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Writers to collaborate with musicians at Hampton’s Steamworks Creative

Mary Ann Thomas
Words and Music, Steamworks Creative event May 24, 2019, performers include: Top row, L to R: Lori Jakiela, Heather Kropf and Joanna Lowe. Bottom row, L to R: Mark Dignam, Dave Newman and Bill Toms.

Six writers and musicians will take the stage Friday at Steamworks Creative in Hampton to perform works based on each other’s work.

“Words and Music – An evening of writers collaborating with musicians,” will be held from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Steamworks, 4967 Route 8, Suite 6. Tickets are $15

According to Steamworks Creative, the lineup features:

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir “Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe,” (Atticus Books), which was named one of 20 Not-to-Miss Books of Nonfiction of 2015 by The Huffington Post. Jakiela is also the author of an essay collection, “Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker” (Bottom Dog Press), as well as two other memoirs — “Miss New York Has Everything” (Hatchette) and “The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious” (C&R Press).

Heather Kropf’s most recent album, “Lights,” was recorded with producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price and includes an all-star cast of players. It was noted as top Pittsburgh album of the year by TribLIVE (2017) and nominated for Best Media + Entertainment Project of the Year (2018) by the Pittsburgh Creative Industries Network.

Joanna Lowe is a spoken word artist, actress and founder of Cup-A-Jo Productions. She has performed her original poetry on the radio, at various events and in several venues and collaborated with several city musicians. Her CD, “The Occasional Epiphany,” can be found at joannalowepoetry.com.

Mark Dignam is a Dublin-born singer songwriter who began as a street performer and became part of an Irish folk/rock renaissance of the 1990s.

Dave Newman is the author of six books, including “Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight” (Broken River Books, forthcoming 2019), the novella “Sammy Drinks Canned Beer” (White Gorilla Press, forthcoming 2019), “The Poem Factory” (White Gorilla Press, 2015), the novels “Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children” (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), and more. He has won numerous awards, including the Andre Dubus Novella Prize, and lives in Trafford with his wife, writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children. He works in medical research.

Bill Toms, a Pittsburgh native, and his band Hard Rain recently released “Live,” a blues-soul album recorded at Pittsburgh’s Club Café.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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