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12/16 Holiday Book Sale Redux @ Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by 6GPress

12-5PM SATURDAY…

Join us for a SECOND CHANCE to browse great books from Pittsburgh authors, publishers, and booksellers.

SATURDAY, December 16th
12-5pm
Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination
5006 Penn Avenue
Penn Avenue Arts District
Free admission
Street parking

Confirmed vendors so far:

Air & Nothingness Press
Hyacinth Girl Press
Lilliput Review
Karen’s Book Row–with many books from Pittsburgh publishers!
Six Gallery Press
Authors signing books!

I’ll be sharing a table w/ Don Wentworth at this, so visit us for all your Six Gallery Press & Lilliput Review needs. Pictured are Manual for Wayward Angels by Jessica Fenlon, the Low Ghost love poem anthology Unconditional Surrender, & Muskrat Friday Dinner by Scott Silsbe, three great books from 2017 (I’ve at least skimmed the other ones & strongly suspect they’re also pretty good). The latest Six Gallery titles Viva Arletty! by Mark Spitzer & Arkansas Ghoulash by Scotty Lewis, Manchild by Alan Olifson, & Under the Kaufmann’s Clock by Angele Ellis w/ photos by Rebecca Clever, will be available too, along w/ selections from the vast back catalog by Chuck Kinder, Elwin Cotman, Jason Baldinger, John Grochalski, Ally Malinenko, & Victor Navarro.

 

12/10 Grieshober, Andrews, Silsbe, & Gwin @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on December 9, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

Welcome a visiting Taylor Grieshober back to town as she reads some short fiction alongside her literary pals Kelly, Scott, & Ben. FREE! Note: 4pm matinee reading!

12/17 Viva Arletty! & Arkansas Ghoulash launch @ White Whale + Bah Humbug 4 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17…

Two new books & two readings! The Ghost of Literature Present will pay a terrifying visit today!

6PM at White Whale in Bloomfield, welcome two writers from Arkansas to Pittsburgh (& welcome their books to your noodle by buying & reading them, too). Free readings & refreshments, possibly including actual goulash.

Scotty Lewis, a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is debuting his first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash.

Here’s an interview w/ Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

Mark Spitzer, novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, grew up in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990. He then moved to the Rockies, where he earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Alan Olifson is an award-winning humor columnist, public radio commentator, comedian and regular host of Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAMs. He created the acclaimed storytelling series WordPlay in his hometown of Los Angeles which he now produces in Pittsburgh along with Bricolage Production Company as part of their regular season. He’s hosted storytelling events for conferences, schools and, believe it or not, bridal showers. His book, Manchild: My Life Without Adult Supervision, is now out on Six Gallery Press. Alan relocated to Pittsburgh with his wife and two children years ago but never tires of hearing people complain about “traffic.”

Angele Ellis is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery), and co-author of the diversity workbook Dealing With Differences (Corwin). A 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose and first runner-up in the 2012 Grey Sparrow Flash Fiction Contest. Angele’s reviews, poetry, and fiction have appeared in nearly sixty publications and fourteen anthologies. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

John Thomas Menesini is the author of The Last Great Glass Meat Million (Six Gallery Press, 2003), e pit ap h (Convergence, 2007), endo: Poems & Sketches 2007 – 2011 (Six Gallery Press, 2011), and Gloom Hearts & Opioids (Six Gallery Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in numerous publications in Ireland, Scotland, England, and the US, thus garnering dozens of fans across the globe.

Rick Claypool grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania called Leechburg, but he currently lives in Pittsburgh. By day he works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that fights corporate power. Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books, 2017) is his first novel.

At 8PM, head over to Brillobox for Bah Humbug 4: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit…

Tastier than a fruitcake, easier to assemble than a Fisher Price playhouse, for the FOURTH year in a row, we are bringing some of Pittsburgh’s finest writers together to entertain you with tales of their holiday work experiences.

$5 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The readers will channel their inner-Sedaris, and offer up tales from their time as food service employees, retail workers, and other assorted time-card punchers during the bleak months of November and December. They will attempt to locate their hoilday spirit. Or THE holiday spirits (aka, Jim, Jack and maybe even Johnny).

Just like signing the group birthday card or buying overpriced crap from your co-worker’s kid’s school fundraiser, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Hosted by Jason Baldinger (who was once run over by a Black Friday crowd on a rampage for office supplies), and Stephanie Brea (who probably stole that art book she gave you for Christmas in 2001).

The Lineup:

Becky Corrigan
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Lori Jakiela
Andrea Laurion
Deesha Philyaw
Meghan Tutolo
Matt Ussia
Bob Walicki

12/7 WYEP’s 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny feat. Alan Olifson @ August Wilson Center

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THURSDAY…

December 7th at 7PM at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222

7PM- DJ Dance Party featuring Selecta in the lobby

Silent Auction

8 PM- Holiday Hootenanny featuring Nathan Zoob and Friends in the auditorium

Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at the door

Children 12 and under free, but must be accompanied by adult.

