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Residence Inn by Marriott Philadelphia Center City

0.0 Miles from Downtown Philadelphia This is a lovely Downtown Philadelphia hotel located right in the heart of Philadelphia, close to such attractions as the City Hall, the Reading Terminal Market, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, as well as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

0.0 Miles from Downtown Philadelphia This is a wonderful Downtown Philadelphia hotel located in the landmark Girard Trust Company Bank Rotunda and is the point of interest in Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. At this property you can enjoy the fitness facility, the adjacent D’Ambra Day Spa and Salon, the business center, and the restaurant.

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

0.0 Miles from Downtown Philadelphia This is another lovely Downtown Philadelphia hotel located in the proximity of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Reading Terminal Market, and to such attractions as the Betsy Ross House, the Franklin Institute, Kimmel Center, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo, and New Jersey State Aquarium.

Le Meridien Philadelphia

0.1 Miles from Downtown Philadelphia This is a lovely Downtown Philadelphia hotel set in a surprising 10-story Georgian revival-style structure in the city business district. Area attractions include The Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Rittenhouse Square, The Reading Terminal, and The Academy of Fine Arts.

DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA HOTELS IS EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE AMAZING CITY CENTER OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.

  • Best Western Hotel Philadelphia

    The Best Western Hotel Philadelphia, Northeast is ideally situated on U.S. Route 1 in Northeast Philadelphia. Convenient to major roadways I-95, I-76 and the PA/NJ Turnpikes, our location offers easy accessibility to Historic Philadelphia and it’s countryside. Our best Western is just 15 miles North of Center City Philadelphia, 8 miles South of Sesame Place and only 3 miles from Franklin Mills, the largest enclosed outlet mall on the East Coast.
    Best Western Hotel Philadelphia Northeast (215)464-9500.

    Best Western Hotel Philadelphia
    Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you will find our comfortable accommodations to be the best value in the city. Enjoy the summer weather in our outdoor pool and Cabana bar featuring a children’s play area and a sand volleyball court. Neighbor’s Lounge is located on site, open daily at 5PM and hosts Comedy Cabaret every Friday and Saturday evening. The Everything Chocolate Shoppe also located on site, features a lite fare menu, gourmet candy and gift items. You will find many popular restaurants within walking distance of our hotel.

    Free parking, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and complimentary newspaper are just a few of the amenities offered at the Best Western Hotel Philadelphia, NE. In each of our rooms you will find a coffee maker, full size iron and ironing board, hairdryer, refrigerator and premium cable television. Microwaves are also available in most rooms.

    In addition, we have over 6,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities. Our full service catering staff is committed to exceeding your expectations. Whether it is an intimate business meeting for 10 or a seven-course wedding reception for 200, let our staff assist you creating an event to remember.

    Friendly, efficient and attentive service has long been associated with Best Western Philadelphia Northeast. Our primary concern is your satisfaction and our goal is to ensure that your stay is a pleasant experience. Come visit with us and let us show you Genuine Philadelphia Hospitality.

    Hotel Amenities:

    • 100 beautifully appointed guest rooms
    • Complimentary continental breakfast
    • Wireless High-Speed Internet access available
    • Comedy Cabaret, Friday and Saturday
    • Neighbor’s Lounge
    • Everything Chocolate Shoppe
    • Meeting/banquet facilities accommodates up to 250 guests
    • Outdoor pool and Cabana with sand volleyball court, in season
    • Fitness room
    • Coin laundry
    • Same day valet service
    • 24-hour vending
    • Free parking
    • Ice & Roller Rinks within one mile
    • Car rental agency next door
    • Several restaurants within walking distance
    • Family entertainment within one mile

    Guest Rooms:

    • Free Wireless High-Speed Internet access
    • Cable television with HBO
    • AM/FM alarm clock
    • Individual climate control
    • Data ports and voice mail
    • Hairdryers
    • Coffee makers
    • Iron with ironing boards
    • King whirlpool rooms available
    • Microwave and refrigerator available

    From New York & New Jersey – Take New Jersey Turnpike southbound to Exit 6 PA Turnpike going west Exit at 351 Philadelphia exit to Route 1 Proceed approximately 3 miles. Hotel is on the right side.

