Tuesday, August 8, 2023

August 8, 2023 (macross, Jakiela, Newman, Sargeson & Rudolph)

Featured Readers

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Seated L-R: Cedric Rudolph, Joan Bauer & Kristofer Collins

Standing L-R: miss macross, Dave Newman & Lori Jakiela

Special thanks to Jill Yeomans of White Whale Bookstore for hosting and recording this event.

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.

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miss macross is a Pittsburgh-based lunar witch who enjoys watching mecha anime and taking naps. Her most recent chapbook, Late Tight in a Night Space, was published by Alien Buddha Press in 2022. She is the Publishing Director for Write Pittsburgh and inconsistently blogs at missmacross.com. Find her on Twitter @missmacross.

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Cedric Rudolph is a writer and educator living in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time at Chatham University—where he earned his writing MFA—he taught at Allegheny County Jail. He continues to teach inside and outside of traditional classrooms. From 2021-2023, he served as Diverse Faculty Fellow Instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County. This fall he will teach writing at the University of Pittsburgh. His poems are published in Santa Fe Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook and The Coal Hill Review.

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Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks Head on a Shelf, BLAZE, and Mini Love Gun, all from Main Street Rag. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in 5 AM, Cimarron Review, and South Dakota Review. With Lisa Alexander, she co-curates the Laser Cat reading series. Sargeson lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University and served as Interim Director of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. 

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Lori Jakiela is the author of seven books, most recently a hybrid memoir, They Write Your Name on a Grain of Rice: On Cancer, Love, and Living Even So (Atticus Books, Spring 2023), and a poetry collection, How Do You Like It Now Gentlemen? (2021, Brickhouse Books), winner of the 2021 Wicked Woman Poetry Prize. Her book, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth Maybe, received the Saroyan Prize for International Literature from Stanford University. She writes for Pittsburgh Magazine and directs the undergraduate writing program at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she is a professor of English.

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Dave Newman is the author of seven books, including The Slaughterhouse Poems, named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine, and The Same Dead Songs: a memoir of working-class addictions (J.New Books / Imperfect Union, 2023). He lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley.

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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 (Turning Point), is now available.

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The Entire Reading

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