Archive for October, 2019

11/9 Pavey, Lamb, Knickerbocker, Baldinger, Silsbe @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM SATURDAY, November 9…

We’re looking forward to this early November reading with a ton of great local poets as well as SHAWN PAVEY, who’ll be visiting us from Kansas!

JASON BALDINGER is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was recently a Writer in Residence at Osage Arts Community, and is founder and co-director of The Bridge Series. He has multiple books available including the soon to be released The Better Angels of our Nature (Kung Fu Treachery) and the split books The Ugly Side of the Lake with John Dorsey (Night Ballet Press) as well as Everyone’s Alone Tonight with James Benger (Kung Fu Treachery Press). His work has been published widely in print journals and online. You can listen to him read his work on Bandcamp on lps by the bands Theremonster and The Gotobeds.

KARA KNICKERBOCKER is the author of the chapbooks The Shedding Before the Swell (Dancing Girl Press, 2018) and Next to Everything that is Breakable (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Knickerbocker is from Saegertown, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she works at Carnegie Mellon University and is earning her MFA at Carlow University. She is a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic and also co-curates the MadFridays Reading Series. You can find more of her at www.karaknickerbocker.com.

KARLA LAMB is a multidisciplinary Chicana poet. Her work has appeared in A Women’s Thing Magazine, The Shallow Ends, Coal Hill Review, Vox Populi, Word Riot, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Voices from the Attic, & is forthcoming in Always Crashing. Her work has also been recently nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology. Lamb is the program manager at City of Asylum, an organization that provides sanctuary to endangered writers. She has edited for After Happy Hour Review, & can usually be found collaborating with various artists & writers in Pittsburgh. Visit karlalamb.com for more info.

SHAWN PAVEY has delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, bagged groceries, cut meat, laid sewer pipe, bussed tables, washed dishes, roofed houses, crunched numbers, rented cars, worked in hotels, worn an apron at Kinko’s, and been paid to write everything from résumés to music reviews. Currently, he earns a living as an Executive Recruiter in Mission, KS where he lives with his wife and two worthless but adorable cats. He’s hosted poetry readings in bars, coffee shops, haunted houses, bookstores, libraries, front porches, seedy motel rooms, and abandoned warehouses. He is the author of Talking to Shadows (2008, Main Street Rag Press),Nobody Steals the Towels from a Motel 6 (2015, Spartan Press), and Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse(Spartan Press, 2019). He is a Co-founder and former Associate Editor of The Main Street Rag Literary Journal, and a former board member and officer of The Writers Place, a Kansas City-based literary non-profit. His poems, essays, and journalism appear in a variety of national and regional publications. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Undergraduate Honors Creative Writing Program, he likes his Tom Waits loud, his bourbon single-barrel, and his basketball Carolina Blue.

SCOTT SILSBE was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems have been collected in three books—Unattended Fire, The River Underneath the City, and Muskrat Friday Dinner. He is also an assistant editor at Low Ghost Press.

10/26-27 Karen Lillis @ Easton Book Festival

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2019 by 6GPress

Karen sez,

Eastern Pa/NJ/NYC friends: I’ll be at the Easton Book Festival (@easton_book) soon: reading, interviewing, & selling books! Come visit~~
*Sat. 10/26 1pm – Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz (@jblitz156), “Drawing Power,” in convo w/ Karen Lillis
*Sun. 10/27 1pm – Karen Lillis reads fiction
Saturday’s event is at the International Fusionism Museum, 107 North 4th St.
Sunday’s, at which she will read from Watch the Doors as They Close, is at Grand Eastonian Gold Room, 140 Northampton St.
Check out the full schedule here.

10/23 The Bridge Series w/ Craft, Gwin, Matesa, Sojourner House @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM WEDNESDAY, October 24…

For our October Season Finale we will be tackling the subject of addiction. Our featured organization will be Sojourner House and our featured readers will be Nique Craft, Ben Gwin and Jennifer Matesa.

$5 Suggested Donation

Thanks to all of our board members for working on this event and for their hard work throughout this season

Speakers:

Nique Craft. 34, they/them/her but never “miss,” “ma’am,” or “girl.” Professional cook, aspiring professional chef, recovering addict, attempted reformed criminal, fighter against the country club mentality. Life giver to the coolest dude on planet earth. Nique’s only goal in life is to make sure no one goes without love and compassion. Feed the world, heal the world, body positive, mental health awareness and unapologetic in literally every fucking thing she does.

Jennifer Matesa, LSW, MFA, is author of four nonfiction books about body, mind, and human well-being, including Sex in Recovery: A Meeting between the Covers, and The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober. She recently earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also taught writing for more than 15 years. Her long-running site about addiction and recovery, Guinevere Gets Sober, was one of the first blogs of its kind and is dedicated to giving the public reliable information without advertising or fees. She has spoken and written widely, and her commitment to removing the stigma from substance use disorders and recovery earned her a fellowship at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Ben Gwin is the author of the novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton (Burrow Press, 2018). Ben’s fiction and essays have appeared in The Normal School, Gulf Stream, Belt Magazine, The Rumpus, and others. His work has been anthologized in Voices of the Rust Belt (Picador). He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt, 2020). He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

Susan Orr will join us from Sojourner House to speak about their work. Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS (Mentoring, Opportunity, Motivation, Spirituality) provide compassionate, faith-based residential recovery services to mothers and children in the Pittsburgh area. We help addicted mothers learn to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and chemical abuse while rebuilding damaged relationships with their children. Sojourner House believes women can shatter the chains of addiction and hopelessness when surrounded by what means most to them: their children.

10/11 Glass City Reading Series @ You Are Here 406

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM FRIDAY in Jeannette…

Michelle Laura Boring
Angele Ellis
Brittany Hailer
Cedric Rudolph
Our fall 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. Acoustic music provided! Donations welcome. BYOB.