    From Central / South New Jersey – Take I-95 North to exit 35 Woodhaven Road (Route 63) west Exit at Route 1 south approximately 1 mile. Hotel is on the right side.

    DE, MD, & Washington, DC – Take I-95 North to exit 35 Woodhaven Road (Route 63) west Exit at Route 1 south approximately 1 mile. Hotel is on the right side.

     

    Comedy Cabaret Package

    Includes:

    Overnight accommodations
    2 complimentary beverages
    Admission to Comedy Show
    Deluxe continental breakfast and late check out

    $109 – Standard   $129 – King Bed    $159 – King Bed w/ whirlpool

    Cupid’s Package:

    Includes:

    Overnight accommodations for 2
    Bottle of complimentary champagne
    Dinner at Bennigan’s
    Deluxe continental breakfast
    Sweet treats and late check out

    $129 – Standard
    $149 – King Bed   $189 – King Bed w/ whirlpool

    Weekend Wonder Getaway:

    Includes:

    Two nights accommodations
    2 complimentary beverages
    Dinner at Bennigan’s
    2 VIP movie passes
    Franklin Mills discount coupons
    Admission to Comedy Show
    Deluxe continental breakfast
    Sweet treats and late check out

    $239 – Standard & King Bed
    $289 – King Bed w/ whirlpool

     

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  • Three chefs from Philadelphia Downtown Hotels – how they ensure that the food they dish out remains light on your stomach and weight

    Healthy living is as much of a fad these days, as it is a necessity. With the ever-growing tribe of health-conscious folks, it isn’t surprising to witness a number of cooking appliances and techniques to ensure that the fat content in the food remains minimal. Oil sprays available at hypermarket stores allow you to add only that much oil as is required for the dish, while appliances like the Philips AirFryer make use of air instead of oil to fry ingredients. Traditional cooking techniques like boiling, which have been around since ages, only received their due in recent times after the diet craze began, and new cooking methods continue to be developed to cater healthy food to those who wish to keep their waistlines and cholesterol levels in check. We speak to city chefs to know the cooking techniques and appliances they make use of to keep their food healthy.

    Executive sous chef of Hyatt Recency Pune, Pradipt Sinha, says that chefs at the hotel often cook dishes using the sous-vide technique. “This is a great way of keeping your food low-fat. The ingredients you wish to cook, be it meat or vegetables, are marinated and vacuum packed. They are then cooked for long hours at constant temperatures,” says chef Pradipt, adding that if you have meats like duck, they lose their juices if you roast them. In food cooked using the sous-vide technique, meats and vegetables retain their nutritious juices, and it is also very healthy because no extra fat is utilised to cook it.

    Traditional methods of healthy cooking like boiling are what Arindam Bhattacharya, executive chef of Oakwood Premier Pune, swears by. At the hotel, though, Arindam uses this technique called searing to keep food healthy. “We have sophisticated grills, which sear foods at very high temperatures. The technique retains nutrients in the ingredients, whilst making them crisp and fragrant,” says chef Arindam, adding that it is only heat that is the cooking agent here, not fat. The mechanism is similar to that of the Chinese wok, and while you can’t make gravy dishes using the searing method, meats can certainly be cooked this way and gravies added later.

    Arindam also says that you get special grills in the market, which aren’t completely flat, but instead are angled, so that the excess fat drains off while food is being cooked. “One way of consuming healthier food is by cooking them using zero-transfat and monosaturated oils. We only use these oils at Oakwood Premier,” he states. Eating excessive salt isn’t very good for the health either and Arindam dismisses the notion that food without generous amounts of salt and fat isn’t appetising. “Adding a lot of herbs and spices to the food, like thyme, mint, ginger and others, can make food quite delicious, despite using little salt,” Arindam sates.

    Ista hotel’s executive chef Anthony En Yuan Huang advocates the traditional method of steaming, which is the most widely used technique at the hotel’s Asian cuisine restaurant Baan Tao. “Asian food features a lot of steamed food. The cuisine itself is quite healthy since it mostly incorporates methods like stir frying with minimal oil and cooking using high fire. We use the high-pressure Shanghai Steamer to steam our fish and dimsums,” says chef Anthony, adding that steaming is the healthiest method of cooking, and nothing could be better for fitness freaks than a meal comprising steamed food. As far as products like oil sprays are concerned, chef Anthony thinks they’re more of a convenience than a fad. “They’re quite handy, and help you glaze your salads properly,” he says. The chef further adds that techniques like sous-vide, which are fast catching up in terms of popularity are great, but tried and tested traditional methods of healthy cooking will always remain the most convenient and popular.

