Archive for May, 2017

5/27 Muskrat Friday Dinner launch w/ Mummula, Pond Hockey, & readings @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by 6GPress


Launch for the book of poems ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ by Scott Silsbe, published by White Gorilla Press. This event will featuring readings by Silsbe, Dave Newman, and Lori Jakiela. There will also be sets by Columbus, OH monster-rockers Mummula and local weirdo-rockers Pond Hockey. Copies of ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ will be available for purchase. Schedule for the night still coming together, but tentatively…Doors at 8, readings start around 9, music starts around 11.

5/31 The Bridge Series w/ Yona Harvey, Brian Broome, Cheryl Hall-Russell, & Alumni Theater Company @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2017 by 6GPress


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

Plus a special performance from Alumni Theater Company!!!!

Tonight will feature readings from:

Brian Broome is a Creative Writing/English major at Chatham University. He has been published in Creative Nonfiction, The Ocean State Review and the Delta Foundation’s Pride Magazine. Brian’s work explores the topics of racism, masculinity and the African American male. He also lectures on these topics, most recently at the invitation of the University of Pittsburgh’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program where he gave a talk entitled, “Balls.”

Cheryl Hall-Russell, MA, MPA is the President of Black Women, Wise Women, a management consulting firm supporting female executive leaders of color. She is also a doctoral candidate at Point Park University where her work focuses on Black women executives and their coping and resilience patterns. She is transitioning out of a 24-year career in nonprofit management to Higher Ed where she plans to continue her research and teach. Her first love however, has always been writing. She has written a yet unpublished book of poetry titled “The Offspring of Anger,” and has published two books on ethnic philanthropy while a researcher at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Additionally she has published in multiple peer reviewed journals and has been a frequent guest opinion columnist for both the Indianapolis Star and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Most recently her poem “Too Much” was accepted to be a part of a anthology on Black women. It is a part of a series of poems she has written on the perception of black women in America. Although she has been a poet for several decades, she only recently began to share her work in the Pittsburgh market. She has two blog sites, one for work and the other “Cheryl unscripted” that contains some of her poetry and essays.

Hall-Russell is the mother of two including a daughter, Adia, who will be a freshman at Oakland Catholic in the fall, and a grown son Cameron, who resides in her hometown of Indianapolis.

Yona Harvey’s work brings artistic expression to the diverse lives and experiences of Black American women through literature. Specifically, she explores the visibility and invisibility of Black women, their mental health and self-care, and the evidence of their imaginations in society as manifested in their hair, clothing, speech, parenting, decisions not to parent, and interactions with other women. She explores these experiences through any genre necessary.

Our guest organization for the evening is Alumni Theater Company, and Halle Donner will be on-hand to discuss their mission:

Alumni Theater Company (ATC) is a driven ensemble that creates bold theatrical work that gives fresh voice to the experience of young urban artists and highlights their rich contribution to our community. ATC’s work validates the perspective of urban youth to both its members and its audience, building an increasingly growing and diverse community of support for both the performers and their ideas. ATC is in its ninth season of operation and has presented forty-two productions since its inception.

Hallie Donner is the Executive Director of Alumni Theater Company (ATC). ATC is a driven ensemble that creates bold theatrical work that gives fresh voice to the experience of young urban artists and highlights their rich contribution to our community. ATC’s work validates the perspective of urban youth to both its members and its audience, building an increasingly growing and diverse community of support for both the performers and their ideas. ATC is in its ninth season of operation and has presented forty-two productions since its inception.

5/6 The Kansas City Pittsburgh Connection @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on May 1, 2017 by 6GPress


Saturday May 6th at White Whale, three awesome Kansas City writers are blowing into town with the Midwest wind. Join Victor Clevenger, Jason Preu, and Pittsburgh expat Nikki Allen, along with locals Karla Lamb and Becky Corrigan for an almost Midwestern rumble. Jason Baldinger will be hosting, not that that really matters, and we’ll be passing the hat to send our out-of-towners away with a little pay ($5 suggested donation, in other words). Hope to see yinz there.


