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Michael Cunningham, Edward Hirsch –FREE!   #EdwardHirsch, #MichaelCunningham #Philadelphia

Hello, writer friends! The podcast of Edward Hirsch’s talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia is below at the link. I was happy to introduce him when he visited the Library recently, and I am likewise excited to introduce Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham on May 22nd. The new novel tackles religion, drugs and politics and is called The Snow Queen. The event is free! Learn more at   –Kelly McQuain

Edward Hirsch on The Poet’s Glossary (podcast)

Poetdelphia presents ROSEMURGY, LISICKY & LONG on Sept. 20, 2013!

Poetdelphia presents ROSEMURGY, LISICKY & LONG on Sept. 20, 2013!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Poetdelphia Reading & Salon
at Cups & Chairs Tea Cafe
701-03 S. 5th Street
(just below 5th and South)

Poetdelphia is an ongoing salon/quarterly reading series run by Valerie Fox, Dawn Manning & Kelly McQuain.  Poetdelphia provide a time and space for hearing great literature and fostering salon-style conversations.  Writers and readers tend to adjourn to New Wave Cafe afterward for a beer and more conversation.

CATIE ROSEMURGY’s most recent book, The Stranger Manual, was published by Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Boston Review, American Poetry Review, and the Gettysburg Review.  Her awards include a Pew Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.  Read some of Catie’s poems through the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

PAUL LISICKY’s books include Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, and Unbuilt Projects. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck and other publications. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James/Michener Copernicus Society, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He teaches writing in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden and in the low residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College. A memoir, The Narrow Door, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.  Visit him at


ALEXANDER LONG’s third book of poems, Still Life, won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize in 2011. His first two books are Vigil (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006) and Light Here, Light There (C & R Press, 2009). With Christopher Buckley, Long is co-editor of A Condition of the Spirit: the Life & Work of Larry Levis (Eastern Washington University Press, 2004). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in, among others, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Blackbird, Callaloo, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. Long has received grants and fellowships from The Prague Summer Seminars, The Vermont Studio Center, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the City University of New York.  Currently an associate professor of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York, Long also plays bass and writes with the band Big Terrible.  Reviews of Still Life can be read at Philadelphia Stories and The Offending Adam

April 5th Lineup Announced

Join guests KAREN RILE, LUKE STROMBERG and HEATHER THOMAS at Poetdelphia this APRIL 5TH!

Friday, April 5th, 2013
Poetdelphia Reading & Salon
at Cups & Chairs Tea Cafe*
701-03 S. 5th Street
(just below 5th and South)
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Poetdelphia is an ongoing salon/quarterly reading series.
(*Coffee drinkers, don’t fret! Cups & Chairs has coffee too!)

KAREN RILE is the author of Winter Music, a novel set in Philadelphia, and numerous works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines such as The Southern Review, American Writing, Creative Nonfiction, The Land Grant College Review, Other Voices, and Apiary, and has been listed among The Best American Short Stories. Karen has written articles and essays for many publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Daughters magazine. She is a frequent contributor to the Pennsylvania Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is also the fiction editor and managing editor of Cleaver Magazine (, an online quarterly featuring poetry, literary fiction and nonfiction, dramatic writing, and art. Karen lives in Philadelphia and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania.

LUKE STROMBERG’s work has appeared in several literary journals and has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer on multiple occasions: once in an article about young poets in the Philadelphia area and another time as a winner of a poetry contest. In 2008, his poem “Black Thunder” was set to music by composer Melissa Dunphy and performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. Luke lives in Upper Darby, PA and works as an adjunct English instructor at Eastern University and West Chester University. You can read some of his recently published poems through The Tower Journal:

HEATHER THOMAS is the author of several books of poetry, including Blue Ruby (FootHills Publishing), Resurrection Papers (Chax Press), and Practicing Amnesia (Singing Horse Press). Her work has been translated into Spanish, Lithuanian, and Bosnian. A professor of English at Kutztown University, she has published essays on H.D., Wallace Stevens, and contemporary poets, and lives in Reading, Pennsylvania. You can learn more about Heather through her website (, and read some recent poems online through Press 1:

Cleaver Literary Magazine Debuts

Philadelphia-based writer Karen Rile announces a new quarterly magazine:

Karen posted the following the other day:

“Writers and artists:

I’m coediting a new quarterly litmag, Cleaver Magazine. Our mini Preview Issue “.5″ will feature flash fiction, micro-essays, and short poems by established and emerging writers, plus a photo essay by the incredibly gifted Blake Martin. Coming February 1!

We’re still looking for short stories, essays, poetry, artwork, and dramatic writing for upcoming full-length Issues 1 and 2, so please send them our way (there is a submissions link on the website.) –Karen Rile”

We wish Karen and Cleaver the best!

December 2012 Poetdelphia Reading/Salon

Last night’s Poetdelphia Salon, featuring Mike Ingram, Kathleen Volk MIller, and Leonard Gontarek, was a fun mix of prose and poetry with a lively Q & A afterwards. Thanks to all our writer for joining us, and to the friends who came, many of whom kept the night going at the New Wave Cafe afterward. Here are some pics! –Kelly McQuain




Ingram, Volk Miller, Gontarek! Friday, Dec. 14! 6 pm

Don’t be naughty this holiday season! Come to Poetdelphia! It’s only two days until POETDELPHIA’s next literary reading/salon! Read interviews with Mike Ingram (Barrelhouse editor), Leonard Gontarek (poet extraordinaire) , and Kathleen Volk Miller (Painted Bride Quarterly editor) on our page at See the link for details.


Join guests KATHLEEN VOLK MILLER, MIKE INGRAM and LEONARD GONTAREK at Poetdelphia this December 14!

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Poetdelphia Reading & Salon
at Cups & Chairs Tea Cafe*
701-03 S. 5th Street
(just below 5th and South)
6:00 – 7:30 pm

An ongoing salon/quarterly reading series!
(*Coffee drinkers, don’t fret! Cups & Chairs has coffee too!)

MIKE INGRAM is the fiction editor of Barrelhouse Magazine. His fiction has appeared, most recently, in EPOCH, The Southeast Review, Eyeshot, and Monkeybicycle. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he now teaches at Temple University.

LEONARD GONTAREK is the author of St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, and Déjà Vu Diner. He Looked Beyond My Faults And Saw My Needs is forthcoming from Hanging Loose Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, Poet Lore, Verse, Fence, Handsome, and The Best American Poetry. He has received five Pushcart Prize nominations and twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council On The Arts. He has been a cabdriver, movie projectionist, bookstore owner, and teacher.

KATHLEEN VOLK MILLER’s work has appeared in Salon, The New York Times, and Family Circle. She is a weekly blogger (Thursdays) for Philadelphia Magazine’s Philly Post. She is currently working on a collection of essays. Volk Miller is co-editor of Painted Bride Quarterly, co-director of Drexel Publishing Group, and an Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University.

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About POETDELPHIA: Poetdelphia is the brainchild of writers Dawn Manning, Kelly McQuain and Valerie Fox. We host quarterly readings and salon-style discussions, as well as maintain an online community through our site, Poetdelphia ( ). The website focuses on all things poetic, including reviews, writing prompts, a calendar of tri-state area writing events, and even the occasional poem or prose piece by writers featured in our reading series. We can be reached through email at, but the best way to get to know us is by coming to one of our events. See you there!

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