I’m please to welcome Joan Bauer who is an esteemed poet as well as past colleague.  Ronni Weiss is returning as our vocalist this year with inspiration pieces.  Below is some information about these wonderful women you won’t want to miss.  Their work complements the event which includes video, guided meditation, and reflective experiences.

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Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including 5 AM, Pearl, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, Slipstream, and US 1 Worksheets, and in nearly a dozen anthologies, among them Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh; Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press, 2008); Voices from the Attic; and Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts and Rupa & Co, 2005), which she co-edited with Judith Robinson and Sankar Roy in 2005. In 2007, her poem “Sleepers,” won the Earl Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International. For some years, Joan worked as an English teacher and educational counselor. She now divides her time between Venice, CA and Pittsburgh, PA, where she curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with her friend Jimmy Cvetic. More: http://squirrelhillpoets.org/bauer/

ronnisinging_smallRonni Weiss has been singing and playing piano throughout her life, has done solo gigs, been part of duos, trios and full bands. Her sound is unique… rich and deep, catching the attention of the audience wherever she performs. She has been called  “the diminutive woman with the monumental voice” by pianist, composer, and arranger Ian Kane and “the little lady with the big voice” by  Roger Barbour, trumpet and flugelhorn player, both music colleagues in the Pittsburgh area.Her favorite styles are jazz and blues and she can often be seen at the many venues around town. More: http://www.ronniweissmusic.com