The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

This is the homepage 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 an exciting and growing list of guest readers and headliners.

We meet every Thursday at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg at 7PM for open readings. Please check our Calendar for upcoming open mics or featured 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 we'll be seeing you some fine Thursday evening.


Special verse performances are coming soon: Barbara DeCesare, Maria James Thiaw, Jason Moffitt and more. Featured performances are generally preceded by a brief open reading. Be sure to come early as seating is often limited.




Gene Hosey, award-winning poet, performer, and the original poet laureate of Harrisburg.

will be featured performer on the second annual Poet's Cruise aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna.

The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel presents the Poet's Cruise. Rolling down a river with a backgound of entertaining lyrics.. Come set sail on the Pride of the Susquehanna, and enjoy poetry in motion,

Hosey was a founding member of the nationally known poets and performers group, "The Paper Sword".

Publications include poetry and reviews in several literary journals such as New Letters, Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, One Trick Pony Review, Fledgling Rag, Experimental Forest, and Black Magnolias as well as a spoken word CD, and four amazing verse collections.

Hosey reminds us that we are moving toward what Dennis Hopper, paraphrasing Andy Warhol, paraphrasing Duchamp, described as a time when the 'artist' will merely point, and whatever it is the artist points at is 'art'.

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


Here's Hosey--


Annie Ginder, Lancaster poet, will be featured this June evening at the Midtown Scholar.

Annie Ginder believes in the power of writing. Since she was 12 years old she has used it to maintain her own sanity and to know her own truth. Primarily a spoken word poet, Annie has performed at The Nuyurican Cafe in New York City, The Painted Bride Theater in Philadelphia, The Spoken Word Festival in Lancaster and in local coffee shops and bookstores.

Annie Ginder is co-founder and program director at Writeface, a non-profit for veterans recovering from PTSD. It’s based in Lancaster County.

“Writeface wants to change the psyche of the nation one vet at a time” says Ginder. Using different forms of writing, poetry, music, metaphor and art, Writeface provides curriculums for veterans and their families to explore the reintegration process, giving them tools that can help them for the rest of their lives.

She lives in Lancaster County with her husband of 20 years, two teenagers, and diabetic dog. She looks forward to spending long summer evenings in her backyard, working in her garden, and sitting in the Adirondack chair her son made for her writing and reading poetry.

Featured performer, Ginder, will read at 8:05 following a short break, after a brief open reading, which begins at 7PM.