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8/20 Merging Poetic Synapses @ Guide To Kulchur Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM SUNDAY…

Five poets team up in Cleveland for a night of poetic elucidation. Pittsburgh poets Jameson Bayles, Scott Silsbe, and Jason Baldinger read with Kansas City, MO poet Jose Faus and Marisa Moks-Unger, the poet laureate of Erie county, PA.

An open mic follows the reading. No cover.

Jose Faus is a writer and visual artist based in Kansas City, MO. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and a board member of the Writers Place, a resource and advocacy center for Kansas City area writers. Jose is a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient for the community project VOX NAVARRO. His writing has appeared in many anthologies, including Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland; Cuentros del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland; Raritan; Whirlybird; Luces y Sombras; and I-70 Review. His book “This Town Like That” is part of Prospero’s Pop Poetry Series. He maintains a studio in downtown KCK, and his murals can be seen all over Kansas City.

Marisa Moks-Unger is the 2016-2018 poet laurete of Erie County, PA and is the author of a collection of chapbook-length poetry, Mud and Stars (Nightballet Press, Cleveland, 2015). Her work also appears in such publications as Midwestern Gothic Literary Magazine, Pressure Press Poetry, Hesler Street Fair Poetry Anthology, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, Dwelling in Possiblity: Voices of Erie County, and Eternal Snow, an anthology influenced by Yuyutsu Sharma. Moks-Unger holds an MA in English from Gannon University and earned a BA from the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. In addition, Marisa created a three-part ekphrastic poetry video series, called Picture This: Residents Respond to Art.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where he writes, makes music, and works as a bookseller. His poems have appeared in numerous periodicals including Lilliput Review, Nerve Cowboy, and Chiron Review. He is the author of Unattended Fire (2012), The River Underneath the City (2013), and Muskrat Friday Dinner (2017).

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country and wrote a few books, the latest of which, Fragments of a Rainy Season will be available through Six Gallery Press later this year. A recent list of publishing credits include: Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com.

Jameson Bayles is a roving correspondent for Poetrybay and was the co-curator of the 2016-2017 KC Poetry Throwdown held in Kansas City, MO. His work has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines; including Poems-For-All, Hedgerow, The Ambriel Revolution, Thirteen Myna Birds, Rusty Truck, Your One Phone Call and on Rumrazor.com. Jameson’s work can be found in the collaborative reader “A Case For Ascension” (Asinimali Publications, 2015), the 2016 Hessler Street Poetry Fair Anthology (Crisis Chronicles Press) and “Delirious- A Poetic Celebration of Prince” (Night Ballet Press, 2016), “Recession In Neverland” (Paladin Knight Publishing, 2017) and his solo work “legends of doe hoe” (Spartan Press, 2017).

8/26 Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern Book Launch @ White Whale Books + Five Writers @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 26…

Celebrate the publication of Kristofer Collins’ new poetry collection ‘Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern’ by Hyacinth Girl Press! Featuring readings by Chelsea Bodnar, Deesha Philyaw, Bart Solarczyk, and Kristofer Collins.

This is a FREE event. BYOB.

Chelsea Bodnar once transcribed her favorite horror movie word-for-word.

Kristofer Collins is the publisher and senior editor of Low Ghost Press. He is the books editor for Pittsburgh Magazine and a frequent contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His latest poetry collection, Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their two cats.

Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Full Grown People, Apogee Journal, brevity, and Dead Housekeeping. Deesha’s work includes a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. At The Rumpus, Deesha inaugurated and curates a monthly interview column called VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color.

Bart Solarczyk grew up on Pittsburgh’s Southside & now lives in Ross Township. His poems have recently appeared in Lilliput Review, Big Hammer, Rasputin & Nixes Mate Review. His latest chapbook, Right Direction, was published in November of 2016 as one of Lilliput Review’s Modest Proposal series.

ALSO 7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 26…

Join us for a memorable evening of words!

Scott Silsbe, Gretchen Uhrinek, Sarah Shotland, B. Diehl, & Kat Giordano are excited to share their writing with you.

