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Philly Celebrates National Poetry Month

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Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Readings Series on PhillyCAM

Philly Celebrates National Poetry Month

Regarding Poetry in Philly someone wrote : If Philadelphia and environs were a garden of poetry, it would be quite a garden. It’d be huge. This is a poetry town which is lush and fertile. There are there are over 50 organizations that promote poetry in the Philadelphia area-poetry readings, workshops; special events, as well as publish poetry journals and books of poems? They represent every poetry form, every ethnic background, every age, gender and community. This series will consist of a panel of guest poets and artist discuss the opportunities which their group or organization provides for poetry and poets in Philly. The program will also focus on the wide variety of themes and issues which influence the creation of poetry in Philly. The program will be broadcast live on the first Tuesday of each month. The program is free and open to everyone. Please join us in the studio for this live broadcast. 

Featured Poets

Catherine Bancroft writes poetry, makes art, and sometimes combines them. She has read her poetry at Green Line Cafe, the Philadelphia Poetry Festival, the Last Word bookstore, Philly Green Fest, and other local spots. Her visual art has appeared at Muse Gallery, 3rd Street Gallery, Off The Wall Gallery, The Plastic Club, The Main Line Art Center, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Earlier in her life she taught English to high school and college students and wrote book reviews for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and Ms. magazine. She is the co-author of two children's books, including "Felix's Hat." 

Eileen D’Angelo has been nominated for a Pennsylvania Governor's Award in the Arts and twice for the Pushcart Prize, judged Philadelphia area poets for Def Poetry Jam. Her manuscript, True Tales from the Home Front, was a finalist in both the Palanquin Press Chapbook Competition and Byline Chapbook Competition, and she was a finalist for the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award. Eileen has been the Director of the Mad Poets Society since 1987 and has coordinated over 1,500 special events. Editor of the Mad Poets Review and Contributing Editor for the literary journal, HELLAS, A Journal of Arts and Humanities, she is a two time finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Awards. Poetry and book reviews appear in Rattle, Paterson Literary Review, Drexel Online Journal, Philadelphia Stories, Philadelphia Poets, SVJ and others. 

Elijah B. Pringle, III – “I have been called an addictive giver, which is true. It seems to me everything is better when you share it, especially food. I have taken an interesting journey on my way to becoming a writer. By chance or love depending on who you ask, I have been exposed to much and encourage by so many. Initially I have to say I am a dancer - motion has always been important to me and I have learned the other arts through the lenses of dance. I later was exposed to singing and became keenly aware of sound. And it seems I have forever been drawing or painting so visional is important to me. My writing reflects my understanding of the rhythms in all the ARTs.” 

Sekai’afua Zankel - A Buddhist, born on the first day of spring, Sekai was destined to be an artist-activist, a force for good. She began acting at the Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater since 1972, started writing and performing poetry and what she calls, a human revolution for the stage using music and dance. One reviewer called her, “Extraordinary performance poet,” Sekai defines “Performance Poet “ as poetry that is visceral and active”. She is author of Behind These Eyes /Optical Poems and won the Frank Moore Poetry Prize and the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant to present her poetry play, “Miss Pearl’s Spirit: In the Mysteries of Mirrors. 

Host: Charles S. Carr - The Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem “Waiting To Come North”. He is author of paradise, Pennsylvania and Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems and his work has been published the Painted Bride Review, Apiary, Fox Chase Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Mad Poets, Philadelphia Stories, Moonstone Poetry Anthology, The Blue Collar Review and Generations of Poetry. Charles is former host of the Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie’s Pub. 


Admission: Free. Doors open at 5:30pm
When:Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St. (7th St bet. Market and Chestnut Sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19106


Philly Loves Poetry will broadcast live from PhillyCAM Studio.
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