Archive for May, 2019

6/15 Reading to Benefit Friendship (FCG) @ 4 Clarendon Place

Posted in Events with tags , , on May 26, 2019 by 6GPress

4 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Friendship poet ANGELE ELLIS and Pittsburgh-born poet PAOLA CORSO will perform in an afternoon reading in a private home to benefit Friendship Community Group. This event will feature a raffle, refreshments, and sale items (books, bookmarks, poem magnets).

6/2 Hell’s Lid Reading Series @ Full Pint Wild Side Pub

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2019 by 6GPress

2 PM SUNDAY…

Check out the best poets, writers, and spoken word artists in and around the city on the first Sunday of every month at the awesome Full Pint Wild Side Pub in Lawrenceville! Hosted by Miss Macross. June’s lineup includes:

Shanna Alden
GS Murphy
Jason Baldinger
feeble organs
Anna Eidolon

This is a free event, but donations for the performers are greatly appreciated.

6/8 Off Days by Taylor Grieshober launch party @ The Printing Press

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2019 by 6GPress

7:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 8, Taylor sez,

You’re invited to the PARTY OF THE YEAR (or at least the party of the summer)!

https://www.facebook.com/events/412806979563721/

I’m launching my debut fiction collection, OFF DAYS (Low Ghost Press), out into the world, in the company of my favorite writers and people in Pittsburgh, and I couldn’t be more excited! Please join me in a night of celebration and revelry! If you know me and my friends, you know we throw one hell of a house party. You do not want to miss this.

Readings by:

Kelly Lorraine ANDREWS
Scott SILSBE
Ben GWIN
Sam MITCHELL
and yours truly.

Delicious eats by MADALYN HOCHENDONER and CAITLIN CRAWFORD!
Specialty craft cocktails by CELINE MARIE until they’re gone, so be sure to BYOB.

DJ after party with DJ ERIN OH of YASS Queen!

Presented by Belleville Arts Collective, hosted by Ashley Wellman of The Printing Press.

*Free and open to the public.*

5/22 Lea Graham, Mark Spitzer, & friends @ White Whale Bookstore

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM Wednesday, May 22…

Lea Graham & Mark Spitzer return to White Whale Bookstore w/ new books, joined by locals Anna Eidolon, Shawn Maddey, John Thomas Menesini, Daniel Parme, Jess Simms, & Robert Walicki.

FREE & BYOB, per White Whale policy. Possible vegan or pescetarian snacks, crackers guaranteed.

Here’s a bit about Lea’s book, From the Hotel Vernon, from Salmon Poetry.

The poems in this book grow out and around the Hotel Vernon, built at the turn of the 20th century in Worcester, Massachusetts. Once an elegant place for local politicians to make their backdoor deals at the edge of the city, it slowly fell into decline each decade following Prohibition. Despite this, it has always been a space where artists, newspapermen and neighbors gathered at the bar or, after the late 1940s, in its Ship Room, a room purportedly modeled after the second berth of the Mayflower. In its barroom is a 1940s mural of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” painted by the owner’s son-in-law bartender and his friends, including the cartoonist, Al Capp.
In these poems, oral histories are poised between and among flagrant sexuality, humor and abject poverty.  Patsy Cline, Babe Ruth, WWI’s “Sacrifice Division” and Roy Orbison inhabit this space alongside the local residents: the Baker, Maurie, Charlie and Stosh.  Names of neighborhood places—Rizutti’s Goodnight Café, The Nines, The Greyhound—are recited as both proof and pride in a neighborhood that was diminished through the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act, cutting off foot traffic to local businesses by 1970.

& here’s a bit about Mark’s book, In Search of Monster Fish: Angling for a More Sustainable Planet, from University of Nebraska Press.

In Search of Monster Fish is an action-packed, knee-slapping ride into and out of the belly of the beast. Join extreme angler Mark Spitzer as he encounters man-eating catfish, ruthless barracuda, lacerating conger eels, berserk tarpon, and blood-curdling sharks in locales as exotic as the Amazon, Catalonia, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, and even in our own backyards.

But this eco-odyssey isn’t just about meeting and releasing some of the most grotesque lunkers in the world. It’s about implementing solutions for problems as behemoth as global warming and issues as common as choosing what to eat for dinner. And as the ice caps melt at the rate of 1 percent annually, Spitzer battles his most epic goliath: a leviathan that dwells in the depths of us all, making us ask who the real monsters are, what our responsibilities truly are, and what we can possibly do to sustain our planet and ourselves when faced with such demonic disenlightenment. Spitzer then beats this whopper into submission by reframing his call to action and finding his own way. A new portal to the underworld has been opened in the cutting-edge literature of monster fish, and this is your entry ticket.

BIOLOGICAL DATA

Originally from Brooklyn, Anna Eidolon moved to Pittsburgh in 2015. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Village Voice, In Our Own Words, Resister, Spinning, and Edges. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Into the Light writing prize at Chatham University. She may ask you for a cigarette.

