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 19th 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.

Charles Carr

Sean Webb

October 6, 2014 - Charles Carr and Sean Webb
Native Philadelphian Charles Carr was educated at LaSalle and Bryn Mawr College, earning an M.A. in American History. For over 40 years he has worked in community development. His first poetry book, Paradise: Pennsylvania came out in 2009, followed in 2014 by Haitian Mud Pies and Other Poems. A 2007 Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner, his poems have been published in many poetry journals.

Sean Webb is a poet and short story writer. Having received an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, he has served as the 2005 Poet Laureate for Montgomery College, been featured in the Schuylkill Valley Journal and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. He has also been the poetry division winner or runner-up in four consecutive Philadelphia City Paper writing contests.

Hanoch Guy

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela

November 3, 2014 - Hanoch Guy and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s
Bilingual poet Hanoch Guy spent his younger years in Israel, and is now an Emeritus professor at Temple University. He has published poetry in many journals and 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.

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s writing has been published in many journals, is a member of the Rogue Poetry Workshop, and has organized a quarterly literary salon called Still Untitled. She is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket Press which recently released Dismantle, an anthology of writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. She teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia.

J.C. Todd

B.E. Kahn

December 1, 2014 - J.C. Todd and B.E. Kahn
J.C. Todd has published three poetry books: What Space This Body, Nightshade, and Entering Pisces. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and APR. A multiple-award winner, she is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College and at the MFA Program at Rosemont; her MFA is from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

B.E. Kahn is the author of three chapbooks: Spring Apples Silver Birch, Landscapes of Light, and Night Spark: The Zoe Poems. A winner of prestigious grants, she has taught poetry to intergenerational, interfaith and women’s groups. Her poems have appeared in local journals and The Tupelo Press Online Poetry Project.

Zach Savich

Warren Longmire

January 5, 2015 - Zach Savich and Warren Longmire
Zach Savich’s newest poetry book is Century Swept Brutal (2014) preceded by Full Catastrophe Living, Annulments, The Firestorm, and a book of prose Events Film Cannot Withstand. Zach is a winner of many honors and awards. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches in the BFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arts and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

Warren Longmire is a poetry editor for Apiary Magazine and a three- time member of the Philadelphia Fuze’s national slam. He’s been published in Certain Circuits, The New Purlieu Review, Eleven Eleven, and two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True. You can find his writings, videos and sounds at,, or @

Kelly McQuain

Amy Small-McKinney

February 2, 2015 - Kelly McQuain and Amy Small-McKinney
Kelly McQuain’s writing has appeared in many venues, ranging from the Philly Inq. to the Painted Bride Quarterly to Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books to The Queer South. His chapbook, Velvet Rodeo, recently won BLOOM magazine’s poetry prize. He has twice received fellowships from the Penn. Council on the Arts. Visit him @

Amy Small-McKinney is the author of a collection of poems, Life is Perfect, and two chapbooks of poetry, Body of Surrender and Clear Moon, Frost. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including The American Poetry Review. In 2014 she won the Open Reading Competition at the Green Line Reading & Interview Series. The prize for this is also a prize for Monday Poets, which has the honor of having her here to read for us.

Lamont Dixon

Speech Therapy

March 2, 2015 - Lamont Dixon and Speech Therapy
The much awarded, published and honored Lamont Dixon is once again our season’s moderator. A poet, teacher and performing artist his resume is too vast to encapsulate. One highlight was his being co-executive producer for the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam Tour in Philadelphia in 2001. Monday Poets is much enriched by his energy, talent, and charm.

Speech Therapy is a group of teen performers/poets hailing from S. Jersey who formed together as the only independent team entrant in the nationally acclaimed teen poetry competition Louder Than A Bomb. Against a number of South Jersey schools, Speech Therapy, as coached by poet Lamont Dixon, claimed first place in a fantastic display of oratorical excellence and dramatic choreography.

Kasey Jueds

Teresa Leo

April 6, 2015 - Kasey Jueds and Teresa Leo
Kasey Jueds’s first poetry book, the prize-winning Keeper, was published in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Prairie Schooner and Women’s Review of Books and she has even found her way onto Public Radio International’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” This Floridia native now lives in Philadelphia.

Teresa Leo is the author of two books of poetry, Bloom in Reverse and The Halo Rule. Her work has appeared in many places, including the American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Women’s Review of Books. The recipient of many honors, grants and awards, she works at the University of Pennsylvania.

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