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May 26, 2016

May Story Slam this Thursday!! Don’t miss out!

Hey, before the June Story Slam there’s one this Thursday! — May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Join the fun as Painted Bride Quarterly hosts its monthly improv writing game, Slam, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am. May 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pen & Pencil Club.

We love hosting this because the audience does all the “work.”  Pick the prompts, use the prompts, than pick the winner—there’s swag to be had!

See you June 23 in the perfect setting for this frivolity, the P & P.

For more info, please email pbq@drexel.edu

Start: May 26, 2016
End: May 26, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 215 731 9909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, 19148

May 5, 2016

Is there life beyond journalism? FInd out at May 5 OtR panel

With the uncertainty around journalism seemingly increasing every day, it’s no wonder that many veteran journalists have opted to leave the profession and move on a different career path.

On Thursday, May 5, the Pen & Pencil Club will present a panel including current Vice President Bobbi Booker and former President Theresa Conroy about “Plan B” — what to do with your career post-journalism.

The program begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open so come early, have dinner and get a good seat for what should be a fascinating program.

Start: May 5, 2016
End: May 5, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 215 731 9909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, 19148

April 20, 2016

Wines of Germany next tasting April 20!

Germany will be the featured nation in the next wine tasting presented by P&P President Brad Wilson on WEDNESDAY (note the day, please) April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

German wines, known for their intensity, purity, and quality for centuries, offer clean, crisp flavors, true reflections of their terroir and a refreshing taste profile. While overwhelmingly white wines, climate change and market trends are bringing red an rose to the German wine world as well.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Call the club or sign up at the bar. Please note: the tastings have been selling out of late so early signups are advised.


Start: April 20, 2016
End: April 20, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19148
Cost: $30

April 6, 2016

Watch this Philly History Web Series screening and Q&A Wednesday April 6!

Come to this exclusive screening and interview session about one of Philadelphia’s most successful web and documentary series.

Since 2011, History Making Productions has broadcast (on 6ABC and the web) 10 half-hour episodes of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” a groundbreaking documentary history of Philadelphia. The eleventh episode, “Neighbors 1854-1871,” will air on 6ABC April 27, 7:30.

Writer Nathaniel Popkin and director Andrew Ferrett will be on hand to present the tenth episode, “Disorder 1820-1854,” and to talk about the goals and ambition of the project as well as the process of making high quality film for commercial television.

 7pm: Grab a drink

• 7:30pm: Welcome and Screening

• 8:00pm: Questions

• 8:30pm: Networking!

We are hosting this in partnership with the local Online News Association chapter.

Start: April 6, 2016
End: April 6, 2016
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
1522 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

March 30, 2016

Police commissioner Richard Ross OtR Wednesday!

Don’t miss an opportunity to catch Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Off the Record at the Pen & Pencil Club Wednesday, Mar. 30 at 8 p.m.

Ross was sworn in as commissioner on January 5. A member of the city police department since 1989, Ross was deputy commissioner for 10 years, eight of those as first deputy commissioner.

Since joining the Philadelphia Police Department in April of 1989, Ross has worked in various units, ranging from Patrol, Special Operations and the Detective Bureau to Homicide, and Internal Affairs.

As First Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations, his command included Patrol Operations, Homeland Security and Domestic Preparedness, Special Operations, Detective Bureau, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Criminal Intelligence, Command Inspections Bureau, and the Mayor’s Security Detail.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The Club kitchen will be open, so arrive early, get a good seat and enjoy a meal before the program.


Start: March 30, 2016
End: March 30, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, 19148

March 28, 2016

P&P poetry chief Robert Zell’ hosts “Reflections” Release Party Monday!

On Monday, March 28th  at 8 p.m., the Pen and Pencil Club will host the release of Robert Zell’s new chapbook: “Reflections”. The author will be reading selections from his work, signing books afterward, and enjoying libations with attendees.

Robert hosts monthly poetry readings at the P&P. His work has appeared in several editions of “Poetry Ink”, “Whirlwind” magazine, and “Danse Macabre”. His previous chapbook “One” was first published by Forty Leaf Press.

Videos of Zell reading can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVXeHjv2E1a8UBWCIS6OcAQ

Sean Lynch had the following to say about “Reflections”:

“Robert Zell is an optimistic Nietzsche because he’s always ready with an insightful aphorism, while sparing us anything nihilistic. Yes, this poet does stare into the abyss and the abyss still stares back. However, instead of striving for power, Zell remedies the ever present fear of nothingness through compassion. You realize this while reading poems like “Spiral Staircase” when the poet implores humanity to, “…elevate the spirit of mankind…” and informs the reader how to do it in “Punxsutawney” by immersing yourself “…in the joy of creation.” Robert Zell’s poems are playfully abstract, but rarely ambiguous. They’re easily accessible yet still complex. Simply put, this book will mesmerize you.”

If you can’t attend and are interested in purchasing the book, it is available on Amazon and at the Pen and Pencil Club when Robert is on-site.


Start: March 28, 2016
End: March 28, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19148

March 23, 2016

Next wine tasting: “A trip to Portugal”, March 23!

Join Pen & Pencil Club President and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings at the Club on WEDNESDAY, Mar. 23 (please note unusual night) when we’ll take a “A Visit to Portugal” at 7:30 p.m.

Portugal continues to be one of the most exciting wine regions anywhere, with new philosophies and methods integrating with century-old traditions to produce remarkable wines at affordable prices.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909, to sign up. Sign up early to avoid disappointment — our last tasting was a sellout!

Start: March 23, 2016
End: March 23, 2016
Venue: The Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30

March 20, 2016

Poetry night returns this Sunday!

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.”

Start: March 20, 2016
End: March 20, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

March 9, 2016

Meet Mayor Kenney’s staff, communication teams Mar. 9 OtR!

We have a new mayor and a whole new slew of people in City Hall.

Mayor Jim Kenney, his staff and his communications team are being invited to the Pen & Pencil on Wednesday, Mar. 9, for a chill session with local press, such as yourself.

There will be not be much of a formal agenda, but the night will be a good place for everyone to mingle and for the mayoral staffers to learn the inner workings of the local media and understand what our jargon means in an off-the-record setting.

This is open to all P&P members and City Hall staff.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will open and there is no smoking during and immediately following the program and off-the-record.

Start: March 9, 2016
End: March 9, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

February 28, 2016

Poetry returns to P&P – Whirlwind Magazine Release Party Feb. 28

Pen & Pencil poetry master Robert Zell and The Whirlwind magazine staff will welcome featured readers from the new Winter issue to read their poetry at the Pen and Pencil Club on Sunday, Feb. 28th at 8 p.m.

Whirlwind founder and renowned poet, Lamont B. Steptoe, will be reading his work and editor/poet, Sean Lynch, will be hosting the first portion of the event. Zell will be hosting the open mic which follows.

This event is a celebration of indigenous peoples and their cultures, especially Native Americans. Books and magazines will be for sale throughout the event. The launch is 21+ and free.

Start: February 28, 2016
End: February 28, 2016
Venue: Pen & Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102