Tuesday, May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013 (Barry, Comini, Link, Mennies, Pena, Scott, Wolf, Stoner)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
May 7, 2013

Tess Barry has an MA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently completing her MFA in Poetry at Carlow University. She was a finalist for North American Review’s 2012 James Hearst Poetry Prize and will be published in North American Review’s Spring 2013 edition. She was a semi-finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards 2013.  Her work has most recently appeared in Carlow University Press's anthology, Voices from The Attic: Volume XVIII. 

Kay Comini’s poetry has been published in Poet Lore, Pittsburgh City Paper, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and the anthologies, Dark Side of the Moon, Voices from the Parlor, Voices from the Attic Vols. XIII, XIV, and XV, XVI, XVII, and in the Sandburg-Livesay Anthology: No Choice But to Trust. Her chapbook, The Picking Room, placed second in the White Eagle Coffee Press contest. She is a retired welfare caseworker and an energy healer.

Phyllis Link, a native of Johnstown, PA, has called Pittsburgh home for over 27 years now. She has enjoyed writing since an early age but only recently stumbled upon the world of poetry in Pittsburgh.  When not writing, she makes a living as a Customer Account Specialist for a manufacturing company.   Her joy comes from being a student of Carlow's Madwomen in the Attic program and a member of the Pittsburgh Writer's Studio.  Her first publication will appear in the upcoming Voices from the Attic volume XVIIII.

Rachel Mennies is the author of the chapbook No Silence in the Fields (Blue Hour Press, 2012). Recent poems of hers have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Witness, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She currently teaches in the first-year writing program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dorina Pena earned her bachelor’s degree in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh and she received her MFA in poetry from Carlow University. She has a chapbook published by Monkey Man Press called Leaving the Tree. She has also been published in multiple volumes of Carlow University’s Voices from the Attic. She currently resides in Shadyside with her husband and works as a full-time cook at the Market District.

Wendy Scott’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Oakland Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pittsburgh City Paper, Affilia: A Journal of Women in Social Work and Voices from the Attic, among others. She has a BA from Carnegie Mellon where she studied with the poet Jim Daniels, and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her full length book of poetry, Soon I Will Build an Arc is forthcoming from Main Street Rag.  She lives in Highland Park.  

Laurin B. Wolf has an MFA from Kent State University and BA from the University of Pittsburgh in poetry writing.  Her poems have appeared in Scholars & Rogues, PMS, Pittsburgh’s City Paper, Two Review, and Madwomen in the Attic an Anthology.  Her book reviews have appeared in Whiskey Island. She is a guest host on the WESA’s weekly radio show Prosody featuring interviews with poets, she and co-hosts the monthly reading series Mad Fridays. She teaches writing at Duquesne University and Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Michelle Stoner’s debut poetry collection, Flats and Riots, was published in 2008 (WordTech).  Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in 5AM, Bloom, The Collared Peccary, and Weave Magazine, among others.  Stoner holds an MA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Carlow University.  She is a sound engineer for Prosody, NPR-affiliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers.

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