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The First in our Three-Part Summer Poetry Salon Series

Date: 4:30pm EDT May 27, 2014

Our first Salon of the season features Carrie Jerrell, Will Schutt and The Pam Ortiz Band.


Carrie Jerrell is the author of the poetry collection After the Revival, 2008 winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize from Waywiser Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Image, Passages North, Birmingham Poetry Review, and The New York Times, among other publications. Carrie received her M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University, where she was honored as a Chancellor’s Fellow. She is an assistant professor at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where she also helps direct the low-residency MFA program. In addition to her Murray State activities, she serves as poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.
How a Poem Happens

Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Gilman School, the James Merrill House, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Stadler Center for Poetry. His poems and translations have appeared in AGNI, FIELD, The New Republic and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in Baltimore, Maryland. More information can be found at his website: www.wschutt.com


The Pam Ortiz Band

Pam Ortiz is that rare songwriter who can touch people where they feel deeply, where they laugh and where they cry.  She did that for 10 years with the group Terra Nova in the ’90s playing to packed coffee houses in the Baltimore, Washington area.  Her songs were showcased in the three albums that the vocal group recorded.

For the past 12 years she has devoted herself to raising her children, family and work.  Now, with a slew of new songs, a new album in the works, the accompaniment of a few old and new friends, she’s back with new songs, new stories…with her signature clear voice, turn of phrase and melody.   Songs that speak of who we are, what we’ve won and lost, how we love and live.

The Pam Ortiz Band also includes Pam’s husband, Bob Ortiz, on percussion and guitar.  Ford Schumann on guitar, Nevin Dawson on viola and violin and Philip Dutton on piano and keyboards.