Free event. BYOB. ♥

8/16 The Bridge Series (Satellite Event) @ City of Asylum

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY…

The Bridge Series is a new series uniting the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations. Each installment features writers from Pittsburgh and beyond and features a special guest organization, with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization.

All Bridge Series events have a $5 cover. The proceeds from this event will go directly to The Center for Hearing & Deaf Services Inc. organization of Pittsburgh. Payment will be received at the door the day of the event.

There will be an ASL interpreter on site at this event.

Featuring readings by:

Christopher Jon Heuer – Christopher Jon Heuer is the author of Bug: Deaf Identity and Internal Revolution and All Your Parts Intact: Poems, as well as the editor of the recently released Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers. He was the Editor in Chief of the highly popular website Deaf Echo. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals spanning a nearly thirty-year writing career. He is a professor of English at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and son.

Toi Derricotte – Toi Derricotte‘s most recent book is The Undertaker’s Daughter (Pitt Poetry Series). Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement and the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and Poetry. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem in 1996. She serves on the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors.

Katie Booth – Katie Booth’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in Aeon, Catapult, Indiana Review, Kaleidoscope, Mid-American Review, Vela, and NPR’s The Pulse, among other publications. She has received support from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her essay “The Sign for This” was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016. She is currently a 2017-18 Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. Her first book, The Performance of Miracles, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.

Our guest organization:

The Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS) was established in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing to provide social activities for people with a hearing loss. From these modest beginnings, HDS has evolved into southwestern Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive service center for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other communication needs including spoken language interpreting services. Pittsburgh Language Access Network (PLAN) is a professional interpreting service for foreign languages.

HDS’ professional staff have developed innovative programs, including the first Chemical Dependency Program for the deaf and hard of hearing population in the tri-state area, an assistive listening and signaling device demonstration and sale center, a program providing activities for deaf and hard of hearing youth, and a Hearing Aid Recycling Program. HDS works hard to ensure that the programs and services offered meet the evolving needs of our constituency.

All floors of Alphabet City are wheelchair accessible and there is a reserved parking spot. Thanks to the generous support of RAD, we also have hearing assistive systems available for all programs, by advance request. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact Paula Simon (psimon@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org).

for more information of City of Asylum or to rsvp to the event please see their website at http://www.alphabetcity.org/events/bridgeseries/

8/12 Haiku Showdown: Cee Williams vs. Don Wentworth @ McBride Viaduct

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by 6GPress

6PM SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY…

Haiku Showdown between Williams and Wentworth to Save the East Avenue Bridge, East Avenue and 12th Street, Erie, PA.

Featuring Don Wentworth Editor of the Lilliput Review and the Master of the short form and Cee Williams Poets’ Hall founder and short person…in collaboration with Civitas Erie, Erie CPR and the Haiku Erie 500 project

8/11 BBT Night: An Evening of Poems, Stories, & Songs @ Bloomfield Bridge Tavern

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 11…

In light of the BBT closing in a couple of months, we’re gathering some writers and musicians to read poetry & fiction, sing songs, and recount anecdotes about our favorite Polish bar in Little Italy.

Participants will include
Scott Silsbe,
Stefanie Wielkopolan,
Jason Baldinger,
Meghan Tutolo,
Jameson Bayles,
Nathan Kukulski,
Bob Pajich
& Weird Paul.

Flyer and more details to follow.

If interested in participating,
please contact Scott at scottmsilsbe@gmail.com

8/5 A Saturday Night Confluence @ White Whale Bookstore

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

7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 5…

It’s the first Saturday in August and we are celebrating, we are always celebrating, to welcome former Kansas City denizen Jameson Bayles to his new homebase of Pittsburgh. Jameson will be joined by Theresa Brightman (Akron, OH) Scott Douglas (North Carolina) Lynn Alexander (Easton, PA) and local Don Wentworth. This event is free, but we will be passing the hat for our traveling artists. This event is byob, this event does not have a famous blue raincoat. Bios to follow for anyone who reads those things.

