Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Join Heath Brougher & Lexi Spino February 2nd at the GoggleWorks!

Please join us for 1st Thursday Poetry and Open Mic with our Featured Poets Heath Brougher and Lexi Spino.

Heath Brougher attended Temple University. He is the poetry editor of Five 2 One Magazine. He has published two chapbooks, “A Curmudgeon Is Born” (Yellow Chair Press 2016) and “Digging for Fire” (Stay Weird and Keep Writing Publishing Co. 2016), with another one titled “Your Noisy Eyes” due out in 2017. He is a Best of the Net Nominee and his work has been translated into Albanian and been published in over 25 countries. He was the judge of Into the Void Magazine’s 2016 Poetry Competition and edited the anthology “Luminous Echoes,” the sales of which will be donated to help with suicide prevention. His work has appeared or is due to be published in Of/with, Chiron Review, SLAB, Main Street Rag, Crack the Spine, Cruel Garters, MiPOesias, Third Wednesday, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, Gloom Cupboard, X-Peri, Gold Dust, and elsewhere. When not writing, he helps with the charity Paws Soup Kitchen which gives out free dog/cat food to low-income families with pets.

Lexi Spino is a 25-year-old poet from York, PA. She has a chapbook called "I'm A Wanderer, Not A Runaway" and a spoken word EP called "Suicidal Since Birth". She is very heavy into the art scene around York and has recently become one of the two administrators of the poetry program at The Parliment. When she isn't writing or being an active member of the art society she is running around like a five-year-old with her daughter. The year of 2017 will bring her next poetry book titled "This Is Not For You" as well as another music/spoken work collaboration.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 6 p.m. at the GoggleWorks with poet/writer Jack Cantwell

 Please join Berks Bards at the GoggleWorks for First Thursday with Jack Cantwell with an open mic to follow.

Jack Cantwell is the owner of Lebanon-based SkyLimit Marketing. His company provides a variety of services to mostly Central Pennsylvania Clients, from York to Reading, with the majority in Lebanon County.
Services include marketing planning, project management, and advertising and PR writing for print, broadcast, websites, and collateral materials.
Jack started SkyLimit Marketing in 1999, following a lengthy domestic and international career with major advertising and promotion agencies and corporations. His Clients included McDonald’s Restaurants (U.S., Japan, Europe, Canada); John Hancock Financial Services (nationally); Fleet Banks; Marine Midland Banks; Coca Cola (Japan); Readers Digest (England) and many more. He was a Senior VP for two large agencies. His last corporate job was as VP Marketing for Mail Boxes Etc. (now called the UPS Stores)
He divides his time by:
1. Handling his marketing clients, including writing and editing the Bayer HealthCare employee newsletter and the Reading editions of the weekly Merchandiser.
2. Teaching 3-credit college courses in Marketing and Sales for Elizabethtown College
3. Donating a portion of his professional time to charitable causes like Central Pennsylvania Supports the Troops, Tom Gerhart’s Sports Memorabilia Auction, which helps local kids with cancer and their families; and others.
4. Talks and book signings (like tonight) for his new book Life Expressed in 25 Words or Less.
Jack is an active member of the Lebanon Chamber (Ambassador Committee); and Community of Lebanon Association (Chair of the PR/Social Committee). He is also active in St. Mary’s Church, Lebanon (Lector and marketing consultant).
Jack has been honored as the 2010 CLA Business Person of the Year plus several other local business awards. And last month he was honored by his alma mater, Ithaca College, with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, their highest honor.
Jack and his wife Patricia live in South Lebanon. They have been married for 55 1/2 years.
They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Berks Bards is supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts which is administered locally by the Berks Arts Council. Berks Bards is also supported in part by the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Thursday October 6, 2016 6 p.m. at the GoggleWorks with poets Brian Fanelli and Dawn Leas

Celebrate October!  Join us for First Thursday Poetry at the GoggleWorks!

October 6, 2016 ~ 6 pm

Brian Fanelli and Dawn Leas

GoggleWorks First Floor Cafe', 201 Washington ST, Reading, PA

Open Mic

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by Berks Bards and supported by a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, with additional funding from the Friends of the Berks County Libraries, members and friends of Berks Bards.

Liz Stanley
Berks Bards
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Brian Fanelli is the author of the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing) and the full-length poetry collections All That Remains (Unbound Content) and Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books). His poetry, essays, and book reviews have been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, The Paterson Literary Review, Main Street Rag, [PANK],  Louisiana Literature, Kentucky Review, and elsewhere. His poem “Raking Leaves” was recently featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.  He has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He teaches at Lackawanna College. 
Dawn Leas is the author of a full-length collection, Take Something When You Go, (Winter Goose Publishing 2016), and a chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010). A collection of her poems can be found in Everyday Escape Poems, an anthology released by SwanDive Publishing (2014).  Her work has appeared in Literary Mama, Southern Women's Review, San Pedro River Review, The Pedestal Magazine and elsewhere. She has served as the associate director of the Wilkes University M.F.A. Creative Writing Programs and is currently the assistant to the President at Wilkes. She received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in English from the University of Scranton, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday October 4th at 6 p.m. at the Schuylkill Valley Community Library with Poet Tony Cocuzza

Join Berks Bards and Tony Cocuzza at the Schuylkill Valley Community Library, 1310 Washington Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 for an evening of fun and poetry. 

