Black Lives Matter Movement (by Jackie Holowka and Mehar Sharma)

Collaborations and Visual Poems

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This image contains “words and phrases that been said or written on signs during the recent protests. . . I tried to use words and phrases that show what the protests are fighting for.”–JH

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This image recreates “what I saw at the Philadelphia Black Lives Matter protest, specifically the Philadelphia Museum of Art. . . There were hundreds of people gathered-chanting, singing, and connecting. I remember watching people spray paint some of the museum’s steps.”–MS

Every single individual has a role to play right now. As members of the human race in America, we must all individually and collectively take action.–JH and MS

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LitLife Poetry Conference (April 30)



There’s a wonderful (and affordable) one day conference at Rosemont College, near Philadelphia.

Speakers/readers include Yolanda Wisher and Kirsten Kaschock.
Wisher and Kaschock will be presenting master classes.
Wisher will deliver the keynote.

Learn more about Philadelphia Stories, Rosemont MFA program, and local presses and organizations, too, at the book fair.

Writing Happenings Around Philly–Winter/Spring 2015

So many great events for writers coming up as spring season slowly arrives in Philly! Check these out! What are YOU doing? Click the links for details. Leave a message about other events!

Thurs. March 26, 2015 – Small Press Symposium and Book Fair — Spring Poets & Writers Festival – Community College of Philadelphia

Wed., April 1, 2015
Visiting Poet Eduardo C. Corral
Location: S2-3, Winnet Building, 2nd floor.·
Community College of Philadelphia
11:30-12:30 Reading, Q&A and book-signing with poet Eduardo Corral. Special focus: Immigration and the Latino Diaspora: Bridging Cultures through Poetry.

Friday, February 27 at 7:00pm
Poetry = Sound: Carolina Maugeri, Marion Bell, & Sex Panic!
Brickbat Books in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sat. March 14, 205 – Rathalla Review Write-a-Thon at Rosemont College

Thurs., March 19, 2015
One Book, One Philadelphia author Christina Baker Kline at Spring Poets & Writers Festival – Community College of Philadelphia
9:30 – 11:15 a.m., Room S2-3 *Winnett Building, 2nd Floor

Penn Shelley Seminars every Monday night at 5:45 through spring term 2015. Free. Van Pelt Library. U. Penn.