Caesura (Virtual) Poetry Festival

Thursday, October 1 thru Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Poetry Festival & Retreat is going virtual this year.  As much as we love our annual retreat at Camphill there was no way to ensure the safety of our staff, instructors and attendees so we decided to take it online. The Virtual Caesura will still feature workshops and readings and offer an opportunity to spend time with members of the poetry community. No travel is required, so we have an opportunity to expand our reach to poets and writers from near and far and the extended schedule offers more opportunities to fit it into even the most challenging schedule. 

Register for our email newsletter below to get updates about the event as our plans come together and workshops are confirmed.  We look forward to seeing you on our screen this year and on-site next year. 

All tickets include the entire week’s workshops, reading and panels. 

Each audience member who registers prior to September 15 will include a collection of poetry books written by our workshop hosts.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Event Cost

$99 per person 

MCPL are welcoming warm professionals who create an easy environment in a beautiful setting!
The workshops were stimulating and safe…How can I say it? Cozy and challenging at the same time! Caesura is a pause I didn’t want to end.

Mary Ann Miller

Participant & Instructor Caesura 2019


Courtney Bambrick

Courtney Bambrick is poetry editor of the regional literary magazine Philadelphia Stories. Her poetry has appeared online or in print in Apiary, Certain Circuits, Dirty Napkin, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. She performed as part of the 2016 Welcome to Boog City Festival. Her chapbook “Rape Baby” was a runner up in the 2013 Pavement Saw chapbook competition and most of it was published as “Caring for Your Rape” in the Body Map series at The Fanzine, curated by Sarah Rose Etter. Courtney has taught composition, creative writing, and literature at a number of colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. In addition to poetry, Courtney has written two one-act plays for Old Academy Players’ Summer One Act Bonanza as well as adaptations of musicals for young people for Old Academy’s Children’s Arts Program which she has coordinated for more than ten years.

Hayden Saunier

Hayden Saunier is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, How to Wear This Body from Terrapin Books. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, Gell Poetry Award, Robert Frazer Award and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize. Recent publications include Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, RHINO and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A professional actor, her credits include Mindhunter, House of Cards, The Sixth Sense and the voice of a broken-down stove for Ikea. She is the founder of the poetry + improvisation performance group NoRiverTwice.

Deborah Fries

Deborah Fries is the 2006 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, selected by the late Galway Kinnell. A poet, writer and printmaker, she is the author of two books of poetry, and a contributor to numerous non-fiction publications. She serves on editorial boards for A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments and Moonstone Press. She offers multi-genre writing workshops in personal narrative and narrative medicine in the Greater Philadelphia area.  

Amy Small-McKinney

Amy Small-McKinney (MCPL 2011) won The Kithara Book Prize 2016 (Glass Lyre Press) for her second full-length collection of poems, Walking Toward Cranes. Her poems have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, Construction, upstreet, LIPS, Philadelphia Stories, The Indianapolis Review, and Tiferet Journal and in several anthologies including “Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women”, edited by Charles Fishman and Smita Sahay. Amy publishes poetry book reviews; her latest is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been translated into Korean and Romanian.

Cathy Cohen

Cathleen Cohen founded ArtWell’s We the Poets program in Philadelphia ( Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, Philadelphia Stories and other journals. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” was published by Moonstone Arts Press.  Cathleen is also a painter and currently exhibits at Cerulean Arts Gallery in Philadelphia. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy.

Chad Frame

Chad Frame is a founding member of the No River Twice poetry improv troupe. He is also the poetry editor of Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing and co-founder of the Caesura Poetry Festival. Chad has been published in various journals, including decomP, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, as well as featured on the radio program The Poet and the Poem hosted by Grace Cavalieri in association with the Library of Congress.

What free time he manages to have is often spent reading voraciously, playing obscure board or card games, or fencing foil and historical rapier. He lives in Lansdale with a bobtailed Maine Coon named Jabberwocky among precarious piles of books.

