Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Join the Pagoda Writers for a Haiku Workshop with the esteemed Susanna Lee & Jean LeBlanc!

Susanna Lee is a writer and enjoys participating in poetry readings, and she has appeared as a featured reader for "Thursdays Are For Poetry" in Teaneck, NJ. Her poetry has been published online in the White Shoe Irregular, and in print in the Red Wheelbarrow #9 anthology, and will appear in an upcoming anthology by the Paulinskill Poetry Project. Her self-published book of poetry, Sunrise Mountain (Rose Mason Press, 2015), is available from the HPL Consortium.


Jean LeBlanc is an Assistant Professor of English at Sussex County Community College and executive editor of the Paulinskill Poetry Project. A member of the Writers’ Roundtable, she is active in the vibrant local poetry scene in northwestern New Jersey, often appearing as a featured reader. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, and her collections include At Any Moment (Backwaters Press, 2010) and A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press, 2015). Her haiku publications include The Haiku Aesthetic: Short Form Poetry as a Study in Craft (Cyberwit.net, 2013).


When: April 1st, 2017 at 1pm
Where: 
98 Duryea Dr, Reading, PA 19602
What to bring: Bring your friends, bring your poems, bring your friend's poems!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kick off Bard Fest 2017 with Yolanda Wisher!


Join Berks Bards in welcoming Yolanda Wisher back to Reading in this Poetry and Live Music event as a part of the Bruce H. Stanley Poetry Reading Series event and the very first event of Bard Fest 2017!

Yolanda Wisher is Philadelphia’s 2016-2017 Poet Laureate, as well as a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence and 2015 Pew Fellow. She also works as Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

THE AFROEATERS:
Will Brock, keys
Paul Giess, trumpet
Diego Maugeri, guitar
Carol Moog, harmonica
Mark Palacio, bass
Anssumane Silla, percussion
Yolanda Wisher, poetry/vocals


When: March 30th, 2017 at 6pm
Where: 
10 S 2nd St, Reading, PA 19602
What to bring: Bring your friends, bring your poems, bring your friend's poems!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Join Barbara Strasko & Daina Savage at the GoggleWorks on April 6th!


Please join us for 1st Thursday Poetry and Open Mic with our Featured Poets Barbara Strasko and Daina Savage!


Barbara Buckman Strasko is the author of two collections of poetry: Graffiti in Braille (Word Press, 2012) and  On the Edge of Delicate Day (Pudding House Press, 2008). She lives along the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her poem “Bricks and Mortar” was chosen to be engraved in granite in Lancaster’s main square. She was appointed the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County by the Lancaster Literary Guild.

Strasko’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Rhino, Poet Lore, Brilliant Corners, Ninth Letter , Nimrod and Borderlands. She was a finalist for the 2012 New Letters Poetry Award, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Strasko was the 2009 Teacher of the Year for River of Words, an international environmental youth poetry and art contest. Strasko was a counselor, reading specialist and literacy coach for the School District of Lancaster . Strasko currently serves as the Poet in the Schools for Poetry Paths and founded  Right to Write, a writing program for youth in the city of Lancaster.

Learn more about Barbara and her amazing works by visiting her website BarbaraBuckmanStrasko.com



Daina SavageLancaster County’s second poet laureate, works as a freelance journalist for magazines and newspapers in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 3,000 published stories. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Spoken Word Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As the director of the Lancaster Poetry Continuum, she organized numerous poetry reading series in Lancaster museums, bookstores, and coffee shops. 

She is the co-founder of the Lancaster County Young Writers Workshop. Her poetry has been published in numerous regional journals and has garnered many writing awards. She is the 2013 recipient of the R.E. Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry and her work has been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Her debut collection of poetry, Traces, was published in 2013 by Iris G. Press.

Visit Daina's website for more information: IrisgPress.org/Daina-Savage


When: April 6th, 2017 at 6pm
Where: The GoggleWorks
201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601
What to bring: Bring your friends, bring your poems, bring your friend's poems!


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