Thursday, January 27, 2011

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2011, 7pm

On Sunday, February 13th, at 7pm, The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series features Poetic Fiction by Jonathan Pogoda, Poetry by Quincy Scott Jones, & Bardic Tales & Magic by Elizabeth Kirwin.

JONATHAN POGODA received his MFA from Naropa University in 2005.  He lives in Brooklyn & works as a librarian.  His band plays around Brooklyn occasionally.  He is busy working on a couple of novels.  He edits Puzzled America, a literary journal.

QUINCY SCOTT JONES earned a Bachelor's Degree from Brown University, a Master's Degree in English & Creative Writing from Temple University, & $100 once for working as a supermarket clown.  He currently writes, teaches, & performs in the Philadelphia area, & is adjunct professor of Creative Writing at Arcadia University & an adjunct instructor at Temple University.  He is the creator & host of New Directions of Black Poetics, a semiannual panel of writers & scholars discussing their relation to the African-American community & literary tradition.  He taught Arcadia University's first ever Poetry On Page & Stage class, a course exploring the possibilities in the relationship between poetry as spoken performance as well as performance on the page.

ELIZABETH KIRWIN is the editor & publisher of, a neo-pagan website that tracks the faery movement in North America.  Kirwin & Liam Sckhot, an eclectic music composer, have been collaborating on Fairy Gothic Ballads for three years.  Kirwin has created a male character, an 18th century Irish Bard.  The Bard collects stories of the land & people & the legendary tales & magic of the Irish.  She performs these ballads as a man.  Elizabeth Kirwin is an Internet Entrepreneur, & she's based in Asheville, NC.

All of this will take place at THE WALKING FISH THEATRE, 2509 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.  Please come.  This will be a varied & MAGICAL evening.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th, 2011, 7PM

The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series features poetry by Jamie Townsend & Brenda Iijima, & music by members of Cuddle Magic.

JAMIE TOWNSEND has poems published or forthcoming in Bombay Gin, The Cultural Society, Gam, Diagram, Fact-Simile, Wheelhouse, Volt, & Jacket.  With Nicholas DeBoer, he edits con/crescent press, a chapbook publisher & print magazine focused on discursive essay/creative nonfiction, & curates the upcoming c/c reading series.  He writes & performs with The New Philadelphia Poets, & lives right around the block in East Kensington.

BRENDA IIJIMA is the author of If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press, 2010), Revv. You'll-Ution (Displaced Press, 2009), Subsistence Equipment (Faux Press, 2008), Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus, 2007) & Around Sea (O Books, 2004).  She edited the collection Eco Language Reader (Nightboat Books, 2010), & is a visual artist.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY, & teaches at The Cooper Union.

CUDDLE MAGIC is a large ensemble & songwriting collective band based in Brooklyn & Philadelphia.  With nary an electric guitar in sight, Cuddle Magic uses a quiet 20th century pallette -- vibraphone, clarinet, muted trumpet, banjo, ukulele, violin, vocal counterpoint, etc. -- to create a rhythmically sophisticated folk music from an imaginary folk.

A mesmerizing evening will ensue.  Please come.  This all occurs, as always, at Germ Books & Gallery, 2005 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.  Hosted by Debrah Morkun.