Writer and Stage Performer Robert Isenbert to Read Work at Bossa Nova

| May 15, 2013

Robert Isenberg

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Cyclist, globe-trotter and Pittsburgh writer Robert Isenberg arrives in Franklin on May 31 to read from his diverse body of work. Known for his electric performance style and invigorating travel tales, Isenberg is a raconteur with “the skills of a master storyteller.”

Bossa Nova Café hosts this one-night event on May 31, 7 p.m., as part of its ongoing performing arts programming. The event is free and open to the public.

For 15 years, Isenberg has lived in Western Pennsylvania and used it as a springboard to the world—he has backpacked through post-war Bosnia, bicycled through France and journeyed to rural Laos, the most heavily bombed landscape in the world. Known throughout the Steel City for his prolific journalism, stage plays, verse and monologues, Isenberg brings his unique brand of prose to Franklin.

To learn more about the Bossa Nova Café, visit facebook.com/BossaNovaCafe.


A Vermont native, Isenberg moved to the Steel City in 1997 to study at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, he has become a prolific writer, actor, photographer and playwright. His first long-form documentary, The Trail, was aired on WQED, courtesy Filmmakers’ Corner. He is the first-ever Whitford Fellow at Chatham University, the MFA program’s highest honor. A playwriting instructor at Duquesne University, Isenberg has seen sixteen of his plays produced, and he is also creator of the Pittsburgh Monologue Project. His books include The Archipelago: A Balkan Passage and Wander. To learn more, visit robertisenberg.net.


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