Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014 (Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 10, 2014

Michael Albright has published poems in various journals and periodicals, including Loyalhanna Review, Uppagus, U.S. 1 Worksheets, The New People, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and the Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop. Michael lives on a windy hilltop near Greensburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lori, and an ever-changing array of children and other animals.

Ziggy Edwards grew up in Pittsburgh and earned a BA in Fiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications including 5 AM, Paper Street, Nexus, Main Street Rag, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper, and Ship of Fools.  She has also been a guest on the radio program, Prosody.  Ziggy's first chapbook, Hope's White Shoes. was published in 2006.

Barry Govenor was born and raised in the steel town of Charleroi, PA, and now resides with his wife and two dogs in Brentwood. He earned his B.A. in biology at California University (PA) and split his healthcare career between Nuclear Medicine and Infection Control & Sterilization Technology. His subject material draws from his mill town roots and outdoor experiences and has appeared in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette,Flip Side, The Loyalhanna Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and Avocet.  He is a long time member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and has led poetry workshops at Brentwood Public Library, where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.              

As a youngster, Gene Hirsch studied “New” music with Stefan Wolpe. He received an MD degree with an academic career in Cardiology, Geriatrics, and Humanities in Medicine.  He has written poetry since medical school with poems appearing in medical journals, anthologies, Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others.  In 1992, Gene initiated a writing program at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, in which he teaches and has produced five anthologies featuring students and an active poetry community.  He has been resident poet at the folk school, Consortium Ethics Program (Univ. Pitt.), and Forbes Hospice.  He attends the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. 

Joe Kaldon lives in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, where he has resided most of his life.  He works as a product manager for a steel company and is a graduate of Penn State.  His work has appeared in the Taproot Literary Review, Eye Contact, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the blog 99 Poems for the 99 Percent.  His chapbook, Rust Belt, is available at his website, www.joekaldon.net."

Kathy McGregor grew up in a rural Western PA town, left home for the bigger world, then settled in Pittsburgh long enough to qualify as “almost a native” She’s worked as an English teacher, union organizer, non-profit director, social change advocate, and headed her own consulting business. She currently owns and operates a specialty native plant nursery here in the city. Several of her poems appeared in the former Mill Hunk Herald. She is a regular in the CMUOSHER Poetry class and is active with the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange.

Edward Murray is the author of Stranger’s Pilgrimage. Stranger has been published in Dionne’s Story, two anthologies of poetry and prose for the awareness of violence against women, as well as other publications. He is a member, and past president, of the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Writer’s studio and the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. He likes avocados. He is an artist, filmmaker, photographer and poet and his work can be seen and heard at elmurray.com and around the Braddock Carnegie Library. He welcomes questions, comments, or exchanges of ideas by email: edleemu1@verizon.net

Stephen Pusateri lives in the South Hills and works for WYEP-FM on its soul and blues programs.  He studied English literature at the University of Pittsburgh and is actively involved in Pittsburgh's Bhutanese refugee community. 

Squirrel Hill native Stuart Sheppard hit the road immediately after graduating from Kenyon College, working as a literary editor, marketing manager, and technology executive in Santa Barbara, New York City, and Cambridge, before returning home recently.  During his hiatus, he studied poetry with Gordon Lish (Jack Gilbert’s editor), and published a well-reviewed novel, Spindrift, in 2003.  He is currently working on a poetry manuscript.

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