Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
A Poetry Reading +
A Short Non-Lecture On Poetry
By Leonard Gontarek
1214 Sansom Street
Hosted by Charles Carr
& Moonstone Arts Center
As I say in a poem: I want you to choose between beauty & light. This line
speaks on behalf of my poetry. I like that two choices are offered, both good.
– Leonard Gontarek
Leonard Gontarek is the author of St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris, Van Morrison Can’t Find His Feet, Zen For Beginners, Deja Vu Diner, He Looked Beyond My Faults And Saw My Needs, and most recently, Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket, Shiva.
His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Verse,
Blackbird, The Awl, Spinning Jenny, and The Best American Poetry,
among others. He teaches poetry workshops throughout the Philadelphia area,
including the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership,
and a weekly workshop from his home in West Philadelphia.
He has been Mad Poet-in-Residence since 2008. He coordinates Peace/Works,
Philly Poetry Day, The Philadelphia Poetry Festival, and hosts The Green Line
Reading & Interview Series. Gontarek has received Poetry fellowships from the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Writers Conference Community Service Award, and was a Literary Death Match Champion. His poem, 37 Photos
From The Bridge, was a Poetry winner for the Big Bridges MotionPoems project
and the basis for the award-winning film by Lori Ersolmaz sponsored by the