Pitt-Greensburg’s Written/Spoken Series welcomes poets Christine Stroud and Meghan Tutolo on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Hall. Senior Capstone students Kara Goughnour and Shelby Newhouse will serve open the event reading from their own work. The reading is free and open to the public; a book sale and signing will follow the readings.
Poet Christine Stroud lives in Pittsburgh and serves as the editor-in-chief of Autumn House Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, where she earned the Best Thesis in Poetry award. Her first chapbook, “The Buried Return,” was released by Finishing Line Press (March 2014), and her second chapbook, “Sister Suite,” was released from Disorder Press (2017). Stroud’s poems have appeared in “The Paterson Literary Review,” “Cimarron Review,” “The Laurel Review,” and many others.
Meghan Tutolo, born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, is a poet who finds it hard to label herself because she wants to, in her own words, “do all the things.” However, it is safe to call her a writer, designer, painter, poet, graphic designer, and professor. As of now, Tutolo serves as an adjunct professor of English composition at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and a copywriter and editor for an Italian-foods company. Her poems have appeared in “Nerve Cowboy,” “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,” “Arsenic Lobster,” and “Weave.” Her first chapbook, “Little As Living,” was published in September 2014. She also sells her art as 1FlyChickenCreations on Etsy.
Kara Goughnour is a poet completing her senior thesis, titled “Human Bloom.” She has been published in the indie zine “Girls Girls Girls!” and has work forthcoming in “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.” Shelby Newhouse is a fiction writer who is also completing her senior thesis, titled “Shellfish Beach.” She was 2017’s recipient of Pitt-Greensburg’s Scott Turow Fiction Prize and was a fellow at the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival last June. Like Goughnour, she has work forthcoming in “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.”
Written/Spoken is a reading series that brings nationally known poets and writers to the Pitt-Greensburg campus. It also gives undergraduate students the ability to participate in readings, network with other writers, and give performances of their own work. The series is sponsored by Pitt-Greensburg’s Creative & Professional Writing Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, please contact Professor Lori Jakiela by phone at 724-836-7481 or email at email@example.com.