Meet the Director

Eileen D’Angelo and the Mad Poets are everywhere, turning up the volume and fueling poetry unceasingly.  Without them, the region would be sadder and way too quiet.    ~Barb Daniels

Eileen M. D’Angelo, MPS Director

Eileen D’Angelo a paralegal by day and a mad poet at night, has been nominated for a Pennsylvania Governor's Award in the Arts and was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, by Verse Magazine and Schuylkill Valley Journal.  She judged Philadelphia area poets in open auditions for the HBO pilot/series, Def Poetry Jam and also for the Four State Poetry Slam, sponsored by Minority Business Focus, at New Market Cabaret in Philadelphia.   Her manuscript, True Tales from the Home Front, was a finalist in both the University of North Carolina’s Palanquin Press Chapbook Competition and Byline Chapbook Competition, and she was a finalist for the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award from Negative Capability Press.  She has read her work on several television arts programs:  WXPN’s (88.5 fm) World Cafe Live, and Cafe Improv, a live television broadcast in Princeton, NJ, and surrounding areas.; and on “Poet’s Pause” on BCTV-Berks County Community Television. She was interviewed by Kenn Michael for WBIY (88.1 fm) for the Lehigh Valley following a performance in Bethlehem, and by Dee Patel of KYW-1060 News Radio in Philadelphia. A two time finalist in the Allen Ginsberg Competition sponsored by the Paterson Literary Review, Eileen has been the Director of the Mad Poets Society since 1987 and has coordinated over 1,500 special events, including poetry readings, ongoing monthly series, competitions, workshops, festivals, conferences, student events and more, approximately 70 to 80 poetry readings per year since 1990.  She has served as Editor of the Mad Poets Review since the first issue in 1990, and was a Contributing Editor for the literary journal, HELLAS, A Journal of Arts and Humanities.

Her poetry and book reviews have been published widely in national and international magazines and literary journals including (partial listing) Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century, Paterson Literary Review, Wild River Review, Philadelphia Stories, Drexel Online Journal, One Trick Pony, Philadelphia Poets, Manhattan Poetry Review, Voices International, New Hope International (in the United Kingdom), Canada Writer's Quarterly, Jam To-Day, Midwest Poetry Review, Verse, Negative Capability, The Aurealean, Bitterroot Poetry Journal, Odessa Poetry Review, Independent Review, General Eclectic, Bookends, HiNgE Online, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Amherst American Poetry Annual, The Philadelphia Poetry Forum Anthology, Moonstone Anthology, Pennsylvania Poetry Society Prize Poems  and others. Portions of one of her poetry readings at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse in Bethehem was aired on WBIY (88.1 fm) Lehigh Valley. Eileen is a songwriter, poet and author of three collections of poetry, Shooting Stars, Nightwinds and Love Songs, and two upcoming books in progress, True Tales from the Home Front and The Recovering Catholics Collection. She has lectured, taught and/or performed poetry & music throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

An advocate for domestic abuse awareness, Eileen is the founder and coordinator of Arts Against Abuse, multimedia arts events for the benefit of the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, which have raised over $14,000 for the cause to date; and in addition, 100% of the proceeds from her most recent chapbook, Growing up with a Vengeance, as well as collection of poems she edited, Hush:  Poems of Survivors of Domestic Abuse are donated to benefit Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County. In 2005, she was awarded the 23rd Annual Victims Rights Award from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County.

She has performed at the following special events, festivals and universities (partial listing):  St. Joseph’s University;  WXPN’s World Cafe Live (88.5 fm); The West Chester Festival of the Arts; The North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference (featured performer; wkshp leader); Fergy’s Pub (Moonstone Poetry Series); Robin's Bookstore; The Clef Club and Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center, Phila.; Rutgers University; Arcadia University; Rosemont College; Delaware County Community College; Montgomery County Community College; Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Camden; Penn’s Landing Series, “Poetry on the Plaza,” on Walnut St. Walkway;  Phila. Writer’s Conference, Wksp. Leader;   Kelly Writers House, Univ. of PA; Burlington Co. Poetry Festival, Keynote Speaker;  Philadelphia’s 215 Festival; Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Hedgerow Theatre;  Del. Co. Women’s Conference, Wkshp Leader; Farley's Bookshop in New Hope and  The Forum for the Arts at St Phillips Chapel in New Hope;   Godfrey Daniel’s Coffeehouse Series in Bethlehem; Main Line Arts Festival at MLAC;  Sunoco/“Welcome America” 4th of July Festival (performed music & poetry on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway);  South Street Arts Festival, Philly ; Main Street Theatre, in Quakertown; The Philadelphia Magazine Reading at the Tritone; The Poet’s Den Reading at the African American Bookstore in Camden; The Manayunk Art Center Poetry Series;  The New Age Series at the North Star Bar;  Philadelphia Poetry Forum at NE Regional Library; Featured performer and later, coordinator, of the Monday Night Poetry Series at the Philadelphia Central Library at Vine St.; Doc Watson’s Pub Writer’s Series; WORD UP! Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center;  Chester Co. Poetry Series at the West Chester Friends Meeting House, 1989; The Jumping Cow Coffeehouse; Media-Upper Providence Library; Zone One Art Gallery; The Middle East Restaurant; The High Wire Gallery;  Mary’s Vineyard Retreat House;  Tour deBlue/BlueRoute Opening Celebration;  The Market Cart Restaurant;  City Book Shop;  Quarry Street Café, Philly; Melitta Coffee World, South Street; Polish-American Historical Society, Philly; the Pen and Pencil Club; The Green Line Poetry/Interview Series; Performed at the Mauch Chunk Historical Museum in Jim Thorpe, 2003; TelAviva Restaurant;  Borders Books & Music; Barnes & Noble in Broomall; The Red Sea Restaurant;  Tender Quest Podium, Chester YMCA; Wallingford Library;  Haverford, Lansdowne and Yeadon Libraries, among other events and locations. 

