Philly Loves Poetry Festival

Sunday April 17, 2016

2 Marathon Poetry Readings @ noon

20th Annual Poetry Ink: 100 Poets Read – Brandywine Workshop, 728 S. Broad Streetsoniasanchez

A free, open, festive, participatory community event, a day of poetry, refreshments and camaraderie. We embrace the concept that Poetry is for everyone and takes many forms; therefore we invite academic poets, famous poets, free form poets, street poets, unknown poets, spoken word poets, published poets, unpublished poets and everyone else. Pre-registered poets will read for three minutes in alphabetical order by last name.

Special presentation by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher & Youth Poet Laureate David Jones at 2pm

Front CoverPoetry Ink: The 20th Anniversary Anthology will be released at this event. The Poetry Ink Anthology’s have usually been limited to those who are reading at the annual event but for the 20th Anniversary we are including poems poets who have read at Moonstone events over the last 30 years of Moonstone including such notable poets as John Balaban, Dennis Brutus, Rita Dove, Elaine Equi, Lamont Steptoe, E. Ethelbert Miller, Margaret Randall, Sonia Sanchez, Elaine Terranova, Afaa Weaver, Eleanor Wilner and others.





2016 Poetry Ink Reading Schedule


  • Sekai’afua Zankel
  • Robert Zaller
  • Dave Worrell
  • Donna Wolf-Palacio
  • Lesley Valdes
  • JC Todd
  • John Timpane
  • Elaine Terranova

12:30 pm

  • Susie Taichman-Robins
  • Jeanne Sutton
  • Lamont B. Steptoe
  • Dave Steel
  • Catherine Staples
  • Elizabeth  Stanley
  • Mbarek  Sryfi
  • Christopher Sohnly

1:00 pm

  • Amy Small McKinney
  • Eric Sellin
  • Nina Schafer
  • Sally Love Saunders
  • Tonya Ryva
  • Don Riggs
  • Elizabeth Ray


  • Aliya T. Randolph
  • Elijah B. Pringle, III
  • Prabha Prabhu
  • James Polymer
  • Aaren Yeatts Perry
  • Kathryn Pannepacker
  • Ewuare X. Osayande


  • Yolanda Wisher
  • David Jones
  • Stu O’Connor
  • Thom Nickels
  • Katarzyna Newcomer
  • Lois Moses
  • Shira Moolten
  • Abbe Mogell


  • Pat McLean
  • Christine McKee
  • Octavia McBride-Ahebee
  • Bernadette McBride
  • John Mason
  • Angel Martinez
  • Alina Macneal
  • Sean Lynch


  • Julia Lopez
  • Elliott Levin
  • Lynn Levin
  • Jeffrey Ethan Lee
  • Hiram Larew
  • Nzadi Keita
  • Aziza Kebe
  • B.E. Kahn
  • Beatrice Joyner


  • Irving Courtley Jones
  • Quincy Scott Jones
  • Suzan Jivan
  • JAZ
  • Leah Jackson
  • Jennifer Hook
  • Susan Holck
  • Lynn Hoffman
  • Ditta Baron Hoeber
  • Alison Hicks


  • Maurice Henderson
  • Sean Hanrahan
  • Hanoch Guy
  • Deidra Greenleaf Allan
  • David Gordon
  • Brenda Goodis
  • Leonard Gontarek
  • Ray Garman
  • Deborah Fox


  • Maria Fama
  • Carlos Raul Dufflar
  • Pheralyn Dove
  • Mary Ann Domanska
  • Jarrett J. DeStouet
  • Isabella David-McCaffrey
  • Eileen M. D’Angelo


  • Jim Cory
  • Tymber Compher
  • Steve Burke
  • Jamie Brunson
  • Eugene Brown
  • Jim Brennan
  • Veronica O. Bowlan
  • Donna Boston


  • Lynn Blue
  • Brandon H. Blake
  • Pamela Blanding-Godbolt
  • Lili Bita
  • Leonard Belasco
  • Adriann Bautista
  • Peter Baroth
  • Richard S. Bank


  • Catherine Bancroft
  • Meredith Avakian-Hardaway
  • Natalie Anderson
  • Akosua Ali-Sabree
  • Karen Abad

3pm –Young Voices – Art Sanctuary, 16th & Bainbridge

All High School and College Students are Invited to Participate                                    

Runs concurrently with Poetry Ink at Brandywine Workshop 

Philly Loves Poetry in all its forms, from sonnets to haiku to spoken word and we invite everyone to join in. Poets who pre-registered will read in reverse alphabetical order by last name (Z to A) with each poet having 3 minutes (one long or two short poems) to present. Each 10 pre-registered poets will be followed by 3 open mic participants (who did not have the chance to pre-register) in the same alphabetical sequence.

Special presentation by Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Yolanda Wisher & Youth Poet Laureate David Jones at 3pm

This is a pot luck refreshment event, so bring something good to eat or drink and to share with others

Part of the Philly Loves Poetry Festival

9 Comments » for POETRY INK
  1. I’m greatly looking forward to the event. I’ll be submitting my poem shortly, but I wanted to let you know that as a teacher and artist, (ink, acrylic, and oils) I’m looking forward to rejoining the Philadelphia art scene.

    Please feel free to call, 202-286-8893, if I can assist/promote or otherwise be an asset to your organization.

  2. rocky wilson says:

    would like to be part of poetry ink. thank you

  3. Natalia Maria Tomassini says:

    I would like to read a poem at this festival. Please add me to the list.
    Thank you, Ms. Tomassini

  4. I love Poetry ink, it’s been a great platform for regional poets.

  5. Looking forward to celebrating and being part of the great community of poets here in Philly.

  6. lisa says:

    Poetry INK brings together a diverse group of poets from all walks of life!

    Thank you so much LARRY ROBIN for
    keeping poetry alive in Philly!!!

  7. jim brennan says:

    I love coming to Moonstone events at the Brandywine Workshop and readings at Fergie’s, as much for the poetry as for the community. I look forward to reading my work on April 17th.
    Thanks Larry!

  8. Stu O'Connor says:

    Great to see the arts alive in Philly! Looking forward to the reading.

  9. Christopher says:

    My third year reading and being in the anthology. Thank you Larry and everyone at Moonstone. See you in April.

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