Lifelong writer, Arlene Bernstein worked first as a proofreader/editor in Manhattan before moving on to a long career as a Philadelphia high school English teacher. In December 2004, she made her debut as a performance poet and event organizer at the Bala Cynwyd Library – presenting her "Friends of Poetry" Series through December 2005. She now  runs  a  quarterly  series at the

Belmont Hills Library, as well as OPEN MIC series at Seven Stones Café in Media, and at Allie's Flower Basket and Tea Shop in Bala Cynwyd.
     Arlene has been featured reader at varied types of venues including the Logan Square Library, Barnes & Noble, Robin's Book Store, Pen & Pencil Club, Big Blue Marble Book Store, John Brodsky's Salon in Swarthmore, to name a few. Her poetry has been published in Freshet, Mad Poets Review, Ink, Tracks, Nature in Legends and Literature, and Schuylkill Vallery Journal of the Arts; her recent article, "Richard William Pearce, Lost Child" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
     Arlene also writes short stories, is working on a novel, and looks forward to publication in these genres. She is eager to promote the work of other aspiring poets and is affiliated with Mad Poets Society; Freshmeadow Poets of Flushing, NY; Broadacres Poets of Narberth, PA; and Bonnie Baillis' Poetry Circle of Havertown, PA.

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