?/? 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.

3/24 The River Is Another Kind of Prayer by Kristofer Collins launch @ White Whale

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 24…

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.

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.

3/6-8 Elwin Cotman @ FOGcon

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2020 by 6GPress

Hitting up FOGcon 10 MARCH 6-8 at the Walnut Creek Marriott? So is Elwin Cotman, who will have copies of The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (& possibly Hard Times Blues if they get there in time) you can buy off him.

He’s also doing these panels & reading (probably from the new one, Dance on Saturday, which comes out in June from Small Beer Press):

Portal Moments
Type Program
Description A “portal moment” is when a character realizes the world is not what they grew up expecting. They step through a wardrobe, find out that their aunt is a witch, are attacked by tentacled creatures, watch an alien spaceship landing… How does a character respond to this revelation? How do we know if authors’ depictions of such moments are realistic when, almost by definition, they have no equivalents in real life? Or do they? Are portal moments solely the domain of speculative fiction? Which authors depict it in the most convincing way?
Location Salon F
Schedule Fri, 4:30–5:45 pm
Panelists M: Debbie Notkin. Elwin Cotman, Bonnie J Erwin, Alex Gurevich, Dominica Phetteplace
History Is Not White — and Neither Is Alternate History
Type Program
Description Many of the common tropes/subjects of alternate history are based on European histories — and thus don’t take much of the rest of the world, and non-white people, into account. There are notable exceptions — Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Years of Rice and Salt,” or our Honored Guest Nisi Shawl’s “Everfair” — but what are some other examples? What are the benefits (and the dangers) of tackling this approach? What are some of the (currently) missed golden opportunities for alternate histories involving POC?
Location Salon F
Schedule Sat, 4:30–5:45 pm
Panelists M: Endria Richardson. Keyan Bowes, Elwin Cotman, Jewelle Gomez, Terry Weyna
The Value of Hopepunk
Type Program
Description According to a 2019 article by Vox.com, “hopepunk” says that genuinely, sincerely caring about something requires bravery and strength. In a repressive regime, realistic optimism can be a radical act. How do hopepunk and solarpunk offer tools to counter corruption, social inequity, and repression? How does the subgenre help us defeat cynicism and defeatism, or does it?
Location Salon A/B
Schedule Sun, 10:30–11:45 am
Panelists M: Alyc Helms. Keyan Bowes, Jon Chaisson, Elwin Cotman, Ian K. Hagemann
Reading #10
Type Reading
Description
Location Santa Rosa
Schedule Sun, 1:30–2:45 pm
Panelists Elwin Cotman, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Andrea Stewart

2/22 Tilted World by Bart Solarczyk release party @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM THIS SATURDAY…

It’s bittersweet, but we are happy to host and celebrate the release of our close friend Bart Solarczyk’s newest book of poetry: Tilted World, as one of the last events we have at Coffee Buddha. Come out and celebrate with us.

Bart will be doing a live read along with Jen Ashburn, Jason Irwin, & Bob Pajich

This event will be BYOB for the 21+ crowd. ID and $5 required if you bring booze. Spirits recommended as we will have our Mocktail menu available for mixers!

Come out and celebrate local!

2/26 The Bridge Series w/ Boggess, Conley, Rudolph, Spencer @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2020 by 6GPress

 

7 PM WEDNESDAY, February 26…

Our next Bridge reading, titled “Justice, Inc.,” focuses on justice for incarcerated people. The $5 suggested donation at the door will help to support CADBI-West, the Western Pennsylvania arm of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, and featured authors/speakers are Ace Boggess, Martha Richards Conley, Cedric Rudolph, and Holly Spencer.

CADBI-West is a newer part of a statewide group founded in 2015 that advocates for the 5,000+ individuals serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. CADBI seeks measures that enhance parole eligibility and reduce the likelihood of individuals dying in prison.

