November 9, 2013 - Deborah Arnold and Luke Stromberg
Deborah Arnold, book artist and printmaker, has taught classes in papermaking and book arts, including pop-up book structures, to adults and children of all ages and special needs throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Her commissioned artworks are in private collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts in Washington, DC, and her one-of-a-kind artist books have won awards at major exhibitions.
Luke Stromberg's work has appeared in several literary journals and has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer on multiple occasions: once in an article about promising young poets in the Philadelphia area and another time as a winner of a poetry contest. In 2008, his poem “Black Thunder” was set to music by composer Melissa Dunphy and performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
December 2013 - Abby Millager and Maggie Rowe
Abby Millager has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in 5 am, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Fourteen Hills, Goodfoot, New Zoo Review, The Pharos, Phoebe, Prairie Schooner, Redactions, Terminus, Verse, and Worcester Review. She was a founding editor of Diner: a journal of poetry, interviews and reviews, and also edited the anthology Cape Henlopen Poets 2008. Abby has received Delaware Division of the Arts fellowships for poetry and creative nonfiction. As Founding Editor of Doll’s Eye Press, she published No Place Like Here: An Anthology of Southern Delaware Poetry and Prose, and Behind the Voices: Cleveland White Students Speak Out.
Maggie Rowe (Bio pending)
January 11, 2014 - The TransCanal Writers/Five Bridges
After attending the Cape Henlopen Writers' Retreat sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts, several participants wanted to continue the sense of community. Fleda Brown, at that time the Poet Laureate of Delaware, encouraged them to form their own writing group. By January 2007, these writers of poetry, fiction and nonfuction had met and formed a writers' critique group. Since they hailed from both above and below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, they called themselves The TransCanal Writers. The group has continued to meet monthly. After accumulating an impressive list of online and print publications, The TransCanal Writers decided it was time to publish a book of their own. The resulting anthology, Five Bridges, showcases the writers against the backdrop of the Chesapkeake and Delaware Canal that brought these Delawareans together. The members are Nina Bennett, Linda Evans, Arlene Humphrey, Helen Ohlson, and Johnny M. Tucker, Jr. You can visit their website to learn more about them: http://transcanalwriters.com.
February 8, 2014 - Charlie Bondhus
Charlie Bondhus' second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag's Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013 and is due out in November 2013. It was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love, which won the Brickhouse Books' 2008-2009 Stonewall Award and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including The Hawaii Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Alabana Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Baltimore Review, and Ribbons: The Journal of the American Tanka Society. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.
March 8, 2014 - 2nd Saturday Haiku Night
Haiku! Music! Fun! Please bring your own original haiku to share. Each haiku should be a very short three-line poem. It doesn't need to have exactly seventeen syllables like classical Japanese haiku. Each poet can read up to ten of his or her haiku. Bring only haiku, no tankas or other longer poems based on traditional Japanese forms. Lisamarie McGrath, professor of flute at Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and winner of the National Flute Association's Orchestral Competition, will improvise musical interludes with her classical silver flute and Native American flute. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Davis at
. As usual, after the featured haiku readings, we will follow with an open mic for short poems and prose of any format.
April 12, 2014- Ellen Steinbaum
Ellen Steinbaum's third collection, Brightness Falls, will be published by CW Books. Her work has been published in the Bellvue Literary Review, Fulcrum, Prairie Schooner, and Saint Ann's Review; has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize; and is included in Garrison Keillor's most recent anthology, Good Poems, American Places. She is a former literary columnist for The Boston Globe and now writes a blog, "Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe" which can be read on her website.