If you’re in the Scranton area this weekend and looking for a literary event, then come to the November installment of The Writer’s Showcase, held at the Old Brick Theatre in North Scranton. To learn more about our featured authors, check out the bios I have posted below. The event runs from 7-9 p.m.
Ali Pica is a local writer for the arts and entertainment site, NEPA Scene. She also has her own advice column in NEPA Scene, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Ali.” Ali also has been a featured reader in venues such as the Vintage Theater and AfA Gallery. Ali has performed with several local jazz musicians in the Northeastern PA and New York City. Currently, Ali is working on a short fiction series and is an Adjunct Professor at Keystone College.
Maggie Gilbertson writes and performs poetry. She’s competed at the Brave New Voices competition and many local slams. She is a junior at Dallas High School, and she loves to read and climb trees.
Joan Hanna has published poetry, creative nonfiction, book reviews and essays in various online and print journals. Her forthcoming chapbook, The Miracle of Mercury, is available for order at Finishing Line Press. Hanna’s first chapbook, Threads, also published by Finishing Line Press, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She teaches creative writing at Rowan University and is also Assistant Managing Editor for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and Assistant Editor, Nonfiction/Poetry for r.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal. Hanna holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University. Follow her at her personal blog Writing Through Quicksand. (www.writingthroughquicksand.blogspot.com)
Poet and songwriter Tom Blomain is the author of Gray Area (Nightshade Press) and Blues From Paradise (Foothills Publishing).
The Old Brick Theatre is located at 126 W. Market Street. Admission is $4.