Firefly Bookstore in Kutztown invites the community to Poetry Night and Open Mic from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 25.

“We have a really wonderful Poetry Night scheduled,” said Matthew Williams of Firefly Bookstore. “We've invited three locally-connected published authors to share from their work, Ryan Torres, Eldon Katter and James Najarian.”

Afterwards Firefly will open the floor to an Open-Mic session.

“We've been so pleased with the open, supportive and positive atmosphere of our Open Mic events. We've heard from so many new voices and it just been a fantastic experience, supporting such a diverse community,” said Williams.

Ryan Torres, a Kutztown University graduate, is a member of the great New Hope Beat Poets Society in New Hope. He also operates the blog “Screams of Perfected Madness”. His newest book is "Blessed are the Snakes". His poetic voice is inspired by the realists, the freethinkers, and the lost souls. Aside from creative writing endeavors, Ryan Torres is also a freelance journalist, teacher, and editor. He has been published both nationally and internationally. Currently, Torres resides outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a creepy house with his wife, Katie, and their dog, Salem.

Eldon Katter identifies as an octogenarian, husband, father of three, grandfather of five, poet, papermaker, gardener, and nature lover in Kutztown. Katter was Chair of the Department of Art Education and Crafts and Professor of Art Education at KU. He was also editor of SchoolArts magazine for 11 years and president of the National Art Education Association. In the 1950s he taught art in Park Ridge, Illinois and later in Needham, Massachusetts. His book "Nature’s Poetry" is a self-published “senior citizen project.” It’s an engaging, informal compilation of the author’s poetry and art including nature drawings from the author’s sketchbooks, some dating back to his Indiana youth and others recording his experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Harar, Ethiopia in the 1960s.

James Najarian grew up on a goat farm near Kutztown. He received his BA and PhD from Yale University and teaches 19th-century literature at Boston College, where he edits the scholarly journal Religion and the Arts. His poem “The Dark Ages” received the Frost Farm Poetry Prize in Metrical Poetry. In his published work "The Goat Songs", Najarian turns his caprine eye to the landscapes and history of Berks Country, and to the middle east of his extended Armenian family. These poems examine our bonds to the earth, to animals, to art and to desire.

This is a free, open to all event.

“We encourage everyone that they can come to share or just to listen.”

There will be coffee and tea and other refreshments, as well as comfy chairs and a sound system. You may BYOB (21+ only please)

Content may not be “Kid Friendly”.

For more information, go to facebook.com/fireflybookstore.

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