Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Join the Pagoda Writers for a Haiku Workshop with the esteemed Susanna Lee & Jean LeBlanc!

Susanna Lee is a writer and enjoys participating in poetry readings, and she has appeared as a featured reader for "Thursdays Are For Poetry" in Teaneck, NJ. Her poetry has been published online in the White Shoe Irregular, and in print in the Red Wheelbarrow #9 anthology, and will appear in an upcoming anthology by the Paulinskill Poetry Project. Her self-published book of poetry, Sunrise Mountain (Rose Mason Press, 2015), is available from the HPL Consortium.

Jean LeBlanc is an Assistant Professor of English at Sussex County Community College and executive editor of the Paulinskill Poetry Project. A member of the Writers’ Roundtable, she is active in the vibrant local poetry scene in northwestern New Jersey, often appearing as a featured reader. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, and her collections include At Any Moment (Backwaters Press, 2010) and A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press, 2015). Her haiku publications include The Haiku Aesthetic: Short Form Poetry as a Study in Craft (, 2013).

When: April 1st, 2017 at 1pm
98 Duryea Dr, Reading, PA 19602
What to bring: Bring your friends, bring your poems, bring your friend's poems!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kick off Bard Fest 2017 with Yolanda Wisher!

Join Berks Bards in welcoming Yolanda Wisher back to Reading in this Poetry and Live Music event as a part of the Bruce H. Stanley Poetry Reading Series event and the very first event of Bard Fest 2017!

Yolanda Wisher is Philadelphia’s 2016-2017 Poet Laureate, as well as a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence and 2015 Pew Fellow. She also works as Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Will Brock, keys
Paul Giess, trumpet
Diego Maugeri, guitar
Carol Moog, harmonica
Mark Palacio, bass
Anssumane Silla, percussion
Yolanda Wisher, poetry/vocals

When: March 30th, 2017 at 6pm
10 S 2nd St, Reading, PA 19602
What to bring: Bring your friends, bring your poems, bring your friend's poems!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Join Barbara Strasko & Daina Savage at the GoggleWorks on April 6th!

Please join us for 1st Thursday Poetry and Open Mic with our Featured Poets Barbara Strasko and Daina Savage!

Barbara Buckman Strasko is the author of two collections of poetry: Graffiti in Braille (Word Press, 2012) and  On the Edge of Delicate Day (Pudding House Press, 2008). She lives along the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her poem “Bricks and Mortar” was chosen to be engraved in granite in Lancaster’s main square. She was appointed the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County by the Lancaster Literary Guild.

Strasko’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Rhino, Poet Lore, Brilliant Corners, Ninth Letter , Nimrod and Borderlands. She was a finalist for the 2012 New Letters Poetry Award, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Strasko was the 2009 Teacher of the Year for River of Words, an international environmental youth poetry and art contest. Strasko was a counselor, reading specialist and literacy coach for the School District of Lancaster . Strasko currently serves as the Poet in the Schools for Poetry Paths and founded  Right to Write, a writing program for youth in the city of Lancaster.

Learn more about Barbara and her amazing works by visiting her website

Daina SavageLancaster County’s second poet laureate, works as a freelance journalist for magazines and newspapers in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 3,000 published stories. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Spoken Word Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As the director of the Lancaster Poetry Continuum, she organized numerous poetry reading series in Lancaster museums, bookstores, and coffee shops. 

She is the co-founder of the Lancaster County Young Writers Workshop. Her poetry has been published in numerous regional journals and has garnered many writing awards. She is the 2013 recipient of the R.E. Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry and her work has been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Her debut collection of poetry, Traces, was published in 2013 by Iris G. Press.

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When: April 6th, 2017 at 6pm
Where: The GoggleWorks
201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601
What to bring: Bring your friends, bring your poems, bring your friend's poems!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Join Dr. Philip Terman March 2nd at the GoggleWorks (Studio 240)!

Please join us for 1st Thursday Poetry and Open Mic with our Featured Poet Dr. Philip Terman

Dr. Philip Terman is the author of five books of poetry and four limited edition chapbooks. His most recent collections are Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press) and Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Through Another Window, a hand-sewn collaboration with an artist and bookbinder. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Ninawa Press. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Poetry Daily and American Life in Poetry. He teaches at Clarion University, is co-director of The Chautauqua Writers Festival, and directs the Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA. On occasion, he performs his poetry with the Jazz Group the Barkeyville Triangle.

Please note: This 1st Thursday reading will be held in Studio 240 of the GoggleWorks

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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.