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April 23, 2014

School Reform Commission Chair Bill Green on education and Philadelphia’s future

School Reform Commission Chair Bill Green stops by for an Off The Record talk about education, politics and Philadelphia’s future.

Given his thoughts as a former Philadelphia City Councilman and now one of the most powerful people in determining the city’s education future, this will no doubt be a fascinating night.

Bring your questions!

Start: April 23, 2014 7:30 pm
End: April 23, 2014 9:00 pm
1522 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 17, 2014

PBQ Story Slam

Painted Bride Quarterly Story Slam on Thursday, April 24th.

For more information, please visit the Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/369776189831864/

Email pbq@drexel.edu with any questions!


Start: April 17, 2014 7:00 pm
End: April 17, 2014 9:00 pm
1522 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 9, 2014

Author Gaiutra Bahadur gives an inside look at her critically-acclaimed book

Critically-acclaimed author Gaiutra Bahadur, a Philadelphia Inquirer alum, talks about her new book Coolie Woman. Bahadur examines her her great-grandmother’s journey – pregnant and alone – as well as “the repressed history of some quarter of a million other coolie women, shining a light on their complex lives.”

Coolie Woman sold out in the first two months & was named best nonfiction book by Mumbai Boss. 

“Every so often a history book comes along that grips you into a cascade of compelling narrative. The writer excavates new ore from old seams. Coolie Woman is such a book, destined for a unique place in the multi-mirror of Caribbean culture.” — John Agard, poet, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

Check out the book: http://www.cooliewoman.com

Start: April 9, 2014 7:30 pm
End: April 9, 2014 9:00 pm
1522 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

April 4, 2014



A Pen & Pencil Club entertainment show, will feature Philly’s multi-media talents singing, playing or performing in some form or another (poetry reading, spoon on the nose or blowing massive bubbles is okay — as long as it falls in the 5-minute time limit).

So journalists and photographers, put down your pen (keyboard) and camera and…..restring the guitar, dust off the harmonica, take a voice lesson or tune that keyboard and Come on out!

First confirmed act of the night: comedy by Stu Bykofsky.

Prizes will be awarded!

Sign-up to show your stuff by emailing: Board member Bobbi Booker at: bobbibooker@gmail.com


Start: April 4, 2014 7:00 pm
End: April 4, 2014 9:00 pm
1522 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 29, 2014

Saturday March 29: Club Closed for private event 6-9pm

The Pen & Pencil Club will be closed Saturday March 29 from 6-9pm for a private event. Open after that as usual.

Start: March 29, 2014 6:00 pm
End: March 29, 2014 9:00 pm
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March 26, 2014

Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Dr. William Hite speaks off-the-record

New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Dr. William Hite, who has gotten generally good grades for cutting administrative costs and closing schools (while inflicting pain on some communities), will provide an overview of Philadelphia public education, explain his goals and why it will cost $320 million to achieve them.

Start: March 26, 2014 7:30 pm
End: March 26, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: The Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, 19102

March 18, 2014

Make a living as a freelance writer

Join our friends at the local Online News Association chapter for this roundtable discussion from leading freelance writers in Philadelphia. RSVP here.

Our speakers will include:

• Tom Ciavarella – editor by trade, entrepreneur by choice and a career content developer. As the founder of Smarter Learning LLC, Tom provides agency services for authors, editorial oversight of manuscripts and content development for mobile applications. He’s an EFA chapter coordinator.

• Sarah Grey – freelance writer and editor at Grey Editing LLC specializing in history, sociology, media studies and geopolitics and EFA chapter coordinator. Her writing has been published in the Rust Belt Rising Almanac, Grid, Motivos, Monthly Review and International Socialist Review, among others.

Patrick Kerkstra – award-winning journalist, former Inquirer City Hall reporter turned Philadelphia magazine and PlanPhilly city politics reporter.

• Alaina Mabaso – associate editor of the Broad Street Review and freelance reporter who has written for local publications including NewsWorks and Grid.

• Jen Miller – author and accomplished features scribe for periodicals including Runner’s World, the New York Times, Details, Men’s Health, AARP The Magazine, among others.

• Maryam Ronagh — editor with a background in scholarly and scientific publishing, and experience hiring and working with freelancers in the U.S. and abroad.  Founder of Farmanesh Publications, a textbook publisher based in Tehran, and a published author in the field of manufacturing engineering.

RSVP here.

Start: March 18, 2014 7:00 pm
End: March 18, 2014 9:00 pm

February 27, 2014

PBQ: Slam, Bam, Thank You Mam

Bundle into your coats and lace up your boots, PBQ is venturing once more into the rugged terrain of a Slam and preparing for some extreme writing sports. Get on your marks on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 7:30 pm, at the Pen and Pencil Club.

You bring your brilliant minds and your A-game, and we’ll bring the pens, paper, and adrenaline.

Brave the elements for us—we can’t wait to see you all again! Hosted by the always ready Steve Volk. No cover, but a chance for you to win swag far more useful than a gold medal.

Email pbq@drexel.edu with any questions!

RSVP to our Facebook event!

Slam,Bam Thank You Mam, an improv writing competition,
is held at the P & P on the third Thursday of each month

Start: February 27, 2014 7:30 pm
End: February 27, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
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1522 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 20, 2014

Wine Tasting: Wine & Hot Peppers

Join P&P treasurer and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the latest in the series of wine tastings at the club February 20 at 7:30 p.m. as we present “Wine and Hot Peppers”, an exploration on how/if wine of all sorts goes with food flavored with products made from hot peppers.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or phone the club.

Start: February 20, 2014 7:30 pm
End: February 20, 2014 9:30 pm
Venue: The Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30

February 10, 2014

Pen & Pencil Club Elections & Annual Meeting

The Pen & Pencil Club elections will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.  The club’s annual meeting will convene as soon as the ballots have been tallied and the new board is seated.

Officers of the club serve a one-year term.

The board of governors consists of the president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and five governors. Only “active members” of the club are eligible to serve on the board of governors.  The club’s by-laws define active member as: “professional editors, writers, reporters, photographers and other journalists actively involved in the collection and dissemination of news.”

(Nominations for elected posts closed at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.)

Start: February 10, 2014 7:00 pm
End: February 10, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: The Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102