On Wednesday, December 22, I’ll be with other poets and their followers at the live in-person poetry reading of the Moonstone Arts Center (https://moonstoneartscenter.org/) for a live poetry reading, at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street (https://www.fergies.com/) . The featured readers will be Lynn Levan, Jim Mancinelli, and Elijah B. Pringle III, after which will be an open mike, where I’ll perform. Do come in and enjoy great poetry, and food and drink to match. See you there?
I continue to be active in the activities of the Moonstone Arts Center, https://moonstoneartscenter.org/. They continue to hold their poetry readings and other events over Zoom, and they continue to publish poetry chapbooks and anthologies centered around important topics, such as the January 6 rampage on the Capitol, the former regime (whose leader doesn’t need mentioning), the Black Lives Matter movement, the #MeToo movement, the war in Iraq, and the COVID pandemic; they also publish poetry anthologies around famous poets, like Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Amiri Baraka. They also continue their Poetry Ink celebrations, with the publication of the anthology and readings by poets in the anthology (like me), as well as the New Voices series honoring new and young poets.
I thank everyone for their ongoing support of my writing and literary career. I’ll hold another reading at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, 1200 East Passyunk Avenue is South Philadelphia, on Monday, August 26, 2019, at 6:00 PM. (https://www.thehappybirthdaybar.com/ ) There I’ll read my poems, have my books for sale, and I’ll tell about my life and my work. I look forward to seeing all of you then.
This evening, my friends at A Novel Idea on Passyunk, 1726 E. Passyunk Avenue (https://anovelideaphilly.com/) will hold a poetry reading at the Lucky 13 Pub, 1830 South 13th street in South Philadelphia (https://anovelideaphilly.com/ ) Please come and watch fine area poets-like me-read their material.
every first Monday of the Month, the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (http://freelibrary.org) holds its Monday Poets Reading Series; last night I took part in an open reading, along with other fine regional poets. The next reading, on May 6, will be on the theme “Whitman@200: Art and Democracy,” featuring Leonard Gontarek and poets from the Poetry in Common Workshop. Please look into this, and please support your local libraries and other educational venues.