Tony Cocuzza's degree in Psychology has probably helped him more in his four

years of poetic misadventure than in his 33 years as a Social Worker.

He admits to publishing success in music reviews, for 21 years in the

Reading Eagle and in his current music blog and since 2009.

He will do his best to entertain you, without song, dance, or shadow


This event is sponsored by Berks Bards, with a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, funded by the PA State Legislature, and administered by the Berks Arts Council.  Additional support from the Friends of the Berks County Public Libraries, and from members and volunteers with Berks Bards.  The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 2016 6 p.m. an open mic at Cafe Bold in West Reading

Please join the poetry faithful for Second Tuesday at Cafe Bold in beautiful West Reading: 550 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA 19611

Bee HiveQueen will be our hostess. 

She does a wonderful job of creating a warm and welcoming environment in which to share poetry. 

We look forward to meeting you there.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the GoggleWorks with featured poets Eliot White and Jeff Rath

Welcome September with two poets and an open mic to follow the reading.

Eliot White is currently completing a Master’s Degree in American Literature at Millersville University. Before going to graduate school, he taught high school English, Social Studies, and Theater. He has presented at national and international conferences on the works of Cormac McCarthy, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Emily St. John Mandel, and Zadie Smith. Some other research interests include literature of the Iraq and Afghan wars, trauma theory, and cognitive and evolutionary theories of narrative. He has worked on the staff of Third Point Press, and is the host of The Turning Wheel, a monthly reading series showcasing local and regional poets and authors at DogStar Books. His writing has appeared in Sundog Lit, George Street Carnival, and Rapportage. To pay the bills, he works as a writer and content strategist for The Infantree, a branding agency in his home city of Lancaster, PA. Follow him on twitter: @eliot_white.

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Jeff Rath is the author of four collections of poetry: The Waiting Room at the End of the World (2007), In the Shooting Gallery of the Heart (2009), Film Noir (2011), and his latest, The Old Utopia Hotel, all published by Iris G. Press. His work has been published in a number of journals including Everyday Genius, The The Journal, the Delmarva Review, and Fledgling Rag. He is the 2007 R.E. Foundation Award winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee.
Berks Bards is supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts as administered locally through the Berks Arts Council and by the Friends of Berks County Public Libraries.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 4, 2016 at 6 p.m. First Thursday with Jennifer Hetick

Join us in welcoming JENNIFER HETRICK as our featured poet
for First Thursday Poetry at the GoggleWorks on August 4th at 6 pm.

She will be reading selections from volume two of her new project
"the labors of our fingertips:
poems from manufacturing history in Berks County." 

First Floor Cafe,
201 Washington Street, Reading

Open Mic

Liz Stanley
Berks Bards


Jennifer Hetrick considers herself a language thrower of sorts. Having graduated from Clarion University with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and a minor in English writing, she contributes to Berks County Living Magazine, The Reading Eagle, and the Copper Development Association’s Copper in the Arts and other publications. And she occasionally does farm blogging for Weaver’s Orchard and Wolff's Apple House.
In the past, she wrote for Bucks Life Magazine, The Merchandiser, Lancaster Farming, Berks-Mont Newspapers, the Limerick-Royersford-Spring City and Perkiomen Valley Patch sites,,, the Boyertown Bulletin, and MidAtlantic Farm Credit's Leader.

She has also interviewed poets from Israel and Turkey as well as from different parts of the U.S.

Hetrick is currently managing a three-year poetry project called the labors of our fingertips: poems from manufacturing history in berks county. The project involves interviewing older seniors who worked in Berks County’s factories and mills, creating poems from their memories, and publishing three volumes of books with the content. Each of the books will include 25 poems. The first book was released through Foothills Publishing in Kanona, New York in August 2015. The project is funded in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Berks Arts Council.
In 2010, she started her own positive-only local news publication known as News, Not Blues, based out of Boyertown, Berks County. Throughout each year, she donates contemporary poetry books to the Boyertown Community Library through News, Not Blues, including books by Berks County poets. Invited to the first annual writers' festival at the Chautauqua Institution through a scholarship she received in 2004, she workshopped with Syracuse University's respected poet Bruce Smith. In 2011, she had a creative nonfiction essay about her mother published in the book Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie through a call for submissions from at the University of Pennsylvania. She and good friend fellow poet Frank Wolfe of Royersford, Montgomery County used to attend and read at Otherwise Poetry, a monthly poetry reading at the Towne Book Center & Cafe in Collegeville, sponsored by The Mad Poets Society based in Media, Delaware County. She has studied under Berks County’s third poet laureate, Heather Thomas, and followed its fourth poet laureate, Craig Czury, on his Marcellus Shale poetry project in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2012. She plans to teach poetry classes as well as river poems workshops and poetry workshops for seniors at retirement homes around the region in the future. Her blog, The Garden Harlot, easily explains her penchant for hiking and photographing scenes of plants from unexpected viewpoints. A lot of her freelance writing involves putting positives in front of people in a way which the world needs more than it will ever need or benefit from what's negative.