Philadelphia Stories, Jr.: A community of young writers and artists from the Delaware Valley
The Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry is a national poetry contest made possible by the generous support of her family. The prizes are as follows:
Spring is a welcome reprieve after this snowy winter, and Philadelphia Stories is looking forward to another busy season of fun events for writers and readers, including:
For years my mother, Sally, lied to me. I always knew that she wasn’t truthful about her age, but until my father died I never knew the extent of her deception.
This profile space is normally reserved for local authors with new books hot off the presses. But this issue, we decided to recognize someone of priceless value to the magazine: a Philadelphia Stories member.
It was a voyeur’s dream; this chance to see how other people lived. I kept being shown a certain type of house, what I came to think of as the South Philly Catholic Italian Grandma House.
Walked from the Inlet to Texas Ave
Salt air sand and waves thumping
barkers chanting rhyme
of Win rhyme of Easy easy
You sharpened your pencils
when I agreed to sit, produced
a careful record: broken woman
still young, but childless.
We explored the creek that
meandered through our yards
as if we had discovered it
Spring chill at dusk