Lea Graham is a writer, translator and professor who lives in Rosendale, New York and Mayflower, Arkansas. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Northwest Arkansas. She has lived in Joplin, Missouri; Perth Amboy, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Worcester, Massachusetts; Santiago, Dominican Republic; San Jose, Costa Rica; Florence, Italy and Quito, Ecuador. She earned her B.A. in English from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is Associate Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she has been on faculty since 2007.
Graham is the author of the poetry collection, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011), along with three chapbooks, Spell to Spell (above/ground Press, 2018), This End of the World: Notes to Robert Kroetsch (Apt. 9 Press, 2016) and Calendar Girls (above/ground Press, 2006).
Her poems, reviews, essays and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies that include 3Elements Review, Politics/Letters, Crab Creek Review, Bateau, Poor Yorick, Milk, The Southern Humanities Review, Reflecting Pool: Poets and the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018) and The Southern Poetry Anthology VI: Tennessee, Vol. 6 (Texas Review Press, 2013).
In 2018 she won the Literal Latte’ Poetry Contest.

Shawn Maddey doesn’t have a bio anymore. No one needs to know anything about him.

John Thomas Menesini is fluffing his bio or cranking out new poems, hopefully. He is the author of The Last Great Glass Meat Million, e pit ap h, endo: Poems & Sketches 2007-2011, & Gloom Hearts & Opioids. You know Johnny.

Daniel Parme is the author of Hungry, a novel about cannibals in Pittsburgh, and Confluence, a novel about noncannibals in Pittsburgh. Post, a novella about noncannibals not in Pittsburgh, is forthcoming from Running Wild Press. For years, he slung the suds at various local sudseries; currently, he oversees the suds-slinging at a proper drinking and dining establishment.

Jess Simms is a freelance ghostwriter and fiction writer. She’s an editor with the After Happy Hour Review and has had a handful of stories published in literary journals, with recent publications including the Oakland Review, Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, and Rind Literary Magazine.

Mark Spitzer is an associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America’s Most Misunderstood Fish and Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West (Nebraska, 2017). Spitzer has consulted for Nat Geo’s Monster Fish and appeared on Animal Planet’s River Monsters.

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 now available from Pittsburgh’s Six Gallery Press.

5/10 Glass City Reading Series @ You Are Here 406

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM FRIDAY…

Our spring series continues with poetry readings organized by Pittsburgh area poet Scott Silsbe. Join us each month at 7:00 pm for readings by selected local poets, a little bit of music and a lot of relaxed comradery.. Featured readers: Taylor Grieshober, Ben Gwin & Sam Mitchell. Acoustic music provided! Donations welcome. BYOB.

5/14 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – Week 2

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by 6GPress

8PM TUESDAY…

The 2019 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic.
Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Kristofer Collins
Open mic after featured readings as time permits.
Listen in: ww.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 14 – Pittsburgh Poetry Society
Introduction by Christine Aikens Wolfe
Sally (Sarah) Davis, Nancy Esther James, Christine Pasinski,
Fred Peterson, Christine Aikens Wolfe & Judy Yogman
with guest poet Monica Prince

Sally (Sara) Davis’s chapbook, Spent, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her work has been anthologized in Lavandaria, A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words, published by City Works Press, Voices from the Attic, Riverspeak, Threads, Broad River Review, Evening Street Review, and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is forthcoming in Blueline Magazine.

Nancy Esther James has had her poems published in various journals and literary magazines including Christianity and Literature, Time of Singing, and Poet Lore, as well as in publications such as Friends Journal and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her poem, “To a Friend,” originally published in Christianity and Literature, was reprinted in the 2003 Poet’s Market. Her collection of poems, No Time to Hurry, was published by Dawn Valley Press (Westminster College) in 1979. She has taught poetry workshops at the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and The Writing Academy Seminar and has judged poetry contests for St. Davids and for the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her chapbook, Resilient Spirit: Poems for Lorraine, was published in March 2013 by Finishing Line Press.

A career educator, Christine Pasinski taught secondary English in the West Mifflin Area School District for over 36 years. Following her career in public education, she supervised student teachers for Penn State University. A lifelong devotee of poetry, she took her high school and her university students to the International Poetry Forum, where she served on the Advisory Council for 36 years. Currently, she enjoys membership in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, and she has read them at various venues in the city. In 2011 she published a book of her poetry, Rustlings of Regret.

Fred Peterson grew up on rice farms throughout Southeast Arkansas in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the son of a sharecropper and the seventh of eight children. His poetry takes one on a journey with a family rich in love. A teacher early in his career, his life-path took him from Arkansas to St. Louis and to Pittsburgh with his life-partner where they have lived for 30 years. He is past president of Pittsburgh Poetry Society. His book of poetry, Writing by Flashlight, was published by Awesome Books in 2012.

