Free Association Reading Series

Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free TICKETS 2020-03-15 5:00 PM 2020-03-15 6:30 PM America/New_York Free Association Reading Series 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

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

Featured Writers:

Dave Newman is the author of six books, including the novel East Pittsburgh Downlow (J.New Books, 2019), and the collection The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine. He lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children. He works in medical research, serving elders.



Kayleb Rae Candrilli is a 2019 Whiting Award Winner in Poetry and the author of What Runs Over with YesYes Books, which was a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. All the Gay Saints is their second collection and won the 2018 Saturnalia Book Contest. Candrilli’s third collection, Water I Won’t Touch, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. Their work is published or forthcoming in POETRYAmerican Poetry Review, Boston Review and many others. They live in Philadelphia with their partner. The headshot is by Beowulf Sheehan


Lauren Russell is the author of What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta Press, 2017) and Descent (Tarpaulin Sky Press, April 2020). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing; a Pittsburgh Anonymous Donor Individual Artist Award; and residencies from the Rose O’Neill Literary House, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and City of Asylum/Passa Porta. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, among others. She is assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, winner of the 2016 Saroyan Prize for International Literature, Stanford University.  Other works include two additional memoirs, Miss New York Has Everything and The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious, as well as a poetry collection, Spot the Terrorist, and an essay collection, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and elsewhere. She received the 2015 City of Asylum Pittsburgh Prize, a month long writing residency at Passa Porta Literary Center in Brussels. She directs the undergraduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh/Greensburg; runs the Veterans Write workshops in White Oak; co-directs Be Here Now yoga/writing retreats; and curates the Sunday Poem section for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  


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. 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.

Event Details

March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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