Germantown Poetry Project

A dragon overlooks the pit at the Joseph E. Coleman NW Regional where our workshops and performance will take place

A dragon overlooks the pit at the Joseph E. Coleman NW Regional where our workshops and performance will take place

Click here to sign up for the workshops

Network for new music is very excited to announce the beginning of the Germantown Poetry Project. This project will pair a team of poets and musicians with teens and adults from the Germantown community to create new poetry and to later use this poetry to create four new pieces of music. The Network Ensemble will be joined by special guests: Maren Montalbano - mezzo-soprano | Randall Scarlata - baritone.

This collaborative work will take place over the course of 8 workshops at the Coleman Regional Library, with the final pieces of music being performed at the Parkway Central Library on April 8, 2017 and the Coleman Library on April 9, 2017. Participation is free and open to any interested member of the Germantown community, 8th grade and up. Just sign with the link above.  Come check out our first demo workshops!


Tuesday, October 4th, 4-5 pm (demo)
Sunday, October 9th, 3-4 pm (demo)

Tuesday, October 25, 4-5 pm
Sunday, October 30, 3-4 pm
Tuesday, November 1, 4-5 pm
Sunday, November 6, 3-4 pm
Tuesday, November 8, 4-5 pm
Sunday, November 13, 3-4 pm
Tuesday, November 15, 4-5 pm
Sunday, November 20, 3-4 pm

Joseph E. Coleman NW Regional Library
68 W Chelten Ave, Philadelphia

Network Ensemble:

Matthew Levy - Saxophone
Diane Monroe - Violin
Brent Edmondson - Bass
Eric Derr - Drums/Percussion

Check out our team of artists who will be leading these workshops!


 Trapeta B. Mayson

Poet; Executive Director, Historic Germantown; 2002 Pew Fellow; Co-facilitator, Germantown Poetry Studio.



Frank Sherlock

Poet; 2014-15 Philadelphia Poet Laureate; 2013 Pew Fellow; developer of city-wide “Write Your Block”, supported by the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; author of several volumes of poetry.



Jay Fluellen

Composer; singer; pianist; educator with School District of Philadelphia (teaches music and technology, co-wrote music curriculum); workshop leader; organist/choir director, African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas.


Eric Moe

Composer; Guggenheim Fellowship winner; pianist; workshop leader; Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at U. Pittsburgh.


Please check back to see images and poetry from the workshops. We hope to see you soon!


This project was funded by The William Penn Foundation as part of their New Audiences/New Places initiative.