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Please join us on Sunday, November 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Rigger Room of Cavanaugh’s Head House Pub in Society Hill, 421 S. 2nd Street, to celebrate the publication of our first two Eludia Award Winners. Both authors will be present for reading, discussion and book signing. We’ll also welcome the very talented young musician, Monique Canniere, who will be performing for us and talking about her work in the music community.

Tree Riesener, our first Eludia winner, is a very popular — dare I say beloved — writer and poet from Bryn Mawr. She has long been a well-loved reader on the poetry circuit, and will be reading from her winning story collection Sleepers Awake. 

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Christine Whittemore, our second Eludia Award winner, will be here all the way from the UK — Gloucestershire, England to be exact — where she has received quite a bit of popular attention already – giving readings and signings in a variety of book stores, festivals and gatherings. Christine is also a poet and an essayist as well as a writer of fiction. She will be reading from her novel, Inscription.

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Monique Canniere is a singer, violinist, guitarist — a multi-talented musician who has performed in a variety of venues locally, including the Ethical Society, the Ardmore Music Hall, the Tin Angel….and the “Concert Atop the Crypts” at the famous Laurel Hill Cemetery! She has also appeared at Kimmel Center, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, World Cafe Live, the Trocadero, the Liacouris Center with Kanye West. Monique released her first solo album project, “Preachin’ to the Choir,” in June 2015.

We’ll be gathering at Cavanaugh’s Head House Pub, which was originally The Dickens’ Inn, owned by a relative of Charles Dickens, and an absolutely wonderful and charming place in Society Hill, Philadelphia. Cavanaugh’s has been a wonderful host to our arts events and our writers’ workshops now for several years, and we are ever-grateful to them!

Please join us for a lovely evening of good literature, good music and great company! The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

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Hidden River Arts will host a Live Arts Event on Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Head House Tavern, 421 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia. We will be celebrating the wrap-up of our summer writers’ workshop, and our workshop members will be offering some readings of their work. We’ll also be celebrating the work of our first Eludia Award winner, Tree Riesener, who will be reading a bit from her winning collection of short stories, Sleepers Awake, which is forthcoming on our Sowilo Press imprint.

We’ll also be having some live music — more details on that as they are available!

We’ve had some wonderful live arts events both at Cavanaugh’s and at other venues around the city. Terrific readings and wonderful musicians, like Rosa Diaz at Live & Lit, or Alex Kruchoski and Zeke Francis, or Teresa McCann. It’s always a joyous event, with a focus on celebrating art and artists.

This event is free and open to the public. Come, and bring friends!

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Please join us at our biggest-ever celebration at Hidden River Arts’ 20th anniversary. Tickets are available here.

Twenty years ago, I used a portion of a writing award I won for my own fiction and established an arts organization dedicated helping other writers. The mission, from the very first day, is summed up in our motto: “Dedicated to Serving the Unserved Artist”. We’re committed to finding, supporting and celebrating those outsider artists because there are so many creative people deserving of more recognition and help.

I named the organization Hidden River, after the Schuylkill River, which flows through the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania, which is my home. “Schuylkill” is Dutch for “Hidden River”. It seemed to perfectly describe our mission, which is to search out and support the hidden creative talent all around us – to celebrate that living, vital, powerful creative force that is the river of talent flowing among us. To support the artists.

This year, Hidden River Arts is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over those years, we’ve grown steadily. We’ve expanded to become an inter-disciplinary arts organization. What began with one yearly fiction competition, grew to include a yearly full-length playwrighting competition, residency programs, educational outreach, live arts events, gallery events, performances, a first-book competition for women over the age of 40, even production activities. We’ve run a robust internship program, and have watched many of our wonderful interns go on to jobs in publishing, theatre, performance. They’ve established their own literary journals, run their own arts companies, written their own books, taught their own workshops. We now have an independent small press, with several imprints, so that we can offer the possibility of publication to deserving writers struggling for recognition and support. There are other goals and hopes for even more growth as Hidden River moves into its next phase.

In marveling at just how long we’ve been here and at how much we’ve grown, it occurred to me: In all these twenty years, we’ve never once held a fundraiser. Hard to believe, right?

So this year, as we acknowledge this happy anniversary, we’ll be reaching out to the arts community to whom we have been so dedicated, and scheduling some celebrations as well as some fundraisers. We’ll have a local fundraiser in Philadelphia and an online crowd-sourcing fundraiser. We’ve decided to do this because, what also occurred to me is that, with just a bit of help, we could grow our programs bigger and faster, we could bring our workshops, classes and performances to more people, reduce our already-low fees even more. We could travel our programs, build a greater platform for online workshops and classes. The growth that took twenty years could now continue; in fact, we could expand in less time and reach out to support more people. A yearly words and music festival is one of our dreams. A re-established and expanded residency program. More theatrical and film production. More publishing. And always, the core of our mission remains to support the unserved artists among us whose talent and vision make the world a much better place. They are the primordial wellspring from which all of this flows.

So, those who will be in Philadelphia this summer, please join us for our 20th Anniversary celebration and first-ever fundraiser on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. It’s going to be a wonderful event. We are gathering at L’Etage, the nightclub above Le Beau Monde, at 624 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia. The evening will include a cabaret performance with (in alphabetical order) Jean Brooks, Leon Carelli, Debra Leigh Scott and Denise Shubin. We’ll also be doing some readings of our award-winners’ work, and perhaps even a bit of reading from some of our many beloved interns! But most of all, it will be a time to gather together with people who love art, music, language and creativity to meet, mingle and celebrate.

To read more about Hidden River programs, please visit our website. To buy tickets for our 20th anniversary event, please click here.

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