Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday December 6, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Cucina Cafe in the GoggleWorks for poets Edwin Romond and Barbara Crooker

You are invited to join us for First Thursday Poetry

December 6, 2012

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts ~ Cucina Cafe', 1st Floor, 201 Washington ST, Reading


Open Mic

This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Berks Bards, with support from a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, with funding from the PA Legislature, administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.  Additional support from the Friends of the Berks County Libraries.

Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards

Edwin Romond

Edwin Romond’s most recent book of poetry is Alone with Love Songs (Grayson Books.) He is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils. He is a five time Pushcart Prize nominee and Garrison Keillor has featured his poems on NPR. In addition to his poetry, Romond has written the book, music, and lyrics for two musical plays, Robin Hood and A Family Life, that were produced at New Jersey community theaters.

A native of Woodbridge, NJ, Edwin Romond now lives in Wind Gap, PA with his wife and son.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nov. 20, 2012 6 p.m. at the Schmidt Technology Center Room 118 on RACC's campus

Which lines from a Robert Frost poem do you know by heart? 
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall,..."
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,..."
"Some say the world will end in fire,/Some say in ice."
"Whose woods these are I think I know..."

Join us at RACC on Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00 pm

Poetry @ Six ~ The Bruce Stanley Memorial Poetry Reading + Open Mic

Schmidt Technology Center, Room 118 ~ Note new venue!

Chris Longenecker and Rick Stroup present "An Evening with Robert Frost"

This event is free and open to the public and to students.  Sponsored by the Foundation for RACC.
and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts through the Berks Arts Council

Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nov. 20, 2013, 6 p.m. at Schmidt Training and Technology Center RACC Campus featuring Chris Longenecker and Rick Shoup

Join Berks Bards at Reading Area Community College for:

The Bruce Stanley Reading Series: Poetry At Six

in the Schmidt Training and Technology Center

with Chris Longenecker and Rick Shoup

Chris Longenecker, Lancaster County's Poet Laureate for 2012, and her husband Rick Shoup promise dramatic interpretations of Robert Frost as well as a reading of a selection of Chris Longenecker's poetry.

Chris’s Bio

Chris Longenecker did her first dramatic interpretation of a Robert Frost poem, ”Blueberries,” in high school.  Her appreciation of Frost has deepened over the years as she has studied his life and memorized more than 120 of his poems.   Chris also writes her own poetry, and her style has, not surprisingly, been compared to Frost’s.  Since moving to Lancaster in 1986, Chris has been involved in the Lancaster theater community.  In the mid 1990s, she began performing poetry in theatrical venues.   In 2009, Chris began “A Touch of Frost,” a project wherein she and her husband, Rick Shoup, take Frost’s poetry on the road, sharing programs in schools, nursing homes, and other venues.  Chris’ first book of poetry, How Trees Must Feel, was published by Cascadia Publishing House, Ltd. In 2011.   She was named Poet Laureate of Lancaster County in 2012.

Rick’s Bio

Rick Shoup has performed in many theatrical productions over the years.  His favorite roles have been comic roles in Shakespearean productions.   He is pleased to be able to lend a hand to Chris’s “Touch of Frost” programs.  He is a retired professional environmentalist and is active in several environmental preservation and restoration groups.  He says he is “much too lazy to be a poet himself.”

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November 1, 2012 at 6 pm at the GoggleWorks Cucina Cafe featuring poets Ann E. Michael and Barabara DeCesare

Happy Halloween!  Your treats are here!

First Thursday Poetry at the GoggleWorks, Reading PA

November 1st at 6:00 pm


Open Mic ~ Book Signing

This event is open to the public, sponsored by Berks Bards, with a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, with funding from the PA Council on the Arts, from appropriations of the PA Legislature, and administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.  Funding also from the Friends of the Berks County Libraries, and from the Wyomissing Foundation, local businesses, and from volunteers and friends of Berks Bards.

Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards


Ann E. Michael is a poet who also writes libretti and essays. Her work has appeared in journals throughout the US and Canada as well as online. She works at DeSales University in Center Valley PA and earned her graduate degree at Goddard College, where she met Barbara DeCesare. Ann Michael's most recent book is Water-Rites, (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2012).

Ann E. Michael
Ann E. Michael website (blog)

Water-Rites is now available at


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nov. 17, 2012 6:30 pm Benefit Poetry Reading for Michael Czarnecki of FootHills Publishing at Clay on Main in Oley

Hello Poets:

As some of you may know, Michael Czarnecki, his family and his business, FootHills Publishing, suffered a huge tragedy in July when their house and business burnt to the ground while Michael and his wife Carolyn were on a rare vacation in Maine. Because they lived off the grid, no insurance company would cover them so their loss is total.

