Downtown Lancaster’s Ware Center Alive With Activity

Picture 560That beehive of activity known as The Ware Center is open for business once again.

After taking a winter break, the Millersville University facility at 42 N. Prince St. will host more than 65 events between late this month and the end of May.

A number of series will be ongoing throughout the school year.  Among the themes are poetry, jazz, opera, theater, dance, art, film, lectures and a Family Fun Fest for children and parents.  “This year is pretty crowded,” notes Harvey Owen, center director.  “There is something here or at the Winter Center (Millersville University’s other major performing arts center, which is on campus) almost every night.”

Local performers and a wide array of national and international acts are on the schedule.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/806238_Downtown-Ware-Center-alive-with-activity.html#ixzz2Ikf76ANM

Edgar Allan Poe Gets Overdue Funeral In Baltimore On Sunday

I am sure most of us were exposed to Edgar Allan Poe in school.  I remember reading his poetry and stories in English class.  I have visited his grave in Baltimore.

This talented but tortured soul had his life cut tragically short at the age of 40.  I often wonder how much more people like Poe would have contributed if they had lived a normal life span. 

After 160 years, Edgar Allan Poe is getting a proper funeral.  Actually two.  Tickets were sold and 350 people are expected to attend each service tomorrow. 

A replica of Edgar was made so there is a body to boot.  It will lie in state for 12 hours prior to the funerals for public viewing. 

Actor John Astin will be the master of ceremonies for the event.  How appropriate!  He was Gomez Addams on the Addams Family if you have forgotten!

RIP Edgar Allan Poe.

A Good October Poem :)

Oz

I know a brute
who eats rotten fruit,
farmers hogs
and occasionally stray dogs.

He doesn’t make a fuss
over sores that pus,
or body odor so foul
it’s like a hundred dead owls.

His revolting smile
makes my stomach churn bile.
His gums have begun oozing,
it’s my lunch that I’m losing.

His breath could rot wood
and kill Red Riding Hood.
Bring strong men to their knees
begging spare their lives please.

His hair has more lice
than a sewer has mice.
His hands comb like big rakes
then it snows with great flakes.

Sometime he farts a great melody,
but usually it’s silent and deadly.
He can belch a great chorus
and clear an acre of forest.

But he’s not unhappy in the least
since his wife’s the Wicked Witch of the East.
Wasn’t she squashed by a house you say?
Yes, so he killed Scarecrow and used all his hay.

Then Cowardly Lion who just got his courage,
was all chopped up and added to the porridge.
Dorothy and Toto were next on the list,
so he ground them to a pulp with his big giant fist.

What about the Tinman, what happened to him?
Well he’s the brute I’m talking about, his name is Tim.
He wore the costume so all would not see,
the monster inside who just wanted to live free.

So how do I know him, am I his friend?
No, I’m just a fly on the wall whose life’s coming to an end.
Heed my warning; you’re not in Kansas anymore.
This land of Oz hides grisly creatures galore.

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By: Jessica Schmidt

One On One With Philadelphia Novelist Kerry L. Marzock

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By Roy Keeler

I had the pleasure to break bread with and interview author Kerry L. Marzock recently.  Kerry is a novelist in the horror genre and poet extraordinaire.  We sat down to talk about where she has been, where she is headed and all things in between.

Kerry’s second novel, Raven’s Rage, Order of the Claw is due to be released on or around October 13th.  This is the sequel to Raven’s Way and prequel to Raven Unleashed.  The trilogy takes place in Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley in familiar places like Valley Forge Park, Eastern State Penitentiary and the Wissahickon Valley.  You can read the series in order or you can read the books individually.  Each novel stands alone but there are recurring characters who have “survived” the previous tales.

What can you expect from a Kerry L. Marzock novel?  Crisp dialogue, strong characters, great action and romance (but don’t expect Jane Austin, think Rocky Horror).  Her writing contains all the key elements of a great story which will hold your interest from the first page until the last.

Kerry’s first novel, Raven’s Way, was published in 2006 after 6 months of writing and 3-4 months of editing.  Her current book, Raven’s Rage, Order of the Claw took far longer to complete and has been her most challenging creative effort to date.  Sheer determination made Kerry stick
with this book until it was completed including several detours and taking an extended break to recapture her muse.

Kerry started out writing poetry.  She joined the Soul Asylum Poetry and Publishing family in 2004.  Prior to joining the team at Soul Asylum, Kerry published a book of poetry titled Sea of Emotion under the Publish America label.  As Kerry’s poems became longer, she decided it was time write her first novel.

Pennsylvania born and raised, Kerry started writing stories at the tender age of 5 about Disney characters and super heroes.  A voracious reader, Kerry is a big horror and science fiction fan.  She described herself as a kid who liked to get lost in a good book.  Kerry also has a collection of over one hundred werewolf novels!

Kerry took a long break from writing due to a lack of confidence.  She resumed writing while recuperating from a serious medical condition.  Kerry decided it was time to do the things she always wanted to do!  Writing was at the top of the list.  Bolstered by good feedback from posting her poetry online, Kerry has moved forward and never looked back.  Kerry has been greatly inspired by author Laurell K. Hamilton and particularly her New York Times best selling Anita Blake series.  Anita Blake gave Kerry the push to do the Raven trilogy.

Kerry has several chapters written for Raven Unleashed (book 3).  She also has another book in the works called Scrolls of Sorrow.  Instead of traditional chapters, Scrolls of Sorrow is divided into scrolls.  Each scroll includes a poem.  Kerry is hoping for a summer 2010 release date according to her blog!  She also has an unreleased book of poetry and short stories called Along A Burning Highway.  The poetry is light to dark.  My personal favorite is her dark poetry!  Kerry works full time so all this prolific writing takes place on nights and weekends.

