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Baldinger & Wentworth podcasts, Hemingway’s recordings

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2016 by 6GPress

Catching up w/ some podcasts…

Don Wentworth (whose latest collection With a Deepening Presence launched at the Irma Freeman Center last month & which you should read immediately)

& Jason Baldinger (whose next collection will launch next year somewhere & whose back catalog you should read immediately)

interviewed by Marcia Epstein at LawrenceHits.com.

& here’s Jason again, on the We’re All Gonna Die! podcast w/ Matt U.

http://www.gonnadiepodcast.com/?powerpress_pinw=267-podcast

Also, recordings of the Hemingway’s readings are all up & available to listen to, poet by poet, here.

7/23 Triple Book Launch: Ally Malinenko, Jason Irwin, & John Grochalski @ EEBX

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2016 by 6GPress

7PM THIS SATURDAY…

Low Ghost Press & Six Gallery Press are hosting a sizzling summer book party! Join us for a triple launch for Ally Malinenko’s ‘Better Luck Next Year’ (Low Ghost Press), Jason Irwin’s ‘A Blister of Stars’ (Low Ghost Press), and John Grochalski’s ‘Wine Clerk’ (Six Gallery Press).

East End Book Exchange
Saturday, July 23
7pm
BYOB
A brief q&a will follow the reading

Yes, THREE books will be released on this historic day! If you don’t know Low Ghost, learn all about it from the man himself, Kris Collins, recently interviewed by the indispensable Littsburgh. Thanks to them for getting the word out about this, & to Joan Bauer, who boosted it on her mailing list too.

Ally’s book you can read about on her blog. It’s great.

Jason’s book you can read about on his blog. It’s also great.

Which brings us to John Grochalski & his new novel Wine Clerk, which is also great as well.

Wine Clerk front cover

Check out these blurbs, particularly the last sentence of Dave Newman’s.

Rand Wyndham knows it’s all a sham. He knows the game is rigged. Like all of us, Grochalski’s character is stealing crumbs in the spiritual and cultural void of modern America. Read this book and admit your dreams are a painful lie we’re better off without. —Jason Baldinger, author of The Lady Pittsburgh

Rand Wyndham returns in Wine Clerk, John Grochalski’s follow-up to his 2013 novel The Librarian. This time, Wyndam is working in a wine emporium, slugging it out with a motley crew familiar to anyone who’s worked on the lower rungs of the service industry. Grochalski serves up his peculiar vision of the American nightmare with a heady mix of wit and pathos, delivering a bitter dose of the everyday in all its quotidian absurdity. It’s engaging. It’s frightening. It’s funny. It’s the pitch-perfect reflection of the current inebriated state of the American monster. —Larry Duncan, author of Drunk on Ophelia

My best advice to the reading public is to buy or steal John Grochalski’s bottle of a book Wine Clerk, pop its cork, savor its fast food bouquet, hold it up in the light of a Labatt Blue sign to appreciate its bile-brown color, then guzzle the shit down like vintage Thunderbird and prepare to croak as you puke to death from disgust or wild laughter, or your brain rots and runs out your ears like zombie snot. Gentle readers, if you drink this bottle of a book you will not get into heaven. Quite simply, if you read this book and die from disgust or laughter, you are fucked. —Chuck Kinder, author of The Silver Ghost

John Grochalski’s is a line that extends back to Steinbeck and Sinclair and up through Fante and Bukowski. Wine Clerk is another brilliant evocation of how miserable the world can be and how surviving with a drink in a dive bar is our only shot at victory. Drop all the boxes in the warehouse. Run from the temp agency. If you want to understand what it means to be working poor in the richest country in the world, read Grochalski’s excellent new novel. Read everything he’s written and everything he’s going to write. —Dave Newman, author of Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children

Check out Grochalski’s poem “The Wine Clerk” on his blog. Check out his Twitter, where he’s been posting lil bits of the novel. & most definitely check out East End Book Exchange next Saturday to hear John, Ally, & Jason read from their newborn works.

The New Yinzer & Poems for Jerry

Posted in Events, Interviews, Recent Publications, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2015 by 6GPress

The New Yinzer is back with a new issue, featuring contributions by Six Gallery scribblers Jason Baldinger, Angele Ellis, John Grochalski, Chuck Kinder, Scott Silsbe, & Don Wentworth. Check it all out here.

Also, a new anthological tribute to Gerald Stern, edited by Caliban Books’ John Schulman, just dropped.

Stern will be in town NEXT TUESDAY as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series. Shit is FREE but you are supposed to register.

Odds & Ends, Winter 2015

Posted in Interviews, Recent Publications, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by 6GPress

So far, 2015 has brought some very nice articles about/by Six Gallery scribblers:

A Film About Billy reviewed & Dan McCloskey interviewed by Rachel Mennies for PANK Magazine.

Jonathan Moody interviewed by Melody Nixon for The Common.

Elwin Cotman writes about (sometimes inadvertently) writing about Pittsburgh for Grist.

Ally Malinenko has been doing a lot of excellent blogging lately; this post also links to three recently-published poems.

These folks are all working on fantastic-sounding new projects, by the way. If you’re not familiar with them, check out their previous work!

Imagination Motel coming real soon…

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by 6GPress

Check out the lovely cover for Imagination Motel,

IM font cover 9-30-14

& the sweet blurb on the back,

Like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, one of the many movies flickering across the ghost screens of Kinder’s haunted hotel rooms, Imagination Motel infiltrates the most American landscape and replaces it with something alien. Only rather than feeling too little, these doppelgangers feel too much; rather than becoming less human, they become all the more so. Imagination Motel is a unique piece of writing that tickled me and made me want to watch every one of those movies all over again. “There is no surprise ending,” Kinder writes. And yet, there is.
—Jacob Bacharach, author of The Bend of the World

& the fun Rege Behe article in today’s Trib about Imagination Motel All That Yellow & Friday’s book launch.

