4/26-28 Heart of the Heartland Small Press Poetry Festival @ SPARK Artist Resource Exchange

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2019 by 6GPress

6PM FRIDAY-7PM SUNDAY…

A festival celebrating poetry and small press poetry publishers!

Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th at SPARK Artist Resource Exchange.

Featuring regional and national poets and presses!

The Presses:

Spartan Press (Kansas City, MO),
Stubborn Mule Press (Devil’s Elbow, MO),
Chiron Review (St. John, KS),
Woodley Press (Topeka, KS),
Coal City Review (Lawrence, KS),
NeuroNautic Press (New York, NY),
Cringe-Worthy Poetry Collective (Buffalo, NY),
Casa de Cinco Hermanas (Pueblo, CO),
Kung Fu Treachery Press (Rancho Cucamonga, CA),
Luchador Press (Big Tuna, TX),
Nostravia Press (Hayward, CA).

The Poets:

Brandon Whitehead, Huascar Medina, Shanley Wells Rau, Kevin Rabas, Gary Lechliter, Adam Jameson, HC Palmer, Jeanette Powers, Nathanael Stolte, Jason Baldinger, Kyle Laws, Michael Hathaway, Al Ortolani, Matthew Hupert, Brian Daldorph, Macey Webb, Steph Castor, Robert L. Dean, Linzi Garcia, Steven Sassmann, John Dorsey, Victor Adam Clevenger, Jeremiah Walton, Shawn Pavey, Patricia Dunne Traxler.

More info to come!

5/2 Rewind Reading Series @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2019 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY…

The REWIND Reading Series is back at it again.

WHAT IS REWIND?
REWIND is what happens when people share their angsty adolescent selves on a stage to a room full of adults. These are real people sharing their real, unedited journals, poems, songs, etc. for laughter, tears and unabashed nostalgia. In other words, it takes guts, yo.

Brave presenters this round:

Kris Collins
Deena November
Janette Schafer
Sarah Shotland
Meghan Tutolo (host)

Do you have an idea for REWIND? Message Meghan Tutolo a brief bit about what you want to share and why you want to share it.

Don’t forget to join the REWIND Reading Series group for news on events and calls for readers. ✨

4-24 The Bridge w/ Dione, James-Parham, Philyaw & the Maya Org @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24…

For the April event The Bridge Series is having a Spring Fling!
Our featured organization will be announced soon and our feaured readers will be Melanie Dione, Michele James-Parham and Deesha Philyaw. Our featured organization will be The Maya Organization, represented by Amber Edmunds.

$5 Suggested Donation

Thanks to Deesha Philyaw for organizing this event

Bios to follow

4/13 Poetry Fundraiser for & @ Millvale Community Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2019 by 6GPress

5PM SATURDAY…

April is National Poetry Month, and April 7th-13th is National Library Week! Support the Millvale Community Library by attending our 2nd annual poetry fundraiser. Admission for this event is $5. All proceeds will benefit our after-school meal program.

Lineup includes:

Stephen Lin
Shan Soleil
Mattie Hyer
Chelsea Margaret Bodnar
James Croal Jackson
Bob Walicki

Event hosted by Miss Macross

4-14 LK Reading Series: Thaddeus Rutkowski & Karen Lillis @ Parkside Lounge

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

2PM SUNDAY…

Local Knowledge Reading Series

April 2019 featuring:
Karen Lillis & Thaddeus Rutkowski

Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four
books of fiction, including “Watch the Doors As They Close” (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012). She has been a writer in residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, an art reviewer at The Austin Chronicle, and a regular contributor to the anti-war/poetry newspaper New York Nights after 2001. Her books earned her a 2014 Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of six books, most recently Border Crossings, a poetry collection. His novel Haywire won the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s members’ choice award, and his memoir Guess and Check won the Electronic Literature bronze award for multicultural fiction. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

4/12 Glass City Poetry Collective @ You Are Here 406

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

7PM FRIDAY, APRIL 12

Our spring series 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. Featured readers: Kristofer Collins, Richard Gegick, Bob Pajich and Kurt Garrison. Acoustic music provided! Donations welcome. BYOB.

 

3/30 Blast Furnace Radio zine launch @ Glitter Box + Krewe de Louisiane & friends @ The Big Legrowlski

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

2PM SATURDAY, in Portland for #awp2019, b/c you live there, or otherwise? Well then,

Lavender Ink (New Orleans) and the River Writers Reading Series (Baton Rouge, LA) bring you masters of poetry and prose from Louisiana, Dixie, and beyond! We’ll bring you a diverse set of literary styles from a varied group of authors. Come hear some literature, drink an afternoon beer, and have some fun!