We’ll be collecting donations to benefit Jubilee Soup Kitchen. Click here to see their wish list.

Proceeds benefit WYEP- where the music matters

Thank you to our sponsors: Schneider Downs and Pittsburgh Magazine

Learn about the artists here:

Kai Roberts, Lyndsey Smith, Sierra Sellers, The Wreckids, Josh Verbanets, Kiki Brown, Addi Twigg, Alex Stanton, Clinton Clegg, Becki Gallagher, Max Somerville, Ben Shannon

Billy Price, Steve Soboslai, Avi Diamond, Jon Bindley, Casey Hanner, Alan Olifson, Marc Reisman

Band members

Nathan Zoob (musical director)

Addi Twigg (assistant musical director)

Abby Gross (assistant musical director)

Jason Rafalak

Jake Hanner

Becki Gallagher

Nate Insko

Erika Laing

Mariko Reid

Kiki Brown

12/3 Pittsburgh’s 5th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Stephen Foster Community Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY…

Join us for Pittsburgh’s FIFTH Annual Holiday Book Sale, featuring Pittsburgh’s favorite indie book vendors. Come browse a wide variety of books from Pittsburgh’s knowledgeable literary curators. Both new and gently used, indie bestsellers and one of a kind finds, local authors and spectacular sales. Fiction, poetry, mysteries, creative nonfiction, art books, children’s books, graphic novels, and much more.

Confirmed vendors thus far:
Air & Nothingness Press (gorgeous letterpress poetry, science fiction, fantasy books, & literature in translation!)
Amazing Books (going strong with three locations!)
Autumn House Press (publishing poetry & literary fiction for almost 20 years!)
Book ‘Em (selling books to raise money for Pittsburgh’s own Books to Prisoners program!)
Copacetic Comics (they’ll have a special selection of new books with an emphasis on SALES!)
Karen Antonelli (artist and maker of beautiful blank books!)
Karen’s Book Row (aka Small Press Pittsburgh) (Featuring the local, the beloved, and the unique in indie lit!)
Mystery Lovers Bookshop (celebrating 27 years in business!)
White Whale Bookstore (celebrating their 2nd year in Bloomfield!)

Sunday, December 3th
12-5pm
Stephen Foster Community Center
Main Street in Lawrenceville–between Butler St and Penn Ave
Free admission
Free parking lot

11/21 Bill Fox, Pond Hockey, & Smoking Tombs @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2017 by 6GPress

TUESDAY…

Bill Fox is coming to Pittsburgh! Bill Fox fronted the legendary Cleveland band The Mice and has also released several excellent solo albums, including 1996’s ‘Shelter from the Smoke.’ Fellow Clevelanders Smoking Tombs are along for the ride and rounding out the night will be local weirdos Pond Hockey.
9pm, 21+, $5 cover

Reminder that Pond Hockey consists of literary luminaries Jason Baldinger, Mark Mangini, Bob Pajich, & Scott Silsbe, & that they fucking rock. Promotional imagery by the great Paulette Poullet.

11/29 The Bridge Series w/ Sargeson, Gibson, & Griffith @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29…

The Bridge Series unites the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight in these troubling times.

The series convenes the last Wednesday of each month at The Brillobox. Each installment will feature Pittsburgh’s finest writers and a special guest organization (with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization).

$5 cover.

Tonight will feature readings from:

RJ Gibson holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the chapbooks Scavenge (co-winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize) and You Could Learn a Lot, both from Seven Kitchens Press. His work has appeared in Court Green, Waxwing, Columbia Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Cortland Review, OCHO, Waxwing and other journals. His work has been anthologized in My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, and Walk Til the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. He lives and works in West Virginia.

Bri Griffith is an undergraduate Creative Writing student at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she emcees the Red Dog Reading Series. A proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ‘Pittsburgh Poetry Review,’ ‘ITWOW International Anthology,’ ‘Alien Mouth,’ ‘Rogue Agent,’ ‘Maudlin House,’ ‘Inside The Bell Jar,’ ‘Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Anthology,’ and elsewhere.

Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks BLAZE (Main Street Rag, 2015) and Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). She co-directs the MadMentoring program and is the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Duquesne University, Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

Our guest organization for the evening is She Runs SWPA.

She Runs SWPA aims to give a diverse set of women, especially women of color, the voice and representation that enables change in our political system by, (1) Exposing gender bias in the political system (2) uncovering issues that disproportionately affect women in Southwest, PA (3) convening resources that enable women to be involved, active citizens and (4) encouraging and enabling women to run for office.

