Posted by: J. Thomas Ross | September 20, 2011

Lucas Mangum’s Awesome Reading Fest III

Author Grace Marcus

Author Janice Gable Bashman

Organizer Lucas Mangum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those in the Greater Philadelphia area, it is not hard to find gatherings where experienced and novice poets can read their works. These are wonderful events that provide inspiration to readers and listeners alike, as well as offering a just plain enjoyable outing. Many writers, however, do not write poetry. To fill this void, in late spring this year, a writer friend of mine had the brilliant idea of holding a reading fest aimed more for writers of prose than poetry. Thus was born Lucas Mangum’s Awesome Reading Fest. And an awesome event it is too!

Listeners in the audience; Keith Strunk at the camera

The audience listens to author Michael Ventrella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third edition of the event occurred on the lovely evening of Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Doylestown Bookshop on South Main Street in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. From 6 till 8 PM, sixteen writers read selections from a published or unpublished work. Authors could read up to one thousand words from a piece of fiction of any genre. Impressed by the quality of the selections, the audience enthusiastically applauded each reading, which ranged from short stories to novel excerpts to prose poems.

Author Theo Stieve

Author Donna Beckley Galanti

Author Chris Bauer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The readers at the event, in order of appearance, were Lucas Mangum, Jeanne Denault, Damian McNicholl, Laurie Kellogg, Michael Ventrella, Donna Beckley Galanti, Janice Gable Bashman, Chris Bauer, Marcia Kroll, Al Sirois, Grace Marcus, Carmen Ferriero-Esteban, J. Thomas Ross, Vince Mangum, Theo Stieve, and Marie Lamba. Keith Strunk, with camera and audio equipment, recorded the event.

Author Marie Lamba

Author Vince Mangum

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a writer who lives in the Philadelphia area, Lucas is planning to hold another Awesome Reading Fest in a couple months. And more listeners are always welcome. We’ll let you know the date of the next event as soon as it is scheduled.

Author Damian McNicholl

Author Carmen Ferriero-Esteban

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more photos from the event check out my personal blog J. Thomas Ross. To see videos of the reading of the event, visit YouTube.


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  1. This was a great event, and a fun post to see, Judy. But, hey, where’s YOUR photo. Your reading was fabulous 🙂

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    • Thanks, Marie and Donna! I couldn’t quite manage to take a picture of myself and read at the same time.

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      • Next time, hand me the camera!

        –Al

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      • Keith was manning the important camera. Can’t wait to view everyone’s readings!

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  2. Great post and photos, Judy! Enjoyed hearing more of your story – and Marie’s right – where are YOU? Next time have us take your photo too!

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  3. Judy, your photos are great, and it sounds like an awesome reading fest. Wish I could have been there. It motivates me to stop “tweetering” and get back to writing! Make sure someone takes your pic next time. Proud of you!!!

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    • Thanks! The videos they took of the readings will be up on YouTube sometime. You can see me then! I’ll let you know.

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  4. […] Awesome Reading Fest in Doylestown. You can read about his most recent successful event here at the Author Chronicles blog. He is also newly married – congrats Lucas and nice to have you on! Lucas […]

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  5. I’ll take a picture of you reading next time. Promise.

    And you are right. It was a great festival. I enjoyed all the readings.

    Keep writing!

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  6. […] 8. Lucas Mangum Lucas is an author and friend who is a champion at rounding up writers for his Awesome Reading Fests that he coordinates several times a year. He believes in getting writers in person to share across genres. It’s at many of these events I’ve met online friends who have become in-person friends too. We need more people like Lucas. If your in the Philly suburbs attend one! The Author Chronicles posted on a recent event. […]

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  7. […] 8. Lucas Mangum Lucas is an author and friend who is a champion at rounding up writers for his Awesome Reading Fests that he coordinates several times a year. He believes in getting writers in person to share across genres. It’s at many of these events I’ve met online friends who have become in-person friends too. We need more people like Lucas. If you’re in the Philly suburbs attend one! The Author Chronicles posted on a recent event. […]

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    • We are awed to be on your list, Donna. Thanks so much for mentioning the Author Chronicles post about Lucas Mangum’s Awesome Reading Fest. What a great event! I wish I didn’t have to miss the next one, on February 4, 2012.

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  8. […] Awesome Reading Fest in Doylestown. You can read about his most recent successful event here at the Author Chronicles blog. He is also newly married – congrats Lucas and nice to have you on! Lucas […]

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