Writers to Share ‘Scary Stories’ at the ArtsAltoona Center | News, Sports, Jobs


On Friday, October 29, three writers from the central Pennsylvania area will present poems and short fiction films around the theme “Scary stories” at the ArtsAltoona Center Shrine, 2212 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

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

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

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

The event is free and open to the public.

Event organizers are asking attendees to observe safety protocols, including wearing a face covering indoors and following on-site instructions for remote headquarters.

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

About the writers

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

n Camille-Yvette Welsch is Professor of English at Penn State University, University Park. Poet nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she is the author of two collections 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 sites. She also runs High School Writing Day at Penn State and PubLit at Big Springs Distillery in Bellefonte.

n the first collection of short stories by Gabriel Welsch, “Scratch the ground”, was published by Tolsun Books in October 2021. Additionally, Welsch is the author of four collections of poems: “The four horsemen of a disappointing apocalypse”, “The death of flying things”, “An eye that speaks fluently gray” and “The dirt and all its heavy work.” 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, [email protected] or 814-201-7004.

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