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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Lucy Biederman is a heartbraking work of staggering genius

And not just because she reviewed my chapbook in Issue #18 of Galatea Resurrects.

Mostly because she’s a friggin’ amazing poet. She blends stunningly beautiful lyric imagery with colloquial vernacular that breaks your heart and rips guffaws through your gut. Take “Song,” a Lucy poem that graces the (web)pages of Ilk Journal. I love every bit of this poem. How the absolutes and ambiguities mingle. How things like “It could never be evening here / You have your choice / Bright as day day or black as black night” rub up against “God…with his older-than-Old-World anger.” How the speaker of the poem evolves into this old-world Icarus, who says things like “[O]ur fear is the shape of everything in the world / Except what our eyes have seen” and would drive the sun too high into the sky if she could. And the words that make your mouth dance. And the rhymes that spank your butt in a delightful and unexpected way. Sigh. I can’t wait for her chapbook, The Other World, to come out from Dancing Girl Press.

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