4/20 ONEMiC National Poetry Month Edition! feat. Jason Baldinger @ Ad Astra Books & Coffee House

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM in Salina, Kansas…

Join us as we party it up for National Poetry Month!

Coming all the way from Pittsburgh, please welcome our featured poet, Jason Baldinger!

Ready to bring the walls down is our musical guest, Even The Girl!

Your host Linzi Garcia will be full of dad jokes and over-caffeinated enthusiasm!

Sponsored by:
Friday Night Live, Salina KS
Salina Arts & Humanities

4/15 Schubert on the Bluff, Year 3: Concert XIII: Winter Journey @ Mary Pappert School of Music

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2018 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

2:30 p.m. Pre-concert

David Allen Wehr plays Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque and L’isle joyeuse

3:00 p.m. Concert

A co-presentation with Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Benjamin Binder, Artistic Director

Schubert was most famous during his lifetime for his over 600 songs, some of which were grouped into cycles. Perhaps the most important of these is the death-haunted “Winterreise”, a journey into winter’s darkness many music lovers consider Schubert’s finest achievement in song. Vocal expert Benjamin Binder is joined by acclaimed baritone Daniel Teadt. Winter is coming!

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Winterreise speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. In addition to a complete, uninterrupted performance of the entire cycle, six Pittsburgh poets (Jen Ashburn, Sheila Carter-Jones, Lori Jakiela, Adriana E. Ramirez, Sheila Squillante, and Don Wentworth) will give readings of new work responding to the songs.

4/16 Brews-Zing Poetry w/ Burroughs, Borsenik, Baldinger & Dorsey @ Brews

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2018 by 6GPress

4PM MONDAY in Eureka Springs…

Dynamic Cleveland-area poets John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik perform at the perfect venue, Brews in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Update: They will be joined by Jason Baldinger (of Pittsburgh) and John Dorsey (of Belle, Missouri).

John Burroughs is a nationally-touring poet and performer from the Cleveland area and the author of over a dozen books including Water Works, Electric Company, Beat Attitude and The Eater of the Absurd. His latest, Loss and Foundering, will be published in Spring 2018 by NightBallet Press. In various past lives, John served as playwright-in-residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution, his blog was ranked #1 on MySpace, he won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, and he co-founded (with Dianne Borsenik) the infamous Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and almost-annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. John has edited numerous volumes, including the Oct Tongue poetry series, Cheap and Easy Magazine and the anti-censorship anthology Fuck Poetry, and he is probably most proud of his work since 2008 as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. Find him at www.crisischronicles.com.

Dianne Borsenik is active in the Ohio poetry scene and regional reading circuit. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Chiron Review, The Offbeat, Slipstream, Rosebud, The Ramingo’s Porch, and Pudding Magazine, with work forthcoming in Poems-For-All and Conclave. Crisis Chronicles Press published her first full length collection, Age of Aquarius, in 2016, and published a collection of thirty-one of her poems as part of Oct Tongue 2 in 2017. Editor and designer at NightBallet Press, Borsenik has published over one hundred titles for poets across the United States. Lit Youngstown printed her poem “Disco” on their tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star. Find her at www.dianneborsenik.com.

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming summer 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez, Blue Hour Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com.

John Dorsey has been writing poetry since the late 1980s and has been involved in the publishing community for more than two decades. He is the author of around 50 books and chapbooks, a few of the most recent being Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017), the latter was funded by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Department. A nine-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared more than 2,000 magazines and anthologies from around the world. He has read or spoken at colleges and universities such as the University of Toledo, Assumption College, Cleveland State University, Seton Hill University, University of the Arts, Erie Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as other assorted venues covering 49 states. For several years Dorsey served as a judge for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Tarta Project, which chose poems to be presented on city transit buses. In 2006, he won the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction competition, and would go on to serve as a judge the following year, before being named the city’s Best Literary Artist in their 2014 reader poll. In 2010, he also served as a judge for Grievous Jones Press’ Grievous Prize issued in Cardiff, Wales, and in 2013 for the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Open Chapbook Competition in Kent, Ohio. From 2003-2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio and In 2015, Dorsey was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO, where he currently resides. In 2017 he received a two appointment to serve as Belle’s first city Poet Laureate from Mayor Steve Vogt and has gone on to found the city’s first literary publication the Gasconade Review, which he edits with Jason Ryberg. He is a graduate of the University of Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program, completing his education there in 2002, and 2017 he served as the subject for a poetry documentary by NYC filmmaker Carson Parish. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com