Speaking on behalf of CADBI-West will be Martha Richards Conley, the first African-American female graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the first admitted to practice law in Allegheny County. She was employed by the United States Steel Corporation for 27 years and retired as a senior general attorney. Conley is a long-time opponent of the death penalty and co-chairs Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty–Pittsburgh. She is an official visitor of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and has been visiting death row inmates for approximately 19 years. She was honored to escort Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to visit Mumia Abu-Jamal on death row in 2007. A former member of the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Conley was elected to its Honorary Board in 2014 and the statewide board in 2018.

Ace Boggess is author of five books of poetry—Misadventure, I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled—and the novels States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody. His writing appears in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He has received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. Boggess lives in Charleston, West Virginia. His sixth collection, Escape Envy, is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press in 2021.

Cedric Rudolph teaches middle school writers at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school (CAPA). He is a contributing editor for The Fruit Tree, a LGBT+ journal of prose and poetry. He is also a founding editor for Beautiful Cadaver, which publishes social justice-themed anthologies and stages theatrical performances. In May 2018, he received his Poetry Master of Fine Arts from Chatham University. His poems are published in Christianity and Literature Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Laurel Review.

Holly Spencer lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her three dogs and two cats. She attends Chatham University’s grad program as the Words Without Walls Fellowship awardee. She has been published in Jet Fuel Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Feckless C*nt Anthology, F(r)iction Literary Magazine, and Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me?, an anthology on being a woman over forty, among others. Her flash nonfiction “Regret: In Seasons” is forthcoming in Barren Magazine. In 2016, her creative nonfiction piece, “Stuck,” was nominated by Jet Fuel Review for The Best of the Net.

3/6 Red Flag Poetry w/ John Stupp & Robert Walicki @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2020 by 6GPress

7 PM FRIDAY, March 6…

This event is first-come, first seated. Please email us (events@whitewhalebookstore.com) if you have any accessibility needs and require that a seat be reserved for you in advance. We will have a limited number of these seats available. Thanks!

Join us and Red Flag Poetry for local poet JOHN STUPP’s chapbook launch! He’ll be reading from WHEN BILLY CONN FOUGHT FRITZIE ZIVIC, and ROBERT WALICKI will be joining him. We’ll be selling both their most recent books.

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JOHN STUPP is the author of the 2015 poetry collection Advice from the Bed of a Friend (by Main Street Rag) and the 2017 collection Pawleys Island (by Finishing Line Press). His manuscript, Summer Job, won the 2017 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Prize and was published in August 2018. John holds academic degrees from Notre Dame University, The University of British Columbia, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He has lived and worked in various states as a university instructor, taxi driver, radio news writer, waiter, and paralegal. From 1975-1985 he worked professionally as a mediocre jazz guitarist. John lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spends his spare time playing with his dog Buster and fishing in South Carolina.

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.

1/8 PAGE 21 @ Borelli-Edwards Galleries

Posted in Events, Interviews with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8…

PAGE 21 is just around the corner. Hope to see you there!
Joann, Heather and Jill

If you’ve never been to one of these, the performances are extremely short (so *just in case* something’s no good, at least it will be over soon) & there’s usually at least one (actually good performance) by a Six Gallery writer. Also art, food, & wine, plus it’s FREE, so why not?

You can learn more about the series from this interview Jessica Simms did w/ Page’s sages Joann Kielar, Gillian Learner, & Heather Aronson for the After Happy Hour blog.

12/10 After Happy Hour Review Reboot Reading @ Howlers

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM TONIGHT…

Since there was no fall issue to launch in 2019, the AHH editors thought this would be a great chance to celebrate the journal’s history and put a face to some of the new names on the masthead.

In that spirit, yinz are all cordially invited to a reading Tuesday, December 10th.

Among the readers are current and former editors, past contributors, and local literary folk whose work matches the aesthetic we look for in the journal.

As always, the reading is free and open to the public (and, oh yes, there will be snacks). So come on out to Bloomfield’s friendly neighborhood dive to help us celebrate the journal’s evolution!

