Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bard Fest 2018

Berks Bards is excited to announce our Bard Fest 2018 Event Line-Up!


 Read more about each event below!

When: April 5th, 2018 at 2pm 
Where: Reading Area Community College | Yocum Library  |  Room Y117
10 S 2nd St, Reading
When: April 5th, 2018 at 6pm
Where: The GoggleWorks
201 Washington St, Reading

Randolph Bridgeman graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He is the recipient of the prestigious Edward T. Lewis Poetry Prize. He was a Lannan Fellow for the Folgers Shakespearian Theater 04-05 poetry reading series. He teaches poetry in the Great Mills High School, 21st Century Program. His poems have been published in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. His poem Crazy Bob’s Used Car Radio Tips, was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize. He has four books of poems, South of Everywhere 2005, Mechanic on Duty 2008, The Odd Testament 2013, and The Poet Laureate of Cracker Town 2015. His new book, The Trailer Park Chronicles, is forthcoming in 2018.

The dedication of The Trailer Park Chronicles reads:

For Mrs. Fitzpatrick, my 12th grade English Teacher, who had the personality of Kansas Zip Code, FUCK YOU! Look who’s written a book.

When: April 7th, 2018 at 1pm
Where: 1840 Lorraine Road Reading, PA 19604
RSVP: Linda at 610-413-0373

"I am in midst of rewriting a memoir of my career as a cult interventionist and how I got into that strange line of work. I finished a 400-page manuscript ten years ago, but no publisher would accept it. We will go over goals and what I think we should avoid when writing a memoir."

Joseph Szimhart ( is an Artist, published author, mental health worker, and cult information consultant. He has had an art studio at Goggleworks in Reading since 2011 and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Joseph has also worked as a Crisis Intake Caseworker at Montgomery County Emergency Services since 2000. He also worked as a cult interventionist, consultant, and lecturer since 1980. Joseph has had many media appearances, research and opinion articles and book reviews published in professional journals and books on cults.

Joseph has written a novel: Mushroom Satori: The Cult Diary published in 2013 by Aperture Press in Reading, PA and has an undergraduate degree in Arts and Sciences from the University of Dayton. His writing and art has been featured in the cover story in ICSA Today magazine, 2017: “Retribing the Planet: Shamanism Repurposed for Modern Times” (International Cultic Studies Magazine, Vol. 8: No. 2).
When: April 8th, 2018 at 1pm
Where: Studio B
39 E Philadelphia Ave, Boyertown

Studio B will be holding a poetry/prose reading for those who submitted pieces of writing for “Let’s Rant." The exhibit for ''Let's Rant'' is debuting with an opening Friday, March 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run until April 15, 2018.
When: April 8th, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Winedown 
622 Penn Ave, West Reading
Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 if you RSVP Here: RSVP Link before 3/30/18

Guitarist Josh Taylor, Saxophonist Chris Heslop, and Bassist Trey LaRue will accompany Poet, Anthony Orozco for an evening of Jazz and Poetry!
When: April 10th, 2018 at 6pm
Where: Aladdin's Restaurant
401 Penn Ave, Reading

Our regularly occurring 2nd Tuesday Poetry Reading & Open Mic meets at Aladdin's Restaurant at 6pm every second Tuesday of the month. Join us downstairs for food, drinks, conversation, community, and of course...poetry! 
When: April 11th, 2018 at 4:30pm
Where: Muhlenburg Community Library
612 Kutztown Rd, Reading

Jennifer Hetrick hosts a poetry workshop to create poems inspired by your childhood memories.
When: April 11th, 2018 at 6:30pm
Where: Live on BCTV or later archived at

Join us LIVE on BCTV to watch Poets' Pause featuring special guest: Michael Shiffman. Hosted by Marilyn Klimcho, this show will discuss the works of Shiffman, what brings inspiration, beloved poets, and more!