I asked Kerry what her greatest reward has been as an author.  She quickly answered holding a copy of Raven’s Way in her hand.

Kerry is a fascinating person and an incredible writer.  I encourage you to check out her books!

You can learn more about Kerry L. Marzock and order her books from http://www.soulasylumpoetry.com

Kerry has a blog which you can find at http://www.kmarzock714.wordpress.com

Tuesday September 15th 9pm on Whistle Radio. Alive and kicking in Pa! And what a lineup we have! Tune In!

PRESS RELEASE

This Tuesday September 15th, 9pm EST, we will be airing our latest live in PA show, with in studio guests…

Singer/Songwriter Paul Kurrey, with special guest Dave Alexander. Poet/Horror Novelist Kerry L Marzock and Singer/Songwriter Kevin Ricci. Poet/Lyricist Paula Lizzi, as well as Kevin Mackie of the Band Only Human. We will have local Booking Agent, and Journalist David Wannop in to share some of his music knowledge, and talk about some of the bands he has worked with, and to share also some music with us. Also, Darlene Fogel will help co host the show, and wonderful Poet in her own rank, and we will highlight some music from local singer/songwriter Ellen Lerner!

Paul Kurrey Singer Songwriter, who is currently working on the final stages of his upcoming full length CD “Time To Move On” with his first single of the same title to be preformed live in the studio! Look for Paul’s Cd to be coming out Mid October, to Late October through Double K Records.

Dave Alexander is also with Paul, and is an amazing Singer and Songwriter in his own rank. Having just gotten back from a tour of several cities with Paul, Dave will share with us some of his experiences along the way. Also Dave has just recently signed with Double K and will be working on his new CD to be released through us.

We have Darlene Fogel Poet in to help Co Host this show, and as well Horror Novelist, and Poet Kerry L Marzock in to read some of her darker poetry, and to share with us a little about the upcoming book “Raven’s Rage” a follow up to her extraordinary first book “Raven Way”

Local Singer Song Writer Kevin Ricci will be in the house, an incredible singer, who not only plays the guitar on his CD’s but also the Piano, with a soft and melodic voice, and beautiful compositions, you will love Kevin’s live performances on the show, and as well learn a little about what is happening in Kevin’s life.

We have a wonderful surprise, local Booking Agent, and Journalist David Wannop will be in the studio to talk a little about the history of music in Philly, and ways you can help to promote yourself and more. As well David will share with us some of the success stories of bands he has worked with over the years, and some of the not so successful ones. while sharing some great music along the way!

We have Paula Lizzi local Poet and Lyricist with Kevin Mackie Singer Songwriter with the Band Only Human, pictured 3 and 4th from the right. Paula will share with us some poetry, and Kevin some music from his band Only Human, and will also share with us, some information about the NYC coalition for healthy foods!

Now last but certainly not least we have the beautiful Ellen Lerner, who so wanted to be with us in the studio but could not make it physically, we have brought some of Ellen’s music to our show, and will talk a little about this wonderful pianist singer songwriter! Ellen will also be brought to a future show via a telephone interview, where we will delve a little deeper in to Ellen’s music and past!

What a great show we have in store for you, so make sure you tune in Tuesday night for an action packed show, of live music, interviews, and fun!

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If you have trouble tuning in tonight please feel free to call toll free 1-866-902-6655 and we will help walk you through the plugin for windows media… enjoy the show and blessings from all of us at Soul!

Make sure to tune in for this great show, and do a Google search of all these amazing people, and pick up a Book or Cd today!

You will find many of them profiled at Soul and Double K

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We would like to thank Roy Keeler of the Pottstown Herald for coming out to covert the show, and for providing these wonderful photographs from the day.

http://www.pottstownherald.com/ is the link. They are Pottstown, Pennsylvania’s largest online newspaper. Check out there online newspaper, and all of the happenings in Pa!

As well we would like to thank, Gulio and the Birdland Music and Recording Studio for opening their doors for us to put on this wonderful show in Pa. 107B Walnut Street Lansdale PA 19446. Check out Birdland for all your recording and music needs!

Whistle Radio 102.7 Tonight at 9 PM. Be there!

Tonight 9pm, a Live in Pa replay,Bevin Caulfield, Evro, Kerry L Marzock and more on Whislte Radio 102.7!

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You should be able to click on Listen Live in the column on your right and enjoy the broadcast.

What a great show, with interviews, music, and poetry, live preformances, and a perfect way to lead in to next weeks show! Which will have Ellen Lerner, Paul Kurrey, Dave Alexander, David Wannop, Kerry L Marzock, Only Human, and Paula Lizzi, as well, we have Kevin Ricci, and Darlene Fogel, with music by Iota, Amos Lee, The Lowlands, and so much more! Make sure to tune in tonight at 9pm, and also next Tuesday for two great shows all live, all Pa!

Exciting day at Birdland Studios In Lansdale

Spent the afternoon at a recording for broadcast of a two hour radio show featuring live musicians and a poet/novelist.  4+ hours of work go into a two hour show.  Met some amazingly talented people and learned alot.  Took some great pictures which I will be sharing with all of you along with a write up in the next few days when I get everything together! Made some new friends too!

Birdland Studios In Lansdale

I have been invited to attend a taping for broadcast at Birdland Studios in Lansdale for Soul Asylum Publishing and DK Records tomorrow afternoon.  How cool is that!

Roxborough horror novelist Kerry Marzock will be interviewed about her October 13th release of Raven’s Rage and a number of bands will be performing some songs to be taped for broadcast as well.  This will be a first for me.  I will also get to meet the owner of Soul Asylum and DK Records!  Taking the camera!!

Look for coverage , pictures and maybe an interview if time permits. 

Exciting!!!!