Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015 (Bashaar, Bernier, Kitchens, Mcilroy, Squillante)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 9, 2015

Margaret Bashaar's first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015. She also has three chapbooks, Barefoot and Listening (Tilt, 2009), Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel (Blood Pudding Press, 2011), and Rungs written with Lauren Eggert-Crowe (Grey Book Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in journals such as Caketrain, New South, Rhino, PANK, Copper Nickel, and Arsenic Lobster, among others. She edits Hyacinth Girl Press and co-runs FREE POEMS with Rachael Deacon.
Craig Bernier has worked a range of occupations from technical writer to bartender, carpenter to dish washer, sailor to kennel cleaner.  Most recently he was employed by Duquesne University as an Instructor of Writing.  He is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit and was the Jacob K. Javits Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh from 2002 to 2005 where he earned his M.F.A.  Originally from southeastern Michigan, home is currently a stone’s throw from Pittsburgh, in Wilkinsburg,Pennsylvania His 2014 collection of short stories, Your Life Idyllic, won the St. Lawrence Book Award and was published by Black Lawrence Press.

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Romella Kitchens is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with three master's degrees in education. Her poetry has been published in 5 AM, Coal Hill Review, Main Street Rag, HEArt Online,The Autumn House Anthology The Working Poet, Chiron Review, Iodine, Mudfish Review, The Pittsburgh City Paper, and other print and online journals. She is the author of four chapbooks, Hip Hop Warrior, The Heaven of Elephants, The Immortals, and The Red Covered Bridge, and has taught children the art of poetry in public and independent schools. She is also a playwright whose plays have been performed locally by The Bodiography Dance Company and The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. In 2014, she was a judge for the city-wide level of Poetry OutLoud.
Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 2000 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collection Rare Space. She also won the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel, and first place in the 1997 Chicago Literary Awards judged by Gerald Stern. Leslie's poems are published in numerous journals and anthologies including American Poetry: The Next Generation, Connotation Press, Dogwood, Jubilat, The Mississippi ReviewNew Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry, Poetry Magazine, PANK and Pearl Magazine. Leslie serves as Managing & Poetry Editor of HEArt (Human Equity through Art) Online. She works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her daughter, Silas. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Tech in July 2008. Her third collection, SLAG was runner up for the 2014 Main Street Rag Publishing Company Book Prize and was released in December, 2014.

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Sheila Squillante is a poet and essayist whose work has been published in Brevity, The Rumpus, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Hobart, Phoebe, Cream City Review, Literary Mama, Glamour Magazine and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, Dzanc’s Best of the Web and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net anthologies. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). Her first full-length collection of poems, Beautiful Nerve, was published by Tiny Hardcore Press in 2014. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of The Fourth River Literary Journal, and associate editor in charge of the blog at PANK. She is associate director of the MFA program and assistant professor of English at Chatham University.

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Open Mic

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Jimmy Cvetic Reads 'Sometimes it's more fun to rob a hunchback'

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