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Jacob Winterstein and Caroline Reese

Jacob Winterstein is the first poet named Jacob Neff Winterstein raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia to win a really important poetry slam with which you are impressed. When he is not writing smart-ass bios about himself in the third person he writes semi-serious bios about himself in the third person. Jacob’s poetic journey started when he was a high school student. He was an activist that spoke at rallies, city council hearings and school board meetings. He was a class clown that would make jokes when he probably should have been sitting quietly. And he was a Jewish kid growing up around black folks in Philly so he liked to freestyle and wanted to be rapper. In 2005, at Temple University Jacob studied poetry as performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon. Dr. Williams-Witherspoon whipped Jacob’s scrawny self into shape and helped him fuze his political beliefs, humor, observation s, love of rhyme and attention seeking skills into performance poetry. As a solo songwriter, Caroline Reese released her first album at age 19, "Indian River," which she followed up with 2013's "Slow Code." But it wasn't until forming alt-folk band the Drifting Fifth with electric guitarist and vocalist Mark Watter that they established their current, genre-crossing sound. The Drifting Fifth has made their mark on the tri-state area over the last year with performances on WXPN's Folk Show with Gene Shay, two multi-state tours, and an opening slot for Ben Folds. Their sound as a duo is somewhere between folk artists such as the Civil Wars and the more alternative style of bands like the Antlers, appealing to fans across a range of tastes and ages. They've just graduated from college and will spend the summer performing and promoting their newest release, "The Electric Year," now available at

Open Reading follows, Dave Worrell, host For Information: Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215)[masked]; [masked];

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