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.