About the Cartel

   Through weekly literary readings at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore’s Internet Cafe, special event readings, poetry slams, workshops, and publications, the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel seeks to grow and enhance awareness of Pennsylvania’s literary and artistic community.

   In September 2012, the Internet Cafe will host Harrisburg’s South Central PA month of poetry effort with 12 spotlight features–3 each Thursday–to celebrate our return. The featured performers will be established Harrisburg voices such as Cecil Brooks, Marty Esworthy, Jack Veasey, Shaashawn Dial, Christian Thiede, Maria Thiaw, Rick Kearns, Julia Tilley, and Christine O’Leary Rockey, along with the up-and-comers/new-to-the-‘burg creations of Anna Jones, Roger Cowden, and John Destalo.
   Our Poetry Thursdays reading series celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2009. That series, a cartel mainstay since 1999, began in a small coffeehouse called Sweet Passions on 3rd Street, in Midtown, near Nick’s Cafe, and continued through numerous downtown venues. We ventured across the great expanse of the Susquehanna River in 2007 to the Coyote Joe’s near Capital City Mall and Crimson Frog coffeehouse in the Cedar Cliff, but returned back Harrisburg in 2009 to the Midtown Cinema where we resided for 3 1/2 years. Poetry Thursdays then took their first, long deserved vacation in the summer of 2012.  We reopened the reading series at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in September 2012, and have been going keeping up our poetry hi-jinx ever since.
   Versification scientists have ascertained that all the poems we’ve read, every week, over our history, if laid end-to-end, could stretch to the moon and back. Really–do the math.
   Poetry events, all open to the public, are happening every Thursday at the Internet Cafe at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. More info: (717) 236-1680.
   The Harrisburg Midtown area is experiencing an exciting cultural Renaissance and, by golly, we’re excited and proud to be part of it. You come too. Be part of an exciting time in literary history. Our reading is free and open to the public. Read out loud, taste the words, share your favorite poets, or your original poetry and prose.
   Listen, read. Engage. C’mon out– join in the excitement. We need your spirit, your voice, your support, to make this work.
See you Thursday!?


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