THE 5th ANNUAL

PHILADELPHIA POETRY FESTIVAL

            In celebration of poetry month, The Philadelphia Poetry Festival will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 11 am to 4:00 p.m., in the Montgomery Auditorium, at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.

It is an afternoon dedicated to celebrating Greater Philadelphia poetry in all of its manifestations, and to unite and showcase the diverse organizations that work throughout the region to promote and share poetry.  Over twenty organizations will present poetry performances, as well as a representative who will give information about that particular group’s projects, literary magazines, or poetry programs.  

We are privileged to present some of the finest poetry venues, magazines, and series in the area, to be announced.  2015 Presenters include:  Pentimento Magazine, Moveable Beats Reading Series, The Fuze: Philadelphia Poetry Slam, Expressive Path, Tomorrow’s Girls, Rutgers-Camden’s “Louder Than a Bomb” Teen Poetry Slam, Family Style Open Mic Series, Panoramic Poetry Series, Monday Poets Series, American Poetry Review, Musehouse, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Aloud & Alive at Big Blue Marble, Green Line Poetry & Interview Series, Moonstone Art Center, Mad Poets Society, Apiary Magazine, Philadelphia Poets, Philadelphia Writers Conference,  and others.

Special guests include Michelle Myers of Yellow Rage and Imani Rothwell of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM).

There will be an area for the circulation of program brochures, flyers and information about dozens of Philadelphia poetry and writing outlets.  Bring your favorite series’ information to share!

This is the area’s most comprehensive poetry event solely dedicated to celebrating Greater Philadelphia Poetry in all of its manifestations.  Be there or be square!

For further information about this event, email   info@madpoetssociety.com

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2015 SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS

April 25, 2015 * 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

 at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia

in the Montgomery Auditorium

1ST SET * Hosted by EILEEN M. D’ANGELO

 * Farley’s First Thursday Series

     (Bernadette McBride)

* The Collective Mic at Rose Petals Café

      & Lounge

     (Jody “Tru Story” Austin / Tiffani Dean)

* Pentimento Magazine

     (Marie Kane, Poetry Editor,

        Lori Brozek, Managing Editor)

* Mad Poets Society/ Young Poets

    Contest /Mad Poets Review

      (Eileen M. D’Angelo / Bill Van Buskirk)

* Tomorrow’s Girls

     (Pat McLean)

2ND SET * Hosted by KATHY VOLK MILLER

National Black Arts Spoken Word Tour

     (Maurice Henderson)

The Fuze: Philadelphia Poetry Slam

     (Hannah McDonald)

Philadelphia Stories

     (Peter Baroth / Stephanie Durann)

* Poetry Aloud & Alive at Big Blue Marble

     (Dave Worrell)

* Moonstone Art Center (Larry Robin)

* Philadelphia Writers Conference

     (David Kozinski )

3RD SET * Hosted by BERNADETTE MCBRIDE

* American Poetry Review

     (David Bonanno)

* Expressive Path

     (Pamela Martin / Glenn McLaughlin)

Musehouse: Supporting the Literary Arts

     (Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno)    

* Manayunk Roxborough Art Center

      / Schuylkill Valley Journal

     (Peter Krok)

* Monday Poets Series

     (Kay Wisniewski / Lamont Dixon)

* The Green Line Reading & Interview

      Series           

      (Charles Carr / Kasey Jueds)

* Panoramic Poetry at October Gallery

     (Crucial)

 * Featured Guest:  MICHELLE MYERS

 4th SET * Hosted by CHARLES CARR

 Rutgers- Camden’s  “Louder Than a Bomb” Teen Poetry Slam

     (Lamont Dixon)

Overbrook Poets       

      (Fereshteh Sholevar)

APIARY  

     (Tamara Oakman / Hannah McDonald)

Moveable Beats Reading Series

      (Jim Mancinelli / Liz Abrams Morley)

Family Style Open Mic Series

      (Michelle Myers)

Panoramic Poetry at October Gallery

     (Crucial )

    * Featured Guest:   CALAMITY ROSE OF PYPM

 This special afternoon is dedicated to celebrating those diverse, talented voices in all their uniqueness and originality … to applaud those who volunteer to make venues and forums possible … and to unite and showcase the many people who create this rich landscape of poetry in our City of Brotherly Love and abroad.  For info, email  info@madpoetssociety.com                                                                      

This special event is partially 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.