Cheryl St. Germain will read at the International Poetry Forum tomorrow night.
By Bob Hoover Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Before the holiday tightens its death grip on the region's cultural life, two literary series offer readings this week to keep our spirits light throughout Sparkle Season.
International Poetry Forum
Poets Sheryl St. Germain and Andrea Hollander Budy finish the first half of the forum season tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, Oakland.
For St. Germain, a New Orleans native, it's been a very good year. The graduate writing program she directs at Chatham University was recognized recently by the Atlantic Monthly and Poets & Writers magazines for being both "unique" and "distinctive."
Her latest poetry collection, "Let It Be a Dark Roux," was recently published by Autumn Press of Pittsburgh.
St. Germain's previous book, "Swamp Woman," is a collection of essays about her life in New Orleans.
Budy, an Arkansas resident, is also an Autumn House author. "Woman in the Painting" is the title of her collection, her third. She's writer in residence at Lyon College.
Tickets are $12. To order: 412-621-9893.
Gist Street Reading Series
This series, based at 306 Gist St., Uptown, is taking a six-month break after its final reading of the year Friday at 8 p.m.
The readers are Dave Griffith and Benjamin Percy.
Griffith directs the writing program at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts in the summer; the rest of the year, he teaches at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of "A Good War Is Hard To Find: The Art of Violence in America," published last year.
Percy, on the faculty at Marquette University, is a short story writer with two collections under his belt, "The Language of Elk" and "Refresh, Refresh."