12/8 7th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Spirit

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2019 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY, NOON-5…

Are you ready? Pittsburgh’s Holiday Book Sale returns, at a new venue! Spirit Hall in Lawrenceville gives us room for twice as many booksellers, a wider book selection, & one of the most popular brunches in town. Stop by to browse new books, used books, collectible books, new releases, gift-ready blank books, SALE BOOKS, fiction, poetry, scifi, memoir, graphic novels, children’s books, Pittsburgh books, & more! Books in every price range, plus cocktails & a holiday soundtrack. Join us!!

Details:
FREE admission
Free Parking
SPIRIT HALL
51st Street in Lawrenceville
Cross street–Butler Street
*Just off the Butler Street Cookie Crawl! (Joy of Cookies Tour)

This year’s Holiday Book Sale vendors include:

Karen’s Book Row
Copacetic Comics
Amazing Books
City of Asylum Bookstore
Air & Nothingness Press
Autumn House Press
Book ‘Em
Books Like Bread
Creative Nonfiction
Do Not Destroy Books
Eulalia Books
Low Ghost Press
Power City Books (new!)
Vers Libris
Very Important Books
Winter Pickle Press
and more!

Pittsburgh’s 7th Annual Holiday Book Sale features some of Pittsburgh’s most ecclectic indie bookstores and book dealers: To date, we have TEN returning booksellers and EIGHT new booksellers!

Our new location of SPIRIT HALL means
>>More booksellers
>>>>buffet brunch downstairs (11am-3pm)
>>>cocktails and cash bar (in the same room with the Book Sale)

Join us!!

11/15-16 WordPlay @ Bricolage Theater

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2019 by 6GPress

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, feat.

Charles Devany
Alan Olifson
Stephen Santa
Chenoa Shields
Sarah Wood

This hybrid storytelling sensation has been growing in popularity since its co-producer, Alan Olifson, brought it to Pittsburgh over 6 years ago. With its steadily growing audience and frequent media buzz, WordPlay has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s literary and theater scene.

Buy Tickets $25

The Breakdown

Happy Half-Hour: 7:30pm-8:00pm (free drinks!)

Come for WordPlay’s free Happy Half-Hour! You never know what surprises we’ll have in store, but they’ll always be original and interactive (don’t worry, participation is optional). Will you get the chance to record your own story in our “mini-studio” or take part in an epic audience party game? You have to show up if you want to find out!

The Show: 8:00pm

With brazen honesty and creativity, actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own stories while [Tracksploitation] spins a real-time soundtrack using anything from Brahms to Beyoncé. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll get an extremely intimate look into the life of a total stranger.

What is WordPlay and why is it so special?

It’s simply real people, sharing real stories with a real live soundtrack.

Please Note: WordPlay presents stories about real people in real situations. We value all true stories and showcase a range of experiences and adventures in our programming. Due to the real nature of our stories, WordPlay is not always suitable for very young people and sensitive listeners. Please be advised when considering attendance.

Accessibility

Accessibility icons for wheelchair access, service animals, audio description, assisted listening, large print programs, ASL interpretation, and Braille programs.

The Friday performances of WordPlay feature ASL interpretation and audio description. Large print and Braille programs are available for all shows.

Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Avenue is designed for wheelchair access, featuring accessible all-gender restrooms and wheelchair seating. Bricolage offers a menu of supports including reserved seating for guests and their companions, mobility aids, comfort items for guests with sensory sensitivities, and more; making requests in the comments section while purchasing tickets helps ensure the support you need is available at your performance. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. We encourage you to identify anything that would make your experience more enjoyable by leaving a comment when purchasing tickets, calling our office at 412.471.0999, or emailing Fred at fred@bricolagepgh.org.

