Annual Ethnic Voices Poetry Reading


Philadelphia Poets
Presents its

Annual Ethnic Voices Poetry Reading

Place: Manayunk/Roxborough Art Center (M/RAC)

419 Green Lane (rear), Philadelphia

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Mel Brake, Maria Famà, Hanoch Guy,

Peter Krok, Emiliano Martin, Prabha Nayak Prabhu,

Fereshteh Sholevar, and Rosemary Cappello

The poets represent many different cultures: African/American, Italian, Jewish, German, Spanish, Indian, and Persian. While their experiences either as immigrants or the descendants of immigrants are similar, the expressions of their feelings are unique and individual, and their approaches to the writing of poetry, varied and powerful.

Mel Brake has won several awards for his poetry and musical talents. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, and proud of it. His poetry has been published in Fox Chase Review, Mad Poets Review, E Pluribus Unum: An Anthology of Diverse Voices, Apiary, Word Riot Magazine, Poetry Ink, and others.

Maria Famà is the author of six books of poetry, including her most recent, Mystics in the Family (Bordighera Press).  She can be heard reading her poetry in the films Prisoners Among Us, Pipes of Peace,and Shepherd’s Way.  Maria lives in Philadelphia with Dolly, her architect cat, who sings while creating her constructions.

Hanoch Guy grew up in Israel and is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English. He teaches at Temple University and at the Musehouse. His poetry has been published in many journals, including Poetica, where he won an award, and The International Journal of Genocide Studies.He has four books of poetry.

Peter Krok edits Schuylkill Valley Journal and is the Poetry Director of the Manayunk/Roxborough Art center where he coordinates a poetry series. His poetry has been widely published, including inCommon Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. His collection of poetry is Looking for an Eye (Foothills Press, 2007).

Emiliano Martin, born in Spain, is the founder and past director of the Philadelphia Poetry Forum and past president of Latin American Guild for the Arts. His latest bilingual collection, 511 Aphorisms of My Humor, was published in 2010.

Prabha Nayak Prabhu, a native of India, is a language teacher and writer. Her articles have appeared in The Delaware County Daily Times. Her poems have been published in Mad Poets Review, Poetry Ink, Pennessence, and others. Prabha has won prizes at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and in the Pennsylvania Poetry Society contests.

Fereshteh Sholevar was born and raised in Tehran. In 1978 she emigrated to Germany and then to the USA. She has authored six books of poetry and a novel, and writes in German, French, Farsi, and English. She received the Pennsylvania Poetry Society’s 2nd prize (2005), and Philadelphia Poets’ “Editor’s Choice Award” (2011).

Rosemary Cappello’s poetry appears most recently in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Fall 2014, Volume 29, and Voices in Italian Americana, Volume 25 Number 1, 2014. Editor and Publisher ofPhiladelphia Poets which she founded in 1980.

Peter Krok, Humanities Director at M/RAC, is the coordinator of the Reading Series, which originated in the Fall of 1990. A donation of $4 for the MRAC is requested, and refreshments are provided.

For information about the program, call the MRAC at 215-482-3363or Rosemary Cappello at 215-568-1145. Rosemary Cappello, editor ofPhiladelphia Poets, will host the program, with Mel Brake as co-host. See also Philadelphia Poets’ page on FaceBook, with information about the event.