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APIARY & WHYY: FRIDAY ARTS SPECIAL!

APIARY & WHYY: FRIDAY ARTS SPECIAL!

APIARY was recently featured on WHYY’s “Friday Arts”! Learn about how poetry inspires the APIARY staff – and the kind of writing we love! Thank you to WHYY for this very special opportunity! For more Friday Arts segments, visit WHYY’s archive.


HERE, HERE! STUNG CONTEST FINALISTS REVEALED!

The APIARY editors have been up late night after night reading your fabulous submissions to STUNG, our first ever contest. Philly loves a good fight and what a rumble we had. You guys sent in over one thousand submissions! Thank you! After wrapping up #APIARYGoGo, it was so fun for our staff to get back […]


PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK (JANUARY)

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For January, Gontarek discusses the work of Charlotte Boulay. Charlotte Boulay keeps her finger close to the Refresh key, the original, the new. She uses simple terms to explore complexity. From Aubade with Whistle: Birds scritching in the eaves chuckling […]


PAPER MAKING W/ THE PEOPLE’S PAPER CO-OP

Not Just Pulp and Water: Paper Making with the People’s Paper Co-op! Take those old short-stories and those painful sestinas and turn them into beautiful, personalized chapbooks! Where? The People’s Paper Co-op, 2558 Germantown Ave. When? March 19th, 2015. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The Head and The Hand will be traveling to the People’s Paper Co-op to pulp […]


THE WOMEN OF SLAM LAND AT THE PHILLY PIGEON

THE WOMEN OF SLAM LAND AT THE PHILLY PIGEON

In case you missed the latest Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam (you made a big mistake, bub), we’re hear to catch you up! This month’s slam was an all women’s slam; the winner of this event earned a spot in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. The host of the Philly Pigeon, Jacob Winterstein, was […]


WHY WAS 2014 A GREAT YEAR FOR POETRY?

WHY WAS 2014 A GREAT YEAR FOR POETRY?

Wow. Wow wow. Wow wow wow. Where do we begin? 2014 was a plentiful and exciting year for poetry and for APIARY. So many performances, so many events, and so many collaborations really wowed us this year. We have a new Poet Laureate. Brave New Voices visited Philadelphia. APIARY helped organize the city’s first Philly […]


WINNERS OF THE APIARY / GIGANTIC SEQUINS CONVERSION CONTEST!

5 Years of Philly Lit (Plus: Cake) As we contemplate the New Year, we’re tying up loose ends. This fall we had the privilege of celebrating our 5th birthday with Gigantic Sequins, a fellow Philadelphia literary magazine, with cake, a reading and a writing contest at Temple Contemporary. The contest highlighted the cross-pollination that occurs […]


FOUR POEMS FOR FERGUSON

FOUR POEMS FOR FERGUSON

Poetry permits us to question, confront, and push back against the issues that enrage and haunt us. Recently, APIARY put out a call for poems discussing the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this past August. Below are the poems of Soledad Alfaro-Allah, Camae, Courtney Gambrell, and Nicole Brooks. Thank you for being so […]


WE’RE ON OUR WAY! THANK YOU!

WE'RE ON OUR WAY! THANK YOU!

Hey friends! If you are coming here from our APIARY Phone Bank, click HERE to donate.  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 […]


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 […]