Dec 13: Miller, Jaramillo, Holmquest

Cathleen Miller is a poet and artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Her poems play with the ways that subjective experience is shaped by culture, nature, expectation and memory. She is interested in the intersections and overlaps between past and present, subject and object, history and narrative. She gains inspiration from her work as an archivist, her time spent in the garden watching seeds sprout into food, and an ongoing conversation with the world. Some of her work can be read in EOAGH and Fanzine.

Laura Jaramillo is a writer from Queens and for Queens, but has tremendous nostalgias for other places too. She is the author of B (unpublished) and The Reactionary Poems (Olywa Press).

Brandon Holmquest: Look, I can't keep writing these bio things in the third person like they were written by somebody else. My publicist or something. It's more than a little disingenuous. So, I write poems and stories and essays and make translations, as the mood takes me, and edit a journal called Calque with my friend Steve. Some of my poems are up online at www.essay-poems.blogspot.com.


Nov 22: Jagannathan, Pollock, Buchanan

Oni Buchanan is a pianist and poet. Her second book of poetry, Spring, was published by the University of Illinois Press in September 2008, selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series. Her first poetry book, What Animal, was published in 2003 by the University of Georgia Press. Ms. Buchanan currently maintains a private piano studio in Boston. For more about her music and poetry, including links to her work, visit her website.

Michael Pollock is a fiction writer and fledgling novelist, who is the editor of First City Review, a relatively new magazine out of Philadelphia.

Mytili Jagannathan lives in Philadelphia, where she's been actively involved in the community arts work of the Asian Arts Initiative. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press, and her poems have appeared in EOAGH, Rattapallax, Combo, Interlope, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Fanzine. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist grant from the Leeway Foundation and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.


Nov 8: Short, Hoeffel, Bergmann

F.J. Bergmann writes poetry and speculative fiction, often simultaneously. She manifests as the shadowy entity behind fibitz.com and madpoetry.org. She is the 2008 winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association Rhysling Award for the Short Poem as well as the 2006 Mary Shelley Imaginative Fiction Award, and has three published chapbooks: Sauce Robert, Aqua Regia, and Constellation of the Dragonfly. Journals where her poetry appears include Asimov's, Beloit Poetry Journal, Margie, Southern Poetry Review, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and Weird Tales. One of her pseudopodia can reach all the way from the bedroom to the refrigerator. Her hairstyle is deceptive.

Mary Hoeffel is a fiction writer living and teaching in Philadelphia.

Kim Gek Lin Short is the daughter of a Scots-Irish geophysicist from the midwest and a Straits-Chinese tenpin champion from Singapore. Other unusual pairings appear in her chapbook The Residents (dancing girl press 2008), and in the recent or forthcoming pages of Caketrain Journal, Drunken Boat, 42opus, No Tell Motel, Fence, Pool, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. She was selected by Kate Northrop among the Mad Poets Review’s 2007 prize winners. Together with Chris Collision she is one of three Roses at The Autobiography of Rows Selavy. For links to her work, visit her website.


Oct 25: McCreary, Willenborg, Askenase

Chris McCreary is the author of two books of poems, The Effacements and Dismembers. Poems from a new manuscript, "Undone," can be found online at Eratio, Turntable and Blue Light, and Scantily Clad Press. Along with Jenn McCreary, he is co-editor of ixnay press.

Chad Willenborg teaches at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he is mentor to the creative writing club, which hopes to launch a literary journal, Lorem Ipsum, this winter. Nominated for Best American Short Stories and twice runner-up in CityPaper’s annual writing contest,
Chad’s work can be found in Fugue, The Believer, and McSweeney’s. This year his fiction was featured in First City Review and Philadelphia Stories. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of "cover versions" of James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Alicia Askenase is the author of the chapbooks Cover, Suspect, Shirley Shirley, and The Luxury of Pathos. Her work has appeared in lit journals and anthologies that include 5_trope, sonaweb, texture, Chain, and 100 Days. She is at work on The Cadillac Poems and a longer manuscript, Perverse Incentives, which she also plans to perform as stand-up tragi-comedy. She was a founding co-editor of the journal 6ix and writes, designs and horticults in Motown, NJ and Philadelphia, PA..


