Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016 (Brice, Carson, Curran, Esaias, Lee, Robinson)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 19, 2016
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Standing: Jimmy Cvetic, Jay Carson, Judy Robinson, Tim Esaias & Joan Bauer
Seated: Charlie Brice, Ann Curran & Mary Soon Lee

Charlie Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2016) His poetry has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Avalon Literary Journal, Icon, Barbaric Yawp, The Quotable, The Paterson Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Writing Disorder and elsewhere. He has been named an International Merit Award winner in the Atlanta Review’s Poetry 2015 International Poetry Competition.

Jay Carson earned his doctorate in English/Rhetoric from Carnegie-Mellon University. A seventh generation Pittsburgher, he taught creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Robert Morris University for many years, where Jay was a University Professor and a faculty advisor to the student literary journal, Rune. More than 70 of his poems have appeared in local and national literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Jay authored a chapbook, Irish Coffee, with Coal Hill Review. A full-length book of his poems, The Cinnamon of Desire, was published by Main Street Rag. Jay considers his work Appalachian, Irish, accessible, the problem-solving spiritual survival of a raging, youth - and just what you might need.

Ann Curran is author of two books of poems, Me First (Lummox Press, 2013), Knitting the Andy Warhol Bridge (Lummox Press, 2016) and the chapbook Placement Test. She is former longtime editor of Carnegie Mellon Magazine and staff writer for the Pittsburgh Catholic and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her poetry has appeared in Rosebud Magazine, U.S. 1 Worksheets, The Main Street Rag, Off the Coast, Blueline, Third Wednesday, Notre Dame Magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes, Commonweal Magazine and others, as well as the anthologies: Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh, Motif 2 Come What May and Motif 3 All the Livelong Day, Thatchwork, and Surrounded: Living With Islands.
Timons Esaias is a poet, satirist, essayist, and writer of short fiction whose works have appeared in twenty languages. He has been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, and won the 2005 Asimov's Readers Award for poetry. Literary publications include 5AM, New Orleans Review, Connecticut Review, and Barbaric Yawp. His Louis Award-winning full-length collection, Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in Greek, was released by Concrete Wolf earlier this year. For more, go to www.timonsesaias.com

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in the East End of Pittsburgh for the past twenty years. She has had over a hundred poems published, including work in the Atlanta Review, American Scholar, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Uppagus. Her poem "Interregnum" won the 2014 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem. She has a husband, two children, two cats, and an antiquated website: http://www.marysoonlee.com. Her book of epic fantasy in verse, Crowned, was published in 2015 by Dark Renaissance Books.

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). She currently teaches poetry for Osher at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. For music video featuring Judy's poem "Carousel": http://www.helenpresents.com/fns-carousel-judith-r-robinson/

Open Mic

Jimmy Cvetic Reads Identity Theft and the Vanity of Your Worth

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