Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016 (Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 17, 2016

Ziggy Edwards is friendly. She knocks herself out as editor/co-founder of Uppagus and as a poetry editor and co-founder of Pittsburgh Poetry Review. Her chapbook, Hope’s White Shoes, was published by Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange in 2006. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as 5 AMAfter Happy Hour ReviewDreams and Nightmares, IllumenMain Street Rag, and Paper Street.

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Barry Govenor was born and raised in the steel town of Charleroi, PA, and now resides with his wife and two dogs in Brentwood. He earned his B.A. in biology at California University (PA) and split his healthcare career between Nuclear Medicine and Infection Control & Sterilization Technology. His subject material draws from his mill town roots and outdoor experiences and has appeared in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette,The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Flip Side, The Loyalhanna Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and Avocet.  He is a longtime member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and has led poetry workshops at Brentwood Public Library, where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Karla Lamb earned a B.A. in poetry from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where she served as a copy-editor for Fishladder and as a contributor for INwriting newsletter. Her poetry has appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper, Voices from the Attic Vol. XIX, Runaway Hotel, Brooklyn-based A Women’s Thing Magazine, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She is a current MFA candidate in Carlow University’s Creative Writing program. Lamb edits for After Happy Hour Review and curates DOUBLE MIRЯOR EXHIBIT.
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Aaron Novick writes poetry on the model of the youthful Pope, who brashly proclaimed his solitude, and perhaps won it thereby. Otherwise, he is a graduate student in the History and Philosophy of Science department at the University of Pittsburgh, studying the relationship between contemporary developmental genetics and evolutionary theory.
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Nick Romeo is self taught, and always tries to absorb and learn from his environment. He then incorporates the multitudes of subject matter into his creative work. His main forms of expression are 3D digital renderings, fractal generation, photography, sculpture, audio/visual installations, and poetry. His poems have been published in The Brentwood Anthology (Lummox Press) and the upcoming Uppagus Issue #11. He also read his poetry on “Thoughts from the Top of a Ferris Wheel” podcast.
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Squirrel Hill native Stuart Sheppard graduated from Kenyon College, and has worked on Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and as a management consultant.  In 2003 he published a well-reviewed novel, Spindrift.  Stuart writes theatre, art, and book reviews for the Pittsburgh City Paper, and serves on the board of the Animal Care and Assistance Fund.  His most recent work can be seen in U.S. 1 Worksheets, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and other publications.


Jenny Smith has been writing poetry and flash nonfiction since 2013, when she returned from a six-month solo trek on the Appalachian Trail. She is a member of Pittsburgh Writers Studio, Madwomen in the Attic, and Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Her writing has appeared in Voices from the Attic. She grew up in Alaska and Pennsylvania, has an education in mathematics and many years of experience in software development, and is now uncaged.


David Joez Villaverde is an editor for the After Happy Hour Review in Pittsburgh. His writing has been featured in Cheap Pop, After the Pause, the Belle Rêve Literary Journal and the Jewish Literary Journal among others. He has forthcoming work in the Great American Wiseass Poetry Anthology. He lives in Mount Washington with his cat Yoshimi. His writing can occasionally be found at schadenfreudeanslip.com


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 (Pittsburgh Poetry Society)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 10, 2016

Jeen-Shang Lin currently teaches civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He wrote poems in his youthful days during college. Only in the past few years did he start writing again, an indisputable living proof that inhaling enough Pittsburgh air is a sufficient condition for becoming a poet. However, he only has a small repertoire; it could be that his professional writing is smothering the poetry in him, or more plausibly, he simply writes at the pace of a snail crawling.

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Christine Doriean Michaels came to Pittsburgh from England in 1971 and joined the Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop in February 1984. A retired psychologist, she was a member and word-weaver for Tea Time Ladies, a poetry performance group, in the 1990s. More recent publications can be found in Fission of Form and Labyrinth Pathways 2009, and a review in OUT. Earlier works can be found in Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami; Along These Rivers: Photography and Poetry from Pittsburgh; Voices from the Attic;The Exchange; No Choice but to Trust; Pittsburgh and Tri-State Area Poets; Taproots, Songs for the Living and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

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Randy Minnich is a retired chemist, now focusing on writing, environmental issues, t’ai chi, and grandchildren.  A member of the Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop and Pittsburgh Poetry Society, he has published two books, Wildness in a Small Place and Pavlov’s Cats.  His work has also appeared in Main Street Rag, Pearl, Pudding, Snowy Egret, Blueline, and other publications.


A career educator, Christine Pasinski taught secondary English in the West Mifflin Area School District for over 36 years. Following her career in public education, she supervised student teachers for Penn State University. A lifelong devotee of poetry, she took her high school and her university students to the International Poetry Forum, where she served on the Advisory Council for 36 years. Currently, she enjoys membership in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, and she has read them at various venues in the city. In 2011 she published a book of her poetry, Rustlings of Regret.


Fred Peterson grew up on rice farms throughout Southeast Arkansas in the 1940's and 1950's, the son of a sharecropper and the seventh of eight children. His poetry takes one on a journey with a family rich in love. A teacher early in his career, his life-path took him from Arkansas to St. Louis and to Pittsburgh with his life-partner where they have lived for 30 years. He is past president of Pittsburgh Poetry Society. His book of poetry, Writing by Flashlight, was published by Awesome Books in 2012.


Joanne Samraney, author of the poetry chapbook, Grounded Angels, which won the 2001 Acorn-Rukeyser Award and co-author of Breaking Bread with the Boscos, a collection of family memoirs and recipes has poems in many literary magazines and journals such as Main Street Rag, Verve, Voices in Italian Americana, Loyalhanna Review and most recently in Hudson View, Earth Daughters and Steam Ticket. Her poems have also appears in both Along These Rivers and the Sandburg-Livesay anthologies. Her latest chapbook, Remaking Driftwood was published by Finishing Line Press (2010).


Shirley Stevens is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society and the Squirrel Hill Poetry, and St. David’s workshops. She serves as a mentor for the Writing Academy and a poetry workshop leader for Passavant Retirement Village and The First Word. Her poems most recently appeared in The Potter’s Wheel, Honing the Poem, and A Time of Singing, as well as Poet Lore, Along These Rivers, Fission of Form, The CommonWealth: Pennsylvania Poets on Pennsylvania Subjects, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Squirrel Hill Magazine. She is the author of Pronouncing What We Want to Keep.


Christine Aikens Wolfe is a reading specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Christine has published poems in Sonnetto Poesia, a bi-lingual quarterly out of Ottawa since fall 2006.  Her poetry, fiction, and articles have appeared in the publications of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, including Parachute, the WPWP Bulletin, Riverspeak, and Threads, and in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society's  bi-annual magazine, The Potter's Wheel.  Her poetry has also been published in Woman Becoming and Poetry Magazine, and the multi-media book, Fission and Form. She is the co-editor of The Poetic Classroom (Autumn House Press) and currently serves as president of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. 

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Judy Yogman is a retired ESL teacher.  She enjoys trying new poetic forms, misses Anita Byerly's little workshop and recently became a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Though lazy about submitting poems, she has submitted work that has appeared in the Post-Gazette and in various anthologies, including Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration, Along These Rivers, and Written on Water: Writings about the Allegheny RiverShe is married, with three sons and three granddaughters.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016 (Madwomen In the Attic)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 3, 2016

Tess Barry was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize (UK). Twice a finalist for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and Aesthetica Magazine’s (UK) Poetry Award, she was also shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Poetry Prize (UK).  Her poems recently appeared or are forthcoming in Mudfish Vol. 19 and online at Manchester’s website: http://www.manchesterwritingschool.co.uk/news/news-2015-manchester-writing-competition-short-lists-announced

Barry is a Fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and teaches literature and creative writing at Robert Morris University.

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Julie Cecchini is a member of Monroeville Poets, Pittsburgh Writer’s Studio, and Madwomen in the Attic. Her poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Loyalhanna Review, Innisfree, Tattoo Highway & Voices from the Attic.  She is a featured poet in Verse Envisioned, an art/poetry exhibit and book project with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Panza Art Gallery.

Amy Lee Heinlen studies poetry and publishing in the MFA program at Chatham University. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Pittsburgh Poetry ReviewPretty Owl PoetryOlentangy ReviewMom Egg Review, multiple volumes of the Voices from the Attic anthology, Coal Hill Review, and elsewhere. She is the current poetry editor for the newly launched Bloodletters Literary Magazine.


Michelle Maher is a professor of English at La Roche College. Maher won the 2012 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, a national contest sponsored by Carlow University. Her poem, "At the Brera, Mila,'' was selected from 380 poems by judge Toi Derricotte. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Chautauqua Literary Journal, The Georgetown Review, Atlanta Review, and ​U.S. 1 Worksheets.

Emily Mohn-Slate’s recent poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Cimarron Review, Indiana Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She was runner-up for the 2014 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA from Bennington College, and teaches writing at Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University.


Marilyn Marsh Noll, earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1994. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Folio, Voices From the Attic and The Potter’s Wheel. Her chapbook, Thirteen Ways of Looking at Bones, won the Pennsylvania Poetry Society Chapbook Award in 2007. Her children’s book, Jonathan and the Flying Broomstick (Sunlight and Shadow Press), was published in August 2010. She is a Madwomen in the Attic and a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society.


Michelle Stoner is the author of the full-length collection Flats and Riots (WordTech, 2008) and was a finalist for the 2015 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in 5AM, Bloom, and The Collared Peccary, among others. Stoner holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Carlow University and is a sound engineer for Prosody, NPR-affiliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers.


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Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12, 2015 (Shaw, Edelman & Terman)

Versify Poetry Series
December 12, 2015

Note: This event was curated by Bob Walicki and is not part of the Hemingway's Poetry Series. As is customary with the Versify series, the readers introduce each other and read from one another's work. Philip Terman was unable to attend so Richard St. John stepped in to read Philip's work.

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, Briar Cliff Review, Permafrost, SLAB, Spry Literary Magazine, Floodwall, Nerve Cowboy, Mason’s Road, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh City Paper, where he currently reviews books. 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.
Philip Terman’s most recent book of poetry is In the Torah Garden, published by Autumn House Press in 2011.  His earlier books include The House of SagesBook of the Unbroken Days and Rabbis of the Air. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Tikkun, and Blood to Remember: American Poets Respond to the Holocaust. He is the recipient of the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Award, The Kenneth Patchen Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience. He teaches creative writing and literature at Clarion University and co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival at the Chautauqua Institute. With his wife Christine and their daughters Mimi and Bella, he resides in a red-brick schoolhouse outside of Grove CityPennsylvania.

Richard St. John's newest book of poems, Each Perfected Name, was released early in 2015 by Truman State University Press. His long poem, Shrine, appeared as a chapbook in 2011.  The Pure Inconstancy of Grace, his first full-length collection, was published in 2005 as first runner up for the T. S. Eliot Prize, also from Truman State. You can find more information at richardstjohnpoet.com.

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Barbara Edelman is the author of two poetry chapbooks: “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press 2014, and “A Girl in Water,” Parallel Press 2002. Her poems and short prose have appeared in various journals, among them Raleigh Review, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, and Rattle, and in several anthologies. She has received an individual artist grant in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as residency fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center.  She teaches writing and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015 (Baldinger, Brea, Ellis, Korn, Matcho, Pajich, Silsbe, Collins)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 28, 2015

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs, if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time, he has traveled the country, and wrote a few books, the latest of which “The Lower 48” (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook “The Studs Terkel Blues” (Night Ballet Press) as well as the anthologiesLipsmack! (Night Ballet Press) and Good Noise (Thrasher Press).  A short litany of publishing credits include: The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.

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Stephanie Brea has slung coffee, wrote about inventions and worked for a company that built museum exhibits. This means she likes her espresso doubled, is most likely responsible for some of the products pitched on late night infomercials and can spell archaeopteryx without the need for spell check. She is a part-time copy editor and facilitates creative writing workshops for local schools and organizations. Her work has been published in Pear Noir!, The Legendary, Nerve Cowboy and the Pittsburgh City Paper.

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Angele Ellis's poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in over forty publications and eight anthologies. She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems earned her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Spared (a Main Street Rag Editors' Choice Chapbook). She lives in Friendship, both a neighborhood and a state of mind.
John Korn lives in Pittsburgh. He is the author of a book of poetry titled Television Farm which can be purchased on amazon.com. He has worked as a mental health social worker for many years now. He was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, one for his poem "14 young women" and another for his poem "Yellow lamp shade head."  He didn't win either of these prizes and he is not even sure what those prizes are.

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Adam Matcho is an obituary writer and contributor to The New Yinzer. He is a former technical writer, novelty shop clerk, basketball coach and gas station attendant. His chapbook, Six Dollars an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer, was published by Liquid Paper Press and his essay collection, The Novelty Essays, was published by WPA Press. When not writing death notices, Adam tries to write about life. He lives in a former craft shop with his wife, two sons and too many animals. As Dave Newman has said, "Adam Matcho has more talent than most corporations have profits, and his vision of America is tragic and brilliant and hilarious.”
Bob Pajich is a writer and musician from the Burgh. His latest book, The Trolleyman, was published by StantonHeights' Low Ghost Press. He is a Taurus.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh where he writes, sells books, and makes music with friends. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous print and web periodicals including Nerve CowboyThe Chariton ReviewThird CoastThe Volta, and the Cultural Weekly. He is the author of two poetry collections: Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press, 2012) and The River Underneath the City (Low Ghost Press, 2013).

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Kristofer Collins is the Books Editor at Pittsburgh Magazine. He runs Low Ghost Press. He also owns Desolation Row Records and manages Caliban Bookshop in Oakland. His most recent chapbook is "Last Call" published by Speed & Briscoe in 2010.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015 (Conley, Montesonti, Repp, Trale, Walicki, Whelan)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 21, 2015

Tameka Cage Conley, PhD , is a literary artist who writes poetry, fiction, and plays. In 2010, she received the August Wilson Center Fellowship. Her first play, Testimony, was produced at the Center in May 2011. An excerpt of the play is published in 24 Gun Control Plays and was performed in Los Angeles and  Sydney , Australia . In 2011, she received the Advancing the Black Arts Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. In 2012, she became a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award. Her poems are published inCallaloo, Fledgling Rag, African American Review, and forthcoming in Cave Canem Anthology XIV. An excerpt of her novel-in-progress, This Far, By Grace, is published in Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature. She is the 2013 awardee of the Demarest Trust grant. Her poem, "Losing," was chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book as a featured poem in the 2015 Public Poetry Project.
Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. He holds a BA in English from Indiana University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, a longtime resident of Indiana, he now lives in Los Angeles and teaches at National University. 

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Between January, 1984 and May, 1985, John Repp coordinated the Hemingway’s Reading Series, bringing to the Back Room such luminaries and soon-to-be luminaries as Lynn Emanuel, Michael Chabon, Ed Ochester, Etheridge Knight, Timothy Russell, Maggie Anderson, Lawrence Joseph, Chuck Kinder, and Buddy Nordan. A 1985 graduate of the M.F.A. program at the University ofPittsburgh , his most recent collections of poetry are Music Over the Water (Alice Greene & Col, 2013) and Fat Jersey Blues, winner of the 2013 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press 
Marianne Trale is a tenured professor of English at CCAC Boyce Campus who earned an MFA in Writing from the University of Pittsburgh . Her poetry has appeared in  Green Mountain Review, Thirteen, The Pennsylvania Review, After Image  and other journals.  She is a longtime free lance writer and columnist for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.  At CCAC, she was three times honored with the Student Choice Award for Extraordinary Faculty. In the early 1980's her poetry was twice awarded Second Prize and also Finalist honors from the  Academy of American Poetry Competition . From 1986 through 2000, she was a frequent reader in the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series, and most recently featured in the Galway Kinnell Memorial Reading in January 2015. 
Robert Walicki's poetry has appeared in Stone Highway Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, ThePittsburgh Post-Gazette, Grasslimb, and on the radio show, Prosody. His first chapbook, A Room Full of Trees, was published by Redbird Press. His next chapbook, The Almost Sound of Snow Falling, is forthcoming this winter from Night Ballet Press. He hosts and curates the monthly reading series,
VERSIFY.

Carolyne Whelan received her MFA in poetry and nonfiction at Chatham University in 2009 where she was a finalist for Best Thesis.  She is the recipient of the 2013 Jan-ai Fellowship, the 2014 Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship to the Vermont Studio, and the 2015 Lucille Clifton scholarship to Squaw Valley Writer's Workshop.  Her first chapbook, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, most recently, Sugar House and Majestic Disorder. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she works as a freelance writer and bicycle mechanic

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015 (Khoury, Hirsch, Adès, Karasek, Carter-Jones, Bauer)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 14, 2015

Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic LobsterCopper Nickel, Inter|rupture, and Portland Review. She edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press in 2009. Her first full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2016. You can find her at jillkhoury.com.
Gene Hirsch  is a retired academic and activist who has taught human values and the emotional care of sick and dying people, to doctors and medical students for many years, and conducted poetry workshops widely for health professionals.  He volunteered (20 years) at Cleveland Medical Free Clinic and founded the Cleveland chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.  He initiated a writing program at the John C. Campbell Folk School ,Brasstown , NC where he has taught for 22 years. His poetry has appeared in medical and non-medical journals such as Pharos (Medical Honor Society), Hiram Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Journal of the American Medical Association . Numerous anthologies include the Kenyon Review Workshop Anthology (2 vols), Tyranny of the Normal and Crossing Limits (African Americans and American Jews). He produced Freeing Jonah, poets of western North Carolina (5 volumes) and has written two books.  His third and fourth books will appear later this year: Listening with the Third Ear and With Courage, With Care.
David Adès  is an Australian poet living in Pittsburgh since 2011.  He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979.  His collection Mapping the World was commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008His poetry is widely published and has recently been anthologized in Australian Love Poems, The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry,  Australian Poetry Members’ Anthology Volumes 2 (2013) and 3 (2014) and Moonstone Poetry Series 2014 Anthology of Featured Poets.  David was awarded the inauguralUniversity of Canberra Vice-Chancellor ’s International Poetry Prize 2014 for his poem ‘Dazzled’ and was also shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2014.
Joseph Karasek performed as an actor and violinist with The Theater Within, an improvisational theater group inNew York City .  A former violist with the National Orchestral Association, he created school orchestras on the elementary and secondary levels., and taught music composition and music theory at Long Island University .  Living in Pittsburgh , Pa since, 1991, he has taught philosophy at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Carnegie Mellon University .  He also led a study group on James Joyce's Ulysses there.  His poetry has been published inOnly the Sea Keeps:  Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts), and Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets(Tebot Bach), and Signatures (Osher, Carnegie Mellon).  His two books of poetry, Beyond Waking and Love and the Ten Thousand Things, were published by Tebot Bach in 2009.
Sheila Carter-Jones has been described by Herbert Woodward Martin as one who writes with "immediacy of tone, voice and language." Much of her work to date charts in images and music the lived experiences of a small-town girl brought up in a house across from the boney dump of Republic Steel Coal Mines outside of Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania . She has been published in Pennsylvania Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Tri-State Anthology, Blair Mountain Press and Flights. Grace Cavalieri, producer and host of "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress" says that Sheila's recent book Blackberry Cobbler Song premiers a narrative poet in the greatest tradition of American storytellers. 
Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, Confrontation, The Paterson Literary Review, Slipstream, Uppagus , US 1 Worksheets, The Brentwood Anthology (Lummox Press) and Voices from the Attic ( Carlow University ). In 2007, her poem, "Sleepers," won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International.  Joan worked for some years as an English teacher and educational counselor and now divides her time between Venice, CA, and Pittsburgh, PA where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway Summer Poetry Series with Jimmy Cvetic.

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