I. This poetry reading is unique because most of the work we share will be music-oriented.

For more info about ZineFest, click here. For more info about the readers, click here.

You can also check out the Weekender’s cover story on ZineFest here, and the article from Go Lackawanna here.

I have a feeling that this year’s festival will top last year’s, when we had to deal with gloomy weather and on and off rain that limited the number of participants that came, since we had the festival outside, on Center Street. We’re grateful that New Visions has opened its doors to us and has allowed us to host the festival indoors this year.

Some Updates

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years and developed some solid resolutions for 2012. I wanted to share some updates. The next Writers Showcase at New Visions Studio and Gallery will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm. The venue is located at 201 Vine Street, and there is free parking in front of the gallery. We had a wonderful turnout during the first event back in November, and I’m hoping for the same or even better this time. Next week, I’ll post a description of all of the readers involved. It will be a solid mix of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.

I also want to mention that I have a poem, “How I Remember Her,” published in the new issue of Evening Street Review. This is a wonderful print journal published out of Ohio. Check it out here.

Finally, I want to share an update about ZineFest 2012. Last year, the organizers received a county grant that basically paid for the event. This year, the county received even more applications, and unfortunately, ZineFest did not secure any grant money. The organizers are trying to raise enough funds to secure the venue for a soon-to-be scheduled June date. They are seeking donations, and if you can help out, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to email them at scrantonzinefestival@gmail.com. Any support would be much appreciated. Last year’s event was a huge success and brought in writers, artists, and zinesters from across the East Coast, and I hope the event keeps going.

That’s all for now. Happy Writing, Happy New Year!

Some updates

I took a much-needed vacation over the last few days and camped at the historic beach town Cape May with my girlfriend, Jenna. After doing readings nearly every weekend since the fall and the release of Front Man, I needed to lounge on the beach and decompress.

But now that I’m back, I want to give a big thank you/shout ou to Jess Meoni, Dana Bloom, and everyone else involved with the first ever Scranton ZineFest. It was remarkable to see so many zinesters from the East Coast (Philly especially) come together to exchange ideas and publications. Also, everyone that read at Anthology that night killed it! I hope this will be an annual event in Scranton because it did indeed feel like something special.

I also want to announce that I’m now writing poetry book reviews for PANK, a national literary journal. My first review was just published, and you can read it here.  Also, I have a fairly new poem, “One Night,” published in the new issue of Pennsylvania Literary Journal.

I also have a few readings coming up.  On Tuesday, July 26, I’ll be reading at the KGB Bar in New York City with some other writers I know. More details to come soon. I’ll also be reading at the second Prose in Pubs series on Sunday, July 31 at Jack’s Draft House in Scranton with Matt Hinton, Jen Diskin, Mischelle Anthony.

One Last Post About ZineFest

Just a reminder that the first ever Scranton ZineFest is this Saturday! The tables of zines will be featured from noon-3 pm along Center Street. Zinesters are coming from Philly, Allentown, and all along the East Coast. You can read the full list of featured artists and zinesters by clicking here.  It’s now pretty extensive.

Following the table portion of the event, I will host the poetry reading from 4-6 pm at Outrageous Cafe/Pages and Places at Anthology, which is also at Center Street. The featured readers include Amye Archer, Rachael Goetzke, Alexis Czencz Belluzzi, Dale Wilsey Jr, and me. To read bios of the featured readers, click here.

The press has also been so kind to us, and there’s been write-ups in most of the major publications here. To read the Electric City article click here.  To read the Scranton  Times-Tribune article, click here. To read the Weekender article, click here.  To read the Go Lackawanna article, click here, and to hear the WVIA radio interview, click here.

And again, please come out to the event and support what Scranton is doing regarding the arts!

ZineFest Follow-Up

The other night, I met with Jess Meoni, the organizer of Scranton’s first ever ZineFest, and the writers who will take part in the reading portion of the festival from 4-6 pm on Saturday, June 11 at Pages and Places at Anthology (515 Center Street, Scranton).

The closer this event draws, the more excited I am about it, and I’m confident that the mix of people reading will sustain and maintain the audience’s interest. Everyone’s work is unique and different from each other’s. I wanted to take some time and share some basic info about the different writers.

Alexis Czencz Belluzi has a chapbook of poems out with the Boston-based press/publisher Big Table Publishing (These guys also put out my book, Front Man). Her book, Practicing Distance, was hailed as “teasingly original” and “a finely wrought chapbook of poems” by renowned poet Eric Tretheway, father of award-winning poet Natasha Tretheway.

Dale Wilsey Jr. is a friend and poet I’ve met over the last year. He has no qualms writing honest poems about sex and relationships, but I’ve also heard him read moving poems that explore  father/son relationships. You should check out his blog by clicking here.

Amye Barresse Archer is a friend I’ve made through the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program, where we both completed an M.A. and M.F.A.  in creative writing. She’s a witty, talented memoirist and poet. The latest collection of poems she’s working on is set to the 80s hair metal scene! How cool is that? She also just started a reading series in the Scranton area called Prose in Pubs. You should check out her blog here.

Rachael Goetzke is another friend I made through the Wilkes Program. She’s currently working on a memoir about the importance of music, especially Pearl Jam, in her life. Like her memoir, her poetry is also filled with references to music and pop culture. She is also a co-founder and editor of the literary journal Word Fountain. The new music-themed issue will be available at ZineFest. Check out her blog here.

I’ll also be reading at the event, and if you reading this blog, then you probably know my work. But if you just stumbled upon this blog, and want a sample of my stuff, check out my site here.

Also, if you are interested in showcasing your zine, poetry chapbook, jewelry, or art, there is still some time to sign up for a table. Just check the ZineFest website for more info. The cut-off date to get a table is Friday, May 27.

And before you come to the reading, make sure to check out all of the vender tables from noon-3 p.m. along Center Street.