11/16-17 WordPlay @ Bricolage Theater

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

8PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY…

This hybrid storytelling sensation has been growing in popularity since its co-producer, Alan Olifson, brought it to Pittsburgh over 4 years ago. With its steadily growing audience and frequent media buzz, WordPlay has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s literary and theater scene. In November, we’re hosting a special edition, featuring a few of our favorite stories from Wordplays past!

Or (recommended) get there at 7:30 & get complimentarily lubricated for the performance. November’s storytellers are

  • Brian Broome
  • Tami Dixon
  • Parag S. Gohel
  • Kelly Trumbull

& your host, Manchild author Alan Olifson. Tracksploitation accompanies ’em. $25 & fills up fast b/c it’s actually good.

11/29 Rewind Reading Series @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2018 by 6GPress

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29…

We baaaaackkkk!

The REWIND Reading Series is picking up where we left off—somewhere between immobilizing insecurity, high school melodrama… and reclaiming that shit. Finally.

WHAT IS REWIND?
REWIND is what happens when people share their angsty adolescent selves on a stage to a room full of adults. These are real people sharing their real, unedited journals, poems, songs, etc. for laughter, tears and unabashed nostalgia. In other words, it takes guts, yo.

The brave readers this round:

Michelle Boring
Lou Ickes
Anna Kurtz
Shannon Sankey
Scott Silsbe
Meghan Tutolo (host)

Do you have an idea for REWIND? Message Meghan Tutolo a brief bit about what you want to share and why you want to share it.

Don’t forget to join the REWIND Reading Series group for news on events and calls for readers. ✨

11/4 Hell’s Lid Reading Series @ Full Pint Wild Side Pub

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2018 by 6GPress

2PM SUNDAY…

“[T]he wind would force the smoky curtains aside, and the whole black expanse would be dimly lighted with dull wreaths of fire…if any one would enjoy a spectacle as striking as Niagara, he may do so by simply walking up a long hill to Cliff Street in Pittsburg, and looking over into – hell with the lid taken off.” – James Parton, The Atlantic Monthly, January 1868
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Check out the best poets, writers, and spoken word artists in and around the city on the first Sunday of every month at the awesome Full Pint Wild Side Pub in Lawrenceville!

Our November readers include:

Alyssa Herron
Bob Walicki
Kara Knickerbocker
John Burroughs
Nicole Onda Grynd
Joshua Tarquinio
Sarah Washburn Thornton

This is a free event, but donations for the performers are greatly appreciated.

 

11/3 Coffee w/ a Writer: Jason Baldinger @ Center for Literary Arts + Overhead from Longing launch @ C.C. Mellor Memorial Library + an evening of music & poetry @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2018 by 6GPress

Busy day Saturday: three free events, two in Pittsburgh & one in Frostburg, MD.

10AM at Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts…

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh and recently finished a stint as writer in residence at the Osage Arts Community. He’s the author of several books, the most recent are This Useless Beauty (Alien Buddha Press), The Ugly Side of the Lake (Night Ballet Press) written with John Dorsey and the chaplet Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) which are available now. The collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) and the split book with James Benger Little Fires Hiding (Spartan Press) are forthcoming. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, Outlaw Poetry, 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, Rye Whiskey Review, Red Fez, Mad Swirl, Blue Hour Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

Coffee with a Writer is a montly informal reading and open discussion housed at the Center for Literary Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

2:30PM at C.C. Mellor Memorial Library…

Local poet Judith Brice and special guests Jen Ashburn, Joan E. Bauer and Robert Walicki will be reading selections of their work in honor of Brice’s second full-length poetry collection, Overhead from Longing.

Refreshments provided. Free admission.

Judith Brice is the author of Renditions in a Palette (David Robert Books, 2013) and Overhead From Longing (David Robert Books, 2018). Her more than 50 published poems have appeared previously in The Paterson Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, VoxPopuli.com and Versewrights.com, among many other national publications.

Jen Ashburn is the author of The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016), and has work published or forthcoming in numerous venues, including The Writer’s Almanac, The MacGuffin, Whiskey Island and The Fourth River. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she taught creative writing to women in the Allegheny County Jail through Chatham’s Words Without Walls program.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Her poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2007 she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International. She co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series in Pittsburgh.

Robert Walicki is the author of A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). His next collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press. A Pushcart and a Best of the Net nominee, Walicki has been published in The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, and Red River Review, among others.

Here‘s a page w/ more info about Judy’s book & some sample poems.

Last but not least, 7PM at White Whale Bookstore…

10/24 The Bridge Series w/ Borczon, Dione, Ivey, & Project Love @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, October 24th with our focus is twofold Veterans and Displacement. Our featured performers include Matt Borczon, Melanie Dione and Chris Ivey.

$5 donation

Our Guest Organization is Project Love Coalition

Matthew Borczon is a nurse and Navy sailor from Erie, Pa. He has published four books of poetry, A Clock of Human Bones (Yellow Chair Review), Battle Lines (Epic Rites Press), Ghost Train (Weasel Publishing), Sleepless Nights and Ghost Soldiers (Grey Boarders), and The Smallest Coffins are the Heaviest (Epic Rites Punk Chapbook). He was a recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant in his hometown of Erie, Pa. He was nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net for poetry in 2016. When not writing he raises four children with his wife of 21 years.

