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A Night of Finishing Line Poets April 21

A Night of Finishing Line Poets April 21

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The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Writing Major and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center will present “Readings by Writers” with Julia Lisella and Amy Small-McKinney at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Third Avenue and Chestnut St., Cambria City, Johnstown.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Lisella is the author of Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press, 2004).  Her poems have been anthologized in Unsettling America; For a Living: The Poetry of Work, and Learning By Heart: Contemporary Poems About School, as well as many of our nation’s best literary journals.  She has taught poetry in grammar schools, libraries, and hospitals.  She currently is assistant professor of American literature at Regis College in Massachusetts.

Ms. McKinney is the author of Body of Surrender (Finishing Line Press, 2004).  Poet Bruce Smith has said of her work, “Amy Small-McKinney licks the poems from lumps of memory and desire into heart-scalding forms that have power and dignity and grace.”  Her poems and nonfiction essays have been published widely and she is a Pushcart Prize nominee.  She has a master’s degree in clinical neuropsychology and currently teaches psychology at Manor College.
 Appearing with these two poets will be Eric Schwerer, author of Whittling Lessons (Finishing Line Press, 2005).  His second book of poetry, The Saint of Withdrawal, will be published in November 2006.  Finishing Line Press ( is located in the heart of the bluegrass region of Central Kentucky.

This project was supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) in partnership with PA Council on the Arts.  State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by PA’s General Assembly and the NEA.  PPA is administered in this region by the PA Rural Arts Alliance.

For more information, contact Eric Schwerer at 814-269-7138 or

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2006.
Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 4/5/2006 5:00:00 PM