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  • ALTA Conference at Philadelphia Marriott Hotel

    ALTA Conference

    The 33rd annual American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Conference will be held from October 20 to October 24 at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia. The conference features panels, lectures, and bilingual readings. Participants include translators Martha Collins, Kimiko Hahn, Idra Novey, and Roger Sedarat, and publishers Matvei Yankelevich and Anna Moschovakis of Ugly Duckling Presse and Jeffrey Yang of New Directions Press. The cost of the conference is $100 ($70 for seniors and $50 for students). Single-day passes are available for $50 per day. Hotel rooms are $189 per night until September 28. Registration is first come, first served. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    ALTA Conference, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, JO51, Richardson, TX 75080-3021. (972) 883-2093. Lindy Jolly, Contact.

    lindy.jolly@utdallas.edu

    www.literarytranslators.org

    Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program

    The Atlantic Center for the Arts offers residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 69-acre ecological preserve of pine forests and palmettos in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Residents are provided with studio space and technical support to write without interruption, and participate in two-hour weekday meetings with fellow residents and a Master Artist. The February 21 to March 13, 2011, residency is for poets and prose writers and the Master Artist is Victoria Redel. The fee for the residency is $850, which includes lodging and meals. Financial aid is available. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, a resume, and a personal statement with a $25 application fee by October 15. Visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

    Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program, 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. (368) 427. 6975. Jim Frost, Program and Marketing Manager.

    program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Baltimore Writers’ Conference

    The 19th annual Baltimore Writers’ Conference will be held on November 20 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The program, sponsored by CityLit Project, Johns Hopkins University, and Towson University, offers seminars on writing and publishing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and writing critiques by published writers and industry professionals. Participants include fiction writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Geoffrey Beeker, and James Magruder, and creative nonfiction writer Michael Downs, and editor Rob Spillman of Tin House. The cost of the conference is $95, or $50 for students. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    Baltimore Writers’ Conference, c/o English Department, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252. (410) 704-5196. Geoffrey Becker, Contact.

    gbecker@towson.edu

    www.towson.edu/writersconference

    Brattleboro Literary Festival

    The ninth annual Brattleboro Literary Festival will be held from September 30 to October 3 in Brattleboro, Vermont. The festival includes a series of readings and panels held at different venues located on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. Participating writers include poets David Budbill, Josephine Dickinson, Nick Flynn, Geoff Hewitt, Marilyn Nelson, Ravi Shankar, and Cynthia Zarin; fiction writers Rebecca Chace, Allegra Goodman, Sheila Kohler, and Helen Simonson; and creative nonfiction writer Mary Childers. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Web site for more information.

    Brattleboro Literary Festival, P.O. Box 1116, Brattleboro, VT 05346-1116. (802) 365-7673. Sandy Rouse, Contact.

    bookfest@brattleboroliteraryfestival.org

    www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org

    Brooklyn Book Festival

    The fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be held on September 12 at Borough Hall and Columbus Park in Brooklyn, New York. Related events will be held from September 10 to September 12 at various venues throughout Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Bell House, Brooklyn Public Library, powerHouse Books, St. Francis College, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The festival features readings, panels, and a book fair featuring over 100 authors. Participants include poets Martin Espada, Ada Limon, and Tracey K. Smith; fiction writers Mary Gaitskill, Jonathan Lethem, and Rakesh Satyal; and creative nonfiction writers Sloane Crosley, Nick Flynn, and Terese Svoboda. All events are free and open to the public. Call or visit the Web site for more information.

    Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (718) 802-3852. Liz Koch, Contact.

    www.brooklynbookfestival.org

    Chicago Humanities Festival

    The 21st annual Chicago Humanities Festival will be held from October 24 to November 14 at venues throughout Chicago, including the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The theme for the 2010 festival is “The Body.” Participating writers include poet Thomas Lynch, fiction writer Rebecca Goldstein, and creative nonfiction writer Leslie Marmon Silko. Tickets to most events are $5 to $20 in advance (many are free for students and teachers). Visit the Web site for more information.

