Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12, 2015 (Shaw, Edelman & Terman)

Versify Poetry Series
December 12, 2015

Note: This event was curated by Bob Walicki and is not part of the Hemingway's Poetry Series. As is customary with the Versify series, the readers introduce each other and read from one another's work. Philip Terman was unable to attend so Richard St. John stepped in to read Philip's work.

Fred Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, where he received his MFA.  He teaches writing and literature at Point Park University and Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is the author of the chapbook, Argot (Finishing Line Press).  His poems have been published in 5AM, Poet Lore, Briar Cliff Review, Permafrost, SLAB, Spry Literary Magazine, Floodwall, Nerve Cowboy, Mason’s Road, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh City Paper, where he currently reviews books. In a parallel life, he has also worked in the service industry for the past twenty-five years.  He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and rescued hound dog.
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 SagesBook 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 CityPennsylvania.

Richard St. John's newest book of poems, Each Perfected Name, was released early in 2015 by Truman State University Press. His long poem, Shrine, appeared as a chapbook in 2011.  The Pure Inconstancy of Grace, his first full-length collection, was published in 2005 as first runner up for the T. S. Eliot Prize, also from Truman State. You can find more information at

Fred Shaw Introduces Philip Terman - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Richard St. John Reads For Philip Terman - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

Barbara Edelman is the author of two poetry chapbooks: “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press 2014, and “A Girl in Water,” Parallel Press 2002. Her poems and short prose have appeared in various journals, among them Raleigh Review, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, and Rattle, and in several anthologies. She has received an individual artist grant in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as residency fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center.  She teaches writing and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

Richard St. John Introduces Barbara Edelman - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)

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