Monday, March 31, 2008

Bard Fest 2008

Thursday, April 3, 6:00 p.m. - First Thursday Poetry at the Bravo Cafe' in the GoggleWorks. Featured poet is Heather Thomas, with the premiere of her new book, Blue Ruby. Book signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Open mic to follow. 201 Washington ST, Reading.

Sunday, April 6, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Book Binding Workshop at the Steelers Fellowship Club with Awilda I. Castro-Suarez. Registration required. $7 (cash only) at the door. Contact Marilyn Klimcho at 610-478-3380 ext 5309, or 610-374-1161. 126 Bern ST, Reading.

Monday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. - The Bruce Stanley Memorial Poetry Reading, "Poetry at 6" at Reading Area Community College, Berks-Penn Rooms. Featured poet is Maria McDonnell. Open mic to follow. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Hettie Campion, The Foundation for RACC at 10 South 2nd ST, Reading.

Wednesday, April 9, 5:00 p.m. - The English Department at Kutztown University presents "Wordpainters: Jennifer Hill Kaucher and Dan Waber." Contact Dr. Heather Thomas, Kutztown University, for more information or email to

Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. - J.C. Todd and Martha Carlson-Bradley present at Penn State Berks Campus. Multi-purpose Room, Perkins Student Center. Hosted by Jayne Brown.

Saturday, April 12, 2:00 p.m. - Poetry reading at All Things Good. Featured poets are Doug Arnold and Liz Stanley. Contact person is Lester Hirsh, 570-462-9419. This event is free and open to the public. 209 West Market ST, Pottsville.

Sunday, April 13, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Second Sunday Poetry Reading at the GoggleWorks in Room 411. Featuring FootHills Publishing poets and Michael Czarnecki, publisher. 201 Washington ST, Reading.

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. - "Piecing Poems: A Workshop on Creating New Work from Scraps," workshop with Jayne Brown. Perkins Student Center, Room 3, Penn State Berks Campus. Space is limited, reserve your spot! Contact Jen Gittings-Dalton for more information at 610-370-2629 or email to

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. - The P-Poets the Mifflin Community Library. Featured poets are Deborah Filanowski, Lester Hirsh, and Awilda I. Castro-Suarez. Contact is Lynn Stimeling, Programs/PR Coordinator, 610-777-3911. Hosted by Awilda I. Castro-Suarez. 6 Philadelphia AVE, Shillington.

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. - A Poetry Reading featuring contributors to Penn State Berks's new student literary journal and participants from the "Piecing Poems" workshop on April 15. Freyberger Art Gallery, Perkins Student Center, Penn State Berks. Tulpehocken RD, Reading.

Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. - Poetry Reading at the Adamstown Area Public Library featuring Marilyn and Pat Klimcho. 3000 N Reading RD, Adamstown.

Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. - Poetry Workshop at the PAL Center for the Arts. Featured poets are Jen Gittings-Dalton, Michael Clipman, and Maria McDonnell. 328 Walnut ST, Reading.

This project was supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Berks Arts Council.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Poetry around the area...


FootHills Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Emily Hayes Whittle's poetry chapbook SHADOWS and LIGHT

Poet’s Statement about Shadows and Light:

I primarily see the poems in this collection as my struggle to find faith, sanity, and light in a world often veiled in shadows and darkness. Though many of these poems were born in shadow, hopefully, as a whole, light breaks through. I find light for my path through poetry, my family, and my Celtic Christian and American Indian spiritual inheritance.

The amazingly gifted Rebecca Gonzalez will debut her well-reviewed book, Sonata for Rain, for the Lancaster Poetry Exchange on March 26 at 7:30 PM. She has graciously agreed to have this venue serve as the coming out party for her moving collection of poems. It will be spring and you owe it to the spiritual side of yourself to come and here this magical poet.

Barnes and Noble

Red Rose Commons
1700 H Fruitville Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601

Hosted by Jeff Rath

Rebecca Gonzalez’s long-awaited poetry collection gives its readers moments of reflection and contemplation that are as universal as they are delicate. These gentle poems, some juxtaposed with their original Spanish version, offer sincere pleadings (“Remind me that it is/all worth the sacrifice”) and aching (“I need you/like a breath”) that carry Sonata for Rain right into the heart.


Two-time American Poet Laureate Ted Kooser
Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m., Elizabethtown College Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.
Free tickets required for the event are available by calling 717-361-4757.