Monday, May 14, 2018


         COMING May 24: GENE HOSEY

Gene Hosey is an award-winning poet, performer, and was the original poet laureate of Harrisburg. He was a founding member of the nationally known poets and performers group, "The Paper Sword".
Publications include poetry and reviews in numerous literary journals such as New Letters, Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, One Trick Pony Review, Fledgling Rag,  Experimental Forest, and Black Magnolias as well as spoken word albums, and four amazing verse collections.
Hosey performs vigorously along the Eastern Seaboard, sometimes with a band. Sometimes abounding with simply his own unique fervor! He lives the storybook American life in a place called Lisburn, with his creative wife and companion, Terrie.

Gene Hosey reminds us that we are moving toward what Dennis Hopper, paraphrasing Andy Warhol, paraphrasing Duchamp, described as a time when the 'artist' will merely point, and whatever it is the artist points at  is 'art'.
The Midtown Scholar Bookstore js located at 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, Phone: 717.236.1680.


Here's Hosey performing--

Thursday, May 3, 2018

On May 3, an enervating poetry open mic, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

an After-Mayday open reading, Midtown Scholar

No sign-up, it’s Quaker-style all the way!
The almost Uptown Poetry Cartel’s coming attractions through spring and summer: Annie Ginder, Rick Kearns, Gene Hosey, and a player to be named later.
Featured poets are generally preceded by a brief open reading.
Gene Hosey will be in the spotlight  (May 24), Annie Ginder
(June 21).
Rick Kearns will perform at Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar
Bookstore on July 12th.

Come early as seating is limited. It all goes down from 7 to 9 pm.

1302 N. 3rd Street, More info: 717.236.1680. Listen, read, enjoy.
Everything's waiting for you.
Doors open at 6:45.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018



Christine O'Leary-Rockey will perform verse from her renowned book, "The 3 Faces of Brahman" (PostDada Press, 2010). She'll also be reading from new works.

For many years O'Leary-Rockey had been involved with the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, and she's returning to her old haunts to do a special reading of new and older works. April 26, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA.

Poet Jack Veasey writes, "Christine O'Leary Rockey's deftly wrought poems draw from impressive resources: a finely-tuned lyric ear, a penchant for aphorism, a storehouse of haunting images, and a lifetime of sharp insights into human nature and experience. is a philosopher is a plumbing of the depths of the history of the Bible and classical myths.

O'Leary-Rockey has gotten into everything from radio to teaching, and counseling, but poetry, says Christine "is the only thing that lasts." Recent publications include the Bloom Magazine, Fledgling Rag, New East Coast Literary Wave, and Experimental Forest.

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at 1302 North 3rd Street, Broad Street Market, Harrisburg, PA 17102, just across from the historic Markethaus.

Poetry Thursdays. 2018 Spring, Summer special events include Poets Gene Hosey (May 24), Annie Corbally (June 21), and Rick Kearns (July 12) all featured at Harrisburg's Midtown Scholar.

Featured poets are generally preceded by a short open mic. Come early as seating is often limited.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Poetry Thursdays, April 19-- Hydrangeas, Crocuses and Christine (coming soon)

April, “mixing. memory and desire, ...with spring rain.” --T.S. Eliot

April 19: an open reading at Midtown Scholar
All about crocuses and hydrangeas and their
inherent reflective qualities. Sort of
a suggested theme, if you like suggestions.

Ultimately, it's your theme that matters,
your choice, your gig--- there's no sign-up sheet,
no thematic restrictions, read as the spirit moves you,
I mean, you got to move.
Read, listen. Declaim! Everything's waiting for you.

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Poetry Thursdays, a renowned reading series
is hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel.

APRIL 26: Featuring
Baltimore's Christine O'Leary-Rockey, who'll perform works from
her book, "The 3 Faces of Brahman" (PostDada Press, 2010),
April 26 at the Scholar. The Midtown Scholar
Bookstore is located at 1302 North 3rd Street, across
from the Broad Street Markethaus, Harrisburg, PA 17102,
Phone: 717.236.1680.

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.......And, featured in May:
Harrisburg’s first poet laureate,
the redoubtable Gene Hosey!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Poetry of Glasnost open mic, April 5th, Don't be Cruel!

“April is the cruelest month, breeding. lilacs out of the dead land, mixing. memory and desire, stirring. dull roots with spring rain.”  T.S. Eliot

Our first special OPEN POETRY READING this month on will be on April 5. It's open to all. Come read or listen. Our theme (not obligatory) is a celebration of the spirit of Glasnost.


Finally, it's Spring. Featured performers coming soon--  Rick Kearns, Christine O'Leary-Rockey, Gene Hosey, and more. These special presentations are generally preceded by a brief open reading. Come early, seating, time is limited.

Brokering peace for decades: the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, Poetry Thursdays. Seven to nine p.m. Yes, every Thursday, open to all and sundry.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jessica Flynn: Macedonia, York & the Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Jessica Flynn, Rooted Gallery, York, PA, holding her latest opus-- "Through the Cracks"!

Jessica Flynn, November 10, featured performer at Midtown Scholar Harrisburg, PA, this reading is hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, more: -


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Vachel Lindsay: staged poetry events, which he called poetry games, with dancers swaying to the rhythms of his poems and the banging of pots with wooden spoons.

-------------------- If one experiences Ecstasies or Angst, or a craving for iced coffee, language is changed. One day you’re speaking German, the next day it’s Italian, and by Wednesday all you can do is weep mournfully and murmur a bit during the commercials.

-----------* * * * *----------------* * * * * * *------------ Aarrrgh! as Experience by Cocteau

And I just wish, I just wish I could remember the curve of your cheekbone, Rosalyn Drexler. Fax machines, rubyfruit jungle. Harold Lloyd, fireflies. Bright lights, big city.

... So, I mean, I mean: sheesh! a reverie could blithely sing to the future, or trench warfare… a/ cloud in 2014, or last Easter, or an STD rash in any inglorious month of Sundays.

Screeching owls, moonbeams, woodcuts. Kate Chopin. Free ringtones. Homina, Homina. [soft & far off: beginning riff from O Superman] P-P-Pa-Pocketa-pocketa.Pocketa….

------------------------------ THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience)

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

1794, By William Blake

-----------------------------!marty-esworthy/c1jvi from Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs

Sunday, July 24, 2016

JULY 28, Manny Cartagena at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

MANNY CARTAGENA FEATURED at POETRY THURSDAYS The featured performer, July 28 at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s Poetry Thursdays, a continuing series, hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel will be the incomparable Manny Cartagena.

Cartagena is an exciting young author, artist, and poet from Berks County, PA. His work is brooding—but chilling-- dare I say, thrilling?-- with dynamic twists and unexpected literary turns. He's quite a dynamic performer.

Cartagena’s verse has been published in Paper Planes, the Atlantean, TopHat Raven, New Plains Review, and PigeonBike Poetry.

He’s performed extensively throughout the Middle–Atlantic states. Cartagena is currently compiling a book of drawings, expected to be released in late autumn.

This event is part of Poetry Thursdays, the long-running poetry poetry series (1999-2016), 7-9pm,.held weekly at the Midtown Scholar. 1302 N. 3rd Street. For more information, (717) 236-1680.