Monday Poets Reading Series: The Free Library is pleased to present The Monday Poets on the first Monday of the month, October through April. Now in its 16th year, it showcases a variety of talented local and regional poets. Readings take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Copies of the Featured Poets' books may be purchased at the readings. For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia's Literature Department at 215-686-5402.
October 3, 2011 - Katie Ford and Dilruba Ahmed
Katie Ford is the author of Deposition
, which was named one of the "Best
Books of 2008" by Publishers Weekly
and one of the
"Top Ten Books of Poetry of 2008" by The Virginia
. Ford teaches at Franklin & Marshall
College and lives in Philadelphia.
Dilruba Ahmed is the winner of the 2010 Katherine
Bakeless Nason Prize for Poetry. Her work has
appeared in The Cream City Review, The New
England Review, and New Orleans Review. She holds
an MFA from Warren Wilson College and currently
resides in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
November 7, 2011 - Michael Morse and Bruce Smith
Michael Morse has published poems in A Public
, The Literary
and Tin House
, and in the anthologies,
Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn
and Starting Today:
100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days
. He lives in
Brooklyn and teaches at The Ethical Culture Fieldston
School, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and
Gotham Writers' Workshop.
Bruce Smith is the author of six books of poems,
most recently, Devotions and Songs for Two Voices.
His fourth book, The Other Lover, was a finalist for
both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
His poems have appeared in The Best American
Poetry (2003 & 2004), Poetry, The Nation, The New
Republic, The Paris Review, The Partisan Review, and
The American Poetry Review.
December 5, 2011 - Iain Pollock and Henry Israeli
Iain Pollock lives in Philadelphia and teaches
English at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy.
Spit Back a Boy
, his first poetry collection, won the
2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have also
appeared in American Poetry Review
, Boston Review
Henry Israeli's books include New Messiahs,
Praying to the Black Cat, and the translations,
Fresco: the Selected Poetry of Lulea Lleshanaku and
Child of Nature. His work has appeared in The
American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Grand
Street, The Literary Review, Quarterly West, Tin
House, Fence, and Verse. Israeli is also the founder
and editor of Saturnalia Books. He lives in the Philadelphia
area and teaches English at Drexel University.
January 9, 2012 - Matthew Rohrer and Joanna Goodman
Matthew Rohrer is the author of Destroyer and
, A Plate of Chicken
, Rise Up
A Green Light
, which was shortlisted for the 2005
Griffin Poetry Prize. He also co-authored, with
Joshua Beckman, the audiobook, Adventures While
Preaching the Gospel of Beauty
and Nice Hat.Thanks
He has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered"
and "The Next Big Thing." His first book,
A Hummock in the Malookas
, was selected for the
National Poetry Series in 1994. Rohrer teaches at
New York University.
Joanna Goodman is the author of Trace of One,
winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2002. Her work
has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The
Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, and Tin House.
She teaches English at Penn State Altoona.
February 6, 2012 - Brian Teare and G.C. Waldrep
Brian Teare is the author of three full-length books—
The Room Where I Was Born
, Sight Map
, winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award—
as well as the chapbooks, Pilgrim
, and ↑. An Assistant Professor at
Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he
makes books by hand for his micropress,
G. C. Waldrep is the author of Your Father on the Train
of Ghosts, Goldbeater's Skin, Disclamor, and Archicembalo,
which won the Dorset Prize. His work has
appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Harper's, The Nation,
The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The New
England Review, Colorado Review, New American
Writing, Tin House, and Best American Poetry 2010.
He teaches creative writing at Bucknell University and
serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
March 5, 2012 - Anne Marie Macari and K.A. Hays
Anne Marie Macari's most recent book, She Heads
Into the Wilderness
, was published by Autumn House
Press in 2008. She also authored Gloryland
, which won the 2000 APR/Honickman First
Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa
, and TriQuarterly
. Macari directs the
Drew University MFA Program in Poetry, and Poetry
Poems from K. A. Hays' first book, Dear Apocalypse,
have appeared in Best American Poetry 2009, The
Southern Review, and Best New Poets. Poetry from
her forthcoming book, Early Creatures, Native Gods
(2012), has appeared in Best American Poetry 2011,
Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. She
is the 2011 Poet in Residence at the Frost Place, and
teaches creative writing at Bucknell University.
April 2, 2012 - Harriet Levin and Leonard Gontarek
Harriet Levin is the author of The Christmas Show
winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize.
Her second book, Girl in Cap and Gown
, was a 2009
National Poetry Series finalist. Levin's poems have
appeared in Antioch Review
, Cimarron Review
, Harvard Review
, Iowa Review
, and Prairie Schooner
She teaches Creative Writing at Drexel University.
Leonard Gontarek's books include Déjà Vu, Zen for
Beginners, and Van Morrison Can't Find His Feet. His
poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry
2005, The American Poetry Review, Poetry
Northwest, FIELD, Fence, Volt, and Exquisite Corpse.
His work is forthcoming in The Autumn House
Anthology of American Poems and Prayers. Gontarek
has coordinated The Philadelphia Poetry Festival and
Peace/Works: Poets and Writers for Peace. He also
conducts poetry workshops at The Arts League
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