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 ONandOnScreen.net, 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 She also read her original and unpublished work at The Howard Gotlieb Archive Center in Boston, MA and later at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX.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. http://theapiarycorp.com/2010/11/lighthoney-series-teaser-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.