This Thursday, we’re gonna do it big at Milkboy. Not only are we celebrating National Poetry Month, we’re also celebrating my birthdayÂ (that’s Autumn Konopka, your effervescent hostess with the mostess)! To make sure we do it up right, we’re bringing inÂ 4 of our newest voices to light up the stage: Christine Chiosi, Lola Georg, Howard Lieberman, andÂ Susan H. Robbins.
Retiring early from the practice of medicine, Christine Chiosi now spends her time writing poetry and short fiction.Â Her poetry can be found in Carpe Articulum, and she anticipates June publications in Cloudbank and the Sierra Nevada Review. She has been favorably reviewed in NewPages.com, an on-line source for literary journals.Â Christine has recently returned to the Philadelphia area after living and teaching in central Chile, where she completed a collection of bilingual poems.Â Most recently (last week!) she was just selected by NPR to read her tweet of a poem (140 characters or less!) on air,Â for their National Poetry Month feature, which selects one tweeted poem per day, during the month of April. She is currently looking for a job to sustain her first love, which is drifting, thoughtfully, through the mine-fields of memory.
Lola Georg works professionally in Business and Finance, with 25 years of management experience, predominantly in the non-profit sector.Â She volunteers as a counselor at Daemion Counseling Center in Berwyn, where she works with people who can not afford traditional therapy fees.Â Poet-wise, she has written poetry over the years because it is therapeutic, and she spends a lot of time thinking in metaphor. For fun, she likes to ski, hike, bike, and spend time outdoors.
Howard Lieberman started out as a neurosurgeon, but has been writing for years. His work has been published in about 10 journals, and even in the NY Times. Now, he primarily writes every day as his main hobby (others include: an obsessive chess playing mania along with a mania for collecting things: etchings, coins, pottery, antique books, anything that doesn’t run fast enough). He adds on endlessly to my poetry web site,Â artpoetry.com , where along with many poems, are poems combined with pictures (not his), notes on whatever is obscure, and a history of the last 100 years of poetry.
Susan H. Robbins, Ph.D., only recently discovered her â€˜poetic voiceâ€™ after more than 25 years as a research professional evaluating education and health and human service programs.Â She received two awards for her poetry at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference. Two of her poems were published in the most recent volume of the Mad Poets Review. Susan has also performed her poetry at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey and at the Mad Poets Society 2009 and 2010 Festivals.Â She truly hopes you enjoy her poetry.
Of course, we’ll round out the evening with the poetic stylings of our always eclectic open mic gang. That could include you, if you show up & bring some poems. Oh yeah, and we’re running our 2011 open mic contest, which means if you do read in the open mic, you just might get yourself a feature slot in December!Â So be there:
Mad Poets Mixed-Genre Reading & Open Mic
Milkboy Acoustic Cafe
824 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Reading starts at 7pm, open mic follows.