Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December 1, 2011 6 pm First Thursday at the GoggleWorks Featuring poet Deborah Filanowski

You are invited!

Join us for a holiday celebration of First Thursday Poetry

December 1, 2011 ~ 6:00 pm

The Cucina Cafe' at the GoggleWorks
201 Washington St, Reading

DEBORAH FILANOSKI ~ featured poet

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary edition of "...and guppies eat their young," a chapbook by Deborah Filanowski, first published in 2001 by Plan B Press in conjunction with Lancaster Outloud, a poetry festival. The new edition contains old favorites and a few newer poems. Book signing.

Open Mic

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nov 3rd 2011, 6 pm GoggleWorks featuring Jeff Rath


Thursday, November 3, 2011 ~ 6:00 pm

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington St, Reading, PA

JEFF RATH is the featured poet

Open Mic

Berks County Premiere of "Film Noir" (2011, Iris G Press) and Book Signing

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by Berks Bards with a grant from the
PA Partners in the Arts, administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.

Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards


Jeff Rath won the 2007 R.E. Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. His new book is "Film Noir, published in 2011 by Iris G. Press. Rath has published two other books: "The Waiting Room at the End of the World" in 2007, and "In the Shooting Gallery of the Heart" 2009, both published by Iris G Press.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011 Poetry Workshop Bernardine Hall Auditorium 3:45 pm Alvernia University featuring Marilyn L.T. Klimcho



Bernardine Hall Auditorium, 3:45-5:15-ish.

You’ve felt it every day of your life. Something happens and you want to write about it, to capture the event and relive it, to share it, or somehow “catch” its unique power in words.

You have stories you want to tell. You are searching for ways to “boil it down” in a way that will rivet your listeners and make them long to turn the page.

Guess what? That is POETRY. You don’t need to “be” a poet to try it!

This “playshop” will show you how to mine your life experiences for stories that can become poems.

Q’s: 610-790-1982

The Alvernia Literary Festival hosts: Marilyn L. T. Klimcho

Marilyn Klimcho is a writer, editor and writing coach who is currently involved with three local writers groups: Berks Bards, Inc., a non-profit for which Marilyn is the treasurer, the Saturday Scribes, also known as Writers Without Borders which meets every Saturday now at the GoggleWorks instead of at Borders and a critique group that meets once a month to tackle longer written works.

Marilyn’s been published in the Reading Eagle, on BCTV’s website and won an honorable mention in the Harrisburg Writer’s Contest for a story she coauthored with her husband Patrick. She’s given many readings and organized many events including the annual BCTV poetry broadcast for the month of April, but more importantly she researches markets, edits and helps other authors to publish.

Oct. 18, 2011 Reading at the Speckled Hen in Reading, PA Doors open at 5 pm, reading starts at 6 pm

The Greater Reading Literary Festival of 2011

Reading Reads and The Speckled Hen
present an evening of literature with host
Sue Lange
Doug Arnold • Awilda Castro • Liz Clark • Elizabeth
Drozda • Mickey Getty • Marilyn Klimcho • Patrick
Klimcho • Donna McLay • Frank Mulligan • Clem
Page • Jennie Rodriguez • Bryan Wang
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time: 6 pm (music by Gary M. Celima: 5-6)
Where: The Speckled Hen
30 South 4th Street, Reading, PA
Admission: Free
Food will be available for purchase starting at 5pm.
Come early to get a good seat.
(reservations not required, but maybe a good idea:610-685-8511)

Oct. 21, 2011 Awilda Castro Suarez reading at Bernardine Lecture Hall 2:00 pm Alvernia University

October 21, 2011 The Alvernia Writers' Series hosts guest poet, writer, and translator Awilda I. Castro Suarez for a presentation of authentic creative works.
Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall, 2:00 p.m.

About the Event
The Alvernia Writers' Series is an open forum for the presentation of authentic creative works. Now in its seventh year under the auspices of Dr. Tom Bierowski, the Alvernia Writers' Series welcomes any and all participants and hopes to keep the Bohemian spirit of personal artistic expression alive and kicking on campus.

The Writers' Series meets one Friday per month at 2:00 p.m. in the Dr. Frank A. Franco Library. For more information contact Dr. Tom Bierowski at thomas.bierowski@alvernia.edu.

About the Guest Poet
Awilda I. Castro Suarez is a writer and translator. Born and raised in Puerto Rico she has a Bachelor's degree in public communications from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's degree in Spanish journalism from Florida International University. She lives in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Castro Suarez has been published in numerous magazines, such as Off the Coast, Mad Poets, Philadelphia Poets and in book anthologies. Her poem, "Nostalgia at Pennsylvania Dutch Country" won the Editor's Choice in the Sixth Annual Amy Tritsch Needle Award given by the Philadelphia Poets. She is an active member of Berks Bards, organizes writing workshops for different community groups and hosts poetry readings. She has published a book of poetry about immigration titled, Loneliness Country. Castro Suarez is also working on her first novel.

Friday, September 30, 2011

October 6, 2011 6 pm First Thursday in the Cucina Cafe at the GoggleWorks featuring Dustin Nipsel

Dustin Nipsel is a York poet who has been writing for 7 years and performing for 4 of them. He was a 2010 heavy word poetry slam place winner. At First Thursday Dustin will be accompanied by his musician friend Tom. Dustin combines poetry with rhythmic beats and guitar. Dustin last appeared in Reading at the 100,000 Poets for Change event on Penn Street. Open mic to follow.