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It will soon be the 6th anniversary of the first issue of Eastlit

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New book from Marty Esworthy

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Hello, friends. My 2018 Valentine's Day article/translation (of a few lines of Dylan Thomas' poem, "And Death Shall Have No Dominion") dedicated to desaparecidos* is nominated for the annual awards night of Human Rights Online Philippines. Will appreciate your votes. Here's where you can vote (mine is third from top):…. Thanks!

Win or lose, please wish us well here and that the awards night pushes through, as incidents of human rights violations in the Philippines have been rampant under President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration has been promoting hostility towards human rights activists. Thanks again! :)

*My mother's brother, a poet and labor and human rights lawyer, is one of them; he disappeared in the 1970s under then President Marcos' martial law regime. We're still searching...(

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Richard Robbins will be featured performer at the Scholar on October 18. at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street.

Robbins grew up in Southern California and Montana. He studied with Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees at the University of Montana, where he earned his MFA. He’s published several books of verse, most recently Radioactive City (Bellday Books, 2009) and Other Americas (Blueroad Press, 2010). He has received awards from The Loft, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America.

From 1986-2014, Robbins directed the Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University Mankato, where he directs the creative writing program.
All events at the Midtown Scholar, 1302 N. Third Street, run from 7 to 9 pm. Poetry Thursday's meets every week at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, (across from the Broad Street Market) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102. Ph: 717.236.1680.

Poetry Cartel

Oct. 4th - Maria James-Thiaw

Oct. 11th - open mic, ROAD TRIP
Poetry at HMAC [Note: The Cartel will NOT be
at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for this week only.]

October 19-- Richard L. Robbins
HOME AGAIN (at Midtown Scholar)
Richard Robbins grew up in Southern California and Montana and graduated from San Diego State University, and University of Montana, with an M.F.A. in 1979, where he studied with Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees. Robbins currently teaches at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Oct. 25-- open mic reading

Oct 29-- newest update: it's a GO for the Second Annual Poets’ Cruise on The Pride of the Susquehanna sponsored by The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center.

November 1-- open mic

Nov. 8-- Jason Moffitt featured

Nov. 15-- open reading

Nov 22-- Thanksgiving Day

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September 13th, Renowned Poet, Barbara DeCesare Performs at the Midtown Scholar

Barbara DeCesare is going to present her verse at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on September 13th. The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel will host this event.
DeCesare is the author of two books of poetry (Jisaweyesore and Silent Type) and has had her work published in Delaware Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Tarpaulin Sky, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Alaska Poetry Review, Gargoyle and many others. She has also recorded an audio CD (Adrift) and Dreamhouse, a musical based upon her work, ran in the Midtown International Festival in New York City.

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is right across from Harrisburg’s Markethouse, at 1302 N, Third Street, 17102. For more information: 717.236.1680.


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Featured along with Gene Hosey on Poet's Cruise this year, 2018. September 25, Pride of the Susquehanna.

Midtown Scholar: Marty Esworthy and Erika Eberly are featured August 16,
This special event is produced by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel..

Erika Eberly grew up in suburban Maryland and went to High School in
nearby Westminster. Eberly has been writing and reading poetry for years as well as being actively involved in various arts pursuits. She alwaysd reamed of becoming a performer and now works in numerous dance and theater presentations, most recently performing with Narcisse Theatre Company in Harrisburg.

Marty Esworthy has published verse in Haggard & Halloo, text TOWER, Literary Chaos, Fledgling Rag, and the International Digest of World Poetry. Recent Books include hard reality, Pacobooks, 2004, and The Object Stares Back, Uh-Oh! - T&T Press, 2009. Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs was awarded the 2006 R.E.Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry, Iris G. Press, 2006.

Esworthy’s latest work is After the Aughts, Lost Alphabet, 2018.

Special Guest: John Catalano, mandolin, bass. The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is right across from Harrisburg’s Markethouse, at 1302 N, Third Street, 17102. For more information: 717.236.1680.

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