Archive for April, 2017

4/30 May Day Eve Commemoration 2017

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2017 by 6GPress

TOMORROW…

Join the Pittsburgh General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and Pittsburgh IWW General Defense Committee Local 5 as we Commemorate the True Labor Day and come together to remember the achievements of the working class and build bonds to defend and address the current struggles we still face.

We are not only commemorating the fight for the 8 hour work day of the Haymarket Affair of 1886, but the 125th anniversary of the Battle for Homestead and celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the General Defense Committee of the IWW.

-Local Entertainment

-Potluck Buffet

-Cash Bar

-Children’s Activities

 

4/29 Pittsburgh Poetry Review Issue 5 Release Party @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by 6GPress

SATURDAY…

Come help us celebrate the release of Issue 5, with readings from Daniela Buccili, Ava C. Cipri, George David Clark, Angele Ellis, Mike Good, Kara Knickerbocker, Deena November, Zana Previti, and Vivian Wagner.

The event will begin with an informal social hour at 6 PM, with readings beginning promptly at 7. Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided. Copies and subscriptions of the Review will available for sale.

4/27 Bart Solarczyk, Alyssa Sineni, Kathleen Trew Swazuk, & Don Wentworth @ Shaler Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by 6GPress
TONIGHT…
In Celebration of National Poetry Month
A poetry reading with local poets Bart Solarczyk, Alyssa Sineni, Kathleen Trew Swazuk, & Don Wentworth
@ Shaler Library- 7 p.m. 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116
           for directions, go to:  www.shalerlibrary.org
 
Don Wentworth will be reading along with the guest musician Joyce Anne Von Vreckin. The event is free and books will be available for purchase and signing.

4/26 The Bridge Series w/ Veronica Corpuz, Deesha Philyaw, & Sarah Shotland @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on April 23, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM THIS WEDNESDAY…

The Bridge Series unites the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight in these troubling times.

The series convenes the last Wednesday of each month at The Brillobox. Each installment will feature Pittsburgh’s finest writers and a special guest organization (with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization).

$5 cover.

Tonight will feature readings from:

Veronica Corpuz is a poet and multimedia artist based in Wilkinsburg. The former director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, she has previously served as the program assistant for the Poetry Project in New York City; as adjunct professor at Naropa and Chatham universities; and as guest speaker and poet at New York University and the Kelly Writers House at University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a memoir of prose poems about her late husband, Michael Grzymkowski, and his battle with brain cancer.

Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her writing on parenting, race, gender, and pop culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, EBONY, Essence, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh CityPaper, Full Grown People, brevity, Dead Housekeeping, The Establishment, Catapult, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and elsewhere. Deesha’s work includes a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016 and a forthcoming short story in Apogee Journal. At The Rumpus, she inaugurated and curates an interview column called VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color. Deesha is a fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is currently working on a novel as a well as a short story collection called The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

Sarah Shotland is the author of the novel Junkette, and a playwright whose work has been widely produced nationally and internationally. She is the co-founder and program coordinator of the Words Without Walls program, and teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University. She’s currently working on a collection of essays about her experiences working in jails and prisons.

Our guest organization for the evening is Words Without Walls.

Words Without Walls is a creative partnership between Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, and the Allegheny County Jail, State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House, a residential treatment facility for mothers and their children. Words Without Walls teaches 18 creative writing classes per year, serving about 300 men, women, and youth annually. In addition to teaching creative writing courses, Words Without Walls publishes chapbooks and anthologies of the best of our students’ work; holds readings featuring Words Without Walls writers; and runs a reading series that brings critically acclaimed writers to Pittsburgh to engage with students. This year, Words Without Walls began the Maenad Fellowship, a new initiative that brought eight women in recovery from drugs and alcohol to Chatham’s campus for 12 weeks to take part in master classes and readings. The first cohort of the Maenad Fellowship graduated from the program just last week. The work of Words Without Walls is funded by the NEA, the NEH, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Foundation, and the Staunton Farm Foundation.

Littsburgh interviews Jen Ashburn about it here.

4/21-23 2017 KC Poetry Throwdown @ Prospero’s Books

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 23…

THE 2017 KANSAS CITY POETRY THROWDOWN!

