Friday, November 2, 2012

October 2012: Dead Poets and Crave

On Thursday, October 18 the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective resumed its monthly Third Thursday Open Mic at The Vintage, 326 Spruce Street in Scranton. The feature for the night was "Dead Poets," an October tradition in which members of the NEPWC channel their favorite dead poets.

Leslee Clapp gave the opening remarks and presented a bucket full of candy and a Tonka truck for donations for the upkeep of The Vintage.

K.K. Gordon as Edgar Lee Masters, author of the Spoon River Anthology.

K.K. as K.K., performing "Hour of the Wolf," "Leftovers," and several other favorites.

Jason Macey as William Butler Yeats.

Greg Russick as Greg.

Kathleen Jacobs as Federico García Lorca.

Kait Burrier as Gertrude Stein.

One member of the audience came up to recite an original poem.

Two days later several members of the NEPWC made the trek to the city of Jim Thorpe to present poems in the upper room of Crave, located in the Albright Mansion. Jason Macey, K.K. Gordon, and Greg Russick read with Laurel Radzieski at the afternoon performance. Laurel had to leave early, so for the evening performance her spot was filled by Rebecca York Moll, a local poet who is very active in the Jim Thorpe arts and poetry scene.

Jason, K.K., Rebecca, and Greg
The venue was beautiful, and Jim Thorpe has tremendous potential. Future events are in the works at Crave, though a date has not yet been set.

The next Open Mic Night at the Vintage is scheduled for November 15.

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