Sunday, March 16, 2014

March poetry and related events in NEPA

I've dropped (or at least bobbled) the ball on this month, folks: there were already a few special poetry events taking place in NEPA (specifically, in Scranton) in the early weeks of March which didn't get reported on last month's posting. Sorry, everybody! I'm sure those events were fantastic! Here are the more regularly-scheduled events (and several irregularly-scheduled events) coming up for the second half of March:

Thursday, March 20 - Scranton
Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night at the Vintage: First Day of Spring Edition, 326 Spruce Street, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers Collective! Sign-ups begin at 8:00, poetry at 8:30. This month's host will be Alvin K. Nurse. Come celebrate the first day of Spring with poetry! This is a free event, but donations to support the Vintage are encouraged and appreciated.

Friday, March 21 - Wilkes-Barre
Third Friday Spoken Word Event with THE BREAKING GROUND POETS! at Art Seen On The Square, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Open Mic plus the poetry of the BREAKING GROUND POETS!, hosted by Sarah Scinto from The Times Tribune! Sign-ups begin at 7:30 (or whenever the sign-up sheet goes out, no less than 5-10 minutes before the readings), readings begin at 8:00. Come early and take part in the Wilkes-Barre Third Friday Art Walk!

Friday, March 21 - Tunkhannock
Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Open mic, followed by a performance by the Terry Wayne Goodholm band! Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00. Open to audiences and performers of all types.  Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. Hosted by Laurel Radzieski.

Sunday, March 23 - Scranton
A LIE IS A VENIAL SIN (VT Stage Reading Series) - The Vintage Stage Reading Series will kick off with a reading of a work by NEPWC member Ted LoRusso!

The Vintage is proud to kick off its 2014 stage reading series (in conjunction with its newly established resident ensemble) with a live stage reading of Ted LoRusso's engaging work A LIE IS A VENIAL SIN .

Inspired by true events, it is about the lies we tell; the reasons behind the lies; and the consequences thereof.*

March 23rd / 4:00 pm @ The Vintage

Free & Open to all (donations are encouraged to support The Vintage and continue its artistic programming and outreach)

The playwright will be in attendance for a Q&A discussion following the reading. The facilitator for this reading is Maggie A. O'Brien, who also serves as the resident ensembles producing director.

*NOTE: Due to strong language and content this reading is recommenced for mature audiences only.

Sunday, March 16, 23, and 30 - Stroudsburg
Every Sunday features the Open Mic at the Living Room, 522 Main Street in Stroudsburg, next to the Sherman Theater. You never know what you'll have there: music, dancing, poetry, storytelling... plus whatever you bring to the event! Sign-ups begin at 6:30, performances at 7:00.

Tuesday, March 25 - Wilkes-Barre
Open mic at the Barnes & Noble downtown Wilkes-Barre location, 7 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. Held the last Tuesday of every month, for music, poetry, and short stories. Starts at 6:30 at the front of the cafe.

...and if two events on March 21 didn't seem like enough of a decision challenge, how about THREE events on March 28?

Friday, March 28 - Scranton
The sixth edition of Kick Out the Bottom open voice poetry reading at Embassy Vinyl in Scranton, hosted by Charwonica Dziwozony! Limited to thirteen readers, signups begin at 6:45, poetry begins at 7:00! This continues to be one of the most vibrant and exciting readings in the area, and competition is fierce for the thirteen spots, so get there early! NOTE: The event is BYOC - Bring Your Own Chair - so be sure to bring along a folding chair, stool, inflatable lounge chair, or other form of posterior prosthetic as needed!

Friday, March 28 - Shawnee on Delaware
Poet, Author, Playwright, and Actor K.K. Gordon has two entries that are Finalists in the Shawnee Original Playwrights Series. Both of his short plays will be read on Friday, March 28. Readings begin at 7:00. See here for more details.

Friday, March 28 - Clarks Summit
The Scranton StorySlam series continues with Scranton StorySlam: What doesn't kill you...! From the Facebook page:

Come out and hear true, five-minute tales inspired by the theme, "What doesn't kill you..." Refreshments will be available from Duffy's Coffee House. 

The storyslam will take place Friday, March 28, at The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit (the Clarks Summit Borough Building), and is a collaboration with the Abington Area Community Classroom. The event is free with a donation of a canned food item. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at

The stage is open to audience members interested in telling a tale. Bring a story inspired by the evening's theme and throw caution to the wind and your name in the hat!

Eight performers will each have five minutes to tell a true story from memory, in the tradition of old-fashioned storytelling. The theme of the slam is broad enough to allow the storytellers to take the audience in any direction, from pants-peeing hilarity to soul-wrenching heartbreak. It’s called a “slam” because it is presented in the form of a competition, which results in a high energy and engaging environment. Local judges will be invited to determine the winner.

What: Scranton StorySlam: Slam in the Summit
Theme: What doesn't kill you...
When: Friday, March 28, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Stories start at 7:00 PM
Where: Clarks Summit Borough Building
304 South State Street
Clarks Summit, PA
Cost: Free with the donation of a canned food item
Reservations recommended at
Refreshments will be available from Duffy's Coffee House!
Ages 14 and up
Come early to get a good seat!

Sunday, March 30 - Tunkhannock
Breaking Ground Poets Open Mic
Held at the Tioga Bistro, 49 E Tioga St, Tunkhannock, this open mic is for poets twenty years of age and younger. Sign ups at 6:30, poetry at 7:00. All are welcome to attend!

...AND some previews of coming attractions for April!

Friday, April 11 - Scranton
Swandive Publishing Company presents Everyday Escape Poems Book Release Party, Friday, April 11 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave Scranton.

The night will include readings from Dale Wilsey Jr., Stanton Hancock, Andrea Talarico McGuigan, Eric Wilson, Dawn Leas, Kait Burrier, Sarah Zane Lewis, and Barbara DeCesare. There will also be time to meet the poets and get your copy of the book autographed. 

Saturday, April 19 - Scranton
Breaking Ground Poets Poetry Slam, 25/8 (behind Cooper's) from 5-7 PM. Hosted by Conor O'Brian. Tickets will be on sale there for Jean Ann Verlee.

As always, this may not even be the whole list! Let us know if there are events that need to be added!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Hour benefit for The Vintage, Thursday, March 6

This Thursday, March 6, come on down to Trax at the Radisson Hotel (700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton) for a Happy Hour from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM to support our home, the Vintage! Suggested donation $10.