Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013 (Grand Finale)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 30, 2013

Nikki Allen is a 31 year old 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 www.honeydunce.com

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Marilyn Bates, author of It Could Drive You Crazy, was a "Poet in Person" with the International Poetry Forum. She was an invited reader at the Noontime Reading Series at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and at the James Wright Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Paterson Literary Review, One Trick Pony, Poet Lore, and The Potomac Review.  Her work is anthologized in Pass-Fail: 32 Stories about Teaching; My Aunties' Book: 35 Writers Talk About Their Other Mother; Voices in Italian Americana; Along These Rivers and What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century. Her one-act play, Life Without Nipples, was produced by the Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival in 2007.  Her dramatic monologues were recited by Etta Cox in Womanscene, a fund-raising event for the Lupus Foundation.
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Jason Irwin grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh. His first collection of poetry, Watering the Dead, won the 2006/2007 Transcontinental Poetry Award and was published in 2008 by Pavement Saw Press. In 2005, his manuscript, "Some Days It's A Love Story," won the Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize, and his one-act play, Civilization, had its staged reading debut on April 24, 2010 at The Living Theatre, NYC.  For more on Jason, go to http://jasonirwin.blogspot.com/

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Amanda Reynolds can finally say she lives in Pittsburgh and works as an English professor. She also has her own small business working with horses as an equine massage therapist. She grew up an hour east of the city, and spent six years in Florida receiving her MFA from the University of Florida and PhD from Florida State University in Creative Writing. Pudding House Press published her chapbook in 2009 entitled Degrees of Separation. She has published reviews and poetry in journals such as Gargoyle, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Broken City, and Mississippi Crow and served as the poet-in-residence of the Everglades. Her book of poetry, HEINZ 56, was published by Main Street Rag in 2012.

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Alicia Salvadeo grew up in Staten Island, New York and later in Eastern Pennsylvania. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she studied poetry and history as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her chapbook, Memory Milk (2012), is currently available from Diamond Wave Press. Her poetry and reviews have also appeared in Bombay Gin, The Volta, Phantom Limn, DIAGRAM, and SOFTBLOW, among others. Alicia's newest chapbook, Err to Narrow, was recently selected by poet Nick Flynn for the National Chapbook Fellowship; its publication by the Poetry Society of America is set for Spring 2014.

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Kayla Sargeson is the author of Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). She earned an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where she was the recipient of a Follett Fellowship and served as an editor for Columbia Poetry Review. Her work has been anthologized in the national anthology, Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye as well as Voices from the Attic Volume XIV, and Dionne’s Story. Her poems also appear or are forthcoming in 5 AM, Columbia Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Main Street Rag, and Prosody: NPR-affiliate WESA's weekly show. She co-curates the MadFridays reading series and is the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. Her manuscript Hellwave is being submitted for publication. 
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Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh where he sells books, plays in bands, watches local sports and edits The New Yinzer.  His work has appeared a number of places including Third Coast, Kitchen Sink, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Bob Ziller is an artist, poet, translator, and singer.  His art has appeared in over 100 exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the US.  He is the translator of African surrealist poet Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo of Madagascar, and the author of Van Gogh Surfing.  As a singer and songwriter, he has recorded with the bands Bingo Quixote and Media Circus Extravaganza!

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Jimmy Cvetic has been writing and performing poetry all his life. A retired county police officer, he is the director of the Pittsburgh Police Athletic League, and founder and director of the Summer Poetry Series at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland.  His poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette and other publications.  He appears (briefly) in the film, Warrior, which was shot in Pittsburgh, and in 2012, he read his poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA with his friend, the actor and poet, Nick Nolte.  In 2010, Jimmy's book of poetry, The Secret Society of Dog was published by Awesome Books/Lascaux Editions, and a  second volume, Dog Unleashed, was published by Awesome Books/Lascaux  in 2012.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013 (Adès, Alberts, Collins, Krygowski)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 23, 2013

David Adès moved to Pittsburgh from Adelaide, Australia in April 2011. A member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979, his collection, Mapping the World, was commended for the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award 2008. He was an editor of the No 26 Friendly Street Poetry Reader, and more recently, a volunteer editor of the inaugural Australian Poetry Members Anthology metabolism.
He has appeared on the Australian radio program Poetica, and is one of 9 poets featured in a CD title 'Adelaide 9 The Poetry of the City.'
He has published widely in Australian literary magazines. Since his arrival in the U.S., his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 5AM, Atlanta Review, Bewildering Stories, Boston Literary Review, Eye Contact, Four and Twenty Poetry Journal, Ilya's Honey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poetica, Red River Review, Rune, Spiritus, and Fourth River.


