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Paola Corso

Paola Corso

Paola Corso is the author of fiction and poetry books set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mills. Her most recent book is “The Laundress Catches Her Breath,” winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing. Writing honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Literary and Cultural Map. Currently, she is completing “Steppin,” a collection of step poems and performing them with Steppin Stanzas, a grassroots poetry project celebrating city steps she co-​founded with poet Andrew Edwards. With the help of a Sprout Fund grant, Steppin Stanzas launched at the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association’s 16th Annual Pittsburgh StepTrek. More info at www​.pao​la​corso​.com/​s​t​e​p​p​i​n​s​t​a​n​z​a​s​.​h​t​m.

Pittsburgh’s Famed Stairways to…

“Pittsburgh is undoubtedly the cockeyedest city in the United States. Physically, it is absolutely irrational. It must have been laid out by a mountain goat…And then the steps — oh, Lord, the steps!” –Syndicated Columnist Ernie Pyle, 1937 (as qtd. in “Steps of Pittsburgh”)
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