7/26 The Bridge Series w/ Osama Alomar, Malcolm Friend, & Lori Jakiela @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY…

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:

Osama Alomar – Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now living in Chicago, Osama Alomar is one of the most well-respected Arabic poets writing today, and a prominent practitioner of the Arabic al-qisa al-qasira jiddan, the “very short story.” He is the author of Fullblood Arabian in English, and three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic. Alomar’s first full-length collection of stories, The Teeth of the Comb, will be published by New Directions in April 2017. His short stories have been published by Newyorker.com, Noon, Conjunctions.com, The Coffin Factory, Electric Literature, and The Literary Review. He also performs as a musician.

Malcolm Friend – Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (forthcoming, Glass Poetry), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry.

Lori Jakiela – Lori Jakiela is the author of three memoirs, most recently Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books, 2015), which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University. She is also the author of a poetry collection — Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012) — and four limited-edition poetry chapbooks. Her newest book, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker, a collection of memoir-essays about work and the writing life, will be published by Bottom Dog Press in July. Her awards include the City of Asylum-Pittsburgh Prize, which sent her on a month-long writing residency in Brussels and for which she will always be grateful. Jakiela is a professor of English and director of the writing program at Pitt-Greensburg, co-director of the Summer Writers Festival at Chautauqua Institution, and the poetry curator for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She teaches community writing workshops in her hometown, Trafford, PA, where she lives with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their two children. For more, visit http://lorijakiela.net/

Our guest organization for the evening is City of Asylum.

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. We offer a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. We anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.
http://cityofasylum.org/

And tonight we also have the pleasure of hosting our friends from PEN America.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
https://pen.org/

 

7/25 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series Season Finale!

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

8PM TUESDAY…

Let’s raise our voices and our glasses one last time this season and toast Jimmy Cvetic and Joan Bauer! We say so long to another fantastic season of The Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with a big ol’ romping finale featuring readings by Meghan Tutolo, Jason Baldinger, Adriana Ramirez, Bart Solarczyk, Angele Ellis, John Korn, Jameson Bayles, and Kristofer Collins.

We’re in the back room and it’s FREE!!

7/22 Midwest Meets Rust Belt: A Poetic Confluence @ The Second Reader Bookshop

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SATURDAY, JULY 22…

Jameson Bayles, Kat Giordano, Jason Baldinger, Steve Brightman join local poets Matthew Bosque, Jasmine Shanice, and CWP’s own Jennifer Skelton.

The Midwest and the Rust Belt collide in the poetic event of the year! Get ready Buffalo, this summer is bringing many out of town poets. Help us to continue to put Buffalo on the national poetic map.

Bio’s to follow in the weeks to come…

7/5 Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective Feature @ Uptown Arts Bar

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Buffalo, NY sends some of her near and dear poets far and fondly to KC and UAB is so proud tobe hosting Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective!

Featuring Nathanael William Stolte and Julio Montalvo Valentin with special local guests Brandon Whitehead, Robert Gano and Rachel Christine Jenkins and your host, Jeanette Powers!

Books will be available for purchase!
no cover!

brought to you by KC Small Press Poetry Fest and Chameleon Arts!

UPDATE: Turns out no Baldinger but sure, still hit this up if you’re in Kansas City. Next post is the one he’s doing.

6/30 Fumbles Revelations Book Release @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM…

Friday June 30th we welcome the inaugural release from Don Wentworth’s Grackle and Crow imprint with the release of the chaplet “Fumbles Revelations” by Jason Baldinger. Readers will include, Baldinger and Wentworth as well as Becky Corrigan, Jason Irwin and Red Bob Jungkunz. This event is free and byob and many thanks to Nine Stories for hosting.

here’s some bios:

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from the Appalachian hamlet of Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming in September. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com.

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.

Jason Irwin is the author of A Blister of Stars (Low Ghost, 2016), Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It’s A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh. www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com

Red Bob needs no introduction, all you need to know is that he is Bob

Don Wentworth is a Pittsburgh-based poet whose work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in everyday life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. He is the author of 3 full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016) His first full-length collection, Past All Traps, was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s 2011 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. His poem “hiding” was selected as one of “100 Notable Haiku” of 2013 by Modern Haiku Press.