Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 (Boggess, Edelman, Schneider, Simms, Smith)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 23, 2015

Ace Boggess was locked up for five years in the West Virginia prison system. During that time, he wrote the poems collected in his book, The Prisoners (Brick Road Press, 2014) and published most of them. Prior to his incarceration, he earned his B.A. from Marshall University and his J.D. from West Virginia University. He has been awarded a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and his poems have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Southern Humanities Review and The Florida Review. His first collection, The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled, appeared in 2003. He currently resides in Charleston,West Virginia.
Barbara Edelman is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Exposure, from Finishing Line Press (2014) and A Girl in Water, from Parallel Press (2002).  Her poems and prose have appeared in journals including Prairie SchoonerPoet Lore, Rattle,  and Arts & Letters, and in several anthologies. Her full length poetry manuscript was chosen as one of six  finalists  in the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky Award from Persea Books. As a finalist for the Raynes Poetry Prize, her work will be included in the anthology World to Come forthcoming from  Blue Thread Books and Music, spring 2015.  Her one-act play, "Charades," received production as a winner in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mike Schneider began writing poetry in the early 1970s when he published an anti-war "underground" newspaper at an air force base in Ohio. In Pittsburgh he's been a lawyer, teacher and award-winning freelance writer, including poetry book reviews in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh's City Paper. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Chautauqua, Notre Dame Review, New Ohio Review, Hunger Mountainand Poetry. His chapbook Rooster (2004) was an Editor's Choice publication from Main Street Rag. The Florida Review awarded him its 2012 Editors Award in Poetry.  

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Michael Simms is a publisher, teacher, and writer. He is the founder and editor of Vox Populi, an online magazine for politics and poetry: the founder of Coal Hill Review, a paper and online magazine for poetry and essays; and the founder and president of the nationally-renowned book publisher Autumn House Press. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Black StoneThe Happiness of AnimalsThe Fire-EaterMigration, and Notes on Continuing Light, as well as the co-author of The Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry. He has taught at The University of Iowa, Southern Methodist University, The Community College of Allegheny County, CarnegieMellon University, Chatham University, and Duquesne University. He lives with his wife Eva and their two children in Mount Washington.
Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Her writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, Quiddity, Cimarron,and other journals, and in several anthologies, including Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Smith has been the recipient of an Orlando Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award fromZone 3 magazine, and a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her second chapbook, Scatter, Feed, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in the fall of 2014, and her first full-length book of poetry, Nobody's Jacknife, will be published later this year by West End Press.

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Open Mic

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Jimmy Cvetic Reads 'Write the Poem for Us'

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