Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011 (Alberts, Simms, Wurster)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 21, 2011

Renée Alberts listens to rivers and shortwave radio to create poetry, collage, sound and photography. Her poetry collection, No Water, came out in 2009, and her work has appeared in The New Yinzer, Encyclopedia Destructica, Pittsburgh City Paper and Subtletea. She has given dozens of readings, including on WYEP’s Prosody and as a 2001 and 2004 member of the Steel City Slam Team. She organizes numerous poetry and music events, including the CLP Sunday Poetry & Reading Series, for which she edited Natural Language: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry and Reading Series Anthology. She posts writing and art at www.animalprayer.com

Michael Simms is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of poetry books.  He is the author of four collections of poems – The Happiness of Animals, Migration, Notes on Continuing Light, and The Fire-eater -- as well as the co-author (with Jack Myers) of The Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry. Simms presently teaches publishing in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Chatham University; he lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Eva and their two children.

Michael Wurster, the author of The British Detective (Main Street Rag, 2009), was born in Moline, Illinois, and has lived in Iowa, Virginia and Pennsylvania. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and for many years taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School. His two previous poetry collections are The Cruelty of the Desert (Cottage Wordsmiths, 1989) and The Snake Charmer's Daughter (ELEMENOPE, 2000). He is co-editor, with Judith R. Robinson, of the anthology Along These Rivers: Poetry & Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant Press, 2008). In 1996, Wurster was an inaugural recipient of a Pittsburgh Magazine Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award for his contributions to poetry and the community.

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