Thursday, July 28, 2022

📢📢📢 An announcer’s announcement announcing the publication of a new poem: ANNOUNCER.

❤️ Many thanks to Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges for including my work in the incredible MAINTENANT 16.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Healing Verse Poetry Line: Week of June 20th

Friends, what's new in the whirlwind is that a poem of mine is this week's feature on the Healing Verse Poetry Line! Tremendous gratitude to Trapeta Mayson and Yolanda Wisher for selecting my work.

☎️ Call 1-855-POEMRX2 (1-855-763-6792) to hear me read "UPDATER." all week long. Dial for some care and healing today!

Follow @philacontemporary for updates on new entries to the Healing Verse Poetry Line. New poems drop on the line every Monday!

Monday, June 13, 2022

wordPlay ground: Ep. 4: The Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven

It's wordPlay ground, the new Facebook Live event hosted by 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Paul Siegell. Each month, Paul livestreams from a different playground in PA’s Montgomery County and treats viewers to some of the most playful poems to have ever flipped his flamingoes.

Episode 4: THE BARONESS ELSE VON FREYTAG-LORINGHOVEN


Filmed on 05.28.22 at Grotto Flamingo with special guest Joanne Leva! Watch now :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

wordPlay ground: Ep. 3: e.e. cummings

It's wordPlay ground, the new Facebook Live event hosted by 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Paul Siegell. Each month, Paul livestreams from a different playground in PA’s Montgomery County and treats viewers to some of the most playful poems to have ever flipped his flamingoes.

Episode 3: E.E. CUMMINGS


Filmed on 04.09.22 at Thomas Fitzwater Elementary School Park with special guest Joanne Leva! Watch now :)

Friday, April 08, 2022

MCPL Reading at Eclipse

As 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, I:

* Contributed to: Red Door Recipies: The Ardmore Free Library's Community Cookbook

* Judged: Ardmore Library’s 2022 Charlotte Miller Simon Poetry Contest

* Created the "Laureate Lookback": Throughout the year on Facebook, I shined a light on poems of all the Laureates: from 1999’s Yolanda Wisher to 2020’s David Gaines and everyone in between

* Assisted in the early planning: Montgomery County Youth Laureate Program

* Co-created "wordPlay ground": For the past few months, Joanne Leva and I have been livestreaming from different playgrounds in Montco and treating viewers to short, interactive discussions on some of the most playful poems to have ever flipped my flamingoes.

Many thanks

Thursday, March 24, 2022

AWP PHILLY: MARCH 25: OFFSITE READING

An Omnibus House Party featuring writers from Writers Room, Painted Bride Quarterly, & Red Hen Press.

Featured readers from Writers Room: Norman Cain - Keyssh Datts - Lauren Lowe

Featured readers from PBQ: Sarah Browning - Kyle Brown Watson - Sadie Shorr Parks - Paul Siegell

Featured readers from Red Hen Press: Kazim Ali - Carlos Allende - Jan Beatty - Melanie Conroy-Goldman Lara Ehrlich - Carleton Eastlake - Beth Gilstrap - Sadie Hoagland - Jim Peterson - Diane Thiel - John Weir - Joan Nockels Wilson - Yuvi Zalkow

Facebook invite: here.

Friday, March 18, 2022

wordPlay ground: Ep. 2: Lee Ann Brown

Introducing wordPlay ground, the new Facebook Live event hosted by 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Paul Siegell.

Each month, Paul will livestream from a different playground in Montco and treat viewers to a short, interactive discussion on some of the most playful poems to have ever flipped his flamingoes.

EP 2. LEE ANN BROWN

Filmed on 03.06.22 at Henry Lee Willet Park with special guest Joanne Leva! Watch now (12:25).

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

wordPlay ground: Ep. 1: Aram Saroyan

Introducing wordPlay ground, the new Facebook Live event hosted by 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Paul Siegell.

Each month, Paul will livestream from a different playground in Montco and treat viewers to a short, interactive discussion on some of the most playful poems to have ever flipped his flamingoes.

