Words & Vibes at White Whale Books May 19th 7pm


Join us at White Whale Bookstore for an evening of words & music featuring poetry by Jenny Ashburn, Jason Irwin, Justin Vicari, & Robert Gibb. Music by Aaron Davis. Emcee Valerie Bacharach.

Jen Ashburn is the author of The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016), and has work published in numerous venues, including The Writer’s Almanac, The MacGuffin and Whiskey Island. Recently, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book selected her poem “Our Mother Drove Barefoot” for the 2018 Public 
Poetry Project. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, and lives in Pittsburgh.

Robert Gibb was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania. His most recent collection include Among Ruins (Notre Dame Press, 2017), & After, his 11th collection and 2016 winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.He earned a BA from Kutztown University, an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD from Lehigh University. He is the author of The Homestead Trilogy, a cycle of poems detailing the history and culture of a steel-working town. The trilogy consists of the poetry collections The Origins of Evening (1997), selected by Eavan Boland for the National Poetry Series; The Burning World (2004); and World over Water (2007).

Jason Irwin is the author of A Blister of Stars (Low Ghost, 2016), Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It's A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh.

Born in New York City, Justin Vicari was raised in Pittsburgh where he currently lives. In Search of Lost Joy, his second poetry collection is forthcoming from Main Street Rag. Vicari'sfirst collection The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), won the Transcontinental Award. He is the author of six books of film, literary and cultural theory, including Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists (McFarland, 2012) and Nicolas Winding Refn and the Violence of Art (McFarland, 2014), and also the translator of works by Paul √Čluard, J.-K. Huysmans, Octave Mirbeau and Philippe Soupault.

Aaron Davis is a creative human being, living in Erie. His creativity crosses music genres. Aaron uses these guitars, homemade electronic devices, and synthesizers to explore what he’s feeling in the moment. From those explorations come the songs and musical pieces.