Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 (Gibb, Shaw, St. Germain & Wesley)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 12, 2018

Featured Readers
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Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Robert Gibb & Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
Seated L-R: Sheryl St. Germain, Fred Shaw & Joan Bauer

Robert Gibb’s books include The Origins of Evening (1997), which was a National Poetry Series winner. Among his other awards are two NEA Fellowships, a Best American Poetry and a Pushcart Prize. Two new books were published in 2017 : After, which won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize (Mark Doty, judge), and his 12th collection, the beautifully imagistic, Among Ruins (Notre Dame Press) which was awarded the Ernest Sandeen Prize.

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Fred Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, where he received his MFA. He teaches writing and literature at Point Park University and Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the chapbook, Argot (Finishing Line Press). His poems have been published in 5AM, Poet Lore, Brilliant Corners and Pittsburgh City Paper, where he currently reviews books. His poem, “Scraping Away” was recently chosen to be a featured work for the 2017 PA Public Poetry Project. In a parallel life, he has also worked in the service industry for the past twenty-five years. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and rescued hound dog.

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Sheryl St Germain's books include Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, and Let It Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. She has written two memoirs: Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, and Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She co-edited, with Margaret Whitfored, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century and with Sarah Shotland, Words Without Walls Writers on Violence, Addiction, and Incarceration. A native of New Orleans, she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University and is co-founder of the Words Without Walls Program. Her new poetry collection, The Small Door of Your Death, was published by Autumn House Press in 2018.

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Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 during the fourteen year Liberian civil war. She is the author of four books of poetry: Where the Road Turns (Autumn House Press), The River is Rising (Autumn House Press), Becoming Ebony, (Southern Illinois University Press) and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues Press) and a 5th collection, When the Wanderers Come Home, (University of Nebraska Press, fall 2016).Her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” was selected by US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, as an American Life in Poetry June 13, 2011 featured poem. Patricia has won several awards and grants, including the 2011 President Barack Obama Award from the Blair County NAACP, the 2010 Liberian Award for her poetry and her mentorship of young Liberians in the Diaspora, a Penn State University AESEDA Collaborative Grant for her research on Liberian Women's Trauma stories from the Civil War, a 2002 Crab Orchard Award for her second book of poems, a World Bank Fellowship, among others. Her individual poems and memoir articles have been anthologized and published in literary magazines in the US, in South America, Africa and Europe, and her work has been translated in Spanish and Finnish. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University’s Altoona campus.

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