Friday, September 23, 2016

Mark thy calendar …

 Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) at 419 Green Lane (rear) in Philadelphia presents " Four Distinct Poets: Hanoch Guy, Leonard Gontarek, Jim Brennan and Cameron Conaway--- on Sunday, September 25:   3:00 to 5:30 PM. Open Reading afterwards. Refreshments will be provided. $5 Donation requested. Phone: 215-482-3363.

Jim Brennan was a street corner vendor, carwash grunt, and labored on warehouse loading docks before he went to work on the Philadelphia waterfront. Today his blue-collar heritage filters into his work as author, poet and Cityscape editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Jim’s work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Fringe,, The Moonstone Anthol-ogy and other outlets.

Cameron Conaway is a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, poet, creative writing instructor at Penn State Brandywine, social justice warrior. Cameron Conaway is the author of 5 books, including Malaria, Poems, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR. He has lived in Thailand to fight human trafficking and Africa fighting malaria. His work as a journalist has appeared in publications such as Newsweek, ESPN and The Guardian, and has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He lives in Glenside.

Leonard Gontarek is the author of five books of poems: St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris,Van Morrison Can't Find His FeetZen For BeginnersDéjà Vu Diner, He Looked Beyond My Faults and  Saw My Needs (Hanging Loose Press, 2013). His poems have appeared inAmerican Poetry Review, Field, Poet Lore, Verse, Exquisite Corpse, etc. Since 2006, he has conducted 1000 poetry workshops in venues including The Moonstone Arts Center, The Kelly Writers House, the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, and a weekly Saturday workshop from his home in West Philadelphia. He hosts the Green Line Café Reading and Interview Series.  See:

Hanoch Guy grew up in Israel and is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English. He teaches at Temple University and at the Musehouse. His poetry has been published in many journals, including Poetica, where he won an award, and The International Journal of Genocide Studies.He has four books of poetry.

 Peter Krok, the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal (Print) and Schuylkill Valley Journal Online (,  is also the Humanities Director of the MRAC. He hosts and coordinates the Sunday Humanities series, which he started in 1990.  For information about the program, please call Peter Krok at the MRAC at 215-482-3363 or contact him at

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