Thursday, January 31, 2013

April 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Miller Center featuring Kate Wirsing

Please join Berks Bards at the Miller Center for spoken word poet Kate Wirsing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Office at Reading Area Community College and is free to students, faculty and staff with a RACC ID.

Tickets for the general public are $5.00.

February 17, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Yocum Art Institute in Wyomissing featuring artists painting in response to local poets

Please join Berks Bards at:

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education,
1100 Belmont Ave, Wyomissing, PA 1961.

For a reception from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday February 17, 2013.

The Berks Art Alliance will be featuring work by artists inspired by poems written by local poets.

Please come and discover the magic of our words interpreted onto canvas.

Participating poets include:

Stephanie Force
Edwin Romond
Jodi Corbett
Janette Guzowski
Christopher Sohnly
Marilyn Klimcho
Beth Brown
Catherine Deiley
Janice M. Chappie
Colin P. Hill
Edward L. Reindle
Lisa DeVuono
Sandra Fees
Susan Charkes
Jayne Relaford Brown
Rachel Degler
Patrick Klimcho

Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 30, 2013 at 3 p.m. for Voices in Wartime, brown bag discussion and at 6 p.m. poet Joseph Ross at RACC

Join Berks Bards at RACC Wednesday, January 30, for the film "Voices in Wartime" at 3 p.m., with a brown bag discussion of the film, followed by Poetry @ 6 with poet Joseph Ross.

Joseph Ross' reading will be followed by an open mic.

These activities will be in room 118 in the Schmidt Technology Center and are free and open to the general public.  For more information, call 610-372-4721.

Thanks to Jodi Corbett and Dawn Gieringer for collaborating with the Bruce Stanley Memorial Series for this public event.

This event is sponsored by the Foundation for RACC and by the Berks Bards, with support from a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.

Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards

Joseph Ross has published a magnificent debut poetry collection, Meeting Bone Man, from Main Street Rag Publishing.

Bio ~ see

Joseph Ross started writing poetry in high school and continued in college where he got more into songwriting. As he studied, read, and wrote more, he gave himself more and more to poetry. When he was in graduate school, in his mid-to-late 20s he began to take poetry very seriously.

In an on-line interview with CL Bledsoe, Joseph Ross said, “The death of my mother was the genesis for Bone Man. Her death struck me very hard and I felt I was ‘seeing death’ everywhere. So I went with that image. I wanted to explore what it would look like to see Bone Man, the personification of death, at a party, on the beach, driving in the car next to me. After all, I felt I was seeing him everywhere, so why not describe him in these places. It became a way to resist him, a way at least to say ‘I see you!’”

February 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the GoggleWorks featuring poets Jeff Rath and Le Hinton

Please join Berks Bards in welcoming Jeff Rath and Le Hinton to First Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Cucina Cafe in the GoggleWorks on February 7, 2013.

There is an open mic to follow the featured readers. 

Please bring your poems, bring your friends, bring your friend's poems... 

Jeff Rath is the author of three collections of poetryThe Waiting Room at the End of the World (2007), In the Shooting Gallery of the Heart (2009) and Film Noir (2011), all published by Iris G. Press. His works have been published in a number of journals including Everyday Genius and Fledgling Rag. He is the 2007 R.E. Foundation Award winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Le Hinton is the author of four poetry collections including, Black on Most Days (Iris G. Press, 2008) and The God of Our Dreams (Iris G. Press, 2010). His work has been (or soon will be) published in Watershed, Gargoyle, haggard and halloo, Little Patuxent Review, Fox Chase Review, the Baltimore Review and in the anthology/cookbook Cooking Up South. In 2012, his poem, “Our Ballpark,” was incorporated into Derek Parker’s sculpture Common Thread and installed at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as part of the Poetry Paths project. He is the founder and chief editor of the poetry journal Fledgling Rag

Thursday, January 24, 2013

February 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA with Christine Longenecker and Rick Shoup

Berks Bards encourages you to attend:

The Myriad of Roads Not Taken: 

An Evening with Robert Frost

Lancaster County Poet Laureate, Christine Longenecker, and local actor, Rick Shoup, will present an evening of Frost's poetry at the Ware Center (42 N. Prince St.), Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. 

J.R. Ankney, Director of Music at St. James Episcopal Church, will lead a men's ensemble performing selections from "Frostiana" (Frost's poetry set to music) by Randall Thompson. 

 or 872-3811. The event benefits Lancaster Public Library.Tickets $10 (students free) at or 872-3811. The event benefits Lancaster Public Library.

Memorize a Frost poem and share it with the audience during the open mic portion of the show!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

February 23, 2013 6 p.m. at Clay on Main in Oley featuring Circus Terminal USA Art World Tour and Poetry

Join Berks Bards and Studio B from Boyertown at Clay on Main in Oley, PA at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 for a pot luck dinner with the artists from Circus Terminal USA Art World Tour.

Sixty-seven artists, eighteen countries and counting!

On that date Circus Terminal will begin wrapping up an area exhibition in Boyertown's Studio B and this will be your last opportunity to meet with the artists and enjoy a meal in the warm company and ambiance that is Clay on Main.

The exhibition opens on February 15th at Studio B in Boyertown, PA. and closes on March 9th.

At 7 p.m., following the meal with the artists, Berks Bards will host a poetry workshop at Clay on Main followed by an open mic.

Suggested donation for this event is $10.00
If you are attending the dinner please bring a favorite dish to share.