Philly Writers Resist!

#writersresist    January 15 is the date for Philadelphia Writers Resist: United for Liberty. The event is part of PEN America’s country-wide mobilization to let the Trump administration know that we writers will not back down or backtrack when it comes to human rights and civil liberties. I’ll be reading alongside many Philly friends from works that speak to empathy and justice. Nathaniel Popkin, one of the organizers, writes, “We chose the word united because this event is meant to bring us together as a literary community with abundant shared interests. We are poets, novelists, filmmakers, artists, publishers, readers, promoters, journalists, essayists, narrative non-fiction and experimental writers, editors, scholars, and translators, all to say, loudly, that we will stand for the freedoms written right here.”

The event will happen on Independence Mall at the location of the Centennial Religious Freedom sculpture, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and in sight of Independence Hall.
This event is co-facilitated by Nathaniel’s fellow organizers Alicia Askenase and Stephanie Feldman.
Philadelphia #WritersResist: United for Liberty
Sunday January 15, 2017
National Museum of American Jewish History Dell Auditorium
5th and Market Streets
The Museum is generously donating the auditorium for our event.
More on ways you can #WriteOurDemocracy at this link.

Photos from Philly Poetry Day

A big thanks to Leonard, Lillian, Joey, Elizabeth, Nancy H. and everybody else who had a hand in the first #PhillyPoetryDay. Here are some photos! #215Festival @AmPoetryReview @PhillyPoetryDay

From the Brickbat Books Reading… that would not dare be canceled!!  The first batchh of photos feature Chris McCreary, Kelly McQuain, Pattie McCarthy and Jenn McCreary.





This photo is from Charlie O’Hay:


Around 3 pm I moseyed over to the Sketch Club where I read with Wendy Fulton Steginsky, Juditha Dowd, and Helen Mirkil,  the ladies in these photos. The Sketch Club! What a beautiful spot! The walls had eyes thanks to the small oil portraits on display.