Free Association Reading Series

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2019-04-14 5 p.m. 2019-04-14 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:

Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly–, Noose and Hook, and, most recently, The Nerve Of It : Poems New and Selected.  Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and has been included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry, the Norton anthology of hybrid American poetry, and published in The New York Times. She has been a judge for the National Book Awards and has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, and the Bennington College Low Residency MFA program. Among her awards are two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Poetry Series Award, the Lenore Marshall and Eric Matthieu King Awards from The Academy of American Poets and, most recently, a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.  She is he founder of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, which she directed for nearly 20 years.

Jim Daniels’ recent poetry books include Rowing Inland and Street Calligraphy, 2017, and The Middle Ages, 2018. His sixth collection of short fiction, The Perp Walk, has just been published by Michigan State University Press. He is also the author of four produced screenplays, and has edited five anthologies, including Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards, a competition for high school and college students that he founded in 1999. He is the Thomas S. Baker University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.


Kristin Kovacic was born and lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has taught for twenty years, currently at Winchester Thurston School. Her essays have won the Pushcart Prize and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, among other awards, and have appeared in Brain, Child, Full Grown People, and other publications. She is the co-editor of Birth: A Literary Companion, the author of the poetry chapbook, House of Women, and, most recently, the essay collection History of My Breath


Jane McCafferty is author of two story collections and two novels from HarperCollins. Her stories, essays and poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly, The New England Review, and Witness. She has a recent story in Catapult,  a story forthcoming in The Iowa Review, and her essay, “Unleashed,” won the 2016 Talking/Writing award. Recent poems appear in Pittsburgh Poetry Review,  Café Review, and Presence. Her work has received an NEA, two Pushcarts, the Drue Heinz prize, and other awards.  She’s been slowly working on a novel, poems, and a third collection of stories, and she teaches at Carnegie Mellon, for Madwomen at Carlow, and in the community.



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.

Event Details

April 14, 2019 @ 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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