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Center for Art in Wood Shockwire Reading


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Center for Art in Wood Shockwire Reading

  • The Center for Art in Wood 141 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)

Join us in celebration of our current exhibition Pennsylvania Made with readings by local writers from The Head and the Hand’s recent publications. Readings will take place during the course of First Friday evening in conjunction with Object Lesson a First Friday speaker series. While here at the Center we invite guests to explore the exhibition, Museum Collection and shop for unique items in our Museum Store.

The Readers:
Norman Cain was born in 1942 and raised on Olive Street in West Philadelphia. He graduated in 1964 from Bluefield State College in West Virginia where he majored in social science and minored in English. A retired social worker, teacher, father of five and grandfather of seven, he is active in several writing groups, including the Best Day of My Life So Far at the Philadelphia Senior Center. His work can be read in several volumes of the Drexel Writers Room’s Anthology series, Milestones, The Best Day of My Life So Far, and in numerous online and local publications.

Sarah Grey is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. Her work on topics including politics, language, food, and labor has appeared in Best Food Writing 2015, Jacobin, Bitch, Saveur, International Socialist Review, Monthly Review, Lucky Peach, and more. She edits and indexes academic, activist, and creative nonfiction (with a specialty in Marxism) for publishers and individuals under the name Grey Editing ( and was awarded the American Copy Editors Society’s 2016 Robinson Prize for Excellence in Copy Editing.

Briyanna Hymms majored in biology (BS ’18) and minored in writing at Drexel University. She is an active member of Drexel’s Writers Room, where you can find pieces of her poetry, creative nonfiction writing, and art. In her free time, she takes care of her garden and spends time with her loved ones. Her story is woven with strands of inspiration from friends and family, helping to form the tapestry of her life.

Lauren Lowe is a Drexel alum (BA English, ’17). During the 2017-2018 academic year, she served as an Artist Year fellow and taught creative writing at Paul Robeson High School in West Philadelphia. She is a regular member of Drexel Writers Room and a fervent Sixers fan—both have taught her how to trust the process.

Earlier Event: February 22
Later Event: March 6
Flipping the Script