Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014 (Shotland, Matcho, Jakiela, Newman)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 8, 2014

Sarah Shotland is a novelist and playwright.  Her first novel, Junkette, is available from White Gorilla Press.  Her latest play, Cereus Moonlight, was produced by miR theater in Florida and was featured at RhinoFest 2014 in Chicago.  Other plays have been produced in New Orleans, Austin, Dallas, and Chicago, and internationally in Chongqing, China and Madrid, Spain.  She is currently co-editing a literary anthology, Make Mine Words, due out from Trinity University Press in Fall 2015.  She is the co-founder and program coordinator for Words Without Walls, which brings creative writing workshops into the Allegheny County Jail and teaches in Chatham University's MFA program. She once held a job teaching opera singers how to tap dance.   

Adam Matcho is an obituary writer and contributor to The New Yinzer. He is a former technical writer, novelty shop clerk, basketball coach and gas station attendant. His chapbook, Six Dollars an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer, was published by Liquid Paper Press and his essay collection, The Novelty Essays, was published by WPA Press. When not writing death notices, Adam tries to write about life. He lives in a former craft shop with his wife, two sons and too many animals. As Dave Newman has said, "Adam Matcho has more talent than most corporations have profits, and his vision of America is tragic and brilliant and hilarious.”

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoirs, The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press, 2013) andMiss New York Has Everything (Hatchette, 2006), as well as the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012). Her third memoir, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, is forthcoming from Atticus Books in 2015. She was the winner of the first-ever Pittsburgh Literary Death Match and has read her work at Lollapalooza. She's not sure which was more terrifying. Her essays and poems have been widely published, most recently in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Rumpus, Superstition Review, Brevity and more. She lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania.

Dave Newman is the author of the novels Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade Books, 2010), and the collection, The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the Best Books of 2013 by L Magazine. He’s worked as a truck driver, a book store manager, an air filter salesman, a house painter, and a college teacher. More than 100 of his poems and stories have appeared in magazines throughout the world, including Gulf Stream, Word Riot, Smokelong Quarterly, Rattle, Wormwood Review, Tears in the Fence (UK), andThe New Yinzer. He has been the featured writer and on the cover of both 5AM and Chiron Review. Anthologies include Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books) and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry(Autumn House Press). Newman has won three chapbooks prizes. In 2004, he received the Andre Dubus Novella Award. He lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children.

Jimmy Cvetic reads Crispy

Open Mic

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