5/7 Coffee Buddha After Hours: Spring Reading

8PM NEXT SATURDAY…

Nothing quite like a campfire and an outside reading in early May to celebrate spring. Join us May 7 for 6 readers including Jason Baldinger, Margaret Bashaar, Angele Ellis, Ben Gwin, John Korn, Bart Solarczyk and Bob Walicki.

This even will be outside weather permitting. This event will be free! This event is BYOB, but there will be mixers provided as well as some food and snacks (it never hurts to bring more though, i mean writers are broke and like to eat). Bringing your own chairs in highly encouraged. there will be no horse racing. writer bios to follow:

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs, if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time, he has traveled the country, and written a few books, the latest of which are The Lower 48 (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook The Studs Terkel Blues (Night Ballet Press). A short litany of publishing credits include Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly, Lilliput Review, Green Panda Press, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.

Margaret Bashaar’s first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015, and she recently published her third chapbook, Rungs (Grey Book Press, 2015), written with Lauren Eggert-Crowe. Her fourth chapbook is forthcoming from Agape Editions later this year. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from journals such as New South, Rhino, The Southeast Review, Copper Nickel, and Menacing Hedge, among others. She edits Hyacinth Girl Press and co-runs the award-winning arts anarchy event, FREE POEMS, with Rachael Deacon.

Angele Ellis fled the North Hills long ago to pursue a chequered career in the city. Her poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in over fifty publicatons and ten anthologies. She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems won her a fellowship from the PA Council on the Arts, Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and a hybrid collection of Pittsburgh-flavored flash fiction and poems forthcoming from Six Gallery.

Ben Gwin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Belt Magazine, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel, Clean Time (Burrow Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

John Korn is a 36-year-old male who will get up and stand in front of you and read some shit off a few pieces of paper.

Bart Solarczyk grew up on Pittsburgh’s South Side & now lives in the North Hills. He is the author of eight chapbooks. His poems have recently appeared in Busted Dharma, Dead Snakes & Lilliput Review.

Robert Walicki is the curator of VERSIFY, a monthly reading series in Pittsburgh, PA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals including,HEArt,I-70 Review, Uppagus, The Kentucky Review,Right Hand Pointing, and on the radio show Prosody. He currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). He lives in Verona, PA with his wife, Lynne, and two cats.

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