Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013 (Grand Finale)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 30, 2013

Nikki Allen is a 31 year old writer living in Pittsburgh. She’s been getting on stages for over 11 years and scribbling poems on homework, in notebooks and all over cocktail napkins for most of her life. She is the author of numerous chapbooks, including My Darling Since, Gutter of Eden, and Quite Like Yes. She competed on national poetry slam teams in Dayton and Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2003. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yinzer, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, and Encyclopedia Destructica. She’s also performed with beatboxers, bucket drums and the Incredibly Thin Collective. She uses clothes pins for hair barrettes and lives to witness others doing what they love. Her work can be found online at www.honeydunce.com

Nikki Allen's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Marilyn Bates, author of It Could Drive You Crazy, was a "Poet in Person" with the International Poetry Forum. She was an invited reader at the Noontime Reading Series at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and at the James Wright Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Paterson Literary Review, One Trick Pony, Poet Lore, and The Potomac Review.  Her work is anthologized in Pass-Fail: 32 Stories about Teaching; My Aunties' Book: 35 Writers Talk About Their Other Mother; Voices in Italian Americana; Along These Rivers and What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century. Her one-act play, Life Without Nipples, was produced by the Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival in 2007.  Her dramatic monologues were recited by Etta Cox in Womanscene, a fund-raising event for the Lupus Foundation.
Marilyn Bates' Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

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.  For more on Jason, go to http://jasonirwin.blogspot.com/

Jason Irwin's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Amanda Reynolds can finally say she lives in Pittsburgh and works as an English professor. She also has her own small business working with horses as an equine massage therapist. She grew up an hour east of the city, and spent six years in Florida receiving her MFA from the University of Florida and PhD from Florida State University in Creative Writing. Pudding House Press published her chapbook in 2009 entitled Degrees of Separation. She has published reviews and poetry in journals such as Gargoyle, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Broken City, and Mississippi Crow and served as the poet-in-residence of the Everglades. Her book of poetry, HEINZ 56, was published by Main Street Rag in 2012.

Amanda Reynolds' Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Alicia Salvadeo grew up in Staten Island, New York and later in Eastern Pennsylvania. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she studied poetry and history as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her chapbook, Memory Milk (2012), is currently available from Diamond Wave Press. Her poetry and reviews have also appeared in Bombay Gin, The Volta, Phantom Limn, DIAGRAM, and SOFTBLOW, among others. Alicia's newest chapbook, Err to Narrow, was recently selected by poet Nick Flynn for the National Chapbook Fellowship; its publication by the Poetry Society of America is set for Spring 2014.

Alicia Salvadeo's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

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 Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. Her manuscript Hellwave is being submitted for publication. 
Kayla Sargeson's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

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.

Scott Silsbe's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Bob Ziller is an artist, poet, translator, and singer.  His art has appeared in over 100 exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the US.  He is the translator of African surrealist poet Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo of Madagascar, and the author of Van Gogh Surfing.  As a singer and songwriter, he has recorded with the bands Bingo Quixote and Media Circus Extravaganza!

Bob Ziller's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Jimmy Cvetic has been writing and performing poetry all his life. A retired county police officer, he is the 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 and other publications.  He appears (briefly) in the film, Warrior, which was shot in Pittsburgh, and in 2012, he read his poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA with his friend, the actor 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/Lascaux  in 2012.

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