Archive for June, 2014

6/24 Caliban Books/Low Ghost reading @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2014 by 6GPress

TOMORROW @ 8PM…

3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland (in the back room)
Jimmy Cvetic hosts.  Open mic after most readings as time permits.

Celebrating Caliban Book Shop & Low Ghost Press

with Jason Baldinger, M. Callen, Kristofer Collins

Bob Pajich, John Schulman & Daniel M. Shapiro

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs, if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time, he traveled the country, and wrote a few books, the latest of which are “The Lower 48” on Six Gallery Press and “The Studs Terkel Blues” on Night Ballet Press. A short litany of publishing credits include The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace and you can also hear audio of some poems at http://jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com/.

M. Callen is a multidisciplinary artist and poet from Pittsburgh, PA.  Her work has appeared in Fence, Gigantic, The Atlas Review, The New Guard, and other fine publications.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets.  You can find her online at m-callen.com

Kristofer Collins is the Books Editor at Pittsburgh Magazine. He runs Low Ghost Press. He also owns Desolation Row Records and manages Caliban Bookshop in Oakland. His most recent chapbook is “Last Call” published by Speed & Briscoe in 2010.

Bob Pajich is a writer and musician from the Burgh. His latest book, The Trolleyman, was published by Stanton Heights’ Low Ghost Press. He is a Taurus.

John Schulman is the co-owner of Caliban Book Shop in Oakland.

Daniel M. Shapiro is a special education teacher in the Woodland Hills School District. His first full-length collection of poems, How the Potato Chip Was Invented, was published by sunnyoutside press in December 2013. He is also the author of two chapbooks and a collection of collaborations with Jessy Randall. His poems have appeared in such journals as Sentence, Gargoyle, Rhino, Ping Pong, Barge, and Word Riot.

Consult the hand for more details.

6/22 Duncan & Porter House Reading

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by 6GPress

TODAY…

D&PH reading

Daniel Parme got mugged & jacked up recently, so he may not make an appearance – keep him in your prayers &/or whathaveyou. Music by Mitch Bell.

6/21 Versify @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2014 by 6GPress

TONIGHT…

6/29 Visiting Writer Reading @ Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Posted in Events, Interviews, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by 6GPress

This week’s City Paper has a lil piece on Julie Sokolow’s Healthy Artists project that involves A Film About Billy author Dan McCloskey.

Take Daniel McCloskey, the comics artist who runs the Lawrenceville-based Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ project. After a face-plant bicycle accident last fall cost McCloskey three teeth, and left him with large unpaid hospital bills, Sokolow wrote about the uninsured artist on Moore’s website. The attention helped McCloskey, 27, exceed the Kickstarter goal for his latest comics project and pay down the bills.

For the record: Dan’s latest comics project is dope, his new grill is fetching as hell & Cyberpunk Apocalypse has not been Lawrenceville-based for two years. So if you’re planning to attend, for example, this…

go to Northside, not Lawrenceville. The lineup will also include the amazing Olivia Rose Mancing.

Bloomsday Anniversary

Posted in New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2014 by 6GPress

It’s Bloomsday again, which means this blog has existed for one year! 98 posts (not including 4 I deleted) & counting – a busy year indeed for Six Gallery scribblers.

Hard Times Blues by Elwin Cotman

To Die Next to You by Rodger Kamenetz & Michael Hafftka

Sea of Dust by Kevin Finn

The Librarian by John Grochalski

&

The Lower Forty-Eight by Jason Baldinger

all came out during that time. Here are some quick updates regarding forthcoming books:

Yield to the Willow, the second collection by haiku master Don Wentworth, will have a soft release in July, so it’ll be available at Pittsburgh book stores & on Scamazon, if supporting corporate oppression is your bag. For Real release in the fall sometime.

We Are The… by “Sneaky” Mike Lubbert will be out in time for the 3rd anniversary of Occupy. Good Christ, that’s September 17th.

Imagination Motel, a collection of poetry by legendary novelist & edumacator Chuck Kinder, will exist & have some kind of legendary release party October 8.

Light on Yoga & Psychedelics by yoga master & psychonaut Alan Lowenschuss will manifest also this year, ASAP, as will

Hungry by Daniel Parme,

Gloom Hearts & Opioids by John Thomas Menesini

&

a currently untitled collection by local poet Stephanie Brea.

