Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pop-Up Reading (Bauer, Carson, Robinson, Carroll & Larew)

Pop-Up Reading at the White Whale Bookstore
October 7, 2017

Judith Robinson invited two of her friends from Washington, D.C. to participate in a reading at the White Whale Bookstore. Accompanying them at the microphone were Joan Bauer and Jay Carson. Here are the results from that evening.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Since she began writing poetry again in 2001, more than 180 of her poems have appeared in journals, periodicals and anthologies.  With Judith Robinson and Sankar Roy, she co-edited Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts and Rupa & Co, 2005). For some years, Joan worked as an English teacher and educational counselor, and now divides her time between Venice, CA and Pittsburgh, PA where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with Jimmy Cvetic. Joan also lived in DC for some years, and as you know, she is very very tall.

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Jay Carson earned his doctorate in English/Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. A seventh generation Pittsburgher, he taught creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Robert Morris University for many years, where Jay was a University Professor and a faculty advisor to the student literary journal, Rune.  More than 70 of his poems have appeared in local and national literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Jay authored a chapbook, Irish Coffee, with Coal Hill Review. A full-length book of his poems, The Cinnamon of Desire, was published by Main Street Rag.  Jay considers his work Appalachian, Irish, accessible, the problem-solving spiritual survival of a raging youth - and just what you might need.

Judith R. Robinson is a writer and visual artist. She is author of five poetry collections: The Blue Heart (Finishing Line Press), Orange Fire (Main Street Rag) and Dinner Date (Finishing Line Press), When I Loved You (Finishing Line Press) and Carousel (Lummox Press). She is also the author of The Beautiful Wife and Other Stories (Aegina Press). She is the poetry editor of Signatures (Osher, Carnegie Mellon), 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2016, and The Poetry of Margaret Menamin, (Main Street Rag, three volumes) as well as Living Inland (Bennington Press). 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), and most recently, co-editor of The Brentwood Anthology (Lummox Press, 2014). She teaches poetry for Osher at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Her new collection of poetry and short stories, for which she did the cover art, Carousel, was published by Lummox Press in 2017.

Doritt Carroll is (unfortunately) a lawyer and (fortunately) the mother of two daughters. A native of Washington, DC, she received her undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. Her collection In Caves was published in 2010 by Brickhouse Books. Her book GLTTL STP was published in 2013 by Brickhouse Books, and the title poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook Sorry You Are Not An Instant Winner was published by Kattywompus in 2017. Her poems have appeared in Coal City Review, Poet Lore, Gargoyle, Nimrod, Slipstream, Rattle, Plainsongs, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Maryland Poetry Review, Explorations, Negative Capability, Poet’s Canvas, Illuminations, The Baltimore Review, Journal of Formal Poetry, Harlequin Creature, Lummox, Commonthought Magazine, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Folio, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and she has served as a Shakespeare Theatre poet in residence. She currently runs the Zed’s poetry reading and open mic series.

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Hiram Larew‘s work has appeared in journals, books and collections, most recently in Little Patuxent Review, FORTH, vox poetica, Lummox, Poets & Artists, Every Day Poems, Seminary Ridge Review, Amsterdam Quarterly, Honest Ulsterman, Viator and Shot Glass. His third collection, Utmost, was published by I. Giraffe Press in 2016. Nominated for four national Pushcart prizes, he is a member of the Shakespeare Folger Library’s poetry board, and organizes lots of events in and around Prince George’s County, MD and the Greater Capitol Region that showcase the wonderful diversity of poetic voices in the area. His poetry page on Facebook is at “Hiram Larew, Poet” Retired from the federal government, Larew is a global food security specialist with courtesy faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, Oregon State University and Montana State University. He lives in Upper Marlboro – and is very, very short.

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