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6/23 Reading: Gwin, Silsbe, Collins, Garrison @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on June 22, 2017 by 6GPress

FRIDAY…

my strong suspicion is it’s these guys reading: Ben Gwin, Scott Silsbe, Kris Collins, & Kurt Garrison. Bring beer & find out!

6/28 The Bridge Series – Corso, Yune, Krygowski, & GPLC @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28…

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:

Paola Corso is the author of poetry and fiction books set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family worked in the steel mills. Corso’s latest are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing featuring steel and garment workers. Writing honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Literary Map. She is co-founder and resident artist for Steppin Stanzas, a performing arts project celebrating Pittsburgh city steps. paolacorso.com.

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His fiction has appeared in the Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.
In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has worked as an extra in movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Father and Daughters.
Currently, he teaches at DePauw University, located in beautiful Greencastle, Indiana. His novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award; other nominees included Viet Thanh Nguyen, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie.

Nancy Krygowski’s first book of poems, Velocity, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and several residencies. Krygowski teaches poetry workshops in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic program in addition to her work as an adult ESL instructor at Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Our guest organization for the evening is the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council’s mission is better lives through learning. Our primary focus is helping adults acquire the language and literacy skills needed to be successful neighbors, parents and workers. We provide both classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring in reading, English, math, English as a second language, workplace skills and computers. We also help students to prepare for the high school equivalency exams. Volunteer tutors and the generosity of local businesses and individuals ensure that instruction is available free of charge to people in need. GPLC students go on to get jobs, move off the welfare rolls, attend college, complete job training and earn promotions. They give back to our community and instill the importance of education in their children. For more information, call 412-393-7600 or visit www.gplc.org.

6/15 CWP Presents InTENse Poetry! @ Mac’s Backs

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2017 by 6GPress

6:30PM THURSDAY…

Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective presents InTENse Poetry! Initially featuring TEN poets from New Jersey westward, we’ve inTENtionally added one more to make it a glorious Baker’s Decade of Poets! And, oh yeah, baby, our collective inTENsion is to bring it and sling it!

Nathanael Stolte (Buffalo)
Ben Brindise (Buffalo)
Damian Rucci (New Jersey)
Jason Baldinger (Pittsburgh)
Jennifer Skelton (Buffalo)
Julio Valentin (Buffalo)
Misty Becerra (Buffalo)
John Burroughs (Cleveland)
Richard L. Gegick (Pittsburgh)
Dianne Borsenik (Cleveland)
RA Washington (Cleveland)

East comes together with Midwest in one of Cleveland’s most beloved venues, the venerated Mac’s Backs on Coventry. We welcome you to come, get inTENse with us, as we celebrate life and the pow-pow-POWER of poetry!

6/16 Poets in the Backyard @ Tupelo Honey Teas

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM, FRIDAY, JUNE 16…

Join us in the backyard as we host a traveling caravan of poets. This will be the first Pittsburgh appearance for many of these folks, so show up and give ’em a warm welcome.

Readings by:

The Pittsburgh Contingent: Jason Baldinger & Rich Gegick

The Band of Buffaloers: Ben Brindise, Misty Kahn-Becerra, Jennifer Skelton, Nathanael William Stolte, Julio Valentin

The NJ Crew: Damian Rucci & Rebecca Weber

We promise an evening of literary mayhem and high jinks. Rain or shine, we’ve got it covered. These folks will have books for sale, and we will be passing the hat for gas money.

6/4 An intimate evening w/ Jason Baldinger & Dayton Poetry Slam open mike @ Yellow Cab Tavern

Posted in Events with tags , , on June 1, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

Hey there folks, we have another great feature coming in for your poetic bliss: Jason Baldinger!

As always, the poetry starts at 7:30pm with an open mic and Jason starts half-way through the list!  All for $2 at Yellow Cab Tavern!