EP 1. The Groundbreaking Minimalist Poet ARAM SAROYAN

Filmed on 02.12.22 at Evergreen Manor Park with special guest Joanne Leva! Watch now (6:08)

Saturday, January 01, 2022

backstage at the submission apparition exhibition

2021: 5 poetry acceptances + 24 rejections received; 1 chapbook published; named Montgomery County Poet Laureate
2020: 1 poetry acceptance + 3 rejections received; 1 new boss, 1 house bought, 1 car leased, 1 negative COVID test + 1 baby girl born!
2019: 5 poetry acceptances + 34 rejections received; 1 work promotion + well, I got engaged, planned a wedding and done got married!
2018: 3 poetry acceptances + 1 fiction acceptance + 43 rejections received; (1 work promotion) + 1 Pushcart nomination!
2017: 10 acceptances + 50 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2016: 11 acceptances + 53 rejections received;
2015: 12 acceptances + 88 (54/34) rejections received;
2014: 9 acceptances + 31 rejections received;
2013: 12 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2012: 12 acceptances + 39 rejections received;
2011: 16 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2010: 22 acceptances + 52 rejections received;
2009: 23 acceptances + 51 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2008: 25 acceptances + 73 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2007: 17 acceptances + 71 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2006: 9 acceptances + 28 rejections received


Wednesday, July 07, 2021

[NOW AVAILABLE] The Tongue They Shared by Paul Siegell (Moonstone Press, 2021)

The Tongue They Shared is 24 pages of Paul Siegell mesmerized by live music, mental health, America, Philadelphia, and the beloved tomato.

Wonderful cover design by Shannon Callery.

Runner-up in Moonstone Arts' 2021 Chapbook Contest:
"Pay the bill. Leave the credit card behind." – There is elegance and grace in the light on the cityscapes and salvage yards of The Tongue They Shared. Paul Siegell spins you a couple times and gently pushes you into the Poetry Funhouse, with a wink to the masters: e.e. cummings and Ronald Johnson. You can hear this poetry breaking through to a new language – with a Philadelphia accent.
Leonard Gontarek, Contest Judge, author of Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket, Shiva
[ GET YOUR COPY FROM MOONSTONE HERE ]

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Virtual Poetry Reading: 2021 Moonstone Chapbook Contest Winners – Kyle Laws, Faith Paulsen, Paul Siegell May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Zoom link here. Meeting ID: 843 0832 9737 – Passcode: 678146. Virtual Poetry Reading: 2021 Moonstone Chapbook Contest: First Prize: Kyle Laws – author of The Sea is Woman Runner-Up: Faith Paulsen – author of We Marry, We Bury, We Sing or We Weep Runner-Up: Paul Siegell – author of The Tongue They Shared

Friday, April 16, 2021

04.17.21- My first reading as Montgomery County Poet Laureate

Join Philadelphia Stories and the MCPL Program as we celebrate the winner, Caitlin Kossmann, along with the runners up, and Editors’ Choices of the 2021 Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry. Also featured is the 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, Paul Siegell.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Sing it with me: "One baby to another says, 'I'm lucky to have met you'"

Nirvana is the band. Nevermind is the album. Spencer Elden is the baby. HOOK HAIKU is the poem. ONE ART: a journal of poetry is the journal. Mark Danowsky is the editor. Louisa Schnaithmann is also the editor. And today is the day, 27 years ago, Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home at the age of 27.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I've been called many things, but this is the first time I've been called Poet Laureate. Absolutely wild. And away we go!

Tremendous thanks to the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program, executive director Joanne Leva, judge Ernest Hilbert, and all of the other judges and advisory board members. Gonna be a fun 2021!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

"an out-of-body wasabi experience"

Many thanks to the editors of Schuylkill Valley Journal (Vol. 50) for publishing these three "First" poems.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

backstage at the submission apparition exhibition

2020: 1 poetry acceptance + 3 rejections received; 1 new boss, 1 house bought, 1 car leased, 1 negative COVID test + 1 baby girl born!
2019: 5 poetry acceptances + 34 rejections received; 1 work promotion + well, I got engaged, planned a wedding and done got married!
2018: 3 poetry acceptances + 1 fiction acceptance + 43 rejections received; (1 work promotion) + 1 Pushcart nomination!
2017: 10 acceptances + 50 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2016: 11 acceptances + 53 rejections received;
2015: 12 acceptances + 88 (54/34) rejections received;
2014: 9 acceptances + 31 rejections received;
2013: 12 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2012: 12 acceptances + 39 rejections received;
2011: 16 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2010: 22 acceptances + 52 rejections received;
2009: 23 acceptances + 51 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2008: 25 acceptances + 73 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2007: 17 acceptances + 71 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2006: 9 acceptances + 28 rejections received


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

M__TM___RE: "when Modigliani was"



Many thanks to Kiefer Logan, editor/publisher :: where is the river :: a poetry experiment.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ever watch THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH with subtitles on?



