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Myth & Mystery by Greg Francis

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Myth & Mystery

 

A resident of Southeastern Pennsylvania since 1976, Greg Francis has served his community as a classroom teacher, courtroom lawyer, and congressional aide. Listed in both the Internet Speculative Fiction Database and the Locus Index to Science Fiction, his work has appeared in Mad Poets Review, Eldritch Tales, and Golden Isis

 

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Madison Hatta’s Book of Unreasonable Poems

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Madison Hatta, Sonneteer, delights in writing and reciting original, whimsical sonnets about madness, Time, career & family dysfunction and the importance of drinking tea. Madison has appeared at NYC’s Boundless Tales Poetry Reading Series, Cornelia Street Café & La MaMa Experimental Theatre, and at Philadelphia’s Mt. AiryArt Garage. A “Madisonnet” or two have appeared in the pages of the Knight Letter, the magazine of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

April Lynn James, PhD considers Madison to be her spirit guide, guardian angel, muse and/or alter ego. Together, they have crafted well over 200 “Madisonnets”, the first 26 of which are collected in the present volume. “Dr. April” is the recipient of major local, national and international awards for her research and her performing, and just finished a six-year appointment as Speaker in the Humanities for the NY Council for the Humanities. She believes in the healing power of good-hearted laughter.

 

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25 Short Poems by Jim Cory

25 Short Poems CoverJim Cory is a poet and a fiction writer interested in history, ornithology and architecture. He has reviewed books, written essays for various publications, authored eight books or chapbooks of poetry (most recently No Brainer Variations, 2011, from Rain Mountain Press, NYC), established a poetry publishing cooperative (1990s) in Philadelphia and has been the editor of James Broughton’s Selected Poems (Packing Up For Paradise, 1998 by Black Sparrow Press) and the Selected Poems of Jonathan Williams (Jubilant Thicket, 2005, Copper Canyon Press). He has been the recepient of fellowships from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (1989), Yaddo (1994) and the MacDowell Colony (2014).

 

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Moritat by Joe Roarty

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The 2015 Moonstone Chapbook Contest winner, Moritat(German for “street ballad”) is poetry of high octane energy, passionate intelligence, supercharged, insistent blues, jazz and heightened speech rhythms, whose original language mixes dictions with masterful ease- at home on the street and in the stratosphere, a colloquial invention that uses texting’s phonetic spelling, omitting vowels in a way that drives the lines, while his images mix references in our polyglot way. “I hav hrd/americn wrds”. Our violence finds voice in his riff on Kennedy’s murder: Capt. Kangoroo’s head-banging rabbit, “Kennedy’s skull, America’s wars/bangbangbang,” and our sorrows in the gritty soul-reach of his hung over moving lament for Tennessee Williams that reminded me of Frank O’Hara’s “The Day Lady Died”, but with a very different, driving energy.

 

He can be flat out funny: “if i was mark zukerburg/I wdnt hav ths problm”, and he can be prophetic-moving from, in the first poem, how the city uses you up, to the last poem which sees universal horror through the agonized figures in  Greek statue, Laocoon, “wn gods kill thr priests”….and the snake “motion coild on itself,” rises, unnatural, from below….but you need to read and hear these poems for yourself because inside his words is where the power resides.”

 

Eleanor Wilner

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Color Schemes By Jeffrey E. Lee

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Color Schemes

 

One of Moonstone’s 2015 Chapbook Contest Honorable Mentions. His first novel is forthcoming from White Pine Press in 2016. His dramatic poetry book, identity papers (Ghost Road Press, 2006), was a 2006 Colorado Book Award finalist. His towards euphoria was the co-winner of the  editor’s poetry chapbook prize from Seven Kitchens Press (2012), which was also the prequel to his first full-length poetry book, invisible sister (Many      Mountains Moving Press, April 2004), which was praised in American Book Review, etc. He won the 2002 Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook prize ($1,000) for The Sylf (2003), created identity papers for Drimala Records, published Strangers in a Homeland (chapbook with Ashland Poetry Press, 2001), and hundreds of poems, stories and essays in North American Review, Xconnect, Crab Orchard Review,        Crazyhorse, Many Mountains Moving, Crosscurrents, American Poetry Review, Green Mountain Review, Washington Square. He has a Ph.D. in British Romanticism and an MFA from NYU. He teaches in the humanities at Temple University and in  Creative Writing at various places, including Muhlenberg College and the Shambhala  Center in Philadelphia.

 

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Poetic Quid Pro Quo

Wednesday August 5, 2015 – 7pm 

Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub – 1214 Sansom Street

Poetic Quid Pro Quo – Another poet reads your poem, then you read it. How does it sound, does it say what you wanted it to say? Then you read someone else’s poem – Elijah B. Pringle, III host

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Who Do You Love? Charles Bukowski

Tuesday August 4, 2015, 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Moonstone Poetry @ PhillyCAM – 699 Ranstead

Who Do You Love? Charles Bukowski – Broadcast Live: Comcast 66/966 & Verizon 29/30- A live poetry talk show and cover open mic, broadcast live at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. It is a discussion/presentation on the life and work of the month’s featured (LOVED) poet followed by audience members reading their favorite poem by the featured poet, and one of their own poems.

