Dec
14
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS CRITIQUE CIRCLE at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Critique circles are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

Hosted /Moderated by Amy Laub. amylaub@rcn.com for details about the circle.

  Supportive feedback for your poetry!  Bring 15 copies of one of your own poems that is “under construction,” for roundtable critique & discussion! Held every second Wednesday, Free & Open to public.

Dec
16
7:15 pm19:15

POETRY ALOUD & ALIVE! at BIG BLUE MARBLE

Please join us Friday, DECEMBER 16 at 7:15 p.m., to hear the work of poet

 MATT LAKE

 This long standing popular series is hosted and coordinated by Mike Cohen*.  The reading will take place at Big Blue Marble, located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (in Mt. Airy, near Carpenter & Green Streets). Store # 215-844-1870.

Come enjoy this engaging presentation!  Afterward you can join in with your own brief literary presentation in the open reading segment hosted by Mike Cohen. 

 *This series is co-coordinated by Dave Worrell.            
Poetry Aloud and Alive is co-sponsored by the Mad Poets Society

Check out:    http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

This series is supported by PA Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the FIVE COUNTY ARTS FUND.


Nov
30
7:00 pm19:00

MPS BUSINESS & SOCIAL MEEETING.

NOVEMBER 30th  - 7 PM.
MAD POETS MEETINGS ARE HELD QUARTERLY.

All members of Mad Poets are welcome to attend.  (See "Membership" for details on how to join) 

Location:  The Law Firm of Harris and Smith, 300 W. State St., Suite 301, (3rd Floor), Media. 

Meetings begin at 7 pm - first hour is for business * the second hour is social! Bring a poem to share!

PLEASE RSVP in case a meeting needs to be canceled or rescheduled- so we can keep you in the loop! 
Email: info@madpoetssociety.com

Nov
20
2:00 pm14:00

RHYME, RHYTHM & REASON at THE REGENCY CAFE!

ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th - 2 pm

FEATURED POET is RAY GREENBLATT.

This popular series, often combining music and poetry, is hosted by CAMELIA NOCELLA, at the Regency Café, 29 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA19050, next to the Lansdowne Theatre.  Café # is 484-461-9002. http://regencycafe.com

Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. *  Open Reading follows * Free & Open to the Public.

In addition, the Regency Cafe offers a delicious and inexpensive menu with free parking across the street.  Join us for a fun afternoon !

Nov
18
7:15 pm19:15

POETRY ALOUD & ALIVE! at BIG BLUE MARBLE BOOKSTORE

Please join us Friday, NOVEMBER 18 at 7:15 p.m., to hear the work of poet

 AMY SMALL-McKINNEY

 This long standing popular series is hosted and coordinated by Mike Cohen*.  The reading will take place at Big Blue Marble, located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (in Mt. Airy, near Carpenter & Green Streets). Store # 215-844-1870.

Come enjoy this engaging presentation!  Afterward you can join in with your own brief literary presentation in the open reading segment hosted by Mike Cohen. 

 *This series is co-coordinated by Dave Worrell.            
Poetry Aloud and Alive is co-sponsored by the Mad Poets Society

Check out:    http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

This series is supported by PA Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the FIVE COUNTY ARTS FUND.

Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

LIVING ON LUCK POETRY SERIES at BARNABY'S!

TUES., NOVEMBER 15th at 7 pm

FEATURED POETS are ABIGAIL TURLEY and WEST CHESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS

Stu O'Connor is the force (and the host) behind this Mad Poets Series at Barnaby's in West Chester, "Living on Luck!"   Free & Open to the Public.   Open Reading follows.

Location:  Barnaby's, 15 S. High Street, West Chester, PA;  Restaurant # is 610-626-1400. There's a parking garage with super reasonable rates right across the street!

Nov
12
7:00 pm19:00

A LITTLE AUTUMN MADNESS!

A LITTLE AUTUMN MADNESS!  SAT. NOVEMBER 12th at  7 pm.

