Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series


A few days before I started grad school, Pitt’s MFA Program Director invited all the MFA students from all genres to the back room of Hemingway’s Cafe.  It was a great way to meet everyone, and I’m sure that 23 year-old Robert made a terrible impression on many of his future classmates.

For this reason, and many others, Hemingway’s Cafe has always held a special place in my heart.  If you’re in town next Tuesday, 35 year-old Robert will be there to make another terrible impression, as he plans to read some new material.   Details: 3911 Forbes Avenue in the back room, 8PM.

Even better, you can also come hear:

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Recent work has appeared in Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Slipstream, Uppagus, US 1 Worksheets, and Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics & Poetry. Joan worked for some years 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 Summer Poetry Series with Jimmy Cvetic.

Sheila Carter-Jones has been described by Herbert Woodward Martin as one who writes with “immediacy of tone, voice and language.” Much of her work to date charts in images and music the lived experiences of a small-town girl brought up in a house across from the boney dump of Republic Steel Coal Mines outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been published in Pennsylvania Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Tri-State Anthology, Blair Mountain Press and Flights. Grace Cavalieri, producer and host of “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” says that Sheila’s recent book Blackberry Cobbler Song premiers a narrative poet in the greatest tradition of American storytellers. She is currently working on a new poetry manuscript and a memoir.

Karla Lamb’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Brooklyn-based A Women’s Thing Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Runaway Hotel, and Voices from the Attic Vol. XIX. Lamb is a current MFA candidate in Carlow University’s Creative Writing program, and is currently working on her full length manuscript. She edits for After Happy Hour Review, and curates DOUBLE MIRЯOR EXHIBIT in Pittsburgh, PA.

Arlene Weiner is the author of City Bird (Ragged Sky). A city bird herself, Arlene Weiner grew up in pre-gentrification Manhattan and now lives in Pittsburgh. She has been a cardiology technician, a college instructor, an editor, and a research associate/member of a group developing educational software. She belongs to the US 1 Poets’ Cooperative, Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange, Squirrel Hill Poetry workshop and Madwomen in the Attic. Arlene has had poems published in Pleiades, Poet Lore, The Louisville Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, anthologized in Along These Rivers, and read by Garrison Keillor on his riter’s Almanac.  Poet Joy Katz wrote of Arlene’s previous collection of poems, Escape Velocity (Ragged Sky, 2006), “I want to keep my favorite of these beautifully alert, surprising poems with me as I grow old.” Her play, Findings, was produced this past March by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.

A lifelong writer, Justin Vicari is a widely published poet, critic and translator.  His first collection, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), won the Transcontinental Award.  His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Spoon River Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, The Ledge, Oranges & Sardines, American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, and other journals.  He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.