PITTSBURGH: Please join Autumn House Press at Chatham University’s Mellon Board Room on Friday March 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the release of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. The third edition of this anthology is a comprehensive selection featuring 106 important American poets. Hear the following poets read their pieces from the anthology: Jan Beatty, Joy Katz, Heather McNaugher, Ed Ochester, Sheryl St. Germain, Judith Vollmer, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, and Michael Wurster. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. The reading is free and open to the public.
About the readers:
Jan Beatty’s most recent collection of poems is The Switching/Yard (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Her previous books include Red Sugar, Boneshaker and Mad River, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She is director of creative writing at Carlow University, where she teaches the Madwomen in the Attic workshops and in the MFA program. Beatty also co-hosts and produces “Prosody,” a public radio show on which she interviews prominent writers. She is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and likes muscle cars.
Joy Katz‘s latest collection is All You Do Is Perceive, a Four Way Books Stalecher Selection and a National Poetry Series finalist. Her other books are Fabulae (winner of the Crab Orchard award) and The Garden Room (winner of Tupelo Press’s Snowbound Series prize). Her poems and essays appear in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Fence, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, the Poetry Foundation, and other print and web journals and are anthologized in three volumes of The Best American Poetry. Honors for her work include an NEA Fellowship, a Stegner fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at The MacDowell Colony. She is currently at work on Frayed, a book about racial identity and voice, for which she received a 2013 Pittsburgh Foundation individual artist grant. She teaches poetry at Chatham and Carlow universitites and serves at editor-at-large for Pleiades.
Heather McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts and two poetry chapbooks, Panic & Joy and Double Life. She teaches poetry, nonfiction and literature at Chatham University, where she is poetry editor of The Fourth River. Her nonfiction has appeared in a recent issue of Fourth Genre.
Ed Ochester is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series and is a member of the core faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. He has published seven books of poems, as well as eight limited editions, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the George Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and the “artist of the year” award from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Agni, Boulevard, Nerve Cowboy, Great River Review, Gettysburg Review and other magazines. Poems of his were selected for Best American Poems 2007 and 2013.
Sheryl St. Germain’s work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Ki Davis Award from the Aspen Writers Foundation, and the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her poetry books include Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. She has written two memoirs, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, and Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century, and with Sarah Shotland Words Without Walls: Writers on Violence, Addiction and Incarceration.
Judith Vollmer is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, The Water Books (Autumn House Press 2012). Her other collections, Reactor, The Door Open to the Fire, Black Butterfly, and Level Green, have been awarded the Brittingham, the Cleveland State, and the Center for Book Arts (limited edition) publication prizes. She also is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and finalist honors for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Vollmer lives in Pittsburgh and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation.
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a survivor of the Liberian Civil War that ravaged the country from 1989-2003. Besides her most recent book, Where the Road Turns, she is the author of three previous books of poetry, The River is Rising (published by Autumn House Press), Becoming Ebony and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa. Currently at work on her memoir of the Liberian Civil War, Patricia teaches English, Creative Writing, and African Literature at Penn State University, Altoona. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Michael Wurster was born Moline, Illinois and currently resides in Pittsburgh with Hawthorne, his Siamese cat. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for 17 years. His poetry collections are The Cruelty of the Desert, The Snake Charmer’s Daughter, and The British Detective.