An online fundraiser was held through Indiegogo. Some of you may have contributed to that. However, the funds raised did not meet the goal set to cover the expenses of rebuilding. 

Local poets who have benefitted from Michael Czarnecki’s publishing work would like to gather for a benefit reading. Dolores Kirschner has kindly offered Clay on Main in Oley, PA ( for a reading and will even provide some refreshments.

Clay on Main is a lively place these days, but Saturday evening November 17th is available to us from 6:30 to 8:30pm to have a poetry reading for the benefit of FootHills Publishing. We would like to be able to send a substantial check to Wheeler Hill, New York to help with their rebuilding before winter sets in, so we suggest a donation of $10.00 (but everyone is invited with or without a donation in the spirit of support). The featured readers will be FootHills poets and the time allowed for each poet will depend on how many can participate that evening.

If there are poets who would like to read in support of FootHills but not published by Foothills, please contact me. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Elizabeth Bodien at and if you can help publicize the event, hooray!  And thank you.


Elizabeth Bodien

Sunday, October 14, 2012



The Berks Art Alliance seeks INSPIRATION from YOUR POEMS.

Please email one-page poems you would like an artist to interpret (as attachments) to BOTH of these addresses:

Marilyn Klimcho at

If your poem or poems are selected as inspiration for a work of art by one of the Berks Art Alliance members,
your poem or poems will be included in a display book for the run of the art show at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education at
1100 Belmont Avenue, Wyomissing, PA 19610

If your poem or poems are selected, you may be invited to read at the opening reception on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The art show closes on March 18, 2013

The poem submissions should include your name, email address and phone number.

Deadline for entries is Oct. 31, 2012

Marilyn Klimcho
Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thursday Oct. 4, 2012 at 6 pm in the GoggleWorks featuring poet Annette Russell

Please join Berks Bards on October 4th at the Cucina Cafe in the GoggleWorks when we welcome Annette Russell.
Annette Russell, aka Flowatress, is originally from South Philadelphia, but now resides in Lebanon with her three daughters. She is a licensed practical nurse who specializes in pediatric home care. She is an avid reader who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Publishing a book of poetry was a personal goal that Annette achieved when she released her first book: Exposed, a real life in real words.

An open mic follows Annette's presentation.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kinetic Poetry Oct. 7, 2012 6 pm at Albright College Theater for the Arts

You are invited to KINETIC POETRY 2 on Sunday, October 7th at 6 pm.  Order tickets online at Albright Box Office.

Albright College Theater for the Arts 
13th & Bern Street, Reading, PA. 
Doors open at 5PM 
Show begins at 6PM. 

$12 in advance
$15 at the doors 
$6 for students with ID 

For tickets, call the Albright Box Office at 610-921-7547 

Surcharge free!

Limited edition DVDs of the 2012 show will be available for a contribution of $20. More information about the event can be found at

KINETIC POETRY is a radically new type of performance art that features the unique combination of breathtaking circus-style acrobatics (artistic pole dancing, aerial rings, hooping, poi dancing) against a backdrop of aggressive and emotional slam poetry.

For the 2nd annual event, the Berks Bards have invited premier dancer/acrobats from all over the eastern half of the United States. Top acts include Vayda Kiss, 2011 Miss Pole Champ USA; Christine Hebestadt of Pole Jam Factory, retired professional ballet

dancer, teacher, choreographer, model and actor; Rachel Skye, performer and choreographer featured on VH1’s Dance Cam Slam, Ryssa, 1st place winner of the first Lehigh Valley Pole Dance Competition and Rhonda Chamberlain, 2009 USPDF finalist.

Accompanying the dance performances will be the voices of some of America’s best award-winning slam poets on the East Coast including headliner Deborah Magdalena from Miami, nationally-acclaimed poet, actress, sister of Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres and grandniece of legendary Puerto Rican singer Ruth Fernandez; Reagan “Rigz” Mendoza, nationally recognized performer, composer, and musician; El Poeta from Philadelphia, founder of Organic Poets and Dope Boys of Poetry; Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio, accomplished poet, actor and teacher from Philadelphia who was awarded the Alternative Soul award for best Spoken Word Performer and Reading’s own Noah Ayala, a member of Reading Hip-hop Summit.

KINETIC POETRY is sponsored by:
  • Bad Kitty Pole Wear 
  • Mighty Grip, Inc. 
  • X-Pole—Official Pole of Kinetic Poetry
  • Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex

Raffle Prizes include:
  • X-Pole SPORT (XS) — Professional Grade Stationary Pole
  • Bad Kitty Gift basket
  • Barnes & Noble $50 gift card
  • NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight & protective cover
  • Baja Beach Tanning Salon gift certificate