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Poetry night at S.S. Presbyterian Coffee House


The South Side Presbyterian Church welcomes all to a special Coffee House in partnership with the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange on Friday, April 21, from 7:30 – 9 p.m., with poets Hiram Larew, Judith Robinson, and Lawrence Wray.

All three poets have extensive lists of published works and are very active in the literary world. Mr. Larew’s poetry has received awards including four Pushcart nominations and first prizes from Louisiana Literature, the Washington Review, and Baltimore’s ArtScape Festival.

Mr. Larew has written and revised poetry while at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and other poetry writing retreats.

He has organized a number of events that feature the diversity of poetry voices in the greater D.C. area, and he’s a member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Poetry Board.

Ms. Robinson is an editor, teacher, fiction writer and poet. She has published more than 75 poems, four poetry collections, one fiction collection, one novel, and edited or co-edited eleven poetry collections. Her most recent book, Carousel, is a collection of poems and short stories (2017).

Mr. Wray’s poems have appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Heart, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and Cider Press Review, among others. He is a member of an annual meeting of poets which grew out of the Frost Place.

His work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his collection of poems, The Night People Imagine, was a finalist for the Patricia Bibby Memorial Prize at Tebot Bach Press, the Brighthorse Poetry Prize, and the Antivenin Prize at Elixir Press.

Mr. Wray’s poem, “Near the Moment of Passing, Clocks,” is included in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette anthology of art & poetry called Verse Envisioned.

The poets will also have books available for sale and signing. The evening includes candlelight conversation and refreshments. Suggested donation $5.

The Poetry Coffee House is at the South Side Presbyterian Church, at the corner of South 20th and Sarah streets in South Side, 20th Street entrance, and is fully handicap accessible.

For more information, call 412-431-0118.


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