Pittsburgh: Release at Hemingways

  On Tuesday, May 15th,  Justin Vicari, Madeleine Barnes and Heather McNaugher read for the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series.

Justin Vicari is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Transcontinental Poetry Award for his first book of Poetry, The Professional Weepers.  He is also the recipient of the Third Coast Poetry Award and the Millennium Writings Poetry PrizeHis translations have been published by Toad Press. His film reviews have appeared in Postmodern Culture; his poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and Southern Poetry Review among others.

Heather Mcnaugher edits the journal Fourth River.  Her writing has appeared in the New Ohio Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review and 5AM among others. Systems of Handouts, her book of poetry, was published by Main Street Rag.  She has worked as a barista and housecleaner in Seattle, dog-walker in Brooklyn, and now works as a librarian in Pittsburgh.

Madeleine Barnes is an artist, a journalist, as well as a Poet.  She is the recipient of the Women’s press club prize for journalism, the Princeton Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Borders Open Door Poetry Prize.  Her poetry has appeared in 5AM, North Central Review and Albion Review among others.

The Hemingways’ Summer Poetry Series concludes with an open mic.  Jimmy Cvetic, the host and founder of the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series, ended the night with his adaptation of a Wallace Stevens poem. Cvetic’s poem is titled “Thirteen Ways of Killing a Blackbird,” and it describes the tragedies he witnessed while working as a detective for the FBI.

Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series takes place on Tuesday nights from May until July.  Hemingway’s Café is located on Forbes Avenue in the center of Oakland, Pitt’s campus.  Coming from downtown, the public busses, 61A, 67A, and 67B arrive in Oakland (Pitt’s campus).  Coming from the airport, the 28X arrives in Oakland.

–Robert Keiser