Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16, 2013 (5 AM Party & Tribute)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 16, 2013

Ed Ochester and Judy Vollmer are stepping down as editors of 5 AM. Tuesday evening we celebrated their creation and perpetuation of this superbly well edited and highly acclaimed journal. Twelve poets whose work has appeared in 5 AM were invited to read a poem. Then Ed and Judy capped off the event with a reading from their own works.

The twelve contributing poets are:
Michael Wurster
Ellen McGrath Smith
Michael Simms
Kayla Sargeson
Wendy Scott
Judith Robinson
Nancy Krygowski
Romella Kitchens
Lori Jakiela
Timons Esaias
Jimmy Cvetic
Joan Bauer

Through his writing, editing and teaching, Ed Ochester has been a major force on contemporary letters for more than three decades. He edits the Pitt Poetry Series and is general editor of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. From 1978 to 1988 he was director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and was twice elected president of the Associated Writing Programs. He co-edits the poetry magazine 5AM, and lives in a rural county northeast of Pittsburgh. His recent books include Snow White Horses: Selected Poems 1973-1988 (Autumn House Press, 2001), American Poetry Now: Pitt Poetry Series Anthology (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007) and Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (Autumn House Press, 2007). Poems just published or forthcoming in: American Poetry Review, Agni, Chiron Review, Great River Review and Nerve Cowboy.

Judith Vollmer's newest volume, The Water Books, was recently published in 2012 Autumn House Press. Her previous collections have received the Brittingham, the Center for Book Arts, and the Cleveland State publication prizes. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her essays and reviews are included in The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere. She has poems forthcoming or recently published in Miramar, Great River Review, and the anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poems Against Violence Against Women. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM.

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