Monday, July 9, 2018

On July 12, Rick Kearns Celebrated at Midtown Scholar Bookstore's Poetry Thursdays.

Coming soon-- this week! On Thursday, July 12, writer, poet, and musician, Rick Kearns
will be showcased at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore's venerable reading series,
Poetry Thursdays.

Kearns, Harrisburg's current poet laureate, has appeared as a featured reader in Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Baltimore, Camden (NJ) and in other venues including colleges and universities such as Penn State University, Swarthmore College, and Rutgers University.  

Much of his work deals with his Puerto Rican heritage and identity, including his Taino background. He has performed his work with musical accompaniment on various occasions.

Kearns’ poems have appeared in the following anthologies: I Was Indian (before being Indian was cool)(Foothills Publishing, NY 2009);  El Coro/A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1997); In Defense of Mumia (Writers & Readers Press, Harlem, NY, 1996); and ALOUD; Voices from the Nuyorican Cafe (Henry Holt & Co., NY, 1994. Winner of the American Book Award.)  

His work has appeared in literary reviews such as: The Massachusetts Review, Letras (lit review of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, NY), Painted Bride Quarterly, Chicago Review, ONTHEBUS, Poetry Motel, The Blue Guitar, Drum Voices Revue (So. Illinois University Edwardsville),, Yellow Medicine Review, Fledgling Rag and others.

Poetry events, all open to the public, happen every Thursday, hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. More info: (717) 236-1680.

Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. More info: (717) 236-1680.

Coming: July 26, Michael R. Brown will be featured poet.
Marty Esworthy and Erika Eberle featuring in August.
In September, Barbara DeCesare, Maria James-Thiaw coming in October.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 25, Poetry Thursdays at Midtown Scholar

January 25, Poetry Thursdays,
big time open mic, 7-- 9 pm

  Poetry Thursdays, that ol' you-can-count-on-us long-running-weekly-series, (now,
into its 20th year) 7 to 9 pm, every week. 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA.
Midtown Scholar bookstore. 717.236.1680.

So, as advertised,
there'll be another
2018 Open mic, January 25
at the
Midtown Scholar Bookstore,
hosted by
the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.


Read, listen. Yawp barbarically. It's 2018, everything's waiting for you.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gary N. Miller, Poetry Cartel feature, December 7th

Gary Miller, ONE NIGHT ONLY! This Thursday

Poetry Thursdays: December 7, Gary N. Miller will be featured at
the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, hosted by the Almost Uptown
Poetry Cartel.

"A consummate performer--a beast on the mic!-- his body of
poetic work certainly exemplifies his lofty ranking as a poet."
It is only by selection, by elimination, and by emphasis that
we get at the real meaning of things.

Poetry Thursdays, legendary long-running
weekly series, 7 to 9pm. every week. A
brief open reading will precede the feature.
302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA.
Midtown Scholar bookstore. 717.236.1680.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Open mic poetry reading October 19, Midtown Scholar


                                                    Open poetry reading October 19. 
                                                      *****Poetry Thursdays *****
                                                    at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

The event runs from
7 to 9pm, hosted by the
Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

No sign-up, it's Quaker-style--
share as the spirit moves you.
Or just listen. Your call.
"Dynamic, inspiring!"
No cover, no minimum.

1302 North Third Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17102.
And/or: 717.236.1680.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

And my heart is like a rhyme, September 29, Midtown Scholar

All the fine colors. Open poetry mic, 
September 29, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

And the beat goes on."with the yellow and
the purple and the crimson keeping time..."
--Vagabond Song, Bliss Carman.

Another autumnal open mic
  Thursday, September 29,
Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
     7--9 p.m. 

1302 North Third Street,
 Harrisburg, PA 17102.
 Phone, 717.236.1680.

                                       The legendary Poetry Thursdays' reading series
                hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

                Quaker style, no sign-up. Read, or listen.
        And all the fine nuances in between, yeah!
                No cover, no minimum. Nope.

                                             Everything's waiting for you.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chicken every Sunday, poetry every Thursday.

Chicken every Sunday, poetry every Thursday. Whassa-matter-you?
August 24, open mic. MidtownScholarr Bookstore.

"I'm tellin' ya Fred, the clouds flew by; winds roared, the snowflakes blew hard
and fast as lightning. As relentless as Bradburian rain. Mizzles, muzzles, torrents.
avalanches! Dostoyevskian, it was, Skokiaan. Rapunzel."
--Winter in Argentina, Johnny Stasis

August. A month of open mics. August 24, open poetry reading, 7--9 pm.
Midtown Scholar Bookstore & ditto, ditto, ditto. This open poetry reading is
hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
7--9pm, (717) 236-1680.

In September-- a new tune. Barbara Crooker is featured September 14.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rick Kearns & John Catalano, words & music, May 26, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Rick Kearns and John Catalano will perform at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s Poetry Thursdays, May 26th, featuring words and music, compelling magic, and... the spirit of Lorca, and Tolstoy as well. 

Two volatile dimensions, poetry and music. Rick Kearns will read his flamenco poetry, and more, while accompanied by the extraordinary John Catalano on guitar. Both men have performed together at the legendary “flamenco kitchen” and in other venues and groups for over 10 years. 

John Vincent Catalano is an American musician, teacher and performer whose areas of interest include prepared and improvised music, flamenco, folk, blues, experimental classical and Gypsy jazz. Catalano is widely sought for performances, workshops and private music instruction. 

He posses an inside-knowledge of the guitar that he acquired from intense and friendly co-operation with jazz-men, flamencos, and maestros.

Rick Kearns is the current Poet Laureate of the capital city of the great state of Pennsylvania. For many years he edited the poetry journal, Blue Guitar. His verse appears in numerous literary reviews and anthologies, and Kearns, concurrently, works as a journalist, publishing volleys of articles about indigenous Latin America in "Indian Country Today Media Network". 
Harrisburg’s poet-laureate has compiled four verse collections, and Kearns has been sowing poetic mayhem in the Harrisburg area for almost 30 years.

Catalano and Kearns have been working non-stop on a bold lyric adaptation of the Soviet march song Polyushka Polye, transforming it into “regimentally exacting” couplets to mark yet another collaboration on a literary/music plane. 

And it comes together May 26. 7-9pm.

This must-see event is part of Poetry Thursdays, since 1999, this storied poetry series has convened weekly at numerous venues, now (four years) at the Midtown Scholar, 1302 N. 3rd Street. For more information, (717) 236-1680. Come early, seating is limited.

This event, and promotional activities, arranged and conducted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.