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Meet-and-Greet with City Council members, staff Dec. 20!

Join City Council members and their staffs in a meet-and-mingle at the Pen & Pencil Club Dec. 2o at 7 p.m.

We open the club to Council members and their staffs to mingle with the city’s journalists in an off the record setting. This happy hour, we hope, allows for council and journalists to get to know each other better in an informal setting.

So, grab a drink at the bar and get to know the folks who run the 4th floor in City Hall.

5th Annual P&P Club Philadelphia News Awards

Nominations are now open for the 5th Annual Pen and Pencil Club Philadelphia News Awards!

Submit your nominations here.

Nominations will be open between Thurs. Nov. 9 until Fri. Nov. 17.

The P&P Board will then select 3-5 finalists from the nominations, and online voting to select the winners will take place from Mon. Nov. 20 until Fri. Dec. 1, 2017.

Winners of the popular vote will be announced at the Philadelphia News Award ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at the club. 

To be considered, a candidate only needs to be nominated once. (Multiple nominations DO NOT make it any more likely for a candidate to be considered).

This is a members-only event and one of the best parties of the year. Don’t miss it!

Don’t miss the festive P&P Awards Gala Dec. 14!!

The Pen and Pencil Club will present its annual Philadelphia News Awards on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

This is always one of the best attended events of the year and one of the most fun. We’ll hand out the 15 awards that we present to honor all kinds of terrific journalism across the board in our fair city.

The club will be offering a complimentary buffet and we’ll have drink specials as well.

Doors open at 6:30 and you’ll want to arrive early to get a good seal.

Upcoming P&P Holiday Schedule — drop on by!

Come join us at the P&P for the festive season.

Here’s what’s up:

The P&P will be CLOSED Christmas Eve. Have a Merry Christmas!

The club will OPEN on Christmas Day at 8 p.m. Come watch the Eagles game with us on our big-screen TV!

The club will be OPEN on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at 7 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy a complimentary buffet at 10 p.m., hats and noisemakers, and a Champagne toast at midnight!


Join us when Poetry Night returns Dec. 10

December’s celebration of Poetry@P&P will feature Hanoch Guy, Meredith Z. Avakian, and Kasey Jueds. The reading will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Pen and Pencil Club, and will be followed by an open mic hosted by Robert Zell.

Hanoch Guy, Ph.D., Ed.D ,spent his childhood and youth in Israel. He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English and an emeritus professor in Jewish and Hebrew literature at Temple University. He has published poetry extensively in the U.S.,.Israel, England, Wales and Greece.

Meredith Z. Avakian, affectionately referred to as “MZA,” is a Philadelphia-based writer, poet, and communications professional.  The emerging theme in all her work is speaking up for people and issues that tend to remain unheard.  MZA is the author of Propaganda Begins with PR: Poetry for the Soul and PRhyme Time: Power of Poetry. Her poetry also has been published in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian Poetry Project, The Literary Groong, and in a number of Poetry Ink chapbooks.

Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Manhattan Review, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Women’s Review of Books, and 5 AM; it has also been featured on NewsHour and Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Jueds has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation. She lives in Philadelphia.

Wines for the Holidays – next wine tasting Dec. 7!!

Join P&P President Brad Wilson for the next in our series of wine tastings Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

We’ll be presenting four wines that will have your guests raising glasses of cheer all through the festive season! Four fun and frisky wines that will perk up any holiday dinner, brunch, or party. Also good for quiet moments with family and friends.

Cost is $35 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

Music and news photographer Scott Weiner OtR Nov. 29!!! Plus a photo exhibit!!

From AC/DC to ZZ Top, photographer Scott Weiner has shot every rock and pop musician who has passed through Philadelphia in a 40-plus-year career that continues to this day.
Join Scott for an “Off The Record” program on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) as he discusses some of his photographic adventures in sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and during other newsworthy events, including assignments covering popes (Pope Francis), presidents (from Carter to Trump), and princesses (Princess Grace.)
Scott’s iconic photographs will be on exhibition at the club and available for purchase. The photographs, many displayed on a new metal medium for the first time, make a perfect holiday gift for music-loving friends and family members.
Come enjoy a good meal from our kitchen and a fun program!

