Free Library of Philadelphia
Monday Poets Reading Series: The Free Library is pleased to present The Monday Poets on the first Monday of every month, October 5th, 2015 through April 4th. Now in its 20th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented local and regional poets. Readings are moderated by Lamont Dixon and take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Copies of the featured poets' books may be available for cash purchase after the reading. Time permitting, at the end there may be a short open-mic session. For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia's Literature Department at 215-686-5402.

Elaine Terranova

Therése Halscheid

October 5, 2015 - Elaine Terranova & Therese Halscheid
Elaine Terranova's recent collection of poems is Dollhouse (2013). She has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an NEA Fellowship, and the Walt Whitman Award. She has been on the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Rutgers/Camden and the Community College of Philadelphia. Since her 1980's stint at the Y's Poetry Center, she has been a mainstay of Philly poetry.

Therése Halscheid's newest collection, Frozen Latitudes (2014), won an Eric Hoffer Book Award, Honorable Mention for poetry. Her poetry, essays and short stories have appeared in magazines such as the Gettysburg Review and Sou'wester, among others.

Lamont Dixon

Jeffrey Ethan Lee

November 2, 2015 - Lamont Dixon and Jeffrey Ethan Lee
Lamont Dixon is a poet, teacher and performing artist. He has been published in African Voices, Phylaxis, New Poet's Revolution, and Essence Magazine. He has received the Phylaxis Society's Award and the John G. Lewis Medal.

Jeffrey Ethan Lee's first poetry book was invisible sister (MMM Press, 2004); identity papers, a Colorado Book Award finalist, was also an audio CD nominated for a Spoken Word Grammy.

Bernadette McBride

Tom Mallouk

December 7, 2015 - Bernadette McBride and Tom Mallouk
Bernadette McBride, author of two poetry collections, Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations (2014) and Waiting for the Light to Change (2013). She served as 2009 Poet Laureate of Bucks County, and is poetry coeditor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Tom Mallouk is a psychotherapist/poet whose work has appeared in a number of literary journals and books. His chapbook Nantucket Revisited was published in May 2013. His creative non-fiction has also been widely published.

Yolanda Wisher

Trapeta B. Mayson

January 4, 2016 - Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson
Multidisciplinary poet and educator Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (2013). She is a Pew Fellow and the first Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. [Photo: Mark Palacio]

Trapeta B. Mayson is a native of Liberia and grew up in Philadelphia. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience. She is a widely published author and Pew fellow. Her chapbook, She Was Once Herself, was released in 2012.

M. Nzadi Keita

Lamont B. Steptoe

February 1, 2016 - M. Nzadi Keita and Lamont B. Steptoe
Northwest-Philadelphia born and raised, M. Nzadi Keita has published poems widely. Her latest book, Brief Evidence of Heaven (2014), imagines how free-born, illiterate Anna Murray Douglass saw the world as an independent woman, mother, abolitionist, and wife to Frederick Douglass.

Lamont B. Steptoe is an award winning poet, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The author and/or editor of fourteen collections of poetry, his most recent collections are Oracular Rumblings and Stiltwalking (2007) and Meditations in "Congo Square" (2012).

Beth Feldman Brandt

A.V. Christie

March 7, 2016 - Beth Feldman Brandt and A.V. Christie
Beth Feldman Brandt is the author of Sage (2012) and Solace (2014) and chairs Philadelphia's Poet Laureate Committee. Her new show, RetroLove, will be presented by Philadelphia Jazz Project, in June 2016.

A.V. Christie is the author of Nine Skies (1996), which won the National Poetry Series, and The Housing (2004), winner of the McGovern Prize. Her newest chapbook The Wonders (2014) was a Seven Kitchens Press Editor's Selection. [Photo: Darcie Goldberg]

Hanoch Guy Kaner

Adebe DeRango-Adem

April 4, 2016 - Hanoch Guy Kaner and Adebe DeRango-Adem
Bilingual poet Hanoch Guy Kaner spent his youth in Israel, and is now an Emeritus professor at Temple University. He has published poetry in many journals and won several awards. His most recent collection, Sirocco and Scorpions: Poems of Israel and Palestine was published in 2014.

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of two poetry collections. Her most recent book, Terra Incognita (2015), explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings buried in history's grand narratives.

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