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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.

9/25 PAGE 20 @ Borelli-Edwards Galleries

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

6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, join Angele Ellis, Anna Eidolon, & co. for the latest installment of the reading series that keeps it short.

9/22 Duncan & Porter Garden Party

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM SUNDAY…

SUPPORT FOR PILGRIMAGE TO THE BORDER WALL

Menu: Fresh fruit pancakes, available in both gluten-free and gluten-full

Music: Chris Serra and the Go Go Dog Band, the famous Bobby Lane from Morgantown, and Evan and Mike of ATS fame

Art: for sale by Johnny Coe

Kid friendly! Free Admission!

Vincent Eirene & Petro the dog are heading to Mission, TX in October. Here’s what’s going on down there.

Butterflies vs. Borders

Also performing will be Phat Man Dee, Mad Nate, &, via Skype from Germany, Zoe Zephyr. Vincent (whose new collection of vignettes, a follow-up to The Day the Empire Fell, is currently in the works) says his “famous vegan pasta dinner” will also be there, presumably so you can eat it.

All proceeds go to gas & supplies.

9/14 Kemrer, Shaw, Walicki @ City Books

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

Come join us on Saturday, September 14th at 7pm at City Books on the North Side as we celebrate the poetry of Alexandra Kemrer, Fred Shaw and Robert Walicki!

10/2 Book Launch & Poetry Reading: Baldinger, Flynn, macross, Wright @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on September 1, 2019 by 6GPress

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2…

Jason Baldinger will be launching his newest book at White Whale and reading alongside fabulous local poets April Flynn, miss macross, and visiting poet Daniel W. Wright!

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.

APRIL FLYNN was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was promptly dressed in a bikini due to liver problems. Between then and now she has been a bunch of places and learned and forgotten many things. For instance, she knows how to make frozen spinach palatable and speaks a little bit of Russian. Only one cat has ever disliked her. She can’t draw. She isn’t good with mornings but she’s pretty good in a crisis. A man standing in the road outside a bar in Pittsburgh once mistook her for a demon, or maybe just a very severe angel, though in reality she prefers temperance and moderation. She has a lot of Pisces in her chart, but her sun is in Taurus. In this past year alone, she has shaken hands with the Pennsylvania governor, helped explain the history of country music to West Virginia police officers, and danced with raccoons.

miss macross is a multi-genre writer, workshop organizer for Girls Write Pittsburgh, and host of the Hell’s Lid Reading Series. She was selected by The Incline as part of their 2018 class for “Who’s Next in Pittsburgh Art.” Her work has been published in over 30 literary magazines and anthologies. She has published two chapbooks: MISS MACROSS VS. BATMAN (CWP Collective Press, 2018) and THE MIDNIGHT PRINCESS (2019).

DANIEL W. WRIGHT is a Midwestern son who loves and loathes the red brick town that surrounds him. A poet of the no-collar work force, Wright previously served on the board of independent literary magazine River Styx, and his work has appeared in Gasconade Review, Bad Jacket, Acid Kat, Crappy Hour, Eleven, The Dope Fiend Daily, Under the Bleachers, and The Rye Whiskey Review. His works include Rodeo of the Soul, The Death of the Ladies Man, Small Town Blues: Early Lyrics and Poems, Portrait, Murder City Special, and Working Bohemian’s Blues. Wright currently lives in St. Louis, MO, where you can usually find him in a bar or a bookstore.

9/1 Poetry: Baldinger, Drummond-Brown, Padolf, Schafer, Vorhees @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2019 by 6GPress

5 PM SUNDAY, September 1…

We’re kicking off the month of September with a line-up of local and visiting poets for this reading: Jason Baldinger, Renee Drummond-Brown, Nina Padolf, and Duane Vorhees.

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.

