Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 14, 2019 (Pittsburgh Poetry Society)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 14, 2019

Featured Readers
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Standing L-R: Asmita Ranganathan, Christine Pasinski, Christine Aikens Wolfe & Joan Bauer
Seated L-R: Kristofer Collins, Fred Peterson, Judy Yogman & Nancy Esther James

Sally (Sara) Davis’s chapbook, Spent, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her work has been anthologized in LavandariaA Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words, published by City Works Press, Voices from the Attic, Riverspeak, Threads, Broad River Review, Evening Street Review, and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is forthcoming in Blueline Magazine.

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Nancy Esther James has had her poems published in various journals and literary magazines including Christianity and Literature, Time of Singing, and Poet Lore, as well as in publications such as Friends Journal and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her poem, “To a Friend,” originally published in Christianity and Literature, was reprinted in the 2003 Poet’s Market.  Her collection of poems, No Time to Hurry, was published by Dawn Valley Press ( Westminster College ) in 1979. She has taught poetry workshops at the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and The Writing Academy Seminar and has judged poetry contests for St. Davids and for the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her chapbook, Resilient Spirit: Poems for Lorraine, was published in March 2013 by Finishing Line Press. 

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A career educator, Christine Pasinski taught secondary English in the West Mifflin Area School District for over 36 years. Following her career in public education, she supervised student teachers for Penn State University . A lifelong devotee of poetry, she took her high school and her university students to the International Poetry Forum, where she served on the Advisory Council for 36 years. Currently, she enjoys membership in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, and she has read them at various venues in the city. In 2011 she published a book of her poetry, Rustlings of Regret. 

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Fred Peterson grew up on rice farms throughout  Southeast Arkansas in the 1940's and 1950's, the son of a sharecropper and the seventh of eight children.  His poetry takes one on a journey with a family rich in love.  A teacher early in his career, his life-path took him from  Arkansas to  St. Louis and to  Pittsburgh with his life-partner where they have lived for 30 years.  He is past president of Pittsburgh Poetry Society. His book of poetry, Writing by Flashlight, was published by Awesome Books in 2012. 

Asmita Ranganathan is a pathologist from Bombay. She moved to Pittsburgh 17 years ago with family, where she does freelance illustrations for magazines, writes poetry and short essays, and teaches Sanskrit to small groups. She is the author of The Râmâyan (Jain Pub. 2008), a retelling in the author's own prose and poetry of the ancient Sanskrit epic which, along with the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Mahâbharat, and the Gitâ, forms the core of Indian literature. 

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Judy Yogman is a retired ESL teacher.  She enjoys trying new poetic forms, misses Anita Byerly's little workshop and recently became a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Though lazy about submitting poems, she has submitted work that has appeared in the Post-Gazette and in various anthologies, including Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration, Along These Rivers, and Written on Water: Writings about the Allegheny River .  She is married, with three sons, three granddaughters and a new grandson. 

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Christine Aikens Wolfe is a reading specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Christine has published poems in Sonnetto Poesia, a bi-lingual quarterly out of Ottawa since fall 2006.  Her poetry, fiction, and articles have appeared in the publications of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, including Parachute, the WPWP Bulletin, Riverspeak, and Threads, and in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society's  bi-annual magazine, The Potter's Wheel.  Her poetry has also been published in Woman Becoming and Poetry Magazine, and the multi-media book, Fission and Form. She is the co-editor of The Poetic Classroom (Autumn House Press) and currently serves as president of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society.  Her full-length book of poetry, Garland Green, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2018.

Open Mic (With Ian Heiss, Stephen Genetti, Jessi Alperin, Kevin Finn, Alyson, Max Reiver & Paul Z.)

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