Journalist-poet Michael Lear-Olimpi will be Poetry Thursdays’ featured performer on Thursday, May 22, at the Midtown Scholar bookstore.
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He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart (poetry) Prize by Iris G. Press.
Lear-Olimpi's poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including Temple University literary magazine The Parable, Fledgling Rag, and the print anthology and CD, A Poets Tour of Harrisburg.
He's taught journalism and writing, and poetry, for the last decade, at Temple and Saint Joseph’s universities. Currently, he teaches English at Penn State Harrisburg and at Central Pennsylvania College. A Schuylkill County native, Lear-Olimpi recently returned to Harrisburg, where he lived after college, after concluding a nearly 20-year sojourn in Philadelphia.
Working primarily as a reporter, but also as photographer and editor, Lear-Olimpi has edited magazines and Web sites and has worked for several Keystone state newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer.
This event is presented by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. Readings begin at 7pm and continue until 9.
The Midtown Scholar is the largest academic used bookstore in Pennsylvania. It’s located in a renovated 1920s theater next to Harrisburg's historic Broad Street Market, just a few blocks north of the Pennsylvania State Capitol. 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg PA 17102. Call for information, 717-236-1680
Parking is available on the street as well as in the parking lot behind the store.
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