Marilyn L.T. Klimcho

Img: Marilyn KlimchoAbout the Presenter

Marilyn L.T. Klimcho earned an undergraduate degree in English from Kutztown State College in the early 1970s where she studied both short story and poetry under the guidance of Harry Humes. She has written for the Reading Eagle newspaper as well as for Berks Community Television’s online news and in recent years devoted her time and talent to Berks Bards, Inc., a local poetry group, where she has served as treasurer since 2007.

In addition to securing funding for Berks Bards by writing grants, Klimcho often debuts new poems on the first Thursday of every month at the Cacina Café on the first floor of the GoggleWorks where Elizabeth Stanley, president of Berks Bards, showcases local and regional poets at an open microphone that begins at 6:00 p.m.

She has occasionally also ventured into programming for Berks Bards, and in that capacity has produced a Poetry Series for BardFest in April (National Poetry Month) for two years running.

Klimcho is also an active member of Writers Without Borders, a group that meets every Saturday under the auspices of Clemson Page from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Genealogical Society on the 4th floor of the GoggleWorks to critique fellow writers. In that capacity, she has served as a writing coach, an editor and sometimes as a story consultant for fellow novelists and short story authors and gleaned the same benefits in return from other members of that vibrant society.

This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at Alvernia


Start Date: 10/11/2011 4:45 pm
End Date: 10/11/2011 6:45 pm
Location: Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall
Price: Free
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