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Speak Like a Girl with Spoken Word Poets Megan Falley & Olivia Gatwood

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HEArt & The Pittsburgh Poetry Collective bring the SPEAK LIKE A GIRL tour to Pittsburgh.

SPEAK LIKE A GIRL is an interactive poetry show that uses spoken word to entertain, educate & inspire. This punchy duo’s poems juggle issues ranging from street harassment to body image with humor and grace. Megan Falley and Olivia Gatwood have created the most exciting feminist show of the year. But most of all, they make SPEAKING LIKE A GIRL something to celebrate!

Reserved Admission Tickets are $8; General Admission Tickets are $5; and Students are two-for-one with student ID. Seating is limited, so please preorder. Doors open at 5 pm, show is at 5:30. BYOB with ID; limited drinks and snacks available for purchase. Ticket purchases benefit The Pittsburgh Poetry Collective.

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Megan Falley is the author of two books of poetry published by Write Bloody Press: After the Witch Hunt (2012) and Redhead and the Slaughter King (2014). Her chapbook, Bad Girls, Honey — Poems About Lana Del Rey is the winner of the Tired Hearts Competition. Falley has performed on TV One’s Verses & Flow. In 2014, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist at both The National Poetry Slam and The Woman of the World Poetry Slam. She is the founder of the online poetry course, Poems That Don't Suck. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a dog named Taco.

Olivia Gatwood is a Brave New Voices, Women of the World and National Poetry Slam finalist. Featured on HBO for her courageous and dynamic performances, Olivia is one of the youngest, yet fiercest competitors in poetry slam today. She is a senior at Pratt Institute and has taught writing workshops nationwide. When she is not writing, Olivia is the eternal CEO of the "No Boys Allowed" Club.


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Poets Martín Espada & Vanessa German

Art & Activism: HEArt Brings Poet & Pulitzer Prize Finalist Martín Espada, and Pittsburgh Artist, Activist & Performance Poet
Vanessa German to the New Hazlett Theater, June 19

With funding from the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, we are pleased to present acclaimed Puerto Rican poet Martín Espada and Pittsburgh’s singular artist/activist Vanessa German in the third of our 3-part, 2013-2014 Performance Series, June 19, 6 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater.

Tickets for this revolutionary reading are FREE with a suggested donation of $5 or any amount attendees can afford at the door. Please RSVP by emailing editors@heartjournalonline.com with names of confirmed guests by June 19.

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Martín Espada has published more than 15 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton), is the recipient of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. The Republic of Poetry (Norton) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also received an American Book Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A former tenant lawyer in Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

vanessa german is an artist, actress, playwright, sculptor, performer and educator. She has written and performed several spoken word operas and been the featured performer at The Vineyard Playhouse, The Three Rivers Arts Festival and The August Wilson Center for African American Culture, the International Arts Festival in Grahmstown, South Africa, Pop TECH, Harvard, MIT, TED Women, and TED Education. Her sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide. Vanessa is also the founder of “Love Front Porch,” Homewood’s Art House and the popular Homewood = “STOP SHOOTING, WE LOVE YOU” yard sign campaign.

We bring these poets together to read as part of our mission to promote artists as activists and build a community of citizens who believe in art as a vehicle for social justice and reform. Martín has a long history with HEArt. His unflinching, heartbreaking and riot-ess call to action played a seminal role in our 1997-2002 success as a print journal. Good poetry humanizes even when addressing the most despairing of subjects; it conveys the transcendent power of hope and resistance. Martín Espada

Vanessa is a voice, an art, a creator that will not be ignored. Her witnessing is visceral, visual, spoken, felt. She does not look away or answer with a reactionary tongue. Instead, her work is imbued with a larger understanding of the human condition, what it means to truly be free, to speak, to survive.” The stakes are higher than your silence is comforting … — vanessa german

Following, Cave Canem will host poets Tim Seibles, Patricia Smith & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon at 7:30 pm, Alphabet City™ Tent - 318 Sampsonia Way. We encourage you to attend this free reading by reserving online for a full night of extraordinary poetry on the North Side.

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

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Poets Tim Seibles & Yah Lioness Borne, March 20, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh, PA





 National Book Award Finalist Poet Tim Seibles Reads with Pittsburgh Performance Poet Yah Lioness Borne
Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Human Equity through Art Performance Series, with funding from the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, presents National Book Award finalist poet Tim Seibles and celebrated Pittsburgh performance poet Yah Lioness Borne in the second of its 3-part 2013-2014 performance series, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater.

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Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award.  A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Tim has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem and the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. He teaches English and creative writing at Old Dominion University. Read his seminal poem, "One Turn Around the Sun," published in HEArt's relaunch here.

Yah Lioness Borne is a verb, a poem and spoken word artist. A weekly performer at the Crawford Grille and The Shadow Lounge’s Hip Hop Café in 2001, she became a member of BridgeSpotters Collective, Cometry and four super-dope bands. Founder of Big Juicy Records, she has also recorded several EPs. Join the tasty conversation at @Soundcloud.com/yah-lioness-borne & follow @SolSis9BigJuicy. Here's one of HEArt's favorite Yah Lioness' pieces to whet your appetite.

HEArt brings these poets together to read in Pittsburgh as part of its ongoing mission to promote artists as activists and to build a community of citizens who believe in art as a vehicle for social justice and reform. “Tim brings a long history of HEArt support to his reading. His unflinching poetry, which we return to again and again, played a seminal role in HEArt’s 1997-2002 success as a print journal,” says Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Managing Editor of HEArt Online, the nation’s only journal of literature and art devoted to fighting discrimination and promoting social justice.

“Yah Lioness is a truth teller with extraordinary presence and voice. Combining art and music and risk and serious style, she moves the mind from from complacency to riot, riot to an uncompromised hope, simply through her expression of what it means to struggle and love in this world. This performance will be the first in which Yah Lioness presents pieces addressing lgbtq concerns.

Tickets for this revolutionary reading are available online at ShowClix — $9.99 plus a small service fee before the day of the show and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. with cocktails available.

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