Rhythm & Verse: A Literary and Music Salon

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Rhythm & Verse -- Where We Began

Rhythm and Verse Salon was born in March of 2013 inspired by a rich history of cultural salons hosted by women throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas - beginning in pre-Islamic Arabia – continuing through to today. We began as a literary, music and visual arts’ salon adding theater arts to our ‘tasting menu’ in January of 2016. Throughout history, salons have created a critical outlet for voices that otherwise might not have been heard. Think Gertrude Stein, Mable Dodge Luhan, Ada Leverson, Madame Geoffrin, Amalie Beer, Salka Viertl, Vica Miller.

With this tradition in mind, I hoped to create a venue where artists and creatives - of all genres - could gather, share their work, be inspired by one another and have the opportunity to freely exchange ideas in a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental space. I envisioned Rhythm and Verse - in the best tradition of a salon: as a community. Here, artistic expression and ideas are shared, discovered, and creative learning valued.

I don’t know how to begin to thank Anthony Schubert, owner of the Daily Grind Café’ in Jenkintown, Pa where Rhythm and Verse began. Anthony, you opened your heart, your time and the Café’s space to the Salon for three long years. Without you, Anthony, the Salon simply would not have been born! Thank you, Joanne Leva, for joining me as a co-host from the Salon’s inception through the close of 2015 - and for the initial support of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program. I thank, too, Eileen D’Angelo and the Mad Poets’ Society for their support in the first few months of Rhythm and Verse.

Susan H Robbins, PhD
Creator and host of the Rhythm and Verse Salon
Susan is a lover of the arts and a published poet. She has performed her poetry in venues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and serves as on the board of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference. In her 'other life' Susan is a research professional and passionate about her work as an independent consultant providing program evaluation services within education, the arts, and health and human services sectors. She holds a doctorate from Stanford University.

In creating Rhythm and Verse, she was inspired by a rich tradition, dating back centuries, of women hosting salons where the arts were supported and nurtured - where writers, musicians and visual artists would come together for conversation and to share their diverse expressions. She was inspired, too, by the musical salon her mother, a theater director and actress, hosted around a rented piano. Susan was honored, at the age of ten, to be placed in charge of the folding chairs and tea!

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