Why do I sometimes forget that there are people in the blogging world that actually are not that far away from where I live now? I’m so used to being in touch with people globally from a tiny town in Central Pennsylvania. But now I’m in the North East corner of the state, closer to New York, closer to Philadelphia, and the population up here in the Wyoming Valley (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area) is huge in comparison to where I lived in October.
So just in case you are reading this from somewhere nearby today, I want to let you know that I’ll be one of five writers reading at the Writer’s Showcase at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton tonight. The last time I read in this area of the state was at Scranton’s Zine Fest in 2014. This venue is a great little theater that was packed in October when my son Micah and I came up to hear the poets read. It’s a dynamic ongoing project, hosted by Dawn Leas and my friend Brian Fanelli. You might have seen links to his blog, and his poems here before. If not, please check him out. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for this guy, and his very working-class, street level poetry. It gets me in the heart and in the gut.
In June of 2014 I had the honor of appearing in Contemporary American Voices alongside Brian and one of the other readers tonight, Jason Allen. And I’m very much looking forward to getting to know some of the work of the rest of the line-up tonight also. Electric City has a sweet little article about the event you might check out as well. If you can’t make it to this on such short notice, be sure to check out The Writer’s Showcase in future months!
I count myself a fortunate fella, and dang, I’m a bit nervous!