Literary Voices

  • Voices from Cave Canem: Carl Phillips

    Carl Phillips on Sampsonia Way Photo by Renee Rosensteel In his poem “Aubade: Some Peaches, After Storm,” Carl Phillips writes “how your hands clear/ easily the wreckage; how you stand–like a building for a time condemned,/ [...]

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  • Lighthead: Poems by Terrance Hayes

    In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that [...]

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  • Christos Tsiolkas: A Slap to Stereotypes

    On April 27, novelist Christos Tsiolkas visited Sampsonia Way to give a reading with Sofi Oksanen and Tommy Wieringa. The event was sponsored by City of Aslyum/Pittsburgh in partnership with PEN/America. While he was here, Tsiolkas sat down [...]

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  • Velocity: Poems by Nancy Krygowski

    Introduction by Sherrie Flick Nancy Krygowski’s work has been with me for a long time. I’ve followed her poems (her boyfriends, her apartments, her vintage dishware) from New Hampshire to California to Ohio to Nebraska to [...]

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  • Reconsidering Happiness

    Introduction by Nancy Krygowski For years, I’ve used the phrase a thin layer of white chocolate to refer to Sherrie Flick’s perfectly detailed imagination, a gift that is central to her fiction.  The story goes that [...]

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  • Sherrie Flick and Nancy Krygowski

    The crowd at Gist Street. Photo by Jonathan Green (Popcity.) The first Friday of each month around 6:30pm, a line begins to form along Gist Street in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. If it’s raining, people clutch umbrellas. [...]

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