Free Association Reading Series presented by City of AsylumSunday, December 6, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(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.
Joy Katz writes poetry and essays about whiteness, tennis, adoption, and other things. She has three poetry collections, most recently All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist. Her work in progress, The Color Cure, documents every minute of whiteness in her life. She is a past NEA fellow, Stegner fellow, and Writing Pittsburgh Fellow, during which time she was writer in residence at Grasso Sausage. With musicians, directors, and other artists, she collaborates in the activist collective IfYouReallyLoveMe.org, whose last project was live music for shift workers. She teaches in Pittsburgh’s long-running Madwomen in the Attic workshops for women.
Thomas Mira y Lopez is the author of The Book of Resting Places (Counterpoint Press, 2017). His work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review Online among other places and he has received fellowships from Colgate University and the MacDowell Colony. He’s an editor of Territory, a literary project about maps, and a lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Sarah Minor is the author of Bright Archive, a collection essays forthcoming from Rescue Press in Fall 2020, a book length essay called Slim Confessions, forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2021, and a digital chapbook entitled The Persistence of The Bonyleg: Annotated from Essay Press. The recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant and a Research Fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation, Minor was also the 2018 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Writer’s Workshop. She currently works as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, as Video Essays Editor at TriQuarterly Review and is the Assistant Director of the Cleveland Drafts Literary Festival.
Sandra Ang is a Chinese-Mexican American writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has had a career in healthcare as a scientist, and now is an emerging writer and MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at University of Utah. Her essays are emotional explorations of loss, home and life, migration, and human connection. Founder of the Peregrine House Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization focused on diverse, international children’s literature, she is committed to helping families access high-quality literature for children and young adults. Sandra is the James Tolan Writer-in-Residence at Writers House Pittsburgh, a year-long residency offering housing stability, community, and mentorship in unpredictable times. Sandra is part of the inaugural cohort of writers at the House, founded in 2020 and based in the Edgewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
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.