The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

September 14: Barbara Crooker

After a long and full summer of open readings, the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel is excited to bring Barbara Crooker to Harrisburg for a free reading on September 14th.

Ms. Crooker is a 44-time Pushcart nominee for her collections More (C&R Press, 2010); Gold (Cascade Books, 2013); Small Rain (Virtual Artists Collective, 2014); Selected Poems, (FutureCycle Press, 2015); and her latest Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017).

Barbara Crooker is a recipient of the Pen & Brush Poetry Prize, the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, and others, including three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, eighteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; two residencies at the Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France; and two residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

She is a regular feature on Garrison Keillor's daily arts and literature podcast The Writer's Almanac as well as in Ted Kooser's American Life In Poetry column.

The AUPC is excited to bring Ms. Crooker for a free reading on Thursday, September 14th, at 8PM at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg.


Gary Miller, Poetry Rising author will perform his magic at the Poetry Cartel reading series, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Thursday, December 7th.

. Poetry Rising manifests the written "trinity" of poet/spoken word artist Gary N. Miller Jr. (The G-Mill): family, community and spirituality.

A brief open mic precedes the featured presentation. The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel has hosted Poetry Thursdays, a community performance series, through numerous venues since 1999.

Now-- at the Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, PA 17102. Phone: 717.236.1680.

7--9pm. Everything's waiting for you.



D. M. Spitzer is featured reader at the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel's epic reading series, Thursday, May, 25th at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

Spitzer is a writer working in liberal arts, philosophy, classic literature. He published his first book, A Heaven Wrought of Iron, in 2016. This verse collection seeks to engage with the Greek Odyssey in a responsive and conversational manner.

In published numerous works and poems, he strives to interact within the realm of comparative literature, general philosophy, and early Greek thinking.

Currently living in Pennsylvania, and studying comparative literature as a doctoral student at Binghamton University.

An open reading will precede the feature presentation.

7-9pm, 1302 N 3rd St, 17102. For more information,717.236.1680.


May 11: Marjorie Maddox

Marjorie Maddox, director of the creative writing program at Lock Haven University, has published eleven collections of poetry including Weeknights at the Cathedral (WordTech 2006);Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize); When The Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner); Body Parts (Anamnesis Press 1999); Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press, 1997);How to Fit God into a Poem (1993

Painted Bride Chapbook Winner); and Nightrider to Edinburgh (1986 Amelia Chapbook Winner), Maddox has, as well, penned poems, stories, and essays in numerous journals and anthologies.

She'll be reading at the Almost Uptown Poetry series at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on Thursday, May 11, to promote her new short story collection What She Was Saying, available now from Fomite Press.

April 20th: Maria James-Thiaw

Maria James-Thiaw is an award-winning poet, performer, and professor. Her publications include poetry and reviews in several literary journals such as New Letters, Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, One Trick Pony Review, and Black Magnolias as well as a spoken word CD, FREEverse,and four amazing verse collections:

Windows to the Soul (Shippensburg University Press, 1999),

Rising Waters (Shippensburg University Press, 2003),

Talking “White” (postDada Press, 2013).

Mocha Musings is forthcoming from Community Arts Ink.

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is located at 1302 North 3rd Street,

across from the Broad Street Market, Harrisburg, PA 17102,


Welcome to the all-new

You've reached the home of the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Cartel is a weekly reading series founded in 1999, has featured 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.



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

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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

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