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.

Meet Angele Ellis Under the Kaufmann’s Clock…

Posted in Blurbs, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2016 by 6GPress

and she will show you everything Pittsburgh—from Schenley Park Golf Course at midnight and an artists’ colony in Oakland to sunflowers growing in sandy Garfield dirt, the neon sign of a Carrick tanning salon, and Grandma Berta’s Polish Natrona—city landmarks and personal landscapes where love is lost and lives implode like Three Rivers Stadium. In Ellis’s book of poetry and prose, with evocative photographs by Rebecca Clever, is a beloved timepiece and a poet’s sure hand that strikes memory.

Paola CorsoThe Laundress Catches Her Breath and Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories

This nifty new collab is coming in early 2017. Here’s the cover

utck-front-cover
& this poem from the Winter section

Polder
I wake with snow in my mouth and a word: polder.
All this time, I’ve been holding back the dike with one finger.
And still the sea keeps sending seeded storm clouds
to flood my land. In my dream, I was under the covers
with you. We were living in an artists’ colony in Oakland
summer. I was fitting the pieces together, a collage—
Audubon’s bird portfolio—but you kept putting
your hands under my shirt and saying, Come to bed.

It seemed as real as anything—the train whistle hooting
through stone-cold pillows, the mantle of white fur
I sweep from my sill, the sheeted illusion of love.

& another blurb.

Angele’s writing pulls me back to Pittsburgh and its nesting boxes of past-in-present. Organized by seasons, her poems and flash fiction hold the paradoxes of stillness against the constant evaporation of the present moment. Intimate texts are laced with the kind of detail that make fiction ring true. Ellis knows too how omission makes powerful poems of suicide, of violence and its consequences, of sex in the ‘ordinary life’. Side doors of dream unexpectedly slip open in Under the Kaufmann’s Clock. Let this work haunt you!

Jessica Fenlon, Spiritual Side Effects

Fenlon, I should fully disclose, also has a book coming out in 2017—a glitched-out poetry collection called Manual for Wayward Angels.

Happy New Year & stay tuned for launch details!

12/17 3rd Annual Babyland Holiday Sale & Party @ 460 Melwood

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Karen Lillis will be slinging books at this.

 

12/11 Bah Humbug: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2016 by 6GPress

8PM THIS SUNDAY…

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

*** Suggested $5 donation, with all proceeds going to the ACLU.

These folks will channel their inner-Sedaris, offering 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.

We are now in our THIRD year, which means we have lasted longer than those cheap discount outlet socks your mom puts in your Xmas stocking.

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

The Lineup:

Ben Gwin
Lori Jakiela
Meghan Tutolo
Bob Walicki
Andrea Laurion
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Bob Pajich
Matt Ussia