Free Association Reading Series 

Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2018-11-18 5 p.m. 2018-11-18 6:30 p.m. America/New_York Free Association Reading Series  40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 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:

Richard St. John‘s most recent book of poems, Each Perfected Name, was released in 2015 by Truman State University Press. His long poem, Shrine, appeared as a chapbook in 2011.  The Pure Inconstancy of Grace, his first full-length collection, was published in 2005 as first runner up for the T. S. Eliot Prize, also from Truman State.

On a periodic basis, Rick facilitates Conversations That Matter, small group gatherings that support connection, reflection and shared meaning-making. You can find more information about his books, readings, and Conversations that Matter at richardstjohnpoet.com.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008).  With Judith Robinson and Sankar Roy, she co-edited the award-winning international anthology, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts and Rupa & Co, 2005). In 2007, she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International. Since 2001, more than 200 of her poems have been published in journals, periodicals and anthologies in the USA and abroad.  She divides her time between Venice, CA and Pittsburgh, PA, where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with Jimmy Cvetic. (www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com)

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University.  Her work has been published and anthologized in many publications including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde.  She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda and co-authored with Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther and the Crew.  Her interests and writings in nonfiction recently led her to teach a workshop for Creative Nonfiction magazine: “Writing Away the Stigma for Young Adults,” designed for teens writing about their mental health experiences. Her personal website is yonaharvey.com.

Heather Aronson earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona and was one of the earliest Fellows in Fiction at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing. Her short stories have been published in Mid-American Review and American Short Fiction, among other journals. Her story “Participation,” which was a quarter-finalist for Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction this spring, is scheduled to appear in the Winter 2018 online edition of Witness Magazine. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and their five children.



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.  

Event Details

November 18, 2018 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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