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Poetorium @ the Starlite Lounge

March 28 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm

Poetorium at Starlite Poetry Open Mic & Reading Series Featuring Karen Durlach and Peter F. Crowley

Please join us for a special double feature edition of our monthly open mic and featured poetry reading series The Poetorium at Starlite hosted by Paul Szlosek and Ron Whittle. It will be a full evening of poetry and spoken word starting with a brief interview on stage with our two featured poets Karen Durlach (Visual Artist, Craftsperson, & Poet) and Peter F. Crowley (Author of Those Who Hold Up the Earth & Empire’s End) followed by poetry readings by our features, a 10-minute tribute to a dead poet by a guest reader (T.B.A), a short intermission, and then an open mic (with 5-minute slots for each reader). Admission is free, but a hat will be passed for donations to pay our feature and compensate Starlite for the use of their space. For more information, please get in touch with us at poetorium@mail.com or visit our website.

Karen Durlach is a visual artist/craftsperson, both by vocation and avocation, making a career in the graphic arts, photography, ceramics, painting, and other media. She writes off and on when the need and muse strike, most often when the early dawn insists. She had rarely read her poems to others until discovering our very accepting local poetry communities in Webster, Putnam, and Southbridge. Most of her poems strive to paint a picture of a precise moment or precious experience—something odd, exciting or wondrous—that she wants to remember or share. Brooklyn-born, schooled in New York, then Michigan, she’s straddled the border between Massachusetts and Connecticut for decades, initially living and working in Worcester, with interim stints in New Hampshire and Vermont, then working in Worcester again while residing in the woods of Connecticut, where she still struggles to grow unusual vegetables and entertains honeybees.

Peter F. Crowley is a prolific author from the Boston area who writes in various forms including short fiction, op-eds, poetry, and academic essays. In 2020, his poetry book Those Who Hold Up the Earth was published by Kelsay Books and received impressive reviews by Kirkus Review, the New Age and two local Boston-area newspapers. His writing can be found in Middle East Monitor, Znet, 34th Parallel, Pif Magazine, Galway Review, Digging the Fat, Adelaide’s Short Story and Poetry Award anthologies (finalist in both), and The Opiate. His two latest books, That Night and Other Stories (CAAB Publishing) and Empire’s End (Alien Buddha Press), were released in October 2023.


Paul Szlosek

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