Monday, September 29, 2008

Wood Fired Words: Braddock Community Bread Oven and Gist Street Reading October 4 2008

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Please come join us for a collaboration between the community of Braddock and the Gist Street Reading Series Wood-Fired Words: Braddock, PA

Grand Opening of the Braddock Community Bread Oven and Gist Street Reading

The Unsmoke Systems Compound 1137 Braddock Ave. Braddock, PA 15104


Directly across from the USS offices


A collaboration between the community of Braddock and the Gist Street Reading Series, Wood-Fired Words features 4 fiction writers, a poet, and a brand new Community Bread Oven. On Saturday, October 4th (The day after Gist Street’s reading featuring Jan Beatty and Amy Knox Brown on Friday, October 3rd), Gist Street will take to the road (on Penn Avenue through Wilkinsburg to Ardmore Blvd to Braddock Avenue – Mayor John Fetterman warns to NOT take the Rankin Bridge to Braddock for this event. There is construction and Fright-Night at Kennywood.) A link to Google-map directions is at http://www.giststreet.org/ (on the home page).

Gist Street is hosting a reading at 1137 Braddock Ave. in the shadow of the region’s last operating steel mill, which serves to christen Braddock’s new bread oven. John McNally, Amy Knox Brown, Sherrie Flick, and Nancy Krygowski will read for 10 minutes each. Bios follow. It’s $2 at the door, which gets audience members literature read aloud along with free hand-made, wood-fired bread and pizzas. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 8pm. It’s BYOB.
Last month Gist Street hit the North Side for Writers in the Gardens; this month they hit Braddock for Wood-Fired Words. The Wood-fired Oven was built by a North Braddock mason using over 75% salvaged and reclaimed materials. Braddock's Community Bread Oven will be churning out free hand-made, wood-fired pizzas topped with ingredients grown organically on Braddock Farms and artisan breads crafted by Braddock’s own Josh Tonies.
This event is made possible by and special thanks to Gist Street Reading Series, Mayor John Fetterman, Joe Bonifate Masonry, and Ray Werner. Come listen and eat. BIOS:John McNally is author of two novels, The Book of Ralph and America’s Report Card, and two story collections, Troublemaker and Ghosts of Chicago. He’s also edited six anthologies, most recently Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories, co-edited with Owen King. A finalist for the National Magazine Award, John has published short stories in over sixty magazines, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Open City, and The Sun, and he’s a frequent book reviewer for the Washington Post. A native of Burbank, Illinois, John now lives and works in North Carolina.

Amy Knox Brown is a fourth-generation Nebraskan currently living in Winston-Salem, NC, where she is an assistant professor of creative writing and English at Salem College and director of the college’s creative writing major. Her collection of stories, Three Versions of the Truth, was published in September 2007. It was a finalist for the Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers. Amy is also the author of a poetry chapbook titled Advice from Household Gods.

Sherrie Flick is author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press, 2004). Anthologies include two from Norton: New Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction Forward. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, she has had residencies at Ucross, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is co-founder and artistic director of the Gist Street Reading Series. Her novel Reconsidering Happiness will be published in Fall 2009.

Nancy Krygowski’s book of poems, Velocity, won the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She’s received grants from the PA Council on the Arts and from the Pittsburgh Foundation, plus residencies at the Jentel Foundation and The Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts. She works as an adult literacy instructor and is co-founder and assistant artistic director of the Gist Street Reading Series.

This project was supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PA Partners), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PA Partners is administered in Allegheny County by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

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