Archive for August, 2017

9/12 Crafton Awake! Angele Ellis & Bob Walicki @ Crafton Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on August 31, 2017 by 6GPress

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12…

Join Red Brick Poetry and The Crafton Library for our all new poetry reading series. There will be two published poets for each event, and a short time for Q&A with the authors afterward as well as a light refreshment. Join us as Crafton awakens to the power of poetry!

#CraftonAwake

Meet the poets for September:

Angele Ellis’s latest book is Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press). Angele also is the author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook) and Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems won her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Robert Walicki is the curator of Versify,a monthly literary reading series at The White Whale Bookstore.in Bloomfield. His work has appeared in The Kentucky Review, Red River Review and other journals.A Pushcart nominee, he currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015), which was nominated to the 2016 Poet’s House in New York.

8/30 The Bridge Series w/ Springer, Alberts, & Sebak @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 27, 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:

Christina Springer is an Alt.Black artist who uses poetry, dance, theatre, film and other visual expressions. Recent visual exhibitions have been at San Jose Martin Luther King Library, Dayton Visual Arts Center and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Her most recent performance piece “She Diva Died. & Come Again?, was a multi-media performance exploring the challenges and joys raising of a Black man. As an arts organizer, she is the force behind The Svaha Paradox Salon which released its first anthology “Electronic Corpse: Poems From A Digital Salon” edited by M. Ayodele Heath. Her educational outreach work included four site-specific, mixed-media projects with youth at The Tower Of London. Cave Canem helped shape her voice. Springer resides in Pittsburgh where she home educates her son. www.christinaspringer.com

Renée Alberts’ poetry, music, and visual art appear in print, dance performances, live radio shows, and at least one tattoo. She is author of the poetry collections No Water and As They Fall and editor of Natural Language. As Animoon Workshop, she and co-founder Cathie Coleman create jewelry and collage to inspire your inner animal.

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs.

His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves.

He has put together twenty-two individual special programs that make up what is called the Pittsburgh History Series, including a very popular 1988 program titled “Kennywood Memories” about the wonderful old amusement park near Pittsburgh, a show called “Pittsburgh A To Z,” one titled “North Side Story,” and a much imitated documentary titled “Things That Aren’t There Anymore.”

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He grew up in Bethel Park, PA, in the suburban South Hills of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1971.

Our guest organization for the evening is Pittsburgh United.

“Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh for everyone.” http://pittsburghunited.org/

8/20 Merging Poetic Synapses @ Guide To Kulchur Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM SUNDAY…

Five poets team up in Cleveland for a night of poetic elucidation. Pittsburgh poets Jameson Bayles, Scott Silsbe, and Jason Baldinger read with Kansas City, MO poet Jose Faus and Marisa Moks-Unger, the poet laureate of Erie county, PA.

An open mic follows the reading. No cover.

Jose Faus is a writer and visual artist based in Kansas City, MO. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and a board member of the Writers Place, a resource and advocacy center for Kansas City area writers. Jose is a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient for the community project VOX NAVARRO. His writing has appeared in many anthologies, including Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland; Cuentros del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland; Raritan; Whirlybird; Luces y Sombras; and I-70 Review. His book “This Town Like That” is part of Prospero’s Pop Poetry Series. He maintains a studio in downtown KCK, and his murals can be seen all over Kansas City.

Marisa Moks-Unger is the 2016-2018 poet laurete of Erie County, PA and is the author of a collection of chapbook-length poetry, Mud and Stars (Nightballet Press, Cleveland, 2015). Her work also appears in such publications as Midwestern Gothic Literary Magazine, Pressure Press Poetry, Hesler Street Fair Poetry Anthology, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, Dwelling in Possiblity: Voices of Erie County, and Eternal Snow, an anthology influenced by Yuyutsu Sharma. Moks-Unger holds an MA in English from Gannon University and earned a BA from the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. In addition, Marisa created a three-part ekphrastic poetry video series, called Picture This: Residents Respond to Art.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where he writes, makes music, and works as a bookseller. His poems have appeared in numerous periodicals including Lilliput Review, Nerve Cowboy, and Chiron Review. He is the author of Unattended Fire (2012), The River Underneath the City (2013), and Muskrat Friday Dinner (2017).

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country and wrote a few books, the latest of which, Fragments of a Rainy Season will be available through Six Gallery Press later this year. A recent list of publishing credits include: Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com.

Jameson Bayles is a roving correspondent for Poetrybay and was the co-curator of the 2016-2017 KC Poetry Throwdown held in Kansas City, MO. His work has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines; including Poems-For-All, Hedgerow, The Ambriel Revolution, Thirteen Myna Birds, Rusty Truck, Your One Phone Call and on Rumrazor.com. Jameson’s work can be found in the collaborative reader “A Case For Ascension” (Asinimali Publications, 2015), the 2016 Hessler Street Poetry Fair Anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press) and “Delirious- A Poetic Celebration of Prince” (Night Ballet Press, 2016), “Recession In Neverland” (Paladin Knight Publishing, 2017) and his solo work “legends of doe hoe” (Spartan Press, 2017).

