Friday, June 25, 2010

Writers Gather with Cheek

The Forwardian Arts Society held their monthly Literary Lovers’ Gathering at the Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse in Stroudsburg, PA on Thursday June 24th. A number of writers joined the gathering sharing words on and off the page. The conversation revealed much more about the individual writers than their work which proved to be an unique opportunity to explore another’s creative process. The “Magic” of writing (as well as other forms of art) was also explored in that the work often has the ability of not only changing those who experience it as a spectator but the creator as well. In writing this, I wonder if this is true of the Divine Creator as well. Something to ponder.

This propensity to ponder is the Literary and all Gatherings provided by The Forwardian Arts Society at its best. There are gatherings for lovers of Music, Visual Art, Photography, Film, and (soon to be) Dance which explore the qualities of these disciplines. But, one soon realize by attending such gatherings the conversation among those who are present is the core of the event. It is here where ideas, perceptions, and friendships are formed. Learning is not only from one another but about one another as well. This allows the gathering to go beyond a simple study of the art form by providing an opportunity for many to grow through a more comprehensive understanding of who they are individually and as a group.

The Forwardian Arts Society Literary Lovers’ Gathering was followed by the Cheeky Monkey’s “Just Say It” Open Readings led by Joseph T. Landolfa which occur every Thursday evening beginning at 7pm. As more poets entered, the conversation grew and more work was read. Additional insights were gained and seeds were planted in the soul of writers seeking the euphoric feeling brining a new work to fruition often brings. I had to leave the event early but I could faithfully speculate 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 July 1st and every following Thursday at 7pm while The Forwardian Arts Society’s next Literary Lovers’ Gathering is presently scheduled for Thursday July 22nd 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 July 2nd at The Pocono Community Theater beginning at 4pm, their Visual Art Lovers‘ Gathering on Sunday July 11th beginning at 3pm at The Cheeky Monkey Coffeehouse, and their Music Lovers‘ Gathering on Thursday June 18th 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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