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

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by 6GPress

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


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.


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.

3/10 Scott Pyle’s Seeking Fire Book Launch & Poetry Reading Party @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by 6GPress

Don Wentworth says…

Saturday, March 10th, there will be a Book Launch/Reading Party for the release of Scott Pyle’s second book of haiku, Seeking Fire. The reading will take place at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination on Penn Avenue in Garfield and will run from 7 to 9 pm. Seven Pittsburgh poets, including myself, will be helping Scott celebrate.
Many of you know Scott – he is an ex-librarian, formerly of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, who is now a full-time Pittsburgh firefighter. His new career has greatly influenced his second full-length collection of work, both in theme and subject, and I’m excited to say it builds on the approach and success of his first book.
Books will be available for purchase and signing from Scott, as well as the other poets participating at the reading. Refreshments will be supplied – beer, wine, bottled water and a mix of covered dishes and finger foods. Admission is $5 at the door or a covered dish (which broadly includes bags of chips, sweets etc.)
If you are free that evening and interested, we hope to see you there.

2/28 The Bridge Series Season 2 Premiere @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by 6GPress


Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, February 28th @ 7pm at Brillobox featuring readings by Brentin Mock (cityLAB), Charlie Deitch (Pittsburgh City Paper), and Hattie Fletcher (Creative Nonfiction) along with a Q&A discussion led by Matt Ussia (We’re All Gonna Die podcast)!!! Our guest organization for the evening will be The Coalition for Racial Justice in Media.

Cover: $5

Charlie Deitch is the editor-in-chief at Pittsburgh City Paper. He began working as a professional journalist at his hometown newspaper in 1993. Since then, he has worked in newsrooms in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and Louisiana. A multi-award-winning journalist, Charlie has spent much of his career covering social-justice issues ranging from immigration and police brutality to education and politics. He has worked at City Paper since 2005 before being named editor in 2014.

Hattie Fletcher has been the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine since 2005 and is the editor of the monthly mini-magazine True Story. Essays she has edited have been reprinted in the Best American Essays, the Best American Travel Writing, and the Best Women’s Travel Writing and have been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She has also worked on books covering such topics as end-of-life care, personalized medicine, education, mental health, and parenting. She was a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series, published by W.W. Norton, and is co-editor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told … from the first 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction magazine (In Fact Books, 2014).

Brentin Mock is a staff writer for Citylab who writes about the role of justice and civil rights in the laws and policies that govern our lives, particularly in the urban environment. He has a long history of reporting on environmental justice and voting rights. He previous served as justice editor for the environmental news site Grist, and as a national correspondent for Colorlines.com <http://colorlines.com/>. He has also served as a staff writer or fellow for The Nation, The American Prospect magazine, Intelligence Report magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, and The Lens, an investigative online news nonprofit in New Orleans, Louisiana. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Root, Outside Magazine, Essence, The Grio, and Next City.

Matt Ussia is sentient organic matter, an academic, soft core punk, theremin player, photo-blogger, and podcaster who lives in Pittsburgh. He is currently finishing up a book about the negative impact of neoliberalism on higher education and the lives of young people. His podcast is called We’re All Gonna Die (And Other Fun Facts).

The Coalition for Racial Justice in Media was created to improve inclusivity and accurate, substantive representation in newsrooms by holding newsrooms accountable.

CRJM believes that all voices deserve an equal opportunity for access within Western Pennsylvania’s media ecosystem, notably within its legacy newspapers, television and radio broadcasts and digital operations. Through a combination of advocacy, policy-making, education, research and reporting, CRJM works toward the creation of such an inclusive media environment.

2/20 Jason Baldinger & Kat Giordano @ Calamari’s Squid Row

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on February 16, 2018 by 6GPress


Jason Baldinger and Kat Giordano visit from Pittsburgh, plus open.

Part of Erie’s Poetry Night series, hosted by Chuck Joy.

2/15 Low Ghost Press Love-In @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2018 by 6GPress


In these dark times we could all use a little more love.

Join Low Ghost Press as we celebrate the publication of ‘Unconditional Surrender: An Anthology of Love Poems’ featuring readings by Angele Ellis, Robert Walicki, Jen Ashburn, Don Wentworth, Stephanie Brea, Sheila Carter-Jones, Richard Gegick, Dave Newman, Lori Jakiela, Bob Pajich, Jason Baldinger, Meghan Tutolo, Bart Solarczyk, and Nancy Krygowski.

Poets will also be deejaying their favorite tunes.

Come dance to the poems & groove to the poetry of pop!!

This event is FREE.

We’ll be taking up a collection for Planned Parenthood of Western PA during the event.

