Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013 (Kelly, Linder, Deahl, Wurster)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 25, 2013

Sheila Kelly is a retired psychotherapist, poet and playwright. She is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops, Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and a regular facilitator for the Pittsburgh Writers’ Studio. Three of Sheila’s plays received staged readings at the 2009 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival. She has worked for many years with gifted middle school writers and published the annual, St. Bede’s Quill. Most recent work appears in Brief Encounters: Ekphrases from the Spinning Plate Gallery. Other poems upcoming in Voices from the Attic: Volume XIX.

Norma West Linder was born in Toronto during 1928, but spent her childhood on Manitoulin Island and her teenage years in Muskoka. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, International PEN, and The Ontario Poetry Society. She was a founding member of Writers in Transition and served as President of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Linder is the author of five novels, fourteen collections of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children’s book, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. For twenty-four years she was on the faculty of Lambton College, teaching English and Creative Writing. Her short stories have been published internationally, are widely anthologized, and have been broadcast on CBC radio.  Her books of poetry include: On the Side of the Angels, Ring Around the Sun, Pyramid, The Rooming House, River of Lethe: A Journey Through Alzheimer’s and When Angels Weep, among others.

James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh in 1945, and grew up in that city as well as in and around the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970. He is the author (or, in the case of Tu Fu, translator) of twenty-two literary titles, including No Star Is Lost and If Ever Two Were One. A cycle of his poems is the focus of a one-hour TV special, Under the Watchful Eye (Silver Falls Video Productions, 1993). The audiotape of Under the Watchful Eye was released by Broken Jaw Press in September, 1995. These have been reissued on CD and DVD by Silver Falls. In addition to his writing, he has taught creative writing and Canadian literature at the high school, college, and university levels. He no longer teaches, and for the past dozen years has mostly been a full-time writer/editor/translator. As a critic and literary historian, Deahl is the leading Acornic scholar. James Deahl lives in Sarnia, Canada.

Michael Wurster has lived in Pittsburgh since 1962 and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchanged.  For 17 years, 1993-2010, he taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School.  He is author or co-editor of four published books, including The Snake Charmer’s Daughter (ELEMENOPE, 2000) and The British Detective (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009).  Newer work is recent or forthcoming in 5 AM, California Quarterly, and Descant. In 1996, Wurster was an inaugural recipient of a Pittsburgh Magazine Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award for his contributions to poetry and the community.

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