Squirrel Hill Book Launch

Saturday, June 17th, 2 – 4 p.m
CCM Edgewood

Join us for a book launch party featuring FOUR local Pittsburgh poets! Joan E. Bauer, Richard St. John, Arlene Weiner, and Lawrence Wray all have new releases that they’d like to celebrate with you. The event will include a reading from each poet, with books available afterward. Introduction by Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, facilitator of the Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop.

This event will be livestreamed on Zoom for those who cannot attend in person, and the recording will be available on the library’s YouTube page for later viewing.

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About the Authors

Joan E. Bauer is the author of three full-length poetry collections, The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008), The Camera Artist (Turning Point, 2021) and Fig Season (Turning Point, 2023). For some years, she worked as a teacher and counselor. Recent work has appeared in Chiron Review, Paterson Literary Review and Slipstream. She is a longtime member of the Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop. She lives mostly in Pittsburgh, PA where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. 

Richard St. John’s newest poetry collection, Book of Entangled Souls, was recently published by Broadstone Books. He is also the author of The Pure Inconstancy ofGrace (published by Truman State University Press, in 2005, as first runner-up for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry), Each Perfected Name (Truman State University Press, 2015), and Shrine (a long poem released as a chapbook, 2011). For information, please visit his website: richardstjohnpoet.com.

Arlene Weiner, author of More, is a longtime resident of Squirrel Hill and is active in Pittsburgh’s poetry community. She is a member of Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop. Arlene has been a den mother, a Shakespeare scholar, a cardiology technician, part of a group developing computer-based education, and an editor. Her poems have been published in such journals as Pleiades, Poet Lore, and Paterson Literary Review, online, and in anthologies; and read on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Arlene was awarded a MacDowell fellowship. She also writes plays. Her play Findings was produced by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co.

Lawrence Wray is a poet, teacher, and parent. His poetry has been internationally published, and he teaches high school literature and composition. Lawrence has degrees in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University and English Literature from Duquesne University. Following his studies, he worked for a local peace and justice organization, The Thomas Merton Center. Lawrence is a native of southern Arizona with ancestral ties to Pennsylvania. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he is an active volunteer for the community food bank. His first collection of poems is called The Wavering Fledge of Light (forthcoming from Wipf & Stock).