Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017 (Allen, Berry, Fest, Irwin, McDermott & Sargeson)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 13, 2017
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Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Bradley J. Fest, Sharon Fagan McDermott & Joan Bauer
Seated L-R: Nikki Allen, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Kayla Sargeson & Jason Irwin

Nikki Allen scribbles poems on cocktail napkins, receipts, and/or any other blank space she can get her pen on. She’s been getting on stages to read her work for over 15 years in various places that include St. Louis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seattle, war protests, music festivals, charity events, backyards and art openings. She is the author of numerous books, including “Gutter of Eden, “My Darling Since,” and “Quite Like Yes.” Her work has appeared in The New Yinzer, Nailed, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, out of nothing, Profane Journal(Pushcart Prize nominee '14/'15), and Encyclopedia Destructica. Allen has also contributed vocals to tracks by recording artists Poogie Bell ("Question Song") and Jack Wilson ("NYC"). 

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Jennifer Jackson Berry’s first full length collection of poetry The Feeder was published by Yes Yes Books in 2016. She is also the author of the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Booth, The Emerson Review, Harpur Palate, Moon City Review, Stirring, and Whiskey Island, among others. Poems also appeared in various anthologies, including New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press, 2015), We Will Be Shelter (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), and By the Slice (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2014). She has been featured on Prosody, a public radio show on the NPR affiliate WESA-FM showcasing the work of national writers. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University’s MFA program. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in the Braddock Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

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Bradley J. Fest will be assistant professor of English at Hartwick College in the fall of 2017. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, forthcoming 2017). Other recent poems
 have been published in Empty MirrorGrainMasque & SpectacleSmall Po[r]tionsSpork, TXTOBJX, and Verse. He has also written a number of essays 
on contemporary literature and culture, which have appeared in boundary 2CritiqueCritical QuarterlyDavid Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing” (Bloomsbury, 2014), First Person ScholarScale in Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017), The Silence of Fallout (Cambridge Scholars, 2013), Wide Screen, and elsewhere. He blogs regularly at The Hyperarchival Parallax.

Jason Irwin is the author of A Blister of Stars (Low Ghost, 2016), Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It's A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh. www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com

Sharon Fagan McDermott is a poet and a teacher of literature in a private school in Pittsburgh. She has published three chapbook collections, most recently, Bitter Acoustic, which was chosen by poet Betty Adcock as the winner of the 2011 Jacar Press Chapbook competition. McDermott has had a poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been a recipient of both a Pittsburgh Foundation Award and a PA Council on the Arts grant. Most recently, her work has been published in Eclectica Magazine, Connotations Press, Raleigh Review, and The Tupelo Quarterly. She will soon have an exciting announcement to share about her full manuscript, Life Without Furniture.

Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks BLAZE (2015) and Mini Love Gun (2013). She co-curates the MadFridays Reading Series and is the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter and Verse. She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

Open Mic

Jimmy Cvetic Reads Just Because

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