Some of Pittsburgh's top poets will gather for a tribute to Cvetic, the poet, boxing coach and former county narcotics officer who's definitely one of a kind in Pittsburgh.
The reading, at Hemingway's Cafe — where Cvetic has hosted the Summer Poetry Series for nearly 40 years — is free, with a suggested donation of $5 benefiting the Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League.
Readers include Jan Beatty
, Lori Jakiela
, John Korn, Adam Matcho, Leslie Anne McIlroy, Dave Newman, Ed Ochester
, Judith Vollmer and Joan E. Bauer. (Bauer co-organizes the Summer Reading Series.)
Poet and actor S.A. Griffin, who is based in Los Angeles, is also scheduled to read — a testament to Cvetic's West Coast connections, which include a friendship with Nick Nolte, with whom he worked on the Pittsburgh-shot 2011 feature film Warrior
Cvetic is known for his plain-spoken, often salty poems reminiscent of Bukowski, many drawing on his experience as a cop, and for his philanthropic work, including Christmas toy drives
. He's published several collections on locally based Lascaux Editions, including Beware of the Dog
(2016). Over the past several years, many of his poems have been featured in City Paper
, including this one
and this one
. And here's a profile of Cvetic
from earlier this year.
The reading begins at 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 8, in Hemingway's back room.
is located at 3911Forbes Ave., in Oakland.
For more information, email JBauer103w@aol.com.