Lucie Brock-Broido, 9/25, 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts

Hello Again, Pittsburgh!


It’s that time of year again —the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series is back! First up on the roster is the poet and Pittsburgh native, Lucie Brock-Broido.

Lucie Brock-Broido  is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as awards from the American Poetry Review and the Academy of American Arts and Letters.

In an interview with Carol Maso for BOMB magazine in 1995, she says that her “theory is that a poem is troubled into its making. It’s not a thing that blooms; it’s a thing that wounds.” Lucie’s theory is apparent in Stay, Illusion, a volume of poems that Brock-Broido released in 2013.


Below is a reading from “Stay, Illusion.”




Please join us for our first reading of the 2014/15 season with Lucie Brock-Broido on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8:30pm in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

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Please join us for a joint reading by Dana Ward and Anne Boyer this Thursday, April 10 at 830pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

The next year, or perhaps the year after, I was there with Karen in the spring. I had Chris Nealon’s book The Joyous Age in my bag, & we read some of that aloud. The ideas that so warm & so harm humankind were sprawled around us: students making out, a building’s altitude of cloud, the sun, & the conceptions of the sun, the moneyed school like love with bordered grounds, the sound of verse read aloud between friends. Conrad’s hair was getting longer then. He’d vowed to let it grow until the wars came to an end. Our books may one day be composed by kissing his bare scalp.


by Dana Ward, from the forthcoming issue of Washington Square.

She keeps repea…

She keeps repeating herself. She keeps quoting country songs no one knows. She makes these technology references like Bluetooth and reference to things like streets and boulevards and maps and city planning like she has gone into a trance and come back as a global positioning system. But the streets are sexual because they are a place for display and Bluetooth is sexual because it allows people and their machines to hook up to one another. Don’t you understand anything? This is a poem about sex / this is a poem about work / this is a poem about information and the hollowed life.

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Please join us for a joint reading by Anne Boyer and Dana Ward this Thursday, April 10 at 830pm in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Poets Anne Boyer and Dana Ward read this Thursday, April 10 at 8:30pm at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. Please join us!



Excerpt from Dana Ward’s “Roseland” featured in Shampoo Poetry Issue 36

Click on the photo to read the whole piece!

Dana Ward will be reading along with Anne Boyer at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on April 10. A very exciting event for us here at PCWS! As always, this event is free and open to the public.


Jeff Sharlet talks about his book “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” which explores the ‘secret’ Evangelical Christian society and the power the church holds in the state.

Sharlet reads at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on April 3 at 8:30 PM. Free and open to the public.


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