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11/5 Reading Roulette feat. Baldinger, Collins, Ellis, & Silsbe @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2016 by 6GPress

8PM THIS SATURDAY…

Are you feeling lucky? For our second Coffee Buddha After-Hours event of the year, we are doing something a little different: READING ROULETTE & other assorted literary parlor games of chance. Think of this event as one part Victorian-era parlor games, one part Las Vegas coke-fuled bender, one part literary reading.

Our specially designed (i.e., homemade) roulette wheel determines who reads and for how long. Our pool of participants includes the following fine folks, but they will only read if their name comes up (and only one poem or short fiction/essay excerpt at a time! If someone ends up reading three times in a row, the wheel is rigged):

Bart Solarczyk got his knuckles slapped with a ruler many times after being caught cheating at bingo by the Catholic nuns who ran the church’s weekly games. Since then, he has completely abstained from any type of gambling, even innocuous scratch off tickets.

Bob Walicki: It’s difficult for some folks to leave casinos. Bob doesn’t have this problem, except for the Rivers Casino’s free beverage station.

Angele Ellis was once part of a gambling ring that ran numbers and took backroom bets out of a barbershop in Oakland. If you owed her enough money, she was known to cut off your pinkie finger and use it to stir her coffee.

Richard L. Gegick has had his thumbs broken by bookies on at least three occasions.

Meghan Tutolo spent most of her childhood playing Crazy 8’s with New Kensington mob veterans in the Donut Shop on 5th Avenue, while her parents played the “cherry machines” in the back.

Scott Silsbe is well versed in the Mega Touch machine found at the end of many a dive bar. His powers of observation are keen, and as such, he will beat you at the naked lady game.

Megan Bell plays Russian Roulette every day, “a man’s sport,” with a bullet called life (–yeah mama, called life).

Kris Collins’ grandfather was Amarillo Slim, one of a group of Texan gamblers known for inventing Texas Hold ‘Em style poker. As such, his poker face is all genetics and will make grown men weep.

Nikki Allen

If we are lucky, guest appearances by John Korn + more.

Plus, your hosts for the evening:

Jason Baldinger doesn’t know when to hold them or when to fold them. He has a really hard time distinguishing when he should walk away and when he should run.

Stephanie Brea once gambled with senior citizens on a boat in international waters (she lost $40 and got mild food poisoning) and her father helped build the pirate ship that sets itself on fire and sinks every hour at Treasure Island in Los Vegas. She would want to be married by black leather-era Elvis.

In addition to roulette, we will be competing in other literary parlor games including “fiction-ary” and other TBA. ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

Maybe we will even have prizes.

If the weather is nice, we will have a fire and some (spiked) cider and some s’mores.

10/22 Ellis, Moody, Collins, Baldinger, & Silsbe Conversate & Connect @ Chatham + Poetic License Revoked @ White Whale Bookstore

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

is Barrelhouse magazine’s Conversations and Connections conference at scenic Chatham University, featuring all sorts of panels & whatnot with actual, real, honest-to-Allah writers, including everyone’s favorite Six Gallery scribblers.

At 10:45 AM is one called Beyond Free Writing: 8 Concrete Suggestions for Jump-starting Your Work:

We’ve all heard it a hundred (thousand) times: when you’re stuck, just put the pen to paper and write. Write about nothing, write about something, write about anything. But what about those times when you’ve (free) written and written, and nothing on the page speaks to you? Or you can’t type “I don’t know what I’m typing I don’t know what I’m typing” one more time? This panel will provide (at least) 8 concrete suggestions to help prose writers and poets springboard into their work. Attendees will walk away with tangible ideas about how to generate new material—and also some nifty handouts to help them along. Writers of any stage will benefit from this panel, but especially those who may still be feeling out their writing practice and deciding what works best for them; also, anyone recently fighting writer’s block will come away armed with some tried to true tactics to get back in the game, maybe from a new angle.

Fiction writer Ashley Kunsa will discuss 3 methods for writers in any genre. These include going back to your old favorites—returning to previous sources of inspiration, be it a beloved writer or individual work, that have energized your writing in the past and using various techniques to encourage them to do so again; going back to your own favorites—finding past work of your own that reminds you of your own great capacity for creativity; and getting curious—using the simple tools around you (e.g., newspaper, smart phone, internet) to seek out new and interesting information to kick your creative brain into gear.

Poet and editor Ava Cipri will share 3 methods of interest to poets, but potentially useful for writers in other genres. “Get moving”: physical movement facilitates creativity; we naturally read work differently standing or walking, and walking affords a space to compose phrases and even the beginnings of a poem through dictation (audio recording) or pen. “Get Inside”: work intimately inside forms in unexpected ways; this can range from the villanelle, recipes, directions, to unfamiliar lexicons, etc. Almost anything can become a container. “Steal that”: practice found poetry by creating new derivative works. Do this through numerous found poetry forms: erasures, mixes, the cento, etc.. All activities aid in generating material with hooks, thus unfreezing the brain.

Angele Ellis, poet, prose writer, and editor, will discuss how to generate drafts of publishable poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, using the methods of Writers’ Playtime, the monthly writing group she has led since 2011. The most important of these methods are the group’s focus on only positive feedback, which provides participants with specific encouragement and direction (including the highlighting of key words and phrases in their drafts), and the development of small group solidarity, which releases creative energy, circumvents writers’ block, and promotes confidence in sharing and refining new work.

Also at 10:45 AM is Poetic License Revoked: Poetry as Non-Fiction:

Plato famously thought poets were immoral, going so far as to banish them from his Republic, because, he claimed, poetry was based in falsehood and therefore immoral. But what the hell did Plato know?

Panelists will discuss various approaches to poetry as a vehicle for non-fiction writing incorporating various genres such as memoir, journalism, travel writing, anthropology, cultural criticism, etc.

We will consider the versatility of the poetic form, as well as the challenges that arise when incorporating what are perceived as non-traditional genres and methods into the practice of poetry composition.

Revoking your poetic license will be Sheila Carter-Jones, Kristofer Collins, Lori Jakiela, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Jason Baldinger, Scott Silsbe, &, all the way from Texas, our old pal Jonathan Moody.

& if you still have it in you after all that, or didn’t shell out $70 for the conference, there’s a FREE reading of the same name, by the same folks.

The Bloomfield storefront formerly known as East End Book Exchange was recently relaunched as White Whale Bookstore, but new owners Jill and Adlai Yeomans seem intent on continuing the space as a literary hub. For instance, today Chatham University hosts the Conversations and Connections Writers Conference, whose panel talks include Poetic License Revoked: Poetry as Non-Fiction. Tonight, that panel’s seven participants — Jason Baldinger, Sheila L. Carter-Jones, Kristofer Collins, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Lori Jakiela, Jonathan Moody and Scott Silsbe — reconvene at White Whale to read their poetry. BO 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847 or www.whitewhalebookstore.com

CP Short List

Please conversate & connect responsibly.

Baldinger & Silsbe 10/12 @ The Book Cellar, 10/13 @ Raven Book Store, & 10/14 @ Inklings’ Books & Coffee Shoppe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2016 by 6GPress

WEDNESDAY, 7PM at The Book Cellar in Chicago…

Come check out the Pittsburgh Poets Jason Baldinger (author of The Lower 48) and Scott Silsbe (author of Unattended Fire) with special guests Parneshia Jones, Jacob S. Knabb, and Daniela Olszewska.

http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/poetry-night-pittsburg-poets-scott-silsbe-and-jason-baldinger

THURSDAY, 7PM at Raven Book Store in Lawrence…

FRIDAY, 6PM at Inklings’ Books & Coffee Shoppe in Blue Springs…

10/9 Jason Baldinger & Scott Silsbe @ Bent Rail Brewery & Restaurant

Posted in Events with tags , , on October 8, 2016 by 6GPress

Baldinger & Silbe’s 5-city, 5-reading tour kicked off earlier tonight at the Big Room Bar in Columbus, w/ Nikki Allen & Amy Turn Sharp.

TOMORROW at 5 they’ll be at Bent Rail Brewery & Restaurant in Indianapolis,

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j-mUWUmGUzR_O2iKs7VJAvG7E7GKnw8ysHhpEPssdx8/edit

after which they’re hitting up Chicago, Lawrence, & Kansas City. Stay tuned!

10/7 PinkSpeak: Breast Cancer Journeys in Poetry, Music & Prose – NYC Fundraiser feat. Ally Malinenko & John Grochalski @ Parkside Lounge

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS FRIDAY…

Ally says,

Join me and a host of talented writers, musicians, and comedians for PinkSpeak – breast cancer fundraiser sponsored by Mike Geffner & Inspired Word!

I’ll be reading from Better Luck Next Year – my newest poetry collection chronicling my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at the age of 37.

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Featured Artists:
Storyteller/Poet Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner
Singer/Songwriter Samantha Leon
Poet Keisha-Gaye Anderson
Singer/Songwriter Natatia Allison
Singer/Songwriter Taylor Tucker
Poet Wynne Henry
Spoken Word Artist/Poet Scott Raven
Poet Dara Kalima
Singer/Songwriter Matthew Wiffen & His Band
Poet Ally Malinenko
Poet John Grochalski

The Inspired Word Presents its 5th Annual PinkSpeak: Breast Cancer Journeys in Poetry, Music & Prose – a breast cancer fundraiser in Manhattan, New York City.

Get your tickets and make your donations @ http://pinkspeakbreastcancerfundraiser.eventbrite.com/

Dedicated to the memory of poet/author Pamilla DeLeon-Lewis, a beautiful, inspiring lady who performed at our first PinkSpeak and passed away on January 6, 2012, and Dorothy Geffner, mother of Inspired Word founder/producer Mike Geffner.

The event will donate 100% of the proceeds to The Pink Daisy Project (http://pinkdaisyproject.com/).

Even if you cannot attend, you can STILL support by buying advance tickets online or donating directly to The Pink Daisy Project.

For a $50+ donation, you can also be one of our sponsors.

Hosted by Jenny Saldaña.

HOST BIO:

Jenny Saldaña is an actor, writer, comedian, and most importantly an almost 9 year breast cancer survivor. She has dedicated her life to helping women and families dealing with breast cancer especially those like her who were diagnosed under the age of 40. She starred with Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator and can now be seen all over the city doing stand-up comedy based on her cancer experiences. For more information please check out:http://jennysaldana.com/.

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When: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Where: The Parkside Lounge317 East Houston StreetManhattan, New York(212) 510-8610

Strict 21+ age limit. Please make sure to bring ID.

Suggested Donation: $10

2nd/3rd Row Reserved (for 2 people) – $30

Front Row Reserved:(for 2 people) $50

Back Booth Reserved:(for 5 people) $125

These are merely suggested donations. You’re certainly welcome to give as much as you’d like.

*One Drink Minimum Per Person (non alcoholic options available for $2)*
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Produced by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
http://inspiredwordnyc.com/