Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014 (The New Yinzer Contributors)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 29, 2014

Kurt Garrison is a musician, writer, and photographer who resides in the Troy Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. When he's not serving as a data analyst for tech start-up Shoefitr, KG plays in soul group Moldies & Monsters and lo-fi minimalists The Plat Maps. A former contributor to The New Yinzer, he currently writes for Pittsburgh Magazine.


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Mike Good writes from his apartment in Bloomfield and is from Plum, PA originally. He co-founded the Hour After Happy Hour Writing Workshop, and the After Happy Hour Review journal and reading series. Professionally, he works for Allegheny Land Trust, an environmental nonprofit focusing on land conservation in Allegheny County.



Taylor Grieshober is a writer living in Wilkinsburg, and a waitress to the stars. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Monkeybicycle, Voices from the Attic, The New Yinzer, and Weave. She is also co-director of TNY Presents.


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Mark Mangini is a visual artist and musician who also curates the TiNY art section of The New Yinzer. 


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Don Wentworth writes poetry in the short form and has had work published in bear creek haiku, Rolling Stone, Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, The New Yinzer, Cotyledon, Encyclopedia  Destructica, and the anthologies Prairie Smoke and To Life.  His first full-length volume, Past All Traps, was published by Six Gallery Press in 2011.


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Carolyne Whelan received her MFA in poetry and nonfiction at Chatham University in 2009. Her first chapbook, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. Her second chapbook, Chain Down the Moon, and her full length manuscript, Roadside Fires Burning, have both been finalists in national chapbook and first book publishing competitions, respectively. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including Blue Heron and Sugar House. She lives in Four Mile Run.


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Curtis Crisler is an author and Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. After a competition, he was selected for the writing residency by City of Asylum Pittsburgh. His forthcoming poetry book, "This" Ameri-can-ah, will be released in 2015. His other books are Pulling Scabs (nominated for a Pushcart),Tough Boy Sonatas (Young Adult), and Dreamist: a mixed-genre novel (Young Adult). His other poetry chapbooks are Wonderkind, Soundtrack to Latchkey Boy, and Spill. He has been published in many journals, magazines and anthologies.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 (Finn, Garrett, Peterson, Sargeson, Telfer, Norman and Cvetic)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 22, 2014

Note: This is the event that features special guest Tony Norman and the performance of works by Jimmy Cvetic.

Kevin Finn is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.  He is the author of Sea of Dust (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook, Exit Wounds (Amsterdam Press).  Also a singer-songwriter, his work has received critical acclaim worldwide.


Nola Garrett is Faculty Emeriti of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She lives in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems, Macedonian poetry translations, and essays have appeared in Able Muse, Arts & Letters, Christian Century,Christianity and Literature, FIELD, Georgia Review, Imagination and Place, Poet Lore, and Tampa Review. Her chapbook, The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball, won the 1998 American Poets’ Prize and her first book, The Dynamite Maker’s Mistress, a collection of 27 variations on the sestina form, was published by David Robert Books in 2009. She has received a Residency at Yaddo, and Scholarships from the West Chester Poetry Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  Her full length book of poetry, The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball, was published by Mayapple Press in 2013.


Walt Peterson is the author of three chapbooks of poetry. His last, In the Waiting Room of the Speedy Muffler King,won the Acorn-Rukeyser Award. In addition, he has a memoir, articles on cars and photographs published and does writing workshops, currently, with Franciscan nuns and incarcerated men at SCI Pine Grove in Indiana, PA.  In 2010, he facilitated the creation of the multi-media project and book, Fission and Form, with James Shipman, bringing together the work of painters, sculptors and poets.