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

Kristofer Collins is the Books Editor at Pittsburgh Magazine. He runs Low Ghost Press. He also owns Desolation Row Records and manages Caliban Bookshop in Oakland. His most recent chapbook is "Last Call" published by Speed & Briscoe in 2010.

Nancy Krygowski’s first book of poems, Velocity, received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.  A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, she works as an adult literacy instructor and teaches Madwomen poetry workshops.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16, 2013 (5 AM Party & Tribute)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 16, 2013

Ed Ochester and Judy Vollmer are stepping down as editors of 5 AM. Tuesday evening we celebrated their creation and perpetuation of this superbly well edited and highly acclaimed journal. Twelve poets whose work has appeared in 5 AM were invited to read a poem. Then Ed and Judy capped off the event with a reading from their own works.

The twelve contributing poets are:
Michael Wurster
Ellen McGrath Smith
Michael Simms
Kayla Sargeson
Wendy Scott
Judith Robinson
Nancy Krygowski
Romella Kitchens
Lori Jakiela
Timons Esaias
Jimmy Cvetic
Joan Bauer

Through his writing, editing and teaching, Ed Ochester has been a major force on contemporary letters for more than three decades. He edits the Pitt Poetry Series and is general editor of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. From 1978 to 1988 he was director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and was twice elected president of the Associated Writing Programs. He co-edits the poetry magazine 5AM, and lives in a rural county northeast of Pittsburgh. His recent books include Snow White Horses: Selected Poems 1973-1988 (Autumn House Press, 2001), American Poetry Now: Pitt Poetry Series Anthology (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007) and Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (Autumn House Press, 2007). Poems just published or forthcoming in: American Poetry Review, Agni, Chiron Review, Great River Review and Nerve Cowboy.

Judith Vollmer's newest volume, The Water Books, was recently published in 2012 Autumn House Press. Her previous collections have received the Brittingham, the Center for Book Arts, and the Cleveland State publication prizes. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her essays and reviews are included in The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere. She has poems forthcoming or recently published in Miramar, Great River Review, and the anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poems Against Violence Against Women. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013 (Corso, Ferrarelli, St. Germain, Terman)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 9, 2013

Paola Corso was born in the Pittsburgh area where her Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mill. A New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award winner, she is the author of six books of poetry and fiction, most recently, The Laundress Catches Her Breath and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing. She’s moved back to the Burgh after living in Brooklyn for many years. Currently, she is a lecturer in Chatham University's Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Rina Ferrarelli came from Italy at the age of fifteen. She taught English and translation studies at the University of Pittsburgh for many years. She has published a book and a chapbook of original poetry, Home Is a Foreign Country (1996), and Dreamsearch (1992); and three books of translation, Light Without Motion (1989), I Saw the Muses (Guernica, 1997), and Winter Fragments: Selected Poems of Bartolo Cattafi, (2006). The Bread We Ate, another book of poems, was published by Guernica in Spring 2012.

A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain has taught creative writing at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College and Iowa State University. She currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University where she also teaches poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Ki Davis Award from the Aspen Writers Foundation, and most recently the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her books include Going Home, The Mask of Medusa, Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, and The Journals of Scheherazade. She has also published a book of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. A book of lyric essays, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003 by The University of Utah Press. Her most recent book is Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems, published by Autumn House Press in 2007.