Ground Control to honored to have a poem in the newest issue of Cover Magazine. Huge thanks to editors Hanna Shea and Ryan Jeffrey Shea.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

backstage at the submission apparition exhibition

2019: 5 poetry acceptances + 34 rejections received; 1 work promotion + well, I got engaged, planned a wedding and done got married!
2018: 3 poetry acceptances + 1 fiction acceptance + 43 rejections received; (1 work promotion) + 1 Pushcart nomination!
2017: 10 acceptances + 50 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2016: 11 acceptances + 53 rejections received;
2015: 12 acceptances + 88 (54/34) rejections received;
2014: 9 acceptances + 31 rejections received;
2013: 12 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2012: 12 acceptances + 39 rejections received;
2011: 16 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2010: 22 acceptances + 52 rejections received;
2009: 23 acceptances + 51 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2008: 25 acceptances + 73 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2007: 17 acceptances + 71 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2006: 9 acceptances + 28 rejections received


Tuesday, November 05, 2019

"The result is spectacular." Anne-Adele Wight reviews Take Out Delivery in Boog City #132



Boog City #132

“Like a waterwheel ablaze, everything is of the hunt, voracious.” The poems in Take Out Delivery burst at the seams with food, with the devouring of food, with the insatiable consumption of pop culture. Paul Siegell dishes out pizza, fortune cookies, Campbell’s soup, pasta, eggplant, tapioca, cassava, and Philly soft pretzels––all in the first eight pages. Even the title turns our minds toward dinner: what to get? where? how? The poem titles, each beginning, “We’ve Come for Your...,” remind us that we don’t live at the top of the food chain.

This book is a hybrid, a cross-genre work with its home in the 21st century. Groups of poems alternate with clusters of cartoons featuring the hot pepper people. Ingeniously assembled by an off-label use of punctuation marks, these beings have the genetic characteristics of Siegell’s earlier punctuation cartoons, but here they strut with special flamboyance. While “tightening up their grooviest of shoelaces,” one queries, “chaos cicada?”; the other replies, “impulse octopus!”

Always generous, Siegell agreed to let me interview him. When asked, “Who is the ‘we’ of the poem titles?”, he replied, “The hot pepper people.” They turn out to have names: Hemingway, Gorbachev, Tug McGraw, Rachmaninoff, Catherine the Great, Leonardo diCaprio, Cleopatra, and many more. Throughout the poems we find the names of famous people, public figures who traded privacy for immortality and whose names have contributed to defining pop, and not-so-pop, culture. Siegell says, “I spent my childhood watching MTV,” a medium in which everything has its defining name and its distinctive brand.

Wordplay drives the activities of the hot pepper people. Siegell describes his creative process: “It’s really hard for me not to play.” His strongest imperative is to sign his work by making it uniquely his. If he can’t say definitively, “This is mine,” he isn’t satisfied. Once he realized that “proper nouns were going to take the weight of this book,” the visual element became essential and the cartoons found their place. Throw in one more character, Jay Uxtapo, who personifies creative juxtaposition, and we’re off, circling in a vortex from which we emerge dizzy but well fed.

The recurring theme of a scavenger hunt unifies most of the poems. Jay Uxtapo presents “Pterodactyl scavenger hunt,” “Stark raving mad scavenger hunt,” “Manna from heaven scavenger hunt,” and many more. Siegell points out a subtle detail: in a clever use of assonance, each scavenger hunt is associated with another short “a” sound, which underlines the phrase.

For all its hyperactive scavenger hunts, Take Out Delivery is no bag of popcorn. About a quarter of the way in, Siegell realized he needed a serious theme to give the book more heft. Pop culture has its grim side, notably the 9/11 attacks. A line at the bottom of the copyright page clues the reader in to what’s coming: “Lucky numbers ∙ 9, 11, 9, 11, 9, 1, 11.” The first cartoon appears on page 9, followed by the first poem on page 11. Divided by cartoons, the poems occur in alternating groups of nine and eleven. Between the last two groups, a lone poem, “We’ve Come for Your Pause Button,” begins, “’Fire and smoke engulf the towers of the World.’” There follows “One of the saddest scavenger hunts ever imagined.” The 9/11 section brings a radical shift of pattern, rhythm, and tone. Siegell slams on the brakes in this moment of honoring the dead. Two empty squares, facing each other and each alone on its page, could look like brake pedals but represent something far sadder: the footprints of the fallen Twin Towers.

