WHAT: Spring Fling & Poetry Awards Ceremony
WHEN: May 20, 4-8
WHERE: American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia
ADMISSION: $10 includes refreshments and entertainment. All proceeds go directly to support Philadelphia Stories.
Spring Fling 2012 adds an exciting event to the program this year: Philadelphia Stories will honor the winners of the first Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry contest, made possible by the generous support of Joseph Sullivan. The Spring Fling celebration will include readings by the contest winners and other Philadelphia Stories' poets, followed by an open mike. (Pictured: first-place winner, Jeanann Verlee).
PS-SPRING FLING 2012 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:00: Event and live auction opens. Enjoy something to eat and drink, mingle and enjoy.
5:00: Poetry Readings Begin:
Mary Anne Miller: A Rosemont MFA graduate, MaryAnn will read from her new poetry collection, Locus Mentis (PS Books).
Brian Heston: Brian's work has appeared in many publications, including the "Best of Philadelphia Stories" anthology. He has an MFA from George Mason University.
Alison Hicks: Founder of the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, Alison will read from her collection, KISS (PS Books).
Amy Small-McKinney: This 2011 Montgomery County Poet Laureate will read from her work.
Peter Schoepnik: Peter will read from his collection, A Storm by Any Other Name (PS Books).
Liz Chang: Liz's work has appeared in many publications, including Philadelphia Stories. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
SANDY CRIMMINS NATIONAL PRIZE WINNER: Jeanann Verlee is a former punk rocker and author of Racing Hummingbirds, which earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal for poetry. Jeanann won first place in the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Contest, which includes a prize of $1,000, publication. We celebrate these winners at the Spring Fling event.
6:00-7:00: Live music by Gabe MacDonnell-Chang, a young singer/songwriter based in Southern New Jersey, whose musical influences range from Hank Williams Sr., to Otis Redding, to Townes Van Zandt. Enjoy more mingling and refreshments. Live auction winners will be announced.
7:00: poetry open mic (we will have a sign-up sheet available)
Read more about the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Contest contest HERE.