Media Borough Hall, 3rd and Jackson Streets in Media, in the Mansion Parlor. Hosted by Eileen D'Angelo

Featured Poets:  ANNE-ADELE WIGHT, HIRAM LAREW + TBA

Featured Musician:  DON CLUNE

Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS CRITIQUE CIRCLE at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Critique circles are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

Hosted /Moderated by Amy Laub. amylaub@rcn.com for details about the circle.

  Supportive feedback for your poetry!  Bring 15 copies of one of your own poems that is “under construction,” for roundtable critique & discussion! Held every second Wednesday, Free & Open to public.

Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS 1st WEDNESDAY READING SERIES at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Mad Poets 1st Wednesday Reading Series at Community Art Center

All readings are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org * Hosted by Sibelan Forrester

NOVEMBER 2 - JC TODD and poet TBA

OPEN MIKE FOLLOWS!  Readings are usually in the Main Gallery of the Art Center (if there's a conflict, the reading will be moved to the 3rd floor ballroom.

Oct
30
2:00 pm14:00

RHYME, RHYTHM & REASON at THE REGENCY CAFE!

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 - 2 pm

FEATURED POET is NATHALIE ANDERSON

FEATURED MUSICIANS are EVE & CRAIG THOMAS

This popular series, often combining music and poetry, is hosted by CAMELIA NOCELLA, at the Regency Café, 29 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA19050, next to the Lansdowne Theatre.  Café # is 484-461-9002. http://regencycafe.com

Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. *  Open Reading follows * Free & Open to the Public.

In addition, the Regency Cafe offers a delicious and inexpensive menu with free parking across the street.  Join us for a fun afternoon !

Oct
28
7:15 pm19:15

POETRY ALOUD & ALIVE! at BIG BLUE MARBLE BOOKSTORE

Please join us Friday, OCTOBER 28 at 7:15 p.m., to hear the work of poet

 LISA and NICK LUTWYCHE

 This long standing popular series is hosted and coordinated by Mike Cohen*.  The reading will take place at Big Blue Marble, located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (in Mt. Airy, near Carpenter & Green Streets). Store # 215-844-1870.

Come enjoy this engaging presentation!  Afterward you can join in with your own brief literary presentation in the open reading segment hosted by Mike Cohen. 

 *This series is co-coordinated by Dave Worrell.            
Poetry Aloud and Alive is co-sponsored by the Mad Poets Society

Check out:    http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

This series is supported by PA Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the FIVE COUNTY ARTS FUND.

Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

MAD POETS BONFIRE!

JOIN US UNDER THE AUTUMN STARS!   BE IN THE PARK BY DUSK !

Hosted by Richard Bank.

         Ridley Creek State Park, Organized Camping Area # 13

MARSHMELLOWS PROVIDED ! Don’t miss this legendary biannual special event! An outdoor open mike for poets, musicians, drummers, songwriters .. anything goes!  Bring your poems, or songs, or musical instruments .. or your favorite poet or writer’s work to share Other ideas: lawn chair or blanket, munchies, drinks, (coffee mugs with lids work well! (but no alcoholic beverages)  Bonfire start time is dusk on Saturday night.  Be in the park before dusk, as the gates close (we can leave through a park access road).

BONFIRE BEGINS AT DUSK. YOU MUST BE IN THE PARK BY DUSK, OR THE GATES WILL BE LOCKED.   (Note: The time of the bonfire states 5 pm in this announcement- because we are not sure of the exact time of dusk on that night, and we want to be sure people are in the park before the gates are locked.  )

 

Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS CRITIQUE CIRCLE at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Critique circles are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

Hosted /Moderated by Amy Laub. amylaub@rcn.com for details about the circle.

  Supportive feedback for your poetry!  Bring 15 copies of one of your own poems that is “under construction,” for roundtable critique & discussion! Held every second Wednesday, Free & Open to public.

Oct
11
7:00 pm19:00

LIVING ON LUCK POETRY SERIES at BARNABY'S!