Monica Prince received her M.F.A. in poetry from Georgia College & State University and her B.A. from Knox College, and is currently an assistant professor of activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University. Her debut collection of poetry, Instructions for Temporary Survival, launches in July 2019 with Red Mountain Press. Her choreopoem, How to Exterminate the Black Woman, premiered to sold-out audiences at Susquehanna, and will be published in 2020 by [PANK]. In addition to teaching at Susquehanna, Prince is the managing editor for the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly and a 2018-2019 fellow with the 5th Woman Poetry Collective in Tennessee.

Christine Aikens Wolfe is a reading specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Christine has published poems in Sonnetto Poesia, a bi-lingual quarterly out of Ottawa since fall 2006. Her poetry, fiction, and articles have appeared in the publications of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, including Parachute, the WPWP Bulletin, Riverspeak, and Threads, and in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society’s bi-annual magazine, The Potter’s Wheel. Her poetry has also been published in Woman Becoming and Poetry Magazine, and the multi-media book, Fission and Form. She is the co-editor of The Poetic Classroom (Autumn House Press) and currently serves as president of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her full-length book of poetry, Garland Green, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2018.

Judy Yogman is a retired ESL teacher. She enjoys trying new poetic forms, misses Anita Byerly’s little workshop and recently became a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Though lazy about submitting poems, she has submitted work that has appeared in the Post-Gazette and in various anthologies, including Out of the Rough: Women’s Poems of Survival and Celebration, Along These Rivers, and Written on Water: Writings about the Allegheny River. She is married, with three sons, three granddaughters and a new grandson.

5/7 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – Week 1

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2019 by 6GPress

8PM TUESDAY…

The 2019 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic.
Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Kristofer Collins
Open mic after featured readings as time permits.
Listen in: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 7 – Madwomen in the Attic: Introduction by Jan Beatty.
Valerie Bacharach, Doralee Brooks, Daniela Buccilli, Kara Knickerbocker, Jamilla Rice, Bernadette Ulsamer & Sarah Williams-Devereux

Valerie Bacharach’s poetry has appeared in several publications including Pittsburgh Quarterly, US 1 Worksheets, The Tishman Review, Topology Magazine, Poetica, The Ekphrastic Review, and Voices from the Attic. She is a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and conducts weekly poetry workshops at CeCe’s Place, a halfway house for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Her first chapbook, Fireweed, was published in August 2018 by Main Street Rag.

Doralee Brooks, a Writing Project Fellow (1995), teaches at the Community College of Allegheny County where she chairs the developmental studies department. Her poems have appeared in Uppagus, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Voices from the Attic, and The Paterson Review. Her chapbook, When Damballah Laughs, was a finalist for the 2016 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize. In 2017, her poem, “Trending This Fall,” was published in the anthology Nasty Women and Bad Hombres edited by Deena November and Nina Padolf. She writes with the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshop.

Daniela Buccilli’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Paterson Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cider Press Review, US 1 Worksheets, and an anthology. She is completing her second MFA, this time in poetry. She has taught at public high schools for 25 years. Her poetry chapbook How Much It Takes To Carry will be published in 2019 by Main Street Rag. She is also working as an editor for Show Us Your Papers: A Poetry Anthology.

Kara Knickerbocker is a writer and world traveler from Saegertown, Pennsylvania and the author of the chapbooks The Shedding Before the Swell and Next to Everything that is Breakable. She is currently earning her MFA at Carlow University/Trinity College Dublin. Her most recent poetry and essays appeared in or are forthcoming from: Longridge Review, Moledro Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, One Sentence Poems, Uppagus, and the anthology Voices from the Attic, Vol. XXII, among others. Knickerbocker lives in Pittsburgh, where she works at Carnegie Mellon University, writes with the Madwomen in the Attic, and co-curates the MadFridays Reading Series.

Jamilla Rice dreams of when she can own her days and write. Until then, she squeezes out the time between being an athlete, educator, speaker, aunt, gardener, book nerd, baker, and British detective drama junkie. She’s been published in Voices from the Attic, among other anthologies and periodicals. You may have heard her read at Penguin Bookshop, White Whale Books, Delanie’s Coffee House, on WESA’s Prosody, or that random open mic in Toronto.

Bernadette Ulsamer earned an MFA from Carlow University where she is a member of Madwomen in the Attic. She is the author of the chapbook “Trestling” published by Flutter Press. Her poetry has appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper, The Main Street Rag, Cossack Literary Journal, Roar Magazine, The Broken Plate, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, and has been anthologized in Voices from the Attic, and Along These Rivers.

Sarah Williams-Devereux is a poet and teacher of writing. Her poetry has appeared in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Sampsonia Way Magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper; the anthologies Pittsburgh Love Stories and Nasty Women & Bad Hombres; and WESA-FM’s Prosody. She leads poetry workshops for the Madwomen in the Attic. She is certified in writing group leadership from Amherst Writers & Artists and volunteers for the Transformative Language Arts Network. She is pursuing her MA in teaching writing from Johns Hopkins University.