10/11 Poetry Matters @ Shaler North Hills Library

7PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11…

Art and Inspiration is excited to be hosting Poetry Matters, a reading by local poets featuring: Robert Walicki, Valerie Bacharach, Daniela Buccilli, and Elisabeth Crago.

Valerie Bacharach’s poetry has appeared in several publications including Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Quarterly, US 1 Worksheets, The Tishman Review, Topology Magazine, Poetica, VerseWrights, and Voices from the Attic.She is a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and conducts weekly poetry workshops for the women at Power House and CeCe’s Place, halfway houses for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Her first chapbook, Fireweed, will be published in 2018 by Main Street Rag. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Daniela Buccilli’s poetry has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cider Press Review, and several other publications, and one anthology. Her degrees include an MFA in fiction and one that she is working on in poetry. She has taught at public high schools for 25 years. Her poetry chapbook How Much It Takes To Carry will be published in 2019 by Main Street Rag.

Elisabeth Crago is a graduate of the MFA program at Carlow University where she studied poetry and completed a creative non-fiction manuscript. Her work has been published in Voices from the Attic, vols 21 and 22 and in Eye to the Telescope. A graduate of Lehman College, CUNY and the University of Michigan, she has undergraduate degrees in English and Nursing and a master’s degree in Nursing. Crago directed the Breast Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. She then spent 12 years in New Zealand involved in farming and aquaculture where she also served on the board of a retreat center with a primary focus on women’s spirituality. After relocating to Pittsburgh in 2014, she became a Madwoman. Crago is also a volunteer at the Women in Transition program of the Center for Women and at City of Asylum.

Robert Walicki’s work has appeared in a number of publications including The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, Red River Review, and others. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), and his next collection, Black Angels is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.A longtime volunteer at City of Asylum and The Animal Rescue League, Walicki also works as a plumber and lives in Pittsburgh.

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