A UNIQUE EVENT
The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center is offering a special humanities program:
NO RIVER TWICE
—a multi-vocal, improvisational poetry reading in which audience participation determines the
direction of the performance from beginning to end, poem by poem, co-creating a reading that is
never the same twice.
No River Twice poets include founder Hayden Saunier, Grant Clauser, Chad Frame,
Vasiliki Katsarou, Joanne Leva, Lynn Levin, Lorraine Henrie Lins, Bernadette McBride,
Ethel Rackin, and Cleveland Wall
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Address: 419 Green Lane (rear) / Phila., PA 19128
$5 Donation requested. Refreshments will be provided
Hayden Saunier is the author of four poetry collections: How to Wear This Body, Tips for
Domestic Travel, Say Luck, and Field Trip to the Underworld. Her work has been awarded the
Pablo Neruda Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, the Gell Poetry Award, the Robert Fraser Award and
has been widely published in a variety of journals. She is an actress with numerous theatre
credits as well as film and television appearances in The Sixth Sense, Mindhunter, House of
Cards, Philadelphia Diary, and as the voice of a broken-down stove for Ikea.
Grant Clauser is the author of four poetry collections, mostly recently Reckless Constellations
(winner of the Cider Press Review Book Award) and The Magician's Handbook (PS Books). He
is also a poltergeist.
Chad Frame earned his MFA at Arcadia University. His work has appeared in various journals
including decomP, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge, Calamus Journal, Mobius: The
Journal of Social Change, and elsewhere. He was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Montgomery
County, Pennsylvania, and is the Poetry Editor of Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American
Writing. Chad was recently interviewed and featured on the radio program “The Poet and the
Poem” by Grace Cavalieri from the Library of Congress.
Joanne Leva has been writing and performing her original poetry since 1991 and has organized
countless poetry readings in the Philadelphia region. An advocate for creative writing and
community service, she is the founder and executive director of the Montgomery County Poet
Laureate Program (MCPL), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the
arts by offering many community-based opportunities and online programs for residents of
Montgomery County, PA and beyond.
Lorraine Henrie Lins is the author of four books of poetry and is a Pennsylvania county Poet
Laureate. Currently, she is serving as Director of New and Emerging Poets with Tekpoet. Lins'
poems have appeared in numerous publications, as well as several online journals and
collections. Born and raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, the self-professed Jersey Girl
now resides outside of Philadelphia with her family and several dogs where she has learned to
pump her own gas.
Bernadette McBride, author of four poetry collections (which includes Everything Counts,
forthcoming from Aldrich Press), is poetry editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. A three-time
Pushcart Prize nominee and Pennsylvania county Poet Laureate, her poems have appeared in
numerous journals and anthologies, including in the UK, Canada, and on PRI's The Writer's
Almanac with Garrison Keillor.
Cleveland Wall is a poet, editor, and playwright from Bethlehem, PA. Her play “Odeon”
recently debuted at Bethlehem’s IceHouse Tonight series. She has led workshops with Poetry
Writers in the Schools, Southside Children’s Festival (Bethlehem), and Nurture Nature Center
(Easton). Publications include Philadelphia Stories, Full of Crow, The Oakland Review,
Voicemail Poems, Philosophical Idiot, Indigent A La Carte and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Visit
her blog at https://clevelandwall.wordpress.com/ or follow her on Twitter @clevelandwall.
Peter Krok, Humanities Director at MRAC, is the coordinator of the MRAC Reading Series.
He is also the editor-in-chief of the Schuylkill Valley Journal Print and Online at svjlit.com.
SVJ Art Editor, David P. Kozinski will host the event.