OUR FINAL LINEUP IS:
Jonathan Penton
Maurice Ruffin
Teow Lim Goh
Jenn Marie Nunes
Mel Coyle
Christopher Romaguera
Laura Mattingly
Vincent Cellucci
Moira Crone
Rodger Kamenetz
Shira Dentz
Elizabeth Gross
Andrea Jurjević
Devon Balwit

MC’d by Vincent A. Cellucci and Jonathan Penton!

7PM back at the good old Glitter Box in Pittsburgh,

You are invited to the concert/zine release bash for author/activist Vincent Eirene’s “The Future Writings of Blast Furnace Radio”. Culled from recent interviews and dialogue, the booklet continues the story of protest/social activism from Vincent’s earlier book The Day the Empire Fell, which will also be available in its 2nd edition. In partnership with Another True Story Publishing, there will be albums by the band A.T.S, and art zines by Evan Knauer. Event starts at 7pm with author Vincent Eirene book signing all night. Drinks and light food provided. Music by The Knauer Brothers 7:30-9, Melissa Chrissy +Ed Trio 9-9:30, Alexei Plotnicov 9:30-10, A.T.S 10-11. Admission to Glitter Box is free, books and albums moderately priced.

3/29 Many Worlds, More Voices: Diversity in Fantasy & Science Fiction @ Cathedral of Learning Room 324

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

FRIDAY…

Fantasy Studies Fellowship Diversity Discussion

Friday, March 29, 2019, 1-3 PM

Book Signing 3-4 PM

Cathedral of Learning Room 324

New York Times Best-selling author V. E. Schwab will be joining a panel including author Elwin Cotman and Pitt Lecturer Dan McMillan to discuss the representation of diversity in fantasy and science fiction media. The panel will be followed by a raffle and book signing.

Elwin has some very cool news he very well may share at this.

3/19 Moira Crone, Rodger Kamenetz, & Ariel Resnikoff @ Wolfman Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on March 18, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM TUESDAY

Two New Orleans based writers–poet and dreamworker Rodger Kamenetz and fiction writer Moira Crone–join forces with East Bay native and recent returnee Ariel Resnikoff for a speculative set of their latest work. All three of them habitually push hard on boundaries, whether it’s the divide between conscious and subconscious life or the linguistic borders dividing cultures.

Rodger and Moira both taught writing at LSU in Baton Rouge for many years. Ariel is finishing up a PhD at Penn, where he has been very active as a teacher and a multilingual editor and translator.

Author of seven works of fiction, Moira Crone has won distinction for her short stories, novels, and her speculative fiction. In 2009 she received the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Southern Fellowship of Writers for the body of her work. Her 2014 novel THE ICE GARDEN, a coming of age tale set in the 1960’s South, won the Independent Booksellers Regional Gold Medal and was hailed by author Lee Smith, as “a heart-stopper.”   Her 2012 dystopian THE NOT YET, set in a drowned Louisiana in 2121, was one of seven finalists for the international Philip K. Dick Award, for sci-fi paperback of the year. She has received fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, Bunting Institute at Harvard-Radcliffe, and other institutions. Her works have been selected for the prize anthology New Stories from the South: The Year’s Bestfive times, have appeared in two dozen anthologies, and in such magazines as The New Yorker, MademoiselleTriQuarterly, Oxford American, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Image. She lives in New Orleans.

Poet, author, essayist, biographer, religious thinker and dreamwork practitioner, Rodger Kamenetz is probably best known for his breakthrough account of Jewish-Buddhist dialogue, The Jew in the Lotus. A serious student of dreams since 1999, his The History of Last Night’s Dream was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series. His poems have appeared in hundreds of periodicals and 25 anthologies. His previous books of poetry include The Missing Jew, Stuck, The Lowercase Jew, and To Die Next To You. YONDER is his seventh collection. Kamenetz lives in New Orleans where he practices Natural Dreamwork. Visit him at kamenetz.com or  thenaturaldream.com

Ariel Resnikoff  is a poet, translator, editor & teacher. His most recent works include Ten-Four: Poems, Translations, Variations (Operating System 2015), with Jerome Rothenberg, & Between Shades (Materialist Press 2014). With Stephen Ross, he is at work on the first critical bilingual edition of Mikhl Likht’s modernist Yiddish long poem, Processions; and with Lilach Lachman and Gabriel Levin, he is translating the collected writings of the translingual-Hebrew poet, Avot Yeshurun. Ariel is a contributing editor of Global Modernists on Modernism (Bloomsbury, forthcoming ‘19), an anthology of multilingual modernist source texts, as well as a commissioning editor at Jacket2. His writing has been translated into French & Spanish and is forthcoming in German in a special issue of Schreibheft.