4/18 Shot Outta Hoboken: Danny Shot, Lou Ickes, The Dirty Poet, & Karen Lillis @ White Whale + Open Mic feat. Jason Baldinger @ Poetic Underground

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2018 by 6GPress

Karen Lillis says,

Dear friends & comrades,

I’m excited to announce a Pittsburgh book release party for DANNY SHOT, the coolest poet you haven’t heard of. I’ll be reading with him, and Lou Ickes & The Dirty Poet will be reading, too.

I first “met” Danny Shot by US mail when he accepted some of my poems for his legendary Hoboken literary mag, Long Shot. Founded by Danny Shot & Eliot Katz, Long Shot had a motto of “Writing for the Real World,” was originally funded by Allen Ginsberg, and ran for 26 issues over 20+ years.

Danny’s new book of poems, WORKS, is just out from CavanKerry Press, and like Long Shot, his poems are rooted in New Jersey, view the world through working-class bohemian eyes, pay homage to the Beats, and avoid pretension.

Read a poem by Danny Shot here:

http://livemag.org/issue_12/shot.html

..or here:

http://www.everseradio.com/write-great-jersey-poem-danny-shot/

Read more about Long Shot:
‘You Should Never Have Opened That Door’: The story of Long Shot Magazine:
http://jacket2.org/commentary/you-should-never-have-opened-door-story-long-shot-magazine

I hope you can come out and help me celebrate Danny’s book & his poetry!

SHOT OUTTA HOBOKEN

Readers: Danny Shot

Lou Ickes

The Dirty Poet

Karen Lillis

Wednesday, April 18

White Whale Bookstore

7-9pm

Free

In related news, Danny & I are both included in the new lit anthology,
FROM SOMEWHERE TO NOWHERE: THE END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM (Autonomedia, Oct 2017)

https://www.akpress.org/from-somewhere-to-nowhere.html

I hope to have some copies of this powerhouse anthology at the reading as well!

Ciao,

Karen

9PM in Kansas City…

Poetic Underground presents: Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Kati Clair and Madison Mae Parker.

Sign-up list opens at 9:00pm, show starts promptly at 9:30pm. Names are read in random order.

Please come share your poetry or prose with us at Poetic Underground. You are allowed up to 5 minutes on the stage and are welcome to share your truth in that time. Please be respectful of those on stage, for the stage is a sacred and safe space.

No cover.

‘Poetic Underground is dedicated to using poetry as a healing and community building tool to create a safe space where artists can gather in Kansas City.’

Please invite your friends, like our Facebook page, Poetic Underground, and take a look at our website poeticunderground.com.

ABOUT THE FEATURE:
Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming spring 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

4/7 An Afternoon of Poetry Reading @ Rodman Public Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2018 by 6GPress

2PM THIS VERY AFTERNOON…

Join us for a relaxed afternoon of poetry reading on Saturday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Poets from Ohio and Pennsylvania will read from their published works and at the conclusion of all reading will invite attendees to ask questions. The poets participating in this event include Jason Baldinger , Bonné de Blas, Theresa Göttl Brightman, Pat Hurley , and Sony Q. Ton-Aime.

4/6 Poetry Reading: James, Silsbe, Tutolo, & Wentworth @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM FRIDAY…

Free. BYOB. Three local poets welcome Mike James back into town for a night of poems at White Whale. Readers bios:

Mike James has been published in more than 100 magazines throughout the country. His work has appeared in such places as Negative Capability, Birmingham Poetry Review, Soundings East, and Chiron Review. He is the author of eleven poetry collections. His most recent books include: Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog), My Favorite Houseguest (FutureCycle), and Peddler’s Blues (Main Street Rag.) He has served as an associate editor for the Kentucky Review and Autumn House Press, as well as the publisher of the now defunct Yellow Pepper Press. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Paterson Prize. He makes his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. More information can be found on his website at mike.jamespoetry.com.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. Silsbe is an editor at Low Ghost Press and has written three books of poetry—’Unattended Fire,’ ‘The River Underneath the City,’ and last year’s ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner.’ His next book, ‘Mount Trashmore,’ is forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press.

