7/15 Polish Hill Arts Fest

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

Karen sez…

I’m gearing up to return as a bookseller to the (11th annual) Polish Hill Arts Fest this Sunday July 15th! Karen’s Book Row will be on the streets from Noon-8pm, featuring novels, memoirs, & poetry, along with priced-to-move children’s books, travel books, & blank books. The Polish Hill Arts Fest is a recommended fair, with some great food, fun music, amazing arts vendors, and two reading events. I’m excited to share a booth with native Pittsburgher Paola Corso: She’s a terrific poet & fiction writer who will be tabling for Steppin Stanzas, featuring art & poetry about Pittsburgh’s historic public steps. She’ll be leading a poetry reading on the steps next to the Immaculate Heart of Mary church (it’s the huge one–you can’t miss it) at 2:30pm on Sunday. At 3:30pm, we’ll hear poetry from Rachel (formerly known as Billie Nardozzi).

7/14 Charlie Brice, M.L. Liebler, Judy Robinson, & Scott Silsbe @ C.C. Mellor Memorial Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2018 by 6GPress

2PM SATURDAY, JULY 14…

Local poet Charlie Brice and special guests M. L. Liebler, Judy Robinson and Scott Silsbe will be reading selections of their work in honor of Brice’s second full-length poetry collection, Mnemosyne’s Hand.

Free admission. Refreshments provided.

Pushcart Prize nominated poet, Charles W. Brice, Ph.D., is a retired psychoanalyst and is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2016) and of Mnemosyne’s Hand (WordTech Editions, 2018). His poetry, short stories, reviews, and nonfiction pieces have appeared in over seventy publications.

M. L. Liebler is an internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. Liebler is the author of 15 books and chapbooks including the 2017 award-winning I Want to Be Once and Heaven Was Detroit: Essays on Detroit Music from Jazz to Hip Hop. Liebler has taught at Wayne State University in Detroit since 1980, and he is the founding director of both The National Writer’s Voice Project in Detroit and the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization. He is currently President of the Detroit Writers’ Guild.

Judith R. Robinson is a visual artist, an editor, teacher, fiction writer and poet. A 1980 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She has taught and conducted workshops for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Winchester-Thurston School, Allegheny Community College. She currently teaches poetry for Osher at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh. Silsbe is an editor at Low Ghost Press and has written three books of poetry—Unattended Fire, The River Underneath the City, and last year’s Muskrat Friday Dinner. His next book, Mount Trashmore, is forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press.

7/3 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series w/ Ava C. Cipri, Karen Lillis, Deesha Philyaw, & Bill Steigerwald @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2018 by 6GPress

THIS TUESDAY…

The 2018 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July  
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Co-hosted and curated by Jimmy Cvetic and Joan E. Bauer. 
Open mic after after featured readings
Audio archive: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com  Listen in!
Tuesday, July 3 – Week 10: Poetry, fiction & creative non-fiction: Ava C. Cipri,  Karen Lillis, Deesha Philyaw & Bill Steigerwald
Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor forThe Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of DisabilityLiterature & Artand teaches writing at Duquesne University. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee with an MFA from Syracuse University. Her poetry and prose appears or is forthcoming inCimarron, Cider Press Review,Rust + Moth,and Stirring’sManticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identitiesanthology, among others. Ava’sfirst chapbook,Queen of Swords,was published by dancing girl press (2018).Her forthcoming chapbook,Leaving The Burdened Ground(Stranded Oak Press,May 2018), was a finalist for the Robin Becker Chapbook Series and Grazing Grain Poetry/Hybrid Chapbook Contest.She resides at: www.avaccipri.com.
Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four poetic novels, including Watch the Doors As They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), works at Caliban Books during the day, and runs Karen’s Book Row, a pop up and online bookshop. Her writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, LA Cultural Weekly, and the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, among others. An Acker Award winner for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction, her recent publications include Submerging Zine, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, and forthcoming prose in Local Knowledge (Fall 2018).
Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written with her ex-husband. Her fiction and nonfiction writing on race, parenting, sex and culture has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, brevity, Apogee Journal, Cheat River Review, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Essence, and Ebony magazines. Deesha is a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People.
Bill Steigerwald  is a veteran journalist from Pittsburgh who worked at theLos Angeles Timesin the 1980s, thePittsburgh Post-Gazettein the 1990s and thePittsburgh Tribune Reviewin the 2000s. Steigerwald’s new nonfiction book30 Days a Black Mantells the story of an undercover mission byPittsburgh Post-Gazettestar reporter Ray Sprigle into the Jim Crow South in 1948. Sprigle’s nationally syndicated series, “In the Land of Jim Crow.” exposed the iniquities and humiliations suffered by ten million black Americans in the segregated South and started the first national debate in the media about ending America’s legal apartheid.Kirkus Reviewcalled30 Days a Black Manis “a fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure…” that Steigerwald turned “into rollicking, haunting American history.” In 2010 Steigerwald faithfully retraced John Steinbeck’sTravels With Charleyroad trip of 1960 and wroteDogging Steinbeck.  He and his wife Trudi live south of Pittsburgh in the woods. 

