Archive for February, 2020

3/6-8 Elwin Cotman @ FOGcon

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2020 by 6GPress

Hitting up FOGcon 10 MARCH 6-8 at the Walnut Creek Marriott? So is Elwin Cotman, who will have copies of The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (& possibly Hard Times Blues if they get there in time) you can buy off him.

He’s also doing these panels & reading (probably from the new one, Dance on Saturday, which comes out in June from Small Beer Press):

Portal Moments
Type Program
Description A “portal moment” is when a character realizes the world is not what they grew up expecting. They step through a wardrobe, find out that their aunt is a witch, are attacked by tentacled creatures, watch an alien spaceship landing… How does a character respond to this revelation? How do we know if authors’ depictions of such moments are realistic when, almost by definition, they have no equivalents in real life? Or do they? Are portal moments solely the domain of speculative fiction? Which authors depict it in the most convincing way?
Location Salon F
Schedule Fri, 4:30–5:45 pm
Panelists M: Debbie Notkin. Elwin Cotman, Bonnie J Erwin, Alex Gurevich, Dominica Phetteplace
History Is Not White — and Neither Is Alternate History
Type Program
Description Many of the common tropes/subjects of alternate history are based on European histories — and thus don’t take much of the rest of the world, and non-white people, into account. There are notable exceptions — Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Years of Rice and Salt,” or our Honored Guest Nisi Shawl’s “Everfair” — but what are some other examples? What are the benefits (and the dangers) of tackling this approach? What are some of the (currently) missed golden opportunities for alternate histories involving POC?
Location Salon F
Schedule Sat, 4:30–5:45 pm
Panelists M: Endria Richardson. Keyan Bowes, Elwin Cotman, Jewelle Gomez, Terry Weyna
The Value of Hopepunk
Type Program
Description According to a 2019 article by, “hopepunk” says that genuinely, sincerely caring about something requires bravery and strength. In a repressive regime, realistic optimism can be a radical act. How do hopepunk and solarpunk offer tools to counter corruption, social inequity, and repression? How does the subgenre help us defeat cynicism and defeatism, or does it?
Location Salon A/B
Schedule Sun, 10:30–11:45 am
Panelists M: Alyc Helms. Keyan Bowes, Jon Chaisson, Elwin Cotman, Ian K. Hagemann
Reading #10
Type Reading
Location Santa Rosa
Schedule Sun, 1:30–2:45 pm
Panelists Elwin Cotman, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Andrea Stewart

2/22 Tilted World by Bart Solarczyk release party @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2020 by 6GPress


It’s bittersweet, but we are happy to host and celebrate the release of our close friend Bart Solarczyk’s newest book of poetry: Tilted World, as one of the last events we have at Coffee Buddha. Come out and celebrate with us.

Bart will be doing a live read along with Jen Ashburn, Jason Irwin, & Bob Pajich

This event will be BYOB for the 21+ crowd. ID and $5 required if you bring booze. Spirits recommended as we will have our Mocktail menu available for mixers!

Come out and celebrate local!

2/26 The Bridge Series w/ Boggess, Conley, Rudolph, Spencer @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2020 by 6GPress


7 PM WEDNESDAY, February 26…

Our next Bridge reading, titled “Justice, Inc.,” focuses on justice for incarcerated people. The $5 suggested donation at the door will help to support CADBI-West, the Western Pennsylvania arm of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, and featured authors/speakers are Ace Boggess, Martha Richards Conley, Cedric Rudolph, and Holly Spencer.

CADBI-West is a newer part of a statewide group founded in 2015 that advocates for the 5,000+ individuals serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. CADBI seeks measures that enhance parole eligibility and reduce the likelihood of individuals dying in prison.

Speaking on behalf of CADBI-West will be Martha Richards Conley, the first African-American female graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the first admitted to practice law in Allegheny County. She was employed by the United States Steel Corporation for 27 years and retired as a senior general attorney. Conley is a long-time opponent of the death penalty and co-chairs Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty–Pittsburgh. She is an official visitor of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and has been visiting death row inmates for approximately 19 years. She was honored to escort Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to visit Mumia Abu-Jamal on death row in 2007. A former member of the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Conley was elected to its Honorary Board in 2014 and the statewide board in 2018.

Ace Boggess is author of five books of poetry—Misadventure, I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled—and the novels States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody. His writing appears in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He has received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. Boggess lives in Charleston, West Virginia. His sixth collection, Escape Envy, is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press in 2021.

Cedric Rudolph teaches middle school writers at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school (CAPA). He is a contributing editor for The Fruit Tree, a LGBT+ journal of prose and poetry. He is also a founding editor for Beautiful Cadaver, which publishes social justice-themed anthologies and stages theatrical performances. In May 2018, he received his Poetry Master of Fine Arts from Chatham University. His poems are published in Christianity and Literature Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Laurel Review.

Holly Spencer lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her three dogs and two cats. She attends Chatham University’s grad program as the Words Without Walls Fellowship awardee. She has been published in Jet Fuel Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Feckless C*nt Anthology, F(r)iction Literary Magazine, and Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me?, an anthology on being a woman over forty, among others. Her flash nonfiction “Regret: In Seasons” is forthcoming in Barren Magazine. In 2016, her creative nonfiction piece, “Stuck,” was nominated by Jet Fuel Review for The Best of the Net.