The Mold Farmer by Rick Claypool

Posted in New Releases with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2020 by 6GPress

The Mold Farmer, huh, what’s that about?

From the author of Leech Girl Lives comes a novella of cosmic claustrophobia and workplace survival horror. It’s the story of Thorner, crushed under the weight of an alien occupation and also a refrigerator; of his family and campmates and fellow workers on Weckett’s mold farm; of the nglaeylyaethm and their masks and pets. It’s the story of people in intolerable situations, faced with untenable choices, in an appallingly cruel society – a fanciful tale of the distant future.

Scifi/horror/weird fic writers weigh in:

Think you’ve got a bad job? Take consolation that you’re not scraping mold for a living, that you don’t have any tentacles in your head, and that you’re not sewing tents from the discarded skins of the creatures who’ve taken your world over. A wonderfully odd novella with a profoundly human core.

-Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World and The Warren

At its best, Rick Claypool’s work makes the disturbing and surreal feel believable. The true horror in this book isn’t the alien overlords, but the alarmingly relatable journey of a man navigating a world he will never understand, willing to stoop ever lower just to get by.

-Daniel McCloskey, author of Cloud Town and A Film About Billy

Claypool’s post-apocalyptic novella draws readers into a world that’s compellingly surreal, darkly imaginative, and just not… quite right.

-Premee Mohamed, author of A Broken Darkness and Beneath the Rising

A character struggling between the twin horrors of alien in-vasion and economic degradation, I found Rick Claypool’s Mold Farmer a voice that held me in its grip. Full-on body horror merges with the most human of concerns-family, and how to protect it-to produce a fascinating, frightening tale.

-Aliya Whiteley, author of The Loosening Skin and The Beauty

So far it’s available from the usual suspects (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), new-to-me outlets like Aladin, & good old bookshop.org. Ebooks too, for a change! Booksellers & libraries can order direct from Ingram.

Anyone uses goodreads, it’s also there & currently reviewless.

Learn more about Rick Claypool & his other work at his website.

Reviews, interviews, & so forth coming soon…

Vertical Bridges: Poems and Photographs of City Steps by Paola Corso

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2020 by 6GPress

Appreciate the city steps? Then you might also appreciate Paola Corso‘s new book.

In Vertical Bridges: Poems and Photographs of City Steps, Paola Corso celebrates public stairways in her native Pittsburgh and around the world. Inspired by her Sicilian grandfather, a stonemason who built concrete steps, and her Calabrian grandfather and father, steelworkers who once climbed them to the mill, Corso is a storyteller. She shares memories of her family, the history behind Pittsburgh having more public staircases than any other city in the country, and curiosities about some of the world’s most famous steps. Vertical Bridges includes photos by the author along with archival photos from the University of Pittsburgh Library’s Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection.

Here’s what some other discerning step appreciators had to say about it:

“Under Corso’s nimble juggling of words and images, Pittsburgh’s staircases become a series of paths leading elsewhere—from China to Norway, from Italy back to the Three Rivers again. Together these narratives construct a fascinating ecology of urban spaces, emphasizing the delicate lives and quotidian strength of those who climb up and down: workers, immigrants, children, lovers. In each direction, these poetic flights offer an all-encompassing view.”
—LAURA E. RUBERTO, author of Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S. and co-editor of New Italian Migrations to the United States, Vol. 1 and 2

“I have expressed Pittsburgh’s city steps using maps and photographs. Here Paola Corso has done so with words and style, imagery and feelings. She offers a delightful way to experience the steps, not only in Pittsburgh but around the world.”
—BOB REGAN, author of Pittsburgh Steps and Bridges of Pittsburgh

“Pittsburghers will love Paola Corso’s mix of poetry and poetic imagery, from histories of the city’s staircases to stories that unfolded along them over time. It’s good to see the stairways being celebrated, preserved, and loved—in print and in real life.”
—BRIAN A. BUTKO, author of Greetings from the Lincoln Highway and editor of Western Pennsylvania History magazine

“In poems contemplative, lyric, hybrid, and explosive, Corso stays true to her working-class roots. Though the altitude is often dizzying, the elevation is well worth it—and the best of poems, like these, always give us a touch of vertigo. This is a remarkably imaginative book, replete with stunning archival photographs and equally stunning photographs by Corso herself. A marvel!”
—JOSEPH BATHANTI, author of The Life of the World to Come and East Liberty

So far it’s available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, bookshop.org, & probably elsewhere. Booksellers can get it direct from Ingram.

