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First Thursday Literary/Arts Salon

October 5, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


First Thursday Literary/Arts Salon
October 5, 7-8:30 pm
Freeman Hall, 181 East Court Street, Doylestown

Five wonderful poets and writers read selections from their work. Join us for a relaxed discussion and light refreshments in the parlor of Freeman Hall. Space is limited and parking is free! For reservations: programs@bucksarts.org.


Poet/lyricist Arlene Geller’s poetry has appeared in Tiferet Journal, White Enso, and other literary journals. Two poetry collections, The Earth Claims Her and Hear Her Voice, were recently published, respectively, by Plan B Press and Kelsay Books. Choirs and soloists have sung her commissioned pieces, including River Song, featured in the world premiere of I Rise: Women in Song at Lehigh University and performed in numerous national and international locations. Please visit her at arlenegeller.com

Mary Jo LoBello Jerome is the author of the recently published book, Torch the Empty Fields, which was a finalist in the Women’s Voices Competition at Finishing Line Press. As a Poet Laureate of Bucks County, she edited Fire Up the Poems, an anthology of writing prompts for teachers, released in 2021. Mary Jo was a poetry editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and has been published widely. Future events and more: maryjolobellojerome.com

New Hope writer J. A. Lagana is the author of the poetry collection, Make Space. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Cider Press Review, Heron Tree, Rattle, and elsewhere. A retired educator with an Ed.M. from Rutgers University, she headed art, English, and music departments within the FRHSD for over two decades and is a founder and former co-editor of River Heron Review. More at jlagana.com

Author of two poetry collections, Eve Heads Back (2020) and Eve Would Know (2017), published by Kelsay Books, Joanne Leva is an advocate for creative writing and community service. She is founder and executive director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program (MCPL). Her poem, “God Walks into a Bar,” was featured in a Philadelphia Calligraphers’ Society Poetry Reading & Exhibit and companion publication entitled Scripta (July 2019).

Lynda Gene Rymond has been a finalist or runner-up for Bucks Poet Laureate for the past four years. Her work has been published in many journals, including the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Dillydown Review, and Tiny Seed Journal. Her short story “Turn, Turn” won the 2020 Pennwriters Competition. She also authored the children’s books The Village of Basketeers and Oscar and the Mooncats (Houghton Mifflin.) She lives and works on Goblin Farm in Applebachsville, Pa.

Literary Arts Salons are presented by the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County. The honoraria are donated in support of poetry and creative writing by Mark Wisse and “The Lenel Education Fund.”


October 5, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Arts & Cultural Council at Freeman Hall
181 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 United States
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