 

6/12 Startling Stories @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by 6GPress

THIS THURSDAY…

 

Ungun Giveaway

Posted in Events with tags , on June 5, 2014 by 6GPress

Jessica Fenlon is giving away a print of her most popular ungun (& possibly others if enough people sign up). Click.

 

 

6/7 The Lower Forty-Eight Launch @ Modern Formations

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY at 8…

Jason Baldinger
Stephanie Brea
Taylor Grieshober
& Bob Pajich

will share their words with you. The always off the hook Red Bob Junghanz will be corralling yinz and generally doing his best to host this event.

And then there’s amazing picture projections by “jORGONEson presents…films from the Orgone Archive”.

A $5 bill will get you in; the event is BYOB, although there may be some alcohol around; Stephanie Brea is making state-shaped cookies, and the audience will be picking the set list out of a bag filled with state puzzle pieces.

Click on the wallpaper for more.

 

Cover art by Jon Dowling.

Cover art by Jon Dowling.

Also, so you know it’s not just me saying it’s good, The Lower Forty-Eight has been awarded the coveted Jakiela Seal of Quality.

Jason Baldinger’s street-wise, Pittsburgh-hearted, big-river-throated poetry collection The Lower Forty-Eight is the book you’d get if Kerouac and Whitman loaded into a Pinto and hit the road with iced-down six-packs on the back seat and a bobble-head Neruda on the dash. These poems pick up hitchhikers and talk to strangers. These poems long for home as they roll away from it. These poems celebrate and weep and rage and dance through a landscape as huge and mortal as the voice that carries it. These poems and this poet are the perfect heart-wise companions for anyone looking for a beautiful ride.
—Lori Jakiela, author of The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious

6/3 Grochalski, Harvey, Oresick, Oresick & Wurster @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by 6GPress

TOMORROW at 8PM…

Johm Grochalski, Yona Harvey, Peter Oresick, Judith Vollmer, and Michael Wurster at Hemingway’s in Oakland. No images, no links. FREE.

UPDATE, 6/3

Well, we have a change of line-up for tonight.  Judy Vollmer has come down with pneumonia
and I know we all wish her a quick & smooth recovery.  So…tonight we will be featuring what may be
Hemingway’s first, a father & son reading, with Peter Oresick and Jake Oresick, along with
our previously features Yona Harvey and John Grochalski.   This will be great…and especially
great to have Peter Oresick reading at Hemingway’s for the first time in some years,
and Yona Harvey reading for the first time with us. Be there!

Highly recommended!Scroll down for bio notes!

 

The 2014 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series

Hemingway’s Cafe (in the back room)

Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July

Jimmy Cvetic hosts.  Open mic most evenings.

To listen in on the last three years of this series, go to:

www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com

 

Tuesday, June 3

John Grochalski Yona Harvey

Jake Oresick & Peter Oresick   

 

John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press, 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), and the novel The Librarian (Six Gallery Press, 2013).  Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.

 

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.   Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). In addition to her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Howard University (BA) and The Ohio State University (MFA), she also earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from The University of Pittsburgh.  She is an Assistant Professor of English at The University of Pittsburgh.
Jake Oresick is a poet-lawyer who lives in Oakland, is the title poet of a new poetry anthology from Ave Maria Press called ST. PETER’S B-LIST: CONTEMPORARY POEMS INSPIRED BY SAINTS, that features Jim Daniels, Daniel Gioia, Kate Daniels and others. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  He currently serves as the Judicial Law Clerk at the Washington County’s Court of Common Pleas.

Peter Oresick earned his college tuition in the 1970s during summers laboring for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. He worked as a publisher for 22 years, and as a high school teacher, a Poet-in-the-Schools, and director of Master’s programs in both publishing and creative writing. As an editor, his anthologies include Working Classics: Poems on Industrial Life; For a Living: The Poetry of Work; and the forthcoming The Pittsburgh Novel: A Readers’ Guide to Western Pennsylvania in Fiction & Drama, 1792-2014. His most recent book of poems is a verse biography of Andy Warhol, Warhol-o-rama.

 

Dana Killmeyer Brings Poetry to Las Vegas Public Buses, KNPR

Posted in Interviews with tags , on June 1, 2014 by 6GPress

Dana Killmeyer wants to bring a little culture to those riding the bus in Las Vegas. So the Masters in Fine Arts student at UNLV gets on an RTC, whether it’s the Deuce on the Strip or route 109 on Maryland Parkway, and just starts reading poetry to her fellow passengers.

KNPR

Don’t let them shatter your harmony joy ride, Dana!