Monica McIntyre
Maleka Fruean
Victoria Pearson
Gweny Love

Robins Bookstore
108 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Sam Presents is a loosely seasonal event curated by Samantha Barrow and Larry Robin. This is the kickoff event, woo hoo!

Samantha Barrow is a nationally celebrated poet, performer, activist and educator. She’s been known to ride her motorcycle around the country, sharing her work in bars, universities, libraries, cafes and sex shops. Her radio appearances have ranged from late night anarchist programs to mainstream prime time. She has received multiple grants from the Leeway Foundation to tour and to facilitate Sound / Body / Love / Poem; gently erotic poetry workshops for survivors of sexual abuse. Because of this work, she was honored to speak alongside Sonia Sanchez and Marjorie Agosin on a panel entitled Betrayed: Violence Against Women. The Feminist Review writes, “Her voice is that of a woman who has the ability to make the intangible become tangible right before our very eyes. Barrow's book maintains the idea of hope despite painful memories, a kind of hope that can vanquish former tribulations and make way for a new, bright future. Truly inspiring.”

She is the author of GRIT and tender membrane (Plan B Press), Jelly (a chapbook, Tiger / Monkey Alliance), and Chap (self published). Her poetry, prose, reviews and interviews have been widely published in places such as Off Our Backs, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia City Paper, Lesbian Nation and Feminist Review. She lives in New York City.


(Soma)tic Poetry Workshops. In this frantic, routine-driven world we need freedom from regimented poetry writing, and a healthy dose of walking the space between Soma (spirit) and Somatic (body). Using gemstones, trees, and the city itself, we will create deliberate, sustained physical manipulations to generate language to write our poems. Every thing is new every time we embark, and opening our minds to having that freedom in our lives everyday to write poems is what these workshops are about. CAConrad's book (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press) was written after eating and living with a single color for a day. Poem samples, as well as a link to his monthly (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises can be found HERE. Poetry is for everyBody, therefore everyBody is welcome!

We will meet at Logan's Circle fountain (on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 19th Street in Philadelphia) at noon to discuss poetry we're reading, or whatever we want to talk about concerning poetry. Then at 1:08 we will get started with the workshop, which will last to about 5pm or so.

Sign-up for ALL 4 SUNDAYS is ONLY $108
or take one or more for $27 a class
The 4 Sundays are July 6, 13, 20, 27

Sign-up DEADLINE is June 22nd, or until there are enough slots filled.
Write to CAConrad at with
---dates you will be attending
---your phone number (this is in case it is raining on workshop day and we need to meet indoors)


silent auction at Poetry Project

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
Silent Art Auction Fundraiser (& Book Sale)

Saturday, May 24, 2-7pm - $15
(performances, wine and snacks included in admission)

131 E. 10th St. (& 2nd Ave.)

Please join us for our 3rd biennial Silent Art Auction Fundraiser! View work from established and emerging visual artists. Enjoy live performances and readings at the top of each hour (3, 4, 5, & 6 pm) on the Sanctuary stage. Shop for rare and signed books and printed matter. Purvey the activity from the (free) wine bar on the balcony, then outbid your friends and fellow enthusiasts on your favorite works of art.

Performances by Richard Hell; Jeni Olin; Bruce Andrews and Sally Silvers; Franklin Bruno; and Legends (Elizabeth Reddin, Raquel Vogl and James Loman).

Participating artists and writers include: Yvonne Jacquette, Suzan Frecon, Pamela Lawton, Emilie Clark, Etel Adnan, Susan Bee, Star Black, Rackstraw Downes, Simone Fattal, Vincent Katz, Vivien Bittencourt, Beka Goedde, Brenda Iijima, George Schneeman, Anne Waldman, Erica Svec, Christopher Warrington, Zach Wollard, Bill Berkson, Andrei Codrescu, Maureen Owen, Michael Friedman, Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky, Stephen Rosenthal, Reg E. Gaines, Robert Creeley, James Franklin, Richard Hell, Emily XYZ, Ted Greenwald, Hal Saulson, Mimi Gross, Legs McNeil, Jennifer Osborne, Ken Mikolowski, Ron Padgett, Ed Ruscha, Will Yackulic, Jim Dine, Fielding Dawson, Donna Brook, Simon Pettet, Steve Carey, May Pang, Henry Edwards, Terry Southern, Michael Cooper, Mick Rock, Baron Wolman, Lee Friedlander, Eve Babitz, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Clark Coolidge, Alice Notley, Lewis Warsh, Bernadette Mayer, Peter Schjeldahl, Richard O'Russa, David Abel, Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Greg Fuchs, Alison Collins, Nate Ethier, Anne Tardos, KB Jones, Andrew Mister, Elizabeth Zechel, Patricia Spears Jones, Hannah Weiner, Ted Berrigan & Fairfield Porter, Alfred Leslie, Justin Theroux, Marc Andre Robinson, Veselovsky Pitts, Geoffrey Hendricks, Elizabeth Robinson & Fran Herndon, Karl Klingbiel, Oren Slor, Nick Piombino, Jack Collom, Erica Wessmann, Danny Fields, Kate Simon, Yoko Ono, Kiki Smith, Phong Bui, Basil King, Elizabeth Castagna & Edwin Torres, Debra Jenks, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Felver, Tony Fitzpatrick, Hank O'Neal, and more t.b.a. PLUS: bid on a tarot reading with CAConrad, bid to compose a collaborative poem with Ted Greenwald, bid on a hypnosis session with Maggie Dubris, and more otherworldly experiences!

Visit our online auction database. We are adding items everyday!

If you can’t make the party, please contact us at 212-674-0910 or for information on proxy bidding. Every dollar earned will benefit the continuance of the Poetry Project!