Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 (Finn, Garrett, Peterson, Sargeson, Telfer, Norman and Cvetic)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 22, 2014

Note: This is the event that features special guest Tony Norman and the performance of works by Jimmy Cvetic.

Kevin Finn is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.  He is the author of Sea of Dust (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook, Exit Wounds (Amsterdam Press).  Also a singer-songwriter, his work has received critical acclaim worldwide.

Nola Garrett is Faculty Emeriti of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She lives in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems, Macedonian poetry translations, and essays have appeared in Able Muse, Arts & Letters, Christian Century,Christianity and Literature, FIELD, Georgia Review, Imagination and Place, Poet Lore, and Tampa Review. Her chapbook, The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball, won the 1998 American Poets’ Prize and her first book, The Dynamite Maker’s Mistress, a collection of 27 variations on the sestina form, was published by David Robert Books in 2009. She has received a Residency at Yaddo, and Scholarships from the West Chester Poetry Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  Her full length book of poetry, The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball, was published by Mayapple Press in 2013.

Walt Peterson is the author of three chapbooks of poetry. His last, In the Waiting Room of the Speedy Muffler King,won the Acorn-Rukeyser Award. In addition, he has a memoir, articles on cars and photographs published and does writing workshops, currently, with Franciscan nuns and incarcerated men at SCI Pine Grove in Indiana, PA.  In 2010, he facilitated the creation of the multi-media project and book, Fission and Form, with James Shipman, bringing together the work of painters, sculptors and poets.

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 PittsburghCity Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. Her manuscript Hellwave is being submitted for publication. 

Christine Telfer sustained a head injury while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria (1991-1993).  Prior to that, she won a scholarship to study with Charles Simic at the University of New Hampshire, from which she holds an MA in English. She also has a BA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with poets Jim Daniels and Gerry Costanzo. For the past twelve years or so, Chris has been teaching English as a Second Language as part of Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Adult ESL program, based in the Hill District, and sometimes as a private instructor. Her work has appeared in, she estimates, some 20 odd publications including Along These Rivers, Eye Contact, Rune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ArtCrimes, Poetalk, The Power of Poem, Rain City Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly,and Main Street Rag.  .

Tony Norman began outraging newspaper readers as far back as the mid-1980s when he was a cartoonist and culture reporter for the Calvin College Chimes. In 1988, Norman snuck in the back door of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a news assistant. His stint as a clerk mysteriously turned into a full-time assignment as the PG's pop music/pop culture critic a year and a half later. In 1996, Norman became a columnist. In 1999, he joined the Post-Gazette's editorial board where he does his best to vindicate the "Peter Principle" every day. In 2005, Norman took a year off to pursue a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. After his sabbatical, Norman became even more insufferable. His twice-a-week column is proof that some things never change.

Jimmy Cvetic has been writing and performing poetry all his life. A retired county police officer, he is 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, City Paper and other publications.  He appears in the film, Warrior, and in 2012, he read his poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA with his actor-friend 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 in 2012.  Jimmy, his boxing gym and trainers were recently featured in the Esquire cable TV series, “White Collar Brawlers.”

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