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

To submit your poem digitally, first read the submission instructions here:
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
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 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