6/25 NeuroNautic Institute Presents Baldinger, Brothers, Goodrum, & Pavey

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on June 25, 2020 by 6GPress


We continue our Online reading Series with 4 great features plus a VIRTUAL OPEN MIC!!!

Shawn PaVey – Mission, KS
Jason Baldringer – Pittsburgh, Pa
Meagan Brothers – NYC
Melissa Goodrum – NYC

I’ve had the pleasure to hear and perform with all these poets, and it will be a great evening, with varied voices, strong sounds, and unique points of view.

This reading will be streaming live on FB LIVE the NeuroNautic Institute / NeuroNautic Press page

( https://www.facebook.com/NeuroNautic-Institute-Neuronautic-Press-109548260772346/)


If you know people who would be interested in watching or participating who do not have facebook, but do have access to zoom, please have them contact me, or give me their contact information, in private, and we can make arrangements.

We are also taking this opportunity to help our usual venue – KGB bar/ Red Room in NYC. They are having a hard time surviving this pandemic, and they have done so much for us, and for the poetry, performance, and art scene in NYC. If you can give to help them out please use the following link:


finally, we are considering moving to every 2 weeks until we can all gather in person again.
Please stay tuned for further info

Please stay safe
2 drink minimum

5/8 Virtual Poetry Reading: Robert Walicki & Michael McGriff @ White Whale Cyberbookstore

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

7 PM EASTERN TONIGHT on a rectangle…

Excited to host Michael McGriff and to welcome back Robert Walicki (“back”in the figurative sense, of course, as this event’s online) for an evening of poetry. Head to our Bookshop site’s list titled “Recent and Upcoming Events (Pre-order!)” to order one of Bob’s books and several of Michael’s. You can also check out other curated lists and picks on our main site page, or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book’s ISBN usually works best.)

This event will be hosted on Zoom. You’ll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Free registration/ticket sales will end at 6:30pm EDT on 5/8. Please email events@whitewhalebookstore.com if you miss this cut-off and need a ticket.

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.

Michael McGriff is the author of several books, most recently the poetry collection Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) and the short story collection Our Secret Life in the Movies (A Strange Object, 2014), which was an NPR Best Book of 2014. His works has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, and on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. He lives in northern Idaho.

4/16 The Moth StorySLAM: Stuck – (social distanced version)

Posted in Events with tags , on April 16, 2020 by 6GPress

8 PM TONIGHT, on your rectangle!



Sorry but small change of plans. We’ve had to reevaluate the format and need to go with the approach other SLAMS have found to work best – having storytellers submit a video of their story. Read on for details.

How it Works

1) Make a video recording of your 5 minute story on the NEW theme “STUCK” – tells us your tales of being stuck physically, emotionally, or both! Stuck at home, stuck away from home, stuck in your head. Whatever stuck means to you.
Send your story to me (Alan) via your favorite method of transferring large files by end of day 4/14. DM me for help/details. We will try to accommodate as many stories as makes sense.

2) Register for the zoom event event; link will be posted here a day or two before. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

3) We’ll also have answers to the written audience prompt to read and maybe even brief live zoom interviews with each storyteller after their video.

Otherwise all normal Moth SLAM rules apply:

Be Forewarned:
The Moth is for STORIES. Not for songs, poems, PowerPoint presentations or practicing your ventriloquism. No props or costumes allowed — just you, the microphone, and your story.

The Moth is for TRUE STORIES. OK, there won’t be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won’t dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves ARE part of our “true stories” but that one about you, Obama, Gandhi and Einstein up in a spaceship eating brownies… not so much.

The Moth is NOT a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks — one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please. The Moth LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES.

Steer clear of meandering endings. Your last line should be clear in your head.

Start in the action and set up the stakes.

Hosted as always by Alan Olifson.

4/17 Virtual Versify: Eidolon, Ellis, Mcilroy, Moody, & Shaw

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2020 by 6GPress

8 PM THIS FRIDAY on your rectangle…

Join us for a very special virtual reading via Zoom, featuring Anna Eidolon, Angele Ellis, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Jonathan Moody, and Fred Shaw!

There will also be an open mic, so bring poems!

Connection information is below. We will be live around 7:30 to work out any kinks, so feel free to join either meeting at that time, whether you are participating or just listening in!

The URL to connect via internet with a computer/pad/smart phone is https://zoom.us/j/466459462

When you click on that, Zoom will just come up and connect if you have used it before on that device.

If not, you will be asked to allow Zoom to be installed.
When prompted enter the meeting ID and password below:

Meeting ID: 249 258 433

Password: 257632

If you are unable to connect you can simply dial in (audio only) as you would a normal phone call. When you dial in, you will be prompted to key in the meeting ID and password

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,249258433#,,#,257632# US (New York)

+13126266799,,249258433#,,#,257632# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US

+1 301 715 8592 US

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 249 258 433

Password: 257632

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acCqKyk0yA

Hosted by Bob Walicki.

?/? 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


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
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


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.


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


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.