My recent reading includes books of poetry published by each of the wonderful Simpson brothers: "School for the Blind" by Dan and "The Way Love Comes to Me" by Dave. In July, I had the pleasure of hearing Dan Simpson and his partner Ona Gritz read from their work in Atlantic City. Earlier in the month, in Sea Isle City, I heard the acclaimed Italian-American poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, founder and director of the Patterson Poetry Center at Passaic County College. I also had the pleasure in late July of sharing the podium at the Manayunk-Roxborough Arts Center with fellow poets Amy Laub and Jim Mancinelli. And in early August, I hosted a Poetry Marathon at PII Gallery in Old City where 17 poets read 47 poems over the course of the evening; the event was part of PII's First Friday gallery opening reception.