WordPlay Free For All!
UPDATE: All tickets have been claimed. Thank you for your interest.
Free for All days are part of our new 2019 initiative called Theater for All, which aims to reach our fans who just don’t have the extra money (or time to volunteer) to join us for a show they would otherwise love to attend.

Submit your story!

Here at Bricolage, we love stories. Funny stories, sad stories, dramatic stories, adventure stories, even stories about the everyday. Although all stories are valid, they might not be a WordPlay story. So what makes a good WordPlay story, you ask?

A good WordPlay story should:

  • Be honest, true and about you
  • Include some conflict or tension
  • Have scenes like a movie that move the action forward
  • Feature a little commentary and reflection (without going overboard)
  • Include a sense of humility and vulnerability
  • Have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Be 1,500 to 2,000 words long

A good WordPlay story should NOT:

  • Take itself too seriously – you need to be able to laugh at yourself!
  • Be the simple recounting of a memory or list of events
  • Be maudlin and overly sentimental
  • Be a work of fiction or a story about someone else
  • Be an essay or an opinion piece

To submit your story for consideration email it to submissions@wordplayshow.com. We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours! Performers are paid a $100 stipend for 1 rehearsal and 2 performances in our downtown Pittsburgh theater in the Cultural District.

See What Everyone Else Is Saying

  • “WordPlay returns with an especially intriguing group of talents who’ll tell their personal stories while a DJ creates a real-time soundtrack”

    – CP Staff, Pittsburgh City Paper

  • “Get ready to experience an extremely intimate, imaginative, brazen, and frank glimpse into the lives of total strangers”

    – Jennifer Barron, NEXTpittsburgh

  • “The tradition of storytelling is on display in “WordPlay,” the Bricolage series that blends the sharing of personal true stories with a live music mash-up. Actors, comedy writers and others with a story to tell read their stories while a DJ spins a real-time soundtrack, using anything from Bruno Mars to Bach.”

    – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

11/8 Poetry Reading: Burroughs / Baldinger / Pavey @ Visible Voice Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , on November 4, 2019 by 6GPress

7:30 PM FRIDAY in Cleveland…

Shawn Pavey has delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, bagged groceries, cut meat, laid sewer pipe, bussed tables, washed dishes, roofed houses, crunched numbers, rented cars, worked in hotels, worn an apron at Kinko’s, and been paid to write everything from résumés to music reviews. Currently, he earns a living as an Executive Recruiter in Mission, KS where he lives with his wife and two worthless but adorable cats. He’s hosted poetry readings in bars, coffee shops, haunted houses, bookstores, libraries, front porches, seedy motel rooms, and abandoned warehouses. He is the author of Talking to Shadows (2008, Main Street Rag Press),Nobody Steals the Towels from a Motel 6 (2015, Spartan Press), and Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse(Spartan Press, 2019). He is a Co-founder and former Associate Editor of The Main Street Rag Literary Journal, and a former board member and officer of The Writers Place, a Kansas City-based literary non-profit. His poems, essays, and journalism appear in a variety of national and regional publications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Undergraduate Honors Creative Writing Program, he likes his Tom Waits loud, his bourbon single-barrel, and his basketball Carolina Blue.

Jason Baldinger is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A recent Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, he is co-founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). He has done collaboration work with the poets John Dorsey and Charles Cicirella – the latter can be heard on Bandcamp under the moniker Commissioner Gordon. 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.

John Burroughs of Cleveland is the 2019-2021 Beat Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio. He is a dynamic performer who has wowed audiences from Oakland to New York City and myriad points in between. His more than a dozen books include Rattle and Numb: Selected Poems, 1992-2019 (2019, Venetian Spider Press) and Loss and Foundering (2018, NightBallet Press). He hosts the monthly Poetry+ reading series at Art on Madison in Lakewood, Ohio, and has served since 2008 as the founding editor for Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing over one hundred books by esteemed writers from around the world. Find him on Facebook, Twitter (@jesuscrisis) or at www.crisischronicles.com.

This event is free.