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November 10, 2017

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.



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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.

 


May 5, 2017

Phyllis Chapell
Phyllis Chapell (vocalist/guitarist) performs a unique mix of originals, folk, jazz and international music, including songs in up to 13 languages from the U.S., Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Her American repertoire covers a wide range of music from jazz and folk, to pop standards, as well as originals. Phyllis Chapell has performed in concert throughout the U.S., in Brazil, Latin America, and Europe. She has released 2 solo CDs, and 4 CDs with her internationally known world jazz ensemble Phyllis Chapell & SIORA.

Phyllis Chapell has been named as one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow (writer for Down Beat, Jazz Times and AllMusicGuide). She has also won song competitions for her original music; and was chosen to be one of Indie- Music’s Top 25.

You can check out her website: www.siorajazz.com.



Diana Finegold
Diana Finegold, a passionate playwright, producer, director and actor, is thrilled to be making her debut with 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, aremotivated 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.



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Selected Authors - May 5th 2017

Elizabeth Austin (Mine Alone)
Elizabeth Austin is a Pushcart-nominated poet, photographer, and visual artist. She is currently a graduate student in Creative Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in the Schuylkill Valley Journal, See Spot Run, Foliate Oak, and Driftwood Press, and has been featured in a collaborative exhibit with photographer Sarah Jane Sanders at the Norton Center for the Arts. She was first runner up for Bucks County Poet Laureate 2014 and a finalist in 2016. She currently lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania with her two children. Follow her on Instagram: @elizabethbeingqueen, or visit her website (http://elizabethaustinpoet.weebly.com) for more of her work.

Mike Cohen (Every Right to Ask)
Mike Cohen hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive at Philadelphia's Big Blue Marble Book Store. His articles on sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal. His wry writing has appeared in Mad Poets Review, Apiary Magazine, Fox Chase Review, and other journals. Mike has performed in venues including Princeton’s Café Improv, the Pen and Pen Club, the Hedgerow Theatre, Fergie’s Pub, Harlem’s Apollo Theater, and neither least nor last, Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Steve Delia (Unspoken Kiss Off)
Steve Delia was been writing poetry for (GASP!) 40 years. He has read at various coffeehouses, bookstores, libraries, Cafe Improv and WXPN. He won first prize at the Phila Writers Conference in 2015. He has five chapbooks: Revisiting Revised And Retyped Vols 1 and 2, Haiku And Other Imaginings, Zoo Poetry and 1622 Church Street. He has a finished manuscript of his latest, The Alphabet Poems, that he hopes to have out soon.

Janina Brajtburg (Courtyard) Alina Macneal - Translated her mother’s memoir from Polish
Set in Warsaw in 1928, Courtyard is an excerpt from a memoir written by Alina’s mother, Janina Brajtburg. who grew up in an assimilated Jewish family in Warsaw in the 1920’s. The scene, Courtyard, describes her mother’s discovery, when she is five or six, that she’s Jewish. Her memoir, in the original Polish, has recently been published, posthumously, by the Polish-Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada. Alina Macneal is an architect and writer. She was born in Warsaw, grew up in St. Louis, and has lived in Philadelphia since the early 80’s. Her poems have appeared in Apiary Magazine and Poems for the Writing. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Raynes Poetry Comptition.

Jennifer Hubbard (Am I Safe in This Place?)
Jennifer R. Hubbard is the author of three novels, including Try Not to Breathe, and the nonfiction Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion. She lives and works in the Philadelphia area.

Lavinia Kumar (Ministration, Pune, India)
Lavinia Kumar’s poetry book is The Skin and Under (Word Tech, 2015). Her two chapbooks are Let There be Color (2016) and Rivers of Saris (2013). Her poetry has appeared in US and UK publications such as Atlanta Review, Colere, Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, Flaneur, Kelsey Review, New Verse News, Orbis, Pedestal, Pemmican, Symmetry Pebbles, Lives You Touch, & US1 Worksheets. She is a member of poetry groups in Princeton and Pennsylvania.

Bernadette McBride (Angie)
Bernadette McBride is author of three poetry collections. Her poems have appeared in the UK, in numerous U.S. journals, and on PRIs The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she was second-place winner of the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award and runner-up for the Robert Fraser Poetry Prize. A former Poet Laureate for Bucks County, PA, she is poetry co-editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Christine McKee (Shame)
Christine Caruso McKee 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.

Abbe Mogell (Harvest)
Abbe Mogell resides in Montgomery County, PA and owns a healing arts studio where she works with clients who have chronic pain conditions. She has an interest in writing children’s picture books. This week she is an avid granola baker—- Next week? Perhaps pursuing the perfect gluten free pizza crust….

 

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