Monday, September 3, 2012


Friday, Sept 14th,
7:00-9:00 PM

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

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane  

Philadelphia, PA 19119-3402
(215) 844-1870

Join us for our 8th 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 September features are Samantha Barrow and Maleka Fruean.  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.

Samantha Barrow is a poet, performer, writer and educator with an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, where she was awarded a Distinguished Graduate Research Scholar Fellowship in 2011. She facilitates creative resilience & writing workshops with survivors of sexual assault, and teaches Narrative Medicine at the City College of New York. She’s been known to ride her motorcycle around the country sharing her poems in all kinds of venues; big, small, loud, silent, fabulous and awkward. She really likes performing with musicians.

She is the author of GRIT and tender membrane (Plan B Press), Jelly (a chapbook, Tiger / Monkey Alliance), and Chap (self published).  Her poetry, prose, reviews and interviews have been published in The Ledge Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia City Paper, Off Our Backs, Avalon Magazine, Lesbian Nation, Feminist Review, Edible Vineyard, Manorborn, Moonstone’s Poetry Ink Anthology and Helmet Hair. She has been included in two Uphook Press Anthologies: “you say. say.” and “Hell Strung and Crooked."

She lives in New York City.  For more about Ms. Barrow please go to

Maleka Fruean was born in Western Samoa, raised in southern New Jersey, and started sassing around in Philadelphia. She creates poems and paints with her three children, and has featured her poetry and prose in venues like the Rotunda, the Painted Bride, and various communal houses and tearooms throughout Philadelphia. She recently had her first pieces of flash fiction published.    

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