Beanery Online Literary Magazine

April 10, 2008

WRITERS MEETINGS, CONFERENCES, ANNOUNCEMENTS

LISTED BELOW ARE FOUR ITEMS OF INTEREST TO WRITERS:

FIRST: Upcoming events sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Writers, Ligonier, PA. Check their website http://ligoniervalleywriters.org/.

—April 12: Panel Discussion of Historical Writing 2-5 p.m. Ligonier Valley Library
Researching Your Historical Work-Marge Burke; Historical Settings-Mary Ann Mogus; Costuming and Language-Linda Cilletti.
—April 19: Marriage Is Murder Dinner Mystery Play
Checks must be received by April 10, 2008. See the Flyers page for details and the reservation form.
—May 3: Help Desk at Barnes and Noble 2-3:30 p.m. followed by the Annual Student Poetry Contest Awards at 4 p.m.

SECOND: To receive a sample copy of the NEW Beanery Writers Newsletter, E-mail beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the words NEWSLETTER SAMPLE typed in the subject line. Information on subscribing and unsubscribing is included in the newsletter.

THIRD: Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Johnstown (Penn Highlands Community College is located in the former Richland High School adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus), Room B114
Thursday, April 17, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Missing Pages: The Neglected Literature of the Alleghenies: Regions across America boast literary canons inspired by their people’s history, culture and landscape. While Appalachian literature has been claimed by writers from the southern mountains literature from the heart of America’s Keystone State, inspired by its mountains, waterways, personal plights and natural resources, it remains unrecognized and uncollected. Author PJ Piccirillo will offer an explanation for this lapse in historical, social and geographic terms, as well as a case for a canon of Allegheny literature. To support his case, Piccirillo will share his work and the work of other Allegheny poets, novelists, essayists and journalists like Rachel Carson, Michael Chabon and Jennifer Haigh. Participants will be encouraged to share their favorites as well. Discussion may contribute to the planning of an Allegheny writers’ conference. Currently, no conference dedicated to the literature of the Alleghenies exists.

FOURTH:
What: Readings by Fred Fronoff and Alessandra Lynch
Where: Bottleworks, Somerset, PA
When: Friday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
For further information e-mail purbaugh@comcast.net
This Will be the final reading in our series and will feature Fred Fornoff and Alessandra Lynch.

—Fred Fornoff is professor of Spanish and Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. A past president of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), he is a recipient of two NEA Fellowships for poetry translation projects (Guillermo Carnero and Laureano Albán) as well as a 1980 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on Spanish Golden-Age drama in Madrid. The Endless Voyage, his translation of Laureano Albán’s visionary epic poem, won the 1983 award from the translation center at Columbia University. His two-volume translation of the writings of José Martí, edited by Ana Dopico of New York University, will be published later this year in the Library of Latin America (LOLA) series of Oxford University Press, where his translations of the writings of Simón Bolívar, Manuel González Prada and José Joaquín Vallejo appeared earlier. The Underdogs, his tr anslation of Mariano Azuela’s novel of the Mexican revolution, is available from Waveland Press.
—Alessandra Lynch is the author of Sails the Wind Left Behind (Alice James Books, 2002) and It was a terrible cloud at twilight (winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award, Pleiades Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, jubilat, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Several of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony for the Arts and the Corporation of Yaddo.

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