Visit She Runs SWPA at http://sherunsswpa.com/

11/9 Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Book Release Party feat. Angele Ellis & Don Wentworth @ Tiki Lounge

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7PM TONIGHT…

Join us in the highly anticipated Book Release celebration of Nasty Women & Bad Hombres: A Poetry Anthology, featuring 92 poets from across the U.S. responding to the first year of Trumpiness. This free event features 20 poets! Join us on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7pm at South Side’s literary mecca, the Tiki Lounge (2003 East Carson St., 15203). Can’t make it? Books will be available via Amazon and fine local bookstores. Special book price for the evening is $15 – though the event is free.
Nasty Women & Bad Hombres was edited by Deena November and Nina Padolf, and published by Lascaux Editions (Bob Ziller, Editor) cover by Vanessa German.

Reading lineup includes:

Susan Truxell Sauter
Jan Beatty
Sheena Carroll
Lainey Carslaw
Christine Telfer
Angele Ellis
Cameron Barnett
Don Wentworth
Justin Vicari
Joan Bauer
Kayla Sargeson
Ellen Mcgrath Smith
Bri Griffith
Bob Walicki
Angela Gaito-Lagnese
John Stupp
Daniel Shapiro
John Lawson
Kathleen Furbee
Sarah Williams-Devereux
Ann Curran
Madalyn Hochendoner
Leslie McIlroy

More details to be announced…

11/11 Borczon, Jakiela, Matcho, Garrison, & Pajich @ Nine Stories

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7PM TONIGHT, hosted by Scott Silsbe…

Another great reading at Nine Stories,
this one featuring
MATT BORCZON (in town from Erie, PA)
LORI JAKIELA
ADAM MATCHO
KURT GARRISON
& BOB PAJICH

Free, byob

11/12 November Uncloistered feat. Jason Baldinger & Scott Silsbe @ Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2017 by 6GPress

6PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12…

Join us in November for our latest installment in the Uncloistered Poetry series.

Featured Readers:
Ajsha Reddick
Scott Silsbe
Jason Baldinger
Misty Khan-Becerra
Brooks Jermain Hardison

Open mic to follow featured readers. All are welcome to join us. Limited menu available. Coffee from Glass City Roasters available for free. Donations very gratefully accepted for Library Legacy Foundation.

 

 

 

11/3-4 WordPlay @ Bricolage Theater

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY…

This hybrid storytelling sensation has been growing in popularity since its co-producer, Alan Olifson, brought it to Pittsburgh over 4 years ago. With its steadily growing audience and frequent media buzz, WordPlay has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s literary and theater scene.

Buy Tickets $25

The Breakdown

Happy Half-Hour: 7:30pm-8:00pm (free drinks!)

Come for WordPlay’s free Happy Half-Hour! You never know what surprises we’ll have in store, but they’ll always be original and interactive (don’t worry, participation is optional). Will you get the chance to record your own story in our “mini-studio” or a take part in an epic audience party game? You have to show up if you want to find out!

The Show: 8:00pm

With brazen honesty and creativity, actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own stories while our DJ spins a real-time soundtrack using anything from Brahms to Beyoncé. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll get an extremely intimate look into the life of a total stranger.

What is WordPlay and why is it so special?

It’s simply real people, sharing real stories with a real live soundtrack.

Please Note: WordPlay presents stories about real people in real situations. We value all true stories and showcase a range of experiences and adventures in our programming. Due to the real nature of our stories, WordPlay is not always suitable for very young people and sensitive listeners. Please be advised when considering attendance.

Accessibility

The Friday, November 3rd performance of WordPlay feature ASL interpretation by Heather Gray. Large print programs are available for both shows.

Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Avenue is designed for wheelchair access, featuring accessible all-gender restrooms and wheelchair seating. Companion seating is also available with advance notice. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. We encourage patrons to identify any specific accommodations that would make their experience more enjoyable in the comments section when purchasing tickets or by calling their offices at 412.471.0999 or by emailing Fred at fred@webbricolage.org.

We are accepting submissions for Wordplay!

WordPlay stories don’t have a specific theme, but a good story is:
• True and about you.
• 1,500 to 2,000 words.
• A story!  Meaning, it has a beginning, middle, and end. There should be some conflict or tension in addition to scenes that move the action forward. Commentary and reflection on the story are also key.
• WordPlay loves funny stories and poignant stories and all combinations thereof. However, we try to steer clear of the maudlin and overly sentimental.

Stories are accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to submissions@wordplayshow.com. We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours! Performers are paid a $100 stipend for 1 rehearsal and 2 performances in Pittsburgh.

Meet the Cast & Crew

  • Storytellers

    • Samantha Bennett
    • Joel Brady
    • Billy Jenkins
    • Alan Olifson
    • Deesha Philyaw
  • Creator & Co-producer

    • Alan Olifson