Stillwater Poetry Festival


Saturday, September 8th will mark the 4th annual Stillwater Poetry and Music Festival to be held in Stillwater Memorial Park, off Rt. 487.  Award winning poets from across Pennsylvania will read their work under a “revival  style” tent.

Headlining this year’s roster is Todd Davis (Penn State Altoona), author of four books of poetry, and Jimmy Cvetic, a 30-year veteran Allegheny County homicide and undercover narcotics detective from Pittsburgh.  Cvetic, a Vietnam veteran, is sponsored by the VFW Fort Ricketts Post 8317 of Benton.  His work has been described by one reviewer as “Bukowski with a badge.” Others appearing this year include Carolina Ebeid, Jamaal May (2012 Stadler Center for Poetry fellows at Bucknell University), Thad Rutkowski (New York City), Angel Hogan (University of Pennsylvania), David Brooks (Hughesville) and Rachael Lyon (State College). There will be live acoustic music by “Jerusalem” (Lester Hirsh and Kathleen Radspinner) and “The Philosophy of Never Rushing” (Tara Vivian and Eric Yetter) and local-sourced, organic food by Emma’s Food for Life (Selinsgrove).  The festival runs from noon to 9 pm, rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. For more information email us at

Schedule of Events

Noon-12:30 Rachael Lyon

12:30-1:00  David Brooks

1:30-2:00  Open Mic–Bring a poem to read

2:00-2:30  Caroline Ebeid

2:30-3:00  Jamaal May

3:00-4:00  “Jerusalem”–Live acoustic music

4:00-4:30 Thad Rutkowski

4:30-5:00 Open Mic–Bring a poem to share

5:00-6:00 “The Philosophy of Never Rushing”–Live acoustic music

6:00-6:30  Angel Hogan

6:30-7:00  Todd Davis

7:00-7:30  Jimmy Cvetic

Directions to Stillwater: Take I-80 to the Bloomsburg/Lightstreet exit 236 and follow PA Rt 487 north (away from Bloomsburg) to Stillwater (approx. 12 miles). You will pass through the villages of Lightstreet, Orangeville, and Forks. Stillwater is the next little village.  The festival is in the municipal park on your left as you enter Stillwater.  Watch for festival signs.

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