Past Performances

February 27, 2020 - Jewish Community Center of Wyomissing.  Read poetry as part of an Activity Program for 12 participants, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What Matters To You, resulting in “A Poem For Everyone.” Presentation 88.

 

February 25, 2020 - Mifflin Community Library.  Read poetry as part of Story Time Program for children, 18-months to 4 years old, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What I Like, resulting in “Goose, Moose, Figgy Can Fly or Animal Parade.” 

 

February 14, 2020 - Art Plus Gallery, West Reading, PA.  Two poems selected and paired with original artwork with live reading of “Why Go” from the Sailing to Calencia Collection, paired with Keith Rentschler’s painting, Sunset Sail; also, “Tree Talk,” paired with Vince Burk’s painting, Winter’s Glow.

 

December 6, 2019 - Schuylkill Valley Community Library.  Read poetry as part of Story Time Program for children, 18-months to 4 years old, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Winter Likes, resulting in “Winter Fun and Snowman Fights.” 

 

December 5, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Winter Delights/Fun, resulting in “Winter Interludes,” poem 10 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

November 26, 2019 - Schuylkill Valley Community Library.  Read poetry as part of activity program for a dozen home-schooled children, (2-10 years old), then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of I Like or Unique About Me, resulting in “What I Like.”

 

November 20, 2019 - Sinking Spring Public Library.  Read poetry as part of Story Time Program for 5 children, 18-months to 4 years old, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Thankful For, resulting in “Time for Bubble Guppies.”

 

November 13, 2019 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Feelings in Fall, resulting in “The Joys of Autumn” poem 12 in The Country Meadows Collection. Performance 81.

 

November 7, 2019 - Berks Bards, Goggle Works, Reading, PA.  Read 4 poems as part of an Open-Mic poetry reading program.

 

November 7, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Veterans, resulting in “Honor a Vet,” or “Tribute to a Vet,” poem 9 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

October 7, 2019 - Boyertown Community Library.  Read poetry as part of an afternoon activity program for home-schooled children and teens; began a group poem around the theme of Unique About Me (abbreviated performance).

 

October 5, 2019 - The Highlands of Wyomissing, Retirement Community, Community Program for all areas (Residential Living, Personal Care, and Skilled Nursing) as part of Active Aging Week.  1.5 hour, Lecture and Group Poetry production titled, What Makes Poetry Work: The Science and Magic of Rhyming Words, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Being Active, resulting in “A Day in Our Life at the Highlands.” Performance 77.

  

October 3, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Feelings in Fall, resulting in “Feelings of Fall,” poem 8 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

September 28, 2019 - WFMZ TV 69 News, Saturday Sunrise, 7:00 am - 9:00 am. Sit-down with Karin Mallett and Bo Koltnow about poetry as a therapeutic tool, group-poem production at nursing homes, and creation of a Group Poem around the theme of Deliver the News, resulting in “This is Us,” shared on air with contributions from Christina Anthony and Caleb.

 

September 11, 2019 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of I Dream, resulting in “Wishes, Sometimes” poem 11 in The Country Meadows Collection. Performance 74.

 

September 5, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of I Care About, resulting in “Smiles and Tears or What’s in Life,” poem 7 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

September 3, 2019 - Green Hills Manor, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What Matters to You, resulting in “Friendships and Invitations,” poem 1.

 

August 8, 2019 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Unique About You, resulting in “Having Fun in Retirement,” poem 10 in The Country Meadows Collection, Volume I.

 

August 1, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Unique About Me, resulting in “Things We Did Years Ago,” poem 6 in The Phoebe Collection. Performance 70.

 

August 1, 2019 - Berks Bards, Goggle Works, Reading, PA.  Read “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” by Robert Service as part of an Open-Mic poetry reading program.

 

July 30, 2019 - Muhlenberg Community Library.  2-hour interactive discussion on neuro-diversity and individuality for the Teenager Summer program, with the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Unique About Me, resulting in “Our People.” Group Poem 47.

 

July 26, 2019 - Muhlenberg Community Library.  Read poetry as part of Story Time Program for 8 children, 6-months to 4 years old, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Summer Fun, resulting in “Summer Fun.”

 

July 25, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Summer Likes, resulting in “The Days of Summer,” poem 5 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

July 18, 2019 - RDG Soul Speak, Pride Edition, Barrio Alegria, Reading, PA.  Read 2 songs as part of an Open-Mic poetry reading program celebrating the LGBTQ community. (40th free performance).

 

June 26, 2019 - Boone Area Library.  Read poetry as part of Story Time Program for 14 children, 2-6 years old, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Fun, resulting in “A Silly Poem.”

 

June 6, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Fathers Do or Did, resulting in “Out Memories of Dad,” poem 4 in The Phoebe Collection. Performance 64.

 

May 22, 2019 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Friends or Friendship, resulting in “Friendship,” poem 9 in The Country Meadows Collection.

