Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sept 11 - Maleka Fruean & Phoenix Mystique at Big Blue Marble Bookstore!

Greetings, Friends and community arts members!

I’m thrilled to announce that the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series resumes in September at two Philadelphia locations.

The first occurs on September 11th at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy. (551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 Phone: 215-844-1870 Website: and the two featured readers will be Maleka Fruean and Phoenix Mystique. Previously, I’ve enjoyed Maleka’s vibrant readings at the Series and other venues, and though I’ve heard Phoenix’s wonderful musical performances as a singer-songwriter, I haven’t heard her literary work yet, so that will be thrilling for me!

Here are their official bios:


Maleka Fruean is an unfurling of motherhood, writing, and community. She's read in communal houses and venues all throughout Philadelphia and has had her poetry and flash fiction published in journals with cool names. This year she helped work on a midnight imagining, baked a blueberry pie from scratch, wrote a witchy folk song, and took place in an amazing writing workshop for women writers of color. She's currently working on a collection of short stories. For more about Maleka, please visit:



Phoenix Mystique is a wearer of many hats. She is a singer/songwriter/poet/mother/knitter/self-taught baker & cook – not necessarily in that order! She has been honing her performance skills for years and has performed at The Clef Club, October Gallery, The Art Sanctuary, 7165 Lounge, Sole II Sole Restaurant, Soulstock Music Festival and at various coffeehouse / lounge gatherings and community festivals. Phoenix is currently reemerging in the performance realm, after a hiatus to concentrate on the birth of her second daughter in February, and is now poising herself to reach new heights of artistic expression. Phoenix is also preparing to enter training to become a certified doula, as her other interests lie in women’s health & activism. So all in all she can sing you a song, bake you a cake, knit you a scarf, stir your soul with a poem and (soon) help you birth your baby…all while raising hers! STAY TUNED!!! For more about Phoenix, please visit,, and/or

Would you like to be a featured reader at a future Series event?

Since 2002 The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series has been "a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing." Features have always been from diverse backgrounds, at all levels of accomplishment as writers, and readings have always been free, open to the public,  two (2) featured readers, at up to 20 minutes each, and included a Mixed-Gender Open Mic! Now regional, with multiple Philadelphia venues!
 We are on 2nd Thursdays at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy, and on 4th Mondays at the Walnut Street West branch of the Free Library of Philadephia in University City.

 Right now we are seeking to book Sept 22 (4th Monday) at Walnut Street West Library. If you’d like to be a feature there, or at one of our future events/locations(s), please reply with:

a)   200 word maximum bio about your writing (as formal or as casually-written as you wish). Please send this in the body of your message – no attachments please.

b)   1 pic that clearly shows your face. (This can be an attachment or just pasted into the body of your message.)

c)   At least 1 URL that can be distributed for public contact (website, Facebook, LinkedIn, blog, etc.).


You can email to womenswritingseries(at), or cxwriting(at), message me or comment on my timeline at


Thank you for your interest and keep on writing!


In art and community,

Cassendre Xavier
Founder, Curator & Host of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) 

(Previous curator/hosts: Sherella Gibbs, Louise Bierig) 
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