Kayla Sargeson is the author of Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). She earned an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where she was the recipient of a Follett Fellowship and served as an editor for Columbia Poetry Review. Her work has been anthologized in the national anthology, Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye as well as Voices from the Attic Volume XIV, and Dionne’s Story. Her poems also appear or are forthcoming in 5 AM, Columbia Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Main Street Rag, and Prosody: NPR-affiliate WESA's weekly show. She co-curates the MadFridays reading series and is the poetry editor for PittsburghCity Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. Her manuscript Hellwave is being submitted for publication. 


Christine Telfer sustained a head injury while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria (1991-1993).  Prior to that, she won a scholarship to study with Charles Simic at the University of New Hampshire, from which she holds an MA in English. She also has a BA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with poets Jim Daniels and Gerry Costanzo. For the past twelve years or so, Chris has been teaching English as a Second Language as part of Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Adult ESL program, based in the Hill District, and sometimes as a private instructor. Her work has appeared in, she estimates, some 20 odd publications including Along These Rivers, Eye Contact, Rune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ArtCrimes, Poetalk, The Power of Poem, Rain City Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly,and Main Street Rag.  .


Tony Norman began outraging newspaper readers as far back as the mid-1980s when he was a cartoonist and culture reporter for the Calvin College Chimes. In 1988, Norman snuck in the back door of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a news assistant. His stint as a clerk mysteriously turned into a full-time assignment as the PG's pop music/pop culture critic a year and a half later. In 1996, Norman became a columnist. In 1999, he joined the Post-Gazette's editorial board where he does his best to vindicate the "Peter Principle" every day. In 2005, Norman took a year off to pursue a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. After his sabbatical, Norman became even more insufferable. His twice-a-week column is proof that some things never change.


Jimmy Cvetic has been writing and performing poetry all his life. A retired county police officer, he is director of the Pittsburgh Police Athletic League, and founder and director of the Summer Poetry Series at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland His poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, City Paper and other publications.  He appears in the film, Warrior, and in 2012, he read his poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA with his actor-friend and poet, Nick Nolte.  In 2010, Jimmy's book of poetry, The Secret Society of Dog was published by Awesome Books/Lascaux Editions, and a second volume, Dog Unleashed, was published by Awesome Books in 2012.  Jimmy, his boxing gym and trainers were recently featured in the Esquire cable TV series, “White Collar Brawlers.”


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 (Free State Review Contributors)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 15, 2014

Barrett Warner's poems and stories have recently appeared in Yemassee, Gargoyle, Passager, Slipstream, Four Chambers, Espresso Ink, Pembroke Magazine, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook "Til I'm Blue in the Face" (Tropos Press) and he has been a finalist at WWPH, Trio House, Black Lawrence, and University of Wisconsin book prizes. He manages An Otherwise Perfect Farm in Upperco, Maryland. He is associate editor of Free State Review.


As the sole writer and editor of a national Italian foods company and a professor at a local college—Meghan Tutolo is just doing her best to fit art in. When she isn't busy romancing spaghetti or grading papers, she can be found up all night with her paintings, her poems or her roommate's fat cat, Dexter. She graduated with her M.F.A. from Chatham University in 2009, and hasn't stopped writing. Meghan's work has appeared in Nerve Cowboy, The Oklahoma Review, Chiron Reviewand Arsenic Lobster with her first chapbook coming out in summer 2014 from Dancing Girl Press.


Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh where he sells books, plays in bands, watches local sports and edits The New Yinzer.  His work has appeared a number of places including Third Coast, Kitchen Sink, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Karen Lillis is the author of four novels, most recently, Watch the Doors As They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012). She runs Small Press Pittsburgh, a pop up indie press bookstand. Her writing has appeared in Evergreen Review, Everyday Genius, Sensitive Skin Magazine, Free State Review,Toad Suck Review, and many more. She will appear in two anthologies in 2014: Wreckage of Reason Two (Spuyten Duyvil) and From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream(Autonomedia).


