Caesura Poetry Festival

Friday, October 14 thru Sunday, October 16, 2022

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Poetry Festival is going hybrid this year.

Caesura features workshops and readings with incredibly talented poets from the tri-state area and beyond, and offers an opportunity to spend time with members of the poetry community. This is a flexible festival, you can join us in our home at Eclipse Center for Creative Community in Lansdale or access all workshops via video with no travel required with some portions live via zoom.  You can choose to come all three days or book just one.

Friday, October 14

Professional Poetry Critiques

Available by appointment  **Book Here**

Fee: $25 for a 30 minute deep dive critique into one poem

Gilad Jaffe Workshop

Via Zoom from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Friday, October 14

No River Twice 7 to 9 pm

** On-site at Eclipse & Open to the Public **

Saturday, October 15

Workshops & Open Mic

8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 am – Workshops begin

Continental Breakfast & Boxed lunch included

Dinner on your own

Open Mic 7 pm

Sunday, October 16

Workshops & Announcements

8:30 am – Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 am – Workshops begin

Continental Breakfast & Boxed lunch included



The timing and price were perfect. What a wonderful series of instructors and events during that week. I attended every workshop and event and learned SO much...I made many new friends and look forward to meeting them in person one day...CAESURA provides an excellent example of just how an online conference with numerous workshops can succeed.

Jeanne Ridley

Participant & Instructor Caesura 2020

$175 (all 3 days) or $99 a day

Virtual Option  $129

Southeastern Pennsylvania's Poetry Festival & Retreat will go hybrid this year to make it easy for everyone to attend in whatever way suits them.

*Virtual offers access to recordings of all workshops and to select live workshops.

Tickets are non-refundable.

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

ON-SITE Ticket Info

Ticket price includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch and all events on the day (or days) you book unless indicated otherwise.

All Access pass – $175, includes 3 days of events and workshops and access to all the recorded workshops after the event

Day pass – $99 Saturday or Sunday, includes that day’s workshops and access to the recorded workshops after the event.

VIRTUAL Access Tickets

Tickets include live access to select workshops and events and all recorded workshops.

Virtual attendees will have the option to contact a workshop instructor of their choice with questions, comments, or to send a poem for feedback.


Professional Poetry Critiques

Book now for Friday, October 14

Have a poem read and critiqued by award winning, published poet laureates who have taught at colleges, conferences and special events.

Fee: $25 for a 30 minute deep dive critique into one poem

**Book Your Critique Here**

 2022 WORKSHOP HOSTS coming soon – 2021 below

Chad Frame

Chad Frame’s work appears in Rattle, Pedestal, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere, including iTunes from the Library of Congress. He is Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the Poetry Editor of Ovunque Siamo, a founding member of the No River Twice poetry improv performance troupe, and founder of the Caesura Poetry Festival and Retreat. His full-length collection, Little Black Book, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen was the 2019 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, PA. Her poems appear in journals such as Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, East Coast Ink, North of Oxford, One Art Journal, Passager, Philadelphia Stories, Rockvale Review, Rogue Agent and Toho Journal. She authored Camera Obscura (Moonstone Press, 2017), Etching the Ghost (Atmosphere Press, 2021) and Sparks and Disperses (Cornerstone Press, forthcoming 2021.) Her artwork is on view at Cerulean Arts Gallery ( and

Nicole Greaves

Nicole Greaves’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary reviews and was awarded prizes by The Academy of American Poets and the Leeway Foundation. She was a finalist for the Coniston Prize of Radar Poetry, who nominated her for The Best of the Net. She was also a finalist for the Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest, the Dogfish Head Poetry Contest, and Glass Lyre’s open reading period. She is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Montgomery County.

Glenn McLaughlin

Glenn McLaughlin is retired from over thirty years working in the chemical industry and a brief five year experience teaching high school chemistry and physics. He is the 2013 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in Poetry (2009) for his collection, “Forms of Lectio”.

Daniel Simpson & Ona Gritz

Daniel Simpson and Ona Gritz co-authored Border Songs: A Conversation in Poems and co-edited More Challenges for the Delusional, an anthology of prose, poetry, and writing prompts. Their work has been anthologized in About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times and Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, and has appeared, together and apart, in various journals, including Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, River Teeth, Margie, and Nine Mile Magazine.

Mary Jo LoBello Jerome

Mary Jo LoBello Jerome, 2019 Bucks County Poet Laureate, edited the recently published Fire Up the Poems, an anthology of creative writing prompts for teachers. Her poems and stories have been published in numerous magazines. A former teacher, Mary Jo holds an MFA from Vermont College and has written for The New York Times and Scholastic Publications. She is working on her first full-length poetry collection.

Amy Small-McKinney

Amy Small-McKinney’s chapbook, One Day I Am A Field, is forthcoming with Glass Lyre Press. Her second full-length book of poems, Walking Toward Cranes, won the Kithara Book Prize (Glass Lyre Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, for example, American Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, and SWWIM, and have been translated into Romanian and Korean. For more information, check out her website:

Jane Edna Mohler

Jane Edna Mohler is the current Bucks County Poet Laureate. Her full-length book of poems, Broken Umbrellas, was published by Kelsay Books in 2019. Her poems also appear in many literary journals. She is the 2016 winner of Main Street Voices poetry competition, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a Robert Fraser finalist. She has presented on the craft of poetry at the 2020 and 2021 Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference in Maryland.

MaryAnn L. Miller

MaryAnn L. Miller is the author of Cures for Hysteria (Finishing Line Press 2018) and Locus Mentis (PS Books 2012.) She has been thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Ovanque Siamo, Stillwater Review, and anthologies Welcome to the Resistance and Illness as a Form of Existence. Miller is also a visual artist with artist books in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Miller has Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis.

Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri is Maryland’s Tenth Poet Laureate. She’s the author of 26 books and chapbooks of poetry. She’s had several plays, short-form and full-length, produced. She produces and hosts “The Poet and the Poem,” for public radio, 44 years on-air, now from The Library of Congress. She has taught poetry workshops in colleges throughout the country. Her latest books are “Grace Art-Poems and Paintings;” and “The Secret Letters of Madame de Stael.”

Doris Ferleger

Doris Ferleger, award-winning poet and memoir essayist and 2009 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County PA, is the author three other volumes of poetry: Big Silences in a Year of Rain (Main Street Rag 2010), When You Become Snow (Finishing Line Press 2011), and As the Moon Has Breath (Main Street Rag 2013). Winner of the New Letters Poetry Prize and the AROHO CNF Prize, among others, her work has been published in numerous literary journals including Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, L.A. Review, and South Carolina Review. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a Ph.D. in Psychology and maintains a mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Wyncote PA.


Master of Ceremonies – Chad Frame

Chad Frame, Director of MCPL, will host and emcee Caesura 2020. Chad’s work appears in Rattle, Pedestal, Mom Egg Review, Philadelphia Stories, Barrelhouse, Rust+Moth, and other journals and anthologies, as well as on iTunes from the Library of Congress. He is the Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Montgomery County, the Poetry Editor of Ovunque Siamo: New Italian-American Writing, a founding member of the No River Twice poetry improv performance troupe, and co-founder of the Caesura Poetry Festival and Retreat

Watch this space

Hosted by many

...for the workshops

wonderfully talented and generous poets

...coming to Caesura 2022

…from the tri-state area, and beyond


Reach a new audience & support the literary arts in Montgomery County.