NINA PADOLF, a feminist and left-handed rebel, earned her Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership from Argosy University, her Masters of Art in Teaching from Chatham University, and her Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Carlow University. She is co editor with Deena November, in the recently published: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres Poetry Anthology, Lascause Press. Her poetry is published in Duane’s Poe Tree Blogspot, Pittsburgh City Paper, Indolent Books, What Rough Beast, Dandelion Review, Ekphrasti Review, and short stories published in CMU’s Project Listen. She has worked in higher education for 13 years as Associate Faculty for The Art Insittute of Pittsburgh.

DUANE VORHEES grew up in southwestern Ohio but spent much of his adult life abroad, especially as a university professor in Korea and Japan. Now he divides his time between the US and Thailand, working as a high school substitute teacher and maintaining a daily creative arts magazine (duanesnewpoetree.blogspot.com). Hog Press is publishing his first American collection of poetry, THE MANY LOVES OF DUANE VORHEES.

JANETTE SCHAFER is a poet, nature photographer, part-time classic rock singer, and full-time banker living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Her play Mad Virginia won the 2018 Pittsburgh Original Short Play Series. Her work has been published in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. She is chief editor of The Dreamers Anthology which was released by Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh in April 2019.

RENEE DRUMMOND-BROWN, is an accomplished poetess with experience in creative writing. She is a graduate of Geneva College of Western Pennsylvania. Renee is still in pursuit of excellence towards her mark for higher education at Chatham University. She is working on her eighth poetry book and has numerous works published globally which can be seen in cubm.org/news, Duane’s POE TREE Magazine, KWEE Magazine, Leaves of Ink, Raven Cage Poetry and Prose Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Publishing House, SickLit Magazine, The Metro Gazette Publishing Company, Inc., Tuck, Wildfire Publications Magazine and Whispers Magazine just to name a few. Civil Rights Activist, Ms. Rutha Mae Harris, Original Freedom Singer of the Civil Rights Movement, was responsible for having Drummond-Brown’s very first poem published in the Metro Gazette Publishing Company, Inc., in Albany, GA. Renee also has poetry published in several anthologies and honorable mentions to her credit in various writing outlets. Renee won and/or placed in several poetry contests globally and her books are eligible for nomination for a Black Book award in Southampton County Virginia. She was Poet of the Month 2017, Winner in the Our Poetry Archives and prestigious Potpourri Poets/Artists Writing Community in the past year. She has even graced the cover of KWEE Magazine in the month of May, 2016. Drummond-Brown’s love for creative writing is undoubtedly displayed through her very unique style and her work solidifies her as a force to be reckoned with in the literary world of poetry. Renee’ is inspired by non-other than Dr. Maya Angelou, because of her, Renee’ posits “Still I write, I write, and I’ll write!”

8/28 The Bridge w/ Barnett, Garilli, Younger, & Garden of Peace @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM WEDNESDAY

For our August installment we will be, in the words of board member and event organizer Cameron Barnett, “Cracking Open Monoliths.” Reader for this event will include Barnett, Dakota Garilli and Lee Ann Younger with our guest organization being The Garden of Peace Project

$5 suggested donation

biographical notes to follow

8/10 Jason Baldinger & Charles Cicirella @ Mac’s Backs

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

7 PM SATURDAY

Jason Baldinger from Pittsburgh and Charles Cicirella from Cleveland will be feature reading with Open Mic. to follow.

8/17 Edmund Berrigan, Lauren Russell, & Karen Lillis @ White Whale

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

7 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Need a mid-month lit reading pick-me-up? EDMUND BERRIGAN will be visiting Pittsburgh to read from his most recent collection of poetry, MORE GONE, alongside local writers LAUREN RUSSELL and KAREN LILLIS.