8/26 Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern Book Launch @ White Whale Books + Five Writers @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 26…

Celebrate the publication of Kristofer Collins’ new poetry collection ‘Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern’ by Hyacinth Girl Press! Featuring readings by Chelsea Bodnar, Deesha Philyaw, Bart Solarczyk, and Kristofer Collins.

This is a FREE event. BYOB.

Chelsea Bodnar once transcribed her favorite horror movie word-for-word.

Kristofer Collins is the publisher and senior editor of Low Ghost Press. He is the books editor for Pittsburgh Magazine and a frequent contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His latest poetry collection, Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their two cats.

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 has appeared in numerous outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Full Grown People, Apogee Journal, brevity, and Dead Housekeeping. Deesha’s work includes a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. At The Rumpus, Deesha inaugurated and curates a monthly interview column called VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color.

Bart Solarczyk grew up on Pittsburgh’s Southside & now lives in Ross Township. His poems have recently appeared in Lilliput Review, Big Hammer, Rasputin & Nixes Mate Review. His latest chapbook, Right Direction, was published in November of 2016 as one of Lilliput Review’s Modest Proposal series.

ALSO 7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 26…

Join us for a memorable evening of words!

Scott Silsbe, Gretchen Uhrinek, Sarah Shotland, B. Diehl, & Kat Giordano are excited to share their writing with you.

Free event. BYOB. ♥

8/16 The Bridge Series (Satellite Event) @ City of Asylum

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY…

The Bridge Series is a new series uniting the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations. Each installment features writers from Pittsburgh and beyond and features a special guest organization, with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization.

All Bridge Series events have a $5 cover. The proceeds from this event will go directly to The Center for Hearing & Deaf Services Inc. organization of Pittsburgh. Payment will be received at the door the day of the event.

There will be an ASL interpreter on site at this event.

Featuring readings by:

Christopher Jon Heuer – Christopher Jon Heuer is the author of Bug: Deaf Identity and Internal Revolution and All Your Parts Intact: Poems, as well as the editor of the recently released Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers. He was the Editor in Chief of the highly popular website Deaf Echo. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals spanning a nearly thirty-year writing career. He is a professor of English at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and son.

Toi Derricotte – Toi Derricotte‘s most recent book is The Undertaker’s Daughter (Pitt Poetry Series). Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and Poetry. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem in 1996. She serves on the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors.

Katie Booth – Katie Booth’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in Aeon, Catapult, Indiana Review, Kaleidoscope, Mid-American Review, Vela, and NPR’s The Pulse, among other publications. She has received support from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her essay “The Sign for This” was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016. She is currently a 2017-18 Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. Her first book, The Performance of Miracles, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.

Our guest organization:

The Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS) was established in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing to provide social activities for people with a hearing loss. From these modest beginnings, HDS has evolved into southwestern Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive service center for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other communication needs including spoken language interpreting services. Pittsburgh Language Access Network (PLAN) is a professional interpreting service for foreign languages.

HDS’ professional staff have developed innovative programs, including the first Chemical Dependency Program for the deaf and hard of hearing population in the tri-state area, an assistive listening and signaling device demonstration and sale center, a program providing activities for deaf and hard of hearing youth, and a Hearing Aid Recycling Program. HDS works hard to ensure that the programs and services offered meet the evolving needs of our constituency.

All floors of Alphabet City are wheelchair accessible and there is a reserved parking spot. Thanks to the generous support of RAD, we also have hearing assistive systems available for all programs, by advance request. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact Paula Simon (psimon@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org).

for more information of City of Asylum or to rsvp to the event please see their website at http://www.alphabetcity.org/events/bridgeseries/

8/12 Haiku Showdown: Cee Williams vs. Don Wentworth @ McBride Viaduct

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by 6GPress

6PM SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY…

Haiku Showdown between Williams and Wentworth to Save the East Avenue Bridge, East Avenue and 12th Street, Erie, PA.

Featuring Don Wentworth Editor of the Lilliput Review and the Master of the short form and Cee Williams Poets’ Hall founder and short person…in collaboration with Civitas Erie, Erie CPR and the Haiku Erie 500 project

8/11 BBT Night: An Evening of Poems, Stories, & Songs @ Bloomfield Bridge Tavern

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 11…

In light of the BBT closing in a couple of months, we’re gathering some writers and musicians to read poetry & fiction, sing songs, and recount anecdotes about our favorite Polish bar in Little Italy.

Participants will include
Scott Silsbe,
Stefanie Wielkopolan,
Jason Baldinger,
Meghan Tutolo,
Jameson Bayles,
Nathan Kukulski,
Bob Pajich
& Weird Paul.

Flyer and more details to follow.

If interested in participating,
please contact Scott at scottmsilsbe@gmail.com