Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016 (Oaks, Blair, Smith, Walicki, Vollmer)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 31, 2016

Jeff Oaks is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Mistakes with Strangers, Shift, The Moon of Books, and The Unknown Country. He's the recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships and has published poems most recently in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Field, Ocean City Review, Mid-American Review, and Superstition Review. His essays have appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review Online, and the anthology, My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them.

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David Blair is a Pittsburgh poet who lives in the Boston area. His first book, Ascension Days, was chosen for the Del Sol Poetry Prize in 2007. This spring, my second book, Friends with Dogs, will be coming out from Sheep Meadow Press, and then a third book, Arsonville will be out in the fall from New Issues Poetry & Prose.

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 from Zone 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 book, Nobody's Jackknife, was published in 2015 by West End Press.

Robert Walicki is the curator of VERSIFY, a monthly reading series in Pittsburgh, PA. His work has appeared in HEArt, Uppagus, VerseWrites and on the radio show Prosody. He won 1st runner up in the 2013 Finishing Line Open Chapbook Competition and was awarded finalist in the 2013 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition. He currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015).

Judith Vollmer's most recent volume, Water Books, was published in 2012 Autumn House Press. Her previous collections have received the Brittingham, the Center for Book Arts, and the Cleveland State publication prizes. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her essays and reviews are included in The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere. For some years she taught at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and was a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM. Her fifth full-length collection, The Apollonia Poems, the 2016 Four Lakes Prize book of the University of Wisconsin Press, is forthcoming in February 2017. Vollmer teaches in the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University.

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