Chatham News

John Amen to read April 15 at Chatham University as part of the Words Without Walls Reading Series

PITTSBURGH:  John Amen will read on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 5:00 pm in the Mellon Living Room, Chatham University. A book signing and reception will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

John Amen is the author of four collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press, 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005), At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa, 2009), and strange theater (New York Quarterly Books, 2015). The New Arcana—a multi-genre collaborative work co-written with Daniel Y. Harris—was released by New York Quarterly Books in October 2012.  His work has appeared in journals nationally and internationally and been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. In addition, he has released two folk/folk rock CDs: All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Further information is available on his website: John travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine (

Praise for strange theater :

“John Amen’s incredible release, strange theater, is a perceptive, insightful commentary on the mystery hidden within the ordinary…. This collection is exquisite, a book to be savored and discussed and treasured.”   —Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Funding for the Words Without Walls reading series provided by A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Chatham University.