PAOLA CORSO’s books are set in her native Pittsburgh, where her Italian immigrant family members were steel workers, most recently The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Prize in Creative Writing, Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing, a Triangle Fire Memorial Association Awardee, and Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories. She is cofounder and resident artist of Steppin Stanzas, a grant-awarded poetry and art project celebrating city steps. She splits her time between New York’s grid and Pittsburgh’s grade.

Here are some recent interviews Paola did with other authors about their books, over at CavanKerry Press

Tina Kelly

Fred Shaw

& here’s what Paola has going on & coming up.

Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists Collective will hold its annual OPEN STUDIO TOUR on Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 14-15, and 21-22, 2020 at Ossam Gallery and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Gallery in Brooklyn. Paola will display her  COLOR COLLAGES of city steps.
STEP WALK AND POETRY READING on Sunday, December 6 from 10-noon and 2-4 pm in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Paola will read from her new book, VERTICAL BRIDGES: POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF CITY STEPS.  Hosted by Danny Kessler.
Check back for more events here.
Paola will be a featured reader for the Italian American Writers Association via Zoom on Saturday, March 27, 2021. There will be an Open Mic from 6-7 p.m. and Featured Readers 7-8 p.m. More details to come.
The Carnegie Public Library-Oakmont Branch will exhibit Paola’s PHOTOGRAPHS of city steps and color collages the month of July 2021 along with a poetry reading and book signing. More details to come.
Paola will also post updates on her FACEBOOK PAGE.

Stay tuned for reviews & more (online, for the foreseeable future) events & updates, including a reading hosted by Pittsburgh’s White Whale Bookstore in February.

11/20 Poetry Reading: Russell, Mohn-Slate, McDermott, Walicki

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20…

Please register for this event by snagging a ticket on Eventbrite! There are both free tickets and pay-what-you-can tickets available. Registration will end at 6:30pm ET on 11/20.

Tune in for a poetry reading with local (or formerly local but still local in our hearts) poets Lauren RussellEmily Mohn-SlateSharon Fagan McDermott, and Bob Walicki!

Copies of Emily’s book The Falls are available on our main website! Check out our ready-to-ship website, which has a wide selection of recommended and best-selling books, store merch, book subscription boxes, and more. You can request specific books you don’t see on the site through this form, too. All orders ship from our store in Pittsburgh.

Other books by these authors are available on our Bookshop.org list for recent and upcoming events. You can also check out our curated lists and picks on our main Bookshop.org affiliate page, or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book’s ISBN usually works best.)

Lauren Russell’s first full-length book, What’s Hanging on the Hush, came out from Ahsahta Press in 2017. Her second book, Descent, is a winner of the 2019 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards and came out from Tarpaulin Sky Press in June, 2020.

Emily Mohn-Slate is the author of The Falls, winner of the 2019 New American Poetry Prize (New American Press, 2020) and Feed, winner of the 2018 Keystone Chapbook Prize (Seven Kitchens Press).

Sharon Fagan McDermott is a poet, musician, and a teacher of literature at a private school in Pittsburgh, PA. Her most recent poetry collection, Life Without Furniture, was published by Jacar Press in 2018.

Robert Walicki currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015. His first full length collection of poems, Black Angels, (Six Gallery Press, 2019).

9/16 Dance on Saturday Book Launch

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , on September 14, 2020 by 6GPress

Elwin sez,

It’s short notice, but y’all know I wasn’t going to release a book without having a launch. September 16, join me for a reading from my new book Dance on Saturday, 7:00 pm PST. I’ll be reading from the final story in the book, “The Piper’s Christmas Gift,” with a Q&A in the middle.

Please RSVP if you’d like to come because Zoom can be a little tricky. Zoombombers, Nazis, and assorted pieces of trash can go elsewhere.

https://zoom.us/j/94880077073?pwd=VXE5dlNRN0pmNzh4UmlNSFRKQXQzZz09

Zoom passcode: 283060

About Elwin Cotman: Elwin is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of Dance on Saturday and two previous collections of short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP and Hard Times Blues. In 2011 he was nominated for a Carl Brandon Society Award. He has toured extensively across North America and Europe. He was at work on his first novel. He finished it.

Dance on Saturday: In the title novella, Cotman imagines a group of near-immortals living in Pittsburgh in an uneasy truce with Lord Decay. Their truce is threatened when one of them takes pity on a young woman who knows their secret. In “Among the Zoologists,” a game writer on their way to a convention falls in with a group of rogue Darwinists whose baggage contains a great mystery. A volleyball tournament devolves into nightmare and chaos in “Mine.” In Cotman’s hands, the conventions of genres from fairytales to Victorian literature to epic fantasy and horror give shape to marvelously new stories. Dance on Saturday has received praise from (deep breath) The New York Times Book Review, Locus, Wired, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Book Riot, and Buzzfeed.

9/8 Virtual Poetry Book Launch: “The River Is Another Kind of Prayer” by Kristofer Collins

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM Tuesday, Sept. 8, on your rectangle…

Please register for this event by snagging a ticket on Eventbrite! There are both free tickets and pay-what-you-can tickets available. Registration will end at 6:30pm EDT on 9/8.

Rescheduled from March: We’re super excited to be helping local poet Kristofer Collins launch his latest collection, The River Is Another Kind of Prayer: New & Selected Poems! He’ll be reading alongside Daniela Buccilli, Richard Gegick, and Jamilla Rice.

Check out our Bookshop site’s list titled “Recent and Upcoming Events (Pre-order!)” to order Kristofer’s book. And you can check out other curated lists and picks on our main Bookshop affiliate page, or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book’s ISBN usually works best.) We’ve also got a number of books available ready-to-ship from our store in Pittsburgh.

About the authors:

Kristofer Collins is the publisher of Low Ghost Press and the books editor at Pittsburgh Magazine. He is the co-host of the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their son Cassidy.

Daniela Buccilli’s poetry chapbook is What it Takes to Carry (Main Street Rag). Her poems can be found in Coal River Review, Paterson Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cider Press Review, and Italian Americana. She holds degrees in teaching and writing from Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University. She has co-edited an upcoming anthology Show Us Your Papers. She teaches high school.

Richard Gegick is from Trafford, PA. He is the author of the poetry collection, Greasy Handshakes, available from WPA Press. He lives in Pittsburgh where he writes and waits tables for a living.

Jamilla Rice dreams of when she can own her days and write. Until then, she squeezes out moments during her time as an athlete, educator, aunt, book nerd, baker, and British detective drama junkie. Her work has been published in previous volumes of Voices from the Attic and Pittsburgh Poetry Review, among other anthologies and periodicals. You may have heard her read at various events, on WESA’s Prosody, or at that one open mic in Toronto. Her work includes poetry, short fiction, flash nonfiction and combinations of all of the above and more. Topics generally explore the intersection of the personal and political; past as present and future; the beauty within the mundane and pain; the science, math, and absurdity of human behavior; and the undying insistence of marginalized peoples to thrive.

7/18 Virtual Reading: Nikki Allen, Jason Baldinger, Victor Clevenger, John Dorsey, & Karen Lillis

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM TONIGHT, White Whale Bookstore says,

Join us for a reading featuring Nikki Allen, Jason Baldinger, Victor Clevenger, John Dorsey, and Karen Lillis!

Check out our curated lists and picks on our main Bookshop affiliate page or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book’s ISBN usually works best.) We also have a number of books available ready-to-ship from our store in Pittsburgh.

Please register for this event by snagging a ticket on Eventbrite! There are both free tickets and pay-what-you-can tickets available. Registration will end at 6:30pm EDT on 7/18.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Free registration/ticket sales will end at 6:30pm EDT on 7/18. Please email events@whitewhalebookstore.com if you miss this cut-off and need a ticket. For questions, check out our FAQ for events here.

