Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28, 2011 (Roy, Robinson, Peterson, Weiner)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 28, 2011

Sankar Roy, originally from India, is a poet, translator, activist and multimedia artist living near Pittsburgh, PA. He is a winner of PEN USA Emerging Voices, author of three chapbooks, Moon Country, The House My Father Could Not Build and Matra of the Bornfree (all from Pudding House). He is associate editor of Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Rupa & Co, India and Bayeux Arts, Canada, 2005). Sankar's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 literary journals including Bitter Oleander, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, Harpur Palate, Icon, Runes, Rhino, Tampa Review, and Poetry Magazine. His full length book of poetry, Moon Country, will be published later this year by Tebot Bach.

Judith Robinson is an editor, teacher, fiction writer and poet. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She was editor of Living Inland, author of The Beautiful Wife and Other Stories; poetry editor of Signatures. She currently teaches poetry in the ALL Program at Carnegie Mellon University. She is editor of Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts), and co-editor with Michael Wurster of Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant). Her chapbook, Dinner Date, was published by Finishing Line Press in July 2009.

Walt Peterson has had several collections of poetry published, including Rebuilding the Porch (Nightshade Press, 1990), Image/Song (Seton Hill University, 1994) and a collaboration with the sculptor James Shipman.  He was the winner of the 1998 Acorn-Rukeyser Award (Unfinished Monument Press). His book, In the Waiting Room of the Speedy Muffler King, was published in 1999. For some years he worked as a teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools and has taught writing in places as diverse as Arcadia, California, and Cracow, Poland. In 2009, he created a collaborative project between poets, sculptors and artists resulted in the volume, Fission of Form.  He has long been affiliated with the International Poetry Forum, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and currently leads writing workshops at Pine Grove State Correctional Institute.  He enjoys restoring rusty British sports cars and sailing, and has helped raise two sons, Kevin and Eric. His latest book is a collection of short fiction and the winner of the Gribble Fiction Award for 2009, Depth of Field. 

Arlene Weiner, a MacDowell Colony fellow, has had poems published in a variety of journals, anthologized in Along These Rivers (Quadrant), Eating Her Wedding Dress (Ragged Sky) and Thatchwork (Delaware Valley Poets), and read by Garrison Keillor on his Writer’s Almanac.  Escape Velocity, a collection of her poems, was published by Ragged Sky in 2006. Poet Joy Katz wrote of it, “I want to keep my favorite of these beautifully alert, surprising poems with me as I grow old.”

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