Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011 (Bogen, Smith, Roffman)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 7, 2011

Deborah Bogen's Landscape with Silos won the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize 2005. Bogen's poems and reviews appear widely. Recent poetry can be found in Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, Field, Margie and Poetry International. Her chapbook, Living by the Children's Cemetery, was selected by Edward Hirsch as winner of the 2002 ByLine Press Chapbook Competition. Although her North Dakota roots provide the backdrop for some of the her poems, she now lives in Pittsburgh PA, where she runs free fiction and poetry workshops for talented overworked academics.

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program.  Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cerise, The Same, Kestrel, Oranges & Sardines, Diner, 5 a.m., Oxford Magazine, The Prose Poem, Southern Poetry Review, Descant (Canada), and others.  Her critical work has been published in Sagetrieb, The Denver Quarterly, The American Book Review and other journals. Her poetry has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and, more recently, a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman taught creative writing, myth and literature and founded a Myth/Folklore Studies Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She co-edited the prize-winning anthology Life on the Line and is the author of Going to Bed Whole, Tottering Palaces, The Approximate Message, and In the Fall of a Sparrow.  She has read her poems in Ireland, Greece, Mexico, Israel, Spain and the Czech Republic and was a featured writer on the BBC's "Writer from Abroad" series.  The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Witter Bynner Foundation, Roffman was also was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her poems have been translated into Slovak, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, and she has completed eighteen collaborative pieces with composers and dance companies. Her work reflects an abiding interest in “the ordinary and the sacred.”  Her book of poetry, I Want to Thank My Eyes, will be published this fall by Tebot Bach.

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