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    1302 North Third Street,  
    Harrisburg, PA 17102 
    Phone: 717.236.1680 
     

    The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel hosts  
    a community reading series  
    every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. 

    Open to all who'd like to share  
    or listen to the many varieties  
    of spoken word

This Week:March 26-- Featuring 
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter
g emil reutter founded The F
g emil reutter founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series. Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by
 Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. Most recently Carvings in November 2010. His newest fiction collection, Thugs, Con Men, Pigs and More was released in November by Red Dashboard Press.
ox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series. Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by  Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press
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                                                                                                                      Diane Sahms-Guarnieri is a Philadelphia Poet and Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review who co-curates                                                                                                                the Fox Chase Reading Series. Her initial verse collection Images of Being was released in October of 2011.                                                                                                                  She was awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in May of 2013 and currently serves as Poet in                                                                                                                    Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library in Philadelphia.







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March 5 --  Feature: Joelle Biele. Host, Anna Jane

March 12 -- Open reading, with host Marty Esworthy

March 19 -- Open reading, with host Anna Jane

March 26-- Features: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter


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April 2 -- Open poetry reading, hosted by Anna Jane

April 9-- Open reading, with host Marty Esworthy

April 16 -- Featuring Baltimore's A.J. Hayes , hosted by Anna Jane

April 23 -- Open reading, with host Marty Esworthy

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  "Fishing on the Susquehanna in July"

           by Billy Collins


I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.

Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure—if it is a pleasure—
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one—
a painting of a woman on the wall,

a bowl of tangerines on the table—
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,

rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.

But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia

when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend

under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandanna

sitting in a small, green
flat-bottom boat
holding the thin whip of a pole.

That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.

Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,

even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.

Billy Collins, “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July” from Picnic, Lightning. Copyright © 1998 by Billy Collins                 

                                                              
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A BRIEF CARTEL VENUE HISTORY:
         

          The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, a true American
       institution, has been at Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar Bookstore's
       Internet Cafe since September 2012. 
But we've been taking care of 
business much longer than that.
Poetry Thursdays has met (almost) every Thursday 
since April 1999. 
                                Venues? Well, just to name a few:
                                      Sweet Passions, 3rd St, Harrisburg, 1999--2001
                       Sparky & Clarks, 2d St, Hbg. 2001--2002
                     Gamut Theater, Strawberry Sq. Hbg. 2003
                    Susquehanna Art Museum, Hbg. 2003--2007
                       Crimson Frog, Cedar Cliff Mall, Camp Hill, 2007--2008
 Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, 2008--2012
                                    Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, 2012--present