The literatti is descending on East Passyunk.
For the first time, the literary 215 Festival will “take over” the neighborhood, which will host a day’s worth of events honoring the spoken, written and visualized word on Oct. 19. It’s the first year the festival has dipped south of Center City, so now we can experience our foodie street in a whole new way, chewing on words as opposed to vittles.
The kick-off event at 1 p.m. at the Singing Fountain will feature readings from the festival’s founder, Neal Pollack, and a Type-In Orchestra. Celebrating the art of “Slow Writing,” Type-Ins (think sit-ins) feature people hammering away on manual typewriters – the “music” of the orchestra being the clicks, zings and rattles of the machines.
Pollack will pop up again on Passyunk at Wake Up Yoga, 1839 E Passyunk Ave., later that evening, this time leading a yoga class. A former nonbeliever, Pollack wrote Stretch: The Unlikely Making of A Yoga Dude about his experience of falling in love with the practice.
Other events on the Avenue and on Broad Street will feature music, poetry readings, spoken word and excerpts from both fiction and nonfiction at all sorts of local spots – bars (POPE), a boutique (Occaisionette), a gardening store (Urban Jungle) and a music venue (Boot & Saddle).
A full schedule of the festival events, including the neighborhood takeovers can be found here: http://www.215festival.org/.
– Caroline Voyles, @CarolineVoyles