Village Lights Poetry Nights
Open sign-up; open mic. Everyone is invited to participate. Read your own work or that of a favorite poet. Readers are welcome to draw from our shelves. We are pleased to feature guest poets Jen Ashburn and Jason Irwin, who will be reading from and signing their latest books.
Jen Ashburn was born in Greenfield, Indiana, and grew up in Jefferson County, attending Southwestern Elementary and Madison Consolidated High School. She completed her MFA at Chatham University in poetry and creative nonfiction, where she taught creative writing to inmates in the Allegheny County Jail. She spent four years in Japan and greater Asia, and now lives in Pittsburgh. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Grey Sparrow, Lilliput Review, The MacGuffin, Nerve Cowboy, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the anthology Words Without Walls, and other journals. The Light on the Wall, her first book of poetry, was released this year by Main Street Rag.
Jason Irwin is the author of Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), and Some Days It's A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). A Blsiter of Stars, his second full-length collection, was released from Low Ghost Books in 2016. His work has been published in Poetry East, Sycamore Review, Confrontation, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh.