“Four Poets, One Cup” or “How to Keep Poetry Relevant in the Modern Age”
Four distinct, diverse and dynamic authors come together for one night of literary neck-punches and anarchistic chicanery. Their intent is to prove that poetry is neither an exclusive pretentious hipster clubhouse nor a dry inaccessible academic snoozefest. Join them at Jozart Center for the Arts, 333 2nd Street, California on Friday, April 17 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free. The authors will have merchandise to sell. Books will be available. Carousing is expected.
Margaret Bashaar is the founder and editor of Hyacinth Girl Press. Her first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, is due out this year from Sundress Publications. She is the author of three chapbooks, Barefoot and Listening (Tilt, 2009), Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel (Blood Pudding Press, 2011) and Rungs written with Lauren Eggert-Crowe (Grey Book Press, forthcoming). She lives in Pittsburgh where she runs absurdist poetry events.
Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs; if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country, and written a few books, the latest of which are The Lower 48 (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook The Studs Terkel Blues (Night Ballet Press), both slated for release in 2014. A short litany of publishing credits includes: The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can also hear audio tracks of some poems on the Bandcamp website by just typing in his name.
Michael S. Begnal
Michael S. Begnal has published the collections Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and Ancestor Worship (Salmon Poetry, 2007), as well as the chapbook Mercury, the Dime (Six Gallery Press, 2005). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Notre Dame Review, Free Verse, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wake: Great Lakes Thought & Culture, and Avant-Post: The Avant Garde under “Post-” Conditions (Litteraria Pragensia, 2006). He lives in the city of Pittsburgh and teaches at Duquesne University.
John Thomas Menesini
John Thomas Menesini is a jerk. He says awful things until people laugh and applaud against their better judgments, thus encouraging him to say more terrible, terrible things. NSFW.
This event is not recommended for children and is intended for mature audiences. Those of age may BYOB provided they have proper ID. For more information, call 724-938-9730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.