Christopher Bursk

Chris Bursk, recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, Pew Fellowships, is the author of fifteen books, including the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, Improbable Swervings of Atoms, and the Milton Kessler Award for First Inhabitants of Arcadia. In addition to teaching at Bucks County Community College, he spent three decades working in the criminal justice system. He runs a poetry workshop that dates back to 1982.

Cleveland Wall

Cleveland Wall is a poet, editor, and teaching artist in Bethlehem, PA. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Transcendent Visions, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poetry24, Freshet, Möbius, Philadelphia Stories, Full of Crow, Voicemail Poems, and Lehigh Valley Vanguard, where she was resident poet for Fall 2014 and 2015.

Cleveland collaborates with her husband, Michael Wall, in the performance art project Lyrical Wanderlust, which merges poetry with classical guitar repertoire. She is a founding member of the poetry improv group No River Twice, contributor to Lehigh Valley Poetry, a clearinghouse for community poetry events, and cohost of Tuesday Muse, a monthly poetry and music series at Bethlehem’s Ice House. When not performing, Cleveland produces small-edition, handmade chapbooks, two of which have appeared in Poets House showcases. Her first full-length poetry collection, Let X=X, drops in fall 2019 from Kelsay Press.

Hanoch Guy

Hanoch Guy Ph.D, Ed.D spent his childhood and youth in Israel. He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English.
Hanoch is an emeritus professor of Jewish and Hebrew literature at Temple University. He has taught poetry and mentoring at the Musehouse center.
Hanoch has published his poetry in the US, England, Wales, Greece, and Israel
He won awards in Poetica, Mad Poets Society, Poetry Superhighway, Philadelphia Poets, 1st prize in Better than Starbuck haiku contest, and “Terra Treblinka” is a finalist in the North Book contest.
Hanoch is the author of eight English poetry collections and a Hebrew poetry collection.

J.C. Todd

J. C. Todd is a Fellow of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and winner of the 2016 Rita Dove Poetry Prize. Author of The Damages of Morning (Moonstone Press, 2018), What Space This Body (Wind, 2008), with poems in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Paris Review, and other journals, she has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Leeway Foundation, Ucross, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
She has taught poetry at Bryn Mawr College, the MFA Program at Rosemont and is a Dodge Festival poet.

Joy Stocke

My career in writing, poetry, and food began at the knee of my grandmother – literally – an immigrant from Wiemar Germany who taught me about nature, longing, loss and renewal and who moved between two languages in her kitchen garden. I absorbed it all and through my work explore the intersection of religion, language and culture. Where better to do this than at a table?

Mary Ann L. Miller

MaryAnn L. Miller’s most recent book of poems is “Cures for Hysteria,” Finishing Line Press 2018. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published in Ovunque Siamo, Stillwater Review, Wordgathering, Kaleidoscope, International Review of African American Art and others. Her poem “Canaletto Validates My Grandmother” won an award in the 2018 Passager poetry contest. Her work is part of the anthology “Dark as a Hazel Eye,” Ragged Sky Press. For Miller, poetry and visual art intercept constantly. She was the Resident Book Artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College from 2001-2017 and is the Book Artist in Residence at Raven Fine Art Editions. Her artist books are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Special Collections at Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore, University of Iowa, Purdue University, Lafayette College, Rutgers University and Stanford University. She has designed and bound a book with the poet Nikky Finney now in the collection of President and Mrs. Obama. Miller publishes hand-bound artist books pairing artists and poets through her press:

Ona Gritz and Daniel Simpson

Ona Gritz and Daniel Simpson, who frequently give joint readings, have collaborated on two books, as co-authors of Border Songs: A Conversation in Poems (Finishing Line Press) and as co-editors of More Challenges for the Delusional: Peter Murphy’s Prompts and the Writing They Inspired (Diode Editions.) Each has work in the forthcoming book, About Us, published by Norton/Liveright, an anthology of essays which first appeared in the New York Times Disability series, and in Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetics of Disability, published by Cinquo Puntos Press. They are married and live in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.



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