Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015 (Kane, Krygowski, St. John and Terman)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 19, 2015

Kelli Stevens Kane is a poet, playwright, and oral historian. She's a Cave Canem Fellow, an August Wilson Center Fellow, a Flight School Fellow, and has twice received Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Kane's poetry manuscript, Hallelujah Science, was a Finalist for the Four Way Books Levis Poetry Prize, and a Semifinalist for the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. As a Cave Canem Fellow, she developed and taught a community-based workshop, "Being Ourselves in Our Poetry." Kane performs nationally, including appearances at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, and La Mama in New York City. Kane's opened both the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge MA, and TedXWomen Pittsburgh. She's performed her one woman show, Big George, as the premier artist in the New Hazlett Theater's groundbreaking CSA (Community Supported Art) Performance Series, and at Westfield State University in Westfield,MA.

Nancy Krygowski‘s book of poems, Velocity, won the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.  She’s received grants from the PA Council on the Arts and from the Pittsburgh Foundation, plus residencies at the Jentel Foundation and The Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts.  She works as an adult literacy instructor.

Richard St. John is a nationally published poet whose books include Each Perfected Name (Truman State University Press, 2015), The Pure Inconstancy of Grace (published in 2005 by Truman State University Press, as first runner-up for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry), and Shrine (a long poem released as a chapbook in 2011). His work has also appeared in Sewanee ReviewPoet Lore, and Chautauqua, as well as many other periodicals and anthologies.  He has read widely across the country, connecting not only with literary audiences but with listeners new to poetry. Rick now has a web site where you can check out future projects and events.

Philip Terman’s books include The House of SagesBook of the Unbroken Days and Rabbis of the Air. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Tikkun, and Blood to Remember: American Poets Respond to the Holocaust. He is the recipient of the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Award, The Kenneth Patchen Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience. He teaches creative writing and literature at ClarionUniversity and co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival at the Chautauqua Institute. With his wife Christine and their daughters Mimi and  Bella, he resides in a red-brick schoolhouse outside of Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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