Meghan Tutolo is an artist with some writing degrees and two smooshy-faced cats. She romances olives and Italian food for a living and teaches composition at a local college. When she isn’t writing or grading, Meghan can be found painting, doodling, watching ‘Forensic Files,’ drinking too much coffee, playing her guitar or stalking cats on Instagram—sometimes all of these in the same night.

Don Wentworth is a Pittsburgh-based poet whose work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in everyday life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. He is the author of 3 full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016) His first full-length collection, Past All Traps, was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s 2011 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. His poem “hiding” was selected as one of “100 Notable Haiku” of 2013 by Modern Haiku Press.

Don says,

I will be reading new ghazals from the manuscript currently at the publisher. Who knows, a new haiku or two might pop up, too.
& I’d add that the publisher in question is none other than good ol’ Low Ghost Press. Stay tuned.

4/5 PCWS presents: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets – Homecoming, feat. Jonathan Moody @ Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM THURSDAY…

Homecoming: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion, a recipient of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award, Notes from a Missing Person, and the forthcoming Interrogation Room. She has received grants from the Daesan Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and Minnesota State Arts Board. Currently co-editing an anthology of auto-critical writing, Kwon Dobbs is associate professor of English and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. Jonathan Moody, a Cave Canem graduate fellow, is the author of The Doomy Poems and Olympic Butter Gold, which won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. Kristin Naca’s collection, Bird Eating Bird, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publisher’s Triangle Awards.  She has been awarded fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and Bread Loaf. She teaches in the Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra CisnerosAaron Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, Appetite, a finalist for Paterson Poetry Prize and an NPR Best Book, and Primer. His chapbooks are Men in Groups and What’s Required, winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize. A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Studio and the New York Foundation for the Arts. 7pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Location and Address

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (room 125)

3/31 Rock ’em Sock ’em Readings – Garrison, Gainey, Broome, & Collins @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on March 29, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM SATURDAY…

An evening of rock ’em, sock ’em readings featuring Kurt Garrison, Celeste Gainey, Brian Broome, and Kristofer Collins!!

Nine Stories Bookshop, 5400 Butler Street (in Lawrenceville)
7pm
BYOB
FREE!

Kurt Garrison writes, rocks and dog walks with a little bit of welding thrown in.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2015). Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. Among other acknowledgments, she has been selected as a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence and has been a participating poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Brian Broome is an author and 2018 William S. Dietrich Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. You can read his book “79” available on Amazon and visit his website brianbroome.com to read more.

Kristofer Collins is the books editor at Pittsburgh Magazine and a frequent contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the co-director of The Bridge Series. His latest poetry collection, ‘Salsa Night at the Hilo Town Tavern’ was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.

3/29 Winter’s Journey in Poetry and Song: Part 2 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2018 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY…

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Franz Schubert’s great 19th-century song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. Tonight we present Part Two of our project, “Winter’s Journey in Poetry and Song.” Another group of three Pittsburgh poets (Sheila Squillante, Jen Ashburn, Don Wentworth) will give readings of new work responding to the final twelve songs of the cycle, along with live performances of the corresponding songs by baritone Daniel Teadt and pianist Benjamin Binder.

For more info, see the Brillobox events page at http://www.brilloboxpgh.com/events/event/winters-journey-poetry-song/. Admission is free!

Here is Duquesne’s page about the event & some more details from Don Wentworth:

This Thurday, March 29th, at 8pm, Jen Ashburn, Sheila Squillante, and I will be reading 4 poems each in response to the final 12 lieder of Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle, Winterreise. After each poem by the 3 poets, the corresponding song in the sequence will be performed by Benjamin Binder, piano, and Daniel Teadt, baritone.
 
I’ve specially composed 4 poetry sequences, comprised of 4 haiku each, in response to the last 4 poems in Schubert’s cycle. In addition, I will read a Coda to the entire sequence, composed of a single haiku.
BG on the song cycle here, English translations by William Mann here. To motivate you to come out, all wind & weather notwithstanding, here’s No. 22:

When the snow flies in my face,
I brush it away;
when my heart exclaims in my breast,
I sing bright and cheery.

