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Welcome to "I speak the password primeval" reading series (updated 2 Oct. 2013)

"I speak the password primeval" is a monthly poetry reading series curated by Dr. Edward Carvalho of 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 IUP HUB Delaware Room, typically on the last Friday of each month (exceptions may apply--see calendar).1 Readings begin promptly at 6:30 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.

 

 

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NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Reading schedule for Fall 2013 featured below (author bios follow immediately thereafter):

Friday, October 25: Rosaly Roffman

Friday, Dec. 6: Adam Wassel

 

BIOS:

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, a native New Yorker, taught creative writing, Classical Literature, World Mythology and  founded a Myth/Folklore Studies Center at IUP. She co-edited the prize-winning Life on the Line, and is the author of Going to Bed Whole, Tottering Palaces, The Approximate Message and In The Fall of a Sparrow, a chapbook commissioned by the Pa. Governor’s Institute for the Humanities. She has read her poems in Ireland, Greece, Mexico, Israel, Spain and Bratislava and has collaborated on 20 pieces with composers and other artists.  Her work has been published in journals, magazines and anthologies. She has received grants from the National Endowment and the Witter Bynner Foundations and was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in the Arts at IUP. Most recently, a nineteenth collaborative piece, "Furoshiki" (languages that speak without words at the center) premiered in Philadelphia. Facilitator of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop, she was brought to England to be a featured writer on the BBC's "Writer from Abroad" series.  In 2012 Tebot Bach published her latest book of poems, I Want to Thank My Eyes. 

Adam M. Wassel is a doctoral candidate in IUP’s Literature & Criticism program, currently writing a dissertation on depictions of the Holocaust in American fiction.  In 2009, he won first prize in Delaware County’s Edith Garlow poetry contest, and he received the Theodora L. West Award for Short Fiction in 2008.  That same year, West Chester University awarded him a grant to compose and record An Evening in Winter, a full-length CD of spoken word poetry and musical accompaniment; his work has been adapted for orchestral art-song by composer David M. Brown.  His poems have appeared in the journal Think, as well as in WCU’s Daedalus and IUP’s New Growth Arts Review.

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July 12, 2013:

Please join the poetry reading series "I speak the password primeval" for a combined featured reading event to commemorate the launch of two poetry books from members of the IUP community. Joseph Spece will be reading from his critically acclaimed ROADS, and I will be presenting selections from my latest chapbook HEADLONG INTO THE CLOUDBURST NAKED. The reading will take place on Friday night, July 12, 2013, starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp and run for approximately one hour.

Copies of these books will be available at a discounted rate of $15 per title.

We will convene at the IUP HUB Delaware Room (the same building where the gym is located -- see the following campus map here: http://www.iup.edu/mapanddirections/). For those who are off-site, the HUB lot provides convenient parking access for the event.

 

Joseph Spece (BIO):

Joseph Spece is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program. His poetry honors include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, an artist fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and the Corrente Prize in Poetry from Columbia University. His first book of poems, ROADS (Cherry Grove), was released in February, 2013.

 

Edward J. Carvalho (BIO):

Dr. Edward J. Carvalho is author of Puerto Rico Is in the Heart: Emigration, Labor, and Politics in the Life and Work of Frank Espada (Palgrave, 2013), 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. The academic freedom volumes include his interviews with Noam Chomsky, Martín Espada, and Cornel West and feature scholarship from several other notable intellectuals, including Henry Giroux and Susan Searls Giroux, among others. 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 chapbook HEADLONG INTO THE CLOUDBURST NAKED. 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.

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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.

 

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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):

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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.

 


Archive:

Friday, September 27: Clare Welsh

Clare Welsh is a writer based in Indiana, PA. She lives with many books, plants, and a very patient roommate. When she's not writing or reading, she likes to adventure, ride horses, and draw.

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1 Readings are scheduled traditionally the last Friday of each month, however, scheduling changes can occur (such as around the holidays or with our summer reading series. Please follow the schedule closely.

2 Open-mic sign-up from 6:00 to 6:25 p.m (not always available for all engagements, such as with July 12, 2013). 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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