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March 1, 2015

Poetry magazine Whirlwind Press to launch next issue at P&P Mar. 1st

Whirlwind Press will be launching its third issue at the Pen and Pencil Club, Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Larry Robin and Moonstone Arts and will feature poets whose work was published in the third issue, as well as appearances from the artists and founder, Lamont B. Steptoe.

An open mic hosted by Bob Zell follows until 10 p.m.

Much of this edition features writing and art created by people whose families originated from Latin America or Spain, in both English and Spanish, including Whirlwind Press published Justin Vitiello.

This past year we lost many poets, including Vitiello. We honor his legacy in this issue by publishing writers and artists who share his belief in advancing human rights and equality.

The first edition of Whirlwind was also launched at the P & P and it was a well-attended and spectacular evening of poetry and conversation. Help make this one as good as, if not better than the first.

 

 

Start: March 1, 2015
End: March 1, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 25, 2015

Philadelphia Superintendent of Schools William Hite Off the Record Feb. 25 — note early start

We are pleased to announce that William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia since 2012, will join us Feb. 25 for an Off the Record session.

Please note the early starting time of 7 p.m.!!!

Club doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open for dinner.

 

Start: February 25, 2015
End: February 25, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 22, 2015

Trio of distinguished poets highlight reading and open mic Feb. 22

Three terrific poets highlight the next poetry reading at the Pen and Pencil Club.

On Sunday, February 22nd, the club will be hosting a poetry reading from 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., featuring Paul Lisicky, J. C. Todd, and Megan Gillespie.

The authors will be followed by a short break and an “open mic” session hosted by Bob Zell.

The event is free and open to the public (over 21).

If you would like to read during the open mic, you can sign up at the club.

Biographical sketches of the respective authors appearing that night:

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

J.C. Todd is author of What Space This Body (Wind, 2008), Nightshade and Entering Pisces. Individual poems have appeared in The Paris Review, American Poetry Review and other journals. A 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she has also received awards from the Leeway Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, VCCA, the Baltic Center for Writers and Translators in Sweden and Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany. The editor of features on contemporary poetry from Lithuania and Latvia for The Drunken Boat, she has appeared at international poetry festivals in Lithuania, Macedonia and been sponsored by the U. S. Embassy in Berlin to read at universities in Germany. She is a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program at Rosemont.

Megan Gillespie’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, New Delta Review, and Cimarron Review. Her honors include a Pushcart nomination and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. By day, she is a businesswoman and mother to a teenage son.

Come out to support our featured poets and enjoy a captivating night of poetry at the club!

 

Start: February 22, 2015
End: February 22, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 18, 2015

State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams OtR Feb. 18!

In another in our continuing series of presenting the candidates who want to be the next Mayor of Philadelphia, State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams will be at the Pen and Pencil Club on Wed., Feb. 18 for an Off the Record session that starts at 8 p.m.

Williams is a Democratic state Senator from the 8th District, which includes parts of South, Southwest and West Philadelphia plus most of southeastern Delaware County.

The Club will open at 6:3o p.m. and dinner will be available.

Start: February 18, 2015
End: February 18, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215 731 9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 12, 2015

Wine tasting Feb. 12 — bargain Italian reds

The next is the series of wine tastings conducted by Pen & Pencil Club President Brad Wilson will be Thursday Feb. 12 when we present a night of “Bargain Italian Reds”. You can spend a lot of money on Italian red wine, and you’ll usually be well-rewarded, but there are fine red wines from all over Italy that are terrific values. We’ll sample four of them. Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909.

Start: February 12, 2015
End: February 12, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30

February 11, 2015

Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham Off The Record Feb. 11

In our continuing series of Off-the-Record sessions with those who hope to be the next Mayor of Philadelphia, former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who is running for the Democratic Party nomination, will join us Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Abraham was DA from 1991 to 2010 and was the first female DA in the city’s history.

Why not arrive early and order a meal from the kitchen and make sure you get a good seat?

 

Start: February 11, 2015
End: February 11, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

January 28, 2015

CANCELED: Off-the-Record Jan. 28 with mayoral candidate Ken Trujillo

Ken Trujillo, former federal prosecutor, Philly city solicitor and prominent leader in Philadelphia’s Latino community, is running for mayor. Come out and hear why. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. No smoking and off-the-record.

Start: January 28, 2015
End: January 28, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

January 25, 2015

Open poetry mike Jan. 25!

Word from our Master Poet, Bob Zell:

“I will be hosting another open mic at the the Pen and Pencil Club (1522 Latimer St.) on Sunday, January 25th from 8-10PM.

Everyone is welcome to attend whether reading or just listening. In the past, we have had a number of very noteworthy local poets speaking at the open mic, as well as a few other events featuring some of the best poets in the area.

I hope to see many of you there…”

Start: January 25, 2015
End: January 25, 2015

January 22, 2015

Story Slam kicks off new year of fun Jan. 22!

Painted Bride Quarterly starts the Slam season in honor of Get Organized Month! Join PBQ for Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am! at the Pen & Pencil Club (1522 Latimer St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22.

The Slam will be hosted by Andrew Keller, who just returned from a cross-country tour with his band, Snow Caps. Clean out that desk and bring the most random object you found to the Slam! With your literary wit, you’ll have a chance to win all new prizes!

Start: January 22, 2015
End: January 22, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

January 21, 2015

Photo Night Year-End Spectacular at the Pen and Pencil

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Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer photojournalist David Maialetti will curate and produce the Year-End Spectacular multimedia presentation for January’s CPIJ Photo Night at the Pen and Pencil Club. These one-time presentations have become the event of the year for photojournalism in Philadelphia.

Join us on January 21st at 8 p.m.

*The submission deadline has now passed.

Photos above courtesy of David Maialetti.

Start: January 21, 2015 8:00 pm
End: January 21, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 215-731-9909
Address:
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1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19107