Archive for March, 2015

3/31 The Haven Presents: Sports @ Nico’s Recovery Room

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by 6GPress


Nils Balls
Mike Carretta
Holly Coleman
Al Faler
Danny Fenner
Scott Silsbe
Jess Simms
& Carolyne Whelan

will perform works in the key of sports. No image b/c slow wifi will have none of it, but here’s the Fascbook event.

3/28 If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home launch @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by 6GPress


“He is a novelty in this little community of ranch houses, of assistant managers and teachers and housewives,” Dave Housley writes about the lead singer of a KISS cover band. In his new collection of rock ‘n’ roll short stories, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, State College-based Housley examines the desperation and triumphs of growing older through the prism of music. Local writers Kris Collins, Shelia Squillante and Rachel Ann Brickner join Housley tonight for a launch party and reading at East End Book Exchange. ZM 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847 or

3/26 The Singing Bridge: Pittsburgh Poets at the South Butler Community Library

Posted in Events with tags , , on March 19, 2015 by 6GPress


BOB WALICKI and ANGELE ELLIS will rock The South Butler Community Library in beautiful downtown SAXONBURG, PA–the town that John Roebling founded, 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Please join us for an hour of poetry and prose, followed by conversation!

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3/14 Gene Hirsch & Don Wentworth @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , on March 14, 2015 by 6GPress


Gene Hirsch
& Don Wentworth

at East End Book Exchange

As a youngster, Gene Hirsch studied “New” music with Stefan Wolpe. He received an MD degree with an academic career in Cardiology, Geriatrics, and Humanities in Medicine. He has written poetry since medical school with poems appearing in medical journals, anthologies, Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others. In 1992, Gene initiated a writing program at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, in which he teaches and has produced five anthologies featuring students and an active poetry community. He has been resident poet at the folk school, Consortium Ethics Program (Univ. Pitt.), and Forbes Hospice. He attends the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange.

Don Wentworth is a Pittsburgh-based poet whose work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in everyday life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, bear creek haiku and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. His first full-length collection, Past All Traps, was published in 2011 by Six Gallery Press and was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s 2011 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. His poem “hiding” was selected as one of “100 Notable Haiku” of 2013 by Modern Haiku Press. A second full-length book, Yield to the Willow, is now available from Six Gallery Press.

3/13 Ellis, Langstroth, & Carter-Jones @ Delanie’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 13, 2015 by 6GPress


Angele Ellis, Gail Langstroth, & Sheila Carter-Jones

at Delanie’s – Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Thanks to all of you who attended February’s MadFridays, the love edition! It was so nice to see your faces.

Please join us Friday, March 13th for more Friday the 13th action from Angele Ellis, Gail Langstroth, and Sheila Carter Jones.

Angele Ellis’s fiction and poetry have appeared in over 40 publications and eight anthologies. She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems earned her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook). She lives in Friendship, both a neighborhood and a state of mind.

Poet, eurythmist and international stage artist Gail Langstroth makes Pittsburgh her home. An MFA in Poetry from Drew University, winner of the Patricia Dobler Poetry Prize, 2011, finalist with her chapbook Hyena Dreams in the 2014 Accents Chapbook Competition, Langstroth is also a free-lance columnist for the online journal Vox Populi. Her article, The Named, The Nameless, won the Jeffster Award for Best Social Justice Blog. In May of 2015 Langstroth premieres her latest performance piece: Turfinfinite/Tierradentro in Madrid. La Ciudad de la Cultura, Santiago, Spain, will host her homage to the Galician poet, Manuel Antonio, July, 2015.

Sheila L. Carter-Jones taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, at Chatham University and at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her BA from Carnegie Mellon University and both a M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a fellow of both Cave Canem, a and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Her poetry has been published in Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pennsylvania Review, Tri-State Anthology, Riverspeak, Flights: The Literary Journal of Sinclair College, Coal: A Poetry Anthology, City Paper, Cave Canem Anthology and Voices from the Attic. She has a chapbook entitled Blackberry Cobbler Song and her manuscript Three Birds Deep was selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award. Her recent chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was named runner-up for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Currently, she is working on a new manuscript of poems tentatively entitled The Newly Invented Lucky Star Dream Book and a memoir yet to be titled.

** MadFridays reading series sponsored by the Madwomen in the Attic. It is co-curated by Kayla Sargeson and Laurin Wolf.

++ open mic

See you there.

All best,

Odds & Ends, Winter 2015

Posted in Interviews, Recent Publications, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by 6GPress

So far, 2015 has brought some very nice articles about/by Six Gallery scribblers:

A Film About Billy reviewed & Dan McCloskey interviewed by Rachel Mennies for PANK Magazine.

Jonathan Moody interviewed by Melody Nixon for The Common.

Elwin Cotman writes about (sometimes inadvertently) writing about Pittsburgh for Grist.

Ally Malinenko has been doing a lot of excellent blogging lately; this post also links to three recently-published poems.

These folks are all working on fantastic-sounding new projects, by the way. If you’re not familiar with them, check out their previous work!

3/7 Three Kinds of Disaster @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , on March 3, 2015 by 6GPress
 THIS SATURDAY at 7PM, the following kinds of disaster will demolish East End Book Exchange…
SARAH SHOTLAND is the author of Junkette (White Gorilla Press 2014). She is a novelist and playwright whose work has been performed in New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Chicago and Florida; and internationally in Chongqing, PRC and Madrid, Spain. Her most recent play, Cereus Moonlight, was commissioned by miR Theater. After opening on the Space Coast of Florida, it played at the 25th annual Rhino Fest in Chicago.

She is the co-founder and Program Coordinator of Words Without Walls, which brings creative writing classes to jails, prisons and rehabilitation centers in Pittsburgh, PA. She is co-editor of the literary anthology Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence & Incarceration with Sheryl St. Germain, due out from Trinity University Press in spring of 2015.

She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chatham University and is a member of the Literary Arts faculty at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts.

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 has traveled the country, and wrote a few books. The latest of which “The Lower 48” (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook “The Studs Terkel Blues” (Night Ballet Press) as well as the Anthologies Lipsmack! (Night Ballet Press) and Good Noise (Thrasher Press) are all available now. A short litany of publishing credits include: The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.

SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY grew up in an interracial politically radical family. He is the author or editor of thirteen books including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions) and Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press) . His awards include two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014, and a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his electrifying performances he has performed at hundreds of venues across North America and Europe including the South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, the Bardfest Series in Budapest Hungary, and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television. Among his many jobs he has worked as a college lecturer, a truck loader, a factory packer, a warehouse man, a sod layer, and currently works at a pool hall in Erie, PA , and tours widely for performances.