4/21-23 2017 KC Poetry Throwdown @ Prospero’s Books

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 23…

THE 2017 KANSAS CITY POETRY THROWDOWN!

APRIL 21ST, 22ND AND 23RD, 2017

3 days of poetry readings with local poets paired up with national authors from ten different states to celebrate National Poetry Month featuring five well renowned headliners:

George Wallace (NYC, NY)

RA Washington (Cleveland, OH)

John Dorsey (Belle, MO)

William Taylor Jr (San Francisco, CA)

Bill Gainer (Grass Valley, CA)

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Co-hosted by Jameson Bayles and Jason Ryberg

Friday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm!

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

6:30 – Bill Gainer

7:30 – RA Washington

8:00 – William Taylor, Jr

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:15 – George Wallace

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Saturday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

5:45 – William Taylor, Jr.

6:45 – Bill Gainer

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:00 – George Wallace

9:30 – M’Vyonne Payne POP! Poetry Release
$10 cover includes the book!

10:00 Microslam hosted by Prim-One

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Sunday, April 23rd:

STARTS AT 3PM. NO COVER.

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

3:30 – William Taylor, Jr.

4:30 – Bill Gainer

6:15 – John Dorsey

7:00 – RA Washington

Stay tuned. More info to come.

If you have new works to sell, bring them. If you are a publisher/editor of a press and you have books you want to promote…bring them!

Do not park at Mia’s on the NE corner of 39th and Bell, she tows fast!

BRING CASH!

http://www.spartanpresskc.com/throwdown/

Some familiar names on this list of other readers too:

Bree (Pleasureville, KY)

Scott Douglas (Charlotte, NC)

Scott Silsbe (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kristopher Collins (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don Wentworth (Pittsburgh, PA)

Paul Koniecki (Fort Worth, TX)

Jim Deuchars (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tracie Morell (Erie, PA)

Angel Uriel Perales (Studio City, CA)

Brett Underwood (St. Louis, MO)

Jim McGowin (St. Louis, MO)

Stef Russell (St. Louis, MO)

Raphael Maurice (St. Louis, MO)

Jenny Molberg (Warrensburg, MO)

Daniel Crocker (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Matthew Hupert (New York City, NY)

Nathanael William Stolte (Buffalo, NY)

Julio Montalvo Valentin (Buffalo, NY)

Misty Khan-Becerra (Buffalo, NY)

Jennifer Skelton (Buffalo, NY)

Damian Rucci (Keyport, NJ)

Rebecca Weber (Keyport, NJ)

Roy Beckemeyer (Wichita, KS)

John Epic (Salina, KS)

Jason Baldinger (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lola Nation (Los Angeles, CA)

Melissa Singleton (St. Louis, MO)

Zaire Imani (St. Louis, MO)

Victor Clevenger (Carrollton, MO)

Jeanette Powers (Kansas City, MO)

Joan Koromante (Topeka, KS)

Shawn Pavey (Mission, KS)

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Lawrence, KS)

Matt Spezia (Topeka, KS)

Huascar Medina (Topeka, KS)

Xanath Caraza (Kansas City, MO)

Fredric Sims (Kansas City, MO)

Jose Faus (Kansas City, MO)

Jason Preu (Overland Park, KS)

Brandon Whitehead (Kansas City, MO)

Al Ortolani (Lenexa, KS)

Monique Salazar (Kansas City, MO)

Jessica Ayala (Kansas City, MO)

Don Wentworth says there will be some kinda panel re: small press publishing too, wherein he will discuss his terrifying experiences in this sketchy underworld. Will update once details emerge for that.

UPDATE:

“How to Get Your Work in Print: Advice from Small Press Editors” panel Saturday, April 22, 9:30AM @ The Writers Place.

A presentation on various topics within the realm of poetry will be discussed by several small press editors and leaders in the artistic community. The event is free but donations are accepted.

