Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 19, 2018 (Barnett, Boggess, Smith & Wentworth)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 19, 2018

Featured Readers
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Standing L-R: Ace Boggess & Jimmy Cvetic
Seated L-R: Cameron Barnett, Ellen McGrath Smith, Don Wentworth & Joan Bauer

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Bob Ziller, Tony Norman & Jimmy Cvetic

Cameron Barnett holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was poetry editor for Hot Metal Bridge, and co-coordinator of Pitt’s Speakeasy Reading Series. He teaches middle school at Falk Laboratory School, and is an associate poetry editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Review. His first collection, The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water (Autumn House Press), was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

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Ace Boggess is author of three books of poetry, most recently Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He received a fellowship for fiction from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia. 

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Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Her writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, Quiddity, Cimarron, and other journals, and in several anthologies, including Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Smith has been the recipient of an Orlando Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her second chapbook, Scatter, Feed, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in the fall of 2014, and her book, Nobody's Jackknife, was published in 2015 by the West End Press.

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Don Wentworth's work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in every day life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond, and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. He is the author of three full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016). Past All Traps was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation's 2011 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. His poem “hiding” was selected as one of “100 Notable Haiku” of 2013 by Modern Haiku Press. Don has two new poetry books forthcoming: a collection of ghazals from Low Ghost and a collaborative collection of tanka written with the British haiku poet, Joy McCall. Since 1989, he has been the editor and publisher of Lilliput Review.

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Open Mic

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Jimmy Cvetic Closes With a Song

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 (Gibb, Shaw, St. Germain & Wesley)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 12, 2018

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Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Robert Gibb & Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
Seated L-R: Sheryl St. Germain, Fred Shaw & Joan Bauer

Robert Gibb’s books include The Origins of Evening (1997), which was a National Poetry Series winner. Among his other awards are two NEA Fellowships, a Best American Poetry and a Pushcart Prize. Two new books were published in 2017 : After, which won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize (Mark Doty, judge), and his 12th collection, the beautifully imagistic, Among Ruins (Notre Dame Press) which was awarded the Ernest Sandeen Prize.

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Fred Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, where he received his MFA. He teaches writing and literature at Point Park University and Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the chapbook, Argot (Finishing Line Press). His poems have been published in 5AM, Poet Lore, Brilliant Corners and Pittsburgh City Paper, where he currently reviews books. His poem, “Scraping Away” was recently chosen to be a featured work for the 2017 PA Public Poetry Project. In a parallel life, he has also worked in the service industry for the past twenty-five years. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and rescued hound dog.

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Sheryl St Germain's books include Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, and Let It Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. She has written two memoirs: Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, and Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She co-edited, with Margaret Whitfored, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century and with Sarah Shotland, Words Without Walls Writers on Violence, Addiction, and Incarceration. A native of New Orleans, she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University and is co-founder of the Words Without Walls Program. Her new poetry collection, The Small Door of Your Death, was published by Autumn House Press in 2018.

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Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 during the fourteen year Liberian civil war. She is the author of four books of poetry: Where the Road Turns (Autumn House Press), The River is Rising (Autumn House Press), Becoming Ebony, (Southern Illinois University Press) and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press) and a 5th collection, When the Wanderers Come Home, (University of Nebraska Press, fall 2016).Her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” was selected by US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, as an American Life in Poetry June 13, 2011 featured poem. Patricia has won several awards and grants, including the 2011 President Barack Obama Award from the Blair County NAACP, the 2010 Liberian Award for her poetry and her mentorship of young Liberians in the Diaspora, a Penn State University AESEDA Collaborative Grant for her research on Liberian Women's Trauma stories from the Civil War, a 2002 Crab Orchard Award for her second book of poems, a World Bank Fellowship, among others. Her individual poems and memoir articles have been anthologized and published in literary magazines in the US, in South America, Africa and Europe, and her work has been translated in Spanish and Finnish. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University’s Altoona campus.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018 (Bogen, Dordal, Squillante, Tayyar & Walicki)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 5, 2018

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 Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Sheila Squillante & Kareem Tayyar
Seated L-R: Deborah Bogen, Lisa Dordal, Robert Walicki & Joan Bauer

Deborah Bogen's the author of four poetry collections, most recently the full-length In Case of Sudden Free Fall (Jacar Press 2017). 

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Lisa Dordal, author of Mosaic of the Dark from Black Lawrence Press, teaches poetry at Vanderbilt University. A Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets University Prize and the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, CALYX, Vinyl Poetry, The Greensboro Review, and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Her website is

Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), and three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl, 2011). She is also co-author, along with Sandra L. Faulkner, of the writing craft book, Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories Onto the Page (Sense Publishers, 2015). Recent work has appeared or will appear in places like Copper Nickel, North Dakota Quarterly, Indiana Review, Waxwing, Menacing Hedge and River Teeth. She  teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University, where she edits The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing. From her dining room table, she edits the blog at Barrelhouse. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, Paul Bilger, a philosopher and experimental photographer, and their children. 

Paul Kareem Tayyar’s books include Magic Carpet Poems (Tebot Bach), In the Footsteps of the Silver King  (Spout Hill Press), and Scenes From A Good Life (Tebot Bach). He is a Professor of English at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, and he holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from U.C. Riverside. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and for some years, he was editor-in-chief of World Parade Books in California. His sixth full-length collection, Immigrant Songs, is forthcoming from WordTech in 2019.

Robert Walicki's work has appeared in over 40 publications including Fourth River, Stone Highway Review, Red River Review, and others. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), which was nominated to the 2016 Poet’s House List of Books in NYC. His first full length collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.

Open Mic 

Jimmy Cvetic Reads My Pee-Pee Always Got Me In Trouble

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