Archive for September, 2017

10/26 Nancy Chen Long, Bob Walicki, & Angele Ellis @ City of Asylum

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26…

Join us for a poetry reading exploring themes of cultural and class identity.

The fluid nature of identity as it changes through time as well as through familial and societal influences,” as Indiana poet Nancy Chen Long defines her work, is a common thread linking her to Pittsburgh poets Angele Ellis and Robert Walicki. Chen Long—an engineer and the immigrant daughter of a Taiwanese mother and American father, Ellis—the activist grandchild of Arab immigrants, and Walicki—whose day job as a plumber brings him into direct conflict with common notions of masculinity, add new and brilliant strands to the tapestry of American poetry.

Featured writers:

Nancy Chen Long was born in Taipei to a Taiwanese mother and an American father, and came to the U.S. at age six. A 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellow, her first book, Light into Bodies, won the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. It touches on the fluid nature of identity as it changes through time as well as through familial and societal influences. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, an MBA, and an MFA. She works in Research Technologies at Indiana University Her poetry has appeared in Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere

Robert Walicki is a native Pittsburgher who works as a plumber. His poetry chapbooks A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet, 2016) reflect aspects of Pittsburgh’s rich working class history, and examine issues of personal and class identity. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Robert’s poetry has appeared in Vox Populi, Stone Highway Review, The Kentucky Review, Red River Review, and elsewhere. The Almost Sound of Snow Falling was nominated to the 2016 list of books for Poets House, a 70,000-volume free library in New York City.

Angele Ellis is a longtime editor and activist whose first book of poems, Arab on Radar (Six Gallery, 2007), written from her perspective as an Arab American in the aftermath of 9/11, won an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She also is author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook, 2011), and a tribute to her adopted city, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery, 2016). Angele is co-author of Dealing With Differences (Corwin, 1997), an alternative curriculum named as a top multicultural classroom resource by The Christian Science Monitor, and is a contributing editor to Al Jadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts.

9/24 Pittsburgh Zine Fair @ Union Project

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

2-8PM TODAY…

The Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair (PZF) returns to the Union Project (801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206) on Sunday, September 24, from 2 – 8pm. This event is free and open to the public!

Exhibitors:
The Big Idea Bookstore, Inc, Toi Scott, Christina Lee, Lumpo Art, Em DeMarco & Banyan Ouldage, Evey in Orbit, Laura PallMall, Anna Strain, Nikita Zook, Yung Mulatto, Nate McDonough, Lizzy Nolin Designs, Jenna Houston, Braddock Hills High School Creative Writing Class, Graciela Sarabia, Sophia Pappas, Cecilia Ebitz, Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Assemble Girl’s Maker Night, Tess Wilson, Bill Wehmann, Lizzee Solomon Studios, Haunted Meat, Kyla Kemmerer, Evelyn Pandos, Aaron Regal, MARK, Alecia Ott, Teach the Free Man How to Praise, Laura Salgarolo, Cynthia Lee, Laughing Redhead Studio, Jimmy Riordan, Paul Peng, Jordan gg Chu, Hyacinth Girl Press, Vanessa Adams, Nsai Temko, Maggie Negrete, Joshua Rievel, Martel Edwell, Anna Shepperson, Jerome Charles & Max Gonzales, Adam & Fred, Tall Flower Studios (Aaron Hayes, Ua Hayes, Yona Harvey), Sienna Cittadino, Lily Fulop, Katie Krulock, Stephanie Tsong, Jayla Patton, Vagabond Comics, Ryan Elizabeth, DBQ (Alex Lukas & Leah Mackin), Theora Kvitka, Nginyu Ndimbie, negi.space (Asia Bey & Mont Tucker), Terese & Ana Jungle, Mihalkotron, David Watt, Frenemy Press, Seth LeDonne, Annesley Williams, Melissa Rogers, Jennifer Lisa, S & J Comics (Jamie Straw & Sara Cole), City Slicker Press, Hell Yeah Design, AIR: Artists Image Resource, Karen’s Book Row, Marina Fec, Lauren Bailey, Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, The Copacetic Comics Company, Nils Balls, Pittsburgh Comics Salon, Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh, Black Unicorn: Library and Archives Project, Steely Gayze, Cowboy House
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As part of RADical Days, Union Project’s Hands-on Ceramics Workshop runs from 2-5 pm during the Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

Explore words and language while creating with clay in a free, all-ages, drop-in workshop in the ceramics studio before or after you check out locally-created zines, comics, and chapbooks at the 7th Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

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Since its debut at AIR: Artists Image Resource in 2011, the PZF has attracted a diverse group of artists, writers and activists from across the region whose content may vary but the format remains the same- the zine. An icon of DIY ethos and radical info sharing, the zine decentralizes media and vaults individual expression while remaining inexpensive.

