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Spiral Staircase Poetry Reading and Open Read

October 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You are invited to
The Spiral Staircase Poetry Reading and Open Read
This Sunday, October 20, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
49 West Café and Wine Bar
49 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Coffee ● Tea ● Wine ● Beer ● Cocktails ● Great Food

Admission is FREE

(Scroll down for FREE PARKING INFO)

Our featured reader is J. Peter Grippi. After a 30-year career in corporate insurance, Peter pursued a degree at the Baltimore International Culinary College, and for a short time owned a restaurant here in Annapolis. These days, he commits to memory the poems and stories of Dylan Thomas and other great writers (Shakespeare, Kipling — the list is long) in an effort to change the way he reads words and improve his reading comprehension, in a lifelong struggle with dyslexia. The man is nothing short of amazing in this realm – Asked once if he could perform the St. Crispin’s Day Speech from Shakespeare’s “Henry V”, he said: “No problem…” and delivered it off the top of his head. Peter’s narrative style is captivating – this Sunday he’ll be retelling – word for word from memory– Rudyard Kipling’s exciting short story Rikki Tikki Tavi. I guarantee it will take you right back to a rainy winter afternoon, snuggled up next to a parent on the couch, as they read you the story from that big Kipling book up on the shelf…..

Open Read: Read 3 poems, or read for 5 minutes, whichever is briefer. (You can read work written by anyone else – you don’t have to read your own original material.)
Excerpts from fiction, non-fiction, play scripts, or screenplays are also welcome.

For more information, please contact
Dan Kagan spiralstaircasepoetry@gmail.com



PARK FOR FREE in the Anne Arundel County employees’ garage at 19 St. John’s St. (GPS/Mapquest the address). The garage is OPEN AND FREE on weekends. This garage is about a five-minute walk from the 49 West Coffehouse.

The garage is right across from the St. John’s College auditorium. Turn on to St. John’s St. off of College Ave., OR come straight down Rowe Blvd. from Rt. 50, then turn left at the light at Calvert St., and then left on St. John St.

Here’s a link with the St. John’s St. garage’s location and the walking route to 49 West Cafe.

Please contact me with any questions.


October 20, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm