The Boom Project
August 13, 2019
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Standing L-R: Kimberly Garts Crum, Joan Bauer, Terry Pegg, Jan Hamilton, Sheila Carter-Jones, Bonnie Omer Johnson & Robert Miltner
Seated L-R: Mike Schneider, Christine Telfer, Don Krieger & E.G. Silverman
The Boom Project was an event hosted by the White Whale Bookstore to celebrate the launch of a new anthology featuring writers who qualify as Baby Boomers. While not, strictly speaking, part of the Hemingway's Poetry Series, we allocate space in this blog for an account of the event because . . . why not?
The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation (Ohio Valley Edition) by Butler Books, August 2019
Edited by Bonnie Omer Johnson and Kimberly Garts Crum.
Writer and co-editors, Bonnie Omer Johnson and Kimberly Garts Crum, proudly announce the August publication of The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation, a collection of stories, essays and poems by 50 writers born between 1946 and 1964, who have lived (or are living now) along the Ohio River—between Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, IL.
Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Since 2001, more than 200 of her poems have been published in the USA and abroad. With Judith Robinson and Sankar Roy, she co-edited the international anthology, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts and Rupa & Co, 2005). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor and now divides her time between Venice , CA and Pittsburgh, PA where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins.
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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
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Don Krieger is a biomedical researcher living in Pittsburgh , PA. His poetry has appeared online at TuckMagazine, Uppagus, VerseWright and Uppagus, and in print in Hanging Loose, Neurology, Poetica, and The Taj Mahal Review.
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Robert Miltner is Professor of English at Kent State University Stark and is on the NEOMFA faculty for poetry and fiction. His collection of short fiction is And Your Bird Can Sing, from Ohio ’s Bottom Dog Press. He has received a Wick Poetry Center chapbook award for Against the Simple and a Red Berry Editions summer chapbook award for the prose poetry selection Eurydice Rising; his prose poetry collection, Hotel Utopia, selected by Tim Seibles for the Many Voices Poetry Prize from New Rivers Press, was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Miltner has been the recipient of an Individual Excellence Award in Poetry from the Ohio Arts Council.
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Mike Schneider began writing in the early 1970s, when he published an anti-war “underground” newspaper at an air force base in Ohio . For work in the Thomas Merton Center ’s New People, he received a 2003-04 Creative Artists Stipend in Arts Commentary from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. More recently, he’s published commentary in the online gazette Vox Populi. His poems appear in many literary journals, including New Ohio Review, Notre Dame Review and Poetry and have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review, and the 2016 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press, which in 2017 published his second chapbook, How Many Faces Do You Have?
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E.G. Silverman was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for his short story collection Hardly Any Mess At All. His novel Be My Own Father was a finalist for Black Lawrence Press's 2015 Big Moose Prize and his novel The Mailbox Maker has been named a finalist for the 2018 prize. Silverman’s short stories and novel excerpts have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, South Dakota Review, Harpur Palate, 2 Bridges Review, Fugue, Berkeley Fiction Review, Cold Mountain Review, and many other literary magazines.
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Christine Telfer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria (1991-93), where she taught English as a foreign language, and has since made a living mostly by teaching ESL and Citizenship classes to immigrants. She has held part-time jobs in various bookstores, most recently at A.F. Booksellers, where she sometimes organizes events. In the late ‘80’s, she received an Elizabeth Jones scholarship (awarded for a manuscript) from the University of New Hampshire to study with Charles Simic. A member of PPE since the mid ‘90’s, she was founding Editor of The Exchange. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Along These Rivers: Poetry & Photography from Pittsburgh , The Brentwood Anthology, Poetalk, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres, and Main Street Rag.
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The Old Teenagers is a folk-oriented string ensemble that consists of Mike Schneider on guitar, Terry Pegg on bass and Jan Hamilton on fiddle. They opened the event and here they close it down.
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