Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012 (Gibb, Simms, Bauer)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 17, 2012

Robert Gibb was born and still lives in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He is the author of nine books of poetry including Sheet Music (2012) and What the Heart Can Bear (2009) published by Autumn House Press. Among his awards are the National Poetry Series, two Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, seven Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants, The Wildwood Poetry Prize, and the Devil’s Millhopper Chapbook Prize. Robert Gibb won the 1997 National Poetry Series Competition for The Origins of Evening.  It, along with his next two books, The Burning World and World over Water, comprise what Gibb calls The Homestead Trilogy, a nearly 100-poem cycle focusing on the fading industrial history and culture of America's Steel City.  As Tar River Poetry Review has noted, " Robert Gibb's poetry will give readers an idea of what Wordsworth might have been had he lived in the late twentieth century."

Michael Simms is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Autumn House Press, a non-profit press based in Pittsburgh. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Black Stone, The Happiness of Animals, The Fire-Eater, Migration, and Notes on Continuing Light, as well as the co-author of The Longman Dictionary and Handbook of Poetry. He has taught at The University of Iowa, Southern Methodist University, The Community College of Allegheny County, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and Duquesne University. He lives with his wife Eva and their two children in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking downtown Pittsburgh and the Monongahela River.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag). Her poetry has appeared in the journals, 5 AM, New Renaissance, Quarterly West, and the anthologies Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press), Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant), Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach), among others. In 2007, she won the Earl Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International, and her poetry has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. With Jimmy Cvetic, she curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series.

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