Rick Kearns, Harrisburg's reigning poet laureate will be hosting the Poetry Thursdays open reading on May 21, 2015 at the Midtown Scholar.
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He's had work published in Drum Voices Revue, The Patterson Review, Big Hammer and many other journals. Some of his work deals with his Puerto Rican heritage, including some work exploring his Taino ancestry. Rick has also been a journalist for 25 years, publishing over 200 articles about indigenous Latin America in "Indian Country Today Media Network".
Kearns became Harrisburg's sixth poet laureate in January 2014.
He's given readings of his verse as a featured reader in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Baltimore, Camden (NJ) and other places since 1988, including colleges and universities such as Penn State University, Swarthmore College, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Rutgers University. Much of his work deals with his Puerto Rican heritage and identity, including his Taino background. He has performed his work with musical accompaniment on various occasions.
The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, a true American institution, has been at Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar Bookstore since September 2012. Poetry Thursdays has met in one venue or another (almost) every Thursday since April 1999.
Midtown Scholar Bookstore's Poetry Thursdays. Rick Kearns presides over a two hour open reading. 1302 N. 3rd St. 17102. 7-- 9pm. Phone: 717.236.1680.
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Next week, May 28, for the Scholar verse event-- it's Onomatopoeia Thursday. A semi-themed reading of
imitation of sounds made by or associated with their referent. Wha? You know, whiz, bang! burrrp, sounds from dinosaur grunts to whirring star-ship engines. Or, just read a regular poem. Heck, we only suggest, we don't bully.
True, in principle, proverbs and reverb provide ample direction for everyone. --Elfred Vito-Januski