An open mic poetry night was held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library Express in the Mall at Steamtown in downtown Scranton. The free reading, hosted by local poet and Keystone College educator Brian Fanelli, drew a variety of poets, ranging from high school and college students to adults, who were each given five to six minutes to read their work. About 15 people attended the event.
Library Express, a branch of the Scranton Public Library located on the second floor of the mall, is part library, part bookstore and serves as a venue for book discussions, book signings, and readings.
"Library Express has become a viable venue in the local poetry scene," Library Express Manager Andrea Talarico told Go Lackawanna in April. "When we have our open mic nights on the last (Wednesday) of each month, we get a great crowd, every time. We're proud to host this night featuring the talents of these accomplished poets."
Author of a poetry collection entitled "Front Man," Fanelli also co-hosts free monthly poetry readings at New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton, with the next reading to be held on Saturday, Sept. Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
The next open mic at Library Express will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.