Co-hosts: Jameson Bayles and Jose Faus

Itinerary for the event:

9:30 Introduction by Jose Faus

9:35 Lilliput Review presentation by Don Wentworth

9:55 Main Street Rag presentation by Scott Douglass

10:15 Least Bittern Press presentation by Bree

10:35 Low Ghost Press presentation by Scott Silsbee/Kris Collins

10:55 Woodley Press presentation by Al Ortolani

11:15 GTK presentation by RA Washington

11:35 Spartan Press presentation by Jason Ryberg

11:55 Osage Arts Community presentation by Mark McClane

12:10 Q & A

12:30 Lunch break

1:30 Into to readings

1:35 Don Wentworth

1:50 Scott Douglass

2:05 Shawn Pavey

2:20 Bree

2:35 Jeanette Powers

2:55 RA Washington

3:15 Concluding remarks

3/29 The Bridge Series w/ Carter-Jones, Flick, Walker, & NAMSC @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29…

The Bridge Series unites the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight in these troubling times.

The series convenes the last Wednesday of each month at The Brillobox. Each installment will feature Pittsburgh’s finest writers and a special guest organization (with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization).

Plus every evening will end with a short Open Mic segment!

Tonight will feature readings from:

Sheila Carter-Jones – Sheila L. Carter-Jones taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and in Chatham University’s and the University of Pittsburgh’s Education Departments. She earned her BA from Carnegie Mellon University and both an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakins Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Her poetry has been published in Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pennsylvania Review, Tri-State Anthology, Riverspeak, Flights: The Literary Journal of Sinclair College, Coal: A Poetry Anthology, City Paper, Cave Canem Anthology, Jewish Currents and Voices from the Attic. She has a chapbook entitled Blackberry Cobbler Song and her manuscript Three Birds Deep was selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award. Her recent chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was named runner-up for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Currently, Sheila is working on a new manuscript of poems tentatively entitled The Newly Invented Lucky Star Dream Book and a memoir yet to be titled.

Sherrie Flick – Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness, the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting, and her latest short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016). She teaches in the MFA and Food Studies programs at Chatham University, is the Co-Director of Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and serves as Fiction Editor for Burnside Review.

Marcel Lamont Walker – Marcel Lamont (M.L.) Walker is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He works as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, comic-book creator, writer, photographer, and art instructor.

For several years he taught comic-book creation classes, workshops and camps for children and adults at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He continues to instruct at Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, The Museum of Cartoon Art, where he is also a member of their Board of Directors.

Walker is the lead artist, book designer, and project coordinator for CHUTZ-POW! SUPERHEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST, an ongoing anthology comic-book produced by The Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh. He was also the featured artist in COMIC-TANIUM! THE SUPER MATERIALS OF THE SUPERHEROES, a sciences-and-art exhibit sponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society that toured nationally in 2015. As the creator, artist and writer of the independent comic-book HERO CORP., INTERNATIONAL, he has recast his friends and associates in a world of corporate American superheroes.

In 2016, he was the recipient of a grant from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program courtesy of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. He also received an Artists Opportunity Grant from The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for his first ever solo art exhibition, To Tell The Troof.

Our guest organization tonight is NAMSC, and Amy Conroy will be onhand to discuss its mission.

As the largest resettlement program in Pittsburgh, NAMSC successfully resettles and provides new refugees with the basic services and support they need to rebuild their lives. Prior to a family’s arrival, our Reception and Placement team identifies safe and affordable housing and provides essential furnishings and household items to make families feel welcome. Upon arrival, we meet families at the airport, provide an in-depth cultural orientation, connect them to medical services, and assist with applications for social security cards and DHS benefits. We also help to register children for school and connect adults to ESL classes.

NAMSC also offers several employment programs that provide continued support for refugees for up to five years. Services offered include job search, professional and educational skills development, and access to ongoing workshops with NAMSC staff and community volunteers.

