Tuesday, July 12, 2022

July 12, 2022 (McNaugher, St. John, Ellis, Obisie-Orlu & Wentworth)

Featured Readers 

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Seated: Joan Bauer & Angele Ellis 
Standing L-R: Don Wentworth, Danielle Obisie-Orlu, Kristofer Collins, Heather McNaugher & Richard St. John 
 
Special thanks to Anna Claire Weber of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

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, son and daughter.

Heather McNaugher is the author of four poetry collections and the inaugural winner of the 2021 Southern Humanities editor’s chapbook prize for fiction for her story collection, States of Emergency. She teaches at Chatham University, where she is nonfiction editor of The Fourth River.

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Richard St. John’s newest poetry collection is Book of Entangled Souls (Broadstone Books, 2022).  He is also the author of The Pure Inconstancy of Grace (published by Truman State University Press in 2005 as first runner-up for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry), Each Perfected Name (Truman State University Press, 2015), and Shrine (a long poem released as a chapbook in 2011.)  St. John lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and enjoys connecting not only with university and literary audiences, but also with listeners new to poetry.  For more information, please visit his website: www.richardstjohnpoet.com.   

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Angele Ellis’ writing has appeared on a theatre marquee—after winning Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ G-20 Haiku Contest—and in over seventy journals and seventeen anthologies. She is a staff writer for Cultural Daily; her reviews also are featured in Al Jadid Magazine and Vox Populi. Angele is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems on her heritage won a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Spared (A Main Street Rag Editor’s Choice Chapbook), and Under the Kaufmann’s Clock (Six Gallery), a poetry/flash fiction hybrid inspired by her adopted city of Pittsburgh, with photographs by Rebecca Clever.

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Danielle Obisie-Orlu is a Nigerian-American student, actress and poet who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is is the Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County 2021-22, a program of City of Asylum. She is a trained public speaker, receiving accolades in speech, drama, and debate. She attends the University of Pittsburgh and is double majoring in International & Area Studies and Political Science, with minors in Sociology and French. She is devoted to fostering environments of intersectional community, belonging, and empowerment. She is passionate about migration, belonging, and international human rights law; partners with ARYSE to empower migrant youth and refugee voices; and is a student leader on her campus.

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Don Wentworth is a Pittsburgh-based poet whose work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in everyday life. His haiku, ghazals, and tanka have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, Gargoyle, Frogpond, Chiron Review, and Rolling Stone. Six Gallery Press published 3 full-length poetry collections: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016). He collaborated with the British poet, Joy McCall, on a tan-renga sequence, Touching the Now (Skylark Publications, 2018). twenty-seven sparrows, a haiku chapbook, is available from Grackle and Crow (2021).

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Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008) and The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2020). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor in public and independent schools. 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. Since 2001, more than 250 of her poems have been published and three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan co-curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her new book of poetry, Fig Season, is forthcoming from Turning Point in 2023.

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The Entire Reading

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022 (Ashburn, Brice & Brice)


Featured Readers 

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Seated: Judy Brice

Standing L-R: Joan Bauer, Jen Ashburn, Kristofer Collins & Charlie Brice

Special thanks to Anna Claire Weber of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

Note that a link for the entire reading is available at the bottom of this post.

Note also that scheduled readers Sheila Squillante and John Repp were unable to attend.

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, son and daughter.

Jen Ashburn is the author of the The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016), and has work published in numerous venues, including The Fiddlehead, The Writer’s Almanac, and Pedestal Magazine. She holds an MFA through Chatham University and is a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops. She has taught creative writing in community workshops, and currently teaches first-year writing at Duquesne University.

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Judith Alexander Brice is a retired Pittsburgh psychiatrist whose love of nature and acquaintance with illness both in herself and others inform much of her work. She has had over 80 poems published in journals and anthologies, including The Golden Streetcar, Voxpopulisphere.com, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Magnolia Review.com, The Piker Press, and The Paterson Literary Review as well as Annals of Internal Medicine. Judy has authored four poetry books: Renditions in a Palette (2013), Overhead From Longing (2017), Imbibe the Air (January, 2021), as well as a chapbook, Shards of Shadows: A Covid Diary.

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Charlie Brice won the 2020 Field Guide Poetry Magazine Poetry Contest and placed third in the 2021 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. His chapbook, All the Songs Sung (Angel Flight Press), his fourth poetry collection, The Broad Grin of Eternity (WordTech Editions), and Old Wood Shop co-authored with Jim Hutt, arrived in 2021. His poetry has been nominated twice for the Best of Net Anthology and three times for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Chiron Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Ibbetson Street, The Paterson Literary Review, Impspired Magazine, Muddy River Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
 
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Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008) and The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2020). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor in public and independent schools. 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. Since 2001, more than 250 of her poems have been published and three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan co-curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her new book of poetry, Fig Season, is forthcoming from Turning Point in 2023.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022 (Hailer, Greishober, Lillis & Yune)


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Seated: Karen Lillis

Standing L-R: Joan Bauer, Robert Yune, Brittany Hailer & Taylor Greishober

Special thanks to Halsey Hyer of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

Note that a link for the entire reading is available at the bottom of this post.

Note also that Kristofer Collins is off this evening so Joan Bauer provides the opening comments.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008) and The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2020). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor in public and independent schools. 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. Since 2001, more than 250 of her poems have been published and three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan co-curates the Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her new book of poetry, Fig Season, is forthcoming from Turning Point in 2023.

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Brittany Hailer has taught creative writing classes at the Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner House as part of Chatham’s Words Without Walls program and now teaches creative writing and journalism at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in NPR, Fairy Tale Review, Sierra Club Magazine, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She is the director of the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.

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Taylor Grieshober is a fiction writer and educator based in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds an MFA in fiction from Oregon State University and her debut short story collection, Off Days, was released by Low Ghost Press in 2019.

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Karen Lillis is a bookseller and the author of four novellas, most recently, Watch the Doors as They Close (Spuyten Duyvil). She writes in a variety of forms, including poetry, poetic prose, and memoir. She received a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction, and currently makes her home in Pittsburgh, Pa. Find her work at Karen’s Book Row.

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As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. After graduating from Pitt, he lived in Pittsburgh for the next 15 years. In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has appeared as an extra in commercials and movies such as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Fathers and Daughters. In 2009, he received a writing fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Yune won the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize and his debut collection, Impossible Children, was published by Sarabande Books in 2018.

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Closing Remarks

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