    Chicago Humanities Festival, 500 North Dearborn Street, Suite 825, Chicago, IL 60654. (312) 661-1028, ext. 17.

    www.chicagohumanities.org

    Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and Intensive

    The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference will be held from October 22 to October 25 at the Round House Lodge in Colrain, Massachusetts. The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Intensive, a smaller retreat targeted to poets who have already attempted to publish a book manuscript, will be held from November 12 to November 15 at the Brandt House in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The conferences, both designed to “set poets with a manuscript-in-progress on a path towards book publication,” feature manuscript preparation workshops, meetings with poetry press editors, panels, and readings. The faculty for both conferences includes poets Joan Houlihan and Fred Marchant, and editors Jeffrey Levine of Tupelo Press and Martha Rhodes of Four Way Books. Tuition is $995 for the October conference and $1,295 for the November conference, which includes lodging and meals. Financial aid is available. Poets with book-length or chapbook-length poetry manuscripts may apply online. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and Intensive, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418. (978) 897-0054. Joan Houlihan, Director.

    conferences@colrainpoetry.com

    www.colrainpoetry.com

    Detroit Michigan Writers’ Retreat

    The first Detroit Michigan Writers’ Retreat will be held from September 17 to September 18 at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The program features readings and workshops in poetry and fiction. Participating writers include poets Edward Hirsch, Thomas Lux, Patricia Smith, and Quincy Troupe. The cost of the retreat is $150. The registration deadline is September 10. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    Detroit Michigan Writers’ Retreat, Springfed Arts, P.O. Box 304, Royal Oak, MI 48068-0304. (248) 589-3913. John Lamb, Director.

    johndlamb@ameritech.net

    www.springfed.org

    Hambidge Artist Residency Program

    Hambidge offers residencies of two weeks to two months to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in March and April on 600 wooded acres in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Up to nine residents can be accommodated at a time. The residencies include a private bedroom, studio space, bath, and kitchen. The residency fee is $150 per week, which includes dinner on weekdays. For residencies in 2011, submit four copies of five to eight poems or up to 30 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, a brief bio, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to the program by the references) with a $30 application fee by September 15. Visit the Web site for an application and more information.

    Hambidge Artist Residency Program, P.O. Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. (706) 746-7324, Debra Sanders, Contact.

    residents@hambidge.org

    www.hambidge.org

    Hedgebrook

    Hedgebrook offers residencies of two to six weeks to women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 48-acre estate located on Whidbey Island, 35 miles north of Seattle. Up to seven writers at a time are provided with individual furnished cottages and meals. To apply for a residency in 2011, submit six copies of a writing sample of up to 10 pages, a personal essay, and a project proposal with a $25 application fee by September 23. Visit the Web site for an application and more information. Hedgebrook also offers the Women Writers Master Class Retreat Series of weeklong sessions limited to six participants each. The programs include workshops, one-on-one meetings with master instructors, and time to write. The theme of the October 25 to November 1 retreat is “Story,” and the master instructor is fiction writer Theresa Rebeck; the cost of the retreat is $2,000. The theme of the November 4 to November 11 retreat is “Beginnings,” and the master instructor is fiction writer Jane Hamilton; the cost is $2,500. The November 14 to November 21 retreat, “Retraining the Writer’s Mind: A Writing and Meditation Workshop,” will be led by fiction writer Ruth Ozeki; the cost is $2,000. Submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages, a curriculum vitae, and a personal statement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there is no application fee. Call or e-mail for an application and more information.

