Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 (Bastille Day Celebration)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 10, 2018

Featured Readers
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Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Bob Ziller, Artie Solomon & Joan Bauer
Seated L-R: Justin Vicari, Djilali Benlahlou & Roberta Hatcher

Roberta Hatcher’s poetry has appeared in The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, St. Petersburg Review, Storm Cellar, Rune, Pittsburgh’s City Paper, and the Post-Gazette, among others. She has been a finalist for the Patricia Dobler Award, was runner-up for the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Use of Language in Poetry, and her poem French Lesson #3 was nominated for Best American Poets 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently tutors candidates for citizenship at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Her chapbook French Lessons (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2017.
Djilali Benlahlou studied Economics at a French language university in Algeria, his native country. He speaks Berber, Arabic, and now English, but French is the language and literature he really loves. He spent a little time in France before coming to Pittsburgh in 2001 where he worked as a cook for the Double Tree hotel while learning English in AIU's Adult ESL program then attended CCAC where he received his A.A. in Business Management. He now works as a Finance Administrator at BNY Mellon. Last year, he became a U.S. citizen.

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Artie Solomon has always written in poetic form. He has attended workshops and studied with Michael Wurster, Arthur Erbe, and others. He has also read his poems at Te' Café, Hemingway's, and the Oakmont and Squirrel Hill Libraries. He is a member of the Mon Valley Poets, Squirrel Hill Sunday Workshop, and Te' Café poets (now at Biddle's Escape) . He has a bachelor's degree in math and a master's in library science from Pitt, as well as a teaching certificate from Duquesne. His favorite poets are Billy Collins and Langston Hughes. He continues to study literature at Pitt Osher.

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Justin Vicari  has won awards from Third Coast, New Millennium Writings, and Plan B Press.  His first collection of poems, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), received the Transcontinental Award. He has also authored several books of literary, film and philosophical theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2001), Nicholas Winding Refn and the Violence of Art (McFarland, 2014), and Japanese Film and the Floating Mind: Cinematic Contemplations of Being (McFarland, 2016)  He is also a translator of Paul Eluard, Jean Sénac, J.-K. Huysmans, Francoise Emmanuel and Octava Mirbeau.  His second full-length book of poetry, In Search of Lost Joy, was published by Main Street Rag in 2018.

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Bob Ziller is the author of Van Gogh Surfing, and the translator of Almost Dreams and Translated from the Night by Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo. His poems have appeared in The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, Along These Rivers: Poetry & Photography from Pittsburgh, The American Haikuists Newsletter, online at www.voxpopuli.com, and in many other publications. He is the editor/publisher of Lascaux Editions which published Nasty Women & Bad Hombres: A Poetry Anthology in 2017.
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