Through these initiatives, we are able to guide refugees to independence and put them on the path toward self sufficiency as they begin their new lives here in Pittsburgh. You can find out more here – http://buildingindependence.org/nams/community-assistance-and-refugee-resettlement/

3/3 Horrible Backbone release feat. Jason Baldinger @ White Whale Bookstore

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM THIS FRIDAY…

Guitarists Erik Cirelli and David Bernabo are releasing a duo guitar record called HORRIBLE BACKBONE. This is the 13th release on the Ongoing Box imprint.

Erik and Dave will close the night with a set of duo guitar pieces. Prior to that are these awesome folks!

Jason Baldinger (reading)
S.E. Smith (reading)
Matt Aelmore (solo bass solo)

7pm. All donations will be donated in full to Southern Poverty Law Center, because they are doing good things.

2/22 The Bridge Series: Tony Norman, Adriana Ramirez, & Jan Beatty @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM THIS WEDNESDAY…

The Bridge Series unites the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight in these troubling times.

The series convenes the last Wednesday of each month at The Brillobox. Each installment will feature Pittsburgh’s finest writers and a special guest organization (with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization).

Plus every evening will end with a short Open Mic segment!

Tonight will feature readings from:

Tony Norman – Associate Editor / Columnist / Book Review Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Adriana Ramirez – a Mexican-Colombian nonfiction writer, storyteller, digital maker, and performance poet. her nonfiction novella, Dead Boys, was published by Little A (November 2016), and her debut full-length nonfiction book, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner (Fall 2017).

Jan Beatty – worked as a waitress for fifteen years, and as a welfare caseworker, an abortion counselor, and a social worker and teacher in maximum-security prisons. She is the managing editor of MadBooks, a small press that has published a series of books and chapbooks by women writers. For twenty years, Beatty has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WESA-FM featuring national writers. Jan Beatty directs the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops at Carlow University, where she is also director of creative writing and teaches in the low-residency MFA program. Her latest book is Jackknife: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

Our guest organization tonight is Be Well! Pittsburgh and Jude Vachon will be onhand to discuss its mission.

Be Well Pittsburgh! collaborates with health care consumers, health care providers, social service providers and community organizations to improve uninsured Pittsburghers’ awareness of and access to health care resources.

Be Well! was founded in 2005 and was originally funded by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund. The Seed Award supported the printing of 6,000 copies of a resource booklet entitled Be Well! Healthcare Options for the Uninsured. The booklet was distributed in public venues and through social service organizations in Pittsburgh. Its release was launched at a community health fair at the Quiet Storm Coffeehouse during the summer of 2006.

Be Well! continues to revise, update, print and distribute the booklets as funds allow. We also continually revise and update the website. We act as a reference source to individuals and service providers, participate in community events, and hold community information sessions on health care resources for uninsured people. www.bewellpgh.org

Thanks to Krisofer Collins & Jason Baldinger for organizing this great new series!

 

2/14 My Morbid Valentine @ 61C Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS TUESDAY…

Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day — Join us in kicking off the “Live at the C” reading series on Tuesday, February 14th as staff and friends of the 61C Cafe read original works and excerpts about weird things and love gone wrong on the nation’s favorite Hallmark holiday.

2/16 Manual for Wayward Angels launch @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM THIS THURSDAY…

Poetry reading to launch Manual for Wayward Angels, Jessica Fenlon’s second book of poetry on Pittsburgh’s Six Gallery Press.

[ 2/15 heartbreak ] Hello lovelies! I am too sick to travel but I do believe the rest of the show will happen without me! And with Nathan, the editor extraordinaire helming 6 Gallery Press, reading as well. ♥ I miss you terribly, was so looking forward to this trip. But – the show goes on!!! In my stead! ~ Jessica Fenlon

New media artist JESSICA FENLON calls Milwaukee, Wisconsin home. In her digital art, Ms. Fenlon often glitches or breaks images in her ongoing exploration of public memory, semiotic reference, and epistemology. In her poetry, she constructs narratives from distilled memory and everyday life in our spectacular, our panopticon.

