Moonstone Arts Center Celebrates 40 Years with 25th Anniversary of Poetry Ink

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA. JULY 19-24, 2021) – Poetry Ink, a marathon poetry reading hosted annually by Larry Robin at Moonstone Arts Center, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Poetry Ink began in 1996 at Robin’s Book Store, although Robin’s closed its doors in 2012, Moonstone Arts Center continued providing the public with a space for cultural and artistic exchange, bringing Poetry Ink along with it.

In previous years, Moonstone’s Poetry Ink Anthology has consisted of 100 poets, all of whom were invited to a marathon reading. This year we have invited many of the poets who have read for us over the last 2 years, with 300 poets responding. In addition to the readings there will be an anthology which includes poems by all 300 poets. Since we are still virtual and none of us can spend 12 hours on zoom, we are presenting the poets in alphabetical order for 2 hours each night from July 19 to July 23.  Details are at www.moonstoneartscenter.org.

“Moonstone has created the most inclusive, diverse, and deep community of poets and writers in this city, and no other institution has even tried to. We collectively owe much appreciation to Moonstone for its generosity of spirit and its breadth of vision.”

Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Moonstone Arts Center promotes creative exchange through diverse cultural programs. It began as Moonstone Readings at Robin’s Book Store in 1981 and has since hosted programs like The Celebration of Black Writing and The Paul Robeson Festival and currently presents 100 readings and publishes 30 books a year. It celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. For additional information, please contact Larry Robin at (215) 735-9600 or larry@moonstoneartscenter.org.

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300 poets celebrate the 25th anniversary of Moonstone Arts Center’s Poetry Ink program with two hours of poetry each night one zoom from July 19 to 24, 2021. From poet laureate Sonia Sanchez to 16-year-old Matilda Bray, Poetry Ink captures the diversity within Philadelphia’s literary community Details are at www.moonstoneartscenter.org

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300 poets celebrate the 25th anniversary of Moonstone Arts Center’s Poetry Ink program with two hours of poetry each night from July 19 to July 24, 2021. From Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez and Youth Poet Laureate Siduri Beckman to 16-year-old Matilda Bray, from nationally known poets to unpublished poets, from academic poets to street poets, in addition to the readings there will be an anthology with all 300 poets. Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Moonstone Arts Center and the 25th anniversary of Poetry Ink, more details at www.moonstoneartscenter.org.

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300 poets celebrate the 25th anniversary of Moonstone Arts Center’s Poetry Ink program with two hours of poetry each night from July 19 to July 24, 2021. From Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez and Youth Poet Laureate Siduri Beckman to 16-year-old Matilda Bray, from nationally known poets to unpublished poets, from academic poets to street poets, in addition to the readings there will be an anthology with all 300 poets.

This event is brought to you by Moonstone Arts Center, whose mission is to promote creative exchange through diverse cultural programming. Moonstone organizes over 100 public events each year, including poetry readings, open mics, author events and history programs throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area. To further express our support for Philadelphia poets, Moonstone created Poetry Ink with the goal of generating a conversation between the wide range of poetic styles, voices, and experiences within this diverse community. Find out more about Poetry Ink at www.moonstoneartscenter.org and join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Moonstone Arts Center and the 25th anniversary of Poetry Ink. More details at www.moonstoneartscenter.org.

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