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

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

6:30PM TUESDAY…

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

8PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15…

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

7PM THURSDAY…

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

8PM MONDAY…

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

SATURDAY…

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

12-5PM SATURDAY…

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

SATURDAY, December 16th
12-5pm
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.

12/10 Grieshober, Andrews, Silsbe, & Gwin @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on December 9, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

Welcome a visiting Taylor Grieshober back to town as she reads some short fiction alongside her literary pals Kelly, Scott, & Ben. FREE! Note: 4pm matinee reading!

12/17 Viva Arletty! & Arkansas Ghoulash launch @ White Whale + Bah Humbug 4 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17…

Two new books & two readings! The Ghost of Literature Present will pay a terrifying visit today!

6PM at White Whale in Bloomfield, welcome two writers from Arkansas to Pittsburgh (& welcome their books to your noodle by buying & reading them, too). Free readings & refreshments, possibly including actual goulash.

Scotty Lewis, a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is debuting his first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash.

Here’s an interview w/ Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

Mark Spitzer, novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, grew up in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990. He then moved to the Rockies, where he earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Alan Olifson is an award-winning humor columnist, public radio commentator, comedian and regular host of Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAMs. He created the acclaimed storytelling series WordPlay in his hometown of Los Angeles which he now produces in Pittsburgh along with Bricolage Production Company as part of their regular season. He’s hosted storytelling events for conferences, schools and, believe it or not, bridal showers. His book, Manchild: My Life Without Adult Supervision, is now out on Six Gallery Press. Alan relocated to Pittsburgh with his wife and two children years ago but never tires of hearing people complain about “traffic.”

Angele Ellis is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery), and co-author of the diversity workbook Dealing With Differences (Corwin). A 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose and first runner-up in the 2012 Grey Sparrow Flash Fiction Contest. Angele’s reviews, poetry, and fiction have appeared in nearly sixty publications and fourteen anthologies. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

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.

Rick Claypool grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania called Leechburg, but he currently lives in Pittsburgh. By day he works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that fights corporate power. Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books, 2017) is his first novel.

At 8PM, head over to Brillobox for Bah Humbug 4: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit…

Tastier than a fruitcake, easier to assemble than a Fisher Price playhouse, for the FOURTH year in a row, we are bringing some of Pittsburgh’s finest writers together to entertain you with tales of their holiday work experiences.

$5 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The readers will channel their inner-Sedaris, and offer up tales from their time as food service employees, retail workers, and other assorted time-card punchers during the bleak months of November and December. They will attempt to locate their hoilday spirit. Or THE holiday spirits (aka, Jim, Jack and maybe even Johnny).

Just like signing the group birthday card or buying overpriced crap from your co-worker’s kid’s school fundraiser, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Hosted by Jason Baldinger (who was once run over by a Black Friday crowd on a rampage for office supplies), and Stephanie Brea (who probably stole that art book she gave you for Christmas in 2001).

The Lineup:

Becky Corrigan
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Lori Jakiela
Andrea Laurion
Deesha Philyaw
Meghan Tutolo
Matt Ussia
Bob Walicki

12/7 WYEP’s 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny feat. Alan Olifson @ August Wilson Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by 6GPress

THURSDAY…

December 7th at 7PM at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222

7PM- DJ Dance Party featuring Selecta in the lobby

Silent Auction

8 PM- Holiday Hootenanny featuring Nathan Zoob and Friends in the auditorium

Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at the door

Children 12 and under free, but must be accompanied by adult.

We’ll be collecting donations to benefit Jubilee Soup Kitchen. Click here to see their wish list.

Proceeds benefit WYEP- where the music matters

Thank you to our sponsors: Schneider Downs and Pittsburgh Magazine

Learn about the artists here:

Kai Roberts, Lyndsey Smith, Sierra Sellers, The Wreckids, Josh Verbanets, Kiki Brown, Addi Twigg, Alex Stanton, Clinton Clegg, Becki Gallagher, Max Somerville, Ben Shannon

Billy Price, Steve Soboslai, Avi Diamond, Jon Bindley, Casey Hanner, Alan Olifson, Marc Reisman

Band members

Nathan Zoob (musical director)

Addi Twigg (assistant musical director)

Abby Gross (assistant musical director)

Jason Rafalak

Jake Hanner

Becki Gallagher

Nate Insko

Erika Laing

Mariko Reid

Kiki Brown

12/3 Pittsburgh’s 5th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Stephen Foster Community Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY…

Join us for Pittsburgh’s FIFTH Annual Holiday Book Sale, featuring Pittsburgh’s favorite indie book vendors. Come browse a wide variety of books from Pittsburgh’s knowledgeable literary curators. Both new and gently used, indie bestsellers and one of a kind finds, local authors and spectacular sales. Fiction, poetry, mysteries, creative nonfiction, art books, children’s books, graphic novels, and much more.

Confirmed vendors thus far:
Air & Nothingness Press (gorgeous letterpress poetry, science fiction, fantasy books, & literature in translation!)
Amazing Books (going strong with three locations!)
Autumn House Press (publishing poetry & literary fiction for almost 20 years!)
Book ‘Em (selling books to raise money for Pittsburgh’s own Books to Prisoners program!)
Copacetic Comics (they’ll have a special selection of new books with an emphasis on SALES!)
Karen Antonelli (artist and maker of beautiful blank books!)
Karen’s Book Row (aka Small Press Pittsburgh) (Featuring the local, the beloved, and the unique in indie lit!)
Mystery Lovers Bookshop (celebrating 27 years in business!)
White Whale Bookstore (celebrating their 2nd year in Bloomfield!)

Sunday, December 3th
12-5pm
Stephen Foster Community Center
Main Street in Lawrenceville–between Butler St and Penn Ave
Free admission
Free parking lot