4/26 The Bridge Series w/ Veronica Corpuz, Deesha Philyaw, & Sarah Shotland @ Brillobox

8PM THIS WEDNESDAY…

The Bridge Series unites the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight in these troubling times.

The series convenes the last Wednesday of each month at The Brillobox. Each installment will feature Pittsburgh’s finest writers and a special guest organization (with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization).

$5 cover.

Tonight will feature readings from:

Veronica Corpuz is a poet and multimedia artist based in Wilkinsburg. The former director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, she has previously served as the program assistant for the Poetry Project in New York City; as adjunct professor at Naropa and Chatham universities; and as guest speaker and poet at New York University and the Kelly Writers House at University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a memoir of prose poems about her late husband, Michael Grzymkowski, and his battle with brain cancer.

Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her writing on parenting, race, gender, and pop culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, EBONY, Essence, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh CityPaper, Full Grown People, brevity, Dead Housekeeping, The Establishment, Catapult, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and elsewhere. Deesha’s work includes a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016 and a forthcoming short story in Apogee Journal. At The Rumpus, she inaugurated and curates an interview column called VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color. Deesha is a fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is currently working on a novel as a well as a short story collection called The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

Sarah Shotland is the author of the novel Junkette, and a playwright whose work has been widely produced nationally and internationally. She is the co-founder and program coordinator of the Words Without Walls program, and teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University. She’s currently working on a collection of essays about her experiences working in jails and prisons.

Our guest organization for the evening is Words Without Walls.

Words Without Walls is a creative partnership between Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, and the Allegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential treatment facility for mothers and their children. Words Without Walls teaches 18 creative writing classes per year, serving about 300 men, women, and youth annually. In addition to teaching creative writing courses, Words Without Walls publishes chapbooks and anthologies of the best of our students’ work; holds readings featuring Words Without Walls writers; and runs a reading series that brings critically acclaimed writers to Pittsburgh to engage with students. This year, Words Without Walls began the Maenad Fellowship, a new initiative that brought eight women in recovery from drugs and alcohol to Chatham’s campus for 12 weeks to take part in master classes and readings. The first cohort of the Maenad Fellowship graduated from the program just last week. The work of Words Without Walls is funded by the NEA, the NEH, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Foundation, and the Staunton Farm Foundation.

Littsburgh interviews Jen Ashburn about it here.

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