Professional Affiliations/ Awards & Recognition/ Lecture Locations (partial listing):  

Director, Mad Poets Society (since 1987.  (Note: Beth Phillips Brown was the founder of the Delco Poets Cooperative in 1987; Eileen continued the Delco Poets after Beth’s departure after the 1st “Food for Thought”  Festival in late ’87, and Eileen renamed the group, Mad Poets Society shortly thereafter.);  

Founder, Wild Women, a women’s poetry performance troupe; 

Co-Founder, Delaware County Paralegal Association (first elected President for 3 year term; current Vice President;

*  Vice President of the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations; (and former Primary Delegate of the Delaware County Paralegal Association, now the current Secondary Delegate).;  

*  Trustee & Endorsement Committee Chair of the PA Poetry Society (PPS),

*  Founder, “Arts Against Abuse,” a multimedia arts event for the benefit of Domestic Abuse Project; 

* Philadelphia Writers Conference, President for 6 full terms; served as First Vice President for 2 terms;  former Contest Chair and Grants Committee Chairman; 

* Past Contributing Editor, HELLAS Journal of Arts and Humanities; 

* Judge for the Philadelphia auditions for the HBO pilot series, Def Poetry Jam, at New Market Cabaret in Philadelphia; 

* Keynote Speaker, Burlington Co. Poetry Festival (NJ);  

* Coordinated and read at special event, “A Little Summer Madness,” at Lori Cosgrove Design (the 90th MPS event in 2006);  

* Judged the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program, along with Terry Culleton and Celebrity Judge Grace Paley; 

* Judge of the Ursinus College “The Lantern” Literary Magazine Competition; 

* Workshop Presenter – National Federation of State Poetry Societies Conference in Harrisburg; 

* 215 Festival – Presenter, Philadelphia Magazine Reading at the Tritone; 

* Workshop Presenter for the Montgomery County Writers Conference; 

* Workshop Presenter, 2001 Phila. Writers Conference, Poetry Workshop; 

* Workshop Presenter, 2000 Phila. Writers Conference, for the Magazine Editor Forum/Literary Editors Workshop; 

Workshop Presenter at the 19th Annual Delaware County Women’s Conference, Presenter on the topic: “Chasing the Muse: Women and the Art of Poetry.”; 

* Exploring Advisor, Mad Poets Explorer Post #294 (student poets/affiliated with Boy Scouts); 

* Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, Literary Journal/Editor – Workshop Presenter;  

* Poetry Judge for the Philadelphia Writers Conference; Judge,

* Judge for the Writer’s Focus Multi-State Poetry Slam at New Market Cabaret;'

Writer’s Focus Multi-State Poetry Slam at Dances Entertainment Complex; 

* Recipient of a Dolores Capone Memorial Scholarship to Phila. Writers Conference;

* Phila Writers Conference;  First Place, Words on the Wall Competition at Phila Writer’s Conference;            

* Finalist in the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, Negative Capability Press; 

* Community Service Award from Chester High School’s Straight from the Heart Poetry Group;

* Recipient of the Cadence Crafters Scholarship to Phila. Writers Conference; 

* Founder & Coordinator of Arts Against Abuse, fundraisers for Domestic Abuse Project;  

* Coordinator of the Young Poets of Delaware County Competition; 

* Coordinator of the Mad Poets Competition; 

* Judge for the statewide Pennsylvania Young Voices Competition; 

* Judge for Jesse Poet Competitions; 

* Judge for the Full Moon Poetry Competition (’90 through 93); 

* Judge for Phila. Writer’s Conference, Poetry Division.