5/31 Hot Jewels by Chuck Kinder launch @ City of Asylum

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2018 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY, MAY 31…

Join us for the book launch of Hot Jewels, Chuck Kinder’s second collection of poetry on Six Gallery Press, and a celebration of the author’s life and work. Chuck will be here via Skype, with other poets taking the Alphabet City stage for a series of live poetry readings.

Other Featured Writers:
Scott Silsbe
Michael Simms
Lori Jakiela
Sharon Fagan McDermott
Dave Newman
Micki Myers

Chuck Kinder is the author of four novels—Snakehunter, The Silver Ghost, Honeymooners, and Last Mountain Dancer—and three collections of poetry—Imagination Motel, All That Yellow, and Hot Jewels.

Kinder was born and raised in West Virginia. He received a BA and MA in English from West Virginia University, where he wrote the first creative writing thesis in school history, which evolved into his first novel, Snakehunter. He later caught a Greyhound and headed west to join friends living in San Francisco.

In 1971 Kinder was awarded the Edith Mirrielees Writing Fellowship to Stanford University, followed by the Jones Lectureship in Fiction Writing. He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Davis, and at the University of Alabama, and he is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and Yaddo’s Dorothy and Granville Hicks Fellowship.

At Stanford, Kinder became close friends with fellow students Raymond Carver, Scott Turow, and Larry McMurtry. His relationship with Carver inspired Honeymooners. His struggle to complete this book inspired the character Grady Tripp in Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys.

As a professor of creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh for more than three decades, Kinder served as the director of the creative writing program and helped foster the careers of Michael Chabon, Earl H. McDaniel, Chuck Rosenthal, Gretchen Moran Laskas, and Keely Bowers.

He now lives in Key Largo, Florida, with Diane Cecily, his wife of over forty years.

 

Sharon Fagan McDermott is a poet, musician, and a teacher of literature at a private high school in Pittsburgh. She has published three chapbook collections, most recently, Bitter Acoustic, winner of the 2011 Jacar Press Chapbook competition. McDermott has been a recipient of both a Pittsburgh Foundation Award and a PA Council on the Arts grant. Her poems have been published in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Seneca Review, and the anthology Common Wealth: Poets on Pennsylvania. Her book Life Without Furniture (Jacar Press NC) is forthcoming in May 2018.

Lori Jakiela is the author of five books, most recently the memoir BELIEF IS ITS OWN KIND OF TRUTH, MAYBE (Atticus Books), which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University, and PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A BINGO WORKER (Bottom Dog Press), a collection of essays about work and the writing life. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. She received the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize, a Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, fellowships to the Breadloaf and Bennington writers conferences, and more. She directs the undergraduate Creative and Professional Writing Program at Pitt-Greensburg, where she is a professor of English. She teaches community workshops at The Yoga Deck in her hometown, Trafford, PA, and founded and co-directs Veterans Write, a program that offers free writing workshops to veterans and those who love them. Her sixth book — HOW DO YOU LIKE IT NOW, GENTLEMEN? — is a poetry collection forthcoming from Low Ghost Press in 2019. She lives in Trafford, PA with her husband/author Dave Newman and their children. Her author website is http://lorijakiela.net. Chuck Kinder taught her to box and be kind, not necessarily in that order. She is forever grateful to him.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems and prose have appeared in a number of fine periodicals including Kitchen Sink, Third Coast, The Chariton Review, Nerve Cowboy, Words Dance, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Six Gallery Press published his first full-length collection of poems Unattended Fire in 2012 and Low Ghost Press published The River Underneath the City in 2013.

 

Michael Simms has been active in politics and poetry for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He’s the founder and editor of Vox Populi, an online “gazette of the left” and he’s the founder of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry — and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Simms has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. He lives with his wife, Eva in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking Pittsburgh.

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Dave Newman is the author of six books, including Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (Broken River Books, forthcoming 2018), the novella Sammy Drinks Canned Beer (White Gorilla Press, forthcoming 2018), The Poem Factory (White Gorilla Press, 2015), the novels Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), and the collection The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine. He lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children. He works in medical research, serving elders.

Micki Myers is the author of two books of poetry, Trigger Finger, and It’s Probably Nothing…, and her work has appeared widely in print and online. She is the author of the blog Yuckylicious and is currently co-writing and editing a series of children’s books that incorporate virtual reality. Micki teaches English and lives in Squirrel Hill.

