TONIGHT! Pitt Alumni Poets

spring poets


Due to snowy weather and airport confusion on the East Coast, Margo Jefferson has had to cancel her visit to Pittsburgh. We are very disappointed about this, and apologize to all of you who were looking forward to having her here.

PCWS Presents: Hannah Tinti

Please join us on Thursday, February 15 at 8:30 in the Frick Fine Arts auditorium for an evening with writer Hannah Tinti.

Hannah Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of the literary journal One Story for which she received the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing and the AWP Award for Best Small Press. A recipient of the Alex Award from the American Library Association, The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award for her novel The Good Thief, she is also the author of the short story collectionAnimal Crackers and the novel The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.


PCWS Presents: Maggie Anderson & Judith Vollmer 11/14

Join us for an evening with two decorated, accomplished writers: Maggie Anderson & Judith Vollmer!

To learn more about Maggie’s accomplishments, checkout her website. For more details on Judith Vollmer’s work, you can find her website here. 

This event will be held in the Frick Fine Arts Center at 8:30 p.m. on November 14. As always, it is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

PCWS Presents: Victor Lavalle 11/9

We’re excited to host Victor Lavalle as our next visiting writer! For more information on Victor’s work, check out his website.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Parran Hall auditorium (130 DeSoto Street).

As always, this event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!


PCWS Presents A Homecoming: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets

In the spirit of Homecoming, please join us for an evening with Pitt alumni poets!

About the poets

CM Burroughs (MFA ’07) has been awarded fellowships
and grants from Yaddo; the MacDowell Colony; and Cave
Canem Foundation, Inc. Her debut book of poems is The
Vital System. She is an assistant professor of creative writing
at Columbia College Chicago. Cynthia Arrieu-King
(MFA ’99) has received the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in
poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.,
and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee
Writers’ Conference. A former Kundiman fellow, Arrieu-King is
the author of People Are Tiny in Paintings of China and Manifest.
She coauthored Unlikely Conditions with the late Hillary Gravendyk.

Brandon Som (MFA ’02) is the author of The Tribute Horse,
winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Babel’s Moon, winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California, San Diego.

Stacey Waite (MFA ’02, PhD ’11) has published three
collections of poetry: Choke, winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize in poetry; Love Poem to Androgyny; and Butch Geography; and, most recently, the book Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. She is an associate professor of English and director of composition and rhetoric at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


PCWS Presents: Jeff Guinn 9/28

Join us for our kickoff event of the season!

Jeff Guinn is the winner of the 2016 TCU Texas Book Award and the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Silver City, Buffalo Trail, Glorious, Manson, The Last Gunfight, Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. The former books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and an award-winning investigative journalist, he is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

Learn more about Jeff Guinn’s work here.

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