Saturday, July 7, 2012

Beat the heat! Join us for our July Nor'easter Open!

Friday, July 20th,
7:00-9:00 PM

Nor’easter Open: Two Features 
& an Open Mic!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore

551 Carpenter Lane

Philadelphia, PA 

(215) 844-1870

Join us for our 6th Nor’easter Open, Nor’easter Exchange’s monthly open mic series that takes place at Mt. Airy Philadelphia’s Big Blue Marble Bookstore, co-hosted by Nina Sharma and Quincy Scott Jones.  Each series kicks off with readings by two feature authors, followed by an hour of open mic.  Our July features are Mike Cohen and Bernard Wilson.  Nor’easter Exchange welcomes and is proud to support both emerging and established writers, at a bookstore with a truly independent heart.  Come read your work or just support that of your friends and neighbors.

For open mic, please arrive at least 15 minutes early (6:45 pm) to sign up, and allot 3 minutes for your reading.

Reflective, philosophical, and humorous, Mike Cohen's writing is an ongoing attempt to make sense of this life and this universe. It addresses the Big Bang and the little bumps as well. There is no topic too meaningful or too nonsensical. Mike’s poetry has appeared in the Mad Poets Review, Poetry Forum Anthology, Fox Chase Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, the Mt. Airy Times Express, and the Philadelphia Daily News. His poetic presentations have been featured in programs at various schools, bookstores, coffee shops, and libraries. His poems have been aired on SKN radio. Mike has served as a judge in the Montgomery County Poet Laureate competition.  Currently, Mike hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive, a popular monthly poetry program in its fifth year at Mt. Airy’s Big Blue Marble Book Store. His articles on Philadelphia sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal in which he is a contributing editor.


Bernard Wilson grew up in the shadows of Temple University in North Philadelphia in the early 1950s. After having worn many different hats as clergy, professional musician, mental health worker, Federal Reserve Bank employee, general contractor and bartender, for the last eight years he has served as Adjunct English Professor at Arcadia University. Along the way, he developed his voice in writing and has found his work in magazines, newspapers and currently as contributor to the anthology Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill, a collection of local memoirs.  Bernard was the first Washington Fellow from Temple University, where he graduated valedictorian as a non-traditional student in the college of education.

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