    Hedgebrook, 2197 Millman Road, Langley, WA 98260. (360) 321-4786. Vito Zingarelli, Residency Director.

    connect@hedgebrook.org

    www.hedgebrook.org

    International Festival of Authors

    The 2010 International Festival of Authors will be held from October 20 to October 30 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada. The festival includes readings in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as conversations, panel discussions, and book signings. Participating authors include poets M. T. Kelley, Alison Pick, and Priscila Uppal; fiction writers Michael Cunningham, Paul Harding, Jonathan Franzen, Andrea Levy, Yann Martel, Anchee Min, and Jane Urquhart; and creative nonfiction writer Ian Brown. The cost for most events is $18 Canadian (approximately $17), and $15 Canadian (approximately $14) for IFOA members. Entry is free for students. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    International Festival of Authors, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON MSJ 2G8, Canada. (416) 973-4760.

    readings@harbourfrontcentre.com

    www.readings.org

    International Women’s Writing Guild Conference

    The 60th biannual Big Apple Conference, sponsored by the International Women’s Writing Guild, will be held from October 16 to October 17 at the National Arts Club in New York City. Open to men and women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers, the conference includes opportunities to meet with authors and agents. The cost, which includes lunch, is $205 for both days ($180 for IWWG members), $135 for Saturday only ($125 for members), or $135 for Sunday only ($125 for members). Participants may attend Sunday events individually; the Open House: Meet the Authors panel is $60 ($50 for members), and the ()pen House: Meet the Agents panel is $85 ($75 for members). Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    International Women’s Writing Guild Conference, P.O. Box 810, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028. (212) 737-7536. Hannelore Hahn, Executive Director.

    dirhahn@aol.com

    www.iwwg.org

    James River Writers Conference

    The eighth annual James River Writers Conference will be held from October 8 to October 9 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. The conference includes meetings with agents, lectures, and panel discussions featuring poets Temple Cone and Joshua Poteat, fiction writers Clifford Garstang and William Henry Lewis, and editor Heather Lazare of Three Rivers Press. The cost of the conference is $175 ($195 after September I). Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    James River Writers Conference, 320 Hull Street, #136, Richmond, VA 23224. (804) 433-3790. Anne Westrick, Administrative Director. info@jamesriverwriters.org

    www.jamesriverwriters.org

    Kentucky Book Fair

    The 29th annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held on November 13 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort.

    The festival promoting literacy and a love of reading in the commonwealth includes symposiums and book signings by approximately 150 recently published authors. All events are free and open to the public. Call or visit the Web site for more information.

    Kentucky Book Fair, P.O. Box 715, Frankfort, KY 40602. (502) 564-8300.

    www.kybookfair.org

    Ledig House International Writers’ Residency Program

    Residencies of two weeks to two months are offered from March through June and September through November at Ledig House, a writers colony situated on 300 acres in the Hudson River Valley town of Omi, New York. Up to 20 poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators can be accommodated during each session. The residencies include room and board and opportunities to meet with New York City publishing professionals. Submit a copy of recently published work or an unpublished 10-page writing sample, a short biography, a one-page project proposal, and a letter of recommendation by October 20. There is no application fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

    Ledig House International Writers’ Residency Program, Art Omi, 55 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10003. (212) 206-6027. writers@artomi.org

    www.artomi.org

    MacDowell Colony

    MacDowell Colony offers residencies of up to two months from February through May to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 450-acre estate near Mr. Monadnock in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Writers are provided with room and board. For residencies in 2011, submit 6 to 10 poems or up to 25 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction and a description of a proposed project with a $30 application fee by September 15. Applications are accepted only via the online submission system. Travel aid and personal expense grants are available based on need. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. (603) 924-3886. admissions@macdowellcolony.org

    www.macdowellcolony.org

    Millay Colony for the Arts

    The Millay Colony for the Arts provides monthlong residencies from April through November to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at Steepletop, the former estate of Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, New York. Each residency, awarded by jury process, includes a private room, studio, and meals. For residencies in 2011, submit six copies of up to 10 poems or no more than 30 pages of prose, a brief project proposal, and a $35 application fee by October 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    Millay Colony for the Arts, P.O. Box 3, Austerlitz, NY 12017-0003. (518) 392-3103. Calliope Nicholas, Residency Director.

    apply@millaycolony.org

    www.millaycolony.org

    Montana Festival of the Book

    The 11th annual Montana Festival of the Book will be held from October 28 to October 30 at venues in downtown Missoula. The festival offers readings, workshops, performances, and panels. Participating writers include poets Lowell Jaeger and Melissa Kwasny and fiction writers Rick DeMarinis, Benjamin Percy, and Brady Udall. Most events are free and open to the public. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    Montana Festival of the Book, Montana Committee for the Humanities, 311 Brantly, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. (406) 243-6022. Kim Anderson, Associate Director.

    kim.anderson@humanitiesmontana.org

    www.humanitiesmontana.org

    National Book Festival

    The 2010 National Book Festival will be held on September 25 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The program features readings and presentations by authors that include poets Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson and fiction writers Isabel Allende, Chang-rae Lee, Jane Smiley, and Scott Turow. All events are free and open to the public. Call or visit the Web site for more information.

