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Philly’s New Youth Poet Laureate Wants You to Take Young People Seriously

City poet laureate programs have been popping up all over the country, but for all that new poetic attention on the adult practitioners of the […]

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12 Things to Do in Comedy, Poetry, Movies and Magic

Mary Shelley @ The Rosenbach | Wednesday, January 17 Jennifer Summerfield performs her one-woman play about Frankenstein author Mary Shelley on the last day of […]

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: We Got Ourselves a National Student Poet!

While you were packing your bag for a getaway to the beach or the mountains this weekend, 17-year-old Juliet Lubwama was in Washington, D.C., attending […]

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Lesbian Poet Julie Gard Opens Up About Same-Sex Parenting in New Book

​What inspired you to write this collection of poems, and how did you prepare for it? I was inspired to write this book by relentless […]

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Poet Gabriel Ojeda-Sague Combats Racism in New Book

This March, Latino queer poet Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is releasing a book that tackles racism in contemporary poetry. Oil and Candle, a book of four poems, […]

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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez Gets Its Philly Premiere at BlackStar Film Festival

Three local filmmakers will debut their newest documentary, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, at the fourth-annual BlackStar Film Festival. Janet Goldwater, Barbara Attie and Sabrina Schmidt -Gordon teamed up nearly five […]

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5 Works of Queer Poetry for National Poetry Month

Staff members at Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room share their favorite new reads available at our iconic LGBT bookstore. Today, Manager—and published poet—Alan Chelak gives us a […]

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INTERVIEW: Out Poet Kevin Killian on His Fascination With Kylie, Visiting Whitman, and the “Tsunami of Genitalia” He’s Bringing to Philly

Kevin Killian is a multi-talented writer who uses his novels, poetry, plays, and stories to talk about LGBT issues from the past and the present. I […]

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Out Philly Poet Denice Frohman Performs with Andrew Lipke and the Aizuri Quartet

This Thursday, November 6th, local queer poet—and 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam winner—Denice Frohman is making a special appearance at World Café Live alongside […]

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Philly-Based Poet Shares Struggle of Being Queer in the Middle East in New Book

Nalla, an author currently based in Philadelphia, is revealing her experience being queer in the Middle East in a new book. “Faces,” a collection of poems, describes […]

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Philly Gets New Youth Poet Laureate in Soledad Alfaro-Allah

Soledad Alfaro-Allah was named Philly’s second youth poet laureate at a ceremony this afternoon at City Hall. Alfaro-Allah, a student at  Science Leadership Academy, was […]

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Frank Sherlock Named Philly’s Second Poet Laureate

Mayor Michael Nutter announced today that poet Frank Sherlock will replace Sonia Sanchez as Philly’s new Poet Laureate. Sherlock — a 2013 Pew Fellow in […]

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Area Teen Among National Student Poets for 2013

The Daily News reports that Overbrook teen Sojourner Ahebee is one of five students honored as a 2013 National Student Poet. She was recognized at the […]

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, Nov. 2 Gloria Steinem visits Haverford College (7:30 p.m.) to discuss “The Progression of Feminism: Where Are We Going?” Bonerama, a brass funk rock […]

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LGBT History Month Icons Named

Equality Forum announced the list of LGBT icons for LGBT History Month in October, including Truman Capote, Kate Clinton, Chris Colfer, RuPaul, Don Lemon, Marlene Dietrich and many others.