Pittsburgh Poet Jan Beatty will share an overview of the present state of the “literary scene” in our city and region, a reading of her own recent poetry, and an introduction of newer and emerging poetic voices, as she delivers the fifteenth Annual St. Andrew’s Lecture at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012.  The program is free and open to the public, and a festive reception honoring the speaker will follow.  

The St. Andrew’s Lecture is an annual event featuring speakers of prominence addressing issues of concern in our wider Pittsburgh region.

Jan Beatty is Undergraduate Director of the Creative Writing Program at Carlow University, and for the past eighteen years she has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio program heard locally now on NPR affiliate WESA-90.5 FM.  She is also the editor of “Chapter & Verse, a bi-weekly poetry feature in the Pittsburgh City Paper, and she leads the well-known “Madwomen in the Attic” poetry workshops.

A prize-winning poet, Jan Beatty’s chapbook, Ravage, was released in May 2012 by Lefty Blondie Press and her next, The Switching Yard, will be forthcoming in 2013.  Her third book, Red Sugar, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and was a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize.  Her other books include Boneshaker (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), which was a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and a limited-edition chapbook, Ravenous.  Her poetry has been included in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is a frequent reader at important national and regional literary events.

Jan Beatty’s participation in the St. Andrew’s Lecture series is a special acknowledgment of the significant place of literature and the fine arts in our Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is located at 5801 Hampton Street, between North Highland and North Negley Avenues, one block south of Bryant Street and four blocks south of the park, in the East End Pittsburgh neighborhood of Highland Park.

For More Information:  Mrs. Peg Ghrist, St. Andrew’s Church Adult Programs  (412) 441-2818

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