    National Book Festival, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20540-1400. (888) 714-4696. bookfest@loc.gov

    www.locgov/bookfest

    New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

    The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center provides residencies of two to four weeks from January through June to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in New York Mills, Minnesota. Writers are provided with living and studio space. For residencies in 2011, submit five copies of up to 12 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, a resume, a project description, a brief biography, and two letters of recommendation by October 1. There is no application fee. E-mail or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, 24 North Main Avenue, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567. (218) 385-3339. Heather Cassidy, Retreat Coordinator. heather@kulcher.org

    www.kulcher.org

    Nimrod Awards Celebration and Writing Workshop

    The 2010 Nimrod Awards Celebration and Writing Workshop, “Spinning Legends, Telling Truths,” will be held from October 22 to October 23 at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. The program, presented by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, features readings, master classes, panel discussions, individual editing sessions with faculty, and workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Participating writers include poets Jim Barnes, Margo Berdeshevsky, and Molly Peacock; fiction writers Colum McCann and David Wroblewski; and the winners of the Nimrod Literary Awards. The cost is $50. Financial aid is available. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    Nimrod Awards Celebration and Writing Workshop, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. (918) 631-3080. Ellis O’Neal, Managing Editor.

    nimrod@utulsa.edu

    www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

    Palm Beach Poetry Festival

    The seventh annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held from January 17 to January 22, 2011, at the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach, Florida. The festival offers intermediate and advanced workshops, craft talks, readings, and panels. The faculty includes poets Stuart Dischell, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C. D. Wright, and Dean Young. Tuition is $725 ($350 for auditors). Submit three poems with a $25 application fee and a $200 tuition deposit by November 2. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

    Palm Beach Poetry Festival, 3199 B-3 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. (561) 868-2063.

    coordinator@palmbeachpoetryfestival.org

    www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org

    San Diego City College International Book Fair

    The fifth annual San Diego City College International Book Fair will be held from October 1 to October 2 at the Saville Theatre on the San Diego City College campus. The festival offers readings, as well as panels for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year’s participants include poets Rae Armantrout and Luis J. Rodriguez, fiction writers Benjamin Alire Saenz, and creative nonfiction writer Danzy Senna. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Web site for more information.

    San Diego City College International Book Fair, San Diego City College, 1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. (619) 388-3596. Virginia Esealante, Director. vescalan@sdccd.edu

    www.sdcitybookfair.com

    San Miguel Poetry Week

    The 2011 San Miguel Poetry Week will be held from January 2 to January 7, 2011, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The program offers lectures, readings, and workshops in poetry. Faculty and guest readers include poets Jennifer Clement and Tony Hoagland. Tuition is $500; registration is $200. A room at the Posada de Las Monjas, the preferred hotel of San Miguel Poetry Week, is approximately $300 per week. Submit up to four pages of poetry with a $25 application fee by November 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    San Miguel Poetry Week, P.O. Box 171, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10276. (212) 673-4221.

    info@sanmiguelpoetry.com

    www.sanmiguelpoetry.com

    Sirenland Writers Conference

    The 2011 Sirenland Writers Conference will be held from March 27 to April 2, 2011, at the Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano, Italy, located 35 miles south of Naples on the Amalfi Coast. The conference offers readings, panels, and workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction. The faculty includes fiction writers Peter Cameron, Dani Shapiro, and Jim Shepard, and One Story editor Hannah Tinti. Tuition is 2,500 euros (approximately $3,100), which includes lodging and some meals. Using the online submission system, submit a letter of intent and up to 30 pages of prose between September 15 and October 31. There is no application fee. Visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    Sirenland Writers Conference, P.O. Box 248, Bethlehem, CT 06751. (860) 868-9170. Michael Maren, Contact.

