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Writers to share ‘Scary Stories’ at ArtsAltoona Center

On Friday, Oct. 29, three writers from the Central Pennsylvania region will be presenting poems and short fiction around the theme “Scary Stories” at the Sanctuary at the ArtsAltoona Center, 2212 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

The writers performing at the event are Dave Bonta, from Tyrone; Camille-Yvette Welsch, from State College; and Gabriel Welsch, formerly of Huntingdon and now Pittsburgh.

The event is part of a set of fall readings in support of the release of Welsch’s new book, “Groundscratchers,” a collection of short fiction published by Tolsun Books this October.

Each of the writers will have work for sale at the event, with a book-signing to follow the reading.

The event is free and open to the public.

Event organizers ask attendees to observe safety protocols including wearing a face covering indoors and following guidance in the venue for socially-distanced seating.

The show will feature the writers reading and performing poems and short fiction, and will also include a selection of videopoems.

About the writers

n Dave Bonta has lived most of his life in Plummer’s Hollow, on Brush Mountain near Tyrone. His 2017 book of poetry, “Ice Mountain,” was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Awards. An earlier collection, “Breakdown: Banjo Poems,” was selected for the Keystone Chapbook Award from Seven Kitchens Press. His videopoems have appeared in festivals and exhibitions around the world.

n Camille-Yvette Welsch is a teaching professor of English at Penn State University, University Park. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, she is the author of two books of poetry, “FULL” and “The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom.” Her work has appeared in Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Barrow Street Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and other venues. She also directs the High School Writing Day at Penn State and PubLit at Big Springs Distillery in Bellefonte.

n Gabriel Welsch’s first collection of short stories, “Groundscratchers,” was released by Tolsun Books in October 2021. In addition, Welsch is the author of four collections of poems: “The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse,” “The Death of Flying Things,” “An Eye Fluent in Gray” and “Dirt and All Its Dense Labor.” After living in Central Pennsylvania for 30 years, he now lives in Pittsburgh with his family and works at Duquesne University.

For more information, contact: Leah Klevan event coordinator, at ArtsAltoona, at lklevan@artsaltoona.org or 814-201-7004.

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