 

Cover painting by Paulette Poullet coming soon…

5/26 The Scott Silsbe Variety Show @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2018 by 6GPress

SATURDAY…

Readings by:
Kristofer Collins
Don Wentworth
Meghan Tutolo
Bart Solarczyk
Lori Jakiela
Bob Pajich

Music by:
Mark Mangini
Samoan Cats

Sat. May 26th, 8pm

$5 cover charge, BYOB

Coffee Buddha
964 Perry Hwy. (15237)

5/22 Don Wentworth’s 7 & 7 chapbook launch @ Calamari’s Squid Row

Posted in Events with tags , , , on May 19, 2018 by 6GPress

Don Wentworth sez,

If you happen to be in Erie this coming week or have any poetry loving fans there, I will be the featured reader at Calamari’s Squid Row on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 6:30 pm. An open mic will follow the reading.
In conjunction with the Erie reading, I will have a new chapbook, in a limited numbered edition (50 copies), entitled Seven Ghazals & Seven Haiku (Grackle & Crow, 2018). The chap is $3 and will be available there and at the Coffee Buddha reading, while supplies last, as the huckster in me likes to think.

5/19 Launch Party: Ava C. Cipri (feat. Ellis, Khoury, Cramer) @ Irma Freeman Center

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

6PM SATURDAY…

Join us for the launch of Ava Anne C. Cipri‘s LEAVING THE BURDENED GROUND (Stranded Oak Press 2018)!

Angele Ellis and Jill Khoury will open. Tattoo artist Jessi Sundell Cramer (Curiosity Shop) will sell artwork.

Coffee, light refreshments, and temporary cover-art tattoos provided! BYOB.

*Live-streamed on FB (Stranded Oak Press) + IG (@strandedoakpress)

Can’t make it? PRE-ORDER here: https://t.co/0QoBCSwjeH

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“LEAVING THE BURDENED GROUND is full of beautiful swerves and illuminating contradictions.” Chen Chen, author of WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A LIST OF FURTHER POSSIBILITIES

“A fierce and loving book.” Jan Beatty, author of JACKKNIFE

“Her truth is written and the world is splitting open.” Jennifer Jackson Berry, author of THE FEEDER

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Formerly an editor for Salt Hill, AVA C. CIPRI is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She teaches writing at Duquesne University and is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Ava’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron, decomP, Rust + Moth, Stirring’s Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities anthology, and PROSODY: NPR-affliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers. Her first chapbook, Queen of Swords, was published by dancing girl press (2018). She resides at: www.avaccipri.com and tweets at @AvaCCipri.

ANGELE ELLIS’s latest book is a hybrid valentine to her adopted city—Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press). 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. A longtime editor and community activist, Angele’s work has appeared in over seventy-five publications. She is a contributing editor of book and film reviews to Al Jadid Magazine.

JILL KHOURY is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, gender, and disability. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. She has written two chapbooks—Borrowed Bodies (Pudding House, 2009) and Chance Operations (Paper Nautilus, 2016). Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, was released in 2016 from Sundress Publications. Find her on the web at jillkhoury.com.

5/2 Dorsey, Matthews, Giordano, & Baldinger @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on May 1, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Former Pittsburgher John Dorsey will be back in town for a reading Wednesday May 2, he’ll be bringing roving wordsmith Chigger Matthew along. Locals Kat Giordano and Jason Baldinger fill out the bill. This event is free, but we will be passing the hat to assist our travelers with gas money or other assorted sundries. Bio’s to follow, if you read those things.

John Dorsey has been writing poetry since the late 1980’s and has been involved in the publishing community for more than two decades. He is the author of around 50 books and chapbooks, a few of the most recent being Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017), the latter was funded by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Department. A nine-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared more than 2,000 magazines and anthologies from around the world. He has read or spoken at colleges and universities such as the University of Toledo, Assumption College, Cleveland State University, Seton Hill University, University of the Arts, Erie Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as other assorted venues covering 49 states. For several years Dorsey served as a judge for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Tarta Project, which chose poems to be presented on city transit buses. In 2006, he won the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction competition, and would go on to serve as a judge the following year, before being named the city’s Best Literary Artist in their 2014 reader poll. In 2010, he also served as a judge for Grievous Jones Press’ Grievous Prize issued in Cardiff, Wales, and in 2013 for the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Open Chapbook Competition in Kent, Ohio. From 2003-2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio and In 2015, Dorsey was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO, where he currently resides. In 2017 he received a two appointment to serve as Belle’s first city Poet Laureate from Mayor Steve Vogt and has gone on to found the city’s first literary publication the Gasconade Review, which he edits with Jason Ryberg. He is a graduate of the University of Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program, completing his education there in 2002, and 2017 he served as the subject for a poetry documentary by NYC filmmaker Carson Parish. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com

Chigger Matthews is a language artist living in the American Midwest. Hosts the collaborative feature “Free Chigger Matthews Presents,” teaches poetry workshops for all ages, and is an artist-in-residence at Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO. He is the chief editor for The Artifact, Planet Earth’s First Global Poetry Newspaper and his work appears at home and abroad.

