Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kinetic Poetry Oct. 7, 2012 6 pm at Albright College Theater for the Arts

You are invited to KINETIC POETRY 2 on Sunday, October 7th at 6 pm.  Order tickets online at Albright Box Office.

Albright College Theater for the Arts 
13th & Bern Street, Reading, PA. 
Doors open at 5PM 
Show begins at 6PM. 

$12 in advance
$15 at the doors 
$6 for students with ID 

For tickets, call the Albright Box Office at 610-921-7547 

Surcharge free!

Limited edition DVDs of the 2012 show will be available for a contribution of $20. More information about the event can be found at

KINETIC POETRY is a radically new type of performance art that features the unique combination of breathtaking circus-style acrobatics (artistic pole dancing, aerial rings, hooping, poi dancing) against a backdrop of aggressive and emotional slam poetry.

For the 2nd annual event, the Berks Bards have invited premier dancer/acrobats from all over the eastern half of the United States. Top acts include Vayda Kiss, 2011 Miss Pole Champ USA; Christine Hebestadt of Pole Jam Factory, retired professional ballet

dancer, teacher, choreographer, model and actor; Rachel Skye, performer and choreographer featured on VH1’s Dance Cam Slam, Ryssa, 1st place winner of the first Lehigh Valley Pole Dance Competition and Rhonda Chamberlain, 2009 USPDF finalist.

Accompanying the dance performances will be the voices of some of America’s best award-winning slam poets on the East Coast including headliner Deborah Magdalena from Miami, nationally-acclaimed poet, actress, sister of Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres and grandniece of legendary Puerto Rican singer Ruth Fernandez; Reagan “Rigz” Mendoza, nationally recognized performer, composer, and musician; El Poeta from Philadelphia, founder of Organic Poets and Dope Boys of Poetry; Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio, accomplished poet, actor and teacher from Philadelphia who was awarded the Alternative Soul award for best Spoken Word Performer and Reading’s own Noah Ayala, a member of Reading Hip-hop Summit.

KINETIC POETRY is sponsored by:
  • Bad Kitty Pole Wear 
  • Mighty Grip, Inc. 
  • X-Pole—Official Pole of Kinetic Poetry
  • Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex

Raffle Prizes include:
  • X-Pole SPORT (XS) — Professional Grade Stationary Pole
  • Bad Kitty Gift basket
  • Barnes & Noble $50 gift card
  • NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight & protective cover
  • Baja Beach Tanning Salon gift certificate

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oct. 1st, 2012 Inaugerate Maria McDonnell as the new Berks County Poet Laureate at 6:30 pm in the Miller Center

Berks County, we have a new Berks County Poet Laureate and for the first time this year, the first Berks County Scholastic Poet Laureate will be announced on Oct. 1st at 6:30 pm in the Miller Center.

Please join Maria McDonnell, her family and all of her poetic friends for a fun evening at the Miller Center.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 6, 2012 at 6 PM welcome Jodi Corbett and Jennifer Gittings-Dalton at the GoggleWorks

 This First Thursday Both Jodi and Jen will take the stage as featured readers at the Cucina Cafe on the first floor of the GoggleWorks.

Jodi Corbett teaches writing and literature at Reading Area Community College, Reading, Pennsylvania. She holds a MA in English from Kutztown University. Her areas of study include twenty-first century literacies, multimodal writing, and Modern and Postmodern poetry. Her chapbook Friend Eggs and Unedged Lawns (2006) is available through She has published poetry in Kutztown’s Shoo Fly literary journal and Essence magazine as well as Lehigh Valley Review. Most recently her poem "Patriotic Static" was featured on the National Council of Teachers of English website during National Poetry Month.
After ten years of raising her two sons and earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she is excited about devoting more time to poetry and painting. A Berks County native, she lives with her family in Boyertown.

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sept. 6, 2012 at 6 pm join Berks Bards as we welcome poet Jennifer Gittings-Dalton to the Cucina Cafe in the GoggleWorks

Spend this First Thursday, September 6th with Berks Bards and Jennifer Gittings-Dalton     
A poet, free-lance writer, and career consultant, Jen Gittings-Dalton formerly directed career services and coordinated study abroad/international advising programs in local colleges. In addition to writing non-fiction articles, she has founded Mind's Eye Writing & Editing, a service offering resume editing, career assessment, and job search preparation for hardworking people at any level of career transition.

Her chapbook, “Bird in the Overhang,” was published by FootHills Publishing in 2008, and her poems have appeared in “No Barriers!”, Front Street Journal, Mulberry Poets & Writers Review, and in other publications.

Jen's poetry celebrates relationships with her family and others, and most fundamentally with the living land around her.  A mother of two grown children, she and her husband live in Exeter at the fork of two creeks, with two demanding creatures, the Rottweiler-Lab Robbie and a black cat named Nur.