Praise for MORE GONE:

“A vulnerable and movingly confident self. He impresses with deep impressions.” –– John Godfrey

“Edmund Berrigan’s poems may be ‘more gone,’ but they are also more here. ‘Anxious, patient and sentient,’ they happen at an intimate core of self, family, community, and world, webbing out in all our neighboring shades and activities of being, where experience glitches and knits. They are rollercoastery, beautiful, knowing, revelatory, and real.” –– Eleni Sikelianos

EDMUND BERRIGAN is most recently the author of MORE GONE from City Lights in 2019. Other recent publications include WE’LL ALL GO TOGETHER (Further and Fewer, 2015) and CAN IT! (Letter Machine Editions, 2014). Berrigan was the guest blogger for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog in March of 2019, and has had essays included in the collections Lovers of my Orchard: Writers and Artists in Frank O’Hara (Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2017) and Joe Brainard’s Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

KAREN LILLIS is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four novellas, including WATCH THE DOORS AS THEY CLOSE (Spuyten Duyvil). Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, LA Cultural Weekly, Lit Hub, Local Knowledge, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, and Volume 1 Brooklyn, among others. She has been a writer in residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, an art reviewer at The Austin Chronicle, a regular contributor to the anti-war/poetry newspaper New York Nights after 2001, and once wrote a short story on the side of a freight train. Her books earned her a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction.

LAUREN RUSSELL is the author of WHAT’S HANGING ON THE HUSH (Ahsahta, 2017), and DESCENT (forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky in 2020). She has received fellowships from the NEA, Cave Canem, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, among others. She is a research assistant professor and is assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

8/3 Poetry Reading: Silsbe, Wielkopolan, Tutolo, Kuzmish, & Pajich @ White Whale + Kevin Finn @ Night Market

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

7 PM SATURDAY

To kick off our poetry events during the month of August, White Whale’s delighted to welcome back local poets Scott Silsbe, Stefanie Wielkopolan, Meghan Tutolo, Bob Pajich, and Luke Kuzmish, for a reading in the store! All four writers will be selling their books and chapbooks during the reading as well.

LUKE KUZMISH is a new father, recovering addict, and software developer. He has released 4 collections of poems, the latest entitled Hurry Up Wagon, published by Poets’ Hall Press.

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.

MEGHAN TUTOLO’S poems have appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Rattle, Chiron Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and paper placemats and old receipts all over Western PA and beyond. Her first chapbook, Little as Living, was published in September 2014.

BOB PAJICH is a writer living in Forest Hills. His poetry collection,The Trolleyman, is available from Pittsburgh’s Low Ghost Press.

STEFANIE WIELKOPOLAN is a poet from North Carolina that prefers to call the past home. Up until the age of eight, she spent every Saturday watching cartoons at a bowling alley bar. She credits this experience for her love of a good dive bar, people watching, and writing poetry. In 2008, she received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Chatham University. Her poems have appeared in New Yinzer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Uppagus, Nerve Cowboy, and the anthology Unconditional Surrender: An Anthology of Love Poems from Low Ghost Press, among others. Her first collection of poetry, Border Theory, was published by Black Coffee Press in 2011.

ALSO Zachary Lee, Amy Melissen, & Sea of Dust author Kevin Finn will play some tunes in Market Square. Kevin goes on at 5:30.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presents the Saturday Night Market: join us every Saturday from May 18 through October 26 for a night of art, jewelry, photography, games, food, music, and more!

As part of our Downtown Sound Initiative, we’ll be presenting a weekly free, live music series at the Night Markets in collaboration with community partners presenting diverse styles of local music on the Pittsburgh City Paper Stage.

🎵 Music partners include WYEP-FM, Women Who Rock, The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls, Deutschtown Music Festival, Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania, YMCA Lighthouse Project, Weather Permitting, BOOM Concepts, Liveburghstudio, and more!

Visit DowntownPittsburgh.com to see a weekly entertainment lineup, vendor listing, and more.

In addition to weekly Night Markets on Saturdays, join us for special Friday nights during the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Picklesburgh 2019, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawls.

Media support for the Night Market + Concert Series is provided by 91.3 WYEP.