“Pinnacles of Hope” Book Launch

Saturday, December 10th, 2-4 p.m.

C. C. Mellor Memorial Library presents the launch of Charlie Brice’s sixth full-length poetry collection, Pinnacles of Hope. Joining him for the celebration and reading their poetry are Pittsburgh poets Judith Alexander Brice, Jason Irwin, and special guest Michael Wurster.

View a recording of the poetry reading on our YouTube channel!

Praise for Pinnacles of Hope

“Brice bids you slow down and read each highlighted word, what flows from one thought to another . . . His poems are beautifully sensual, robust and anticipatory. Language and landscape quicken with quietude.”

Orchid Tierney, author of a year of misreading the wildcats

“Cool, clean, precise . . . His short lines focus attention on apparent minutia . . . center the world in as few words as possible.”

D.C. Reid, author of These Elegies

About the Speakers

Charlie Brice

Charlie Brice won the 2020 Field Guide Poetry Magazine Poetry Contest and placed third in the 2021 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. He has authored seven full-length poetry collections: Flashcuts Out of Chaos, Mnemosyne’s Hand, An Accident of Blood, The Broad Grin of Eternity, The Ventriloquist, Pinnacles of Hope, and Miracles That Keep Me Going (forthcoming from WordTech Editions). His chapbook, All the Songs Sung, was published in 2021 by Angel Flight Books and his hybrid collection with photographer Jim Hutt, Old Woodshop, was published in 2022 by Impspired Books. His poetry has been nominated three time each for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net anthology. He lives with his wife, the poet Judith Brice, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Judith Alexander Brice

Judith Alexander Brice has had over 100 poems published in journals and anthologies, including The Golden Streetcar, voxpopulisphere.com, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Magnolia Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere. Judy has authored four poetry books: Renditions in a Palette (2013), Overhead From Longing (2017), Imbibe the Air (January, 2021), as well as the chapbook, Shards of Shadows: A Covid Diary.

Click here to hear her poem, “Mourning Calls,” set to music by Tony Manfredonia.

Jason Irwin

Jason Irwin is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently The History of Our Vagrancies (Main Street Rag, 2020). He was a 2022 Zoeglossia Fellow and has also had nonfiction published in various journals including the Santa Ana Review and The Catholic Worker. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA USA.

Michael Wurster

Michael Wurster is the author of numerous poetry books, most recently Even Then (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019). He is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. For seventeen years he taught at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School. With Judith A. Robinson, he is co-editor of the anthology Along These Rivers: Poetry & Photography from Pittsburgh and The Brentwood Anthology. In 1996 Wurster was an inaugural recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award for his contributions to poetry and the community.