Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013 (Robinson, Oaks, Derricotte)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 2, 2013

Judith R. Robinson is the author of three poetry collections: The Blue Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Orange Fire (Main Street Rag, 2012) and Dinner Date (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She is also the author of the fiction collection, The Beautiful Wife and Other Stories (Aegina Press, 1996). She is the poetry editor of Signatures (Osher, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012) and The Poetry of Margaret Menamin, (Main Street Rag, three volumes, 2010, 2011, 2012) as well as Living Inland (Bennington Press, 1989). She co-edited Along These River: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant Publishing, 2008) and Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Rupa, Inc. and Bayeux Arts, 2005). Her poetry awards include the Poetica Chapbook Competition (runner-up, 2011), the Poetry Ark Award (2010), Jane’s Stories Drabble Competition, (first place, 2006), and the Skipping Stones Multicultural Award (2005). She blogs at www.thejewishchronicle.net and teaches poetry for Osher at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Oaks' newest chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, will be published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2013.  His poem "Saint Wrench" was selected for Best New Poets 2012 by Matthew Dickman.  A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Jeff Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Prairie Schooner, Rhino, Field, and Mead. His essays have appeared in At Length, My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and in Creative Nonfiction.  He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Toi Derricotte has published five collections of poetry, most recently, The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011). An earlier collection of poems, Tender, won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement; the 2012 Pen/Voelker Award for Poetry for a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature; the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; two Pushcart Prizes; the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists; the Alumni/Alumnae Award from New York University; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, Inc.; the Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem Foundation. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and serves on the Academy of American Poets' Board of Chancellors.

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