Free Association @ City of Asylum Reading SeriesSunday, July 22, 2018 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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.
Paola Corso is the author of poetry and fiction set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family worked in the steel mills, most recently The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing, Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories, and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing, honored by the Triangle Fire Memorial Association for its portrayal of garment and steel workers. Honors also include a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Literary Map. Corso’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Women’s Review of Books, The Progressive, Writer’s Digest, and more. A literary activist, she is co-founder and resident artist for Steppin Stanzas, a grassroots poetry project celebrating city steps. She splits her time between New York’s grid and Pittsburgh’s grade.
Deborah Bogen has four prize-winning collections of poetry. Her latest book, In Case of Sudden Free Fall (Jacar Press 2017) explores what can be said in a small space. These days she’s also a political activist who writes songs, plays ukulele and sings in the Highland Park Mini-band.
Jen Grow‘s debut collection, MY LIFE AS A MERMAID, was the winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition. She was also awarded the 2016 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize for her work. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Other Voices, The Sun Magazine, Hunger Mountain, and many others. She received a Ruby Award for the project “My Father’s House,” two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and her stories have earned nominations for Best New American Voices and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Baltimore and can be reached at www.jengrow.com.
Jen Michalski is the author of the novels The Summer She Was Under Water and The Tide King (both Black Lawrence Press), a couplet of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books), and two collections of fiction (From Here and Close Encounters). Her work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Poets & Writers. In 2013, she was named as “One of 50 Women to Watch” by The Baltimore Sun and “Best Writer” by Baltimore Magazine. She is the host of a fiction reading series in Baltimore, called Starts Here! and editor in chief of the literary weekly jmww.
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.