This Friday: Gist Street Reading Series

From the mailbag: announcing this month’s Gist Street Reading Series

Hello Gist Street! Spring is here even though the furnace just kicked on. Things are blooming, and it’s time to get out of the house. So come on over to Gist Street. We’re heading toward our May reading: Friday, May 7th.

We’ll have Deb Bogen (who has, by the way, promised to bring brownies) coming over from Highland Park and David Young coming in from Oberlin, Ohio. If you’re cross-referencing your pocket schedule with my reminders, you’ll see that originally Tony Vallone was slated to read with Deb. Tony’s book wasn’t quit printed yet, so we’re pushing him into 2005, and David, quite graciously, agreed to pinch hit. David will be reading some of his own poetry and also a brand new book of his Petrarch translations that just came out. When David isn’t translating Petrarch, he’s watching sports on TV and also editing the fine poetry journal: Field. When Deb isn’t baking brownies, she’s writing poetry. In fact, rumor has is her book manuscript is a finalist for the National Poetry Award. This is a reading not to be missed.

Full on poetry. Full on spring. Bring some daffodils. Bring some friends. Grab some wine (or beer); what the hell, bring your own brownies. Nancy is back from her residency in Wyoming at long last, so all is well. Socializing begins at 7:30; readings begin at 8:00. Come early if you’d like a seat.

305 Gist Street; James Simon’s sculpture studio–Uptown, Pittsburgh. $3 suggested donation. Gist Street raffle. Antione’s homemade bread and ice cream. Deb’s brownies. Nancy’s hospitality. Tall Jon’s sound system. Poetry. Fifi the kitten. for complete bios and directions. 412-434-5629 if you’re lost.