About the authors:

Nikki Allen is a lover and a writer. She believes in strong coffee, revolution, the hard knocks and the sweetness. Find more of her writing at honeydunce.com.

Jason Baldinger is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaninia. A former Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, he is co-founder of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including and Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press) the chapbook Blind Into Leaving (Analog Submission Press) as well as the forthcoming Afterlife is a Hangover (Stubborn Mule Press). His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp and on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

Victor Clevenger spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing poetry in a small town northeast of Kansas City, MO. Selected pieces of his work have appeared in print magazines and journals around the world and have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and the Pushcart Prize. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Sandpaper Lovin’ (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2017), A Finger in the Hornets’ Nest (Red Flag Poetry, 2018), and Corned Beef Hash By Candlelight (Luchador Press, 2019). Together with American poet John Dorsey, they run River Dog.

John Dorsey grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory, (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017) and Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize.He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com.

Karen Lillis is a bookseller and a writer of fiction, memoir, and poetry. She is the author of four novellas, including Watch the Doors As They Close (Spuyten Duyvil). Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Gasconade Review, LA Cultural Weekly, Lit Hub, Local Knowledge, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, and Volume 1 Brooklyn, among others. She has been a writer in residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, an art reviewer at The Austin Chronicle, a regular contributor to the anti-war/poetry newspaper New York Nights after 2001, and once wrote a short story on the side of a freight train. Her books earned her a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction.

6/25 NeuroNautic Institute Presents Baldinger, Brothers, Goodrum, & Pavey

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on June 25, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM TONIGHT

We continue our Online reading Series with 4 great features plus a VIRTUAL OPEN MIC!!!

Shawn PaVey – Mission, KS
Jason Baldringer – Pittsburgh, Pa
Meagan Brothers – NYC
Melissa Goodrum – NYC

I’ve had the pleasure to hear and perform with all these poets, and it will be a great evening, with varied voices, strong sounds, and unique points of view.

This reading will be streaming live on FB LIVE the NeuroNautic Institute / NeuroNautic Press page

( https://www.facebook.com/NeuroNautic-Institute-Neuronautic-Press-109548260772346/)

THE LIST TO SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN MIC IS OPEN NOW. TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST MESSAGE ME PRIVATELY TO GET THE ZOOM ACCESS INFORMATION. THERE ARE LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE SO CONTACT ME ASAP

If you know people who would be interested in watching or participating who do not have facebook, but do have access to zoom, please have them contact me, or give me their contact information, in private, and we can make arrangements.

We are also taking this opportunity to help our usual venue – KGB bar/ Red Room in NYC. They are having a hard time surviving this pandemic, and they have done so much for us, and for the poetry, performance, and art scene in NYC. If you can give to help them out please use the following link:

https://fundly.com/literary-landmark-kgb-bar-nyc-aid

finally, we are considering moving to every 2 weeks until we can all gather in person again.
Please stay tuned for further info

Please stay safe
2 drink minimum

5/8 Virtual Poetry Reading: Robert Walicki & Michael McGriff @ White Whale Cyberbookstore

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM EASTERN TONIGHT on a rectangle…

Excited to host Michael McGriff and to welcome back Robert Walicki (“back”in the figurative sense, of course, as this event’s online) for an evening of poetry. Head to our Bookshop site’s list titled “Recent and Upcoming Events (Pre-order!)” to order one of Bob’s books and several of Michael’s. You can also check out other curated lists and picks on our main site page, or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book’s ISBN usually works best.)

This event will be hosted on Zoom. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Free registration/ticket sales will end at 6:30pm EDT on 5/8. Please email events@whitewhalebookstore.com if you miss this cut-off and need a ticket.

Robert Walicki’s work has appeared in and is forthcoming in a number of publications including Chiron Review, The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, Red River Review, and others. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). His first full length collection of poems, Black Angels, is currently available from Six Gallery Press, and his most recent collection, Fountain, is now available at Main Street Rag Press.