 

May 9, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 16 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Mothers Do or Does, resulting in “She’s Always There,” poem 3 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

April 25, 2019 - Alvernia University, Master of Clinical Counseling Program.  Hosted a 2.5- hour workshop for the students in Counseling Theory class on The Power of Poetry to Enhance Therapeutic Efficacy: Creating and Conveying Meaning and Understanding Through the Magic of Words.  Reviewed the history of poetry as a healing art, applications for individual and group practice and the importance of poetry in range of clinical settings; coached the class of 16 to produce a Group Poem around the theme of Helping Others resulting in “Hear For You.”

 

April 20, 2019 - Berks Bards, Feature Poet at Sweet Ride Ice-Cream, West Reading, PA.  Read poetry for customers as part of Poetry Month.  Performance number 60.

 

April 10, 2019 - Birdsboro Berks Encore, Community Center.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 19 local participants, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Thankful in Springtime, resulting in “Thankful in Spring,” poem 1.

 

April 4, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 16 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Thankful in Springtime, resulting in “Spring Fever and Having Lots of Fun,” poem 2 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

March 15, 2019 - Phoebe of Berks, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 12 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of People Important To Me, resulting in “The Love in my Life,” poem 1 in The Phoebe Collection.

 

February 27, 2019 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 18 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What I Remember, resulting in “Memories,” poem 8 in The Country Meadows Collection.

 

February 22, 2019 - Fairlane Gardens, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 20+ residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What Matters, resulting in “Just Right,” poem 1.

 

February 7, 2019 - Berks Bards, Goggle Works, Reading, PA.  Read poetry as part of an Open-Mic Poetry Reading Program.

 

December 5, 2018 - Berks Boomers, BCTV Channel 15.  A 30-minute segment with host, Gary Hawkins, talking about the genesis of using poetry for range of settings, from recreation to clinical, with the on-air creation of a 4-line poem-snippet on the theme of Putting On A Show Available on You Tube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNubWr83oEY

 

November 21, 2018 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 20+ residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of I’d Change or What I’d Change, resulting in “Kindness and Caring,” poem 7 in The Country Meadows Collection.

 

November 10, 2018 - Muhlenberg Community Library.  Saturday afternoon local author, book promotion event at Raymour and Flanigan, Route 61.  3-hours.

 

November 6, 2018 - Reading Hospital/Tower Health, West Reading, PA.  Department of Psychiatry, Continuing Professional Education Series, Focus on Psychiatry.  Gave 1.5-hour presentation titled: The Power of Poetry to Enhance Therapeutic Efficacy: Creating and Conveying Meaning and Understanding Through the Magic of Words.  Read various poetry as part of the talk emphasizing the importance of poetry in clinical work; coached the audience (~50 participants) to produce a Group Poem around the theme of Helping Others resulting in, “Kindness in the Park.”

 

November 5, 2018 - Wyomissing Public Library.  Read poetry as part of Adult Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What Matters resulting in, “Does Cactus Matter?” Performance number 50.

 

September 12, 2018 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for ~20 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of I Wish or I Want, resulting in “Our Heritage,” poem 6 in The Country Meadows Collection.

 

August 27, 2018 - Firefly Bookstore, Kutztown, PA.  Read poetry as part of an Open-Mic Poetry Reading Program.

 

June 25, 2018 - JS Clarke Elementary School, Children’s Service Center, School Based Program.  Read poetry, then coordinated the production of a Group Poem, Theme of Feelings, called “Whole Day Routine.” Performance 47.

 

June 25, 2018 - Minersville Elementary School, Children’s Service Center, School Based Program.  Read poetry, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Relaxing/Relaxation called, “Beach Day.”

 

June 18, 2018 - Keystone Villa at Douglassville, Retirement Community, Independent Living Section.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 8 residents, then coordinated the production of a Group Poem around the theme of My Father/Dad.

 

June 14, 2018 - JS Clarke Elementary School, Children’s Service Center, School Based Program.  Read poetry, then coached the production of a Group Poem, Theme of Respect, called “Don’t Fall Asleep.”

 

May 16, 2018 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 25 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What I Enjoy resulting in “Memories of Times Past.”

 

May 11, 2018 - The Highlands of Wyomissing, Retirement Community, Skilled Nursing.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 10 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of What I Enjoy, resulting in “What I Like.”

 

March 14, 2018 - Berks Elder Network (BEN), Profiler Presentation with demonstration of Group Poem creation, 50 participants at the Wyomissing Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Wyomissing, PA; Group Poem around the theme of Aging resulting in “Growing Older.”

 

February 21, 2018 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 25 residents, Group Poem around the theme of Spring/Spring Time resulting in “Changing Seasons.”

 

November 22, 2017 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 18-25 residents, Group Poem around the theme of Thanks resulting in “Thanksgiving Day.”  Delightful article about this performance written by Diane VanDyke, freelance writer for The Reading Eagle, on 2/11/18 that can be accessed (Paper or PDF copy available on request) at:  https://www.readingeagle.com/archives/writing-group-poems/article_59dacdb8-9af0-5dd0-9b6e-8ef47b066757.html

 

September 20, 2017 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 15-21 residents, Group Poem around the theme of What Matters, or What is Important.