5/27 Muskrat Friday Dinner launch w/ Mummula, Pond Hockey, & readings @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Launch for the book of poems ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ by Scott Silsbe, published by White Gorilla Press. This event will featuring readings by Silsbe, Dave Newman, and Lori Jakiela. There will also be sets by Columbus, OH monster-rockers Mummula and local weirdo-rockers Pond Hockey. Copies of ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ will be available for purchase. Schedule for the night still coming together, but tentatively…Doors at 8, readings start around 9, music starts around 11.

5/31 The Bridge Series w/ Yona Harvey, Brian Broome, Cheryl Hall-Russell, & Alumni Theater Company @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 31…

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

Plus a special performance from Alumni Theater Company!!!!

Tonight will feature readings from:

Brian Broome is a Creative Writing/English major at Chatham University. He has been published in Creative Nonfiction, The Ocean State Review and the Delta Foundation’s Pride Magazine. Brian’s work explores the topics of racism, masculinity and the African American male. He also lectures on these topics, most recently at the invitation of the University of Pittsburgh’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program where he gave a talk entitled, “Balls.”

Cheryl Hall-Russell, MA, MPA is the President of Black Women, Wise Women, a management consulting firm supporting female executive leaders of color. She is also a doctoral candidate at Point Park University where her work focuses on Black women executives and their coping and resilience patterns. She is transitioning out of a 24-year career in nonprofit management to Higher Ed where she plans to continue her research and teach. Her first love however, has always been writing. She has written a yet unpublished book of poetry titled “The Offspring of Anger,” and has published two books on ethnic philanthropy while a researcher at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Additionally she has published in multiple peer reviewed journals and has been a frequent guest opinion columnist for both the Indianapolis Star and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Most recently her poem “Too Much” was accepted to be a part of a anthology on Black women. It is a part of a series of poems she has written on the perception of black women in America. Although she has been a poet for several decades, she only recently began to share her work in the Pittsburgh market. She has two blog sites, one for work and the other “Cheryl unscripted” that contains some of her poetry and essays.

Hall-Russell is the mother of two including a daughter, Adia, who will be a freshman at Oakland Catholic in the fall, and a grown son Cameron, who resides in her hometown of Indianapolis.

Yona Harvey’s work brings artistic expression to the diverse lives and experiences of Black American women through literature. Specifically, she explores the visibility and invisibility of Black women, their mental health and self-care, and the evidence of their imaginations in society as manifested in their hair, clothing, speech, parenting, decisions not to parent, and interactions with other women. She explores these experiences through any genre necessary.

Our guest organization for the evening is Alumni Theater Company, and Halle Donner will be on-hand to discuss their mission:

Alumni Theater Company (ATC) is a driven ensemble that creates bold theatrical work that gives fresh voice to the experience of young urban artists and highlights their rich contribution to our community. ATC’s work validates the perspective of urban youth to both its members and its audience, building an increasingly growing and diverse community of support for both the performers and their ideas. ATC is in its ninth season of operation and has presented forty-two productions since its inception.

http://www.alumnitheatercompany.org/aboutatc

Hallie Donner is the Executive Director of Alumni Theater Company (ATC). ATC is a driven ensemble that creates bold theatrical work that gives fresh voice to the experience of young urban artists and highlights their rich contribution to our community. ATC’s work validates the perspective of urban youth to both its members and its audience, building an increasingly growing and diverse community of support for both the performers and their ideas. ATC is in its ninth season of operation and has presented forty-two productions since its inception.

5/6 The Kansas City Pittsburgh Connection @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on May 1, 2017 by 6GPress

SATURDAY…

Saturday May 6th at White Whale, three awesome Kansas City writers are blowing into town with the Midwest wind. Join Victor Clevenger, Jason Preu, and Pittsburgh expat Nikki Allen, along with locals Karla Lamb and Becky Corrigan for an almost Midwestern rumble. Jason Baldinger will be hosting, not that that really matters, and we’ll be passing the hat to send our out-of-towners away with a little pay ($5 suggested donation, in other words). Hope to see yinz there.