TUES., OCTOBER 11th at 7 pm

FEATURED POETS are PETER BAROTH

and NOTUS WILLIAMS

Stu O'Connor is the force (and the host) behind this Mad Poets Series at Barnaby's in West Chester, "Living on Luck!"   Free & Open to the Public.   Open Reading follows.

Location:  Barnaby's, 15 S. High Street, West Chester, PA;  Restaurant # is 610-626-1400. There's a parking garage with super reasonable rates right across the street!

Oct
5
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS 1st WEDNESDAY READING SERIES at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Mad Poets 1st Wednesday Reading Series at Community Art Center

All readings are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

OCTOBER 5 - CRAIG CZURY

OPEN MIKE FOLLOWS!  Readings are usually in the Main Gallery of the Art Center (if there's a conflict, the reading will be moved to the 3rd floor ballroom.

Oct
2
12:00 pm12:00

29th Annual Mad Poets Festival !

29th Annual Mad Poets Festival - Sunday, October 2, 2016 * Noon to Five

From noon to five, The 29th Annual Mad Poets Festival, features 40+  locally & nationally known poets.

Since 1987, this poetry festival has been bringing poets together at MEDIA BOROUGH HALL, in the Mansion Parlor, 3rd and Jackson Streets, Media. Held in conjunction with the Media Food & Arts Festival which runs during the same time period on State Street, between Monroe and Orange Streets.

TO SIGN UP: Email info@madpoetssociety.com with “FESTIVAL” in the subject line.

DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP:   9/11/16   Hurry! The schedule fills up fast!  

  *This Festival is a benefit / food bank for Media Food Bank/Free Store! Your “ticket” is a non-perishable food item!

Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

MPS BUSINESS & SOCIAL MEETING.

SEPTEMBER 28 - 7 PM.
MAD POETS MEETINGS ARE HELD QUARTERLY.

All members of Mad Poets are welcome to attend.  (See "Membership" for details on how to join) 

Location:  The Law Firm of Harris and Smith, 300 W. State St., Suite 301, (3rd Floor), Media. 

Meetings begin at 7 pm - first hour is for business * the second hour is social! Bring a poem to share!

PLEASE RSVP in case a meeting needs to be canceled or rescheduled- so we can keep you in the loop! 

Please Email: info@madpoetssociety.com to confirm that you plan to attend.

Sep
25
2:00 pm14:00

RHYME, RHYTHM & REASON at THE REGENCY CAFE!

ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 2 pm

FEATURED POET is CAMILLE NORVAISIS

FEATURED MUSICIAN is STEVE PASKIET.

This popular series, often combining music and poetry, is hosted by CAMELIA NOCELLA, at the Regency Café, 29 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA19050, next to the Lansdowne Theatre.  Café # is 484-461-9002. http://regencycafe.com

Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. *  Open Reading follows * Free & Open to the Public.

In addition, the Regency Cafe offers a delicious and inexpensive menu with free parking across the street.  Join us for a fun afternoon !

Sep
23
7:15 pm19:15

POETRY ALOUD & ALIVE! at BIG BLUE MARBLE

Please join us Friday, SEPTEMBER 23 at 7:15 p.m., to hear the work of poet

 SIBELAN FORRESTER

 This long standing popular series is hosted and coordinated by Mike Cohen*.  The reading will take place at Big Blue Marble, located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (in Mt. Airy, near Carpenter & Green Streets). Store # 215-844-1870.

Come enjoy this engaging presentation!  Afterward you can join in with your own brief literary presentation in the open reading segment hosted by Mike Cohen. 

 *This series is co-coordinated by Dave Worrell.            
Poetry Aloud and Alive is co-sponsored by the Mad Poets Society

Check out:    http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

This series is supported by PA Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the FIVE COUNTY ARTS FUND.

Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS CRITIQUE CIRCLE at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Critique circles are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

Hosted /Moderated by Amy Laub. amylaub@rcn.com for details about the circle.

  Supportive feedback for your poetry!  Bring 15 copies of one of your own poems that is “under construction,” for roundtable critique & discussion! Held every second Wednesday, Free & Open to public.

