Monday, August 6, 2012

August Open roars in!

Friday, August 17th, 7 pm
Nor'easter Open: Two Features & an Open Mic!
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Sirowitz photo credit: Kim Soles

Join us for our 7th 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 August features are Anne Kaier and Hal Sirowitz.  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.

Anne Kaier’s recent work appears in the The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Bellingham Review, Under the Sun, Philadelphia Poets, American Writing, the recent anthology Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, and other venues. Her chapbook, In Fire, was published in 2005. Holding a Ph.D. from Harvard University, she teaches literature and creative writing at Rosemont College and Arcadia University.

Hal Sirowitz is the author of five books of poetry, Mother Said, My Therapist Said (Crown/Random House), Father Said, Before, During & After (Soft Skull Press) and the forthcoming Stray Cat Blues (Backwaters Press). His work has been translated into ten languages including Icelandic, Turkish, and, most recently, Macedonian. Garrison Keillor has read his work on NPR’s the Writer’s Almanac and he has included Hal’s poems in his anthologies, Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times. Hal has performed and appeared on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS’s Poetry Heaven, NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS’s The United States of Poetry and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Hal is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York.

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