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The American Poetry Review feat. Bruce Smith @Urban Jungle



Saturday Oct. 19 · 9:30pm
Urban Jungle, 1526 E Passyunk Ave.
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Founded in 1972 in Philadelphia, The American Poetry Review is dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose, and has presented the work of over 2,000 writers, among whom there are nine Nobel Prize laureates and forty-three Pulitzer Prize winners.

For this special evening, join us as APR contributors Bruce Smith, Daisy Fried, Sebastian Agudelo, Jason Schneiderman, and Jaamil Kosoko all read.

Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Influenced by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Smith’s poetry moves like jazz, incorporating images and narratives into a startling, musically unified whole. In a 2007 interview, Smith explained his poetry’s aspiration to song: “When the language works to seduce and . . . move us, when it works its blues on us, bounces us and trembles us, makes us swerve from our upright and rational propositions . . . we are thinking and listening at the same time or really listening and not thinking, like a good song does.”

Daisy Fried is the author of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice(2013), praised by the New York Times as “commanding…biting and hilarious;” as well as My Brother is Getting Arrested Again(2006) and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), all from University of Pittsburgh Press.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press, 2010) and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books, 2004). “Sweet, funny, sad, true…like a perfect pop song, [these poems] makes the listener glad to be alive.” – Wayne Koestenbaum

Sebastian Agudelo is the author of Each Chartered Street (2013) and To the Bone, selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2008. “Both poet and chef, Agudelo scrubs and knifes language with utmost skill…. perhaps nowhere since Proust do lines stoke or stroke the senses with such clarity and sensuality as they do here…”–Gary Joseph Cohen from Lana Turner

Originally from Detroit, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist. He was a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.

Wesley Stace, Gabriel Roth, & Tom Moon @Urban Jungle




Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965, and educated at the King’s School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He released 17 albums under the name John Wesley Harding. His new album, Self-Titled, for which he has returned to his given name, is released by Yep Roc, September 2013. He has also published three novels.

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, his variety show based at City Winery in NYC, has recently launched on NPR. Since the Cabinet’s inception in 2009, the show has become a virtual who’s who of contemporary performers, writers, and comedians. It’s “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer” (New Yorker), “a brilliant evening of laid-back fun” (Village Voice), and “one of the most whip-smart variety shows on the market” (Portland Tribune). Additional shows will air in 2014. Stace has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, and Bruce Springsteen (with whom he recorded a duet on his album Awake), among many others. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His songs have been featured in films (including High Fidelity) and covered by other artists. Most recently, he co-wrote Eleanor Friedberger’s Personal Record.

Gabriel Roth was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian and now works as a writer and software developer. In his debut novel, The Unknowns, he introduces us to Eric Muller, who’s been trying to hack the girlfriend problem for half his life. He also happens to be a character who’s flawed, funny, irresistibly endearing, going straight into the pantheon of unlikely heroes. With an unblinking eye for the absurdities and horrors of contemporary life, Gabriel Roth gives us a hilarious and heartbreaking meditation on self consciousness, memory, and love.

Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and the music of the world since 1983. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die(Workman Publishing), and a contributor to other books includingThe Final Four of Everything. A saxophonist whose professional credits include stints on cruise ships and several tours with the Maynard Ferguson orchestra, Moon served as music critic at thePhiladelphia Inquirer from 1988 until 2004. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin, Vibe, Harp and other publications, and has won several awards, including two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Music Journalism awards. He has contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered since 1996.

Saturday Oct. 19 · 8pm
Urban Jungle, 1526 E Passyunk Ave.
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Kids’ Day in Pretzel Park with Special Guest – Author K.B. Laugheed!

spiritSaturday, Oct 19th, 1030am-2pm

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to bring you a special story time in Pretzel Park : held during the wonderfully new and delicious Farmers’ Market*.

At 1030am Storyteller Amanda will be reading a selection of fun kids’ books and leading a sing a long. We will be setting up in Pretzel Park on a comfy quilt. At 11am Amanda will lead a kids’ movement session, perfect to stretch those legs and start the morning right.

Special Guest author K.B. Laugheed will be in the park from 12pm-2pm, promoting her sensational new novel, The Spirit Keeper (Plume, $16.00). This book, set in Pennsylvania, is a great read for older kids as well as for adults. Ms. Laugheed will be reading an excerpt from the book, and signing copies. Books will be available for sale in the park. (Rain location is The Spiral Bookcase)

The Spirit Keeper is a riveting historical adventure which begins in 1747 when the frontier Pennsylvania home of 17-year-old Katie O’Toole is attacked by Indians. Though Katie longs to return to the civilized comforts of colonial Philadelphia, she suddenly finds herself a captive of strange savages, being carried ever deeper into the wild center of the American continent.

Check out the book trailer here:

*The Farmers’ Market is the newest initiative from the Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op. We are strong supporters of the Co-Op and you can be too – join the movement on facebook : Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op.