Poe Arts Festival



Talks will be held in the Joseph Horner Library Located on the 3rd floor of the German Society of PA

Maria Sturm, VP for Culture and Heritage, Chair of the Joseph Horner Library committee,

 will welcome us to this unique library and describe its significance.

Eastern State Penitentiary will present on 19th century attitudes about crime and the history of the prison. 

Award winning artist David Plunkert will present his work, 
Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe: Stories and Poems.
 David will then be available to meet participants at the Poe House Visitors Center and sign copies of the book.
 The world’s most popular Poe expert, Jeff Jerome, formally ran the Baltimore Poe Museum and watched many times as the “Poe Toaster” mysteriously appeared on Poe’s birthday to leave cognac and roses. 
During his talk, Jeff may try to claim that Baltimore is the city that best commemorates Poe. Pay no attention to that. But do come ready to hear a great raconteur discuss his life's work.
Robert Phillips, noted handwriting analyst, will explain his approach to discerning character through the way we write. Robert will also conduct several handwriting analyses for willing volunteers in: 
The Poe Parlor at the Visitors Center and present his findings.
Dr. Bill Cahill, retired professor of Education at Rutgers University will present 
Poe’s Schoolroom and His Revolutionary Influence on Baudelaire. 
Author Ken Finkel, professor of American Studies at Temple University will present:
Poe’s Philadelphia: Exploring Urban Anxiety. 
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