Hemingway’s Cafe Poetry Series, July 2019:
On July 9, 2019, Rick read at Pittsburgh’s long-standing Hemingway’s Cafe Poetry Series. Click here to hear Rick read four poems, including one of the most beautiful in the English language. Rick’s introduction includes a brief personal reference to Jimmy Cvetic, founder of the reading series who died in 2018.
WQED-FM, June 2019:
Rick was interviewed on WQED-fm radio’s “Voices of the Arts” series, along with poet Samuel Hazo, in advance of a July 9, 2019 reading. Both shared several poems as part of the conversation. Click here to hear the interview.
Vox Populi, 2019:
Click here to read Rick’s new poem “The Chorus” which appeared in Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
Hemingway’s Cafe Summer Reading Series
On June 7, 2016, Rick read at the long-standing Hemingway’s Cafe Summer Reading Series. Click here to hear him read a new poem, “Hecatomb”, plus “A Blessing in Baltimore” from Each Perfected Name, and “Annunciations” from The Pure Inconstancy of Grace.
On May 19, 2015, Rick read two short summer poems plus “I Write to the G-20 Leaders in Advance of Their Pittsburgh Summit” at this long-standing reading series hosted by Joan Bauer and Jimmy Cvetic. Click here to listen.
Pittsburgh City Paper review of Each Perfected Name.
On May 13, 2015, Pittsburgh City Paper’s Fred Shaw wrote, “What makes the collection a success is honest empathy.” Click here to read the full review
Robert Morris University “Literature Out Loud” Conversation & Reading
In March 2015, Rick spoke with Robert Morris University professor and host, John Lawson, along with poet Jay Carson, for broadcast on the university’s radio station. The conversation includes Rick reading four poems from Each Perfected Name, Jay Carson reading two poems, plus an informal discussion about religions as symbol systems. Click here to hear a podcast.
“Poetry and Empathy” Talk & Reading at Queensborough Community College, New York City
On March 20, 2015, Rick spoke to Queensborough Community College (QCC) students for the culminating event of the college’s “Common Read” activities. Within the overarching theme of empathy, Rick talked about why poetry matters — as a vehicle for communicating human experience and as vital “equipment for living” — then read primarily from his first book, The Pure Inconstancy of Grace. Rick’s QCC contact wrote: “The feedback to date has been really good. Many students had never been to a poetry reading before and truly enjoyed it.” Watch the video here.
WESA-FM Prosody Interview & Reading
Rick talks with poet/host Jan Beatty and reads poems from Each Perfected Name
in a 30-minute conversation that first aired March 7, 2015 on WESA-FM. Click here to listen.
Poet Lore Review of The Pure Inconstancy of Grace
Lynn Pedersen’s extended review of Rick’s first full-length poetry collection appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Poet Lore, the nation’s oldest poetry journal. Click here to read a pdf of the review.
Lessons Learned from Conversations for Common Wealth
During 2002-2005, Rick initiated and coordinated an arts-based civic engagement program called Conversations for Common Wealth, as a project of the Community House Learning Center. Though different in many ways, the project served as a prototype for Conversations That Matter. Click here to read a pdf of the summary report on this previous initiative.
(photo by Jan Leo)