PITTSBURGH: Judith Tannenbaum will read on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Welker Room on the campus of Chatham University. The reading is part of the Words Without Walls reading series. It is free, open to the public, and a book signing and reception will follow the reading.
Judith Tannenbaum has taught poetry in a wide variety of settings from primary school classrooms to maximum security prisons. She taught at San Quentin for four years in the 1980s and subsequently created Arts in Corrections’ newsletter Memo: Arts and their Manual for Artists Working in Prison. This work led to two of her books — Disguised as a Poem: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin and a two person memoir, written with San Quentin student Spoon Jackson, By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives.
PITTSBURGH : A workshop presentation of “Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” will take place on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, located at 5015 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.
“Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” is a collaboration between theatre artists Brooke M. Haney and Chris Carcione and the non-profit organization Shining Hope for Communities. The piece aims to raise money and build awareness for Margaret’s Safe Place, a project of Shining Hope.
Adapted by Haney from the poetry of Sheryl St. Germain, the Program Director for Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, and true stories of rape survivors, “Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head” confronts rape culture in America and Kenya through the lens of the Medusa myth. A central theme in the play is Medusa’s desire to address what others are saying of her and tell her own story, challenging assumptions often made about sexual assault.
The workshop presentation is free and open to the public.
Best-selling author, Russell Shorto will read on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room on the Shaydside Campus of Chatham University. A book signing and reception will follow the reading, and is free and open to the public. Continue reading
PITTSBURGH – The A.W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a grant to support the Make Mine Words reading series, part of the Words Without Walls program, a creative educational partnership between graduate students from the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chatham University and Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.
The grant will aid Make Mine Words in bringing twelve nationally recognized authors to Pittsburgh over the course of two years. The writers will give public readings and book signings to the Pittsburgh community at Chatham University, the Allegheny County Jail, and the Sojourner House (a rehabilitation facility for recovering mothers). Each member involved in the series will receive an anthology featuring all the participating authors. Sheryl St. Germain, director of Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program and co-founder of the Words Without Walls program, will lead the Make Mine Words series.
PITTSBURGH: Authors and Chatham Faculty, Heather McNaugher and Sheila Squillante will read from their works on Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm in the Mellon Board Room. The reading is free and open to the public and a book signing and reception will follow the reading.
PITTSBURGH – Chatham University will host Conversations & Connections: Practical Advice on Writing, on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. The event will be held on Chatham’s Shadyside campus and will feature a full day program including keynote, three craft panels, a one-on-one meeting with an editor, your choice of featured book, and a subscription to a literary journal.
PITTSBURGH – On Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus, the Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing program welcomes Alix Ohlin as the Melanie Brown Lecturer. Melanie and Fred R. Brown established the Melanie Brown Lecturer at Chatham in 2008 to support a two-day campus visit by an established author whose fiction writing is guided by a strong sense of place.
The event is free and open to the public. Contact Erin Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PITTSBURGH – Two Chatham University graduate students in the Master of Arts in Food Studies and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs begin the 2014-2015 academic school year named 2014-2015 Albert Schweitzer Fellows. As part of the The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) program, 21 Pittsburgh-based graduate students will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (for whom their Fellowship is named), and spend the next year developing and implementing service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities. The 2014-2015 Chatham University Schweitzer Fellows and their projects are: