Friday, May 28, 2010

An Open Gathering ala Cheeky

A sizable crowd came to be a part of The Forwardian Arts Society’s first Literary Lovers’ Gathering for 2010 on Thursday May 27th at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse in Stroudsburg, PA which was followed by an Open Reading led by Joseph T. Landolfa titled, “Just Say It.” The Gathering provided an opportunity for writers and poets to share their work while receiving feedback from their peers and others who love the art of words along with conversation exploring topics to include the creative process, moments of inspiration, and publishing. Those who were “non Writers” with the desire to share something they have read were also welcomed.

While most of the readings were of a poetic nature, the writers who attended also wrote in other forms such as articles, novels, and Children Literature. A variety of styles and topics were explored not only through the writings but in the topics of conversations that abounded. Some did pertain to the art of writing while others delved into areas not readily associated with the art. However, it soon became apparent the topic of the conversations meant little in the light of the enjoyment those participating in the gathering had in just being able to talk to like minded individuals.

The Gathering grew as Joseph T. Landolfa and poets who were a part of the “Just Say It” Open Readings entered the Coffeehouse. Conversations continued and changed as poetry previous un heard that evening moved among the attendees. It was good to experience this outpouring of affection for the art among so many. The evening came to its conclusion with everyone eagerly anticipating its next occurrence. You’ll find more photographs in The Forwardian Arts Society Literary Lovers' Gathering 2010 Gallery at

The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse offers a variety of coffee, drinks, and culinary treats along with events such as the ones described in this article. The next “Just Say It” Open Reading is presently scheduled to take place Thursday June 3rd and every following Thursday at 7pm while The Forwardian Arts Society’s next Literary Lovers’ Gathering is presently scheduled for Thursday June 24th at 6pm. In addition to these events, Lens Jams is scheduled to perform on Wednesday Evenings beginning at 6pm featuring smooth jazz and rock on acoustic guitars, and Apezilla on Saturdays beginning at 6pm featuring pop and classic rock. Please Contact The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse at 570-420-8222 for more information.

The Forwardian Arts Society is a fellowship for people who love the arts who encourages, supports, and loves the creative community through its promotional and other service orientated endeavors. These include holding Gatherings for those who enjoy a variety of creative disciplines. Future Gatherings will include their Film and Chat Gathering on Friday June 4th at The Pocono Community Theater beginning at 4pm, their Visual Art Lovers‘ Gathering on Sunday June 6th beginning at 3pm at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse, and their Music Lovers‘ Gathering on Thursday June 17th at 6pm at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse. Please Contact The Forwardian Arts Society at 570-269-3348 or through their website at for more information.


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