Under the calliope music a funeral march plays. For any American, references to 9/11 bring up the precariousness of survival. We comfort and distract ourselves with too much work, too much noise, excessive consumption. The book’s “moment of silence,” as Siegell describes it, forces a sudden examination of our fears.
In “We’ve Come for Your Train Conductor Hole Puncher,” a poem preceding the 9/11 section, Siegell drops one more hint by multiplying 111,111,111 x 111,111,111. This calculation involves 18 ones, or (you guessed it) 9 elevens. The result is spectacular.

––Anne-Adele Wight

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

"Coming Up 10th" in Every Pigeon

nice news: honored to have a chill little poem in the newest (& final) issue of Every Pigeon. huge thanks to Jubalee Penuliar and the rest of the generous editors.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Billy Penn calls my work "newly spicy" and "relatively brash"

In their post about The Philadelphia Inquirer's 190th birthday and switch from Philly.com to Inquirer.com, WHYY’s Billy Penn writes:

One of the three oldest surviving print publications in the country, The Philadelphia Inquirer was founded in June 1829 by John R. Walker and John Norvell. The latter man is the source of the paper’s moniker, which comes from this quote:

In a free state, there should always be an inquirer asking on behalf of the people.”

That motto informs a newly spicy tagline for the rebranded company. Answering the question of why “an Inquirer” seeks out information, it uses a phrase that’s relatively brash for the once-staid periodical: “Because they give a damn.”



The tone shift was entirely on purpose, per Parzych, who said it was intended to catch people’s attention and also “infuse some of the proud DNA” of the Daily News into the combined brand.

“Internally, it’s made people excited because, you know, we do give a damn. Philadelphia gives a damn, right?” she said. “We were really trying to encapsulate the passion that is Philadelphia.”

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

*UNDERSTANDING ADVERTISING* in PROLIT: A LITERARY MAGAZINE ABOUT MONEY, WORK, & CLASS



My lit is pro Prolit Magazine 🕺🏻🥂🚀 Many thanks to Patrick Blagrave and all his incredible work launching this new, important journal. Honored to help kick it off and be among such inspiring company!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

backstage at the submission apparition exhibition

2018: 3 poetry acceptances + 1 fiction acceptance + 43 rejections received; (1 work promotion) + 1 Pushcart nomination!
2017: 10 acceptances + 50 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2016: 11 acceptances + 53 rejections received;
2015: 12 acceptances + 88 (54/34) rejections received;
2014: 9 acceptances + 31 rejections received;
2013: 12 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2012: 12 acceptances + 39 rejections received;
2011: 16 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2010: 22 acceptances + 52 rejections received;
2009: 23 acceptances + 51 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2008: 25 acceptances + 73 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2007: 17 acceptances + 71 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2006: 9 acceptances + 28 rejections received


Monday, July 16, 2018

I'M WITH STUPID


MAINTENANT 12: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART (Three Rooms Press, 2018), features work that explores the theme “We Are All A ‘Like.'” With the rise in social media use—and abuse—the concept of “like” has reached whole new levels. There’s the idea of an individual’s reaction to events, people, images, etc. as a reduction to “Like” or “Dislike” without need for deeper consideration. Then there is the status factor: that something which is “Liked” by the largest number of people is of value. The concept, while simple, has innumerable ways of looking at it.

Cover by MacArthur Fellow artist Nicole Eisenman. Inside, the work of nearly 200 artists and writers from six continents storms the pages.

Monday, July 02, 2018

VIDEO: "Stay quirky, my friends!"

*** speakers up / click to play *** Well, Friday’s book release was pretty much the most unreal night I’ve had in a long time. Thank you all – so much – for making it truly extraordinary. It was a total love fest and I'm still basking! Everyone’s support has been beyond incredible.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

TAKE OUT DELIVERY: the book release party

Friends! You're invited! Take Out Delivery: Poems & Comics
was recently published and I’m throwing it a launch party.

Facebook: FRIDAY, JUNE 22 @ L’Etage (624 S 6th St)


Featuring thrills:
~ Kim Gek-Lin Short
~ Kevin Varrone
~ Quincy R. Lehr
~ Angel Hogan
~ Julia Bloch
~ Ernest Hilbert
~ Tamara Oakman
& Paul Siegell

Hosted by Painted Bride Quarterly’s Kathleen Volk Miller

Doors 7 / Readings 7:45ish / Love ∞


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

SONG: "The Next Dalai Lama" by Paul Siegell

speakers up / click to play:
“Extra extra: this affects ya. It’s comin’ atcha. Straight for you.
You betcha. To inform you. And protect you. And connect you.”

Monday, March 12, 2018

THE BOOK TRAILER

coming soon: Music: "Tim on the Spooky" by Loud Julia