Saturday, November 11, 2017

Versify (Krygowski, Daniels, Grandinetti & Terman)

November 11, 2017

Versify is a poetry series that was launched and curated by Bob Walicki. Most events were hosted by the White Whale Bookstore (previously known as the East End Book Exchange) in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Bob recently announced that the series has run its course. A new series (name to be announced) will be curated by Kayla Sargeson in the same space. All of us at Hemingway's congratulate Bob for a fine (frequently inspired) series of readings. The reading presented here was the second to last.

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Standing L-R: Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, Phil Terman, Jim Daniels, Bob Walicki & Nancy Krygowski

Nancy Krygowski’s first book of poems, Velocity, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and several residencies. Krygowski teaches poetry workshops in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic program in addition to her work as an adult ESL instructor at Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Jim Daniels is the author of numerous poetry books, including his most recent, Rowing Inland, and the forthcoming Street Calligraphy and The Middle Ages. He edited Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards. A native of Detroit, Daniels teaches at Carnegie Mellon.

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Kathy Fagan Grandinetti’s fifth collection of poems is Sycamore (Milkweed Editions, 2017). Her first collection, The Raft, won the National Poetry Series; her second, MOVING & ST. RAGE, won the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. Recent work appears in Poetry, Numero Cinq, The New Republic, Blackbird, Crazyhorse and The Adroit Journal. Fagan directs the MFA Program at The Ohio State University and serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize.

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Philip Terman’s most recent book of poems is Our Portion:  New and Selected Poems. Other books include The Torah GardenRabbis of the AirBook of the Unbroken Days and The House of Sages. A selection of  his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic by the Syrian writer and scholar Saleh Rouzzak and published by Nimwa Press. Terman’s poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including PoetryThe Georgia ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewThe Sun Magazine, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. His poems have been set to music by the composer Brent Register and he performs his poetry with the jazz band, Catro. He teaches English at Clarion University and directs The Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA.

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