C. Natale Peditto was born and raised in South Jersey and resided in Philadelphia for nearly 20 years. In the early 1980s, he was actively involved in the local poetry scene, as a writer, performer, editor and co-founder of the Open Mouth Poetry series. His stories, essays and poetry have appeared in various literary publications, including Painted Bride Quarterly, Home Planet News, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, Chiron Review, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and New Review of Literature. He was the editor/publisher of Heat Press and lived in Los Angeles until his death on November 8, 2013.
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"Poetry Brothel' at Live Arts Festival
Why didn‘t Emily Dickinson think of this?
In the best of all worlds, we'd get our kicks from poetry instead of sex. That's what happened one night at the Live Arts Festival.
Poets' Night at the London Pub: A 1980 memoir
Hooked on poetry: A Philadelphia memoir (c.1980)
The poets who once showed up for Monday night readings at the London Pub seemed an odd assortment of professionals and neophytes, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. But we shared one thing in common: an urge to feel the musicality of the language.
A noir memoir: Philadelphia before the "60s
Jazz and cocktails: The hip life in Philadelphia, c. 1963
The early ‘60s, before the Cultural Revolution, was a time when a hipster could read books and be a tough guy too. We suburban children of the Greatest Generation yearned to rediscover what was left of our underclass roots. My search focused on the dives and jazz joints of Center City Philadelphia.