Sunday, February 17, 2019

Join Nathanael Tagg at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts March 7th, 2019


Berks Bards is excited to welcome Nathanael Tagg! Join us at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts to hear selected poetry. Following his reading, we'll allow ANYONE to step up to the mic and read what moves them.

When: March 7th, 2019 at 6 pm
Where: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Studio 420
201 Washington Street Reading PA 19601


Read Nathanael Tagg's Bio below:


Nathanael Tagg has an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers, where he was a Truman Capote Literary Trust fellow. He is an associate professor at Cecil College. His first book, a collection of poems entitled Animal Virtue, was published by WordTech Editions in March 2018. His writing has appeared in Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Pleiades, and many other magazines. It employs humor, nature imagery, poetic form, and allusions—especially the biblical or literary—to explore the challenges of living well in times of personal, spiritual, or environmental trouble. He lives with his wife and their nine-month-old daughter in Lancaster, PA.

Read a sample poem from Nathanael below:


Our Baby Deepness


Really? Yes, science proves the virgin birth
of Komodo dragons, caused by the holy spirit
of loneliness. Often, a most mammal-like lizard

—call her Mary; look in her eyes (somebody
is home)—must have swum to paradise,
an island with everything she needs, bar

a mate. Evolution—call him Evo—
couldn’t brook this (no nativity) forever
and said, “No mate? No problem. Voila:

you’re pregnant.” Science contests every miracle?
Destroys a sense of beauty and mystery? Really?
No spirituality without dualism and theology?  

To awe me, Jane, yours needn’t be a virgin birth
and won’t be, which your mom and I can confirm.
To the miraculous process, I’m peripheral.

Never mind another miracle: walking on water.
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle walked the ocean floor,
wore a pressurized suit, was reborn as Our Lady

Deepness, who says, “Kids don’t start out killing;
they start out wondering.” Jane, you’ll
be curious (in both senses) like Jane Goodall

and become yourself by living among us—
among animals. Like you, like fetuses, in wetness
Earle lives, learns, grows. Mirroring the odyssey

of your mom, every woman with child, all expectant
parents (me too!), Earle, while pregnant,
descended in a submersible to explore the depths.



Learn more about Nathanael by visiting his website: http://www.nathanaeltagg.com


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Friday, January 18, 2019

Now Accepting BCTV One Minute Poem Submissions

It's time to tape one-minute poems at Berks Community Television!
Are you interested in reading/performing a short poem to broadcast on BCTV throughout the month of April as part of Bard Fest 2019?

These tapings will be broadcasted live on BCTV and can be later found online at BCTV.org

To submit your poem digitally, first read the submission instructions here:
TinyURL.com/BCTVInstructions
As always, your $10.00 contribution (checks made out to Berks Bards) helps Berks Bards defray the expense of this event. Or pay ahead via PayPal at TinyURL.com/BerksBards
Only 22 slots are available this year and these are strictly on a first come, first served!
If you have questions please email Marilyn Klimcho
*Please include your name and contact information with your submission.
*Please write BCTV 2019 ONE MINUTE on the regards line.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Berks Bards' Song Challenge to Ryan Marie Rettew

Submit up to five lines of your original poetry to klimcho@msn.com by Monday April 1, 2019.

Singer/Songwriter Ryan Marie Rettew will use your words as inspiration to create up to 4 songs that will be revealed on Berks Community Television's Poets' Pause at 7 p.m. on Wednesday  November 13, 2019.

Limit three submissions of five lines each per person.

Please include your name and contact information with your submission.
Please write Song Challenge 2019 on the regards line.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Join David Nazario at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts February 7th, 2019



Berks Bards is excited to welcome David Nazario! Join us at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts to hear selected poetry. Following his reading, we'll allow ANYONE to step up to the mic and read anything that moves them.

When: February 7th, 2019 at 6 pm
Where: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Studio 238
201 Washington Street Reading PA 19601

Read David Nazario's Bio below:

David Nazario’s career as an author, speaker, and educator gives him the opportunity to do what he loves and call it work. In addition to speaking at high schools and colleges throughout the Tristate region, David contributes to Here In My City and Reading Eagle newspaper, and works part-time as a college adviser and adjunct professor at Reading Area Community College. He released his first book, 'Make Love Your Religion: How To Put Love First & Succeed at Doing What You Love' (SDJ Press) in April 2018. David earned his B.A. in Literature with a minor in Journalism from West Chest

Read a sample poem from David below:

Coffee Breaks In Cuba

Coffee breaks in Cuba provide welcomed albeit unnecessary shelter from the rain
Cool drops splash against a tattered window pane
Horns blair and the drum beats
The viejo with silk in his tone sings, not too sweet
Oh so strong
The perfect combination
The perfect song
Across the way palm trees sway transforming the pleasant into bliss
Coffee breaks in Cuba are heaven with each sip