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“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift though it doesn’t apply for playful little girls. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

Charles Bukowski

Host: Warren Longmire 

Guests: Charles O’Hay, author of Far From Luck and Smoking In Elevators, is the recipient of a 1995 PCA fellowship in poetry, his poems have appeared in over 100 literary publications including Gargoyle, South Carolina Review, Brooklyn Review, West Branch, Mudfish, and New York Quarterly.

Alina Pleskova is a voracious consumer of poetry and cereal. She lives in Philadelphia, but hopes to be one of those people who eventually “divides their time” between two cities. Ideally, she’d like to return to Moscow and reclaim her rightfully-owed Russian accent.  She has a blog but stresses that its content are largely suited for mature audiences only.

Everyone is invited to be in the audience but to read you must register by email larry@moonstoneartscenter.org with Charles Bukowski as the subject.

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Leonard Gontarek and the Osage Poets

Wednesday August 12, 2015 – 7pm

Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub – 1214 Sansom Street

leonard gontarekLeonard Gontarek and the Osage Poets

“I have nothing but admiration and awe for The Osage Poets. There is not a more committed, talented, hard-working, supportive, interesting, exploring group of poets, anywhere.” 

Catherine Bancroft writes poetry and makes art and sometimes combines them. She has read her poetry at Green Line Café, the Philadelphia Poetry Festival, Fergie’s Pub, and other local spots.

James Brennan is author of the memoir Twenty-four Years to Boston, and is the Cityscape editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal, his work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Fringe, Salon.com and many other print and online media outlets.

Janet Fishman studied acting in Paris, was a member of a French theatre company, and has performed recently at Villanova, where she received her MA in Theatre.  Her two one person shows have toured as far as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, via the QE2.   Her poems have appeared in Apiary Online.

Angel Hogan has performed as part of the Black Women’s Arts Festival, Literary Death Match and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has acted as a Contributing Editor to Philadelphia Stories, a review panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and a board member at The Hacktory

Jennifer Hook is author of This is How He Left Me, she chose poetry as an entry into the territory of loss and self reinvention. Among the places she has read her work are 100,000 Poets for Change, Poetic Feats of Strength, The Osage Poets at the Green Line Café, Philadelphia Poetry Day.

B.E  Kahn, a Pushcart Prize nominee, is author of 3 chapbooks, a recipient of PCA and Pew Grants, as well as other awards and prizes. Her poems have appeared in Harrisburg Review, Apiary, The Tupelo Press Online Poetry Project among many other journals.

Beth Krumholz, is a poet, artist, mom, daughter, sister, educator, gardener, cook, collector, bike rider, day tripper, and soon to be chanteuse. She received a Robert Rauschenberg Award in 2003, and continues to pursue her own art and poetry, collaborating with her nine year old son, Jacob.

Jerry Lindauer has been writing poetry for a few years and is a student of Leonard Gontarek.  He is also a semi-retired clinical social worker, husband, father and student of Zen and life.

Cassie MacDonald has been serving as Hearthkeeper of Brigid’s House, a home for writing, healing and hospitality in the artist district of South Camden known as “SoBro.” Cassie hasn’t been published much of anywhere, but still considers herself a “real” poet. Thank you for listening

M.C. McCoy’s poems have appeared in Apiary, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Poetry Ink. She earned a BA in English from Temple University, and a dual Masters degree in Social Services and Law/Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College, where she is currently a doctoral student.

Aldona Middlesworth whose parents emigrated from Lithuania is a first-generation American born in the Chicago area and who lives now in near-by Germantown.  She teaches in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program. 

After thirty years in the corporate world, Nancy H. Mills is now pursuing her passions in the arts. Writing poetry allows her to be the intrepid explorer, discovering the intricacies of nature, the depths of relations ships.

Barbara Russell Barbara is transitioning from designing needlepoint to poetry; working on a memoir. She is on the Board of Musehouse and received the 2014  Ronald Johnson Poetry Award.   Barbara was the featured speaker in May at the Rhythm and Verse Salon at the Daily Grind Café.

Elizabeth Helen Spencer is a freelance writer who also teaches in Temple’s First-Year-Writing program. She has published fiction, poetry and nonfiction in a variety of magazines.

Donna Wolf-Palacio has had two chapbooks of poetry, What I Don’t Know and The Other Side, she has published in Poetry, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Voices, Musehouse Journal, Intro, The Interpreter, and Writing from the Heart: Poems about Adoption. Donna has taught a poetry workshop at the University of the Arts and was editor/ consultant for the UARTS Poetry Review.

Sekai’Afua Zankel Sekai means the whole world in Japanese, Happiness and laugher in the Congo. Hatched in Philadelphia writing and working on her next manuscript: “Any Excuse Will Do”

Charles S. Carr-Host, No Open Reading Tonight

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Philadelphia’s Haiku Slam

 

Wednesday July 29, 2015, 7:00pm

Moonstone @ Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street

Philadelphia’s Haiku Slam! – $5 to enter

Philadelphia poets go head to head at Philadelphia’s Haiku Slam. Hosted by Warren C. Longmire

 

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