Jason Irwin grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh. His first collection of poetry, Watering the Dead, won the 2006/2007 Transcontinental Poetry Award and was published in 2008 by Pavement Saw Press. In 2005, his manuscript, "Some Days It's A Love Story," won the Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize, and his one-act play, Civilization, had its staged reading debut on April 24, 2010 at The Living Theatre, NYC.   In 2005, his manuscript, Some Days It's A Love Story won the Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize. His forthcoming chapbook “Where You Are” will be published by Night Ballet Press in 2014.  www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com


Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Her poetry has appeared in 5 AM, Cider Press Review, Italian Americana, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, US 1 Worksheets, among other journals, and in various anthologies, including Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant), Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog) and Voices from the Attic (Carlow University). Her poem, “Fig Season,” will appear in Beyond the Lyric Moment (Tebot Bach, 2014), an anthology honoring David St. John. Her second full-length book of poetry, Glass Blocks & Begonias, is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2015.


Jimmy Cvetic reads Trying Not to Remember What I'm Supposed to Forget


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014 (Shotland, Matcho, Jakiela, Newman)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 8, 2014

Sarah Shotland is a novelist and playwright.  Her first novel, Junkette, is available from White Gorilla Press.  Her latest play, Cereus Moonlight, was produced by miR theater in Florida and was featured at RhinoFest 2014 in Chicago.  Other plays have been produced in New Orleans, Austin, Dallas, and Chicago, and internationally in Chongqing, China and Madrid, Spain.  She is currently co-editing a literary anthology, Make Mine Words, due out from Trinity University Press in Fall 2015.  She is the co-founder and program coordinator for Words Without Walls, which brings creative writing workshops into the Allegheny County Jail and teaches in Chatham University's MFA program. She once held a job teaching opera singers how to tap dance.   


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.”


Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoirs, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press, 2013) andMiss New York Has Everything (Hatchette, 2006), as well as the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012). Her third memoir, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, is forthcoming from Atticus Books in 2015. She was the winner of the first-ever Pittsburgh Literary Death Match and has read her work at Lollapalooza. She's not sure which was more terrifying. Her essays and poems have been widely published, most recently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Rumpus, Superstition Review, Brevity and more. She lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania.


Dave Newman is the author of the novels Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade Books, 2010), and the collection, The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the Best Books of 2013 by L Magazine. He’s worked as a truck driver, a book store manager, an air filter salesman, a house painter, and a college teacher. More than 100 of his poems and stories have appeared in magazines throughout the world, including Gulf Stream, Word Riot, Smokelong Quarterly, Rattle, Wormwood Review, Tears in the Fence (UK), andThe New Yinzer. He has been the featured writer and on the cover of both 5AM and Chiron Review. Anthologies include Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books) and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry(Autumn House Press). Newman has won three chapbooks prizes. In 2004, he received the Andre Dubus Novella Award. He lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children.


Jimmy Cvetic reads Crispy


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 (Brice, Buccilli, Ferrarelli, Murabito, Samraney)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 1, 2014

Judith Brice, a former psychiatrist, credits much of her inspiration to her past work with her patients, her own experiences with illness, her love for nature and her strong feelings about politics. Her work has been published in several newspapers, reviews, and anthologies including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the City Paper (of Pittsburgh), the Paterson Literary Review, Poesia, and The Lyric. She has received Editor’s Choice Award in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest in 2008 Paterson Literary Review for one of her poems, and another poem is currently in the permanent archives of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her book of poems, Renditions in a Palette, was published by WordTech Communications in 2013.


Daniela Buccilli is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshop and the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.  A school teacher for over 20 years, she earned her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.  Her poems have appeared in Voices from the Attic, The Fourth River, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, uppagus, Italian Americana,and The City Paper.  Born in Italy, she now lives in Gibsonia.  Her book manuscript is called Hippie Teachers.