VOTE NOW for Philadelphia News Awards from the P&P

It’s P&P Awards time again, with the ceremony set for Dec. 14.

You may VOTE for your favorite in our wide-ranging categories, but voting closes Dec. 1. So don’t miss your chance!

VOTE NOW for the P&P Philadelphia News Awards!! Click here to vote!!

“Gewurztraminer Around the World” — next wine tasting Nov. 9!

Join P&P President Brad Wilson for the club’s next wine tasting Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. when the subject will be “Gewurztraminer Around the World”.

Few grapes make such distinctive and often spectacular wines as Gewurztraminer. At home perhaps most of all in Alsace, “gewurz” has become a popular grape throughout the world.

We’ll sample four different examples of this terrific wine. Cost is $35 and includes appetizers. Call the club (215-731-9909) or sign up at the bar.

Poetry night returns to club Nov. 5

Poetry@P&P returns Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 p,m. featuring poets Jaz, Adriann “The Pen” Bautista, and Vernita Hall. and an open mic hosted by Robert Zell.
Jaz is a singer, performance poet, author, model, actress and ASCAP member-songwriter from Philly, PA. Jaz is pursuing her BA in Theater Studies at Temple University. She is a member of Temple’s Golden Key International Honour Society and on the Dean’s List. Jaz is the 2017 honoree of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Jaz is co-founder & member of the all female poetic ensemble Wings of Worth. Jaz is also a member of the international performance ensemble honoring the legacy of Nina Simone, For Women Collective. She has performed song and poetry at multiple venues throughout Philly, Jersey, NY & beyond. Jaz is the published author of two poetry chapbooks “The Carving Out Of A Butterfly’s Wings Parts I & II. She just released her first full-length poetry book entitled “Serenading Flowers: A Book of Dedications”. Her poetry has been widely published 30 times over in the local, international & worldwide literary market. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Struggle, APIARY, Literary House Review and WestWard Quarterly. She has publications in five poetry anthologies and in two collegiate literary magazines. Jaz’s poetry has also been featured on internet and public radio. Her creative gifts and life are inspired by mankind’s storms and rainbows. Jaz is honored to be used as a vessel of Christ for ministry, whether on or off the stage.

Adriann “ThePen” Bautista is a Playwright, Published Poet, Workshop Facilitator and Co-Founder of Wings of Worth.  She is also Founder of The Focused Quill and Made Whole Creative Arts Ministry.  And is an active member of Prayer Clinic Fellowship of Businesses, Artists and Churches. She has presented her life poetry and plays throughout the tri-state area as well as in VA.  Adriann has published two chapbooks, “Ballad of a Beautiful Brown King” and “SisterStrength” as well as a full length book of poetry entitled “Sanctuary of Snow” available on and Barnes & She is currently working on 2 books expected for publication in 2018. Adriann believes in the power of sisterhood, humanity and faith and has dedicated her art and her life to inspiring and empowering not just women but all people, to be their best selves.  For more info contact Adriann at:

Vernita Hall won the Marsh Hawk Press Robert Creeley Prize for her first full-length poetry volume Where William Walked (judge Meena Alexander). The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians won the Moonstone Chapbook Contest (judge Afaa Michael Weaver). She placed second in American Literary Review’s Creative Nonfiction Contest and second runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Nonfiction Award. Poetry and essays appear or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Philadelphia Stories, Referential, Mezzo Cammin, Canary, African American Review, Naugatuck River Review, and anthologies Forgotten Women (Grayson Books), Not Our President (Third World Press), and Dear America: Reflections on Race (Geeky Press). An MFA in Creative Writing grad from Rosemont College, she serves on the poetry review board of Philadelphia Stories.

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