Archive for March, 2018

3/31 Rock ’em Sock ’em Readings – Garrison, Gainey, Broome, & Collins @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on March 29, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM SATURDAY…

An evening of rock ’em, sock ’em readings featuring Kurt Garrison, Celeste Gainey, Brian Broome, and Kristofer Collins!!

Nine Stories Bookshop, 5400 Butler Street (in Lawrenceville)
7pm
BYOB
FREE!

Kurt Garrison writes, rocks and dog walks with a little bit of welding thrown in.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2015). Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. Among other acknowledgments, she has been selected as a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence and has been a participating poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Brian Broome is an author and 2018 William S. Dietrich Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. You can read his book “79” available on Amazon and visit his website brianbroome.com to read more.

Kristofer Collins is the books editor at Pittsburgh Magazine and a frequent contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the co-director of The Bridge Series. His latest poetry collection, ‘Salsa Night at the Hilo Town Tavern’ was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017.

3/29 Winter’s Journey in Poetry and Song: Part 2 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2018 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY…

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Franz Schubert’s great 19th-century song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. Tonight we present Part Two of our project, “Winter’s Journey in Poetry and Song.” Another group of three Pittsburgh poets (Sheila Squillante, Jen Ashburn, Don Wentworth) will give readings of new work responding to the final twelve songs of the cycle, along with live performances of the corresponding songs by baritone Daniel Teadt and pianist Benjamin Binder.

For more info, see the Brillobox events page at http://www.brilloboxpgh.com/events/event/winters-journey-poetry-song/. Admission is free!

Here is Duquesne’s page about the event & some more details from Don Wentworth:

This Thurday, March 29th, at 8pm, Jen Ashburn, Sheila Squillante, and I will be reading 4 poems each in response to the final 12 lieder of Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle, Winterreise. After each poem by the 3 poets, the corresponding song in the sequence will be performed by Benjamin Binder, piano, and Daniel Teadt, baritone.
 
I’ve specially composed 4 poetry sequences, comprised of 4 haiku each, in response to the last 4 poems in Schubert’s cycle. In addition, I will read a Coda to the entire sequence, composed of a single haiku.
BG on the song cycle here, English translations by William Mann here. To motivate you to come out, all wind & weather notwithstanding, here’s No. 22:

When the snow flies in my face,
I brush it away;
when my heart exclaims in my breast,
I sing bright and cheery.

Don’t hear what it tells me,
have no ears for that,
don’t feel its complaining—
complaining is for fools.

Merrily off into the world,
spite all wind and weather!
If we can’t have gods on earth,
we are gods ourselves.

3/21 Latitudes Poetry Night feat. Kat Giordano & Jason Baldinger @ Compass Coffee

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY in Akron, hosted by Theresa Göttl Brightman & Steve Brightman…

In March, Latitudes will be hosting our first out-of-state features, Kat Giordano and Jason Baldinger, both from Pittsburgh!

Kat Giordano is a poet and massive crybaby in Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems have been published by Indigent Press, The Cincinnati Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and others. They have also been known to show up trembling on people’s doorsteps in the middle of the night, too traumatized to explain what they’ve seen. She is the co-editor of Philosophical Idiot and can usually be found overindulging in her shoddy mental health on Twitter at @giordkat or at katgiordano.com

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming this winter. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

As always, our features will be followed by an open mic!

3/23 & 4/13 Pittsburgh Poets Rock the Apollo 2 @ Apollo Memorial Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by 6GPress

Two readings by Pittsburgh poets at the Apollo Memorial Library, each featuring four poets and a mid-reading OPEN MIC for local poets! FREE!!

**FRIDAY, MARCH 23**

A seventh-generation Pittsburgher, JAY CARSON taught creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Robert Morris University, where he was a faculty advisor to the student literary journal, Rune. He has published more than 100 poems in national literary and professional journals, magazines, and anthologies. Jay published a chapbook, Irish Coffee, with Coal Hill Review and a longer book of his poems, The Cinnamon of Desire, with Main Street Rag. He considers his work Appalachian, Irish, accessible, the problem-solving spiritual survival of a raging, youth—and just what you might need.

BRI GRIFFITH studies Creative Writing at Carlow University, where she’s a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Alien Mouth, Rogue Agent, Maudlin House, and Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse.

SHARON FAGAN McDERMOTT is a poet, musician, and literature teacher at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, and Slipstream, among other journals, and in numerous anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press) and A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play (Sarabande Books). She has received a PA Council on the Arts Grant, a Pittsburgh Foundation Artist Award, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her most recent chapbook, Bitter Acoustic, was selected by poet Betty Adcock as the winner of the 2011 Jacar Press chapbook contest.

ROBERT WALICKI’s work has appeared in over 50 journals, including Pittsburgh City Paper, Fourth River, Stone Highway Review, and Red River Review. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert has published two chapbooks: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), which was nominated to the 2016 List of Books for New York City’s Poets House. His first full-length collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press.

**FRIDAY, APRIL 13**

DANIELA BUCCILLI’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rogue Agent, Cimarron Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, U.S. Worksheets 1, Free State Review, Quail Bell.com, and Italian Americana. She holds an MFA in fiction from Pitt, and is currently working on a poetry MFA at Carlow. She is a member of The Madwomen in the Attic workshops, and teaches public high school outside of Pittsburgh. Her poetry manuscript All She Is Willing has been short-listed in a few contests, but, alas, has not been published. Nonetheless, she persists.

Over the past two decades, REBECCA CLEVER has served as a reporter, newspaper editor, columnist, promotional and technical writer, book editor/designer and photographer. Her poetry, nonfiction, interviews and pictures have been published in various newspapers, literary journals, books and anthologies. She is a past recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich poetry award, co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Chatham University; she was the recipient of a residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Project. Rebecca received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham in 2011, where she was a finalist for best thesis. She resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area with her partner, Theresa, their children, and nine pets.

ANGELE ELLIS’s most recent book, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press), is a hybrid valentine to her adopted city. A longtime editor and community activist, she 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 PA Council on the Arts. Angele is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine; her poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in 75 journals and anthologies. Her latest manuscript, Fallout Shelter, was a first-round finalist in the 2017 Two Sylvias Chapbook Contest.

LISA PANEPINTO is the author of On This Borrowed Bike (Three Rooms Press) and Poetry Editor for Cabildo Quarterly, a literary broadside and online journal.

3/10 Scott Pyle’s Seeking Fire Book Launch & Poetry Reading Party @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by 6GPress

Don Wentworth says…

Saturday, March 10th, there will be a Book Launch/Reading Party for the release of Scott Pyle’s second book of haiku, Seeking Fire. The reading will take place at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination on Penn Avenue in Garfield and will run from 7 to 9 pm. Seven Pittsburgh poets, including myself, will be helping Scott celebrate.
Many of you know Scott – he is an ex-librarian, formerly of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, who is now a full-time Pittsburgh firefighter. His new career has greatly influenced his second full-length collection of work, both in theme and subject, and I’m excited to say it builds on the approach and success of his first book.
Books will be available for purchase and signing from Scott, as well as the other poets participating at the reading. Refreshments will be supplied – beer, wine, bottled water and a mix of covered dishes and finger foods. Admission is $5 at the door or a covered dish (which broadly includes bags of chips, sweets etc.)
If you are free that evening and interested, we hope to see you there.