P&P Poetry chief Bob Zell us pleased to announce March’s Poetry night. Sunday at 8 p.m. three featured readers will appear at P&P: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Jim Mancinelli, and Kevin Grant.
Afterwards, there will be an open mic hosted by Zell. The event will last until approximately 10 p.m. Please come out to support local poetry and enjoy the awesome power of the spoken word.
The readers will be:
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011), Lights Battered Edge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2015), and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, 2016) – available at Amazon. Her poems have appeared in a number of on-line and print publications. Awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013, and named the winner of the Working People’s Poetry Competition, 2015, she has served as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review. Visit her at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qir5_xPSNiU
Jim Mancinelli self-published his first chapbook, Primer. His second chapbook, In Deep, was published by Plan B Press. His writing is informed by the spirit, the earth, the heavens, and the voices of his Italian heritage. His poems have appeared in various issues of Philadelphia Poets, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Sea Change, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, the online poetry journal Truck, and issues of Poetry Ink, an anthology of Philadelphia poets. He has been a featured reader in various Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware venues and a featured reader on Live from Kelly Writer’s House. He was selected as a finalist in the2011 Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, judged by Mark Doty. Jim’s latest collection is a sequence entitled The Bartimeus Poems for which he also did the improvisational drawings. He is the moderator and founder of the Moveable Beats Reading Series in Philadelphia, which began in 2007. Jim teaches in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Kevin Grant has nearly six decades of life experience shared most expressively in two poetry volumes (I Openings and Personal Effects), a memoir (Shame The Devil), and numerous songs, plays, and current projects. Although new to the featured readings and open mic poetry scene, Kevin is by means new to writing or ghostwriting.
He has also spent more than 25 years working as a technical writer but has lived his entire life acutely aware of and in awe of the power of words.
“I earn my living as a wordsmith, but I make my life by honoring the need to be creative.”