The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

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Hello! You've reached the home of the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999 featuring many talented writers, poets, and artists as well as a wonderful and growing list of guest readers and headliners.

We meet every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg at 7PM for open readings. Feel free to check out our Calendar for upcoming meetings and readings, or check out our listings for other poetry readings in and around the midstate.

All are welcome--bring your own poetry, poetry you love, or just an open ear. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and we hope to see you on Thursday.

March 9: Craig Czury

The AUPC is excited to announce our next guest reader, the phenomenal Craig Czury

Craig Czury (M.F.A. creative writing Wilkes University) has spent three decades conducting poetry, life-writing, and writing as healing workshops in schools, universities, community centers, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and mental hospitals. A lecturer at Albright University, an editor, publisher, and international arts advocate, Craig is the author of over 20 books of poetry, most recently THUMB NOTES ALMANAC: HITCHHIKING THE MARCELLUS SHALE, a poetry documentary woven from his hitchhiking interviews and observations taken while hitchhiking through the heart of "fracking" in his home region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

He is the co-host and artistic director of The Old School Poetry Series at The Springville Schoolhouse Art Studios, where he lives, works and plays bocce.

Craig Czury -- Foothills Publishing

Craig Czury reads his poems at the 'Ars Interpres' Poetry Launch in NYC.


FEBRuary 23: MARTYPALOOZA


This Thursday, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, regional poets gather to offer tribute and affectionate confusion to remarkable surrealist poet and raconteur Marty Esworthy.

These writers will be performing verse by Esworthy. (Presumably Marty will just sit and listen.) Check out this line-up: Kevyn Knox, Mikaela Rylee Phillips, Gillian Branstetter, Michael Lear-Olimpi, Le Hinton, Jeanette Trout, Johnny Catalano, Jennifer Huff Dutson, Anna Jones,Tru Selvry, and your naddering narrator/host, aka Rick Kearns. Oh, it's on kids!

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 , Phone: 717.236.1680

Midtown Scholar website



January 26: Shara McCallum


Shara McCallum, a Jamaican-American poet, who was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, currently directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches creative writing and literature at Bucknell University.

McCallum is the author of Madwoman (Alice James Books, US, 2017 and Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2017); The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2011); This Strange Land (Alice James Books, 2011), a finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature; Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003); and The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry.

Shara will join us at 8PM, shortly after our regular open reading at 7PM, on Thursday, January 26th.

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore js located at 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 , Phone: 717.236.1680

Shara McCallum on Amazon

Shara McCallum on Goodreads