Please join City Books on Saturday, September 14 at 7 PM when we launch our fall events series with a night of poetry by Alexandra Kemrer, Fred Shaw, and Bob Walicki. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Kemrer 2Alexandra Kemrer’s poems have appeared in Voices from the Attic, Rune, and Pittsburgh City Paper. She is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops under the direction of Jan Beatty at Carlow University. Her debut chapbook, Mill Spit, is based on her experience growing up in a small town on the Monongahela River when air pollution from the steel and zinc mills was severe. Alexandra lives and writes in Pittsburgh.



Fred ShawFred Shaw is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, where he received his MFA. He teaches writing and literature at Point Park University and Carlow University. His poems have been published in 5AM, Poet Lore, Permafrost, SLAB, Spry Literary Magazine, Floodwall, Nerve Cowboy, Burlesque Press, Mason’s Road, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh City Paper. His chapbook, Argot, was published in 2014. In a parallel life, he has also worked in the service industry for the past twenty-five years. Fred lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and rescued hound dog.

Bob WalickiRobert Walicki‘s work has appeared in over 40 publications including The Fourth River, Stone Highway Review, and Red River Review. A Pushcart Prize and a Sundress Best of the Net nominee, he currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling, which was included in the 2016 Poets House Showcase in NYC. His 2018 full-length collection is titled Black Angels. Bob lives in Verona with his wife Lynne and their cat, Buttons.