UPDATE: Short Listed.

Just to clarify re: this & the Behe article, the book is called Imagination Motel not Imagination Hotel; & Six Gallery is not now, nor ever has been, Speed & Briscoe. Maybe someday.

Anyway, come to the reading & eat popcorn! Listen to poems! Receive (but wait til you get home to use) a condom! Amazing stuff.

Don Wentworth Noise & Silence Interview

Posted in Events, Interviews with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2014 by 6GPress

Yes, this is some old shit, but I was just clued in to it by a Joan Bauer email & Don’s book launch is tomorrow, so…

Back in the summer of 1989, I was just beginning to send poems out into the small press poetry world and heard about a little magazine that had just printed its first issue called Lilliput Review, edited by Don Wentworth.  The actual size of the magazine (4.25” X 3.5”) reflected both its name and focus.  The submission guidelines asked for poems of ten lines or less.  Curious, I sent off a buck or two and received a copy in the mail.

I’ve been reading it ever since.

Do you REALLY care about poetry? Come to the launch tomorrow! There will be NINE fucking readers, all reading briefly, so in the unlikely event you don’t like one, there will be EIGHT more, plus whatever weird booze & food people bring…

Why do you think you’re so attracted to the short form?

The story of my attraction to the short form is a simple one. I returned to writing poetry around the age of 30 for a variety of life-inspired reasons. I wrote lots of work in what was, and still is, a fairly standard free verse lyric form of 20 to 36 lines or so, some a bit shorter, some a bit longer. A close friend at the time, a musician/song writer, who was the only one paying any attention to what I was doing and who was not a poet, simply said your short stuff is your best work, the rest is crap. At the time, Rolling Stone was using very brief works as column filler in their album review section at the end of every issue and my friend urged me to send them poems. Naively, I did. And, amazingly, the work was accepted. That was the beginning.

“Interview with Small Press Legend Don Wentworth (Editor of Lilliput Review and author of Past All Traps)” by Christien Gholson, Noise & Silence

6/29 Visiting Writer Reading @ Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Posted in Events, Interviews, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by 6GPress

This week’s City Paper has a lil piece on Julie Sokolow’s Healthy Artists project that involves A Film About Billy author Dan McCloskey.

Take Daniel McCloskey, the comics artist who runs the Lawrenceville-based Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ project. After a face-plant bicycle accident last fall cost McCloskey three teeth, and left him with large unpaid hospital bills, Sokolow wrote about the uninsured artist on Moore’s website. The attention helped McCloskey, 27, exceed the Kickstarter goal for his latest comics project and pay down the bills.

For the record: Dan’s latest comics project is dope, his new grill is fetching as hell & Cyberpunk Apocalypse has not been Lawrenceville-based for two years. So if you’re planning to attend, for example, this…

go to Northside, not Lawrenceville. The lineup will also include the amazing Olivia Rose Mancing.

Dana Killmeyer Brings Poetry to Las Vegas Public Buses, KNPR

Posted in Interviews with tags , on June 1, 2014 by 6GPress

Dana Killmeyer wants to bring a little culture to those riding the bus in Las Vegas. So the Masters in Fine Arts student at UNLV gets on an RTC, whether it’s the Deuce on the Strip or route 109 on Maryland Parkway, and just starts reading poetry to her fellow passengers.

KNPR

Don’t let them shatter your harmony joy ride, Dana!

Writer on Writer: Daniel McCloskey & Bradley Spinelli

Posted in Interviews with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2014 by 6GPress

The latest in Karen Lillis’ Writer on Writer interview series:

Bradley: Early on, Dan brought Billy back to life, so to speak, through the video for his funeral, yet Collin starts over. It’s obvious that you, as a writer, wanted to bring someone back to life in writing this book. Do you think it’s possible? Or did it at least help your own process of mourning, paying tribute, and moving on?

Daniel: You can’t bring someone back to life. You can’t even keep anyone alive. Everyone you know will die, and you will die. Again, that is the basic truth revealed in a suicide apocalypse.

Though I think there are certain truths humans will never stop needing to hear. We will die, love matters, greed kills, hubris makes and breaks our heroes, other people are whole other people, etc, etc. That’s why the one funeral in your book is so touching. You aren’t burying “remains” when you bury your friend. You bury part of yourself. You’re giving your idea of them a place to go.

Part 1, McCloskey Interviews Spinelli

Part 2, Spinelli Interviews McCloskey

Elwin Cotman – Books & Booze Interview

Posted in Interviews with tags , , on February 2, 2014 by 6GPress

Check it:

In Books and Booze episode 78 we are joined with Elwin Cotman to discuss his collection Hard Times Blues. His collection is the only place you’ll find conversational fodder to include social issues, fairy stories, folk lore, references to The Bible, music, and history. We also talk about Elwin’s influences (and exactly how From Dusk Til Dawn affected him), book tours, Four Loko, drunken self-tattooing, and, as always, more!

9/22 & 9/27 Small Press Pittsburgh Pop-Ups

Posted in Events, Interviews with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by 6GPress

You people aren’t buying enough (Six Gallery) books from Karen Lillis. Fortunately you have two chances before the end of the month to make it right. This one is TODAY

& this one is on Friday – Karen & the books will be somewhere highly visible on Liberty Avenue. If you still don’t know what this all is, here’s Marc Schuster’s interview with Karen from last month, in which she explains it all.

UPDATE 9/27: Karen & the books will be (or are already) OUTSIDE THE TOONSEUM.