Poets in Play 2022 – 2023

Featured Reader at 7 PM followed by an open mic session.
Held In-person and via zoom| Check out each session listing below to join in person or via zoom. Zoom links for each session can be found on our events page on Facebook

  • Sep


    Ruth Tonachel

    Prompt: “Maybe you don’t know me…”

    Ruth Tonachel grew up in Greenwich Village, NY. She left at 17 and moved 23 times (and had driver’s licenses in five states) in the thirteen years after high school. Since 1986 she has lived primarily in rural Pennsylvania in a house her maternal colonizer ancestors built near Towanda Creek in the 1790s.

    She obtained American Studies degrees from Wilmington College in Ohio and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  In 1978 she compiled a bibliography of pre-World War II country music resources for the Library of Congress and she also had several poems published in the 1970s in now-defunct magazines.

    A former reporter, editor, farm tax preparer, farmers market manager, and folklorist, she has raised chickens, gardens and two daughters while writing about country music, sustainable agriculture, history and culture for varied local, state and national publications over the last 40 years.  She returned to poetry writing about 8 years ago because she always wanted to be a songwriter but is not a musician.  Her first chapbook – Maybe You Don’t Know Me: finding voice in corona, childhood and place – was published in 2021 by FootHills Press.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    The ARTS Council & Zoom

  • Nov


    Rhonda Morton

    Prompt: “But I just got here”

    Committed to poetry’s oral tradition, Rhonda Morton is a poet of the stage as well as the page.  Since her first performance on the Centerway Bridge in Corning, NY, in 1992, she has been the featured reader at scores of venues throughout the Northeast.  Rhonda prefers intimate settings, where she can integrate her audience and the site into performances.  She often layers words with sounds, song, movement, theatrical characterizations, and improvisation to add depth and richness to her performances.

    Rhonda will release a new book of poems, But I Just Got Here, at the Arts Council’s Poets in Play event on September 13.  Rhonda is also the author of two other books of poetry: Woman Seeking Water (Foothills Publishing, 1997) and Breathing In, Breathing Out (Foothills Publishing, 2001).  And in 2009, She Opens the Suitcase, a book of short-short stories was also published by Foothills Publishing.

    Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    The Rockwell Museum & Zoom

  • Jan


    Amit Dahiyabadshah


    “…Poetry is the resonance between a throat trembling with a secret or sacred truth and an ear aching with thirst for that truth…”

    Amit Dahiyabadshah is a self-taught poet of the oral tradition from Haryana in North West India. He has made his living from poetry alone for the past 26 years.

    Amit Dahiyabadshah is the founder of Delhi Poetree a community-level poetry movement through which he hosted one poetry reading a day for ten years across the National Capital Region of Delhi or Delhi NCR.

    Amit does not believe poetry is entertainment, instead, he sees it as both a coolant in an age of global warming and growing aridity in the human spirit.

    Mr. Dahiyabadshah also sees poetry as a component of the fuel to drive social and sustainable change, in the human condition, by delivering food for thought and deeper introspection.

    His twenty-first Collection of Poetry ‘ The Tiger Poet New and Selected Poems’ is available in the U.S. on Amazon.

    A signature poem ‘The Last Will of the tiger’ may be viewed on Youtube.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Zoom Only

  • Mar


    Kathabela Wilson

    Prompt: “Odyssey” “Driftwood” and “Mother”

    Kath Abela Wilson (her publishing name honors her mother Mary Abela 1920 – 2015) lives in Pasadena, California. Here free verse and Asian short form poetry are published in hundreds of journals worldwide. She has traveled the world performing flute and poetry with her husband, Rick. Kathabela founded “Poets on Site,” a writing and performance group. Her first book, Figures of Humor and Strange Beauty, a serial personal Odyssey, was published in 2019. She has 4 chapbooks out, “The Owl Still Asking,” “Tanka for Troubled Times,” “Driftwood Monster,” and “Haiku for Troubled Times.”

    Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 7:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Zoom Only

  • May


    Aleathia Drehmer

    Prompt: “I think of you anyway, how you never touch the ground”

    Aleathia Drehmer is the editor of the microzine Durable Goods which is currently featuring rural Missouri youth affected by trauma. She was previously the poetry editor for Full of Crow, co-editor for Zygote in My Coffee, editor for In Between Altered States, and art editor for Regardless of Authority. Her previously published chapbooks of poetry include Thickets of Mayapple (Kendra Steiner Editions, 2008), The Beards (editor, Tainted Coffee Press, 2008), Circles (Kendra Steiner Editions, 2009), You Find Me Everywhere (Propaganda Press, 2010), A Quiet Learning Curve (with Dan Provost, Rank Stranger Press, 2010), How We Fuck Things Up (with Brad Burjan, Ten Pages Press, 2011) and Reasons for Never Sitting Still (self-published, 2014).

    She has several books available for purchase including a full-length collection called Looking for Wild Things (Impspired, 2021) and two chapbooks——Running Red Lights (Gutter Snob Books, 2022) and Layers of Half-Sung Hymns (Cajun Mutt Press, 2022). Aleathia finds much of her inspiration through art and nature but also enjoys observing the human condition and how it influences her own environment. She is an avid hiker and disc golf player as well as a multimedia artist. Her day job for the last nineteen years has been as a Registered Nurse.

    You can follow her blog and publications at www.aleathiadrehmer.com

    Tuesday, May 09, 2023, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    In-person TBD & Zoom

  • Jul


    GS Murphy

     Prompt: “Searching for words in the chaos of the page”

    GS Murphy is a Geneva NY poet by way of Pittsburgh PA. He is an Addictions professional to keep the lights on and an avid writer and photographer on the side. Having been published in Prometheus Dreaming, the Festival Review, and the new plains review. He has been procrastinating in submitting to other publications ever since Foothills Publishing was generous enough to publish a book of his work.

    GS’s poetry is often taken from the everyday world, sometimes absurd, sometimes deeply personal, sometimes confessional.

    His writing invokes family life, storytelling, life experiences and is influenced by so many talented writers both personal and popular.

    His work is best when performed (not necessarily by him), and with any luck will make you think.

    Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    In-person TBD & Zoom

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