Writers to read stories, essays and poems on the theme of body parts Feb. 19

February 13, 2013

A fun-filled reading featuring members of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild along with area musicians will focus on body parts. From 7 to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, writers and musicians will take turns reading and performing brief excerpts of prose, poems or songs that celebrate, denigrate, mourn and revere bodies and their parts.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach. Each writer will read no more than 300 words, about two minutes each, so in the course of the hour, a wide variety of writings and songs can be heard. Expect a nigh full of surprises, says RBWG Executive Director Maribeth Fischer, who will emcee the event. “Within minutes you may go from being doubled over in laughter to fighting back tears. We seem to cover the full range of emotions in these brief excerpts.”

Included in the cast of readers will be comedic writers Sarah Barnett, Paul Dyer and Irene Fick. Expect the macabre from Rehoboth mystery writer Chrys Heidel, an ode to the body from regular Sabatino Maglione and a song dating back to the Civil War from the sergeants, Victor Letonoff and Scottie Raughley. Delaware Beach Life publisher and editor Terry Plowman will perform a John Prine song that touches on the theme and Stuart Vining will end the night, as always, with a laugh-out-loud anecdote followed by a song that leaves the audience tapping their feet. The subject matter might touch on everything from serious illnesses to the role of gravity in aging to the comical effects of the body’s dysfunction.” Anything goes,” says Fischer, “which is part of the fun.”

The RBWG also hosts four free Free Writes each week for both aspiring and professional writers, a book club for writers and ongoing classes in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information go to