THE 2016 PHILADELPHIA POETRY FESTIVAL

The Philadelphia Poetry Festival is coming!         SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Do you run a poetry organization, magazine or poetry series in the Philadelphia area?   If so, please register NOW for the Philadelphia Poetry Festival 2016 by sending your request via email to philapoetryfest@comcast.net.  Include your name, the organization you represent and a brief summary of what your org does and where and when you do it.  Please use the word “REGISTRATION” in the subject line of your email.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH

OUR FORMAT HAS CHANGED:

Each organization will present one poet to represent them, who will read for five minutes.  In the spirit of the event, we ask that organization leaders or editors NOT read, but choose a poet to spotlight. 

AND … WE’RE IN A NEW LOCATION !

This year’s festival will be held at a wonderful event space:  THE ROTUNDA, 4014 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia.

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:

 BOOK FAIR.  The Philadelphia Poetry Festival will include a Poetry Book Fair.  This is for individual poets signing and selling their books of poems.  All proceeds will go to and be handled by the authors.  The space is very limited – You must sign up in advance.  Please contact Leonard with interest:  gontarek9@earthlink.net

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

PARKING.  Lots of street parking in the area, metered and non-metered.  Fresh Grocer Parking Garage across Walnut Street.

GREAT PLACES FOR FOOD & SPIRITS & BUSINESSES WITHIN A BLOCK: Smokey Joe’s, Mizu Sushi Bar, The Greek Lady, West Philly City Tap House, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Copabanana, Hummus & The Last Word Book Shop!

PAST PARTICIPANTSAmerican Poetry Review, Farley’s First Thursday Series, Apiary, The Collective Mic, Moveable Beats, Philly Youth Poetry Movement, The Green Line Reading and Interview Series, The Fuze: Philadelphia Slam Team, Philadelphia Stories, Philadelphia Poets, Rutgers-Camden’s “Louder Than a Bomb” Teen Poetry Slam, Mad Poets, Musehouse, Moonstone, Philadelphia Writers Conference, and MORE! 

Join us on April 24th to Experience a Unique Sampling of the Greatest Poetry on Earth and the Greatest Poetry Community Under the Sun!   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!

BEST REGARDS:       LEONARD GONTAREK & EILEEN D’ANGELO