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September 13: Warsh, Hennessey, Carpenter

Chapter & Verse awakens again Saturday, September 13th, 2008 at 8:00pm
Come hear Lewis Warsh, Michael Hennessey, and Brian Carpenter.

More info soon!


We'll be back

Chapter & Verse will return late summer/early fall with a slew of poets and fiction writers, including Jeffrey McDaniel, Lewis Warsh, Kim Gek Lin Short, Alicia Askenase, Thaddeus Rutkowski and many others.

Enjoy your summers everybody.


May 10: Truitt, McCarthy, Kramer

Come out Saturday, May 10th at 8PM for the last reading of the Spring at Chapterhouse Cafe.

SAM TRUITT was born in Washington, DC, and raised there and in Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of Vertical Elegies: Three Works (UDP, 2008) and the forthcoming Street Mete: A Work in Vertical Elegies (Palm, 2008) as well as Vertical Elegies 5: The Section (U. of Georgia, 2003) and Anamorphosis Eisenhower (Lost Roads, 1998), among other books. Sam Truitt holds an MFA from Brown University and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University at Albany, where he teaches, as he does at the College of St. Rose and Bard College. He lives with his family along the Hudson in a warehouse district.

PATTIE MCCARTHY is the author of bk of (h)rs and Verso, both from Apogee Press. Poems from her recently completed booklength series, Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, have appeared or are forthcoming in the Colorado Review, DUSIE, Foursquare, and The Poker. She teaches literature and creative writing at Temple University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

SCOTT KRAMER came onto the Philly scene in the early 90s, founding and co-hosting seminal experimental performance series Groove Sessions and co-directing the first City Wide Poetry Festival in 1993. Twice representing Philly poetry in the Philadelphia Music Conference, his was the first poetry uploaded to UPenn electronic journal Crossconnect. Kramer received a Masters with Distinction from the writing program at Northern Arizona University. The 1996 N. Arizona Poetry Slam grand champion, Kramer disappeared from the poetry scene but emerged 10 years later with the novel Come Full Circle Again. His poetics autobiography in-progress can be read at his blog, www.gigapoet.com. This will be his first public reading in over five years.


April 26: Zuzga, Rumble, Bohn

Saturday, April 26th at 8PM - Come hear the sounds of Jason Zuzga, Ken Rumble, and Shelby Bohn:

JASON ZUZGA’s poetry has appeared in VOLT, LIT, FENCE, Spork, Eoagh, Cue, and elsewhere. He had a residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown 2001-2002 and was the James Merrill Poet-in-Residence 2005-2006. He is the nonfiction editor of FENCE. He is currently in the English PhD Program at the University of Pennsylvania and has an MFA in poetry and nonfiction from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a BA from Brown, and he lived in New York for a good while, too. Watch him participate in the recent hallway leg of Dorothea Lasky's Tiny Tour.

KEN RUMBLE is the author of Key Bridge (Carolina Wren Press 2007) and an artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative. His poems have appeared in Talisman, Alice Blue, the tiny, Parakeet, Fascicle, Coconut, One Less Magazine, Cranky, From the Fishouse, and others. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

SHELBY BOHN hails from northern Virginia, although she should not be mistaken for a southern belle and firmly believes California is a better place for lovers. She hopes to graduate from Temple University in May and looks forward to spending the next five years as an over-worked, under-appreciated grad student in Pittsburgh. She's a self-proclaimed bookworm and never misses an episode of Jeopardy, even though her true genius is for Wheel of Fortune. She is currently working on a long piece entitled "War Diaries," excerpts of which will appear in Temple University's Hyphen (2008).


April 12: Hassen, Devaney, Earnest

Come get some poetry Saturday, April 12th at 8PM from

HASSEN, who writes experimental poetry and creates multimedia work, including photography, audio, video, encaustics and specific, queer gestures. She uses the word queer in the traditional sense, re-claiming the term as a means of self-empowerment that has nothing whatever, or very little, anyway, to do with her sexuality or hairdo. Chapbooks include Salem, Sky Journal from Land, Sky Journal from Sea. Her poems have appeared in Frequency Audio Journal, Skanky Possum, Big Bridge, Dusie and elsewhere. You can read her work at hassens.blogspot.com

THOMAS DEVANEY, the author of A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum, 2007) and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee, 1999). Projects with Institute of Contemporary Art (Phila.) include “New Invisible Cities” for “The Puppet Show” exhibition (2008) and "The Empty House" tour at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for "The Big Nothing" exhibit (2004). Recent work has appeared in The Sienese Shredder, jubilat, and The American Poetry Review. He is editing a feature section on George Oppen for Jacket 38 entitled “Oppen at 100.” He is a Senior Writing Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Read some work here, listen to some here, and visit his blog.

JAIME ANNE EARNEST, a sleep-deprived graduate student at the Drexel University College of Medicine in the school of Public Health. She writes poetry in Epidemiology seminars. She answers to (in descending order of likely response): James, Jay, mamacita, sexy, J-dogg, Jame, JJ, Miss Earnest, and yo bitch. She is a native Philadelphian (but she gets around), hates the dirty Jerz and everyone in/from it (except Kyle), and is committed to evidence based medicine, human rights (except for New Jersey), social justice, poetry, singing under the El, and cats. She believes love is the primary principle by which to live, and knows that if you crumble cool ranch Doritos into Wawa macaroni salad, you'll never regret it.


March 29: Skaja, McCoskey, Bowen

Saturday, March 29th come hear three poets from Temple University's Creative Writing Program:

LIA McCOSKEY grew up outside of Detroit, MI in a brown wood and brick house surrounded by oak trees. She dearly misses the sound of tree frogs and crickets. She is concerned and intrigued by hybrid poetry, and how poetry reacts and interacts with history. She can be reached at: mccoskey@temple.edu

JEREMIAH RUSH BOWEN lives in Philadelphia. He is currently at work on three book-length poems: Sense, a meditation on sentition, sententia, and homynyms; The Heavenly City, a reversal of hell, parody of rationalism, and narration of aporia; and Consolation, a dialogue between philosophy and poetry about chance and will.

EMILY SKAJA lives in Philadelphia.