JEN ASHBURN is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016). She has work published in Chiron Review, Grey Sparrow, The MacGuffin, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Whiskey Island and other journals. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University, where she taught creative writing to inmates in the Allegheny County Jail through Chatham’s Words Without Walls program. Originally from southern Indiana, she spent four years in Japan and greater Asia, and now lives in Pittsburgh.

ANGELE ELLIS is author of UNDER THE KAUFMANN’s CLOCK (Six Gallery Press), a hybrid collection of poetry and flash fiction with photographs by Rebecca Clever, SPARED (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and ARAB ON RADAR (Six Gallery), whose poems won an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She lives in Friendship, where she sometimes sees the wings of former neighbors like Jessica Fenlon flashing in the skies.

KRISTOFER COLLINS is the books editor for Pittsburgh Magazine. He is the publisher of Low Ghost Press and co-director of The Bridge Series. He lives in Stanton Heights with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their two cats.

HANK MORRIS is a bum from way back. His poetry collection Anything Helps is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.

1/28 The Light on the Wall launch @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

The Light on the Wall Book Launch
featuring poet Jen Ashburn with special guests Daniela Buccilli, Brittany Hailer, Scott Silsbe, and emcee Paula Levin
Saturday January 28th 6-8pm
Irma Freeman Center
5006 Penn Ave, Pgh 15224
Readings, book signings, wine & light hors d’oeuvres
 
We’ll also take up a collection for Bethlehem Haven, which supports women who are homeless, in danger of being homeless, or mentally ill.  For more on Bethlehem Haven, go to: wwwbethelehemhaven.org
Jen Ashburn‘s work has been published or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Grey Sparrow, Lilliput Review, The MacGuffin, Nerve Cowboy, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the anthology Words Without Walls, and other journals. She completed her MFA at Chatham University in poetry and creative nonfiction, where she taught creative writing to inmates in the Allegheny County Jail. Originally from Indiana, she spent four years in Japan and greater Asia, and now lives in Pittsburgh.

1/21 Nasty Woman & Bad Hombre Reading & Fundraiser @ Staghorn Garden Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Join us 4pm, Saturday, January 21st at Staghorn Garden Cafe (517 Greenfield Ave 15207) to help raise funds to donate to national and local organizations and listen to only a handful of the dynamite poets we will be publishing in our forthcoming Anthology titled, Nasty Woman & Bad Hombre!

Reading line up includes:
Angele Ellis
Cameron Barnett
Kayla Sargeson
Daniel Shapiro
Michael Albright
RB Becca Mertz
Sarah Williams-Devereux
John Stupp
Deena November
Nina Padolf
Ellen McGrath Smith
Bob Walicki
And more!

We are still accepting submissions (details below) as well as funds (link below) and donations to raffle off at this event (PM Deena November if you have an item or service you can contribute to our fundraising raffle).

Nasty Woman & Bad Hombre Anthology will be published by Lascaux Editions in the summer of 2017! This anthology seeks poetry, creative non-fiction essays, short stories and art that address reactions to the election. A gofundme page for publication/printing costs has been established. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter and The Art House in Homewood. Please send 1-3 poems or up to 5 pages prose and a brief bio to november@rmu.edu
Submission deadline now extended to February 17, 2017.

Donations: https://www.gofundme.com/nastywomanandbadhombreanthology

MLK Memorial Show/Duncan & Porter Benefit @ BBT

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS MONDAY…

Come join us, brothers and sisters for a night to celebrate the life and legacy of a great man in our country’s history. All proceeds to benefit Duncan & Porter Shelters for the Homeless. Local Pgh bands:
Vincent Scotti Eirene speaks!

