Caesura Poetry Festival

Friday, October 18 thru Sunday, October 20, 2019

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Poetry Festival & Retreat at Camphill Soltane’s Glenmoore Estate

Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Poetry Festival & Retreat at Camphill Soltane’s Glenmoore Estate is a weekend full of poetry performances, workshops, music, self-care, inspiration, and education featuring some of the most well-known poets in the area and beyond. This year will include a drum circle and bonfire after the Saturday night banquet, opportunities to meet other poets, be published, and relax and enjoy fall at the beautiful Glenmoore Estate.

Friday, October 18

7 to 9 pm

Performance by NO RIVER TWICE
– Open to the Public $5-

Professional Poetry Critiques
2 – 6 pm (register)

at Community Arts Phoenixville, 207 Bridge Street, Phoenixville PA 19460

Saturday, October 19

9 am to 9 pm

8 am Breakfast & Registration

Workshops, Poetry Readings
Drum Circle and Bonfire

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner include

at Camphill Soltane, 224 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343

Sunday, October 20

8 am to 3 pm

8 am Breakfast & Registration

Music & Meditation followed by workshops

Breakfast & Lunch included

at Camphill Soltane, 224 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343

All tickets include No River Twice Performance, workshops and meals unless otherwise indicated.

Some event experiences may be offered for an additional fee.

Overnight accommodations are not included.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Event Cost


Weekend Pass $185

(overnight accommodations not included)

Day Pass  $99

(Saturday or Sunday)


A limited number of campsites are available on-site for an additional fee and can be reserved using the link above.

Friday – No River Twice 

Community Arts Phoenixville

207 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Saturday | Sunday

Camphill Soltane Glenmoore Estate 

224 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343


I highly recommend this retreat. I went last year and found it to be a really good, calm focus on poetry. I’m excited to be returning this year to teach a workshop on sense of place in poetry

Cleveland Wall

Participant Caesura 2018, Instructor 2019

Win a Scholarship to Caesura!

We are excited to announce an opportunity to for a college student to win a chance to attend the festival thanks to the generous contribution of Rodger Lowenthal, MCPL Advisory Board Member and host of Rodger’s House Concerts.

The winner will be able to attend the 2-day festival for free…..Read More


Yolanda Wisher | Caesura Poet in Residence

Philadelphia-based poet Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. A Pew and Cave Canem Fellow, she has been a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook and Aspen Words. Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals and currently works as the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary. She regularly performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters and is part of the first cohort of artists with studios at the Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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.





All Poetry workshops are staffed, but instructors for self – care options are still needed to host Tai Chi, Meditation & Yoga

Have your poem ready to upload when you register. It will be sent to the poets in advance so they can prepare for your appointment.


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