The Coffee House at the South Side Presbyterian Church welcomes spring on Friday, March 21, from 7:30 - 9 p.m., with readings by two local award-winning, published poets, Angele Ellis and Mike Schneider.
Mr. Schneider, a South Sider, began writing poetry in the early 1970s, when he published an "underground newspaper" on an air force base in Ohio. He's been a newspaper boy, night watchman in a mushroom factory, washing-machine repairman, lawyer and science writer at Carnegie Mellon.
He lives on South Side, a block from the Mon where he walks the river trail beside coal barges chugging upstream as he composes poems in his head. He's written award-winning articles in Pittsburgh Magazine, and his poetry book reviews appear in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and City Paper.
Mr. Schneider received a 2003-04 Creative Artists Stipend in Arts Commentary from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Notre Dame Review, Shenandoah, Hunger Mountain and Poetry. His chapbook Rooster was a runner-up in the 2004 Main Street Rag chapbook competition. He received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review and was a finalist for the 2013 Mississippi Review Prize.
The first poem of Angele Ellis' read in public was "A Manager's Farewell," composed for her father when she was ten years old. Since that time, she has practiced many forms of writing and editing, but poetry remains her first love.
She is co-author of Dealing With Differences (Corwin Press), a diversity guidebook that has its roots in a 15-year involvement with Pittsburgh's peace and justice community. She is a seven-time civil disobedient.
Ms. Ellis is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems earned her an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors' Choice Chapbook). Her poetry, fiction, articles, and reviews have appeared in over forty publications and several anthologies, including Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).
The poets will also have books available for sale and signing. $5 suggested donation includes candlelight conversation and refreshments around the tables.