Nikki Allen is a lover & a writer, getting on stages for 15+ years in various places that include Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seattle, war protests, music festivals, charity events, backyards and art openings. She is the author of numerous books, including “Gutter of Eden, “Quite Like Yes,” and Ligaments of Light Tigering the Shoulders(Night Ballet Press). Her work has appeared in Nailed, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, out of nothing, Profane Journal(Pushcart Prize nominee ’14/’15), and Encyclopedia Destructica among others. Allen has also contributed vocal tracks to recording artists Poogie Bell (“Question Song”) and Jack Wilson (“NYC”). More of her writing can be found at

Victor Clevenger hopes for the more exciting side of death, as he spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing poetry. He sleeps with his second ex-wife and raises his six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, MO. Selected pieces of his work have appeared at, Poems-For-All, Chiron Review, GTK Journal, Yellow Chair Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Blink Ink, Thirteen Myna Birds, the 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press), Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (NightBallet Press, 2016), Prompts! (39 West Press, 2016). Victor’s poetry collections include Come Here (Least Bittern Books, 2016), The More Exciting Side Of Death (Epic Rites Press/Tree Killer Ink, 2016), and Soulwhore (Svensk Apache, 2017)

Becky Corrigan has spent most of her adult life working menial jobs, playing in bands and not writing enough. Her body of work includes some ratty folders of poetry from the 90’s, several pieces of short fiction, and many years’ worth of journals. Mainly a prose writer, her work is usually autobiographical and focuses on mental health, love and poverty. She is currently writing a book of short essays about her life.

Karla Lamb’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Brooklyn-based A Women’s Thing Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Runaway Hotel, and Voices from the Attic Vol. XIX. Lamb is a current MFA candidate in Carlow University’s Creative Writing program, and is currently working on her full length manuscript. She edits for After Happy Hour Review, and curates DOUBLE MIRЯOR EXHIBIT in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jason Preu writes while not living in Brooklyn. He is the author of a number of sonnets about your mom. His last book of poems was about fruit and God. It is titled The Avocado Among Other Fruits (Spartan Press, 2016). His next book of poems is about more than fruit and God. It is about wizards…and being awesome…and sadness. That book is titled More Poems About Purple Wizards and Our Neon Bright Exceptionalism (39 West Press, 2017). You may stalk Jason online at


6/3 BK Voices feat. Ally Malinenko & John Grochalski @ Hell Phone

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2017 by 6GPress


InspiredWordNYC ( presents BK Voices: A Poetry, Prose, Spoken Word Experience @ Hell Phone ( in Bushwick – an amazing and amazingly diverse quarterly event celebrating Brooklyn based literary artists at a French restaurant that harkens back to the days of the secret backroom speakeasy.

This is something pretty special.


Featured Poets, Writers, Spoken Word Artists for Saturday, June 3:

Kurt Nelson Peloquin

Erica Buddington

Dean Andrews

Safi Brown

Diana Arnold

Molly McNeely

John Grochalski

Ally Malinenko

Jade Benoit


Hosted by Scott Raven


When: Ongoing quarterly event

Where: Hell Phone (in the back of the Ange Noir Cafe),, 247 Varet Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Why: Because culture, the arts, great literary events are vital to Brooklyn and NYC


Doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7:30pm

Cover: $10 at the door. Group options available.

***2 ITEM (food or drink) MINIMUM INSIDE VENUE PER PERSON*** Menu can be found @!menu/cr2d.

Donations are welcome and appreciated. Use the donation option on the event page. 100% of the money collected goes to the featured writers.


Make sure to bring a printed out version of your ticket/tickets or be prepared to show your ticket/tickets (with confirmation number) on your phone.

Please Note: No TRANSFERS or REFUNDS will be granted, though you are welcome to find REPLACEMENTS for your tickets.


Produced by the long-running Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, which has featured Grammy, Golden Globe, Tony, Obie, and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as Emmy nominatees, American Idol finalists, America’s Got Talent finalists, and HBO Def Poetry stars.


Take the L train to Morgan Avenue (a couple of blocks away)