When: April 14th, 2018 at 11am
Where: Oley Valley Community Library
339 Main St, Oley

nur alima schieBeare attended the University of Pa and Antioch University where she studied psychology, counseling, holistic health and comparative religions She received her master’s from Bryn Mawr college where she studied policy and clinical social work. She has worked in both adult and juvenile prisons, private high schools and in family service agencies using classical and holistic treatment modalities. She has studied meditation and religions most of her life and is a devotee of both Jalaludin Rumi and Hafiz. She is a student in the Sufi Order of the West, founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan.

During this event, she will read selected poems from her recently released book: Journey to the Beloved.

Learn more about Nur Alima here:

When: April 21st, 2018 at 1:30pm
Where: Hamburg Public Library

35 N 3rd St, Hamburg

Word Mangling for Fun and Profit: a poetry workshop with Marilyn LT Klimcho

Marilyn LT Klimcho is the author of Steeped in the Ceremony of Great Age, a book of poetry. She is also the author of a short story, Lost Gems, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published in the Schuylkill Valley Journal and by Studio B in Boyertown as well as in the anthologies: Bird Song and US20, published by FootHills Publishing.

When: April 24th, 2018 from 6:30-8pm
Where: Winedown 
622 Penn Ave, West Reading
Tickets: $15 at the door. RSVP Here: RSVP Link (seating is limited!)

Michael Shiffman attended Dartmouth for his BA and Columbia for his MA. He is a Reading/Mount Penn native and has held many professions including Tailoring, and Wine Salesman 18 yrs.

During this event he will pair wine and poetry and later open the floor to anyone interested in sharing their wine-inspired poetry.

When: April 28th, 2018 at 1pm
Where: Southeast Branch of Reading Public Library
1426 Perkiomen Ave, Reading

Bring together poetry on the page with scissors and eye-savvy visuals; use the ones supplied, and bring your own, too.

Join Jennifer Hetrick for a collaging with poetry workshop! Feel free to bring magazines and other printed visuals which might be useful to cut up as well as scissors and tape or glue. Supplies will be included, but the more, the merrier.

When: May 3rd, 2018 at 6pm
Where: The GoggleWorks
201 Washington St, Reading

Lexi Spino is a young poet from York, PA. She first joined Berks Bards early last year, and since then, we've been dying to have her back! She's got a chapbook titled "I'm A Wanderer, Not A Runaway", a spoken word EP called "Suicidal Since Birth", and a poetry book "This is Not For You" available. Her work can also be heard on Spotify! She is very heavy into the art scene around York and when she isn't writing or being an active member of the art society she is running around like a five-year-old with her daughter.
When: May 5th, 2018 at 1pm
Where: 1840 Lorraine Road Reading, PA 19604
RSVP: Linda at 610-413-0373

Dave Kline on The Life and Times of Mountain Mary

An interactive exploration of Dave’s work to explore and portray the live and times of a woman who was way ahead of her time here in Berks County.

Dave Kline is a business person, musician, composer, entertainer, writer, photographer, traveler and bard who has traveled the world bringing back folkloric tales of traditions, customs and culture. Dave writes, produces and hosts the award-winning, weekly Mountain Folk radio and web show that is herd on terrestrial radio stations in the USA, as well as internationally via satellite and Inet networks, including Apple iTunes and PlanetBluegrass Network. Dave writes the weekly Mountain Folklore column for Berks County Magazine in the Reading Eagle newspaper, has written and taken photographs for other publications such as Pennsylvania magazine and is an experienced mountain guide with more than 50 trips to the alps and beyond to his credit.

When: May 8th, 2018 at 6pm
Where: Aladdin's Restaurant
401 Penn Ave, Reading

Our regularly occurring 2nd Tuesday Poetry Reading & Open Mic meets at Aladdin's Restaurant at 6pm every second Tuesday of the month. Join us downstairs for food, drinks, conversation, community, and of course...poetry!

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