Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015 (Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 26, 2015

Judith Dorian earned a doctorate in musicology from the University of Pittsburgh, and wrote the program notes for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for some years. She has exhibited her art and published poetry in several journals.  She is the author of a children's book of poetry, A Tiny Little Door, and  narrated a CD of the book that can be found at: www.creativekidswork.com.

Mark Goldman began writing poetry in high school and continued through college. After a brief time in Chicago with VISTA, then a 13 month tour with the US Army in Korea, he was active in the Philadelphia poetry scene before moving to Pittsburgh, where he became involved with the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and completed his first volume of poems. In 1982 he was accepted into the MFA Playwrights Program at CMU, and completed his first play, Cool Cucumbers, about a group of high school buddies who re-unite after serving in Vietnam.  Then for nearly 20 years given the demands of work and family, he found little time to write, but is now working on a collection of poems, Canoe Trip to Possum Lake, as well as a play.  Recent work has appeared in The Brentwood Anthology and is forthcoming in June and August 2015 editions of Uppagus.

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,The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Flip Side, The Loyalhanna Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and Avocet.  He is a longtime 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.              

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 theTaproot 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. 

Sheila Kelly is a retired psychotherapist, poet and playwright. She is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops, Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and a regular facilitator for the Pittsburgh Writers’ Studio. Three of Sheila’s plays received staged readings at the 2009 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival. She has worked for many years with gifted middle school writers and published the annual, St. Bede’s Quill. Most recent work appears in Brief Encounters: Ekphrases from the Spinning Plate Gallery. Other poems upcoming in Voices from the Attic: Volume XIX.

Kathy McGregor grew up in a rural Western PA town, left home for the bigger world, then settled inPittsburgh long enough ago 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 CMU OSHER 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.

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Judith R. Robinson is the author of three poetry collections: The Blue Heart  (Finishing Line Press),Orange Fire (Main Street Rag) and Dinner Date (Finishing Line Press). She is also the author of The Beautiful Wife and Other Stories (Aegina Press).  She is the poetry editor of Signatures (Osher, Carnegie Mellon), 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012 and The Poetry of Margaret Menamin, (Main Street Rag, three volumes) as well as Living Inland (Bennington Press).  She co-edited  Along These River: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant Publishing, 2008) and Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami  (Rupa, Inc. and Bayeux Arts, 2005), and most recently, co-editor of The Brentwood Anthology (Lummox Press, 2014). Her poetry awards include the Poetica Chapbook Competition (runner-up, 2011), the Poetry Ark Award (2010), Jane’s Stories Drabble Competition, (2006), and the Skipping Stones Multicultural Award (2005). She currently teaches poetry for Osher at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

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Lucile Seibert (Awaiting Bio Notes)

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Squirrel Hill native Stuart Sheppard hit the road immediately after graduating from Kenyon College, working as a literary editor for a west coast publisher, an account supervisor on Madison Avenue, a marketing director on Wall Street, and finally, a technology executive for several start-ups in Cambridge, before returning home last year.  During this time he wrote for a variety of national publications and, in 2003, his first novel, Spindrift, was published, which garnered positive reviews. Sheppard has traveled widely on expeditions to places like Nepal and Patagonia, which continue to inspire his writing.  He has also studied with many writers and editors, and is happy to have survived one of Gordon Lish’s infamous workshops held in New York City in the 1990s.  He is currently working on a poetry manuscript and writes reviews for The City Paper.

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