Philip Terman’s most recent book of poetry is In the Torah Garden, published by Autumn House Press in 2011.  His earlier books include The House of Sages, Book of the Unbroken Days and Rabbis of the Air. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Tikkun, and Blood to Remember: American Poets Respond to the Holocaust. He is the recipient of the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Award, The Kenneth Patchen Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience. He teaches creative writing and literature at Clarion University and co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival at the Chautauqua Institute. With his wife Christine and their daughters Mimi and Bella, he resides in a red-brick schoolhouse outside of Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013 (Robinson, Oaks, Derricotte)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
July 2, 2013

Judith R. Robinson is the author of three poetry collections: The Blue Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Orange Fire (Main Street Rag, 2012) and Dinner Date (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She is also the author of the fiction collection, The Beautiful Wife and Other Stories (Aegina Press, 1996). She is the poetry editor of Signatures (Osher, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012) and The Poetry of Margaret Menamin, (Main Street Rag, three volumes, 2010, 2011, 2012) as well as Living Inland (Bennington Press, 1989). She co-edited Along These River: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant Publishing, 2008) and Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Rupa, Inc. and Bayeux Arts, 2005). Her poetry awards include the Poetica Chapbook Competition (runner-up, 2011), the Poetry Ark Award (2010), Jane’s Stories Drabble Competition, (first place, 2006), and the Skipping Stones Multicultural Award (2005). She blogs at www.thejewishchronicle.net and teaches poetry for Osher at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Oaks' newest chapbook, Mistakes with Strangers, will be published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2013.  His poem "Saint Wrench" was selected for Best New Poets 2012 by Matthew Dickman.  A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Jeff Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Prairie Schooner, Rhino, Field, and Mead. His essays have appeared in At Length, My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and in Creative Nonfiction.  He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Toi Derricotte has published five collections of poetry, most recently, The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011). An earlier collection of poems, Tender, won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement; the 2012 Pen/Voelker Award for Poetry for a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature; the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; two Pushcart Prizes; the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists; the Alumni/Alumnae Award from New York University; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, Inc.; the Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem Foundation. She is a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and serves on the Academy of American Poets' Board of Chancellors.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013 (Kelly, Linder, Deahl, Wurster)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 25, 2013

Sheila Kelly is a retired psychotherapist, poet and playwright. She is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops, Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and a regular facilitator for the Pittsburgh Writers’ Studio. Three of Sheila’s plays received staged readings at the 2009 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival. She has worked for many years with gifted middle school writers and published the annual, St. Bede’s Quill. Most recent work appears in Brief Encounters: Ekphrases from the Spinning Plate Gallery. Other poems upcoming in Voices from the Attic: Volume XIX.

Norma West Linder was born in Toronto during 1928, but spent her childhood on Manitoulin Island and her teenage years in Muskoka. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, International PEN, and The Ontario Poetry Society. She was a founding member of Writers in Transition and served as President of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Linder is the author of five novels, fourteen collections of poetry, a memoir of Manitoulin Island, a children’s book, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. For twenty-four years she was on the faculty of Lambton College, teaching English and Creative Writing. Her short stories have been published internationally, are widely anthologized, and have been broadcast on CBC radio.  Her books of poetry include: On the Side of the Angels, Ring Around the Sun, Pyramid, The Rooming House, River of Lethe: A Journey Through Alzheimer’s and When Angels Weep, among others.

James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh in 1945, and grew up in that city as well as in and around the Laurel Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970. He is the author (or, in the case of Tu Fu, translator) of twenty-two literary titles, including No Star Is Lost and If Ever Two Were One. A cycle of his poems is the focus of a one-hour TV special, Under the Watchful Eye (Silver Falls Video Productions, 1993). The audiotape of Under the Watchful Eye was released by Broken Jaw Press in September, 1995. These have been reissued on CD and DVD by Silver Falls. In addition to his writing, he has taught creative writing and Canadian literature at the high school, college, and university levels. He no longer teaches, and for the past dozen years has mostly been a full-time writer/editor/translator. As a critic and literary historian, Deahl is the leading Acornic scholar. James Deahl lives in Sarnia, Canada.

