Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub
1214 Sansom Street.
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7pm
Time Marches On with
Valerie Fox, Leonard Gontarek and Steven Kleinman
Valerie Fox’s is author of The Glass Book, The Rorschach Factory, Bundles of Letters, Including A, V and Epsilon (written with Arlene Ang), and Amnesia, or, Ideas for Movies. Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Hanging Loose, Feminist Studies, Siren, Phoebe, Watershed, sonaweb, and West Branch. She was a founding co-editor of 6ix magazine and Press 1. Very involved in collaborative writing, she and Arlene Ang have collaborated in the writing of poetry and fiction, publishing in magazines such as Admit 2, Origami Condom, Per Contra and Qarrtsiluni..
Leonard Gontarek’s poetry collections include Déjà Vu Diner and He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs. His poems have been featured in Joyful Noise: American Spiritual Poetry and in Best American Poetry. He uses juxtaposition to explore themes of transformation and transcendence and has described his poems as “equal parts political, erotic, and meditations on the world.” Gontarek’s honors include five Pushcart Prize nominations and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He coordinates Peace/Works: Poets and Writers for Peace and teaches through the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership and Musehouse.
Steven Kleinman teaches writing, literature, and developmental reading at the Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University. He was nominated for the Poetry Foundation’s Intro Journals prize in 2010 as a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s MFA program. He is a recipient of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference work study scholarship in 2012, returned to the conference as staff in 2013, and will return for a third funded year in 2014. He is an emerging poet working on submissions and his first full-length collection of poetry. His Chapbook Party People is currently under consideration for several chapbook prizes.