Free Association Reading Series presented by City of Asylum

Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Register Here! 2020-11-08 5:00 PM 2020-11-08 6:00 PM America/New_York Free Association Reading Series presented by City of Asylum 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

(run time 60-min) *please note the 5:00 PM start time* Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel.

An intimate evening of live readings with exceptional Pittsburgh writers co-curated by Pat Hart and Marc Nieson of the Free Association Reading Series.

Featured Writers:

JC Lee writes essays on art and the body. Her writing has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, Critical Quarterly, and others. In 2016 she was awarded an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship. JC Lee also teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh and at SCI-Somerset, where Pitt students and incarcerated students learn together. She is currently at work on an essay about animism and the painter Seraphine Louis.

Nancy Krygowski is the author of The Woman in the Corner (University of Pittsburgh Press) which was named one of the top 100 (or so) books of poetry for 2020 by Library Journal.  Her first book, Velocity, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.  She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and several residencies. Nancy teaches English to refugees and immigrants at Literacy Pittsburgh, in addition to leading poetry workshops at Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing program.

Melissa Butler is a writer and educator living in Pittsburgh, PA. Her first book of poetry, removing, was published in 2010. Her second book, Atlas of Ordinary Things was published in 2019. In addition to poetry, she writes children’s picture books, educational essays, and other musings not yet formed. She usually has a button or a small gemstone in her pocket. Find her at www.noticingmatters.com or @butler__melissa.

Grady Chambers is the author of NORTH AMERICAN STADIUMS (Milkweed Editions). His poems and stories can be found in The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, Joyland, and elsewhere. Grady is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow, and he lives in Philadelphia.


Pat Hart writes plays, monologues, short stories, and novels. Hart has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. Nieson teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is working 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

November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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