Poetry Coffee House slated for South Side Presbyterian


Last updated 6/6/2016 at 6:33pm

The Poetry Coffee House at the South Side Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 10, from 7:30 – 9 p.m., features poets Timons Esaias, Roberta Hatcher, and Mike James, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange: “What is so rare as a day in June?”

Mr. Esaias is a poet, satirist, essayist, and writer of short fiction. His works have been published in 19 languages and have appeared in markets ranging from 5 AM, Willard & Maple, Barbaric Yawp, and Connecticut Review to Asimov’s Science Fiction and Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball.

His short story, “Norbert and the System,” has appeared in a textbook and in college curricula. He teaches at Seton Hill University in the Writing Popular Fiction MFA Program. A new book of poems, Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in Greek, has been published this year as part of the Concrete Wolf Louis Award Series.

Ms. Hatcher’s poetry has appeared in The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, St. Petersburg Review, Storm Cellar, Rune, Pittsburgh City Paper, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has been a finalist for the Patricia Dobler Award, was runner-up for the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Use of Language in Poetry, and her poem, “French Lesson #3,” was nominated for Best American Poets 2014.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin/Madison and has made her home in Pittsburgh where she works as a tutor and translator. Her chapbook, French Lessons, is being published this summer by Finishing Line Press.

Mr. James lives and works in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife and five children. His poems and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines throughout the country, such as Negative Capability, Chiron Review, Soundings East, Tar River Poetry, 5 AM, and Iodine. His eighth poetry collection, The Year We Let the House Fall Down, was published by Aldrich Press in 2015.

A new collection, Peddler’s Blues, is to be published in 2016 by Main Street Rag Press. A life member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange, Mr. James has served as an associate editor at Autumn House Press and as a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at the University of Maine, Fort Kent. He currently serves as an associate editor of The Kentucky Review.

The poets will also have books available for sale and signing. 

The Coffee House at the South Side Presbyterian Church is held at the corner of South 20th and Sarah Streets (1926 Sarah St) in South Side on the second Friday monthly. It includes candlelight conversation, creative performers, and refreshments with the suggested donation of $5. 

Use the 20th Street entrance. For more information, call 412-431-0118.


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