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A pair of poets to read at the Newtown Bookshop

  • Newtown Bookshop 2535 South Eagle Road Newtown, PA, 18940 United States (map)

Lynn Fanok has written a poetry collection that reflects upon her Ukrainian cultural heritage, including the shared history of her father’s memories as a WWII labor camp survivor. Most recently, her poetry has appeared in The Painted Bride Quarterly. Lynn has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and college level English. She holds a M.A.E. from Arcadia University and B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, Abington. Lynn lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she leads a poetry series at a local independent bookstore.

FRAN BAIRDstudied with David Ignatow in the 1980s and more recently at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop with Cathy Smith Bowers, John Drury and Jamey Dunham. He was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2009 for his poem “Neshaminy,” published in the Schuylkill Valley Journal. He currently studies with poet Leonard Gontarek as a member of the Osage Avenue Poets. As an adjunct professor he has taught social work and psychology at LaSalle University and criminal justice at West Chester University. He has been conducting a weekly and on-going poetry workshop at Phoenix (formerly Graterford) Prison for the last 2 years with long-term, incarcerated men, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Prison Literacy Project and Lifers, Inc. In the winter edition 2017, the Schuylkill Valley Journal published 10 poems by 5 individuals from the workshop.

His first chapbook, Painting With My Father, has been published by Finishing Line Press.