Book Reading & Art: The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters

3-5 pm, Sunday March 22nd, 2015
Paradigm Gallery + Studio
746 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

An afternoon of readings about girlhood, coming of age, and the female body, with Lauren Rindaldi, Dawn Lonsinger, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Kimberly Rinaldi, Elizabeth Akin Stelling, Shevaun Brannigan, Marion Cohen, & Elliott batTzedek

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For the Love of This Blue Planet 7/26 @ 7 pm

For the Love of This Blue Planet: An Evening of Eco-Poetry
Saturday July 26, 7pm, Big Blue Marble Bookstore

I’ll be reading as part of this great group of poets. Three of us are contributors to the anthology The Lake Rises: poems to and for our bodies of water: Lisa Wujnovich, Sam Hall, and me. Three of the poets are local to Philly: Hila Ratzabi, Anne-Adele Wight, and MaryAnn L. Miller.

All of us think and write and dream and scheme about how to use language to reflect the hard realities of human effects on nature — we speak of the beauty, of the horrors, of resilience, of a deep sense of connection to our world and all it contains.

Join us!

2 upcoming readings

Hi Fans and Friends,

I have two readings coming up:

Wednesday, June 25th, 6-8 pm, as part of an event called “Bold New Voices” at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106. I’ll be reading some of my own new work, and new translations from the Israeli poet Shez. Map for NMAJH

Wednesday, July 9th, 7 pm, as part of the Moonstone Series at Fergie’s Pub in Center City at 1214 Sansom Street. I’ll be reading with Amy Small-McKinney. Map for Fergie’s

Interview at Green Line Cafe Poetry Series March 18 2014

Thanks to Shevaun Brannigan for catching the first 10 minutes of this on video!

(hey, watching this, I actually sound rather smart and together. Didn’t feel smart while I was talking, and don’t feel together in any way, so that’s a day brightener)

Poems Include:
How Poems Come

Elliott at The Green Line Cafe Reading Series March 18th!

Friends and Fans, I’ve been invited to be a featured reader at the Green Line Cafe reading series on Tuesday, March 18th. Put it on your calendars now! I’ve not done a full reading in a long long time, and am really looking forward to the evening.

Details and Location, Location, Location:
Event: Green Line Cafe Reading Series, hosted by Leonard Gontarek and Lillian Dunn
Time: 7 PM
Place: Green Line Cafe at 4426 Locust Street in West Philly (there are other Cafe locations, but we’ll be at this one)

Women Write Resistance is Out!

Two sections of my long poem “Wanting A Gun” are included in the new anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence

Women Write Resistance

Women Write Resistance

Readings by local authors from the anthology are springing up all across the country—stay tuned for information about upcoming events in Philadelphia!

Meanwhile, you watch a clip of poet Barbara Salvatone reading the two sections of “Wanting a Gun” here:

The Narrative of Love: Readings by Angel Hogan, Nathen Wurzel and Elliott batTzedek Sat. 2/16 7 pm

The Narrative of Love: Readings by Angel Hogan, Nathen Wurzel and Elliott batTzedek.

Love is kind. Love is plain. Love is eloquent. Love is hard. Love is soft. Love is queer. Love is universal. Love is all encompassing. Love is stronger than death. We’re celebrating love in all forms.

Join us at iMPeRFeCT Gallery in Germantown for a selection of stories, poems, and narrative from three Philly writers that create out of love.

Where: iMPeRFeCT Gallery, 5601 Greene Street, 19144 (Germantown)
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7:00pm

Feel free to bring drinks, snacks to share

Now showing in the Gallery:

Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me

January 21. 2013, Philadelphia (Germantown), PA: IMPeRFeCT Gallery is thrilled to announce the exhibition, Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me, featuring photographs by renowned New York-based photographer, Vincent Cianni. This exhibition will be on view from February 6 through March 2, 2013 at iMPeRFeCT Gallery, 5601 Greene Street, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The opening reception is on Saturday, February 9, from 6:00 – 9:00pm.

For this series of photographs, Gays in the Military: Or How America Thanked Me, Cianni set out to explore how many lives had been affected due to homophobia in the military.” The resulting images are engaging and honest portrayals of patriotic people dedicated to serving a country that openly discriminates against them. Since Cianni began this work, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been repealed, but with these photographs Cianni shows us that the lasting effects of homophobia, discrimination, dishonorable military discharge, and a history of harassment and discrimination continue to have striking impact in his subjects’ lives.

Cianni has interviewed and photographed over seventy service men and women from all ranks and departments of the United Stated military. In 2010, he spent six weeks on the road compiling oral histories and making portraits of his subjects. His photographs are straight-forward and documentary in style, typically showing subjects in their homes, and surrounded by the everyday accumulations of living. These frank and familiar depictions allow the viewer to enter into the story; after all, the people in these portraits could be anyone’s sister, uncle, or father. Cianni makes photographs that resonate and draw people together. He records the lives of individuals at the same time that he reveals and documents a significant episode in the history of the United States.

Vincent Cianni graduated from Penn State University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and SUNY New Paltz. He teaches photography at Parsons The New School of Design, NYC. He currently lives in Newburgh, NY. His documentary photography has been exhibited throughout the country in major museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A major survey of his work was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 2006. His work is archived at Duke University’s Rare Books, Manuscripts and Special Collections Library.


iMPeRFeCT Gallery
5601 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Performances page is open!

I’ve finally gotten my act together (thanks to the joy that is Woot and my new flip video camera) and begun posting audio and video clips of my readings. Look for the “Performances” tab at the top, or click here.

The first clips up are from my reading at Women’s Spoken Word series at Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia on November 16th.