Free event with 8 featured readers! Poetry starts at 4:00 PM! :)
Catherine J. Mahony studied professional writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and holds Associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Communications from Reading Area Community College. Mahony won RACC's Creative Writing Award for academic excellence in both 2013 and 2014; her first chapbook, Prior Restraints, was published that same year. She is currently working on establishing her creative writing program, Ripple Effect Writing, which will bring therapeutic writing workshops to the underserved community. Mahony believes writing saved her life. She was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder at the age of 16 and she is also a recovering heroin addict. By exposing her vulnerabilities through brutally honest writing, Mahony hopes that she can help others who may also be struggling. She currently lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her wife and daughter.
Kailey Tedesco very recently received her MFA in creative writing from Arcadia University. She writes for various feminist and occult themed publications, and is also the editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. For more information on her affiliations and publications, visit www.kaileytedesco.com.
Elynn "Lynn" Alexander is an Easton poet/artist currently working on metal assemblage and angry poetry chapbooks. She is the founding editor of Full Of Crow Press and the Words In The Ward community poetry project. She has won prizes for her "resting bitch face" and gets that from her grandma who once chained her to a bike rack while she got her hair set at the beauty parlor.
B. Diehl is a poet from Phillipsburg, NJ. He co-authored the poetry chapbook Temporary Obscurity (Indigent Press, 2015) with Charles Joseph. He is also the sole writer of the full-length poetry collection Zeller’s Alley (White Gorilla Press, 2016). When he is not writing, you can usually find him at home, hanging out with his cats and/or feeding his social media addiction.
Paul Walsh is a teacher and poet from Bethlehem, PA. He acts as the Artistic Director of the Literary Arts at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts where he has helped to design a four-year creative and critical writing program for high school students. He has self-published one book of poetry titled All I Can Muster and is currently working on another collection titled Lilacs and Wisteria.
Niki Elizabeth is a new and emerging voice in the Lehigh Valley poetry scene. She shares many of her own poems at http://hellopoetry.com/niki-elizabeth/. Niki is known for her extremely raw/stream-of-consciousness writing style, and for making B. Diehl cry at literary events when she reads.
Brittany June is a writer who lives in New York City. Both a lover of coffee and cats, she fails to exceed the writer stereotype. She has been published in Maudlin House, Alien Mouth Magazine, TWJ Magazine, and other places. She is currently working on a chapbook and pursuing a bachelor's degree.
DC DeMarse is a poet from New York City and writes a lot, but is probably better at writing than at doing person stuff. You should probably judge him based on his obsessive interest in language rather than the fact he flunked out of college the first semester and has smoked PCP many times. But don't worry. One day he will be just like Kevin Spacey but for the written word instead of getting shot in the head like in that movie American Beauty. Also he likes turtles.