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WORDS & MUSIC, Rick Kearns will be featured poet, Feb. 20, 7 to 9 pm. at the long-running Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel reading series now at Hertrich Fine Art, 1421 N. Third.
Kearns will be reading from his new chapbook, "Crow at the Lawson Hotel" with musical accompaniment from Patrick Murphy, Jennifer Millard, and John Catalano.
Rick Kearns is a poet, freelance writer, and musician of Boricua (Puerto Rican) and European heritage from Harrisburg, Pa. He was named Poet Laureate of Harrisburg in January 2014. His poems have appeared in over 70 journals including The Massachusetts Review, The Painted Bride Quarterly, The Patterson Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Letras (lit review of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, NY) and Chicago Review. Kearns’ poems are also in two books, five national anthologies, two international anthologies, and seven chapbooks. Several of his poems have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.
He has given readings throughout the US since 1992 His poetry is also featured in "The Moon Rides a Black Horse" CD, combining his poetry and jazz performed by the Con Alma Quartet (with whom he collaborated between 2010-2014).
For the last 40 years trumpeter, Patrick Murphy has played jazz, salsa, blues western swing, classical and flamenco (Cocina Flamenca); a grand mix of influences.
Camp Hill-based husband and wife duo, John Catalano and Jennifer Millard, met in 2009 and have been practicing the craft of music-making ever since.
John is a committed guitar teacher with a passion for classical, flamenco, folk, and finger-style music who has been composing and performing with musicians from all over the world for over forty years.
Jennifer is a talented singer and rhythm guitarist who brings stability and warmth to the mix with her innate sense of timing and tempo.
Together, their eclectic blend of French gypsy jazz and American standards transports audiences to a by-gone era fueled with romance and toe-tapping charm!
Kearn's poetry augmented in concert with musicians John Catalano, Patrick Murphy, and Jennifer Millard. 7 to 9 pm. Seating is limited. Don't tarry. Doors open at 6:45.
Poetry Thursdays, Hertrich Fine Art, 1421 N. Third.
"What is called eloquence in the forum is commonly found to be rhetoric in the study." Thoreau, Walden