Pennsylvania

upcoming events

date
Sep 13 2017
Speakeasy Open Mic Night

Our student-run open mic night welcomes all kinds of readings, performances, spectacles, and happenings. Bring your poetry, your guitar, your dance troupe, your award-winning essay, or your stand up comedy to share.

7:30pm
3805 Locust Walk
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 28 2017
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Join us for a celebration of poetry for seniors and the community at Kingsessing Library!
Eugene Carrington will be reading and signing his book, Messenger Blues: Stories and Poems 
Mature adults are welcome to share their talents
4:00pm
1201 South 51st Street (5lst St. between Kingsessing and Chester Avenues)
19143-4353 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 07 2017
Ntozake Shange | Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems
“Extraordinary and wonderful” (New York Times), Ntozake Shange wrote the Broadway-staged Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, the groundbreaking prose poem/theater piece hybrid that since 1975 has helped reveal what it is to be of color and female in America. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, she is also the author of many works of fiction, including her debut novel Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo and story of Liliane. In Wild Beauty, Shange presents more than 60 original and previously collected poems in English and Spanish as a call to action for a new generation of activists.
 
7:30pm
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
19103 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

recent & featured listings

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Literary Magazine West Branch Pennsylvania
Small Press University of Pittsburgh Press Pennsylvania
Writing Program University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania Bookstore Pennsylvania
Writing Program The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell Pennsylvania
Landmark The Marianne Moore Collection at the Rosenbach Museum & Library Pennsylvania
Literary Magazine The Gettysburg Review Pennsylvania
Literary Magazine The Fourth River Pennsylvania
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Doylestown Bookshop Pennsylvania
Writing Program Temple University Pennsylvania

poems

poem

            Steamtown National Historic Site was created in 1986 to
            preserve the history of steam railroading in America,
            concentrating on the era 1850 through 1950.

We weren’t supposed to, so we did
      what any band of boys would do
& we did it the

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poem
In all these rotten shops, in all this broken furniture
and wrinkled ties and baseball trophies and coffee pots
I have never seen a post-war Philco 
with the automatic eye
nor heard Ravel's "Bolero" the way I did
in 1945 in that tiny living room
on Beechwood Boulevard, nor danced as I did
then, my knives all
poem

I burn your Highland Park. I acid your Carnegie
car dealerships. Your Squirrel Hill, sheer terror
in winter. But most of all, I hate your Liberty Avenue,
the last place, one night, I saw my closest friend
saying, Wait here, outside the after-hours club. I wait,
hating your Strip,