Caesura Poetry Festival

Friday, October 18 thru Sunday, October 20, 2019

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Poetry Festival & Retreat at Camphill Soltane’s Glenmoore Estate is a weekend full of poetry performances, workshops, music, self-care, inspiration, and education featuring some of the most well-known poets in the area and beyond. This year will include a drum circle and bonfire after the Saturday night banquet, opportunities to meet other poets and publishers and a chance to relax and enjoy fall at the beautiful Glenmoore Estate. 

MCPL Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

The Montgomery County Poet Laureate (MCPL) program was founded by Joanne Leva of Lansdale, PA, to recognize and promote excellence in poetry. Modeled after the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, which has been running successfully for over 30 years, the MCPL program has recently completed it’s 20th successful year. Since its inception MCPL, has expanded the many programs available to experience and learn about poetry.

Megan Gillespie

Megan Gillespie is a poet, actor, educator and mother. 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 Writer’s and Performance Art Residency. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

2018 Celebrity Judge John Timpane

The celebrity judge for the 2018 competition was John Timpane
John Timpane is the Theater Critic and Books and Fine Arts Editor/Writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer and His work has appeared in Sequoia, Apiary, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Philadelphia Review of Books, The Rathalla Review, Per Contra, Vocabula Review, and elsewhere. Among his books are: with Nancy H. Packer, Writing Worth Reading (New York: St. Martin, 1994); It Could Be Verse (Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1995); with Maureen Watts, Poetry for Dummies (New York: Hungry Minds, 2000); with Roland Reisley, Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000); and a chapbook, Burning Bush (Ontario, Canada: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Tree, 2010).

Our Mission

The mission of MCPL is to bring poets together to share their thoughts and ideas about poetry and expose the community to rich poetic traditions. We invite the community to partake in the myriad of free programs and projects lead by our very own Poets Laureate. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the MCPL program regards poetry as a local public art form and offers both awareness of and involvement in an artistic and cultural outlet.

About Us

The Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program was started in 1998 by Joanne Leva.  As a member of the Indian Valley Arts Foundation, Joanne recognized the value of personal expression through the literary arts and poetry and saw an opportunity to benefit the community, offer broad-based education for people of all ages and improve the access to cultural outlets and formed the MCPL.

The Poet Laureate competition includes a community service directive with a program developed by each Poet Laureate to elevate the literary arts in the community, expand their own personal experience and increase overall awareness of the program. As a result, since its inception, MCPL has expanded the many programs available to experience and learn about poetry.

Montgomery County Poet Laureate Competiton

What is a Poet Laureate?

A Poet Laureate is an individual who composes poems, who has the ability to express poetic ideas in beautiful language, and has been identified as having the highest degree of excellence in poetry.
Submissions are due by February 4, 2019.

Poet Laureate Judges

Three recognized poets, two of which reside in the Delaware Valley, the third, a “celebrity judge”, are called upon to adjudicate and assign numeric value to the top 25 selected manuscripts. These numeric values are calculated to determine the winner in a fair and objective way.

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