Tuesday, June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019 (Stonewall Uprising 50th Anniversary Reading)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
June 25, 2019

Featured Readers
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Standing L-R: Daniela Buccilli, Celeste Gainey, Dakota Garilli, Justin Vicari & Joan Bauer
Seated: L-R: Lisa Alexander, Kristofer Collins, Heather McNaugher & James Allen Hall

Daniela Buccilli Begins With a Poem by Jimmy Cvetic

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Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press), cited by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “8 New Books of Poetry to Savor” in 2015. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. She has been a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence as well as a presenting poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. www.celestegainey.com 

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Lisa Alexander’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tupelo Quarterly, 2 Bridges Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Burnside Review, BLOOM, and 5 AM among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a sound engineer for Prosody, the long-running radio show and podcast that features the work of national writers, for many years. She also co-curates the Laser Cat reading series and the MadFridays reading series.

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Dakota R. Garilli (they/them) is a queer poet, essayist, editor, and educator living in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. They received an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University in 2014 and are currently pursuing a masters of social work and teaching certification through the University of Pittsburgh. Dakota's work has been published in Homology Lit, Pretty Owl Poetry, Coal Hill Review, Fodor's Online, and elsewhere. Their chapbook, Call It Something Different, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2016.

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James Allen Hall's first book of poems, Now You're the Enemy, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His collection of personal lyric essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, was published by Cleveland State University Press after winning their Essay Collection Award, selected by Chris Kraus. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. James's work has appeared recently in New England Review, A Public Space, Copper Nickel, and is forthcoming in Ploughshares. He directs the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, where and he teaches courses in creative writing and literature.

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Heather McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts (Main Street Rag, 2012). She teaches, nonfiction and literature at her alma mater, Chatham University and is poetry editor of Fourth River. Her work has appeared in 5 AM, The Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Leveler, and The Cortland Review and on the radio show, Prosody. Her chapbook, Panic & Joy, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. She worked as a house cleaner and barista in Seattle, as a dog walker in Brooklyn and then got her Ph.D from the State University of New York at Binghampton. While working for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, she almost became a librarian. She's tried living elsewhere, but keeps coming back to Pittsburgh.

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Justin Vicari  has won awards from Third Coast, New Millennium Writings, and Plan B Press.  His first collection of poems, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), received the Transcontinental Award. He has also authored several books of literary, film and philosophical theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2001), Nicholas Winding Rfn and the Violence of Art (McFarland, 2014), and Japanese Film an the Floating Mind: Cinematic Contemplations of Being (McFarland, 2016)  He is also a translator of Paul Eluard, Jean Sénac, J.-K. Huysmans, Francoise Emmanuel and Octava Mirbeau.  His second full-length book of poetry, In Search of Lost Joy, was published by Main Street Rag in 2018. 

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