Fox Chase Reading Series schedule announced, with tribute planned for Louis McKee

The Fox Chase Reading series kicked off the winter/spring season with a reading at Ryerss Museum and Library featuring poets Mike Cohen and Anthony Buccino. The series continues until the summer break with a reading each month at Ryerss.

“We are offering a group of diverse poets many who have appeared in magazines nationally and internationally,” said G Emil Reutter, who assists in coordinating the series and contributes to NEast Philly.

Poets Nathalie Anderson and Teresa Leo will appear on February 26th followed by Marie- Elizabeth Mali and Dilruba Ahmed on March 25.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri the poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review added, “We are celebrating National Poetry Month on April 29 with a special event in memory of Northeast Philadelphia Poet and former Father Judge Teacher Louis McKee.”

Father Judge graduate and poet Steve Delia will be the featured reader, along with the musical group and Father Judge graduates The Sun Bear Trio. The second half of the reading is dedicated to McKee. Poets will share the poetry of McKee, and friends and former students are encouraged to attend and share their memories of him.

“Prior to his passing, Lou was scheduled to read on April 29 for the series,” Reutter said. “We felt it was fitting to honor his memory on this date.”

On May 20, Harrisburg-area poets Marty Esworthy, Jack Veasey and Christine O’Leary-Rockey pay a visit, followed by J.C. Todd and Hayden Saunier on June 24. After a summer break, the series resumes Sept. 23 with poets Ditta Baron Hoeber and Kirsten Kaschock. The final date of the season is Oct. 28, when poets Michele Belluomini and David Kozinksi read at Ryerss

All readings are open to the public and held at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave. All readings begin at 2 p.m. with the exception of April 29, which will begin

at 1:30 p.m. The complete schedule is available through the Fox Chase Reading Series website.

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