Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Readings

Below is a link to photos from our Karen Dietrich reading, and links to the videos of our Ellen Smith reading. Enjoy!



Spring 2014 comes to a close

Our season has come to a close, but keep an eye out for the videos we will be posting on the site! Some audio recordings are already up, under our audio archive section, so feel free to peruse them along with older reading audios.

Next year’s readings are already in the works, so check back for updates. See you next fall!


April 28, 5:30 p.m., Fred Rogers Center

Pethybridge _ St. Vincent

Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013).  His work appears widely in journals such as Chicago ReviewVoltPoor ClaudiaThe Iowa ReviewLITNew American Writing and others. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics. He’s currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled “Found Poem Including History, an Essay on the Epic.” He grew up in Virginia. 
Ebeid _ St. Vincentjpg (1)
Carolina Ebeid is a fellow at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University where she helps edit West Branch. She is also a poetry editor for the online journal Better: Culture & Lit.  Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, CrazyhorseMemoriousForklift Ohio, Gulf Coast, Poetry, and others. She holds an MFA from the Michener Centers for Writers at the University of Texas, and has also been awarded prizes and fellowships from the McNair Scholars Program, CantoMundo, and the Academy of American Poets.


April 3, 5:30 p.m., Fred Rogers Center

Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Poems have appeared in CimarronBayou,Quiddity, Now CultureSententiaThe American Poetry ReviewCeriseThe SameKestrel,Oranges & SardinesDiner, 5 a.m., Oxford MagazineThe Prose PoemSouthern Poetry ReviewDescant (Canada), and others. Flash fiction published or forthcoming in KestrelWeaveSwitchbackThickjamThumbnailThe Shadyside Review,Wordgathering, and Atticus Review. Her work has been recognized with an AROHO Orlando Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her chapbook, Scatter, Feed, will be published in the spring of 2014 by Seven Kitchens Press. She is an alumna of Seton Hill University.

Senior SARA CAMPBELL will read works from her senior project before Ellen’s reading.


March 25, 5:30 p.m., Fred Rogers Center

Karen Dietrich grew up in the 1980s in a small factory town fifty-seven miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

​​​Her first full-length book, The Girl Factory: A Memoir, (skirt/Globe Pequot) was published in 2013. She is also the author of three chapbooks:  Understory (dancing girl press, 2013), Girl Years (Matter Press, 2012) and Anchor Glass (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

​Karen lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  She teaches writing at Westmoreland County Community College and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.  She recently joined the faculty of the online creative writing MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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