APRIL 21ST, 22ND AND 23RD, 2017

3 days of poetry readings with local poets paired up with national authors from ten different states to celebrate National Poetry Month featuring five well renowned headliners:

George Wallace (NYC, NY)

RA Washington (Cleveland, OH)

John Dorsey (Belle, MO)

William Taylor Jr (San Francisco, CA)

Bill Gainer (Grass Valley, CA)

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Co-hosted by Jameson Bayles and Jason Ryberg

Friday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm!

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

6:30 – Bill Gainer

7:30 – RA Washington

8:00 – William Taylor, Jr

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:15 – George Wallace

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Saturday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

5:45 – William Taylor, Jr.

6:45 – Bill Gainer

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:00 – George Wallace

9:30 – M’Vyonne Payne POP! Poetry Release
$10 cover includes the book!

10:00 Microslam hosted by Prim-One

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Sunday, April 23rd:

STARTS AT 3PM. NO COVER.

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

3:30 – William Taylor, Jr.

4:30 – Bill Gainer

6:15 – John Dorsey

7:00 – RA Washington

Stay tuned. More info to come.

If you have new works to sell, bring them. If you are a publisher/editor of a press and you have books you want to promote…bring them!

Do not park at Mia’s on the NE corner of 39th and Bell, she tows fast!

BRING CASH!

http://www.spartanpresskc.com/throwdown/

Some familiar names on this list of other readers too:

Bree (Pleasureville, KY)

Scott Douglas (Charlotte, NC)

Scott Silsbe (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kristopher Collins (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don Wentworth (Pittsburgh, PA)

Paul Koniecki (Fort Worth, TX)

Jim Deuchars (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tracie Morell (Erie, PA)

Angel Uriel Perales (Studio City, CA)

Brett Underwood (St. Louis, MO)

Jim McGowin (St. Louis, MO)

Stef Russell (St. Louis, MO)

Raphael Maurice (St. Louis, MO)

Jenny Molberg (Warrensburg, MO)

Daniel Crocker (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Matthew Hupert (New York City, NY)

Nathanael William Stolte (Buffalo, NY)

Julio Montalvo Valentin (Buffalo, NY)

Misty Khan-Becerra (Buffalo, NY)

Jennifer Skelton (Buffalo, NY)

Damian Rucci (Keyport, NJ)

Rebecca Weber (Keyport, NJ)

Roy Beckemeyer (Wichita, KS)

John Epic (Salina, KS)

Jason Baldinger (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lola Nation (Los Angeles, CA)

Melissa Singleton (St. Louis, MO)

Zaire Imani (St. Louis, MO)

Victor Clevenger (Carrollton, MO)

Jeanette Powers (Kansas City, MO)

Joan Koromante (Topeka, KS)

Shawn Pavey (Mission, KS)

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Lawrence, KS)

Matt Spezia (Topeka, KS)

Huascar Medina (Topeka, KS)

Xanath Caraza (Kansas City, MO)

Fredric Sims (Kansas City, MO)

Jose Faus (Kansas City, MO)

Jason Preu (Overland Park, KS)

Brandon Whitehead (Kansas City, MO)

Al Ortolani (Lenexa, KS)

Monique Salazar (Kansas City, MO)

Jessica Ayala (Kansas City, MO)

Don Wentworth says there will be some kinda panel re: small press publishing too, wherein he will discuss his terrifying experiences in this sketchy underworld. Will update once details emerge for that.

UPDATE:

“How to Get Your Work in Print: Advice from Small Press Editors” panel Saturday, April 22, 9:30AM @ The Writers Place.

A presentation on various topics within the realm of poetry will be discussed by several small press editors and leaders in the artistic community. The event is free but donations are accepted.

Co-hosts: Jameson Bayles and Jose Faus

Itinerary for the event:

9:30 Introduction by Jose Faus

9:35 Lilliput Review presentation by Don Wentworth

9:55 Main Street Rag presentation by Scott Douglass

10:15 Least Bittern Press presentation by Bree

10:35 Low Ghost Press presentation by Scott Silsbee/Kris Collins

10:55 Woodley Press presentation by Al Ortolani

11:15 GTK presentation by RA Washington

11:35 Spartan Press presentation by Jason Ryberg

11:55 Osage Arts Community presentation by Mark McClane

12:10 Q & A

12:30 Lunch break

1:30 Into to readings

1:35 Don Wentworth

1:50 Scott Douglass

2:05 Shawn Pavey

2:20 Bree

2:35 Jeanette Powers

2:55 RA Washington

3:15 Concluding remarks