 

6/23 Detroit Comix Party @ Tangent Gallery & Hastings Street Ballroom

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

12-8PM SATURDAY, Dan McCloskey, Nils Balls, & Nate McDonough will be slinging comics (or comix) at this. Get ’em!

We want it rough. We want it dangerous. We want total unregulated self expression. We have seen a Spiderman and we are bored to tears. We are not here by accident, we are not waiting on our major label deal.

We want to celebrate the incredible wealth of wild, intimate, and spectacularly bizarre work being created under the radar. Detroit Comix Party will be the platform for that content to rise up into the public eye and into the path of potential consumers, showing without a doubt that there is still magic in little handmade books printed on paper.

Detroit Comix Party quests to create a forum and strong meeting place for artists from the independent publishing community to discuss new ideas that will help us understand where our industry is today and where it is going tomorrow. A meeting of the minds, to identify present and future goals, and provide opportunity for all participants to network with peers and expose their work to a wider audience.

Controlling the means of production has always been a revolutionary act. The democratization of technology has given us the power of extreme and immediate self-expression, whether we choose to use it or not. Let’s celebrate those that are already taking control and actively participating and inspire newcomers to make the first awkward steps toward self-made media freedom.

Independent comix, book-arts, zines, diy;  whatever you call it, we participate in a culture built on the celebration, or at least exploration, of the absolute extreme fringe-ends of society. Detroit Comix Party confidently embrace this, even in cases where we are presented with material that is absolutely mortifying or disturbing.

Please help make Detroit Comix Party a dangerous and intense experience.

7/7 Inflammatosis! by Mark Spitzer & Spell to Spell by Lea Graham launch party @ Nine Stories Books + Alien Buddha Invades Erie @ Ember+Forge

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM Saturday, July 7 at Nine Stories Books, three scribblers from Arkansas join three from the 412 to celebrate the launch of Mark Spitzer’s latest book Inflammatosis, “a big, punk-ass Fuck You to all the petty, pretentious haters out there dicking around with 1) his life, 2) your life, 3) all our lives, and 4) fish.”

Mark Spitzer, novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, grew up in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990. He then moved to the Rockies, where he earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Traveling with Mark from the home state of Johnny Cash & C. D. Wright will be Lea Graham & Scotty Lewis. We’ll also be celebrating the launch of Lea’s new chapbook.

Spell to Spell
by Lea Graham
$5

Gristle, (n.) cartilage; tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter

For Georganna Ulary

Grit’s spell. / A bone of sound / between hustle, just whistle. / Grist to the mill of welter, / close to grisly but more wattle / less huddle. / Tattooed thistle, / apple of my ire, / a subtle gris-gris / around the wrist of tussle. / The gist of it: / A muscle that fasts is lost. / We must wrestle that lustful, fustling angel of self, / bedazzle that recluse; / bust and move the offal, / dis refusal. / Wrest our names, / our castling  furies, / cast and fuss to surge, / gird and guzzle that shit; / grease the wheels against hair-shirts of hurt, / storm the bastille of cry, the cradle of grow; / jazz and cussle this tigress, /  this mottled grindle of rage, / muddle the sonic barb.  /  Steal away   steal away   steal away home

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Lea Graham is the author of the forthcoming book, From the Hotel Vernon (Salmon Press, 2019), the chapbook, This End of the World: Notes to Robert Kroetsch (Apt. 9 Press, 2016) and the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011). She is an associate professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and a native of Northwest Arkansas.

This is Graham’s third above/ground press chapbook, after Calendar Girls (2006) and metric : a collaboration (with rob mclennan, 2011).

Here’s another poem from Spell to Spell at Crab Creek Review.

Scotty Lewis is a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program. His first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash, came out last December on Six Gallery. Here’s an interview with Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

The Pittsburgh lineup is pretty outstanding too:

Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four poetic novels, including The Second Elizabeth (Six Gallery Press, 2009), and runs Karen’s Book Row, a pop up and online bookshop. Her writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, LA Cultural Weekly, and the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, among others. An Acker Award winner for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction, her recent publications include Submerging Zine, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, and forthcoming prose in Local Knowledge (Fall 2018).

Ben Gwin is the Fiction Editor at Burrow Press Review. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Bridge Eight, Word Riot, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel manuscript, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton, was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize, and named a semifinalist for the 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

I’d add that Clean Time is out now & by all accounts hilarious. You can read a bit of it at Literary Hub.

Barbara Edelman is the author of the poetry collection Dream of the Gone-From City from Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally, including Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, and Poet Lore; in translation in the Italian journal Nuovi Argomenti, and in several anthologies. Her short prose has appeared in Rattle and Arts & Letters. She’s the author of two poetry chapbooks: Exposure, Finishing Line Press, 2014 and A Girl in Water, Parallel Press, 2002. Her work has been recognized with a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual artist’s grant in poetry and the Turow-Kinder Prize in short fiction.

