Spring, Summer and Fall bring many opportunities for poetry in the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Area. On April 20th, 2016 Robert Morris University held a launch, reception and poetry reading for the current edition of their writing journal “Rune”. This event was held at 4pm in the Phyllis Wheatly Atrium. Jay Carson, Judith Robinson and others were in attendance and did read poems published in said edition of Rune or which they selected. Two female poets from Ireland also read. As well as many others. White Gardenia was present to read a poem it’s editor had accepted to said periodical and was very honored to read in this space. Much thanks is expressed.
Pittsburgh Mother & Son Create An
Online Space For Artistic Growth
Issue 17 of Uppagus Poetry Online Magazine is newly posted online. Uppagus is a well-organized tremendous conduit for poetry in Pittsburgh. It edited by its co-founders Ziggy and Jude Edwards. The editor of White Gardenia has a poem titled “My Unbroken Heart” in this edition and was very pleased to have that piece accepted.
The Pittsburgh Poetry Review:
Remarkable and Elegant
White Gardenia is very pleased to note an outstanding Poetry Review here in the great City of Pittsburgh. It is called “The Pittsburgh Poetry Review”. Three of the main poets involved in its production are Michael Albright, Jennifer Jackson Berry and their poetry editor, Ziggy Edwards. This periodical and the Brentwood Anthology are easy to do searches for online and to purchase.
Ed Murray’s Poem “Summer” In
The Brentwood Anthology
White Gardenia Press is very proud to acknowledge Edward Murray of Pittsburgh for having credited our Press for the online publication of his poem “Summer”. This poem and credit can now be found in the high quality periodical “The Brentwood Anthology” published in 2014. The anthology is an outgrowth of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange — an excellent poetry medium in Pittsburgh which the editor of White Gardenia is a member of. The editors of the Brentwood Anthology are Judith R. Robinson and Michael Wurster via Nine Toe Press in Arizona. White Magnolia Press is honored to be in the acknowledgement section of such a major poetry publication. The blurb on the back of the Brentwood Anthology is by Ed Ochester, Editor of the Pitt Poetry Series, a nationally and internationally known poet of extreme worth and spiritual integrity. White Gardenia Press finds The Brentwood Anthology’s showcasing of twelve of Pittsburgh premier writers during our time, during our “historical” to be quite the victory for Public Poetry. More updates in the future.
Most poetry was meant to be spoken, to have life breathed into it by its human interpretator. On a cold Saturday morning in Pittsburgh, 7 highschool aged competitors recited three poems each from memory and did so with with poise and style. White Gardenia Press thanks Mary Brenholz, of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pennsylvania Arts Council for this fine event. The winner of this event will advanced to the regional contest and if advanced there, to the national contest. The event was held February 8, 2014 from 10 to 1pm and was sponsored by Pittburgh Filmmakers and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, at the Melwood Screening Room in Pittsburgh.For more details explore online.
It is a rainy afternoon in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Lovers on the way to a late lunch or early dinner hold hands as they walk. Italian men and women smile and say hello. Little Italy, with silky, warm rain cascading down. It is just the right time to look for books. The Muse Stand Bookstore is one of three book stores on Liberty Avenue which offers books that vary highly between stores and reading preferences catered to therein. The other two bookstores are Big Idea and The Eastend book exchange. Find your books. Then, a nice expresso or pasta dinner. Afterwards, walk in the rain. You will never be happier than after you do these things. Oh, yes. The Muse Stand just added two comfy new red leather chairs. Enjoy them. They are positioned right by a nice view of lovely Liberty Avenue.
Nature and poetry go so well together. The University of Pittsburgh’s campus is both urban yet has trees and beauty. September 25,2013 was a lovely day. The trees were still green. Handsome and beautiful students hussled back and forth coming and going to classes. Birds took flight and landed in the warm summer air and poetry was read at Schenley Plaza under the curation of an excellent poet named Jay Carson. The poets included Christine Dorien Michaels, Michael Schneider and Heather McNaugher. The poetry was well received. Even Pan and his wood nymph stood up and applauded. If one looks at the photograph’s left portion they will see a white tent. The poetry was held there. This was the last of a series of readings for the current year. Come next year and enjoy. It was just as lovely as what you see. The Porch is an eatery very near, there are also fast food vendors. The library is within sauntering distance and there are numerous stores in the whole if the Central Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Other luminaries at this reading included Judy Robinson and more.
The Big Idea is a tiny book store in the heart of Bloomfield , an urban neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Bloomfield has a few bookstores because the population of the area are very literate and artistic. On Thursday, September 26, 2013 Gretchen Primack read concerning animal rights from her book Kind. She also conversed with her audience concerning the vegan lifestyle and much more. The book was well received by the audience as many of them were vegan from a vegan group well-noted in Pittsburgh which meets at the Big Idea. Ms. Primack’s poetry will soon be available in audio for she will be interviewed by Jan Beatty, the best interviewer of poets in these Americas. Ms. Primack’s website and Jan Beatty’s Prosody archives can be found by simply googling either them or their projects.
As stated in our last post, the honorable Lois Greenberg has passed. Lois Greenberg was published not just locally but in major national periodicals and was a humantarian who cared about humankind and the community of the world. She had a wry wit and made keen observations about everything and everyone. She was warm and energetic through illness after illness. Those in Pittsburgh who knew her can attend her memorial service, May 9, 2013 at Laughlin Funeral Home in Mt. Lebanon. It is scheduled for 10:00 AM. But, please call the funeral home or visit their website for more information. The phone number for the funeral home is (412) 531-5100.
White Gardenia Poetry Press is very sad to report the death of long time, Pittsburgh-based poet, Lois Greenberg. Lois Greenberg was a brilliant woman, a instructor, a psychtherapist and a licensed clinical therapist. Her poems were well-crafted and sharing. She took care of a poet named Jack Wofford at a time when he needed support through his last months fighting unsuccessfully against cancer. She had a fabulous almost bawdy laugh and could deliver a joke and take one. She lived her life fully and without regret but with apt, joyful reflection. May her soul know a thousand fold the joy and support she gave here on earth on its way to heaven.