Kick-off! Sept. 28th, 2012: John Timpane, C.J. Spataro, Jeni Stewart

Join guests John Timpane, C.J. Spataro and Jeni Stewart for poetry and prose!

Poetdelphia’s First Reading
at Cups & Chairs Tea Cafe*
701-03 S. 5th Street
(just below 5th and South)
6:30 – 8:00 pm

First in a new quarterly reading series!
(*Coffee drinkers, don’t fret! Cups & Chairs has coffee too!)

JOHN TIMPANE is Media/TV/Books Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. His poetry has appeared in Sequoia, Vocabula Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Per Contra, 5_Trope, Wild River Review, and elsewhere. His books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994); It Could Be Verse (Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed, 1995); (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center of San Francisco State University) Poetry for Dummies (NY: Hungry Minds, 2000); and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000) and a book of poetry, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2010).

C.J. SPATARO is the Editorial Director and Co-publisher of Philadelphia Stories magazine and PS Books. She is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship winner for fiction. Her short stories can be read in a number of literary journals including Wild River Review, XConnect, The Baltimore Review, Mason’s Road, and 4’ 33” (an online audio journal based in London). Nominated for a Million Writer’s South Award, she also was twice named a finalist in the Philadelphia City Paper Fiction contest, and was a finalist in the Mason’s Road contest. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College and has taught English and creative writing courses at a number of local colleges and universities. She was recently named the interim director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Rosemont College.

JENI STEWART is the recipient of the 2010 Faulkner Wisdom Award for Novel in Progress for her novel Wanton Women. Publications include Florida English, Sentence, Exquisite Corpse, The Cream City Review and Big Bridge. She currently resides in Asheville, NC, and in New Orleans, and in her spare time she teaches people to bend funny ways as a fitness instructor.

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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 are not a poetry journal and therefore not open to unsolicited submissions, but if you know of writers who attract a following and/or would be good to showcase in our reading series, please let us know. 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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