Coming up on Saturday, November 15th, at 3 pm in the International Poetry Room on the 2nd floor of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Main, is the second of four poetry readings in the new Saturday Poets-In Person series with Lynn Emanuel and Ann Curran. The event is free of charge.
Lynn Emanuel is a nationally known poet, author of three previous poetry collections: Hotel Fiesta, The Dig and Then, Suddenly. The Dig received a National Poetry Series Award in 1991. She is also a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Esteemed poet Eavan Boland observed on the Poetry Foundation’s website that “Lynn Emanuel’s poems have a rare power: they connect to the world through estrangement.” Her latest volume of new and selected poems, The Nerve of It, will be published in the fall of 2015. What follows is a reading of her poem, “Desire,” with musical accompaniment, during the 2010 Jazz Poetry Concert at City of Asylum, Sampsonia Way on the North Side.
Ann Curran, author of the poetry chapbook Placement Test and the full-length poetry book, Me First, is the former long-time editor of Carnegie Mellon Magazine and staff writer for the Pittsburgh Catholic and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A fine review of Me First, which appeared in the City Paper, may be at their website. You can get a preview of Ann Curran’s work at the Hemingway Poetry Series blog, a rich blog of readings at Hemingway’s Bar in Oakland, one of the longest running, eclectic and finest reading series in Pittsburgh. The reading is from May of this year.