Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 (Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
May 22, 2017

(Yeah, this was Monday night, not Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team scheduled an important playoff game on Tuesday without consulting us so our venue was likely to be overrun with boisterous fans. Discretion . . . etc.)

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 Standing L-R: Joan Bauer, Stuart Sheppard, Alyssa Sineni, Joe Kaldon, Aaron Novick & Don Krieger
Seated L-R: Roberta Hatcher, Michael Wurster, Kathy McGregor & Jimmy Cvetic 

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 Michael Wurster Presents the Prestigious Owl Award for Poetry to Joan Bauer

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Roberta Hatcher’s poetry has appeared in The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, St. Petersburg Review, Storm Cellar, Rune, Pittsburgh’s City Paper, and the Post-Gazette, among others. She has been a finalist for the Patricia Dobler Award, was runner-up for the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Use of Language in Poetry, and her poem French Lesson #3 was nominated for Best American Poets 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently tutors candidates for citizenship at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Her chapbook French Lessons (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2016.

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Joe Kaldon lives in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and is the author of Rust Belt. He works as a product manager for a steel company and is a graduate of Penn State. He enjoys writing, ranging from letters-to-the-editor to essays to poetry, and this web site is his latest effort. His poetry has appeared in Taproot Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Brentwood Anthology edited by Judith Robinson and Michael Wurster. 

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Don Krieger is a biomedical researcher living in Pittsburgh, PA. His poetry has appeared online at and in print in Hanging Loose (1972), Neurology (Fall, 2017), Poetica (Fall, 2017),  and The Taj Mahal Review (December, 2016).

Kathy McGregor grew up among coal patch towns and farms in Western Pennsylvania. She’s been an English teacher, union organizer, non-profit director, headed a consulting business and currently owns/operates a specialty native plant nursery. She lives in Greenfield with her partner, Bob, is the mother of a police detective and grandma of twins. Her poems have appeared in the Brentwood Anthology, Signatures and the Mill Hunk Herald. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange.

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Aaron Novick's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Third Wednesday, and Notre Dame Review. He is a graduate student in the History and Philosophy of Science department at the University of Pittsburgh, studying the relationship between contemporary developmental genetics and evolutionary theory.

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Squirrel Hill native Stuart Sheppard graduated from Kenyon College, and has worked on Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and as a management consultant.  In 2003 he published a well-reviewed novel, Spindrift.  Stuart writes theatre, art, and book reviews for the Pittsburgh City Paper, and serves on the board of the Animal Care and Assistance Fund.  His most recent work can be seen in U.S. 1 Worksheets, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and other publications. 

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Alyssa Sineni is a writer and metalsmith. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange, The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, and works as the Programming Director for a local non-profit, which features artists and writers. She also writes for two blogs and co-hosts a podcast that highlights the arts.

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Open Mic

Jimmy Cvetic Reads Have I Sinned

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