Don’t hear what it tells me,
have no ears for that,
don’t feel its complaining—
complaining is for fools.

Merrily off into the world,
spite all wind and weather!
If we can’t have gods on earth,
we are gods ourselves.

3/21 Latitudes Poetry Night feat. Kat Giordano & Jason Baldinger @ Compass Coffee

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY in Akron, hosted by Theresa Göttl Brightman & Steve Brightman…

In March, Latitudes will be hosting our first out-of-state features, Kat Giordano and Jason Baldinger, both from Pittsburgh!

Kat Giordano is a poet and massive crybaby in Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems have been published by Indigent Press, The Cincinnati Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and others. They have also been known to show up trembling on people’s doorsteps in the middle of the night, too traumatized to explain what they’ve seen. She is the co-editor of Philosophical Idiot and can usually be found overindulging in her shoddy mental health on Twitter at @giordkat or at katgiordano.com

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming this winter. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

As always, our features will be followed by an open mic!

3/23 & 4/13 Pittsburgh Poets Rock the Apollo 2 @ Apollo Memorial Library

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Two readings by Pittsburgh poets at the Apollo Memorial Library, each featuring four poets and a mid-reading OPEN MIC for local poets! FREE!!

**FRIDAY, MARCH 23**

A seventh-generation Pittsburgher, JAY CARSON taught creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Robert Morris University, where he was a faculty advisor to the student literary journal, Rune. He has published more than 100 poems in national literary and professional journals, magazines, and anthologies. Jay published a chapbook, Irish Coffee, with Coal Hill Review and a longer book of his poems, The Cinnamon of Desire, with Main Street Rag. He considers his work Appalachian, Irish, accessible, the problem-solving spiritual survival of a raging, youth—and just what you might need.

BRI GRIFFITH studies Creative Writing at Carlow University, where she’s a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Alien Mouth, Rogue Agent, Maudlin House, and Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse.

SHARON FAGAN McDERMOTT is a poet, musician, and literature teacher at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, and Slipstream, among other journals, and in numerous anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press) and A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play (Sarabande Books). She has received a PA Council on the Arts Grant, a Pittsburgh Foundation Artist Award, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her most recent chapbook, Bitter Acoustic, was selected by poet Betty Adcock as the winner of the 2011 Jacar Press chapbook contest.

ROBERT WALICKI’s work has appeared in over 50 journals, including Pittsburgh City Paper, Fourth River, Stone Highway Review, and Red River Review. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert has published two chapbooks: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), which was nominated to the 2016 List of Books for New York City’s Poets House. His first full-length collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.

**FRIDAY, APRIL 13**

DANIELA BUCCILLI’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rogue Agent, Cimarron Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, U.S. Worksheets 1, Free State Review, Quail Bell.com, and Italian Americana. She holds an MFA in fiction from Pitt, and is currently working on a poetry MFA at Carlow. She is a member of The Madwomen in the Attic workshops, and teaches public high school outside of Pittsburgh. Her poetry manuscript All She Is Willing has been short-listed in a few contests, but, alas, has not been published. Nonetheless, she persists.

Over the past two decades, REBECCA CLEVER has served as a reporter, newspaper editor, columnist, promotional and technical writer, book editor/designer and photographer. Her poetry, nonfiction, interviews and pictures have been published in various newspapers, literary journals, books and anthologies. She is a past recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich poetry award, co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Chatham University; she was the recipient of a residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Project. Rebecca received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham in 2011, where she was a finalist for best thesis. She resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area with her partner, Theresa, their children, and nine pets.

ANGELE ELLIS’s most recent book, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press), is a hybrid valentine to her adopted city. A longtime editor and community activist, she also is the author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook) and Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems won her a fellowship from the PA Council on the Arts. Angele is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine; her poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in 75 journals and anthologies. Her latest manuscript, Fallout Shelter, was a first-round finalist in the 2017 Two Sylvias Chapbook Contest.

LISA PANEPINTO is the author of On This Borrowed Bike (Three Rooms Press) and Poetry Editor for Cabildo Quarterly, a literary broadside and online journal.