    info@sirenland.net

    www.sirenland.net

    Summer Literary Seminars-Kenya

    The 2010 Summer Literary Seminars-Kenya will be held from December 3 to December 21 in Nairobi and on Lamu Island. The conference includes readings; lectures; roundtable discussions; meetings with local artists and writers; tours of the country; and workshops in poetry and fiction. The faculty includes poets Cornelius Eady and Ed Pavlic and fiction writers Catherine Bush, Lynn Coady, and Binyavanga Wainaina. During the second week of the conference, participants will travel to Lanm Island off Kenya’s northern coast, where hotels range from $30 to $60 per night. The program fee, which does not include travel, accommodations, or meals, is $2,250, or $1,450 for the Kenya Between the Lines lecture series only. Hotel rooms in Nairobi range from $50 to $65 per night. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or 25 to 30 pages of prose with a deposit of $150. Applications sent after October 15 must include an additional $300 deposit, and full payment is due on November 1. The deadline for registration is November 5. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    Summer Literary Seminars-Kewa, English Department, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West LB 683.03, Montreal QC H3G 1M8, Canada. (514) 848-2424, ext. 4632. Mike Spry, Programs Coordinator.

    mike@sumlitsem.org

    www.sumlitsern.org

    Texas Book Festival

    The 15th annual Texas Book Festival will be held from October 16 to October 17 on the State Capitol grounds in Austin. The event features panels, book signings, and a book fair. All events are free and open to the public. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    Texas Book Festival, 610 Brazos, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701. (512) 477-4055.

    bookfest@texasbookfestival.org

    www.texasbookfestival.org

    Vermont Studio Center

    The Vermont Studio Center offers one-to three-month residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in Johnson, a village in the Green Mountains. Composed of 30 historic buildings on the banks of the Gihon River, the center provides time and space to write, as well as readings by and conferences with two visiting writers each month. Tuition for four weeks is $3,750, including room and board. Financial aid is available. The application deadline for full fellowships is October 1. Submit three copies of up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 15 pages of prose, a resume, and contact information for three references with a $25 application fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for an application and complete guidelines.

    Vermont Studio Center, P.O. Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656. (802) 635-2727. Gary Clark, Writing Program Director.

    info@vermontstudiocenter.org

    www.vermontstudiocenter.org

    Write on the Sound

    The 25th annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference will be held from October 1 to October 3 in Edmonds, Washington. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, book signings, and manuscript critiques. The faculty includes poets Janee Baugher, Willa Schneberg, and Sarah Zale; fiction writer Paula Coomer; and creative nonfiction writers Nick O’Connell and Barbara Sjoholm. The registration fee is $116 before September 9 and $139 thereafter. A daily rate of $72 is also available. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for more information.

    Write on the Sound, Frances Anderson Center, 7o0 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020. (425) 771-0228. Kris Gillespie, Conference Coordinator.

    wots@ci.edmonds.wa.us

    www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/artscommission/wots.stm

     

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  • RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition: April 15-18: Philadelphia

    This year RIMS celebrates its 50th Annual Conference & Exhibition. As a nod to this history, let’s take a quick walk down memory lane.

    RIMS

    The First National Insurance Management Conference, sponsored by the American Society of Insurance Management, Inc. (RIMS’ former namesake), took place in February 1963 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans–yes, at one hotel. With 400 attendees, the conference was considered a resounding success, and addressed such themes as: maintaining a competitive insurance market under a free, private-enterprise system; the free exchange of ideas between all segments of the insurance world; cooperation between producers, underwriters, regulators and others to deliver the most effective insurance products; supporting loss prevention; fostering educational programs for insurance consumers; and providing members the opportunity to network with each other.

    Sound familiar? While the industry has transformed, many of the themes discussed in 1963 are still relevant.

    Fast forward 50 years. The RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition is now the largest gathering of its kind for the risk management and insurance professions, with thousands of people convening every year at an event that now occupies a convention center and dozens of hotels. The RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition has become an educational forum, emphasizing the exchange of knowledge and ideas, the delivery of products and services and opportunities to network with people from all segments of the industry.

    This year in Philadelphia, the RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition will offer such an array of activities that each attendee can create his or her own experience. Morning, noon and night there will be charitable events, keynote presentations, educational sessions, networking opportunities and hundreds of service providers in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees are encouraged to build an itinerary to suit their own objectives and take advantage of all that the conference has to offer.