Michael Wurster has lived in Pittsburgh since 1962 and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchanged.  For 17 years, 1993-2010, he taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School.  He is author or co-editor of four published books, including The Snake Charmer’s Daughter (ELEMENOPE, 2000) and The British Detective (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009).  Newer work is recent or forthcoming in 5 AM, California Quarterly, and Descant. 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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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013 (Edelman, Flick, McIlroy)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 18, 2013

Barbara Edelman is the author of a poetry chapbook, A Girl in Water, from Parallel Press. Her poems and prose have appeared in various journals, among them, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, 5 AM, and Arts & Letters, and in several anthologies. She has received a PA Council on the Arts grant in poetry and residency fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books) and the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume). Her flash fiction appears in many journals and anthologies including Norton’s Flash Fiction Forward and New Sudden Fiction. She teaches Food Writing, a variety of fiction workshops, and Readings in Fiction in Chatham University’s MFA program and writes a regular food column for Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine. Co-founder of Into the Furnace, a writer-in-residence program in Braddock, Pa., she also serves as series editor for At Table, the food writing book list at University of Nebraska Press.

Leslie Anne McIlroy won the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collection Rare Space and the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel. She also took first place in the 1997 Chicago Literary Awards Competition judged by Gerald Stern. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008. Leslie’s poetry appears in numerous publications including Dogwood, The Mississippi Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry, Pearl and forthcoming in Barely South Review. Leslie works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her daughter Silas.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013 (McDermott, St. John, Carson, Carter-Jones)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 11, 2013

Sharon McDermott is a poet, who teaches in the upper school of Winchester Thurston School. She is the author of three small collections of poetry: Voluptuous (Ultima Obscura Press), Alley Scatting (Parallel Press, U. of Wisconsin) and most recently, Bitter Acoustic (2012, Jacar Press.) McDermott is a past recipient of both an artist grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and a PA Council on the Arts grant. She is also a musician, who likes to mix music into her poetry readings whenever possible.

Rick St. John studied English at Princeton University (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A.). Following 20 years of work in community development, Rick completed a mid-career Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University, and then founded and directed "Conversations for Common Wealth,” which used poetry and other materials to help small groups of citizens connect across difference and reflect on their own contributions to the common good. His poems have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, 5 a.m., Poet Lore, Sewanee Review and many other periodicals.  His book, The Pure Inconstancy of Grace was published in 2005 by Truman State University Press. For some years, Rick was Executive Director of Autumn House Press, a non-profit literary publishing house based in Pittsburgh.  He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Kate. 

A seventh generation Pittsburgher, Jay Carson teaches creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Robert Morris University, where he is a University Professor and a faculty advisor to the student literary journal, Rune. Active professionally, Jay regularly presents, reads, and publishes in local and national venues. More than 60 of his poems have appeared in national literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He has also co-edited with Judith Robinson a collection of Margaret Menamin's poetry entitled, The Snow Falls Up. His first full-length book of poetry, Cinnamon of Desire, was published in 2013 by Main Street Rag. Jay has also published a chapbook, Irish Coffee, with Coal Hill Review. Jay considers his poetry Appalachian, Irish, accessible, and the problem-solving spiritual survival of a raging, youth -- and just what you might need.

Sheila Carter-Jones has been described by Herbert Woodward Martin as one who writes with "immediacy of tone, voice and language." Much of her work to date charts in images and music the lived experiences of a small-town girl brought up in a house across from the boney dump of Republic Steel Coal Mines outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been published in Pennsylvania Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Tri-State Anthology, Blair Mountain Press and Flights. Grace Cavalieri, producer and host of "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress" says that Sheila's recent book Blackberry Cobbler Song premiers a narrative poet in the greatest tradition of American storytellers.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June 4, 2013 (Hatcher, Hirsch, Karasek, Bauer)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
June 04, 2013

Roberta Hatcher teaches French at Duquesne University, and her research has involved French-language literatures from the world beyond France, in particular post-independence literatures of sub-Saharan Africa. She is also interested in African cinema, postcolonial studies, and the emerging field of French Atlantic studies. She has read in a number of poetry venues in Pittsburgh, and recently participated in a session of "Border Crossing Poetry" at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference held in Montreal. She was a 2009 finalist for the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, and is currently working on a manuscript titled French Lessons.

