Friday, November 19, 2010

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010, 7pm

JUBILANT THICKET features poetry by Anne-Adele Wight & Laura Spagnoli, plus a lecture and Q & A on the poet Anne Sexton by Philadelphia's leading scholar of Sexton, Tamara Oakman.

ANNE-ADELE WIGHT is a surrealist who experiments with different styles.  She is the author of two chapbooks.  A third, The Black Dog, is forthcoming.  Anne-Adele's work has appeared in American Writing, The Doriens, Mad Poets Review, Philadelphia Writer's Conference Anthology Poets, Philadelphia Poets, Shrike, & Tabula Rasa.  She has read at many local venues.  She is Vice-President of the longest continuous Philadelphia Poetry Series Organization, Poets & Prophets.  In her daily life, she works as an editor, living with one husband and two cats.

LAURA SPAGNOLI has recently published poems in Sleet, Apiary, E. Pluribus Unum, and, and her short story, A Cut Above, came out last month in the collection Philadelphia Noir.  She lives south of South Street and teaches French at Temple University.  If the weather is wintry, she is probably happy.

TAMARA OAKMAN is a graduate of Temple University. She has won awards in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. She has been published by Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review and other online and in print journals; reads poetry and fiction everywhere in Philadelphia and the tri-state area; judged a fiction and drama contest for Hidden River Arts, is judging a poetry contest at the next Philadelphia Writer's Conference, and has completed her Master's thesis in English (a book of poetry entitled "Snatched" at Arcadia University. Her efforts have been documented in The Metro, The City Paper, The Inquirer, Philly Weekly and others. She is the executive director of The Light of Unity Association, co-editor of APIARY, co-editor of Philadelphia Stories, author of two books of poetry "Sapphire's Song" and "Snatched." Her independent study at Arcadia University focused on Anne Sexton and poetry as memoir. She travelled to Massachusetts, interviewed prominent authors such as Maxine Kumin, former students, former colleagues, and others who knew Anne Sexton in the flesh. She walked in Sexton's footsteps, visiting mental hospitals, her homes, places she dined and drank, schools she taught at, her grave, etc. She also read her original and unpublished work at The Howard Gotlieb Archive Center in Boston, MA and later at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX. She owns a collection of first print Anne Sexton books and several recordings of the poet reciting her work. She would like to continue her studies on a doctoral level. She will be performing from "Snatched" Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Swarthmore College.

This will be an AMAZING DAY in the history of POETRY IN PHILADELPHIA.  Please come.  This event will occur at Germ Books & Gallery, 2005 Frankford Avenue.  Hosted by Debrah Morkun.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2010, 7PM

Jubilant Thicket features POETS Jefferson Navicky, Holly Jean Buck, & Nicole Steinberg, plus a performance by ACTRESS Jennifer MacMillan.

JEFFERSON NAVICKY  lives in Portland, Maine.  He has worked as a literary archivist, gym teacher, and grocery cashier.

HOLLY JEAN BUCK is a compulsive traveler, interested in poetic, physical, and future landscapes. Her master's studies include Writing & Poetics at Naropa University, and more recently, Human Ecology / Geographic Information Systems at Lund University in Sweden, where she writes about geoengineering, dystopia, and utopia.  She is momentarily working in Washington, D.C..  You can read chapters from her books Crossing the Blue and Paradises and Dustscapes at

NICOLE STEINBERG  is an editor-at-large of LIT and the founder and curator of Earshot, a NYC reading series dedicated to emerging writers. Her writing appears in publications such as BOMB, No Tell Motel, Eleven Eleven, Barrow Street and Barrelhouse. She is the author of a forthcoming chapbook, Birds of Tokyo (Dancing Girl Press), and the editor of a literary anthology, Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens, to be published by SUNY Press in 2011. She hails from Queens, NY and currently lives in Philadelphia.

JENNIFER MACMILLAN is a graduate of the University of the Arts and holds a BFA in Acting.  She is a founding member of the Philadelphia long-form improv company Tongue & Groove, and teaches audition techniques and improv for The University of the Arts Summer & Saturday school programs.  Most recently seen as America's Sweetheart in The Hear Again Radio Project with Aspire Arts, Jenn's directorial credits include Ballad Boys (Aspire Arts), The Importance of Being Earnest & Naked Will (PGLTF at the Walnut), & the semi-staged reading of For the Love of Miss Bishop (Philadelphia Dramatist Center).  A.D. credits include Man From Nebraska (People's Light and Theater Company) under the direction of Ken Marini.

Will be stunning.  Please come.  This will all occur at Germ Bookstore, 2005 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, Philadelphia. Hosted by Debrah Morkun.