Knauer Brothers (music of Neil Young, others and originals)
Qlitterati – a new musical project featuring Christiane D, Geña, Phat Man Dee, Craig “Izzy” Arlet, Ketan Bakrania, Tom Emmerling!!
Bobby Porter tribute
Midnight Ensemble (music of Sandman/Morphine)
more TBA(?)
Door at 8PM Live Music at 9PM
Donations accepted at the door. 21+ BRING ID

Press Release from Evan:
“Press Release: 29th annual Martin Luther King benefit concert for the Duncan and Porter homeless shelter. Who: The Knauer Brothers, Qlitterati, Midnight Ensemble, PhatManDee, Gena and Tommy Amoeba. When: Monday January 16th at 9pm. Where: Bloomfield Bridge Tavern 4412 Liberty Ave. Pgh PA. 15244. 412-682-8611. Description: This show is the 29th annual Martin Luther King benefit for the Duncan+Porter Homeless shelter at 1516 Manhattan St. Northside. This year has three new rockin-jazzy-swinging-punk bands, The Knauer Brothers at 9pm, Qlitterati at 10pm, then at 10:30 a special tribute by PhatManDee, Gena+ Tommy Amoeba to the memory of Bobby Porter the great Pittsburgh punk rock band leader-singer who played these MLK-concerts for decades. Then at 11pm Midnight Ensemble. Suggested donation $5 for the rich, $10 for the even richer.
Thx, Evan Knauer

Hit Vincent up for a copy of his book The Day the Empire Fell, too!

1/14 Grand Opening: City of Asylum Books @ Alphabet City

Posted in Events with tags , , on January 10, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY, 11-5…

Please join us for the Grand Opening celebration of City of Asylum Books @ Alphabet City.

City of Asylum Books specializes in works in translation and world literature. Our genres range from literature and poetry to childrens and graphic novels.

Festivities will include:
11:30am: an all-ages childrens’ story hour with bookseller Jen
Discounts and giveaways
Coffee and snacks
+ surprises!

We are really excited to introduce our store to Pittsburgh. We hope you will join us.

A dozen of Six Gallery’s greatest hits MAY be available! Stay tuned.

1/7 ACLU Benefit feat. Baldinger, Brice, Collins, Friend, Lourette, & Ramírez @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Join local poets Kris Collins, Adriana Ramirez, Malcolm Friend, Jason Baldinger, Nicole Lourette, and Charlie Brice for a reading to help raise funds for the ACLU.

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

With more than 1 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights.

BIOS:

Kristofer Collins is the books editor of Pittsburgh magazine and the publisher of Low Ghost Press. He lives in Stanton heights with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson.

Adriana E. Ramírez is a 2015 PEN/Fusion Award-winning nonfiction writer, storyteller, digital maker, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, co-runs the Steel City Poetry Slam, and co-founded Aster(ix) Journal. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, Convolution, HEArt, Apogee, and Nerve.com, as well as on hundreds of stages across the country. Ramirez is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Swallows (Blue Sketch Press) and Trusting in Imaginary Spaces (Tired Hearts Press); she is also the nonfiction editor of DISMANTLE (Thread Makes Blanket Press).

Nicole Lourette is a poet and event planner from Rochester, NY. She now lives here in Pittsburgh, PA after graduating with her MFA from Chatham University. She travels both for work and her own sanity as often as possible and manages to write, but never finish travel essays years after the fact. Her work has been featured in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, IDK Magazine and Vagabond City Journal.

Charlie Brice is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos, published by WordTech Editions (2016), and a card carrying member of the ACLU. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Hawaii Review, Chiron Review, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review and elsewhere.

Malcolm Friend is a poet and CantoMundo fellow originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuestamagazine, the Fjords Review’s Black American Edition, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and Pretty Owl Poetry.

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs. He’s traveled the country, and wrote a few books, The latest of which “The Lower 48” (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook “The Studs Terkel Blues” (Night Ballet Press) are available now. A short list of recent publishing credits include: Uppagus, Anti Heroin Chic, In-between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call and Lilliput Review. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.