Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 (Brice, Buccilli, Ferrarelli, Murabito, Samraney)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 1, 2014

Judith Brice, a former psychiatrist, credits much of her inspiration to her past work with her patients, her own experiences with illness, her love for nature and her strong feelings about politics. Her work has been published in several newspapers, reviews, and anthologies including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the City Paper (of Pittsburgh), the Paterson Literary Review, Poesia, and The Lyric. She has received Editor’s Choice Award in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest in 2008 Paterson Literary Review for one of her poems, and another poem is currently in the permanent archives of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her book of poems, Renditions in a Palette, was published by WordTech Communications in 2013.

Daniela Buccilli is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshop and the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.  A school teacher for over 20 years, she earned her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.  Her poems have appeared in Voices from the Attic, The Fourth River, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, uppagus, Italian Americana,and The City Paper.  Born in Italy, she now lives in Gibsonia.  Her book manuscript is called Hippie Teachers.

Rina Ferrarelli came from Italy at the age of fifteen. She taught English and translation studies at the University of Pittsburgh for many years. She has published a book and a chapbook of original poetry, Home Is a Foreign Country(1996), and Dreamsearch (1992); and three books of translation, Light Without Motion (1989), I Saw the Muses(Guernica, 1997), and Winter Fragments: Selected Poems of Bartolo Cattafi, (2006). The Bread We Ate, another book of poems, was published by Guernica in Spring 2012.

Poet and fiction writer Stephen Murabito is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus. He has been an NEA Fellow in Poetry, and his books in that genre are A Little Dinner Music (a chapbook, ParallelPress); The Oswego Fugues (a book-length poem), Communion of Asiago, and Lowering the Body (all from Star Cloud Press). His poems are anthologized in Encore: More of Parallel Press Poets (Parallel Press), Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (Autumn House Press), and Along These Rivers (Quadrant Publishing). His short story collection is Chasing Saint George (Star Cloud Press). He lives in Saltsburg, PA, with his wife, April, and their four children, Angie,Stella, Toni, and Sebastian.

Joanne Samraney, author of the poetry chapbook, Grounded Angels, which won the 2001 Acorn-Rukeyser Award and co-author of Breaking Bread with the Boscos, a collection of family memoirs and recipes has poems in many literary magazines and journals such as Main Street Rag, Verve, Voices in Italian Americana, Loyalhanna Review and most recently in Hudson View, Earth Daughters and Steam Ticket.  Her poems have also appears in both Along These Rivers and the Sandburg-Livesay anthologies.  Her latest chapbook, Remaking Driftwood was published by Finishing Line Press (2010).

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