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From Body to Flesh: Intersections of Poetry, Visual Art and Dance

Date: 
May 17 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

An interactive workshop with poet Rickey Laurentiis and choreographer Maree ReMalia.

Location and Address: 
Carnegie Museum of Art, Forum Gallery

"Because Blackness Like Poetry Means Many Things:" Celebrating Cave Canem

Date: 
Jun 16 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Featuring actor and playwright Eisa Davis and poets Samiya Bashir, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and avery r. young.

Location and Address: 
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

PCWS Presents Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Date: 
Sep 26 2018 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an American essayist whose work has appeared in GQ,The Paris Review,The Believer, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. “If He Hollers Let Him Go,” an early essay on comedian Dave Chappelle, was a National Magazine Award finalist and has been called a classic. In 2017, her essay on James Baldwin was selected for The Best American Essays, and this year, “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof,” won the National Magazine Award for Best Feature Writing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Ghansah’s first book, The Explainers & the Explorers, is due out later this year. . Sponsored by the Block Foundation. 

Location and Address: 
Heinz Memorial Chapel, 300 South Bellefield Avenue

Co-lab and Reading with Jonah Mixon-Webster

Date: 
Oct 10 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

A reading and workshop with Jonah Mixon-Webster, author of Stereo(TYPE), winner of the 2017 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. 

Location and Address: 
501 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260

PCWS Presents Chinelo Okparanta

Date: 
Oct 18 2018 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Chinelo Okparanta is the author of a story collection, Happiness Like Water, and a novel, Under the Udala Trees. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Okparanta has received a Lambda Literary Award and an O. Henry Prize, and she was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. Her work has been nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction and has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the International Dublin Literary Award. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerGrantaTin HouseKenyon Review, and AGNI. She is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Bucknell University.

Winner of this year's Brown Award. 

Location and Address: 
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive

The Black Ecstatic

Date: 
Oct 25 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Featuring poets Airea D. Matthews, Roger Reeves, and Safiya Sinclair and interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker Jamal T. Lewis, with a discussion moderated by Rickey Laurentiis 

Location and Address: 
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213

PCWS Presents Bhanu Kapil and Jackie Wang

Date: 
Nov 8 2018 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Bhanu Kapil is the author of a number of full-length works of poetry, including The Vertical Interrogation of StrangersIncubation: a Space for Monstershumanimal [a project for future children], andSchizophrene, and the experimental prose work Ban en Banlieue. She also maintains a blog with a global following, the Vortex of Formidable Sparkles. She teaches and mentors undergraduates as part of a new appointment in interdisciplinary studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Jackie Wang is the author of a number of punk zines, including On Being Hard Femme; the poetry collections The Twitter Hive Mind Is Dreaming and Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb; and a collection of essays, Carceral Capitalism. A writer, filmmaker, performer, and prison abolitionist, she is currently a doctoral student at Harvard University. 

Location and Address: 
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive

Q & A with Tracy K. Smith

Date: 
Nov 14 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

A Q&A with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate.

Location and Address: 
501 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260

Tracy K. Smith Reading and Conversation

Date: 
Nov 15 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

A reading by the Pulitzer Prize-winner and current U. S. Poet Laureate

Location and Address: 
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15213

PCWS Presents Cristina Garcia

Date: 
Jan 31 2019 - 7:30pm

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in CubanThe Agüero SistersKing of Cuba, and the recently published Here in Berlin. She has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. García also has published two books for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox; a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls; and a collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Location and Address: 
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive

PCWS Presents Joshua Bennett

Date: 
Feb 21 2019 - 7:30pm

Joshua Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School, which was a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Poetry, as well as Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man, forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Bennett has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The NationThe New York TimesThe Paris ReviewPoetry, and elsewhere. He has recited his original works at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Barack Obama’s May 2009 evening of poetry, music, and spoken word at the White House. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College. 

Location and Address: 
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive

PCWS Presents Wesley Morris

Date: 
Mar 14 2019 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Wesley Morris is a critic at large for The New York Times, where he also is the cohost, with Jenna Wortham, of the podcast Still Processing. Morris has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, Grantland,cand The Boston Globe, where in 2012 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. His essay on Black male sexuality, “Last Taboo,” was selected for The Best American Essays 2017. He lives in New York.

Location and Address: 
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive
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