Rhythm & Verse: A Literary and Music Salon

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Featured Artists for November 2017
Andrea Clair, Diana Finegold,
Kathleen Mulhearn, and Marilyn Yoblick

Featured Pianist and Composer
Rich Rudin

Friday, November 10, 6:45pm
at Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse
20 E. Mermaid Lane, Chestnut Hill, PA 19118

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Andrea Clair
Freelance voiceover artist and vocalist, Andrea has performed and been featured in and around Philly for several years after moving to the area from Manhattan. Andrea has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art after Five, Chris's Jazz Cafe, among other Philadelphia venues.

Andrea is a graduate of NYU with a degree in vocal performance and concentration in musical theater. Andrea says she "really just sings for the love of it whenever she gets the chance."

Diana Finegold
Diana Finegold, a passionate playwright, producer, director and actor, is thrilled to be returning to the Salon! Founder/Artistic Director of The Wild Thyme Players for 26 years, she has led them to great popularity and acclaim in NY, CT, MA, and now PA. She is the author of 14 Guess Whodunit Murder Mysteries, hailed "a hilarious combination of Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python." Look for her onstage in June at Old Academy's production of the comedy "Mornings at Seven."

Kathleen Mulhearn
Kathleen has performed in several productions in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. Some of her favorite roles include Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Sarah in Stop Kiss, Amanda in The Food Chain, Chorus in Medea, Mabel in The MostFabulous Story Ever Told, Emma in Pterodactyls and Dorine in Tartuffe. She shifted her focus to solo performance while in the Master of Theatre program at Villanova University. Her one-woman shows, Through the Ring of Fire and Uncharted Waters, are motivated by creating a universal human experience through the telling of personal stories that focus on the blundering, deeply personal and often humorous moments in life.


Rich Rudin
Founder & Director of Maplewood Music Studio, Rich Rudin received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in theory and composition from Temple University. His other major area of study was piano - focusing on classical music. Rich has performed regularly throughout the Delaware Valley, playing in a wide variety of styles: classical, jazz, pop, folk, rock, etc. and has composed hundreds of works in many different musical styles including music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano and scores for several local films. His CD "Compositions" features 13 original jazz compositions showing his many musical influences. Karl Stark of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in his 3 and a half star review, calls "Compositions" a "luminous recording", "full of bravura moments", showing "a masterly use of color". Rich has been teaching piano, music theory & composition privately since 1970 and founded Maplewood Music Studio in 1980. http://maplewoodmusicstudio.com/meet-our-teachers.html


Marilyn Yoblick
Marilyn Yoblick's directing credits at the Stagecrafters Theater in Chestnut Hill include: Mauritius, Don't Dress for Dinner, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Raisin in the Sun, A A Soldier's Play, Jitney, Bus Stop, A Shayna Maidel, Born Yesterday, Sherlock's Last Case. Her acting credits at this theater include roles in: The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Superior Donuts, Quartet, A View From The Bridge, The Cemetery Club, Rumors, The Odd Couple, Crossing Delancey. Marilyn was President of Stagecrafters from 2005 through 2010. Marilyn has performed at other theaters in the area. Her film credits include: Shadowboxer, Rocket Science, Happy Tears, The Greek American, The Tolltaker, Fallen, Unbreakable.

Selected Authors - November 10th 2017

Catherine Bancroft (October Admission) writes poetry and makes art and sometimes combines them. She has read her poetry at Green Line Café, Philadelphia Poetry Festival, Fergie’s Pub, and other local spots. Her visual art has appeared, among other places, at Muse Gallery and 3rd Street Gallery. Earlier in her life she taught English, and wrote book reviews for the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, and Ms. Magazine. She is the co-author of two children's books, including Felix’s Hat.

Steve Delia (Falling into Autumn) has been writing poetry for 40 years. He has read in many libraries, coffee houses, book stores and theaters. He has read at Cafe Improv with Mike Cohen as half of the Dueling Poets that can be viewed on Youtube. He got to read on WXPN, his favorite radio station. He won first prize in 2015 at the Phila Writers Conference.
His idea of a perfect evening is to share a plate of scrapple with Nicole Kidman by candle light, without Keith Urban.

Joseph Dorazio (Autumnal) is a prize-winning poet whose poems have appeared nationally and internationally in print and online, including The Worcester Review, Spoon River Review, The Southampton Review, The Fourth River, The New Plains Review, Yellow Chair Review, and elsewhere. The author of four volumes of verse, his latest collection, No Small Effort (Aldrich Press) was published in 2015. www.josephdorazio.com

David Kertis (All Soul’s Day) was born in 1955 and grew up in northern New Jersey. He has lived in Philadelphia since 1978, where he works as a claims adjuster. His book, Word of the Day, has recently been published.

Olga Livshin (Again) is a poet, playwright, and translator. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, International Poetry Review, Blue Lyra, and other journals, and is recognized by CALYX Journal’s Lois Cranston Memorial Prize and the Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Project. Livshin has collaborated with the pianist Inna Faliks for the “Music / Words” program on WFMT (Chicago) and with the musician Taylor Caldwell for the Spenard Jazz Festival (Anchorage, Alaska).

Christine Caruso McKee (Evolution) loved poetry since early childhood. Put on hold while she earned a BA, MEd, and EdD, she started to write seriously in 2002. She has been published in Bucks County Writer (PA), Her Mark (Chicago, IL), U.S. Worksheets (Princeton, NJ), Schuylkill Valley Journal (Philadelphia, PA), Presence (Bellevue, WA), and in other print and online journals. Her first book, On Shady Lane, was published in August, 2015 and is available on amazon.com.

Faith Paulsen (We lived in wardrobes and seashells . . ) Over the years Faith has held day jobs as a technical writer, travel writer, freelance writer and in the insurance industry to support her family and her expensive and selfish writing habit. Her work has appeared in a variety of venues ranging in alphabetical order from Apiary to Wild River Review. One poem was nominated for a Pushcart. Her first chapbook “A Color Called Harvest” (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2016.

Hayden Saunier (Shape Shifting) is the author of four poetry books, most recently, How to Wear This Body from Terrapin Books. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, Gell Poetry Award and the Robert Fraser Award. She is also an actress whose credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary, House of Cards, the voice of a broken-down stove for Ikea, and dozens of roles in the theatre.

Deborah Sedik (Chloro-phylled) likes to write and dabbles in all mediums – from poetry to fiction to non-fiction. She is particularly passionate about nature, art, sunny days, education and authentic connections. Deb resides in the Philadelphia suburbs; she is in the twilight of an exciting career as a college professor.

Wendy Fulton Steginsky (On the Topic of Transformation) is the author of The Tide of Bermuda’s Light (Aldrich Press, 2014) and Let This Be Enough (Aldrich Press, 2016). She attributes her love for poetry to growing up on the shores of Bermuda where the sea’s rhythms seeped into her bones and stayed. A sense of place is a lasting thread in her life and art. Her poems have been published widely in American and Caribbean journals and anthologies.

Cleveland Wall (Carolyn) is a poet, editor, and mail artist from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared recently in The Oakland Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Full of Crow. She is currently working on a devised music/poetry/theater piece with her husband, Michael Wall, exploring in an audience-led group poetry experience known as No River Twice, and blogging at https://clevelandwall.wordpress.com/. Follow her on Twitter @clevelandwall.