Karen Lillis says,

It’s that time of year again, the Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair is tomorrow, Sunday afternoon, September 24th. Over sixty (60+) vendors will pop up at the Union Project in Highland Park/Pittsburgh, and I’ll be there with zines, micro press, and small press literature selections. I’m also recreating last year’s success, the Memoir Table. Please come browse! There are so many cool artists, writers, librarians, & booksellers to take in. This vibrant event is free and includes FOOD TRUCKS.

9/27 Arkansas Ghoulash Launch @ Faulkner County Library + Bridge Series @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27…

CONWAY, AR— UCA Visiting Lecturer, Scotty Lewis, the first graduate of the MFA program in creative writing to defend his thesis at UCA, will read from his debut book at 7:00 p.m. on September 27th at the Conway Public Library. Arkansas Ghoulash, recently published by Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh, evolved from his thesis, a highly complex and lyrical epic poem written in the form of investigative verse.

Described by Drew Cook as “at once oppressively intimate and as wide as the American South,” Arkansas Ghoulash examines the poet’s violent domestic past. Marck Beggs, author of Blind Verse, says that Lewis “displays a dazzling ability to shove poetic style and grace to the outer edges,” in a book that Lea Graham, author of Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You,” describes as “a stew of ghosts” in a “mercurial slipstream.”

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase with a signing to follow. The Faulkner County Library is located at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway. For more information please contact Nancy Allen at nancy@fcl.org or call (501) 327-7482.

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:

Lisa Alexander’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tupelo Quarterly, 2 Bridges Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Burnside Review, BLOOM, and 5 AM among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. Alexander has led poetry workshops at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, California University of Pennsylvania, Drew University in Madison, NJ and the Isles YouthBuild Community Program in Trenton, NJ. She has been a sound engineer for Prosody, NPR-affiliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers for eight years and counting.

A lifelong writer, Justin Vicari is a widely published poet, critic and translator. His first collection, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), won the Transcontinental Award. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Spoon River Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, The Ledge, Oranges & Sardines, American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, and other journals. He is also the author of six books of film and literary theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2011) and Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists (McFarland, 2001). He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Oaks is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Mistakes with Strangers (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Shift (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992). The recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, he has published poems most recently in Field, Nimrod, Mid-American Review, Superstition Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly. His essays have appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review Online, and in the anthologies My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Our guest organization for the evening is Persad Center.

PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh and Washington, PA.

PERSAD fulfills its missions through outreach, prevention counseling, training and advocacy services.

OUTREACH. In collaboration with allies and friends, PERSAD works to build stronger, safer, healthier communities and steer the public dialogue about LGBTQ people and issues. Our target populations have experienced stigma and discrimination and because of that they do not enjoy the same access to quality care. PERSAD reaches out to our target populations and welcomes them to receive services they need.

PREVENTION. Recognizing that LGBTQ people are at higher risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, HIV and other STDs, homelessness, and for being the victims of violence, PERSAD has special programs to help the community be aware of their risks and to develop protective behaviors to reduce their risks.

ADVOCACY. PERSAD offers an array of Training & Advocacy consultation services that are designed to help organizations work successfully with LGBTQ consumers and employees. We are dedicated to ending discrimination and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ people. Our Training & Advocacy services are available to health and human service professionals, schools, corporations, HR professionals, law enforcement and public safety officials.

COUNSELING. Founded in 1972, PERSAD is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center serving the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV. PERSAD was created as an affirming counseling center to help LGBTQ people cope with the social discrimination they experienced and to receive professional counseling services without prejudice about their identity.

In the early 1980’s PERSAD added serving the HIV/AIDS communities to our mission because of the devastating impact that HIV had on the gay population of that time. PERSAD continues to serve the HIV+ individual regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.

For more on PERSAD, go to: www.persadcenter.org

Here’s a Littsburgh interview w/ Joan Bauer, who put this one together.