Bios:

Nikki Allen is a lover & a writer, getting on stages for 15+ years in various places that include Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seattle, war protests, music festivals, charity events, backyards and art openings. She is the author of numerous books, including “Gutter of Eden, “Quite Like Yes,” and Ligaments of Light Tigering the Shoulders(Night Ballet Press). Her work has appeared in Nailed, Crash, Open Thread Regional Review Vol. 2, out of nothing, Profane Journal(Pushcart Prize nominee ’14/’15), and Encyclopedia Destructica among others. Allen has also contributed vocal tracks to recording artists Poogie Bell (“Question Song”) and Jack Wilson (“NYC”). More of her writing can be found at honeydunce.com.

Victor Clevenger hopes for the more exciting side of death, as he spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing poetry. He sleeps with his second ex-wife and raises his six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, MO. Selected pieces of his work have appeared at, Poems-For-All, Chiron Review, GTK Journal, Yellow Chair Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Blink Ink, Thirteen Myna Birds, the 2016 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press), Delirious: A Poetic Celebration of Prince (NightBallet Press, 2016), Prompts! (39 West Press, 2016). Victor’s poetry collections include Come Here (Least Bittern Books, 2016), The More Exciting Side Of Death (Epic Rites Press/Tree Killer Ink, 2016), and Soulwhore (Svensk Apache, 2017)

Becky Corrigan has spent most of her adult life working menial jobs, playing in bands and not writing enough. Her body of work includes some ratty folders of poetry from the 90’s, several pieces of short fiction, and many years’ worth of journals. Mainly a prose writer, her work is usually autobiographical and focuses on mental health, love and poverty. She is currently writing a book of short essays about her life.

Karla Lamb’s work has appeared in Word Riot, Brooklyn-based A Women’s Thing Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Runaway Hotel, and Voices from the Attic Vol. XIX. Lamb is a current MFA candidate in Carlow University’s Creative Writing program, and is currently working on her full length manuscript. She edits for After Happy Hour Review, and curates DOUBLE MIRЯOR EXHIBIT in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jason Preu writes while not living in Brooklyn. He is the author of a number of sonnets about your mom. His last book of poems was about fruit and God. It is titled The Avocado Among Other Fruits (Spartan Press, 2016). His next book of poems is about more than fruit and God. It is about wizards…and being awesome…and sadness. That book is titled More Poems About Purple Wizards and Our Neon Bright Exceptionalism (39 West Press, 2017). You may stalk Jason online at jasonpreu.com.

 

4/30 May Day Eve Commemoration 2017

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

TOMORROW…

Join the Pittsburgh General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and Pittsburgh IWW General Defense Committee Local 5 as we Commemorate the True Labor Day and come together to remember the achievements of the working class and build bonds to defend and address the current struggles we still face.

We are not only commemorating the fight for the 8 hour work day of the Haymarket Affair of 1886, but the 125th anniversary of the Battle for Homestead and celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the General Defense Committee of the IWW.

-Local Entertainment

-Potluck Buffet

-Cash Bar

-Children’s Activities

 

4/29 Pittsburgh Poetry Review Issue 5 Release Party @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by 6GPress

SATURDAY…

Come help us celebrate the release of Issue 5, with readings from Daniela Buccili, Ava C. Cipri, George David Clark, Angele Ellis, Mike Good, Kara Knickerbocker, Deena November, Zana Previti, and Vivian Wagner.

The event will begin with an informal social hour at 6 PM, with readings beginning promptly at 7. Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided. Copies and subscriptions of the Review will available for sale.

4/27 Bart Solarczyk, Alyssa Sineni, Kathleen Trew Swazuk, & Don Wentworth @ Shaler Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by 6GPress
TONIGHT…
In Celebration of National Poetry Month
A poetry reading with local poets Bart Solarczyk, Alyssa Sineni, Kathleen Trew Swazuk, & Don Wentworth
@ Shaler Library- 7 p.m. 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116
           for directions, go to:  www.shalerlibrary.org
 
Don Wentworth will be reading along with the guest musician Joyce Anne Von Vreckin. The event is free and books will be available for purchase and signing.