Wed. 7/29 – Philadelphia Poets

WEDNESDAY JULY 29 – 7:00pm
Featuring poetry published in
Philadelphia Poets 2009 – Volume 15
Meet the Poets:

PAT BOLGER Mother of six, grandmother of seventeen. Pat graduated from Chestnut Hill College in 1951, where she wrote for the college magazine. She began writing again when the children moved out, and is now working on poems and memoirs.

LISA ALEXANDER BARON’S new chapbook is Reading the Alphabet of Trees (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, The Comstock Review, Potomac Review, Mad Poets Review, and others. She is an English and Journalism teacher at Emmaus High School in PA.

PETER BAROTH, writer, artist, and musician, was born in Chicago and raised in Norman, OK. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and Temple Law School. His poetry chapbooks are Mounds of Sounds, Sessions, and Ski Oklahoma (Wordrunner Chapbooks) and his novel Long Green was published by iUniverse. His work has appeared in Legal Studies Forum,, Mad Poets Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal,, and others. He moderated the Free Library of Philadelphia Monday Poets Series last year.

MEL BRAKE is a Philadelphia-based poet whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007 and 2008, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and the Philadelphia Bulletin. His love for poetry is like a cradle of freedom for personal and political expression.

BETH PHILLIPS BROWN, poet and storyteller in the Welsh and Celtic tradition, is a 2002 PCA Folk Arts Performing Traditions fellowship recipient. Her most recent chapbook is Book of Enchantments, FootHills Publishing, 2007.

BARBARA DANIELS’ book, Rose Fever, was recently published by WordTech Press. Her poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, Karamu, Slab, The Literary Review, and many other journals. She received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a Dodge Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.

JOSEPH DORAZIO studied anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and served as a docent at Penn’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. His poetry has appeared in a number of regional poetry publications, including The Mad Poets Review. Mr. Dorazio lives and writes in St. David’s, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.

MARIA FAMA has written three books of poetry, co-founded a video production company, recorded her poetry in CD compilations of music and poetry, and given readings across the country as well as on TV, radio, video, and film. She appears in the 2007 film, “Pipes of Peace,” about the late jazz bagpipe musician, Rufus Harley. Maria was awarded the 2002 and 2005 Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing, as well as the 2006 Amy Tritsch Needle Award for Poetry. Her latest book of poems is Looking for Cover, Bordighera Books.

JANET MASON is an award winning poet and fiction writer whose radio commentary is aired through “This Way Out,” in 22 countries. You can read her work, including more reviews, at Art is an important part of Philadelphia Poets. Janet Mason took the photo of the cover picture, the Caryatids. Janet also has several poems and an article in this issue, as well as another photo of the Plaka, the oldest street in Greece.

JOYCE MEYERS a lawyer and frequent contributor to Philadelphia Poets, has also appeared in The Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, The Ledge, Pearl, White Pelican Review, Mad Poets Review, and Ibbetson Street, among others. Her chapbook Wild Mushrooms was published by Plan B Press in 2007.

KAY PETERS grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and lives in New Jersey. Since retiring as an oncology clinical nurse specialist she works as a parish nurse on a volunteer basis. She began writing poetry about six years ago and continues learning at the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop. Her poems have appeared in Philadelphia Poets and the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

RUTH ROUFF is a freelance curriculum writer who lives in Collingswood, NJ. Her poetry and prose have appeared in SLAB: The Slippery Rock University Literary Journal, American Writing, Coal City Review, International Quarterly, and other publications. A novel she has written for young adults, based on the life of civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, will be published this year by Townsend Press.

AL TACCONELLI is an artist and poet who lives in Wynnewood. Al’s poems have appeared in Stone Soup, Endicott Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and
VIA. His paintings are included in the permanent collection of contemporary art at Passaic County Community College.

ROSEMARY CAPPELLO, Editor, Philadelphia Poets, will emcee this event, which is free & open to the public. For further information, contact her at

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