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 spring 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, 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 on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

Kat Giordano is a poet and massive crybaby in Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems have appeared in Maudlin House, OCCULUM, Indigent Press, The Cincinnati Review, 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 one of two editors of Philosophical Idiot and can usually be found overindulging in her shoddy mental health on Twitter at @giordkat or occasionally at katgiordano.com. Her debut full-length collection, The Poet Confronts Bukowski’s Ghost, is due out in June 2018.

4/29 Baldinger, Clevenger, Dorsey, & Matthews @ Dunaway Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on April 25, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM SUNDAY…

A free poetry reading and book signing by four published poets and great friends in celebration of Pittsburgh poet Jason Baldinger’s visit to Missouri.

Baldinger has confirmed that the other readers are Victor Clevenger, John Dorsey, & Chigger Matthews.

4/21 Comic Clique Mixer @ Coffee Buddha

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

8PM TONIGHT…

Coffee Buddha Comic Clique is proud to present a variety mixer of local art Nate McDonough (Grixly Comics), Daniel McCloskey, Matt Rappa, and set from local rockers SKELETONIZED (also featuring Matt Rappa)

Art and comics will be available for sale and a chance to yuck it up with the creators themselves. We’ll be doing some readings and a cartooning clinic as well.

Fire pit weather permitting.

$7 BYOB. 21+

Our mocktail menu and other mixers are available. $2 stem fee for beers/wine

4/20 ONEMiC National Poetry Month Edition! feat. Jason Baldinger @ Ad Astra Books & Coffee House

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM in Salina, Kansas…

Join us as we party it up for National Poetry Month!

Coming all the way from Pittsburgh, please welcome our featured poet, Jason Baldinger!

Ready to bring the walls down is our musical guest, Even The Girl!

Your host Linzi Garcia will be full of dad jokes and over-caffeinated enthusiasm!

Sponsored by:
Friday Night Live, Salina KS
Salina Arts & Humanities

4/15 Schubert on the Bluff, Year 3: Concert XIII: Winter Journey @ Mary Pappert School of Music

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2018 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

2:30 p.m. Pre-concert

David Allen Wehr plays Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque and L’isle joyeuse

3:00 p.m. Concert

A co-presentation with Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Benjamin Binder, Artistic Director

Schubert was most famous during his lifetime for his over 600 songs, some of which were grouped into cycles. Perhaps the most important of these is the death-haunted “Winterreise”, a journey into winter’s darkness many music lovers consider Schubert’s finest achievement in song. Vocal expert Benjamin Binder is joined by acclaimed baritone Daniel Teadt. Winter is coming!

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Winterreise speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. In addition to a complete, uninterrupted performance of the entire cycle, six Pittsburgh poets (Jen Ashburn, Sheila Carter-Jones, Lori Jakiela, Adriana E. Ramirez, Sheila Squillante, and Don Wentworth) will give readings of new work responding to the songs.

4/16 Brews-Zing Poetry w/ Burroughs, Borsenik, Baldinger & Dorsey @ Brews

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2018 by 6GPress

4PM MONDAY in Eureka Springs…

Dynamic Cleveland-area poets John Burroughs and Dianne Borsenik perform at the perfect venue, Brews in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Update: They will be joined by Jason Baldinger (of Pittsburgh) and John Dorsey (of Belle, Missouri).

John Burroughs is a nationally-touring poet and performer from the Cleveland area and the author of over a dozen books including Water Works, Electric Company, Beat Attitude and The Eater of the Absurd. His latest, Loss and Foundering, will be published in Spring 2018 by NightBallet Press. In various past lives, John served as playwright-in-residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution, his blog was ranked #1 on MySpace, he won the first poetry slam he ever competed in, and he co-founded (with Dianne Borsenik) the infamous Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and almost-annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. John has edited numerous volumes, including the Oct Tongue poetry series, Cheap and Easy Magazine and the anti-censorship anthology Fuck Poetry, and he is probably most proud of his work since 2008 as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press. Find him at www.crisischronicles.com.

