Free Association Reading Series

Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2018-10-14 5 p.m. 2018-10-14 6:30 p.m. America/New_York  Free Association Reading Series - Alphabet City

Join us for an intimate evening of readings with exceptional writers co-curated by Pat Hart and Marc Nieson of the Free Association Reading Series


Featured Writers:

Maggie Messitt is the author of The Rainy Season, longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in South Africa, where she was a journalist and editor for eight years. Since returning to the United States, her essays and reportage have been published in Creative Nonfiction, LA Review of Books, Mother Jones, the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry magazine, River Teeth, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine, among others. A 2015 Kenyon Review Peter Taylor fellow, Messitt now teaches in the MFA program at Goucher College and is finishing her second book, a hybrid of memoir and investigation.


Maureen McGranaghan is a fiction writer, playwright, and poet. Her fiction has been published in The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Image, and COG. She won The Cincinnati Review’s Robert and Adele Schiff Award in Prose and has been a finalist for the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, The Iowa Review Awards, and the COG Page to Screen Awards. Her play Dis Place was developed and performed as part of Bricolage Production Company’s 2014 In the Raw festival, and her work has been performed by the Workshop Theater Company in New York City, Barrington Stage Company, the Bakerloo Theatre Project, Tennessee Stage Company, and Jacksonville State University. She won the Southern Playwrights Competition for her play Blood of the Bear, and her play Sweet Dreams was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Her chapbook of poetry Attached to Earth was published by Finishing Line Press. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12: A Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School. www.maureenmcgranaghan.com

Kevin Haworth is a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing and the author of four books: the novel The Discontinuity of Small Things—winner of the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize and first runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; the essay collection Famous Drownings in Literary History; the limited-edition chapbook Far Out All My Life; and a collection of essays about writing, Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing, co-edited with Dinty W. Moore. His latest book, The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets, is forthcoming in 2018. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dakota R. Garilli is a writer and community educator. Since receiving their MFA in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Pedagogy from Chatham University, Dakota has taught creative writing at the Environmental Charter School, Allegheny County Jail, and in middle school and undergraduate spaces. They co-edit the online literary journal IDK Magazine and have worked with various local nonprofits to improve educational experiences for LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color. Their chapbook, Call it Something Different, was published in the Editors Series of Seven Kitchens Press in 2016.



Pat Hart, co-curator
Marc Nieson, co-curator

Pat Hart writes plays, monologues, short stories, and novels. Playwriting credits include “Book Wench” a one-act play, performed at the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Summer 2015, New York, New York and Murderous, a 10-minute monologue, performed at Practice Monologamy, Carlow University, September 2015. Published short stories include “The Vigil,” The Writing Disorder (Fall 2015), “New Wife vs. Old Wife, a love story,” (2015) and “Dragon Boogers” novel excerpt (2016) in Voices in the Attic, and “Spider Ball,” Rune (May 2015). Pat has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and is the founder of Free Association, a reading series for established and emerging writers in Pittsburgh. She is currently working on a novel set in Pittsburgh and Burma during the 1920s.

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape, came out from Ice Cube Press in 2016. He’s won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, HOUDINI’S HEIRS.



Founded in May of 2016, Free Association Reading Series is for established and emerging Pittsburgh writers of prose, poetry, and non-fiction. Not affiliated with any formal writing programs, FARS is ‘non denominational’ and draws writers from universities, workshops, and those toiling away alone in their garrets.

Since its inception FARS has hosted eight summer reading events featuring over forty writers in its rustic Wilkinsburg home. Located at Rebecca & Center in the former Frank & John Valet, Inc., the space is pleasant—open and airy—but without heat, it is only useable in the summer months.

Alphabet City is the winter home of FARS.  

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October 14, 2018 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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