Free Library of Philadelphia
Monday Poets Reading Series: The Free Library is pleased to present The Monday Poets on the first Monday of the month, October through April. Now in its 18th year, it showcases a variety of talented local and regional poets. Readings 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 purchased at the readings. For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia's Literature Department at 215-686-5402.

Leonard Gontarik

David Kertis

October 7, 2013 - Leonard Gontarik and David Kertis
Leonard Gontarek is the author of five books of poems, most recently, He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs, Hanging Loose Press, 2013. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, Poet Lore, Verse, Exquisite Corpse, Poetry Northwest, The Best American Poetry, and others. He conducts poetry workshops at Musehouse and in the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Gontarek has received two Pennsylvania Arts Council Poetry Fellowships and was the 2011 Philadelphia Literary Death Match Champion. He hosts the Green Line Café Reading and Interview Series.

David Kertis was born in 1955 and grew up in northern New Jersey. He attended Oberlin College and has lived in Philadelphia since 1978. He has studied with Leonard Gontarek and Eleanor Wilner, and has been published online in Frigate and Apiary. He is the recent winner of the Joie de Vivre award from the Mad Poets Society and his first book, Word of the Day, is forthcoming

Michelle Belluomini

Larry Dugan

November 4, 2013 - Michelle Belluomini and Larry Dugan
Michele Belluomini’s poetry has been published in American Poetry, Philadelphia Poets, Beltway, The Mad Poets Review and Apiary. Her poems have also appeared in various Poetry Ink (Philadelphia) anthologies and the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Poets on Pennsylvania. The chapbook Crazy Mary and Others was a winner in the Plan B Press chapbook competition. Her most recent volume of poetry is Signposts for Sleepwalkers, also published by Plan B Press (Alexandria, VA). She works as an Adjunct Library Faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia

Lawrence Dugan’s poetry has appeared recently in many magazines and journals, including Daedalus, Arion, The Gettysburg Review, Cyphers (Dublin), New Contrast and National Review. His essay “The Virtues of Dorothy Parker,” a book review of Parker’s collected poetry, was published in Chronicles magazine many years ago and is still his favorite among the many articles he has written. He works as a librarian in the Education, Philosophy and Religion Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore

Cathy Staples

December 2, 2013 - Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore and Cathy Staples
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore’s first two books of poems, Dawn Visions (1964), and Burnt Heart / Ode to the War Dead (1972), were published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books. City Lights later published The Ramadan Sonnets (1996) and The Blind Beekeeper (2001.) He became a Sufi/Muslim in the 1970s and has lived, traveled and/or read in Algeria, America, Egypt, England, Morocco, Nigeria and Spain. In 2005, The Ecstatic Exchange Series began bringing out his major body of work, of which there are 40 titles as of June 2013. Having won the Nazim Hikmet Prize in 2011 and 2012, he publishes extensively on the web at and Among his newest books is A Hundred Little 3D Pictures. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia

Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013), winner of the McGovern Prize. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Commonweal, Third Coast, The Michigan Quarterly Review and Quarterly West. Honors include a 2013 Walter F. Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the 2011 Guy Owen Prize. Her chapbook, Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was awarded the Keystone Prize. She teaches in the Honors Program at Villanova University.

Hayden Saunier

Charles Bonhaus

January 6, 2014 - Hayden Saunier and Charles Bondhus
Hayden Saunier is the author of two poetry collections, Tips for Domestic Travel and Say Luck, which was selected for the 2013 Gell Poetry Prize. Her work has won the Pablo Neruda Prize and the Rattle Poetry Prize, and has appeared widely in a variety of journals. Her acting credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary, the voice of a broken-down stove for Ikea, and numerous roles in the theatre. She lives outside Philadelphia.

Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013 and was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009) and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love (Brickhouse Books, 2009) and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears in numerous periodicals, including The Hawai’i Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Alabama Literary Review and The Sierra Nevada Review. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.

Hanoch Guy

Sandra Turner-Barnes

February 3, 2014 - Hanoch Guy and Sandra Turner-Barnes
Hanoch Guy, a bilingual poet who spent his younger years in Israel, is an Emeritus professor at Temple University. He has published poetry in Genre, Poetry Newsletter, Tracks, The International Journal of Genocide Studies, Poetry Motel, Visions International and Poetica. He has won several awards from Poetica as well as one from the Mad Poets Society. He has three books: The Road to Timbuktu, Terra Treblinka and the recent A Gallery of the Addicted to Dark Seeds.

Sandra Turner-Barnes won the 1995 Ebony Magazine Literary Award for short fiction for her story “Burnt Bacon.” She has also written books of poetry, song lyrics and the historic & poetic children’s book, Beyond the Back of the Bus. She serves as Executive Director of the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and also as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. Sandra’s popular Jazz & Poetry CD, “September Will Never Be the Same,” is available throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her latest book is titled But, Mostly Love.

Lamont Dixon

Thomas Devaney

March 3, 2014 - Lamont Dixon and Thomas Devaney
Lamont Dixon’s poetry has been published in African Voices, Phylaxis, New Poet's Revolution and Essence. He has received the Phylaxis Society's Award and the John G. Lewis Medal. He is a teaching and performing artist for the NJ & PA State Council for the Arts, Rutgers and Rowan University. He was co-executive producer for the Russell Simmons 2001 Def Poetry Jam Tour in Philadelphia.

Thomas Devaney is a poet, teacher, editor and critic. He is the author of The Picture That Remains (The Print Center of Philadelphia, 2013), A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum, 2007), The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press, 1999) and the nonfiction book Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ Folios, 2005). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen, an e-journal featuring poems and videos, and he teaches at Haverford College. (photo credit: Zoe Strauss)

Lynn Levin

Deborah Fries

April 7, 2014 - Lynn Levin and Deborah Fries
Lynn Levin is the author of the poetry collection Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press, 2013) and co-author of Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press). Her previous poetry collections include Fair Creatures of an Hour, a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry, and Imaginarium, a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Hopkins Review and Southwest Review. She teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Deborah Fries is the author of Various Modes of Departure (Kore Press, 2004) and The Bright Field of Everything (Kore Press, 2013). She is a columnist and editorial board member of A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, and the founding editor of New Purlieu Review. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Powder: Writing from Women in the Ranks, Vietnam to Iraq. In 2013, Dorothea Lasky selected her poem "Marie in America" as the winner of the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize. She lives and works in Elkins Park, PA, and teaches writing at Musehouse.

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