Sep
13
7:00 pm19:00

LIVING ON LUCK POETRY SERIES at BARNABY'S!

TUES., SEPTEMBER 13th at 7 pm

FEATURED POETS are CAROL CLARK WILLIAMS and THE YORK POETS

Stu O'Connor is the force (and the host) behind this Mad Poets Series at Barnaby's in West Chester, "Living on Luck!"   Free & Open to the Public.   Open Reading follows.

Location:  Barnaby's, 15 S. High Street, West Chester, PA;  Restaurant # is 610-626-1400. There's a parking garage with super reasonable rates right across the street!

Come out for great poetry, great food, and great fun ! 

Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS 1ST WEDNESDAY READING SERIES at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Mad Poets 1st Wednesday Reading Series at Community Art Center

All readings are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

SEPTEMBER 7 - THERESE HALSCHEID

OPEN MIKE FOLLOWS!  Readings are usually in the Main Gallery of the Art Center (if there's a conflict, the reading will be moved to the 3rd floor ballroom.

Aug
26
7:15 pm19:15

POETRY ALOUD & ALIVE! at BIG BLUE MARBLE

Please join us Friday, AUGUST 26 at 7:15 p.m., to hear the work of poet

 JOEL DIAS-PORTER

 This long standing popular series is hosted and coordinated by Mike Cohen*.  The reading will take place at Big Blue Marble, located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (in Mt. Airy, near Carpenter & Green Streets). Store # 215-844-1870.

Come enjoy this engaging presentation!  Afterward you can join in with your own brief literary presentation in the open reading segment hosted by Mike Cohen. 

 *This series is co-coordinated by Dave Worrell.            
Poetry Aloud and Alive is co-sponsored by the Mad Poets Society

Check out:    http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

This series is supported by PA Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the FIVE COUNTY ARTS FUND.

Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

A LITTLE SUMMER MADNESS!

A LITTLE SUMMER MADNESS!  SAT. AUGUST 13th at 7 pm.

Media Borough Hall, 3rd and Jackson Streets in Media, in the Mansion Parlor. Hosted by Eileen D'Angelo

Featured Poets:  COURTNEY GAMBRELL, KIRWYN SUTHERLAND and TBA

Featured Musician:  STU O'CONNOR

Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS CRITIQUE CIRCLES at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Critique circles are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

Hosted /Moderated by Amy Laub. amylaub@rcn.com for details about the circle.

  Supportive feedback for your poetry!  Bring 15 copies of one of your own poems that is “under construction,” for roundtable critique & discussion! Held every second Wednesday, Free & Open to public.

Aug
9
7:00 pm19:00

LIVING ON LUCK POETRY SERIES at BARNABY'S!

TUES., AUGUST 9th at 7 pm

FEATURED POETS are JOE KWAK and TOM TOMLIN

Stu O'Connor is the force (and the host) behind this Mad Poets Series at Barnaby's in West Chester, "Living on Luck!"   Free & Open to the Public.   Open Reading follows.

Location:  Barnaby's, 15 S. High Street, West Chester, PA;  Restaurant # is 610-626-1400. There's a parking garage with super reasonable rates right across the street!

Come out for great poetry, great food, and great fun ! 

Jul
22
7:15 pm19:15

POETRY ALOUD AND ALIVE! at BIG BLUE MARBLE BOOKSTORE

Please join us Friday, JULY 22 at 7:15 p.m., to hear the work of poet

 ALINA MACNEAL

 This long standing popular series is hosted and coordinated by Mike Cohen*.  The reading will take place at Big Blue Marble, located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (in Mt. Airy, near Carpenter & Green Streets). Store # 215-844-1870.

Come enjoy this engaging presentation!  Afterward you can join in with your own brief literary presentation in the open reading segment hosted by Mike Cohen. 

 *This series is co-coordinated by Dave Worrell.            
Poetry Aloud and Alive is co-sponsored by the Mad Poets Society

Check out:    http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

This series is supported by PA Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the FIVE COUNTY ARTS FUND.

Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

MPS BUSINESS & SOCIAL MEETING

MAD POETS MEETINGS ARE HELD QUARTERLY.

All members of Mad Poets are welcome to attend.  (See "Membership" for details on how to join)  Location:  The Law Firm of Harris and Smith, 300 W. State St., Suite 301, (3rd Floor), Media. 

Meetings begin at 7 pm - first hour is for business * the second hour is social! Bring a poem to share!

PLEASE RSVP in case a meeting needs to be canceled or rescheduled- so we can keep you in the loop! 

Email: info@madpoetssociety.com

Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS CRITIQUE CIRCLE at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Critique circles are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

Hosted /Moderated by Amy Laub. amylaub@rcn.com for details about the circle.

  Supportive feedback for your poetry!  Bring 15 copies of one of your own poems that is “under construction,” for roundtable critique & discussion! Held every second Wednesday, Free & Open to public.

Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

LIVING ON LUCK POETRY SERIES at BARNABY'S !

On TUES., JULY 12th at 7 pm

FEATURED POETS are CRUCIAL POET

and REAL EYES MI

Stu O'Connor is the force (and the host) behind this Mad Poets Series at Barnaby's in West Chester, "Living on Luck!"   Free & Open to the Public.   Open Reading follows.

Location:  Barnaby's, 15 S. High Street, West Chester, PA;  Restaurant # is 610-626-1400. There's a parking garage with super reasonable rates right across the street!

Come out for great poetry, great food, and great fun ! 

Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

MAD POETS 1st WEDNESDAY READING SERIES at COMMUNITY ART CENTER

Mad Poets 1st Wednesday Reading Series at Community Art Center

All readings are held at the Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086; 610-566-1713 * www.communityartcenter.org

JULY 6 - CHRIS McCREARY and MIKE NOEL

OPEN MIKE FOLLOWS!  Readings are usually in the Main Gallery of the Art Center (if there's a conflict, the reading will be moved to the 3rd floor ballroom.

Jun
29
6:00 pm18:00

MAD-POET-IN-RESIDENCE: A WORKSHOP WITH LEONARD GONTAREK

MAD POET-IN-RESIDENCE:

A POETRY Workshop with Leonard Gontarek      

WALNUT STREET WEST LIBRARY

 40th and Walnut St, Philly, PA

 June 8, 15, 22 AND 29 - All Wednesdays 6:00 PM—7:30 PM

Contact: gontarek9@earthlink.net  OR:  215.808.9507 * Free* Register Now!

 

Students will gain a fuller understanding of poetry in our world and improve their poetic skills.  International and American Poetry will be discussed, with a focus on what makes a poet’s voice original, what makes the voice their own, and the ways in which the poet speaks directly to the reader.  Students will learn to identify, and trust, the same qualities in their poems, and establish voice as a working principle in their poetry. The workshop is designed to identify and develop the sense of place in the poet’s work. The aim is to firmly root the poem where it takes place, so the subject matter and concerns of the poem will unfold around it.  Specific direction and assignments will be given, with attention to the basic elements and forms of poetry. Through invention, students will build more accurate and textured work. The workshop is structured to accommodate poets at any level of accomplishment. 

 

 Leonard Gontarek,  Philadelphia Poet Laureate finalist, is the author of five books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, Déjà Vu Diner, He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs (Hanging Loose Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, Poet Lore, Verse, Exquisite Corpse, Handsome, Fence, Blackbird, The Awl, Poetry Northwest, Spinning Jenny, and in the anthologies, The Best American Poetry, The Working Poet, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets,and Joyful Noise: American Spiritual Poetry. He twice received poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and was the 2011 Philadelphia Literary Death Match Champion. Since 2006, he has conducted 1000 poetry workshops in venues including, The Moonstone Arts Center, Musehouse, The Kelly Writers House, University City Arts League, the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership,and a weekly Saturday workshop from his home in West Philadelphia.  He hosts the Green Line Café Reading and Interview Series.  www.leafscape.org/LeonardGontarek