Today's small press recommendations come from poet Randall Mann, who visited Pittsburgh for a reading at Chatham University in October. Mann is the author of two collections of poetry, Breakfast with Thom Gunn (University of Chicago, 2009), shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award and California Book Award; and Complaint in the Garden (Zoo/Orchises, 2004), winner of the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize. Read Mann's poem, "Breakfast with Thom Gunn," here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/242774
Chatham University and its MFA writing program (recently named one of the top Five Innovative/Unique MFA Writing Programs by Atlantic Magazine) offer the Pittsburgh literary scene an expanded forum for excellent events revolving around poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. They host readings by visiting writers of national reputation and by their own talented faculty and alumni, organize writing colloquia such as the Bridges to Other Worlds Annual Literary Festival, and team up with local entities such as Autumn House Press. The MFA Program also sponsors an off-campus reading series run by grad students, Word Circus, held at the monthly art crawl, Unblurred.
1. A Fast Life, Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books)
2. Sanderlings, Geri Doran (Tupelo Press)
3. Red Clay Weather, Reginald Shepherd (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Recommended by Randall Mann
Author of Breakfast with Thom Gunn (University of Chicago Press) and Complaint in the Garden (Zoo/Orchises).