Saturday, August 31, 2013

Monday October 21, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Reading Area Community College featuring poets Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin

Please join Berks Bards for the Bruce Stanley Memorial Poetry Reading in room 118 of the Schmidt Tech Center featuring Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin.

Valerie Fox's books include The Rorschach Factory (Straw Gate Books) and The Glass Book (Texture Press). She recently published Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press), which was co-written with Lynn Levin. Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon is a compilation written with Arlene Ang (Texture Press). She currently teaches writing at Drexel University and previously taught at Sophia University (Tokyo) and Peirce College (Philadelphia). She was a founding co-editor of 6ix magazine and Press 1. She has published work in Ping Pong, Hanging Loose, West Branch, Hamilton Stone Review, and many other journals.

1. Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press, 2013, $22, ISBN 978-0-615-78283-6)

2. The Glass Book (Texture Press, 2010, $15,  ISBN 978-0-9797573-8-9)

3.  The Rorschach Factory (Straw Gate Books, 2006, $12, ISBN 0-9773786-4-0)

4. Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press, 2008, $15, ISBN978-0-9797573-1-0)
(a compilation with Arlene Ang)

LYNN LEVIN is the author of four collections of poems: Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press, 2013); Fair Creatures of an Hour (Loonfeather Press, 2009), a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; Imaginarium (Loonfeather Press, 2005), a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award; and A Few Questions about Paradise (Loonfeather Press, 2000). She is, with Valerie Fox, the author of a craft-of-poetry book, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press, 2013). Lynn Levin’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, Washington Square Review, Verse Daily, and on Garrison Keillor’s radio show The Writer’s Almanac. She is currently involved in translating the work of Odi Gonzales, a Peruvian Andean poet. Lynn Levin teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Lynn Levin: List of Books

I will bring a supply of these books to the RACC event.

1. Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press, 2013, $15, ISBN 978-1-933974-12-5)

2. Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press, 2013, $22, ISBN 978-0-615-78283-6)

3.  Fair Creatures of an Hour (Loonfeather Press, 2009, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-926147-28-7)

4. Imaginarium (Loonfeather Press, 2005, $12.95, ISBN 0-926147-18-8)

Berks Bards is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts as administered through the Berks Arts Council.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 6 p.m. at the GoggleWorks, first floor, with poets Brian Fanelli and Dawn Leas

Join Berks Bards in welcoming Dawn Leas and Brian Fanelli to First Thursday at the GoggleWorks.

Dawn Leas holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. In past lives she has worked as a copywriter, freelancer, director of admissions at an independent school, and middle-school English teacher. Currently, she is the associate director of the Wilkes University M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in San Pedro River Review, Literary Mama, Willows Wept Review, Poetry in Transit, Connecticut River Review and elsewhere. Her chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, is available from Finishing Line Press.

Brian Fanelli's poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Main Street Rag, Spillway, World Literature Today, Portland Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, and other magazines and journals. He is the author of one chapbook, Front Man (Big Table Publishing), and the full-length collection All That Remains, out this fall through Unbound Content. Brian has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and is a Ph.D. student at SUNY Binghamton. He is currently a full-time English instructor at Lackawanna College.

An open mic follows the reading. This event is free and open to the general public.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 22, 2013 at First Energy Stadium hear the reading of the Baseball Poetry Contest Winners for 2013

Join the Fightin' Phils and Berks Bards for a reading of the 2013 Fightin' Phils/Berks Bards Baseball Poetry Contest winning entries.

The reading follows the baseball game which begins at 7:05 p.m. and precedes the fireworks display following the game.

Also, new this year, kids 13 and under can write a poem at the Berks Bards table, set up in the concourse, and thereby enter a drawing to win a baseball!

Winners to be announce by ticket numbers from the field just before the reading following the game.