Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022 (Hailer, Greishober, Lillis & Yune)


Featured Participants

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Seated: Karen Lillis

Standing L-R: Joan Bauer, Robert Yune, Brittany Hailer & Taylor Greishober

Special thanks to Halsey Hyer of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

Note that a link for the entire reading is available at the bottom of this post.

Note also that Kristofer Collins is off this evening so Joan Bauer provides the opening comments.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008) and The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2020). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor in public and independent schools. In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International and in 2018, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize from BkMk Press. Since 2001, more than 250 of her poems have been published and three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan co-curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her new book of poetry, Fig Season, is forthcoming from Turning Point in 2023.

Opening Comments by Joan Bauer - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Brittany Hailer has taught creative writing classes at the Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner House as part of Chatham’s Words Without Walls program and now teaches creative writing and journalism at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in NPR, Fairy Tale Review, Sierra Club Magazine, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She is the director of the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.

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Taylor Grieshober is a fiction writer and educator based in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds an MFA in fiction from Oregon State University and her debut short story collection, Off Days, was released by Low Ghost Press in 2019.

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Karen Lillis is a bookseller and the author of four novellas, most recently, Watch the Doors as They Close (Spuyten Duyvil). She writes in a variety of forms, including poetry, poetic prose, and memoir. She received a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction, and currently makes her home in Pittsburgh, Pa. Find her work at Karen’s Book Row.

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As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. After graduating from Pitt, he lived in Pittsburgh for the next 15 years. In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has appeared as an extra in commercials and movies such as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Fathers and Daughters. In 2009, he received a writing fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Yune won the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize and his debut collection, Impossible Children, was published by Sarabande Books in 2018.

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Closing Remarks

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The Entire Reading

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May 31, 2022 (Hyer, Matcho, Nguyen, Smith & Weiner)

 

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Seated L-R: Halsey Hyer & Arlene Weiner
Standing L-R: Ellen McGrath Smith, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Kristofer Collins, Joan Bauer & Adam Matcho
 
Special thanks to Anna Claire Weber of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

Note that a link for the entire reading is available at the bottom of this post.

Kristofer Collins is the longtime Books Editor for Pittsburgh Magazine. He is the co-curator of The Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series. His latest book The River Is Another Kind of Prayer: New & Selected Poems was published in 2020 by Kung Fu Treachery Press. His latest project, The Pittsburgh Book Review can be found at https://pittsburghbookreview.blogspot.com/. He lives in Stanton Heights with his wife, son and daughter.

Halsey Hyer is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, [deadname], winner of the Anhinga Press 2022 Rick Campbell Chapbook Award, and the micro-chapbook of micro-poems Everything Becomes Bananas (Rinky Dink Press, 2022). They’re currently earning their MFA in Creative Writing as the 2022-2024 Margaret L. Whitford Fellow at Chatham University. They were a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Florida International University where they taught in the Creative Writing and Writing & Rhetoric programs. They’re an Editorial Assistant for Seven Kitchens Press, collective member of The Big Idea Bookstore, and the Events Coordinator at White Whale Bookstore. Their work can be found or is forthcoming in The Boiler, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Find out more—www.halseyhyer.org

 
Adam Matcho was born in North Dakota, but really came up in Johnstown, PA, in the ‘90s. He has held several miserable jobs and published one book of essays and two collections of poetry. His third collection of poems, Ask Your Undertaker, is set for publication by WPA Press. 

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A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018) and recipient of a 2021 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to winning the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. This spring 2022, she is an artist-in-residence at Brown University. 

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Ellen McGrath Smith’s award-winning poetry, short fiction, literary criticism, and scholarship have been published in anthologies and print and online journals nationwide. She has received the Zone 3 Rainmaker Award, the Orlando Prize from the A Room of Her Own Foundation, and other honors. A teacher at the University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University, McGrath Smith holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in English literature from Duquesne University. She lives, writes, works, and practices yoga in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. https://www.ellenmcgrathsmith.com/

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Arlene Weiner has been a Shakespeare scholar, a cardiology technician, a den mother, part of a group developing computer-based education, and an editor for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. She is a member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop. Arlene’s poems have been published in such journals as Pleiades, Poet Lore, and Paterson Literary Review, and in anthologies; and read on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Arlene held a MacDowell fellowship. She also writes plays. Arlene’s most recent book is City Bird (Ragged Sky, Princeton, NJ, 2016).

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Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008) and The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2020). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor in public and independent schools. In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International and in 2018, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize from BkMk Press. Since 2001, more than 250 of her poems have been published and three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan co-curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her new book of poetry, Fig Season, is forthcoming from Turning Point in 2023.

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The Entire Reading

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022 (Andrews, Bashaar, Esaias, Good, Mitchell)

 
 
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Seated L-R: Joan Bauer & Kristofer Collins 
Standing L-R: Timons Esaias, Mike Good, Kelly Lorraine Andrews, Margaret Bashaar & Gwendolyn A. Mitchell 
 
Special thanks to Halsey Hyer of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

Note that a link for the entire reading is available at the bottom of this post.

Kristofer Collins is the longtime Books Editor for Pittsburgh Magazine. He is the co-curator of The Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series. His latest book The River Is Another Kind of Prayer: New & Selected Poems was published in 2020 by Kung Fu Treachery Press. His latest project, The Pittsburgh Book Review can be found at https://pittsburghbookreview.blogspot.com/. He lives in Stanton Heights with his wife, son and daughter.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews' poems have appeared in Dream Pop Journal, Ghost Proposal, Ninth Letter, PANK, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. She is the author of five chapbooks, including Sonnets in Which the Speaker Is on Display, The Fear Archives, and My Body Is a Poem I Can't Stop Writing. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. Along with her husband and two cats, she's tending to her garden, trying to be tender to herself.

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Margaret Bashaar is the author of Stationed Near the Gateway from Sundress Publications, along with numerous chapbooks. She is the founding editor of Hyacinth Girl Press and co-host/co-founder of the occasional anarchist poetry event, FREE POEMS.

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Timons Esaias is a satirist, writer and poet living in Pittsburgh. His works, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in twenty-two languages. He has also been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, and twice won the Asimov's Readers Award. His story "Norbert and the System" has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula. He was shortlisted for the 2019 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize. His full-length Louis-Award-winning collection of poetry — Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in Greek — was brought out by Concrete Wolf.

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Mike Good lives in Pittsburgh and serves as managing editor at Autumn House Press. Some of his recent poetry can be found in or are forthcoming at Bennington Review, december, Five Points, Prolit, Ploughshares, Salamander, Terrain.org, Waxwing, and elsewhere, in addition to anthologies such as The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt Publishing). His work has received support from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and The Sun, and he holds an MFA from Hollins University. Find more at mikegoodwrites.wordpress.com.

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Gwendolyn A. Mitchell—poet, editor and literary consultant—is the former Senior Editor for Third World Press. Her poems have been published in journals such as American Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry South and Essence Magazine. She has conducted workshops and seminars on poetry and the literary arts across the country. Mitchell is the author of the poetry collection, House of Women, and is the co-editor of two literary anthologies. She currently lives in Pittsburgh and is a member of and mentor for the Madwomen in the Attic community of writers.

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Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008) and The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2020). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor in public and independent schools. In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International and in 2018, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize from BkMk Press. Since 2001, more than 250 of her poems have been published and three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan co-curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her new book of poetry, Fig Season, is forthcoming from Turning Point in 2023.

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The Entire Reading

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