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PARTY! PARTY! Kick off our 125th anniversary celebration Sept. 28!!

The P&P turns 125 this season and we’re getting the celebration under way with a kickoff party Thursday, Sept. 28 at starting at 7 p.m.

We will have drink specials, a free buffet, a special anniversary cake, giveaways, and more!

We will unveil the P&P 125th anniversary cocktail that night, at a bargain price of $1.25 for your first pop. The anniversary cocktail will be available all year as part of our celebration.

We will also announce our 125th anniversary programs and parties that will last well into April, so you won’t want to miss that.

It should be a memorable night so please join us.


Media Skewed? Larry Atkins discusses and signs his book on media bias Sept. 13!

Local author Larry Atkins will discuss and sign his book, Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias, at the Pen & Pencil Club Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

Atkins, a Jenkintown resident who teaches at Temple and Arcadia, offers an analysis how to approach today’s rancorous and partisan media scene. To quote a review by Stasia DeMarco in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “(Atkins) lays out the difference between “clear and balanced” news and advocacy journalism. He highlights the urgency for media consumers to recognize this difference.”

Atkins will sign copies of his book which will be for sale at the event.

Join us for this timely topic and what promises to be a fascinating night. Doors open at 6:3o p.m. and the kitchen will be open. Arrive early for a good seat, enjoy a fine meal and a fun night.

“The ends of summer” — next wine tasting Aug. 24 at P&P

Join P&P President Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings at the Pen & Pencil Club Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. for the “Ends of Summer” wines.

Wine merchants refer to “end of bin” sales where they try and sell off small inventories of wines. In our case, “ends” mean fine wines that may not fit a theme tasting, are one-off wonders, and/or are worthy of your time but hard to build a whole tasting around.

Whatever else they are, the wines we’ll taste will be perfect to close out the summer with and head into the fall on a strong note.

A reminder that the cost is $35 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

CORRECTION CORRECTION!! PARTY!! PARTY!! for 125th kickoff now Sept. 28

Oops! We sent out the wrong date for our bash!!! It will be Thursday, SEPTEMBER 28 — 7 p.m., all the same goodies and yummies and the like.

See you the 28th!



It’s Poetry Sunday again Aug. 13 at P&P

Poetry@P&P will take place Sunday evening, August 13 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It features Brendan “Wildcard” Zaleski and Lester Mobley followed by an open mic hosted by P&P Poetry boss Robert Zell.

Currently stationed at a graveyard somewhere on the Canadian border, Brendan Zaleskihas wandered to many places but his true heart lies in the city of Philadelphia which fostered not only his family but his love for the art of poetry. “Pens use my hands like a hospital uses heart-attacks”, is an apt description (as well as a line in the poem On Not Taking Things Too Seriously) of his ability to bring the written word to life on the page and on the stage. He hopes that his words can extend beyond mere ink and paper to reach the soul of the world, reminding it to “give its heartbeat a listen”.

And what is every breathy word but a tick of the heart? 

Lester Mobley is a poet/publisher who was born and raised on Long Island, not far from the birth place of Walt Whitman. Lived most his life in Philadelphia where he resides in Center City, just over a bridge not far from the final resting place of Walt Whitman, whose background is that of a blue-collar tradesman, as was Walt Whitman.

He writes short stories and poems of God, nature, love, jazz, and the socio-political aspects of humanity. His latest offering is called The Stand Pipe ConnectionHe is self-published by way of his Forty Leaf Press. He’s published a few other poets initial chapbooks, and plans to expand this production in the future.

He has been a featured reader throughout the Philadelphia region area and participates in open mics whenever the opportunity presents itself. Mobley is also a proud “core” member of the Dead Bards of Philadelphia.

Poetry Night returns July 23 with trio of published poets

July’s Poetry@P&P reading will be held Sunday, July 23rd, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It features Stu O’Connor, Anthony Palma, and Brooke Palma followed by an open mic hosted by Bob Zell.

Brooke Palma grew up in Philadelphia and moved to West Chester 10 years ago. A legal office manager by day and poet by night, she studied English and Italian with a concentration in Ceramics at Saint Joseph’s University. She has been published in The Mad Poet’s Review and has been reading her poems in and around the city. As the child of an immigrant, many of her poems focus on the connections between culture and identity and finding beauty in the everyday. In her free time, she enjoys reading and cooking.

