Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Barbara Crooker Does Poetry Thursdays, September 14

September 14, Babara Crooker Reads at Midtown Scholar

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel's Poetry Thursdays reading series at the Midtown Scholar bookstore presents Barbara Crooker, author of Gold (Cascade Books, 2013), September 14.

Crooker's poems have appeared  in many journals such as Yankee,
The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal,
Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, and Poetry International.

Barbara Crooker received the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, 
and the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud.  
Residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 
and three Pennsylvania Council Creative Writing Fellowships.

Crooker's verse has frequently been featured on Garrison Keeler's NPR/PRI show, The Writer's Almanac.

A brief open mic will precede Crooker's presentation. 
Midtown Scholar Bookstore. 1302 North Third Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17102. Phone, 717.236.1680.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Marjorie Maddox

Marjorie Maddox will be performing her work at the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel reading series to promote her new short story collection What She Was Saying, available now from Fomite Press.

Maddox has published eleven collections of poetry including Weeknights at the Cathedral (WordTech 2006);Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize); When The Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner); Body Parts (Anamnesis Press 1999); Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press, 1997); How to Fit God into a Poem (1993 Painted Bride Chapbook Winner); and Nightrider to Edinburgh (1986 Amelia Chapbook Winner), as well as numerous essays in journals and anthologies.

This reading series' event takes place at the Midtown Scholar
Bookstore, 1302 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17102.
May 11. 7--9 pm. More information, 717.236.1680.,

                                                               What She Was Saying,
                                              available now from Fomite Press

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 6, Marci Nelligan, is featured poet at the Midtown Scholar

Marci Nelligan, who teaches creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College, is featured at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore reading series on April 6, 2017
She's been published in numerous journals, including Chain, syllogism, Free Lunch, and the Walrus.

Nelligan's Infinite Variations was published with Black Radish Books in 2011. Nelligan’s second full-length collection The Ghost Manada is her most recent tome.
Marci Nelligan’s Ghost Manada is a book of insistent absence in conversation with her own shade songs. The book is an intertext of experimental lyrics speaking to and through Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and the spirit of Emily Dickinson.

This special event is hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, for more information, 717.236.1680,

Upcoming events, Poetry Cartel. Thursdays at the Scholar:

April 13-- Open mic
April 20-- Maria James-Thiaw
April 27-- Open mic

May 6-- Open mic
May 11-- Majorie Maddox
May 18-- Open mic
May 25-- D.M. Spitzer

June 6-- Patricia Lockwood
June 8-- Barbara Crooker
June 15-- Open mic
June 22-- Gary Miller
June 29-- Open mic

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Craig Czury Sings Spring at the Poetry Cartel reading series

Then: Craig Czury in a Leafy Kitchen

Now: March 9, Craig Czury reading at the Poetry Cartel's ongoing series at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1303 Third St., right across from the Broad Street Market. So, park over there in the diagonal parking spots, then walk over to the Scholar & get verse & caffeine and & act as though Spring has arrived just in time to bask in the glory of this one special evening. Yeah.
Everything's waiting for you.
7 to 9 pm, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg, PA.
1302 North Third Street, 17102. Call 717.236.1680 for more information.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Philip Wheeler Featured October 13, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Our featured performer October 13 at Midtown Scholar bookstore's Poetry Thursdays is Philip Wheeler, poet, and actor from Harrisburg.

Following vocational stints in the military and corporate arenas, Wheeler appeared in 2005 as Harrisburg, PA's public art piece, "Human, Being." He followed that in 2006 with the one-man show "Being, In Harrisburg" discussing the year's experiences.

Wheeler began acting with the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival in their Fall 2007 production of Titus Andronicus and continued in the ensuing years with roles in HSF's mainstage productions ( Philip Wheeler's work with HSF led him to meet most of the ADK Shakes Board; he first appeared with the company in 2008, joyous in the intensity and end result of the Shakespeare IN THE RAW experience.

A philosopher and writer, actor, restaurant employee, theatrical stagehand, percussionist, sound engineer, and avid air guitar competitor, he's presented poetry in Central Pennsylvania at previous Poetry Thursdays traveling venues. His verse was part of A Poet's Tour of Harrisbug, the performance, and a book from GoodSport Press, 2007.

This reading, hosted by the Poetry Cartel, begins with an open mic, after a short break, Wheeler's presentation begins. Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, Call 717.236.1680.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jack Veasey Memorial reading August 25 at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

August 25, Jack Veasey Memorial reading at Midtown Scholar Bookstore


Poetry Thursdays, August 25, the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel will be presenting a Jack Veasey Memorial reading at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. There will be an open reading and a featured presentation of Veasey's poems by Harrisburg poet laureate Rick Kearns. Other readers include Lauren Gross, Bill Fritz, Anna Jones, Randy Gross and more.

Jack Veasey, far left, after a reading at Ryerss Museum & Library in Philadelphia. Also: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Bill Fritz, Christine O'Leary-Rockey, Marty Esworthy, and Maria James-Thiaw.

Philadelphia native and Hummelstown Poet Jack Veasey passed away July 15. Jack was a fine man and an excellent poet. In recent years there'd been a resurgence in interest and publication of his work, most recently with Veasey's The Dance That Begins And Begins and, also Selected Poems 1973-2013 released by Poet's Press.

The reading, hosted by the Poetry Cartel, will go from 7-9pm.

Poetry Thursdays, since 1999, a continuing poetry series, is now held weekly at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third Street in Harrisburg, PA, 17102. For more information, (717) 236-1680.