MCPL Programs

Below you will find information about our current programs. Throughout its history, the Montgomery County Poet Laureate has created many opportunities to inspire and educate poets and celebrate the art with readings, events, and workshops.

Caesura Poetry Festival & Retreat

Friday, October 18 thru Sunday, October 20, 2019

An entire weekend full of opportunities to hone your craft and rest your soul, with workshops from well-known poets, readings, open mic, music, and meditation on a beautiful estate with all meals included.

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LitLife Poetry Conference


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Join Philadelphia Stories editors and top-name poets for the LitLife Poetry Conference, a day of master classes, discussions, readings, and more — including a celebration of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate and Sandy Crimmins Poetry Prize winners.

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Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Annual Fundraiser hosted at la Fromagerie in Lansdale is an opportunity to get together with friends, experience great poetry, and support the efforts of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program.

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Annual Poet Laureate Competition


Winners Announced in Early April

A Poet Laureate is selected each year who represents excellence in poetry in Montgomery County. The winner is featured in public appearances throughout the year. They also have the opportunity to facilitate a community service project of their own creation.

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First Thursdays at Farleys

1st Thursday Poetry Readings, 7 pm
Farley’s Bookshop, New Hope  PA

The First Thursday Poetry Reading Series is hosted on a monthly basis at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA beginning at 7 PM. The readings by the two featured poets are followed by a Question & Answer session.  There is also an open mic for readings by the attendees, limited to one poem per poet to allow for maximum participation. 

Mark your calendar and be sure to bring a poem (yours or that of a favorite poet) to share with the crowd.

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Forgotten Voices

Group Meeting, 1st Saturday, 1 to 3 pm
Workshop, 3rd Saturday, 1 to 3 pm 

Forgotten Voices meets at the Indian Valley Public Library.  The Group meeting on the 1st of the month is an opportunity for all ages, abilities, and interests  to gather and enjoy listening to what each member shares. Come and read a poem by a poet you like, a poem you have written, or just come to listen! If you love poetry, please join us!

The Workshop is open to all writers, and participants should bring five copies of one original poem to receive kind and constructive feedback from poets.

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Poets' Wordshop

A group of published award-winning poets available for Public Poetry Readings & Events

Originally founded by 2010 Montgomery Poet Laureate Grant Clauser and Executive Director Joanne Leva, current members include Montco Poet Laureates, Chad Frame (2017), Liz Chang (2012), Amy Small McKinney (2011), Doris Ferleger (2009), Sean Webb (2005), Hayden Saunier (past Bucks County Poet Laureate), artist Helen Mirkil, Susan Charkes, and Tom Mallouk.  

If you are interested in booking the Montco Poets’ Wordshop for an event, please fill out the form below.

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no river twice

no river twice
poetry + improvisation

No river twice is a multi-vocal, improvisational poetry reading collaboration in which audience and poets interact to determine the direction of the performance from beginning to end, poem by poem, co-creating a reading that is truly never the same event twice. 

no river twice is an experiment in how to bring playfulness, surprise, and communal participation into the realm of poetry readings. We welcome your feedback, questions, and interest! 

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Past Programs

Writing from Within

A guided writing circle led by Doris Ferleger, Ph.D. 2009 MCPL, entering new and forgotten inner chambers and landscapes, voices and feelings. The writing circle provided time and space to hone our human gifts of interconnection, contemplation, imagination, exploration and creation.

PWC Free Forums

MCPL collaborated with the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference (PWC) and Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts. PWC Free Forums were held at the Musehouse in Philadelphia on the first Thursday of every month, beginning with readings by award-winning PoetryWITS student poets in a free event. 

Literary Death Match

literary death match

co-created by Adrian Todd Zuniga, marrieds the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare

 

Abington Wild

Children took over the Treetops Art Gallery in March of 2011, as the Briar Bush Nature Center opened “Abington Wild,” a celebration of local plants and animals as artistically rendered by local school students. MCPL invited students to participate in the nature art show, by submitting poems inspired by native plants and animals.

100Thousand Poets for Change

MCPL collaborated with Souderton Art Jam to participate in the 100TPC global initiative of a day of poetry focused on social justice issues.  This event featured local poets of all ages including students from Souderton Area High School and also spurred the publication of 3 books of poetry from the participating poets.