poet, photographer, activist

PAOLA JO (PJ) CORSO is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction  set in her native Pittsburgh area where her Southern Italian immigrant family members were steel workers. Her latest are Vertical Bridges: Poems and Photographs of City Steps, The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of The Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, and Catina's Haircut: A Novel in Stories. As a member of an artist's collective, Corso's photographs have been exhibited in galleries, libraries, and open houses. She cofounded Steppin Stanzas, a grassroots performing arts project to celebrate city steps. Above, she reads from Vertical Bridges for Runway to Love Poetry Reading and Fashion Show, a tribute to bell hooks' book, All About Love. The event was organized by The Ferlinghetti Girls, a project she cofounded to celebrate Lawrence Ferlinghetti's vision of free speech and poetry for the people. Corso earned graduate degrees in Creative Writing and Community Organizing. She lives and works in New York City. See full Bio.

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