Rina Ferrarelli came from Italy at the age of fifteen. She taught English and translation studies at the University of Pittsburgh for many years. She has published a book and a chapbook of original poetry, Home Is a Foreign Country(1996), and Dreamsearch (1992); and three books of translation, Light Without Motion (1989), I Saw the Muses(Guernica, 1997), and Winter Fragments: Selected Poems of Bartolo Cattafi, (2006). The Bread We Ate, another book of poems, was published by Guernica in Spring 2012.


Poet and fiction writer Stephen Murabito is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus. He has been an NEA Fellow in Poetry, and his books in that genre are A Little Dinner Music (a chapbook, ParallelPress); The Oswego Fugues (a book-length poem), Communion of Asiago, and Lowering the Body (all from Star Cloud Press). His poems are anthologized in Encore: More of Parallel Press Poets (Parallel Press), Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (Autumn House Press), and Along These Rivers (Quadrant Publishing). His short story collection is Chasing Saint George (Star Cloud Press). He lives in Saltsburg, PA, with his wife, April, and their four children, Angie,Stella, Toni, and Sebastian.


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).


Jimmy Cvetic reads Daughter of God


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014 (Caliban Book Shop & Low Ghost Press)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 24, 2014

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 traveled the country, and wrote a few books, the latest of which are “The Lower 48” on Six Gallery Press and “The Studs Terkel Blues” on Night Ballet Press. A short litany of publishing credits include The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace and you can also hear audio of some poems at http://jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com/.



M. Callen is a multidisciplinary artist and poet from Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work has appeared in Fence, Gigantic, The Atlas Review, The New Guard, and other fine publications.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets.  You can find her online at m-callen.com



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.




Bob Pajich is a writer and musician from the Burgh. His latest book, The Trolleyman, was published by Stanton Heights' Low Ghost Press. He is a Taurus. 



Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh where he sells books, plays in bands, watches local sports and edits The New Yinzer.  His work has appeared a number of places including Third Coast, Kitchen Sink, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



 Daniel M. Shapiro is a special education teacher in the Woodland Hills School District. His first full-length collection of poems, How the Potato Chip Was Invented, was published by sunnyoutside press in December 2013. He is also the author of two chapbooks and a collection of collaborations with Jessy Randall. His poems have appeared in such journals as Sentence, Gargoyle, Rhino, Ping Pong, Barge, and Word Riot.



John Schulman is the co-owner of Caliban Book Shop in Oakland.


Jimmy Cvetic reads A Conversation With God


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014 (Davis, Kerr, Scott, Walicki)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 17, 2014

Todd Davis is the author of four full-length collections of poetry—In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These,Some Heaven, and Ripe—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems He edited the nonfiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and co-edited Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry His poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in such journals as American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, West Branch, River Styx, Poetry Daily, Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Sou’wester,Verse Daily, and Poetry East He teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Penn State, Altoona.


Diane Kerr has been a member of the Madwomen in the Attic workshops for many years and holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her chapbook ONE was published by Parallel Press. A full length book,Butterfly, has just come out from WordTech Press in March 2014. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Pearl, Kalliope, Zone 3, and Poetry East, among others.  She lives in Regent Square and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh Writing Center.


Wendy Scott, the author of Soon I Will Build an Ark (Main Street Rag, 2014),  has taught composition and creative writing at a variety of colleges and other institutions, including a women’s halfway house. She has also worked as a social worker and a communications writer. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Paterson Literary Review, Fourth River, Oakland Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Voices from the Attic, Pittsburgh City Paper, and Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

  
Robert Walicki's debut chapbook is: A Room Full Of Trees (Redbird Press). His work has appeared  in The Stone Highway Review, The Pittsburgh City Paper, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Grasslimb, and others.Most recently he was awarded third place in Finishing Line Press' Open Chapbook Competition in 2013. He lives in Verona PA with his wife Lynne and curates the monthly reading series, VERSIFY.


Jimmy Cvetic reads Building a Sunny Dome in a Dream Called Guantanemo


Jimmy Cvetic reads Twanger With a Deaf Ear


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