Melanie Dione is a geeky mom, bookworm, writer, and podcaster from New Orleans, currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She can be heard weekly on the popular “Bad Advice Show” when she isn’t making famous people laugh at her Twitter feed. Melanie currently leads the league in creative ways to hide her phone in her bra at work

Chris Ivey is an award-winning commercial director who is best known internationally for his documentary series East of Liberty. The series has chronicled race, class and gentrification issues in Pittsburgh, for over a decade. The East of Liberty series is a historical document and the only interactive documentation project in recent Pittsburgh history. Chris’s work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered Going There in Pittsburgh segment about the unaddressed impacts of urban renewal and gentrification on the city’s Black community.Chris is currently at work on East of Liberty: Youth Rising, a film that interweaves the experiences of youth in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans and Philadelphia with additional related footage of youth in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This installment of the series presents the voices of young people on topics including teen pregnancy, gangs, and the prospects for their futures.

Project LOVE Coalition is a unique organization which encourages diverse community partnerships. In Project Love Coalition, we are dedicated to the universal spread of love in our great work of uplifting fallen humanity. Project Love Coalition encourages all people of all faiths and cultures to become part of our unique collaborative initiatives to serve those veterans who are now in need. At Project Love Coalition: > We aim to provide affordable healthy housing to homeless veterans and their families. Additionally, we seek to provide a welcoming space which honors and provides support services those who have served our country while connecting veterans with other community residents and veterans affairs pipelines that enable them to be workforce assets and leaders in neighborhood sustainability. > We are a grassroots organization which brings veterans and other community residents together to use arts to improve and build an inclusive, sustainable community where peace, dignity and a sense of belonging are among our top priorities. Project Love Coalition aims to create social and economic opportunities that include veterans. > We welcome all to participate regardless of belief, nationality, age, or gender. Project Love Coalition was originally started by a group of Americans in the Hill District and Homewood community sectors of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://www.facebook.com/projectlovecoalition/

10/20 Poetry and Tales 3 Launch @ Ember+Forge

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

6PM TODAY,

Alien Buddha Press authors reading live at Ember + Forge in Erie

so there ya go.

10/23 Radical Writers Rise Up: A PGH DSA Poetry & Fiction Reading

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23…

Join Pittsburgh DSA for “Radical Writers Rise Up” a poetry & fiction reading on October 23rd at Glitterbox Theater!

Featuring poets: Corey Carrington, Robin Clarke, and L U C; novelists Selene Depackh, Jamie Lackey, and Rick Claypool; and bookseller Karen Lillis

10/14 Pittsburgh Zine Fair @ Union Project

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on October 12, 2018 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY…

The Eighth Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair (PZF) returns to the Union Project (801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206) on Sunday, October 14, from 2 – 8pm. This event is free and open to the public!

https://www.facebook.com/events/276940936401927/

Since its debut at AIR: Artists Image Resource in 2011, the PZF has attracted a diverse group of artists, writers and activists from across the region whose content may vary but the format remains the same- the zine. An icon of DIY ethos and radical info sharing, the zine decentralizes media and vaults individual expression while remaining inexpensive.

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Special thanks to Union Project and Bunker Projects for their support!

As usual, Karen Lillis will be there with “a selection of small press books, recommended reads, feminist fiction, LGBT lit, African American authors, fiction in translation, counterculture reads, blank books, & more!”

10/11 Poetry Matters @ Shaler North Hills Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11…

Art and Inspiration is excited to be hosting Poetry Matters, a reading by local poets featuring: Robert Walicki, Valerie Bacharach, Daniela Buccilli, and Elisabeth Crago.

Valerie Bacharach’s poetry has appeared in several publications including Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Quarterly, US 1 Worksheets, The Tishman Review, Topology Magazine, Poetica, VerseWrights, and Voices from the Attic.She is a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and conducts weekly poetry workshops for the women at Power House and CeCe’s Place, halfway houses for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Her first chapbook, Fireweed, will be published in 2018 by Main Street Rag. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Daniela Buccilli’s poetry has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cider Press Review, and several other publications, and one anthology. Her degrees include an MFA in fiction and one that she is working on in poetry. She has taught at public high schools for 25 years. Her poetry chapbook How Much It Takes To Carry will be published in 2019 by Main Street Rag.

Elisabeth Crago is a graduate of the MFA program at Carlow University where she studied poetry and completed a creative non-fiction manuscript. Her work has been published in Voices from the Attic, vols 21 and 22 and in Eye to the Telescope. A graduate of Lehman College, CUNY and the University of Michigan, she has undergraduate degrees in English and Nursing and a master’s degree in Nursing. Crago directed the Breast Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. She then spent 12 years in New Zealand involved in farming and aquaculture where she also served on the board of a retreat center with a primary focus on women’s spirituality. After relocating to Pittsburgh in 2014, she became a Madwoman. Crago is also a volunteer at the Women in Transition program of the Center for Women and at City of Asylum.

Robert Walicki’s work has appeared in a number of publications including 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), and his next collection, Black Angels is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.A longtime volunteer at City of Asylum and The Animal Rescue League, Walicki also works as a plumber and lives in Pittsburgh.

9/27 Grieshober, Barnett, Solarczyk, & Silsbe @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM THURSDAY…

4 locals reading poems & prose.

Taylor has a collection of great short stories called Off Days coming soon from Low Ghost Press & one up at Hobart called “Wrong and Dangerous” you can read right now. Cameron, Bart, & Scott will bring only the finest poems & also beer, if history is any guide. Please listen to the poems & prose responsibly.

 

9/22 Free Money 6 Release Party w/ Dan McCloskey @ Copacetic Comics

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

7PM SATURDAY…

Join us in welcoming back to Pittsburgh the globetrotting Daniel McCloskey for the return of his ongoing series, FREE MONEY! This will be the world premiere of Free Money #6. And, yes, it will be free to all!