Archive for July, 2017

8/5 A Saturday Night Confluence @ White Whale Bookstore

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

7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 5…

It’s the first Saturday in August and we are celebrating, we are always celebrating, to welcome former Kansas City denizen Jameson Bayles to his new homebase of Pittsburgh. Jameson will be joined by Theresa Brightman (Akron, OH) Scott Douglas (North Carolina) Lynn Alexander (Easton, PA) and local Don Wentworth. This event is free, but we will be passing the hat for our traveling artists. This event is byob, this event does not have a famous blue raincoat. Bios to follow for anyone who reads those things.

7/26 The Bridge Series w/ Osama Alomar, Malcolm Friend, & Lori Jakiela @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM 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:

Osama Alomar – Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now living in Chicago, Osama Alomar is one of the most well-respected Arabic poets writing today, and a prominent practitioner of the Arabic al-qisa al-qasira jiddan, the “very short story.” He is the author of Fullblood Arabian in English, and three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic. Alomar’s first full-length collection of stories, The Teeth of the Comb, will be published by New Directions in April 2017. His short stories have been published by Newyorker.com, Noon, Conjunctions.com, The Coffin Factory, Electric Literature, and The Literary Review. He also performs as a musician.

Malcolm Friend – Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (forthcoming, Glass Poetry), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry.

Lori Jakiela – Lori Jakiela is the author of three memoirs, most recently Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books, 2015), which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University. She is also the author of a poetry collection — Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012) — and four limited-edition poetry chapbooks. Her newest book, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker, a collection of memoir-essays about work and the writing life, will be published by Bottom Dog Press in July. Her awards include the City of Asylum-Pittsburgh Prize, which sent her on a month-long writing residency in Brussels and for which she will always be grateful. Jakiela is a professor of English and director of the writing program at Pitt-Greensburg, co-director of the Summer Writers Festival at Chautauqua Institution, and the poetry curator for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She teaches community writing workshops in her hometown, Trafford, PA, where she lives with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their two children. For more, visit http://lorijakiela.net/

Our guest organization for the evening is City of Asylum.

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. We offer a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. We anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.
http://cityofasylum.org/

And tonight we also have the pleasure of hosting our friends from PEN America.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
https://pen.org/

 

7/25 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series Season Finale!

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM TUESDAY…

Let’s raise our voices and our glasses one last time this season and toast Jimmy Cvetic and Joan Bauer! We say so long to another fantastic season of The Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with a big ol’ romping finale featuring readings by Meghan Tutolo, Jason Baldinger, Adriana Ramirez, Bart Solarczyk, Angele Ellis, John Korn, Jameson Bayles, and Kristofer Collins.

We’re in the back room and it’s FREE!!

7/22 Midwest Meets Rust Belt: A Poetic Confluence @ The Second Reader Bookshop

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SATURDAY, JULY 22…

Jameson Bayles, Kat Giordano, Jason Baldinger, Steve Brightman join local poets Matthew Bosque, Jasmine Shanice, and CWP’s own Jennifer Skelton.

The Midwest and the Rust Belt collide in the poetic event of the year! Get ready Buffalo, this summer is bringing many out of town poets. Help us to continue to put Buffalo on the national poetic map.

Bio’s to follow in the weeks to come…

7/5 Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective Feature @ Uptown Arts Bar

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Buffalo, NY sends some of her near and dear poets far and fondly to KC and UAB is so proud tobe hosting Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective!

Featuring Nathanael William Stolte and Julio Montalvo Valentin with special local guests Brandon Whitehead, Robert Gano and Rachel Christine Jenkins and your host, Jeanette Powers!

Books will be available for purchase!
no cover!

brought to you by KC Small Press Poetry Fest and Chameleon Arts!

UPDATE: Turns out no Baldinger but sure, still hit this up if you’re in Kansas City. Next post is the one he’s doing.