1/25 After Happy Hour Review Belated Release Party @ Glitter Box

Posted in Events, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2018 by 6GPress


Join After Happy Hour Review and friends as we celebrate the release of our eighth issue with writers from the newly released journal, from our writing workshop, and from the greater Pittsburgh Writing Community, and you!

Beer has been generously donated by Alpine Beer Company. We’ll also bring some potluck style snacks.The event is free, though we suggest a donation of $5–this helps us to pay for our website domain, submittable, etc.

A bit more on our readers:

William Repass:

William Repass lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and works as a projectionist and film librarian. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, Small Po[r]tions, and elsewhere.

Emily Kiernan:

Emily Kiernan is the author of a novel, Great Divide (Unsolicited Press). Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Pank, The Collagist, Redivider, and other journals. She is a prose editor at Noemi Press and a fiction editor at Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks. More information can be found at emilykiernan.com.

Angele Ellis:

Angele Ellis’s latest book, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press), is a hybrid bloody valentine to her adopted city. She also is author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook) and Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems won her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

John Menesini:

John Thomas Menesini is the author of The Last Great Glass Meat Million (Six Gallery Press, 2003), e pit ap h (Convergence, 2007), endo: Poems & Sketches 2007 – 2011 (Six Gallery Press, 2011), and Gloom Hearts & Opioids (Six Gallery Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in numerous publications in Ireland, Scotland, England, and the US, thus garnering dozens of fans across the globe.

Tom Sweterlitsch:

Tom Sweterlitsch was born in Iowa and grew up in Ohio. His first novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow was published in 2014. He has co-written several short films with Director Neill Blomkamp for Oats Studios including Rakka, Firebase, and Zygote. Before becoming a writer, he worked for the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for twelve years. His new novel, The Gone World, is due out in February from Putnam Books. Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.


1/15 MLK Benefit Show for Duncan & Porter House @ Howlers

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2018 by 6GPress


The Martin Luther King Birthday Concert has been going since 1988.
It is a benefit concert for Duncan and Porter of Hospitality, that has been housing Pittsburgh Homeless since 1977.

With the closing of the BBT, its moved across the street to Howlers this year..

With featured performances by..

T Mitchell Bell, Raised by Wolves, Knauer Bros Big Band, The Impositions, Pete’s Radio, and Meet the BEATLESS!,

$5-10 sliding scale suggested donation

Books of 2017

Posted in New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2017 by 6GPress

Here they all are, albeit blurrier than IRL. Available wherever they are sold (the authors, your local bookmonger or library, an evil, horrifying corporate leviathan, etc.). The ones I edited & laid out all have “man” in the title & the ones Mark Spitzer did all have “ar” & “la”.

Here they are again, in order of release, w/ better pics:

Thanks for reading & see ya next year!

12/30 Kelly Andrews, Don Wentworth, & M. Scott Douglas @ Staghorn Garden Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2017 by 6GPress


Don Wentworth says,

The reading is at 4 pm, Saturday Dec. 30th, and I will be debuting a number of brand new ghazals from a manuscript currently in the works from Low Ghost Press. There will be some haiku in between ghazals to give the reading some balance.
If you are free, please come out and support the Staghorn Poetry Series and fellow readers, Kelly Andrews and M. Scott Douglas. Hope to see you there.

12/16 Holiday Book Sale Redux @ Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by 6GPress


Join us for a SECOND CHANCE to browse great books from Pittsburgh authors, publishers, and booksellers.

SATURDAY, December 16th
Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination
5006 Penn Avenue
Penn Avenue Arts District
Free admission
Street parking

Confirmed vendors so far:

Air & Nothingness Press
Hyacinth Girl Press
Lilliput Review
Karen’s Book Row–with many books from Pittsburgh publishers!
Six Gallery Press
Very Important Books–fiction & zines
Authors signing books!

I’ll be sharing a table w/ Don Wentworth at this, so visit us for all your Six Gallery Press & Lilliput Review needs. Pictured are Manual for Wayward Angels by Jessica Fenlon, the Low Ghost love poem anthology Unconditional Surrender, & Muskrat Friday Dinner by Scott Silsbe, three great books from 2017 (I’ve at least skimmed the other ones & strongly suspect they’re also pretty good). The latest Six Gallery titles Viva Arletty! by Mark Spitzer & Arkansas Ghoulash by Scotty Lewis, Manchild by Alan Olifson, & Under the Kaufmann’s Clock by Angele Ellis w/ photos by Rebecca Clever, will be available too, along w/ selections from the back catalog by Ally Malinenko, Chuck Kinder, Elwin Cotman, Jason Baldinger, John Grochalski, Victor Navarro, book sale organizer Karen Lillis, & more.