Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Below you will find the recording of January's Blend at the Blue Banana on South Street. It was by far the best turnout we've seen, and you, dear audience and fans, are to thank for that. We hope you continue to support PAPP events in the same, generous way!
The featured performers were, in order: Ryan Eckes, poet; John Todd, guitarist and singer; and Dan "the Man" Schall, poet. The open mic, which was eclectically mystifying, is included. If you prefer to download the files, or use a non-flash format, please just follow this link.
Also, let it be known that Blend will indeed continue in February, but it will no longer be a Poetic Arts Performance Project (PAPP) event. It was very great hosting it, but time has moved Blend in a new direction. We hope it continues to be as strong as it has been. Please make sure you check Blend out on Thursday, February 4th, when Cassendre Xavier and Jacob Russell will perform their work.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Dan “the man” Schall: Born and raised in Philly, Dan recently earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Arcadia University, and is currently attending the graduate program and teaching English composition there. He also publishes a quarterly chapbook, The Fridge Door, which showcases and celebrates the varied emotions and influences of writing across many curricula. His poetry is best described as "the real, the observed and imagined, fraught with as much disappointment and hope as is reflected in our human condition."
Ryan Eckes was born in Northeast Philadelphia and now he writes poems and teaches writing at Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. You can find some of his writing on his blog, Old News (ryaneckes.blogspot.com) and in his chapbook when i come here (Plan B Press, 2007).
Jonathon Todd is a poet/musician from Blakeslee Pennsylvania, currently living in Northeast Philadelphia. Jonathon blends his love of language and imagery with a love for jazz, blues, and folk music. Jonathon is also working on a poem/short story collection. He is currently performing in various places in Philadelphia/Northeast Pennsylvania.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
You can listen to these, as well as our open-mic friends with old and new faces, by utilizing the embedded tool below, or clicking this link.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Poetry and Music at the Blue Banana
Sueyeun Juliette Lee (poet)
Jesse Schurr (singer songwriter)
Stephanie Durann Seymour (verbal alchemist)
Includes an open mic.
Where: 223 South Street, Philadelphia
When: 7:15pm to 9:30pm.
Sueyeun Juliette Lee currently lives in Philadelphia where she edits Corollary Press, a small chapbook series dedicated to new work by writers of color. Her books include: Perfect Villagers (Octopus Books) and Mental Commitment Robots (Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs), ,She also has a new book titled Underground National forthcoming from Factory School in 2010.
Jesse Schurr is the lead singer of the Jesse Schurr Band. She has performed with her band at the TLA, Grapestreet Pub, World Cafe and The North Star Bar. Her style is sensual storytelling with a magical sense of musicianship.
Stephanie Durann is a writer from Philadelphia, PA who has performed under various reading series, festivals and cabarets in the city including Poets and Prophets, LadyFest Philly, Univers-all Voices, Black Women’s Arts Festival, Off Season! at the Sedgwick Theater, Eternal Now, and Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series. She won Honorable Mention for her poetry in Byline Magazine in 2001 and was one of four winners of the Power99fm/Def Poetry Jam Contest in 2002. Her work was also featured in several publication including Hinge Online and The Worcester Review. She was also a participant in the National Book Foundation Summer Writing Camp in 2004. She was also and intern for the Philadelphia City Paper in the mid-90’s and a freelance writer for the University City Review and PAWPrint (Philadelphia Area Writers) Magazine, and hopes to restart her freelancing career. She produced her first chapbook, The Rites of Individual Passage in 2003 and is currently working on her second book.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Join some of the amazing individuals who run some of the hottest poetic and mixed performance venues in Philadelphia as they tell us how it works, why they do it, what's their vision and how you can do it too.....
On this Symposium there will be Crucial (Panoramic Poetry), Autumn Konopka (Mad Poets), St. Skribbly LaCroix (The Last Word), Natalie Felix (CCE), and Ryan Eckes (Chapter and Verse) This event will be moderated by Courtney Bambrick.
The event costs $3. Proceeds to benefit Kids of Kadiogne.
When: Sunday, December 13, 2009 (2-4:30pm)
Where: 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We encourage you to listen to the reading if you didn't get the chance.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Unlock your listening ears and get ready to ruffle some feathers. The second PAPP symposium is available to download in MP3 form, or merely stream for our world wide wave web, just below!
Alternatively, go here to the directory website to download the tracks in a different way.
Special thanks to Debrah Morkun, Ms. Wise, Ashraf Osman, Frank Sherlock, and Frank Walsh for making the panel discussions lively and contemplative. And thanks to the audience for keeping attention and providing the guests with impenetrable insight and imperial inquiry.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Identity, Community, Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Sexuality and Philly Poetry
Moderated by Debrah Morkun:
with Alyesha Wise/Aka Ms. Wise, Frank Walsh, Ashraf Osman, Frank Sherlock and perhaps another special guest
Where: University City Arts League
When: Sunday, November 8, 2009 (2:00pm - 4:30pm)
Some proceeds to benefit Rubye's Kids
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Please share this link with as many people as you. It's important not only to PAPP but to the poetry circles of the Greater Philadelphia Area. Let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
What is Philadelphia Poetry? Who is Philadelphia Poetry? Where is Philadelphia Poetry? Why is Philadelphia Poetry? Join us as we consult some of the most moving and shaking poets in the Philadelphia area today as they discuss these and more questions over the next several months as part of PAPP's Symposium Series.
Our first panel of poets will address the question: What is a Philadelphia Poetics? This event will be moderated by Adam Meora. Panelists will include:
- Debrah Morkun, founding member of the New Philadelphia Poets
- CAConrad, author of Advanced Elvis Course and The Book of Frank
- Tamara Oakman, director of the Light of Unity reading series and the Business of Words workshops
- Sherod Smallman, host and organizer of Fuze at Infusion Cafe in Germantown
- and Michelle Myers of Yellow Rage
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: University City Arts League (4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Blend this week was a great success! Thank you everyone for coming out, supporting, eating, and performing, including our features, poets Aaren Perry and Sarah Heady, and musician Lilla Kultsar. And it was good to see the open mic remaining strong, thanks to Vernon Jordan, D. H. Kerby, Dave Worrell, Brian Sammond, Amber Penniston, Mike Mannel, and Jeff Brennan. We hope to see everyone on the first Thursday of each month.
Secondly, please join us this Tuesday, September 8th, for a great reading at the Blue Grotto Reading Series in West Philadelphia (at the Community Ed Center (CEC) on Drexel's campus, 3500 Lancaster Ave). This phenomenal event, a first of its kind, will feature the members of the Poetic Arts Performance Project, including (with more TBA): St. Skribbly Lacroix, Adam Meora, Courtney Bambrick, Greg Bem, Ian Wolf, Ebony Collier, John Todd, and Frank Walsh. More information can be found here.
Thirdly, we've got some other great events coming up, but are still waiting on some of the media/loose ends to be tied. Keep a lookout for those!
Fourthly, there's been an unfortunate drowning of the camera that was used to take pictures and videos of the events. We're still getting kinks worked out, but if you have any media that can be displayed, email us.
If you want to join the mailing list, send an email to the PAPP's director.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thank you to everyone for coming out to Blend at the Blue Banana the other day. Anna Evans and Michelle Christine Garza were wonderful, and the open mic was the most eclectic and entertaining in some time.
Here are some pictures I took. The videos are currently being uploaded (Youtube link here). If anyone else has any media, please comment on this post and we can work out putting it on the blog!
Director of PAPP, Adam "Naked" Meora
Poet Anna Evans (New Jersey)
Michelle Christine Garza (Pennsylvania)
Monday, August 3, 2009
AUGUST 4, 2009 AT 6p.m.
The Light of Unity
Artist’s and Writer’s Series
Dan “the man” Schall: Born and raised in Philly, Dan recently earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Arcadia University, and is currently attending the graduate program there, as well. He also publishes a quarterly chapbook, The Fridge Door, which showcases and celebrates the varied emotions and influences of writing across many curricula.
Ian Wolf: has been writing poetry and studying music for 15 years. He has performed at open mics for 10 years; recently at Blam!, The Mermaid Inn, and the Light of Unity Festival, and the University City Arts League.
Jeff Ingram: is a poet, professor, farmer, fly-fisherman, adventurer, and devoted husband to his wife, Kim. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Wisconsin Review, Lake Effect: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Bucks County Writer, Drexel Online Journal, Paumanok Review, and Salt Lake City Weekly.
Paul Siegell: is the author of jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and has contributed to The American Poetry Review. He has also been featured in Paste Magazine and the Philadelphia City Paper. paulsiegell.blogspot.com.
Ebony Malaika Collier: is a poet dwelling in the Philadelphia area. A core member of Philadelphia Poetic Arts Performance Project, she has read at various venues including the Black Women’s Arts Festival, Mad Poets Festival 2008, Poetry Ink at Robins/Moonstone.
The Alien Architect: says, “EYE used to define myself as an mc, NOW eye've come to find, passed my shell, that its empty, CUS... reducing 1's inner to an outer title is lible to stifle whats all the while compiled past this plastic recitle. EYE dont wanna transform in to a performance, on stage, afraid of being borin for them addorin fans. IM the ALIEN ARCHITECT, THE SECRET IDENTITY, THE ABSTRACT FICTION WRITER.”
Tamara Oakman: a graduate of Temple University with a BA in English, has won awards in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. She has been published by Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Mad Poets Review, and other journals; reads poetry and fiction everywhere in Philadelphia and the tri-state area; and is completing her Master's of English at Arcadia University.
Parkway Central Library
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1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia; PA 19103
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