Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011 (Allen, Ellis, Esaias, Hopper)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
May 31, 2011

Nikki Allen is a writer living in Pittsburgh. She’s been getting on stages for over 11 years and scribbling poems on homework, in notebooks and all over cocktail napkins for most of her life. She is the author of numerous chapbooks, including My Darling Since, Gutter of Eden, and Quite Like Yes. She competed on national poetry slam teams in Dayton and Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2003. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yinzer, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, and Encyclopedia Destructica. She’s also performed with beatboxers, bucket drums and the Incredibly Thin Collective. She uses clothes pins for hair barrettes and lives to witness others doing what they love. Her work can be found online at honeydunce.com

Nikki Allen's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Angele Ellis
Angele Ellis's poetry has appeared on a theatre marquee (after winning Pittsburgh Filmmakers' G-20 Haiku Contest in 2009), and in journals, periodicals, and anthologies. The author of a previous book of poems, Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), she was a 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose. Her longtime peace and community activism has included civil disobedience, and led to co-authorship of the diversity workbook Dealing With Differences (Corwin Press). Born in Syracuse, NY to a first-generation Lebanese American father and Italian American mother, she makes her home in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Her new chapbook, Spared, was recently published by Main Street Rag.

Angele Ellis's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)
Timons Esaias lives in Pittsburgh, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, with his wife who is a physician. He writes satire, speculative fiction, poetry, and the occasional essay. His work has appeared in over a dozen different countries, and fifteen languages. He has been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award (1998) and the Rhysling Award (5 nominations, Third Place 1997), and he won the Asimov's Readers' Award for Poetry (2005). He is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange;  Demeritus of the  Worldwrights; a certified Rogue in Lair #1 of the Rascals, Rogues & Rapscallions. He is Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, primarily in the Masters Program for Writing Popular Fiction.

Tim Esaias's Reading - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Justin Hopper lives as a writer and artist in Pittsburgh. His arts criticism and journalism has appeared in publications worldwide for more than a decade. Public Record, an artist's book of documentary poetry based on 19th-century Pittsburgh crime reports, was published by Encyclopedia Destructica in 2010. These Golden Legends, A book of poetry written in response to Maxo Vanka’s Millvale murals is forthcoming in fall of 2011.

Justin Hopper - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Jimmy Cvetic Reads Phone Call to Officer Spagarelli
Jimmy Cvetic - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Open Mic
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