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Married to the Muse: Featuring Robert Zaller, Lili Bita, Nick Lutwhyche, Lisa Lutwyche, and Carolynn Kingyens

The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center located at 419 Green Lane (rear) in Philadelphia is offering a special humanities program, “Robert Zaller and Lili Bita, and Nick Lutwyche and Lisa Lutwyche: Married to the Muse,” March 6, from 3:00 to 5:15 PM. $5 Donation requested. Refreshments will be provided. Open Reading afterwards. Phone: 215-482-3363

Greek-born Lili Bita, author, actress, and musician, has published fourteen volumes of poetry as well as books of fiction, memoir, and translation.  A member of the prestigious Hellenic Authors Society, her love poems have been likened by critics to Sappho for their passionate intensity.  A new and expanded edition that collects all her erotic poetry, "Fleshfire," has just been published by Somerset Hall Press.

Robert Zaller, poet, critic, and historian, is the author of six books and chapbooks of poetry.  His work has appeared in such leading periodicals as American Poetry Review, Boulevard, and Confrontations, and has been translated into several languages.  His most recent collection is "Speaking to Power."  A Guggenheim fellow and an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is Distinguished University Professor of History at Drexel University.

Nick Lutwyche spent twenty-five years in the Royal Navy and fifteen years in the British Ministry of Defense.  He has been an actor in community theatre since his boyhood in England.  He has been a published poet in the UK and in the US for nearly twenty years, publishing in print. In the spring of 2012 Nick performed on the stage of the Library of Congress, with five other veterans, in “The Telling Project.” 

Lisa Lutwyche received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in 2013.  Poet, artist, produced playwright, writer, and actor, she has been anthologized and published across the US and in the UK since the1990s, Lisa’s book of poetry, A Difficult Animalis due in the fall of 2016.  She is currently an adjunct Professor of English at Cecil College in Maryland and at Delaware County Community College.

The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center will also have a Member’s Art Show Opening from noon  to 3:00 PM.

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25th Anniversary Celebration of the SVJ Continued

The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center located at 419 Green Lane (Rear) in Philadelphia is hosting a celebration for the SVJ.

Refreshments will be offered. Bryan Schwartzman, Andee Hoffman, Fran Metzman and Connie Wrzesniewski are scheduled to read some of their fiction.  Ray Greenblatt, Jim Brennan, and Peter Krok will be reading non-fiction. 

We hope to see you there!

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25th Anniversary Celebration of The Schuylkill Valley Journal

The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) located at 419 Green Lane (rear) in Philadelphia is hosting a celebration for the SVJ. It's sure to be a great time!

Refreshments will be offered, and Ray Greenblatt, Joe Chelius, Bill Wunder, Bill van Buskirk, David Kozinski, Kelly White, Ferestheh Sholevar, Liz Quigley, Richard Moyer, Fran Metzman and members of the MRAC board are scheduled to speak.  Bernadette McBride, a previous featured poet, will also sing several songs.

We hope to see you there!

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Three Remarkable Poets

“Three Remarkable Poets” will feature the MRAC debuts

of Philadelphia’s Laura Spagnoli and Michael Noel,

and Lindsey Warren, of Newark, Delaware.

An open mic reading will follow.


Laura Spagnoli is the author of the chapbook My Dazzledent Days (ixnay press). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BedfellowsPainted Bride Quarterly, and The Literary  Review, and her story “A Cut Above” was published in Philadelphia Noir. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches French at Temple University.


Lindsey Warren has been serious about poetry since her first encounter with Carl Sandburg’s “Jazz Fantasia” in 1999.  She is a recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship in poetry from the Delaware Division of the Arts and has had her poetry published in The Fox Chase Review and The Broadkill Review.  When she is not writing (and sometimes even while writing) she works in claims processing and lives in Newark, Delaware.


Michael Noel is a graduate of La Salle University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and pursued poetry writing under the tutelage of Bryan Narendorf. He is active in several workshops in and around the City of Philadelphia, and has had several of his poems published in The Grimoire, La Salle's campus literary magazine. He currently works in youth development at a charter school in North Philadelphia.

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