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Thank you readers, writers, artists, friends, and family. Thank you not only for your generosity, but for believing in APIARY and, most importantly, the writers of Philadelphia. Over the past month, our ambitious Indiegogo campaign has raised a stunning $6,438! That’s 43% of our goal! Because of you, we’re on our way to building a shiny new website with P’unk Ave ! APIARY’s new literary digs will host the city’s first Literary Archive, a space where you, literary lover, can discover new work by Philadelphia’s diverse culture of local writers. We are so, so excited to bring this brand-new platform to you. Thank you for helping us do just that.



Credit: Patrick (Typography Shop)

Credit: Patrick (Typography Shop)

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For November, Gontarek discusses the work of Leslie Shinn.





When the spiders come
inside, surprised off
the cacti that summered out,

and string up the ceiling,
and lace the white curtain
across in the scant light,

the beauties, I breathe them down.
Unpinned, they fall
into my fine-lipped cup,

the paper lid on
through the whole house
to the sunk garden,

the hopes handed out, and staying out.



Frank Sherlock, Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, and Samir Slipchenko, a member of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM), spoke to us about what APIARY means to them and what our publication brings to the Philly poetry scene! We not only bring people of all poetic persuasions together, but we throw some serious parties too. To create more opportunities for poets to share their work, support APIARY!


“However APIARY does it, they’ve managed to just pull everything together.”


“I remember cutting out little poems and carrying them with me – and then being published there.”


Thank you so much Frank & Samir!




The P'unk Team!

The P’unk Team!

Since the summer, APIARY and P’unk Ave have been developing a brand new, totally beautiful, online home for Philly’s finest Lit. Now, we’d like to share what it’s like to work alongside some of the best designers in Philly. We asked P’unk about their design process, some of the site’s super-fresh features, and what it’s like to work with a bunch of poets. We can’t wait for launch!  Steve Burns

APIARY: P’unk prides itself on working with organizations that work towards social good. Why is important that P’unk Ave work with APIARY?

P’unk Ave: We work with organizations that have a vision for a more vibrant city. The chance to create a hub for a community as rich and diverse as the Philadelphia literary scene is so exciting to us and motivates us to solve difficult problems. Our experience bringing communities together has taught us that collaboration works best when everyone is genuinely committed to a cause, and that shared passion is worth more than any technical skill.



Since 2009 APIARY’S published over 400 Philly writers and served thousands of Philly readers for fun and for free. Why? Because we love this city’s diverse community of writers. We bring artists of all ages and backgrounds together on the page and on the stage. For the first time, we’re asking for your help, Philly! Learn more about our first Indiegogo in our campaign video below!



In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For October, Gontarek discusses someone very special: Edgar Allan Poe.

Credit: Jack Morefield

Credit: Jack Morefield

Edgar Allan Poe lives at 532 N. 7th Street, just off Spring Garden Street.
In a city of great poets, he is our greatest poet. Here are the kinds of things
he says in his poems:


Thy soul shall find itself alone


I would not love except where Death
Was mingling his with Beauty’s breath


Always write first things uppermost in the heart


                    I dwelt alone
                    In a world of moan




Courtesy  Lovella Rose Calica

Courtesy Lovella Calica

For as long as I’ve known her, Lovella Calica and the community of Warrior Writers have worked tirelessly to create spaces of healing and action through writing and art workshops for veterans. Lovella is one of the people I bring up when I try to explain the use of poetry and literature, as well as its luxury. We’ve published several authors from the group in our pages and their voices have been a vivid and important testament that we’re a country at war. And the war — as far from our daily lives as we allow it to seem — affects us all as we welcome soldiers home. I hope to see you at Warrior Writers’ reading Saturday! Lillian Dunn

Lillian: What was the process of collecting work for the Warrior Writers’ fourth anthology?

Lovella: We sent out a call for submissions more than 6 months before it was finished. Then we did a lot of calling, emailing and texting people to remind them and help them feel confident enough to submit. We saw a lot of our community face to face too, so we would talk about the book and their writing then as well.

Lillian: What process do the writers go through to create the work?

Lovella: Many of the pieces were created during our writing workshops, but many were done on their own as well. We (including a large team of volunteers) did a lot of work to help folks revise their writing. Some folks hadn’t ever done revisions and were nervous about it, while others knew about it but just had a hard time sitting with the work because some of it is very heavy. A lot of this part is about relationships and there was a good deal of growth among the writers and amongst writers. They were also encouraged to get others to look at and give feedback on their work as well.