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Musehouse PresentsIts First Poetry Reading of the Summer

Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, May 26, 2015

Musehouse, a supporter of writers and the literary arts in the Philadelphia area, will host its first poetry reading of the summer at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Chestnut Hill Gallery at 8117 Germantown Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Reading from their work will be two poets with Philadelphia connections: Scott Edward Anderson, who will read from his collection, Fallow Field, and Thomas Devaney, who will read from his collection, Runaway Goat Cart. The event will include discussion with the authors, a book signing, and complimentary refreshments.

scottedwardanderson_1349198227_12Fallow Field (Aldrich Press, 2013) is a collection of what Scott Edward Anderson considers to be his best poems from the past 25 years, and reflects what he calls “a deep engagement with the natural world, attuned to the smallest details and complexities of nature and our experience of place.” Anderson says that “Attentiveness and mindfulness are critical to my method of working, both as the poem first evolves and later, through the often rigorous process of revision.”

Scott Edward Anderson has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and received both the Nebraska Review Award and the Aldrich Emerging Poets Award. His work has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Anon, The Cortland Review, CrossConnect, Earth’s Daughters, Isotope, Many Mountains Moving, Nebraska Review, Poetica, River Oak Review, and Terrain, among other publications. He was a founding editor of Philadelphia’s Ducky Magazine and writes The Green Skeptic blog. He is also the author of a book of natural history of New York State, Walks in Nature’s Empire.

Thomas Devaney’s Runaway Goat Cart (Hanging Loose Press, 2015) is his fifth collection of poetry and has been described by Geoffrey O’Brien in this way: “The tutelary spirits hovering around Thomas Devaney’s new collection include Philip Whalen and Erik Satie, Thelonious Monk and James Madison — maybe they have something to do with the astringent buoyancy and ‘essential tension’ of these poems, with their handmade textures, their atmosphere thick with intimate geographies and unbetrayable childhood confidences.”

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Thomas Devaney is the author of five poetry collections and a nonfiction book, Letters to Ernesto Neto. Devaney teaches creative writing at Haverford College, where his collaborative projects with faculty and staff include the poetry tree tour “Under An Oak” and “INSIDE,” a meditation on space and confinement. Devaney is also the editor of ONandOnScreen, an e-journal featuring poems and videos. He was featured on WHYY TV-12’s Friday Arts Program in October 2012 for his book The Picture that Remains. In 2001 Devaney joined the Kelly Writers House for an active four years as program coordinator and producer of a monthly radio program.

About Musehouse. Founded in 2011 as a nonprofit center for the literary arts, Musehouse offers classes and workshops in poetry, prose, memoir, fiction, and nonfiction for aspiring and accomplished writers, as well as readings, panels, and open mic nights. Classes and other literary events are offered at various venues throughout the greater Philadelphia area. For further information, contact Founding Executive Director Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno at musehousecenter@gmail.com, by phone at 484-432-1792, or at Musehouse, P.O. Box 27268, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Visit Musehouse online at www.musehousecenter.com.

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