Random Name Poetry Series

John Wall Barger, Dahlak Paradise, April 14th

Reading at Dahlak Paradise Ethiopian restaurant in West Philly — with David Jones and Tim Fitts, who both killed it. Thanks to David Hancock for inviting us. In my two years in Philadelphia I’d been to this reading series many times, just up Baltimore from our place, and it was a thrill to read here. Warren Longmire (amazing poet) challenged me to memorize a poem, and this was the first time I got through “Your Suitors” in public.

Philadelphia Stories Launch

John Wall Barger reading at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Feb 13th

Reading at the launch of a great issue of Philadelphia Stories (Winter 2019)—with Amy Small-McKinney, Martin Wiley, and others—at the Free Library beside Rittenhouse Square. I read my poem “The Epic of Senge.” The whole issue is online here. Thanks to poetry editor Courtney Bambrick! (Thanks to Philadelphia Stories for the pictures!)


John Wall Barger reading at Ravenna Taylor’s art studio in Lambertville

On May 30th, in Lambertville, PA, Vasiliki Katsarou organized an ekphrastic poetry reading in response to the very cool abstract paintings of Ravenna Taylor. The poems — by Shannon K. Winston, John Timpane, Lynn Shapiro, Vasiliki Katsarou, myself, and others — were quite amazing!