Monday Poets

The Free Library is pleased to present Monday Poets on a Monday evening every month, October through May. Now in its 23nd year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations. Readings take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Copies of the featured poets’ books may be available for cash purchase. This year we also will have two open-mic readings for those interested in presenting their work. For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Literature Department at 215-686-5402.

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Monday Poets | Megan Gillespie & Al Tacconelli

Mon, November 19, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

MEGAN GILLESPIE is the current poet laureate of Montgomery County. Her work has appeared in  The Florida Review , New Delta Review , and  Cimarron Review . Her honors include fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Lector…

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Monday Poets| Raquel Salas Rivera & Wes Matthews

Mon, December 3, 2018 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

WES MATTHEWS was born in Detroit and began writing poetry at age 10. He is a two-time Brave New Voices competitor, a 2016 TEDx speaker, and winner of the 2018 Philly Slam League All-Star Poetry Slam. His work can be found in Detroit Free Press , Eunoia Review , Dreginald Magazine , and in other…

Adult Young Adult Senior Speakers and Lectures Monday Poets Reading Series African American Literature Poetry

Monday Poets| Open Mic

Mon, January 7, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

MONDAY POETS at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2018-2019 includes two open mic programs, one in January of 2019 and one in April. These will be dedicated to hearing from poets who may or may not have published their work, but either way want others to hear it. The…

Adult Young Adult Senior Live Performances Monday Poets Reading Series

Monday Poets| Vernita Hall

Mon, February 11, 2019 6:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

VERNITA HALL is the author of Where William Walked (Willow Books), winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize for Poetry, and of the Robert Creeley Prize from Marsh Hawk Press. Her book   The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians was published by Moonstone Press as the winner of the…

Adult Young Adult Senior Black History Month Speakers and Lectures Monday Poets Reading Series African American Poetry

Monday Poets| Fran Baird & Nausheen Eusuf

Mon, March 4, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

FRAN BAIRD studied with David Ignatow in the 1980s and more recently at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop with Cathy Smith Bowers, John Drury and Jamey Dunham. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2009 for his poem “Neshaminy,” published in the Schuylkill Valley Journal . He…

Adult Young Adult Senior Speakers and Lectures Monday Poets Reading Series Poetry

Monday Poets | “Whitman @ 200: Art and Democracy, featuring Leonard Gontarek and poets from the Poetry in Common Workshop.”

Mon, May 6, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Walt Whitman's poetry spanned 19th century American life, and it is fitting that a bridge that crosses the Delaware river connecting Philadelphia and Camden, where he spent the last eighteen years of his life, is named for him. Although he travelled less in America in his…

Adult Young Adult Senior Speakers and Lectures Monday Poets Reading Series Poetry