Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November 1, 2012 at 6 pm at the GoggleWorks Cucina Cafe featuring poets Ann E. Michael and Barabara DeCesare

Happy Halloween!  Your treats are here!

First Thursday Poetry at the GoggleWorks, Reading PA

November 1st at 6:00 pm


Open Mic ~ Book Signing

This event is open to the public, sponsored by Berks Bards, with a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, with funding from the PA Council on the Arts, from appropriations of the PA Legislature, and administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.  Funding also from the Friends of the Berks County Libraries, and from the Wyomissing Foundation, local businesses, and from volunteers and friends of Berks Bards.

Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards


Ann E. Michael is a poet who also writes libretti and essays. Her work has appeared in journals throughout the US and Canada as well as online. She works at DeSales University in Center Valley PA and earned her graduate degree at Goddard College, where she met Barbara DeCesare. Ann Michael's most recent book is Water-Rites, (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2012).

Ann E. Michael
Ann E. Michael website (blog)

Water-Rites is now available at


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nov. 17, 2012 6:30 pm Benefit Poetry Reading for Michael Czarnecki of FootHills Publishing at Clay on Main in Oley

Hello Poets:

As some of you may know, Michael Czarnecki, his family and his business, FootHills Publishing, suffered a huge tragedy in July when their house and business burnt to the ground while Michael and his wife Carolyn were on a rare vacation in Maine. Because they lived off the grid, no insurance company would cover them so their loss is total.

An online fundraiser was held through Indiegogo. Some of you may have contributed to that. However, the funds raised did not meet the goal set to cover the expenses of rebuilding. 

Local poets who have benefitted from Michael Czarnecki’s publishing work would like to gather for a benefit reading. Dolores Kirschner has kindly offered Clay on Main in Oley, PA ( for a reading and will even provide some refreshments.

Clay on Main is a lively place these days, but Saturday evening November 17th is available to us from 6:30 to 8:30pm to have a poetry reading for the benefit of FootHills Publishing. We would like to be able to send a substantial check to Wheeler Hill, New York to help with their rebuilding before winter sets in, so we suggest a donation of $10.00 (but everyone is invited with or without a donation in the spirit of support). The featured readers will be FootHills poets and the time allowed for each poet will depend on how many can participate that evening.

If there are poets who would like to read in support of FootHills but not published by Foothills, please contact me. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Elizabeth Bodien at and if you can help publicize the event, hooray!  And thank you.


Elizabeth Bodien

Sunday, October 14, 2012



The Berks Art Alliance seeks INSPIRATION from YOUR POEMS.

Please email one-page poems you would like an artist to interpret (as attachments) to BOTH of these addresses:

Marilyn Klimcho at

If your poem or poems are selected as inspiration for a work of art by one of the Berks Art Alliance members,
your poem or poems will be included in a display book for the run of the art show at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education at
1100 Belmont Avenue, Wyomissing, PA 19610

If your poem or poems are selected, you may be invited to read at the opening reception on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The art show closes on March 18, 2013

The poem submissions should include your name, email address and phone number.

Deadline for entries is Oct. 31, 2012

Marilyn Klimcho
Liz Stanley
~Berks Bards

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thursday Oct. 4, 2012 at 6 pm in the GoggleWorks featuring poet Annette Russell

Please join Berks Bards on October 4th at the Cucina Cafe in the GoggleWorks when we welcome Annette Russell.
Annette Russell, aka Flowatress, is originally from South Philadelphia, but now resides in Lebanon with her three daughters. She is a licensed practical nurse who specializes in pediatric home care. She is an avid reader who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Publishing a book of poetry was a personal goal that Annette achieved when she released her first book: Exposed, a real life in real words.

An open mic follows Annette's presentation.