Pete hosts the Reading Series and acts as Humanities Coordinator at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), and is the editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal, and has long been a selfless supporter of his writing community.
Peter Krok hosts poetry afternoons that feature area poets and have become the staple for the MRAC Reading series over the years. These poetry afternoons usually feature three area poets and an Open Reading.
As the humanities coordinator at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center, he develops events that feature area poets, including “Poetry Afternoons” that feature area poets and have become the staple for the continuing MRAC Reading Series, which he has hosted since 1990. Pete coordinates programs on past writers, historical figures, and compelling topics that can vary from Edgar Allan Poe to the natural beauty of Fairmount Park. He has expanded interest to modern, popular culture, including titles like “A Dylan Day at the MRAC: Bob Dylan & Dylan Thomas – A Connection,” “The Poet, Science & the Heart,” “A Persian Afternoon – the Sounds of Persia,” “Poetry, Zen, Sufism: Search for the Truth,” “Jim Morrison and Rimbaud.”
Pete has been especially adept at putting together programs where audience participating is invited and encouraged, including “Poetry and Healing,” “A Valentine’s Day Poetry Celebration – The Joys, Bewilderments & Humor of Love,” Dramatic Readings,” “Celebrating Years and his Influence: an Audience Sharing of Yeats’ Poems.”
He has combined art and poetry in a variety of ekphrasitic poetry readings and art show exhibitions featuring the various art works that were used for poems about the artwork. He also coordinates poetry workshops at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center.
Peter has produced the Spoon River Anthology in productions featured in shows at the MRAC and Laurel Hill Cemetery. His Kent State poem, “The Misfit Generation,” at one time seemed to represent the passion of anger and anxiety of Sixties’ Generation. He helped coordinate the 25th anniversary of Kent State in 1995 at Friends Central School. “The Misfit Generation” was the only poem chosen for the10th anniversary of the Philadelphia Drummer, an alternative newspaper of the Sixties and Seventies in the Philadelphia area.
Pete’s running theme has always been one of connection, whether it’s connecting Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas in his workshops, connecting the poets at the MRAC to his fellow editors at the Schuykill Valley Journal, or simply connecting writers to readers and to each other, he has supported the local writing community selflessly.
For this, the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference board is honored to present Pete Krok with the 2015 Community Service Award. The award presentation will occur at the 2015 Keynote Banquet on Saturday, June 13th.