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Note that a link for the entire reading is available at the bottom of this post.
Kristofer Collins is the longtime Books Editor for Pittsburgh Magazine. He is the co-curator of The Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series. His latest book The River Is Another Kind of Prayer: New & Selected Poems was published in 2020 by Kung Fu Treachery Press. His latest project, The Pittsburgh Book Review can be found at https://pittsburghbookreview.blogspot.com/. He lives in Stanton Heights with his wife and son.
Nikki Allen is a lover & a writer—hair an animal & heart clumsy tiger. She is the author of numerous books, including Quite Like Yes, and Ligaments of Light/Tigering the Shoulders (Night Ballet Press). Her work has appeared in Nailed, Crash, The New Yinzer, out of nothing, Profane Journal (Pushcart Prize nominee ‘14/’15) and Encyclopedia Destructica among others. Her newest poetry collection, Hotwire, will be released in spring 2021 via RiverDog Press. She believes in revolution, strong coffee, the hard knocks & the sweetness..Nikki Allen - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)
John Dorsey is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw's Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017),Your Daughter's Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019),Which Way to the River: Selected Poems 2016-2020 (OAC Books, 2020) and The Prettiest Girl at the Dance (Blue Horse Press, 2020. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Julia Spicher Kasdorf is the author of four books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher, Eve’s Striptease, and Poetry in America—in the Pitt Poetry Series—and Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields. She is now working with photographer Steven Rubin on Home Place, a documentary poetry project about the resiliency of farmers who live within 30 miles of her house in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Her poetry awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is Liberal Arts Professor of English at Penn State, where she teaches creative writing.Julia Spicher Kasdorf - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)
Stephen Lin is one of the founders and editors for the new digital quarterly Everything in Aspic. His poetry has appeared in Pressure Gauge Press, Philosophical Idiot, the Edges zine, the Guts zine, and Pretty Owl Poetry. His chapbook Field Theory was a finalist in the Hyacinth Girl Press chapbook contest. He is an editor at an immigration law firm, and like most Pittsburghers, can’t cross running water.Stephen Lin - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated with her family to the United States in 1991. Her six books of poetry, When the Wanderers Come Home, Where the Road Turns, and the newly released, Praise Song for My Children: New and Selected Poems, among others. She is also the author of one children’s book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea. Her works are known around the world as an exploration of the Liberian civil war, the Liberian and Grebo cultures, and a voice for women. Her poems have been featured in many magazines and anthologies, including Harvard Review, Transition, Prairie Schooner, The New York Times Magazine, among others, and her poetry has been translated to Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Finnish. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona.
Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor. In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International and in 2018, she was a finalist for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize from BkMk Press. She curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her second full-length book of poetry, The Camera Artist, was published by Turning Point in 2021.Closing Remarks by Joan E. Bauer - Click to Play (Right-Click to Download)
The Entire Reading
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