The fourth Thursday of every month will be Poetry Night at the Lahaska Bookshop in Peddler's Village. Each month, we will have a featured poet reading their work followed by an open mic.
March's Featured Poet: Ryan Torres
“Poetry is the love that came out of countless horror stories.” That’s how Ryan Torres got his start with the written word. He was just a kid with an overactive imagination and an obsession with the poetry and horror stories at his local library. Torres, A Kutztown University of Pennsylvania graduate, still spends a lot of time scaring the hell out of himself in order to conjure his story ideas. But he also chases the muse by finding poetry in romantic spontaneity. His poetic voice is inspired by the realists, the freethinkers, and the lost souls. Ryan is a member of the great New Hope Beat Poets Society in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He also operates the blog “Screams of Perfected Madness” (www.ryanjtorres.blogspot.com). Aside from creative writing endeavors, Ryan Torres is also a freelance journalist, teacher, and editor. He has been published both nationally and internationally. Currently, Torres resides outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a creepy house with his wife, Katie, and their dog, Salem.
Who should come? Those who write poetry, those who read poetry, those who listen to poetry, those who don't think poetry is some sort of dirty, scary word, those who love poetry, those who merely like poetry, and those who are under the misguided impression they don't like poetry. So pretty much everyone.
For those looking to read: We're looking for a wide range of styles, genres, themes, from a wide range of people, so whether it's odes, epics, slam, haiku, some style of poetry that is your own creation, etc etc etc we are excited to hear your voice.