The Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel

May 11: Marjorie Maddox

Marjorie Maddox 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), as well as over 500 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies.

She will be reading at the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel 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

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.



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

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