Stu O’Connor is an educator, musician, and poet who has spent his life dedicated to the power of the word, the necessity of precision in language, and the human need for story as a method of transmitting culture, ideas, and understanding. He has been published in The Mad Poets Review, New Voices in American Poetry, and the Poetry Ink 20th Anniversary Anthology. He has an undergraduate degree from West Chester University, a Master’s degree from Gratz College, and teaches English in the West Chester Area School District. He has held an Advisory Board seat for West Chester University’s Writing Zones program and currently is an Advisory Board member for The Mad Poets Society, one of the Philadelphia Region’s largest poetry groups. He performs music on a regular basis with two bands and hosts a poetry series in West Chester called “Living on Luck” for The Mad Poets Society.

Anthony Palma teaches writing at Rowan University and Saint Joseph’s University. His poems have appeared in several places, including The Mad Poets’ Review, Harbinger Asylum, Italian Americana, and soon to appear in Whirlwind Magazine. He holds a degree in English from Saint Joe’s, and a Masters from Arcadia University. His poems attempt to capture the hardships, despair, and isolation of modern life while showing that at the end of it all, there is always hope for a better world. In addition to poetry, his creative interests include the blending of poetry with other genres, including performance, visual art, and music.

Club credit card machine on the fritz! CASH ONLY until new one arrives!! Bring your ATM cards!

Sadly, the P&P’s credit card machine has moved on to the great junkpile in the sky. RIP.

Until the processing company sends us a new one — we are anxiously awaiting it — all sales are CASH ONLY.

There is an automatic teller machine in the club’s lobby for your convenience.

Poetry returns to P&P June 25!

June’s Poetry @P&P features Leonard Gontarek and Charles Carr followed by an open mic hosted by Bob Zell.

The reading will take place on Sunday, June 25th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pen and Pencil Club.

Leonard Gontarek is the author of six books of poems, including, Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket, Shiva(2016), nominated for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the William Carlos William Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and The Best American Poetry, among others. He coordinates Peace/Works, Philly Poetry Day, The Philadelphia Poetry Festival, and hosts The Green Line Reading & Interview Series. He 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 Motion Poems project in 2015, and was the basis for the award-winning film by Lori Ersolmaz.

Charles Carr from Philadelphia was educated at LaSalle and Bryn Mawr College, where he earned a Masters in American History.   Charles has worked in social and community development services for 44 years.  Charles has also been active in raising funds for various missions and organizations serving the poorest of the poor In Haiti.  In 2007 Charles was The Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem “Waiting To Come North”.  In 2009 Cradle Press of St. Louis published Charles’s first book of poetry: paradise, pennsylvania. In January 2014 Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems was published by The Moonstone Arts Center.  Charles’ work has been published locally by the Painted Bride Review, Apiary, Fox has Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Mad Poets, Philadelphia Stories, Moonstone Poetry Anthology, Poetry Ink as well as The BlueCollar Review and Generations of Poetry.  Charles hosts the Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie’s once per month  He has been a guest host for the Philadelphia Poetry Festival and a guest co-host for the Green Line Poetry Series in Philadelphia.  In 2014 Charles read poems in The Garden of Remembrance in Dublin Ireland in honor of Poets for Peace.  Charles hosts Philly Loves Poetry a monthly broadcast by Philly Cam.

Next wine tasting — “Reds for the Grill” — June 22 at P&P!

Join P&P President and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings at the club which will feature red wines for your summer grilling on Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Beef, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey — all great on the grill in the summer. Which reds go best — and which to avoid? We’ll offer four top picks and discuss why they’re better choices than others.

PLEASE NOTE: increasing costs across the board have forced us to raise the price of wine tastings at the P&P to $35. We feel we still offer outstanding value at the price. Cost includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

Meet and Mingle with City Council and staff June 21!

Join City Council members and their staffs in a meet-and-mingle at the Pen & Pencil Club June 21 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 will be held the night before the last Council meeting of the spring session. The budget will be officially done, perhaps the Rebuild legislation will be finalized and there will be plenty more to discuss.

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


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