Edelman teaches in the writing, composition, and literature programs at Pitt and coordinates the Writers’ Café. She won the 2012 CGS Student Choice Award for teaching. She holds a B.A. in English from Colgate University, an M.A. in English from California State University Northridge, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Meanwhile, in Erie, it’s

Open mic and featured writers series

feat. Jason Baldinger, Heath Brougher, Scott Thomas Outlar, Jay Miner, Jeremy Stolz, Luke Kuzmish, Matt Borczon, Thasia Anne, & Veronica Hopkins at Ember+Forge.

7/19 Prose Reading: Faloon, Fournier, Vachon, & Lillis @ Nine Stories

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

7PM THURSDAY, JULY 19…

Mike Faloon & Mike Fournier are touring writers coming to Pittsburgh to celebrate Faloon’s new book of music essays, THE OTHER NIGHT AT QUINN’S. Local writers Jude Vachon & Karen Lillis will round out the bill.

Mike Faloon is a former DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the author of The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock and the co-editor of Fan Interference. Faloon co-founded Go Metric and Zisk zines and has contributed to Cabildo Quarterly, Cashiers du Cinemart, Razorcake, Submerging Writers, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His latest book is The Other Night at Quinn’s, a collection of music essays about the free jazz scene that emerged at a diner in upstate New York.

Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE) exclaims, “Whoa, these spiel batches pack much punch and got their grip way into brain-frame! Faloon had me captured and I had to keep reading.”

Wayne Kramer (MC5) adds that it’s “…a deeply personal dive into the psyche of a hardcore music fanatic…utterly indispensable. A truly great read.”

Rudy Wurlitzer (Nog, Two Lane Blacktop) says, “A mesmerizing and lucidly well written journey inside and out and around of what it means to live, celebrate and survive inside an expanding and eroding culture.”

More information at Razorcake/Gorsky:
http://razorcake.org/the-other-night-at-quinns-pre-sale/

Michael T. Fournier is the author of two novels (Swing State and Hidden Wheel, both on Three Rooms Press) and a book-length discussion of the Minutemen’s Double Nickels On The Dime album for the 33 1/3 series. Fournier is a regular contributor to Razorcake, and his writing has appeared in Pitchfork, Oxford American, Entropy, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Vice, Maudlin House and more. He and his wife Rebecca live on Cape Cod.

Jude Vachon is a writer, creator, zinester, & translator.

Karen Lillis is a writer and a bookseller. She is the author of Watch the Doors as They Close and three other books of fiction.

6/14 Pittsburgh in Poems and Pictures: Clever, Ellis, Walicki @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM  THURSDAY…

Join Rebecca, Angele, & Bob for an evening of poetry that goes to the heart of the Pittsburgh experience–along with an exhibit of Rebecca’s striking photographic prints & an Open Mic for local poets! Coffee Buddha is one of the coolest venues in da Burgh. Both books & photos will be on sale during the event, & will be available afterward at Coffee Buddha.
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Over the past two decades, REBECCA CLEVER has served as a reporter, newspaper editor, columnist, promotional and technical writer, book editor/designer, and photographer. Her poetry, nonfiction, interviews and pictures have been published in various newspapers, literary journals, books and anthologies. She is a past recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich poetry award, co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Chatham University; she was the recipient of a residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Project. Rebecca received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham in 2011, where she was a finalist for best thesis. She resides in the North Hills with her partner, Theresa, their children, and nine pets.

ANGELE ELLIS’s most recent book, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press), is a hybrid valentine to her adopted city—where her winning haiku appeared on the Harris Theater marquee after Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ G-20 Haiku Contest. A longtime editor and community activist, 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. Angele is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine; her poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in 75 journals and anthologies.

ROBERT WALICKI’s work has appeared in over 50 journals, including Pittsburgh City Paper, Fourth River, Stone Highway Review, and Red River Review. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert has published two chapbooks: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), which was nominated to the 2016 List of Books for New York City’s Poets House. His first full-length collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.

 

6/5 Deborah Bogen, Sheila Squillante, Kareem Tayyar, & Bob Walicki @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2018 by 6GPress

8PM TUESDAY

The Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – 2018
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July
Hemingway’s Cafe 3911 Forbes Avenue in Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic. Open mic following most readings.
JBauer103w@aol.com / www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com
Tuesday, June 5

Deborah Bogen, Sheila Squillante, Kareem Tayyar & Bob Walicki

5/27 Karen’s Book Row @ Pittsburgh Flea-for-All @ Spirit

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

Karen Lillis sez,

Dear friends & comrades,

This Sunday, Karen’s Book Row will pop up at a new venue. I’m excited to try the Flea For All Market at Spirit Lounge in Lawrenceville (51st Street off Butler). What could be better than Books & Brunch? Spirit’s delicious buffet brunch is served from 11-3 and the Flea for All is upstairs one hour longer, from 11am-4pm. Stop by and browse books as well as the other vendors’ wares: records, clothing, household items, pop culture goodies, and other vintage delights!

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.