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Literary House

The Second Summer Poetry Salon of 2013

Date: 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT June 25, 2013

This Literary House Summer Poetry Salon features poets Yona Harvey and Steve Kistulentz as well as the band Sleeper Cell.

For the next poetry salon, the band Sleeper Cell, led by Dutch Williams and Brian Campbell, will open the show with a 20-minute set. Following the music, poets Yona Harvey and Steven Kistulentz will each read separately for their own 20-minute sets. 

Good conversation, literature, music, and wine!

Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York, 2013), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch).

She lives with her husband and two children not far from where jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams grew up. Williams married the spiritual to the secular in her music, and is a regular muse in Yona’s writing.  

Steve Kistulentz

Steve Kistulentz is the author of two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (2012) and The Luckless Age (2010). His narrative nonfiction—mostly on the subject of popular culture—has appeared widely in journals.

His honors include the Benjamin Saltman Award for The Luckless Age, as well as fellowship support from Writers at Work, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an individual award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins University; the University of Iowa, where he was the Joseph and Ursil Callan Scholar; and the Florida State University, where he was an Edward and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellow for Excellence in Thought, and at Millsaps College. In the fall 2013, he will become the director of the graduate creative writing program at the University of Tampa.

Sleeper Cell

Hailing from the unknown lands of Kent County, Maryland, Dutch Williams and Brian Campbell form the acoustic rhythm & poetry group, Sleeper Cell. Together, they look to be a promising new act for the music world. Influenced by hip hop to jazz to everything in between, Sleeper Cell gives an act that is simply one of a kind. With Brian delivering some of the most superb jazz guitar passages accompanied by the very impressive wordplay of Dutch Williams, they make a very unique sound. Tackling an array of issues in today’s society from race, love, hate, and equality to world peace, Sleeper Cell comes together to paint a picture so vivid that you’ll only believe it if you see it with your own eyes.


This event and all of the Summer Poetry Salons will be free and open to the public.