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!
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 From 6 till 8 PM, sixteen writers read selections from a published or unpublished work.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.
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.
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.