As a youngster, Gene Hirsch studied “New” music with Stefan Wolpe. He received an MD degree with an academic career in Cardiology, Geriatrics, and Humanities in Medicine.  He has written poetry since medical school with poems appearing in medical journals, anthologies, Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others.  In 1992, Gene initiated a writing program at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, in which he teaches and has produced five anthologies featuring students and an active poetry community.  He has been resident poet at the folk school, Consortium Ethics Program (Univ. Pitt.), and Forbes Hospice.  He attends the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. 

Joseph Karasek performed as an actor and violinist with The Theater Within, an improvisational theater group in New York City.  A former violist with the National Orchestral Association, he created school orchestras on the elementary and secondary levels., and taught music composition and music theory at Long Island University.  Living in Pittsburgh, Pa since, 1991, he has taught philosophy at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Carnegie Mellon University.  Several years ago, he led a study group on James Joyce's Ulysses there.  His poetry has been published in Only the Sea Keeps:  Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts), and Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets.  His two books of poetry, Beyond Waking, and Love and the Ten Thousand Things, were published by Tebot Bach in 2009.  

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including 5 AM, Cider Press Review, Pearl, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, Slipstream, US 1 Worksheets, and more than a dozen 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), and Voices from the Attic (Carlow University Press), among them. In 2007, her poem, "Sleepers," won the Earl Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International.  Joan divides her time between Venice, CA and Pittsburgh, PA where she curates the Hemingway Summer Poetry Series with Jimmy Cvetic.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013 (Norman, D'Haene, Gainey, Beatty)

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
May 28, 2013

Liane Ellison Norman's recent book of poems, Breathing the West: Great Basin Poems, was published by Bottom Dog Press in the fall of 2012, a year in which a chapbook, Driving Near the Old Federal Arsenal, was released by Finishing Line Press. Norman has published individual poems in the North American Review, Kestrel, The Fourth River, 5 AM, Grasslimb, Rune, Hot Metal Press and in Voices From the Attic and Come Together: Imagine Peace anthologies. She won the Wisteria Prize for poetry in 2006 from Paper Journey Press and has published two earlier books of poetry, The Duration of Grief and Keep, a book about nonviolent protest against nuclear bomb parts makers, Mere Citizens: United, Civil and Disobedient, a biography, Hammer of Justice: Molly Rush and the Plowshares Eight, a novel, Stitches in Air: A Novel About Mozart's Mother, and many articles, essays and reviews.

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Elise D’Haene is a novelist, screenwriter, and editor. Her first novel, Licking Our Wounds (Permanent Press), won the Small Press Book Award at Book Expo in Chicago. She won the Hemingway Award for her short story, “Married.” She has published several short stories and co-wrote a four book series of erotica, Red Shoe Diaries, for the Penguin Group. Among her screen credits, she was a writer for The Little Mermaid II (Disney) and penned several episodes of the Showtime series, Red Shoe Diaries. She teaches screenwriting at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California.

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Celeste Gainey’s full-length collection, the gaffer, chosen by Dorianne Laux as runner-up for the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, has been selected by Eloise Klein Healy for publication in early 2015 by Arktoi Books, her imprint at Red Hen Press. Gainey’s chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography, runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in their 2011 Summer Kitchen Series; it is due to be re-issued in their Re-Bound Series in 2013. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, BLOOM, 5AM, Adanna, Wild Apples, and Madroad: The Breadline Press West Coast Anthology. A gaffer in the film industry and an architectural lighting designer, she holds a BFA in film and television from New York University and an MFA in creative writing/poetry from Carlow University. A native Californian, she now resides in Pittsburgh.

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Jan Beatty’s new book, The Switching/Yard was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013.  Other books include Red Sugar (2008, U of Pgh Press) Boneshaker (2002, U. of Pgh. Press) and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Ravenous, her limited edition chapbook, won the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For the past thirteen years, she has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WYEP-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and teaches in the MFA program.

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