Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014 (Gainey, Waite and Beatty)

May 15, 2014

Note: This event was curated by Bob Walicki and is not part of the Hemingway's Poetry Series. It is noteworthy for the presence Stacey Waite, a revered member of the Pittsburgh poetry scene, who now lives in Nebraska. It also features our first successful recording of Celeste Gainey. Jan Beatty has been recorded many times before but it is always a treat to hear her again.

Celeste Gainey’s full-length collection, the gaffer, chosen by Dorianne Laux as runner-up for the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, has been selected by Eloise Klein Healy for publication in early 2015 by Arktoi Books, her imprint at Red Hen Press. Gainey’s chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography, runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in their 2011 Summer Kitchen Series; it is due to be re-issued in their Re-Bound Series in 2013. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, BLOOM, 5AM, Adanna, Wild Apples, and Madroad: The Breadline Press West Coast Anthology. A gaffer in the film industry and an architectural lighting designer, she holds a BFA in film and television from New York University and an MFA in creative writing/poetry from Carlow University. A native Californian, she now resides in Pittsburgh.

Stacey Waite is originally from New York and received an MFA in poetry in 2003. For several years, she has been teaching courses in Composition, Women's Studies, Literature and Creative Writing as a PHD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh.  After receiving her MFA, Stacey published two collections of poems:  Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize in Poetry) and Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Competition).  Her poems have been published most recently in The Cream City Review, The Marlboro Review, Gulf Stream and Black Warrior Review.  A new collection of poems, The Lake has No Saint, was published by Tupelo Press in 2010.  Stacey has also been teaching for the Carlow University sponsored community, Madwomen in the Attic.  She now teaches at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Jan Beatty’s new book, The Switching/Yard was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013.  Other books include Red Sugar (2008, U of Pgh Press) Boneshaker (2002, U. of Pgh. Press) and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Ravenous, her limited edition chapbook, won the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For the past thirteen years, she has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WYEP-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and teaches in the MFA program.

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