May Monthly Poetry Group

Welcome Poets!   Join us for an evening of poetry and discussion on Thu evening, May 12th at 6:00pm.  We are delighted to have poet J.C. Todd as our guest reader at the Newtown Bookshop. J.C. will read from her new book, Beyond Repair. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm and lasts until around 7:00 pm. (Please bring a mask.) We plan on having a wonderful time and hope you will join us! 

Feel free to invite friends to join us. We are an intimate, informal group that enjoys sharing poetry with others in our surrounding communities. We hope to see you Thursday evening, May 12.


J. C. Todd’s recent books are Beyond Repair (2021), a special selection for the Able Muse Press Book Award, and The Damages of Morning (Moonstone Press, 2018), a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Award. She is the winner of the 2016 Rita Dove Poetry Prize, a finalist for two Poetry Society of America annual awards, and, most recently, a “Highly Commended” winner in the 2022 National Poetry Contest of the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom. She has held fellowships from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Center, and national and international artist residency programs. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals.

Links for books:
Beyond Repair
The Damages of Morning

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they've written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group's activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at .

The poetry group meeting is facilitated by Lynn Fanok who has written a book of poems, Bread and Fumes (Kelsay Books), about her experiences as the daughter of a WWII labor camp survivor, examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Red Wolf Press, Tiny Seed Journal, tiny wren lit, and the poetry anthology, Carry Us to the Next Well. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University.

 All are invited and welcome to join us!  

When:  2nd Thursday of each month 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
2835 South Eagle Road
Newtown, PA 18940