Oct 11: McDaniel, Rutkowski, Sirowitz

Come hear these three great writers perform their work Saturday, October 11th @ 8PM:

Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Endarkenment from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His previous three books are The Splinter Factory (2002); The Forgiveness Parade (1998); and Alibi School (1995). Individual poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, and other magazines and anthologies. He was born in Philadelphia and recently moved from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley with his wife and daughter. Listen to some of his poetry here. Read his contributions to the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog here.

Thaddeus Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Cornell University and The John Hopkins University. His first novel, Roughhouse (Kaya Press), was a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter. To read some of his work, visit his website.

Hal Sirowitz is the former poet laureate of Queens, New York. His first book, Mother Said, was translated into nine languages. He has been published in many journals, including Provincetown Arts Journal and The Bellevue Review. Garrison Keillor has read Sirowitz's poem on his radio show, The Writer's Almanac; and Sirowitz has been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Check out his work here.


Sept 27: Some Young Poets

This Saturday, September 27th at 8pm
We've got cat ladies, paratroopers, flounder, and other fantastic delicacies!
Which means POETRY!

Featuring these mysterious young folks:

Drew Kalbach
lives in
Philadelphia. His work has appeared
(or will appear) in Elimae, Thieves Jargon, Robot Melon and
elsewhere. His chapbook The Zen of Chainsaws and Enormous Clippers
is available from dogzplot.com's achilles chapbook series.
He blogs at this-blog-is-a-piece-of-art.blogspot.com.

Quyen Nghiem was an Allied paratrooper in a past life. He
wakes up every morning with a parachute and a broken leg.

Jaclyn (or Jackee with two e's) Sadicario is a poet originally from
LAWNGUYLAND, NEW YAWK. She is a double major in
Psychology and English at
Temple University. A short story
of hers was recently published in Hyphen,
Temple's Literary
Magazine. She finds comfort in oceanic metaphors and can
only aspire to be the greatest cat lady to come. Visit her
blog, when I say what I mean.

Ryan Ruth is a writer living in

Bryce Bayer
lives in
Philadelphia and attends Temple
. You can visit her writings at brycebayer.blogspot.com.

Alina Ladyzhensky is currently floundering around as an
English major at
Temple University. She aspires to continue
her floundering at a graduate school, and eventually tricking
enough people into thinking she's a poet. She enjoys
bottom-shelf whiskey, working to restore her Russian accent,
and giant jigsaw puzzles (especially of kittens).

Lauren Faralli is a writer living in

Followed by an open mic!

What It's All About

This reading series is organized and hosted by Stan Mir and Ryan Eckes, two poets who live and work in Philadelphia. Founded in 2006 by writer and translator Steve Dolph, who wanted an informal venue for local writers and small presses to share their work with each other, the Chapterhouse series quickly became a base for Philly writers to meet, listen, talk. Though the series has grown in popularity--we now attract (and invite) visitors from out of town--it does remain rooted in the the value of a local writing community. At every reading there are regulars and semi-regulars and a few strangers, and all are welcome. The local poets who read in the series tend to be regular audience members.

While we want to provide writers a venue to share their work - and promote their books - we receive many more solicitations to read than there are spaces available to read in the series. We will try our best to accommodate writers who are on book tours (especially small-press-published), but we do believe that the reading itself is important, that it's not simply a formality to push the book. Reading solicitations are welcome, but, as you might with a journal, check out the work of some of the people who have read here, and please include links to any recordings or sound files of previous readings. (It may take us several weeks to respond to a reading solicitation.) And, of course, if you live in Philadelphia, come to some readings! There's no specific aesthetic to the series. However, since the organizers are both poets, there's definitely a lean towards poetry, poetry that's in dialogue with the writing that's being performed in the series all the time.