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PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK (NOVEMBER)

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.   Spiders?   Housewife 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 […]


CRUSHIN’ AESTHETIC SECTARIANISM & THE REVOLUTION <3

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 […]


5 QUESTIONS FOR P’UNK AVE!

5 QUESTIONS FOR P'UNK AVE!

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 […]


APIARY’S AMAZING OVERHAUL: TWO ISSUES & A NEW WEBSITE

APIARY'S AMAZING OVERHAUL: TWO ISSUES & A NEW WEBSITE

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 […]


PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK (October)

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. 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 […]


WARRIOR WRITERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LOVELLA CALICA

WARRIOR WRITERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH 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. […]


GOING BACK TO SCHOOL? YOU’LL NEED THESE POEMS!

Whether you’re a teacher or a student, when September comes — so does English class! Need a pep talk, a fresh perspective, or a glimpse of beauty? Well, we’ve compiled several poems to keep you sharp on the bus, in the hall, or in front of the blackboard (or is it smart-board now?). If you […]


WHAT’S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!

WHAT'S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!

When Brave New Voices — one of the most stellar youth poetry events in the country — came to Philadelphia in July, APIARY’s Fyodor Badkhen was sure to attend. Looking to find out who you really are? Writing poetry can certainly help. Of course, we don’t have to tell you that!  Imagine this: Hundreds of people from across […]


Where It’s At: APIARY’s Very Big Year

Dearest honeybees, Lillian here, co-founder and co-editor of APIARY. You may have noticed that this summer feels a little … different. For the last 5 years, the arrival of summer has meant a rowdy dance party and the delivery of a new issue of APIARY. A reason to wear your new dancing shoes! A sheaf […]


APIARY & LOVE, US PRESENT SOUNDS IN A GALLERY

APIARY & LOVE, US PRESENT SOUNDS IN A GALLERY

On July 26th APIARY and Love, Us will host Sounds in a Gallery. Poets Kirwyn Sutherland, Brandon Holmquest, Sekai’afua Zankel, and Ryan Eckes will perform. Plus, we’ll being kicking off an open mic! Come for community, come for positivity, come for love. More info below!


CAMDEN’S NEWEST LIT JOURNAL: COOPER STREET

Recently, a troop of Rutgers-Camden MFA students founded a literary journal with a sleek urban edge entitled Cooper Street. Spearheaded by Greg Sullivan, Cooper Street released its first issue online in May and is incredibly excited for what the future holds. Be sure to visit Cooper Street online after reading! Steve Burns interviews. Burns: What motivated you to […]


PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK (JULY)

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For July, Gontarek discusses the work of Hal Sirowitz, who is hilarious. You may laugh.   New Sheets I won’t be around forever, Mother said. One day I’m going to die, so I might as well nag you a little bit […]


CARLOS SOTO-ROMAN ON SENSATION, CHILE, & DIRTY FRANK’S

Back when Clark Park was covered in snow, Aidan Un, a West Philly videographer and photographer, filmed Carlos Soto-Roman as he read from The Exit Strategy. Published just before Soto-Roman left Philly for Chile, the chapbook serves as both a farewell and gateway into newer, more fantastic frontiers. In the interview below, Soto-Roman discusses the process of departure, the evolution of his […]


REVIEW: LEEWAY’S SECOND TRANS LITERARY SALON

Last week The Leeway Foundation hosted its Second Trans Literary Salon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center which brought Annie Mok, KOKUMO, J Mase III, Imogen Binnie, and DarkMatter together to perform — comedically, rhythmically, and quite explosively. APIARY Magazine cosponsored and attended the salon. We loved every minute of it. Steve Burns Between Annie Mok’s […]


OUTLOUD: PACK POEMS & SLAM AS INTERPRETIVE DANCE

Outloud is a monthly column on spoken word, Philly lit, and the nature of the universe spit one stanza at a time. Views here are not necessarily held by APIARY and its staff. Talk is cheap. Thirst is everything. Longmire. Regardless of community or purpose, I have found most poets consider writing to be a solitary […]


PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK

PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For June, Gontarek discusses the work of Bob Perelman. Bob Perelman bought a book of photographs in Chinatown. For the photographs, he wrote captions. From the captions, he composed a poem, China. Here are the opening lines:   We live on […]


ANNIE MOK TALKS CAPITALISM, MAGIC, & WHITMAN’S SEX APPEAL

ANNIE MOK TALKS CAPITALISM, MAGIC, & WHITMAN'S SEX APPEAL

Annie Mok is an illustrator, comics writer, and pop singer living in Philadelphia. Recently, Annie sat down with APIARY staffer Mai Schwartz to talk about capitalism, magic, Walt Whitman’s sex appeal, and how you know you’re doing your best work as an artist. On June 12th, she’ll be reading at the Leeway Foundation’s Trans Literary Salon. […]


STEVE CLARK ON STORYTELLING & THE SCENE

STEVE CLARK ON STORYTELLING & THE SCENE

Two-time First Person Arts Storytelling Champion Steve Clark was kind enough to write about the art of performance, success, the occasional failure, and Philly’s spellbinding storytelling scene for APIARY this week. On June 8th Steve & Warren Longmire will be hosting The This Show: A Storytelling and Poetry Show about Itself, a blend of tech, tales, […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE CITY OF YOUR MIND

Poet Sean Lynch released his first collection, the city of your mind, in December 2013 through Whirlwind Press, located in Camden, NJ. Lynch received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in 2009 for his essays on social justice. He is also the editor of a poetry collection by Rocky Wilson. I received the city […]


PHILLY LITERARY FAMILY REUNION & POTLUCK!

APIARY is entering its 5th year (WOWZA) and it’s been one wild adventure. In a city of countless artists, poets, writers, storytellers, and publishers, it’s easy to speed by one another. APIARY’s met many newfound brothers and sisters, weirdo cousins, inspiring aunties and uncles, adorable nieces and nephews, and wise grands. We’re a family, so let’s […]


EVENT PREVIEW: LEEWAY’S SECOND TRANS LITERARY SALON

Comics, cyborgs, radical literary artists, educators, and activists — the upcoming Second Trans Literary Salon boasts some of the boldest, most diverse acts around.  Hosted by the Leeway Foundation as part of the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, the Second Trans Literary Salon will showcase poetry, fiction, memoir, and spoken word from an array of artists including […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING

Eric Smith’s The Geek’s Guide to Dating (Quirk Books) is stylish, sincere, and downright funny. It is also surprisingly passionate — and not only about geek culture. This book’s got real heart (even if it is a 2D one). Steve Burns So you’re addicted to Game of Thrones. You know the difference between an MMOG, MMORPG, and […]


OUTLOUD: 30 FOR 30, OR HOW TO MAKE POETRY CASSEROLE

Outloud is a monthly column on spoken word, Philly lit, and the nature of the universe spit one stanza at a time. Views here are not necessarily held by APIARY and its staff. Talk is cheap. Thirst is everything. Longmire. *Due to a deluge of content, this edition of Outloud should be read in the voice […]


PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For May, Gontarek discusses the work of Elaine Terranova.  Elaine Terranova was born in Philadelphia and, except for a few years off in South Jersey and Rome, has lived here all her life. She won the Walt Whitman Award in 1991 for […]