A Philadelphia resident, Rosemary Petracca Cappello has been actively engaged in a variety of poetry-related events since 1974. A graduate of Widener University in 1983, she edited and published Philadelphia Poets from 1980 to 1988. Her poems have been published in more than fifty publications, including Paper Air, The North Star Anthology, Poets and Prophets Selected Poems, The Painted Bride Quarterly, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Voices in Italian Americana, Pearl, and One Trick Pony. She has read her poetry on college campuses, at high schools, grade schools, libraries, book stores, art centers, on the radio, and on television. Over the years, she has organized readings, conducted radio interviews, led poetry workshops, and published chapbooks, including two anthologies of the poetry of others, which had appeared in Philadelphia Poets. A water colorist since 1989, her paintings have been exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Institute, The Bourse, the Manayunk Art Center, and several other venues. Her most recent readings were at the University of Pennsylvania Italian/American Conference, and at the Philadelphia Library. Three collections of her poetry are available at Robinís Book Store. Didnít get on an airplane until later in life, but since then, has loved to travel, her favorite destination being Italy, the land of her father and grandparents Ė specifically, Rome, Naples and Teano, so far!
Rosemary will be accompanied by her son, Anthony, on guitar. Anthony was a
student of his late grandfather, John Petracca, and plays classical guitar.
Ditta Baron Hoeber
Ditta Baron Hoeber is an artist and poet. She has shown her photographs
in Philadelphia and other venues across the country. She has been writing
poetry for many years but has only begun reading in Philadelphia recently.
Her poems have appeared in the Ohio Review. She has attended sessions at Bread Loaf where she studied with Arthur Sze, Donald Justice, and Ellen Bryan Voigt. Some of her photographs were on the Drexel Online Journal.