    Relationship Building

    Developing a successful risk management program can be challenging. At RIMS 2012, attendees can share their successful (and not-so-successful) stories, exchange ideas and learn from like-minded individuals. From Community Service Day and the Opening Reception at the Please Touch Museum to the Networking Pub Crawl and Lunch and Learn in the Exhibit Hall, there will be plenty of opportunities to shake hands with old and new friends alike.

    Top-Notch Education

    With more than 120 sessions covering 10 different categories–including claims management, employment risks, ERM,finance, insurance, legislation, loss control, risk management and strategic risk management–plus hot topic and industry-specific sessions, there is something for everyone. Attendees can improve their understanding of risk management, discover best practices and strategies, and learn how to maneuver past obstacles to advance their risk management programs.

    Risk Management Solutions

    RIMS has gathered the industry’s leading service providers together–more than 400 of them–to help attendees access the resources and technologies they need to enhance their risk management programs. Exhibitors offer practical solutions to the challenges that risk and insurance professionals often face. Plus, special events, raffles and giveaways make the Exhibit Hall the place to be.

    RIMS is proud to have hosted the world’s greatest risk and insurance management conference for the past 50 years and looks forward to the next 50. RIMS thanks all of its members, business partners, industry affiliates and staff who have contributed to the success of this event. But most of all, RIMS thanks you.

    See you in Philadelphia.

    WHAT’S NEW

    RIMS’ mission is to advance risk management for your organization’s success. At RIMS ’12, that means providing attendees with world-class risk management information, solutions and networking in a single location. This year, RIMS has also added the following new initiatives to enhance the attendee experience.

    Continuing Education Credits. RIMS has partnered with the CEU Institute to administer CE/CEU/CPE credits at the conference. Licensed adjusters, agents, accountants and risk management certificate holders can earn up to 12 credit hours.

    Exhibit Hall Pass. Available only Wednesday, April 18, this one-day pass grants access to the hundreds of service providers in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees can meet with business partners, network with colleagues and discover the latest industry resources.

    Strategic Risk Management (SRM) Sessions. RIMS now offers five new sessions that provide concepts and analytic resources to enrich your strategic risk decisions, including “Exploring Risk

    Appetite & Tolerance,” “Harnessing Opportunities Through SRM” and “Improving Your Organization’s Chances for Success.”

    RIMS 2012 Mobile App. Attendees can download a free app to help manage their conference experience complete with exhibitor materials (in support of a green Exhibit Hall), session descriptions, maps, city info, shuttle bus routes, travel alerts and more.

    Networking Pub Crawl. The Exhibit Hall has never been such fun. On Wednesday afternoon, attendees can sample the finest microbrews while discovering the cutting-edge risk management solutions on display by conference sponsors and exhibitors.

    RIMS 2012 Battle of the Bands. RIMS is closing this year’s event with a celebration like no other. On Wednesday night, enjoy concert-themed food and drink as you listen to your favorite hits by top-rated cover bands, including The Peril, a group made up of representatives from insurance broker and long-time RIMS exhibitor Aon.

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  • DINNER / RESTAURANTS in Philadelphia

    The restaurants in Downtown Philadelphia have something to offer for every taste. You can decide between the traditional American restaurants or you can try the best recipes from the international cuisine. Therefore, you are more than welcome to the best restaurants in Downtown Philadelphia, some of which are enlisted below:

    Mc Cormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
    1 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-3426
    215 568-6888

    Lolita Restaurant
    106 South 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-4522
    215 546-7100

    Chili’s Grill & Bar
    1239 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-2818
    215 569-0850

    McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Philadelphia’s oldest and best Irish bar pub
    1310 Drury Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215 735-5562

    10 Arts by Eric Ripert
    10 Avenue of the Arts,, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
    215 523-8273

    Hard Rock Cafe
    1131 Market St # 31 Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215 238-1000

    Le Bec Fin Restaurant Monday BYOB
    1523 Walnut Street,Philadelphia, PA 19102
    215 567-1000

    Down Home Diner
    1039 Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215 627-1955

    The Capital Grille
    1338 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215 545-9588

    Maggiano’s Little Italy
    1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    215 567-2020

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