Dianne Borsenik is active in the Ohio poetry scene and regional reading circuit. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Chiron Review, The Offbeat, Slipstream, Rosebud, The Ramingo’s Porch, and Pudding Magazine, with work forthcoming in Poems-For-All and Conclave. Crisis Chronicles Press published her first full length collection, Age of Aquarius, in 2016, and published a collection of thirty-one of her poems as part of Oct Tongue 2 in 2017. Editor and designer at NightBallet Press, Borsenik has published over one hundred titles for poets across the United States. Lit Youngstown printed her poem “Disco” on their tee shirts, which makes her feel like a rock star. Find her at www.dianneborsenik.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 summer 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, 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, Blue Hour Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com.

John Dorsey has been writing poetry since the late 1980s and has been involved in the publishing community for more than two decades. He is the author of around 50 books and chapbooks, a few of the most recent being Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017), the latter was funded by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Department. A nine-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared more than 2,000 magazines and anthologies from around the world. He has read or spoken at colleges and universities such as the University of Toledo, Assumption College, Cleveland State University, Seton Hill University, University of the Arts, Erie Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as other assorted venues covering 49 states. For several years Dorsey served as a judge for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Tarta Project, which chose poems to be presented on city transit buses. In 2006, he won the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction competition, and would go on to serve as a judge the following year, before being named the city’s Best Literary Artist in their 2014 reader poll. In 2010, he also served as a judge for Grievous Jones Press’ Grievous Prize issued in Cardiff, Wales, and in 2013 for the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Open Chapbook Competition in Kent, Ohio. From 2003-2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio and In 2015, Dorsey was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO, where he currently resides. In 2017 he received a two appointment to serve as Belle’s first city Poet Laureate from Mayor Steve Vogt and has gone on to found the city’s first literary publication the Gasconade Review, which he edits with Jason Ryberg. He is a graduate of the University of Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program, completing his education there in 2002, and 2017 he served as the subject for a poetry documentary by NYC filmmaker Carson Parish. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com

4/18 Shot Outta Hoboken: Danny Shot, Lou Ickes, The Dirty Poet, & Karen Lillis @ White Whale + Open Mic feat. Jason Baldinger @ Poetic Underground

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2018 by 6GPress

Karen Lillis says,

Dear friends & comrades,

I’m excited to announce a Pittsburgh book release party for DANNY SHOT, the coolest poet you haven’t heard of. I’ll be reading with him, and Lou Ickes & The Dirty Poet will be reading, too.

I first “met” Danny Shot by US mail when he accepted some of my poems for his legendary Hoboken literary mag, Long Shot. Founded by Danny Shot & Eliot Katz, Long Shot had a motto of “Writing for the Real World,” was originally funded by Allen Ginsberg, and ran for 26 issues over 20+ years.

Danny’s new book of poems, WORKS, is just out from CavanKerry Press, and like Long Shot, his poems are rooted in New Jersey, view the world through working-class bohemian eyes, pay homage to the Beats, and avoid pretension.

Read a poem by Danny Shot here:

http://livemag.org/issue_12/shot.html

..or here:

http://www.everseradio.com/write-great-jersey-poem-danny-shot/

Read more about Long Shot:
‘You Should Never Have Opened That Door’: The story of Long Shot Magazine:
http://jacket2.org/commentary/you-should-never-have-opened-door-story-long-shot-magazine

I hope you can come out and help me celebrate Danny’s book & his poetry!

SHOT OUTTA HOBOKEN

Readers: Danny Shot

Lou Ickes

The Dirty Poet

Karen Lillis

Wednesday, April 18

White Whale Bookstore

7-9pm

Free

In related news, Danny & I are both included in the new lit anthology,
FROM SOMEWHERE TO NOWHERE: THE END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM (Autonomedia, Oct 2017)

https://www.akpress.org/from-somewhere-to-nowhere.html

I hope to have some copies of this powerhouse anthology at the reading as well!

Ciao,

Karen

9PM in Kansas City…

Poetic Underground presents: Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Kati Clair and Madison Mae Parker.

Sign-up list opens at 9:00pm, show starts promptly at 9:30pm. Names are read in random order.

Please come share your poetry or prose with us at Poetic Underground. You are allowed up to 5 minutes on the stage and are welcome to share your truth in that time. Please be respectful of those on stage, for the stage is a sacred and safe space.

No cover.

‘Poetic Underground is dedicated to using poetry as a healing and community building tool to create a safe space where artists can gather in Kansas City.’

Please invite your friends, like our Facebook page, Poetic Underground, and take a look at our website poeticunderground.com.

ABOUT THE FEATURE:
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 spring 2018. 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 on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com