"I speak the password primeval" is a monthly poetry reading series curated by Dr. Edward Carvalho and cosponsored by the IUP English Department. The reading series provides a forum for local (and visiting) writers interested in showcasing original poetic compositions and offers a democratic space for those who prefer to recite selections from poets of their choosing. "I speak the password primeval" convenes throughout the year at its new location, The Artists Hand, the last Friday or the first Saturday of each month.1 Open-mic sign-up from 6:00 to 6:25 p.m. Readings begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
(Open-mic readers present their work from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; featured readers typically read a half-hour worth of material, from 7:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m.)
Check back here each month for updates on featured readers and scheduled readings.
Queries to "I speak the password primeval" may be submitted here.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:
March 25, 2013:
Please join us for a featured reading from IUP English instructor Jessica Jopp, Friday, March 29, 2013, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Jessica Jopp (BIO):
January 21, 2013:
Please join us for a special charity event to raise funds for The Center for Community Growth and a featured reading from IUP English instructor Jennifer M. Woolston, Friday, February 22, 2013, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Center for Community Growth is an organization designed "to unite people in Indiana County, Pennsylvania who believe in progressive democractic principles, non-violence, and civic engagement and want to work collaboratively on those issues locally, regionally and globally." For more information, please vist their Web site: www.theindianacenter.wordpress.com.
Jennifer M. Woolston (BIO): Jennifer Woolston has been teaching for the past six years and is currently a temporary faculty member in the IUP English Department. She is also presently completing her dissertation, which focuses on feminist readings of Chick Lit texts. Most recently, her essay, "Lady Gaga and the Wolf: Female Sexuality, 'Little Red Riding Hood,' and The Fame Monster," appeared in the book The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga. She has published work in a variety of books and journals, including Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Studies in the Novel. While she was an undergraduate at West Chester University, she was heavily involved in the poetry world, creating, producing, editing, and publishing a feminist chapbook entitled, The "F" Word.
November 5, 2012:
Join us for a special event to commemorate the relaunching of the "Password Primeval" series at The Artists Hand with a cofeatured reading from IUP English instructor Johnny Hrebik and Dr. Edward Carvalho. Saturday, December 1, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m.
John Hrebik (BIO):
John Ryan Hrebik is a poet, compositionist, and musician currently residing in Monroeville, PA. He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Pittsburgh, as well as his MFA in Poetry Writing from Chatham University. And, it was at Chatham that he finally established his voice as a writer. In particular, his master’s thesis, A Stone in a Well, is a collection of poems that explore the omnipresent nature of depression, as well as the father-son relationship. John’s work provides a haunting portrayal of his own battle with depression, while simultaneously leaving room for readers to have their own unique experience. A few titles from his collection include, “Alone with Melancholy,” “The Canal,” “Game Day,” “Invited Guest,” and “Winter Looms.” These poems, in addition to many others, showcase John’s ability to thread a layer of universality through the backcloth of his own personal truths. Currently, he is an ABD, PhD candidate preparing to defend his dissertation entitled, The Mutuality-Minded Classroom Model: Creating Emancipatory Teacher-Student Relationships through Response and Interactivity. And, reminiscent of his poetry, John’s dissertation is an extension of his own personal experiences as both teacher and student.
Edward J. Carvalho (BIO):
Dr. Edward J. Carvalho is co-editor with David B. Downing of Academic Freedom in the Post-9/11 Era (Palgrave 2010) and the guest editor for David B. Downing's Works and Days journal on Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post-9/11 University, which was the subject of considerable national press in three of Stanley Fish's New York Times "Think Again" Blogs. These volumes include his interviews with Noam Chomsky, Martín Espada, and Cornel West and feature scholarship from several other notable intellectuals. He is also the author of the poetry collections solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short (Fine Tooth Press, 2007), Chants from the Seven Cities (Guerrilla Ignition, 2009), and the forthcoming manuscript "If the radiance of a thousand suns": Songs of the American Hiroshima. His poems––once described as "original, innovative, imaginative and brutal"––have been twice-nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2004-2005) and appear along with his essays, reviews, and critical papers in numerous journals throughout the country. Additionally, he is the recent recipient of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Twentieth and Twenty-First Annual IUP Doctoral Fellowships (2006, 2008), a 2010 IUP Professional Development Grant, the 2011 IUP English Graduate Scholarly Excellence Award (with honorable mention for his teaching), and the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research 2012 Outstanding Research Award for his dissertation "Puerto Rican Radical: The Effects of Neoliberalism on the Life and Work of Martín Espada."
He holds an MFA from Goddard College (2006) and a doctorate in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011), where he is employed as an assistant professor in the English Department.
November 4, 2012:
The "Password Primeval" is currently seeking featured readers for the Spring 2013 term. For more details, send an e-mail here.
Kind thanks to Gian Pagnucci, the IUP English Department Chair, for his support of this series.
1 Readings are scheduled traditionally the last Friday of each month, however, scheduling changes can occur (such as around the holidays or with our Apr. 10. 2009, Aug. 2009, and Nov. 2009 readings). Please follow the schedule closely.
2 In the interest of time and to accomodate all participants, each open-mic reader is restricted to five minutes of presentation time. A maximum of four open-mic readings are permitted per scheduled month.
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