Free Association Reading Series

Sunday, October 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Register Here! 2020-10-18 5:00 PM 2020-10-18 6:30 PM America/New_York Free Association Reading Series 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel(run -time 45 min)

Join us for 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:

Deesha Philyaw’s debut collection of short stories, THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES (West Virginia University Press), focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church. The collection has garnered praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Ms. Magazine, and Roxane Gay, among others. Her writing on race, gender, parenting, divorce, adoption, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Catapult, TueNight, Harvard Review, Vox Populi, ESPN’s The Undefeated, Literary Mama, Essence, Ebony, and Bitch magazines. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and she is a past Pushcart Prize nominee. Deesha’s fiction and nonfiction have been selected for numerous anthologies, and she is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written with her ex-husband.

Emily Mohn-Slate is the author of THE FALLS, winner of the 2019 New American Poetry Prize (forthcoming from New American Press, 2020) and FEED, winner of the 2018 Keystone Chapbook Prize (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, New Ohio Review, Muzzle Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she teaches high school English at Winchester Thurston School, and poetry workshops for the Madwomen in the Attic at Carlow University.

Tess Allard’s fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewPleiadesBlack Warrior ReviewThe Florida ReviewFive Points, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and elsewhere. Her short story, “The World Holds What It Remembers Most,” was chosen as the fiction winner in Black Warrior Review’s 2017 contest. She spends her free time gardening, exploring nature, and seeking out strange places.

Jim Kincaid has written barrels of scholarly books and essays—on major Victorian writers and the ways in which we have, in the last two centuries seen “the child”—as delightful, demonic, disgusting, and desirable. He has been teaching all this time—at Ohio State, U of Colorado, U of Southern California, and now at Pitt—some 58 years and counting.  (Is that a record?). He has been writing fiction for the last two decades, publishing eight novels —LOST, YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS, CHASING NIGHTMARES, JUST WALLY AND ME, A HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE (with Percival Everett), and the WENDELL AND TYLER trilogy), along with four volumes of short stories: COMMON KNOWLEDGE, THE JOYS OF PUMMELING, TAKING LIFE UNFURN-ISHED, VIDTH AND VISDOM, LOOKING BACKWARD and a play, THE COURT MARTIAL OF LT. CALLEY. His work has won plaudits, a prize or two, and snores.


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

October 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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