Archive for November, 2014

12/4 Michael Begnal & Karen Lillis @ Barnes & Noble Café

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on November 28, 2014 by 6GPress


The Coffee House Reading Series, a public reading featuring recognized and emerging authors, continues on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble Café [Power Center, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown].

Michael Begnal, a Duquesne instructor of English, and Karen Lillis, founding bookseller and editor of Small Press Pittsburgh, will share selections of their poetry.

Begnal, who will read from his most recent poetry collection Future Blues as well as excerpts from his yet unpublished work, said he is excited to be a part of the series. “I think the Coffeehouse Reading Series is a great thing for the University,” said Bengal. “I think this will be a unique experience for the campus community.”

Lillis’ readings will highlight the musicality of storytelling. She recently won the Kathy Acker Award for fiction, which focuses on experimental or small-press writing.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on campus. The Coffee House Reading Series is always free and open to the public.

The series will return on Tuesday, Feb. 3, with Scott Silsbe and Craig Bernier. For more information, email or visit

11/22 Little as Living launch @ ModernFormations

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

11/20 The New Yinzer Presents @ Modern Formations

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by 6GPress


Please join us at ModernFormations Gallery on Thursday 11/20, for the last 2014 installment of our TNY Presents reading series. This month features Christina Ailor, Caitlin Crawford, Scott Silsbe, Stefanie Wielkopolan, Laura Zurowski

As always, admission is $5 or free with pot luck contribution. Proudly sponsored by Mellingers Beer Distributor. BYOB encouraged.
When: Thursday, November 20th, 8pm
Where: ModernFormations, 4919 Penn Ave. (in Garfield)
Also, pre-game drinks at Lou’s Little Corner Bar at 6:30!


Christina Ailor lives in Carnegie with her roommate’s cat. She is a member of the Hour After Happy Hour Writing Workshop and an editor of the After Happy Hour Review. She writes future speculation fiction, love poems to television series, and is currently working on a web series about long distance relationships.Her favorite use of her political science degree is to write letters of complaint to elected and appointed officials.

Caitlin Crawford is the proprietor of Belleville, an arts and performance space in Wilkinsburg. There she lives with Steve and Lucifer, her two cats, and ample amounts of whiskey. She spends most of her time dancing with an amazing group of smart, talented and gorgeous friends, who help keep her feet on the ground.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where he sells books, makes music with friends, and writes. His poems have recently appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Words Dance, the Cultural Weekly, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Six Gallery Press published his book Unattended Fire in 2012 and Low Ghost published The River Underneath the City in 2013.

Stefanie Wielkopolan is a Michigan poet that keeps moving back to Pittsburgh. Up until the age of eight, she spent every Saturday watching cartoons at a bowling alley bar. She credits this experience for her love of a good dive bar, people watching, and writing poetry. Her first collection of poetry, “Border Theory,” was published by Black Coffee Press in 2011. She currently teaches students ages 2-82 in the Pittsburgh region.


Laura Zurowski of Lovelorn Poets. Lovelorn Poets celebrates the beauty of written language found on missed connections websites all over the country – love letters, missives of regret, poems, and crazy rants. This literary blog strives to preserve and publish the best writing posted to Craigslist’s Missed Connections and curate an ever-growing collection of the passions, thoughts, and romantic encounters found there. Faceless, nameless (typically), and devoid of most context, these writers and their words are fleeting in nature and seen by few – until now.

11/14 Ellis & Silsbe Rock the Apollo

Posted in Events with tags , , on November 12, 2014 by 6GPress

“The “Pittsburgh Poets Rock the Apollo” poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. is part of the library’s three-part series introducing six published poets to the area.

“Poetry can go to the heart when people are open to it,” said Angele Ellis, who will be reading a selection of her poems.“The experience of reading poetry and having someone hear it and respond to it is like sending out a message in a bottle. When someone receives that and responds to it, it is very exciting. There is a power in poetry.”

Friday evening is the second installment in the series and will feature poetry read by Ellis and Scott Silsbe. The series began in September with readings from Kristopher Collins and Don Wentworth. The final installment is Feb. 13 and features poets Renée Alberts and Robert Walicki.

11/2-11/8 Elwin Cotman Goes East

Posted in Events, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by 6GPress

Lafayette’s Hard Times Bluesman Elwin Cotman is East Coasting once again.

TONIGHT at 7, he’ll perform with Adam Dalva, Sally Wen Mao, & Henry Mills at the Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn.

TOMORROW NIGHT at 7, he’ll perform with Rasheedah Phillips & Oki Sogumi at Revolving Bookcase in Philly.

& SATURDAY, 11/8 at 10AM, he’ll do a solo reading at the World Fantasy Convention in Arlington.

Elwin also had two pieces in Black Gate over the summer:

My Inspiration: Black Canaan“, about the Robert E. Howard novel that planted the seed of “Assistant” in The Jack Daniels Sessions EP,

& “Record of Lodoss War and Subtle Subversions“, in which he revisits the anime classic.