November 22, 2015
On Sunday Nov. 22nd at 8 p.m. the Pen & Pencil Club and its poetry chief Bob Zell will host Whirlwind Magazine’s 6th issue launch party.
Lamont Steptoe, Sean Lynch, Melissa Rothman, and Courtney Gambrell will welcome featured readers from the new fall issue to read their poetry followed by an open mic hosted by Zell.
Featured readers will include the Whitmanesque Camden poets from across the river. Witty banter, amateur comedy, deeply moving poetry and more will ensue as expected. The last launch party the club got so packed it was standing room only — so make sure to arrive on time in order to grab a seat!
Books and magazines will be for sale throughout the event.
November 18, 2015
Please join us for our next Photo Night, featuring Brad Nau on Wednesday, November 18th at 8 p.m.
Brad Nau is a nationally acclaimed storyteller and television journalist, specializing in shooting, writing, editing and producing feature stories and show specials.
But his social media presence also reveals Nau as a “lover of Leica,” still shooting film and sharing his work at Story Road on Tumblr, as well as his iPhone photography on Instagram.
Nau is the Senior Executive Producer/Special Projects at Comcast SportsNet, where he has worked for 13 years, and has been honored with Edward R. Murrow Awards, Mid Atlantic Emmys, Associated Press Television Photography Awards, and a National Headliner Award for Investigative Journalism.
He is also President of the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Adjunct Professor of Communications at Montgomery County Community College. Previously, Nau was the Director of Photography at Fox Philadelphia, where he worked for 17 years.
• Photo Night at the P&P is produced by the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University.
Slide show: More photos by Brad Nau
November 11, 2015
Education activist Helen Gym will be one of the new members of City Council next year. She was the top vote-getter in the Council at-large race, has been a longtime critic of the school district, and is expected to shake up Council in a big way.
She’ll be in an Off the Record session Wed., Nov. 11 at the Pen & Pencil Club. Program starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open and serving dinner. Get there early for a good seat and a good meal – and a good drink or two too!
November 5, 2015
The south of France has become an innovative, fascinating and incredibly wide-ranging red-wine producing area. The old classics are still good and the new classics have immense variety and flavor. It’s a red wine festival!
We’ll taste four southern French reds at the next wine tasting with Pen and Pencil Club President Brad Wilson Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Call the club or sign up at the bar.
November 4, 2015
After all the dust has settled around the election on Nov. 3 — for mayor, city council, state Supreme Court justices and more — a panel of political experts will join us at the Pen & Pencil Club for an off-the-record session to analyze the results, discuss their impact and look to the future.
Philadelphia Inquirer political writer and former P&P President Chris Brennan will be one of the panelists, and we’ll round up a few more political types to help Mr. Brennan out.
Program starts at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open, so come early, get a good seat and enjoy a nice meal. Make it a night!
October 28, 2015
Jim Kenney, the Democratic nominee for Mayor of Philadelphia, will join the Pen & Pencil Club for an off-the-record session Wednesday, Oct.28, at 7 p.m.
This may be a final chance to ask the man who may well be – history says will be — the next Mayor questions before Election Day.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open. This figures to be a well-attended event, so why not arrive early, get a good seat, and enjoy a meal from our kitchen?
Membership cards WILL be checked at the door for this event. Memberships will be available at the door to qualified candidates for $40 for a year (cheap!).
October 25, 2015
The Pen & Pencil Club will host a memorial for Phil Beck, the long-time President of the Greater Philadelphia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. Mr. Beck died July 9 at 56.
All friends and family of Mr. Beck, a longtime friend of the club whose good humor, broad smile and excellent conversation are deeply missed at the P&P, are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
October 22, 2015
Painted Bride Quarterly’s Slam, Bam, Thank you, Mam is a light-on-the-rules, heavy-on-the-entertainment interactive writing competition. We throw the party, but the audience is really in charge: creating writing prompts, performing, and acting as the judge-y Judgersons. In four rounds we can levitate to literary heights and degenerate into absolute raunch, and we sometimes get there simultaneously. A PBQ Slam has been likened to “Whose Line is it Anyway” and Henry Rollins performance, so it’s really best that you come see it for yourself. Come out @ 7:30 on Thursday, Oct. 22; it’s National Nut Day!
October 21, 2015
Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey joined us for an Off The Record session in primary season, and she returns to The Pen and Pencil Club Oct. 21 for another OTR session — and we’re thrilled to have her.
Facing 65-plus years of history and a massive registration edge both against her, Murray Bailey has run a spirited campaign as she tries to become Philadelphia’s first GOP mayoral winner since Bernard Samuel in 1947.
Doors open at 6:3o, program starts at 8 p.m. The club kitchen will be open so come early for a good seat and grab a bite!
October 18, 2015
The Pen and Pencil Club is proud to announce our next poetry reading. The program will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Featured that night will be Bernard Collins and Ewuare X. Osayande. The event will also include an open mic following the featured readers hosted by Robert Zell, P&P Poetry Chief.
Bernard Collins is a proud South Philadelphia native who now resides in Lawnside N.J. with his two children, Lily and Layla, and his wife, Dr. Tamika Jones. Since the early nineties, he has written and performed his poetry with various musicians, choreographers and dancers. The humorous style he often employs harkens back to the “Toasting” traditions of African American culture seen in poems like the Signifying Monkey or Shine.
Collins is also a talent visual artist with a BFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His paintings often feature local artists and poets. Bernard strives to have the verbal and the visual collide in unexpected, informative and exciting ways.
Ewuare X. Osayande is a political activist, award-winning author, cultural analyst, poet, essayist, publisher and internet radio talk show host. The Quarterly Black Review has called Osayande “one of Black America’s newest insurgent intellectuals coming to the table with enough mental firepower to be a David Walker for our time.” He is founder and chairperson of The People’s Alliance for Justice Now!, co-founder and director of POWER (People Organized Working to Eradicate Racism) and creator of ONUS Rites-of-Passage. Osayande is also founder of The Spit Fire Poetry Fest, an annual poetry festival in Camden, NJ that was initiated on the 40th anniversary of the Camden Rebellion of 1971. Osayande is creator and host of “The Resistance with Ewuare Osayande” an online talk show that champions the causes and concerns of people of color worldwide. His latest books are Whose America? and Misogyny & the Emcee: Sex, Race & Hip Hop.