 

August 10, 2017 - JS Clarke Elementary School, Salisbury Behavioral Health, School Based Program.  Read poetry, then coached the production of a Group Poem, Theme of Healthy Habits, called “Brothers Day,” or “What Happens on Monday.”

 

July 18, 2017 - Wyomissing Public Library.  Read poetry as part of Building Better World, Summer Program, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Helping Others titled, “Nice Mice.”

 

July 11, 2017 - Country Meadows of Wyomissing, Retirement Community.  Read poetry as part of Activity Program for 12-15 residents, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Healthy Eating.

 

June 29, 2017 - Minersville Elementary School, Salisbury Behavioral Health, School Based Program.  Read poetry, then coached the production of a Group Poem around the theme of Self-Care and Safety that ended up being called, “Take Care.”

 

June 19, 2017 - Learning Express of Wyomissing.  Read poems for children in their Story Time Program, ages 2 to 7-year-olds.

 

December 13, 2016 - Safaa Gardens Elementary School, King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.  Read poem about caring for the sea to two groups of 1st graders as part of an Ocean Habitat Protection presentation by graduate students in Marine Science of KAUST.

 

June 23, 2016 - New Story, Minersville Elementary and JS Clarke Elementary Schools, Salisbury Behavioral Health, School Based Program.  Read poems and helped the groups develop poems about themes they selected.

 

November 6, 2015 - Berks Women in Crisis/Safe Berks, Poetry presentation for the children of the residents at the shelter, Reading, PA, including reading poetry and group poem creation.

 

October 31, 2009 - Literacy Month, Poetry presentation, Police Athletic League, Reading, PA

 

October 25, 2008 - Literacy Month, Poetry presentation, Pagoda, Reading, PA

 

October 29, 2007 - Literacy Month, Poetry presentation/reading, Goggle Works Café

 

October 19, 2007 - Literacy Month, Poetry presentation, Jewish Community Center, preschool

 

October 14, 2007 - Literacy Month, Poetry presentation, Goggle Works

 

May 9, 2007 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Snavely, three classes of 3rd graders, 45-minute presentation: editing and revising, reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

March 7, 2007 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mr. Smith, three classes of 4th graders, 45-minute presentation: editing and revising, reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

March 28, 2006 - Wilson Central Junior High, class of 7th graders, 40-minute presentation: on how to get published, editing and revising work, reading poetry.

 

November 30, 2005 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Miller, three classes of 3rd graders, 45-minute presentation: editing and revising, reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

April 7, 2004 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mr. Rechel, one class of 5th graders, 45-minute presentation: editing and revising, reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

March 8, 2004 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Showalter, one class of 1st graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

February 25, 2004 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mr. Votodian, Mrs. McLaughlin, Mr. Smith, three classes of 4th graders, 1-hour presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

January 28, 2004 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Frank's Morning Kindergarten class, 40-minute presentation: reading poetry and helping them create rhyming lines.

 

January 9, 2004 - Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Wyomissing, PA, 30th Anniversary of Cricket Publications, 15-minute presentation for preschoolers, reading poetry.

 

February 2003 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Fulmer, three classes of 4th graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

December 2002 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Snyder, two classes of 3rd graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

November 19, 2002 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Frank's Morning Kindergarten class, 30-minute presentation: reading poetry and helping them create rhyming lines.

 

November 2002 - Atonement Preschool, Mrs. Jocelyn Moyer's 4-year-old class: 20-minute reading poetry.

 

July 16, 2002 - Alvernia College Academic Camp, Susan Davis, one class of gifted teenagers: 1 hour presentation, on getting published, reading poetry and assisting in editing poetry.

 

May 2002 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Spring Ridge Arts Day, Afternoon Kindergartners, Mrs. Kelly Owens' class, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and creating poems.

 

March 2002 - Wyomissing Institute Preschool, Mrs. Schmehl's 3 to 4 year old class: 20-minute reading poetry.

 

Spring 2002 - Atonement Preschool, Mrs. Eagen's 4-5 year old class: 20-minute reading poetry.

 

Spring 2002 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mr. Riffle, three classes of 3rd graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

Fall 2001 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Fabrizio, three classes of 2nd graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

December 2000 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Plummer, three classes of 2nd graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

October 2000 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Patrizi, three classes of 1st graders, 45-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

Fall 2000 - Wyomissing Institute Preschool, Mrs. Hollinger's 3-4 year old class: 20-minute reading poetry.

 

Spring 2000 - Spring Ridge Elementary School, Mrs. Highly's Morning Kindergarten class, 30-minute presentation: reading poetry and group poetry creation.

 

April 1996, Feature Poet, Sahara Restaurant, Reading Area Poetry Society, Berks Bards.