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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 […]


IN REVIEW: PHILLY POETRY DAY (PT. 3)

IN REVIEW: PHILLY POETRY DAY (PT. 3)

On April 12th, 2014 The Osage Poets read from a sunny porch on Osage Ave among spring greenery, an audience in folding chairs, and a single cat in celebration of Philly Poetry Day — the first day of its kind. APIARY and poet Leonard Gontarek asked Philly Poetry Day participants to chronicle the day, share their […]


IN REVIEW: PHILLY POETRY DAY (PT. 2)

IN REVIEW: PHILLY POETRY DAY (PT. 2)

On April 12th, 2014 poets appeared in and around museums, above the Schuylkill River, in pizzerias, galleries, behind drum kits, and beyond in celebration of Philly Poetry Day — the first day of its kind. APIARY and poet Leonard Gontarek asked Philly Poetry Day participants to chronicle the day, share their experiences, and showcase the power […]


IN REVIEW: PHILLY POETRY DAY (PT. 1)

On April 12th, 2014 poets sprung up beneath blooming magnolia trees, beside plump vegetables, in libraries, in front of cafes, and beyond in celebration of Philly Poetry Day — the first day of its kind. APIARY and poet Leonard Gontarek asked Philly Poetry Day participants to chronicle the day, share their experiences, and showcase the […]


BOOK REVIEW: LION AND LEOPARD

Lion and Leopard, Nathaniel Popkin’s most recent release, was published by Philadelphia’s The Head & The Hand Press. Popkin serves as co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine; in Lion and Leopard he captures Philadelphia’s emerging 19th century art scene like few authors can. APIARY staff writer Stephen Piccarella was happy to get his hands on a copy.    […]


PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK

In  PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For April, Gontarek discusses the work of Katie Ford.  Katie Ford lives in Philadelphia and travels 80 miles, three times a week, to teach in Lancaster. She has a three-year old daughter, Maggie. She was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as […]


EVENT PREVIEW: LASER LIFE @ A-SPACE

“THEIR LIFE WAS LIVED IN LASER” On Friday, April 11, 7 pm West Philly collective, Metropolarity, will be hosting a fresh installment of the Laser Life reading series at the A-Space Anarchist Community Center. Laser Life is a space where members of the LGBT community can “express their visions, projections, wars, romances, speculations, fears, battles, and dreams in […]


OUTLOUD: LOUDER THAN A BOMB DROPS IN CAMDEN

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. Steve Burns “I thought it was nursery rhymes n’ stuff, but when I went into my […]


LOCAL LIT: BREAKING INTO THE SCENE

How does a local literary publication work? What opportunities are available for emerging writers? Editorial and publishing processes seem complex — where to begin? Answer these questions and more on Tuesday, April 8th at 6 p.m when Widener University’s English Department hosts a round table discussion with three local lit-mags! Featured speakers are APIARY’s executive […]