Michael McGriff is the author of several books, most recently the poetry collection Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) and the short story collection Our Secret Life in the Movies (A Strange Object, 2014), which was an NPR Best Book of 2014. His works has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, and on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. He lives in northern Idaho.

4/16 The Moth StorySLAM: Stuck – (social distanced version)

Posted in Events with tags , on April 16, 2020 by 6GPress

8 PM TONIGHT, on your rectangle!

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpde6prj4rh6RTEh27QP6GRuIIlKCtiw

RESCHEDULED for 4/16!

Sorry but small change of plans. We’ve had to reevaluate the format and need to go with the approach other SLAMS have found to work best – having storytellers submit a video of their story. Read on for details.

How it Works

1) Make a video recording of your 5 minute story on the NEW theme “STUCK” – tells us your tales of being stuck physically, emotionally, or both! Stuck at home, stuck away from home, stuck in your head. Whatever stuck means to you.
Send your story to me (Alan) via your favorite method of transferring large files by end of day 4/14. DM me for help/details. We will try to accommodate as many stories as makes sense.

2) Register for the zoom event event; link will be posted here a day or two before. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

3) We’ll also have answers to the written audience prompt to read and maybe even brief live zoom interviews with each storyteller after their video.


Otherwise all normal Moth SLAM rules apply:

Be Forewarned:
The Moth is for STORIES. Not for songs, poems, PowerPoint presentations or practicing your ventriloquism. No props or costumes allowed — just you, the microphone, and your story.

The Moth is for TRUE STORIES. OK, there won’t be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won’t dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves ARE part of our “true stories” but that one about you, Obama, Gandhi and Einstein up in a spaceship eating brownies… not so much.

The Moth is NOT a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks — one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please. The Moth LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES.

Steer clear of meandering endings. Your last line should be clear in your head.

Start in the action and set up the stakes.

Hosted as always by Alan Olifson.

4/17 Virtual Versify: Eidolon, Ellis, Mcilroy, Moody, & Shaw

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2020 by 6GPress

8 PM THIS FRIDAY on your rectangle…

Join us for a very special virtual reading via Zoom, featuring Anna Eidolon, Angele Ellis, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Jonathan Moody, and Fred Shaw!

There will also be an open mic, so bring poems!

Connection information is below. We will be live around 7:30 to work out any kinks, so feel free to join either meeting at that time, whether you are participating or just listening in!

The URL to connect via internet with a computer/pad/smart phone is https://zoom.us/j/466459462
https://zoom.us/j/249258433?pwd=d29xWFR6SHdWT2RkZDR6SFdteExJdz09

When you click on that, Zoom will just come up and connect if you have used it before on that device.

If not, you will be asked to allow Zoom to be installed.
When prompted enter the meeting ID and password below:

Meeting ID: 249 258 433

Password: 257632

If you are unable to connect you can simply dial in (audio only) as you would a normal phone call. When you dial in, you will be prompted to key in the meeting ID and password

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,249258433#,,#,257632# US (New York)

+13126266799,,249258433#,,#,257632# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 249 258 433

Password: 257632

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acCqKyk0yA

Hosted by Bob Walicki.

?/? Paola Corso @ Pitt Writers’ Café

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , on March 13, 2020 by 6GPress

3:30 PM Friday, April 3 if you do find your voice in creative nonfiction, it won’t be because of this event. Paola says it’s rescheduled for the fall.

Finding Your Voice in Creative Nonfiction • Paola Corso

When writing personal essays, you may know the facts and the story you want to tell, yet these alone may not create compelling prose for your reader.   Who tells the story and how is what gives your writing personality and style to make your work distinctly your own.   In this workshop, we’ll look at examples of notable literary voices and techniques to develop a voice and style that has your name on it!

Paola Corso is the author of poetry and fiction books set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mills.   Most recent are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing, Once I Was Told the Air Was Not Breathing, and her forthcoming collection Vertical Bridges:  Poems, Essays, and Photographs of City Steps.   Her nonfiction has appeared in venues such as The New York Times, Women’s Review of Books, and U.S. Catholic.   Corso is co-founder and resident artist for Steppin Stanzas, a grant-awarded poetry and art project celebrating Pittsburgh city stairs.