3/23 Free Fucking Poems About Fucking @ Glitter Box Theater

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7:30 SATURDAY

Welcome, fuckers, to the latest installation in FREE POEMS – FREE FUCKING POEMS ABOUT FUCKING. This time it’s about fucking.

Headlining Fuckers:
David Graham/ Requiem
Cherri Baum
Noel Pabillo Mariano
Chelsea Margaret Bodnar
John Thomas
Sundae Service
Kelly Boyker
Bebe Beretta
Michael Todd Schneider
Nikki Palmer

With face painting by Hanna Wilford! Get a dick or a vagina or some boobies or a butt plug or whatever painted on your face!

Also with poems/performances by: Miss Macross, Art Ettinger, Ed Pinto, Jeff Boyle, Kelly Lorraine Andrews, Nathan Moore, Olivia Devorah, Philip Kunkle, Sarah B Boyle, Shawn Maddey and a very very very (very) special performance from Peter Zumpano

And featuring like 20 other assholes we’ll have a list of eventually like fuck man this is a lot of work.

We’re changing up venues this time and will be fucking off at The Glitter Box Theater on Saturday, March 23rd for all the fucking you can handle, and a lot you probably can’t.

FREE FUCKING POEMS is an arts anarchy event themed around….wait for it…FUCKING, and vaguely around poetry.

If you have been solicited for a poem in the FREE FUCKING POEMS ABOUT FUCKING anthology, congratulations, you’re a performer! Let us know (here, via email, or via PM) if you plan to come out and share your fuck on stage so we can schedule a time slot for you to alienate all of your friends!

As always, there will be open stage time for anyone who writes and wants to read a (one, singular) fuck poem of their very own! We’ll let you know how we’re gonna deal with that closer to the event itself. Probably a sign up sheet. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

JUST A HEADS UP YOU WILL SEE AT LEAST 1 DICK. LIKE, A REAL ONE NOT A PICTURE OF ONE AND PROBABLY LOTS OF OTHER GENITALS. SOMEONE GETS WEIRD ABOUT THIS AT EVERY FREE POEMS SO HERE IT IS IN CAPS RIGHT NOW. DICK DICK DICK DICK 8==D

FAQs

Q. How can I help/add to the FREE FUCKING experience?
A. We are so glad you asked! Oh my! How kind of you! We need help with everything from live-streaming the event to bringing beer and liquor, to bringing extra toilet paper (I cannot imagine Glitterbox is prepared for the amount of tp this event seems to go through), to bringing snacks! Closer to the event we will post a wish list, but if there is something you super duper want to bring my goodness, but we shall be chuffed!

Q. Can I sell/buy something/give you money/participate in late stage capitalism in any capacity at FREE POEMS?
A. No.

Q. What the fuck is FREE POEMS?
A. We don’t fucking know. FREE POEMS has happened 3 times now. It was born of a desire to giggle but also shed as much pretense and opportunism and FUCKING FASCISM from the experience of creative communion as possible and put a bunch of our genius but often overlooked friends all in a room at once and watch them be amazed by each other. First time was SNAKES, next was MONSTERS, then came JESUS. Now we’re here. We put together a book, too. We don’t fucking know.

Q. Can I read/perform at FREE POEMS?
A. I guess. Idk. Do you fuck? In all seriousness, yes there is open mic time integrated into FREE POEMS every year. You don’t need to let us know ahead of time if you will want to sign up, just show up and find the list. There is a time limit of one poem/2 minutes per person, though, so do keep that in mind.

Q. What is considered a poem at FREE POEMS?
A. Your question should probably be “what isn’t considered a poem?” because pretty much anything you want to read/perform/do on stage is a poem at FREE POEMS, provided it is on theme (fucking)

Q. I know a poet/band/trapeze artist/sex doll that would be perfect for your event! Can they perform?
A. If they can squeeze it into 2 minutes! Our lineup and the poems we put in the FREE POEMS book are all solicited, but the best way to get a featured spot/solicitation at a subsequent event, is to show up at FREE POEMS and do a thing on stage during open mic time. It is not by giving us beer or press or bj’s. That said, definitely give us beer. Maybe press. We can get our own bj’s tho, thanks. We’re not players we just crush a lot.

Q. Can I bring my kid?
A. LOL no not this time. We are legit going to show porn probably. Leave the kid at home for fuck’s sake. Even if they are 17. When they turn 18 take them to get their nipples pierced and bring them to FREE POEMS.

Q. Are there rules about content at FREE POEMS?
A. Your poem or performance must, in some way, be about/contain/depict FUCKING. Otherwise, we eschew censorship, so also keep that in mind as an audience member – people are probably going to say shit that makes you feel weird (good weird and bad weird). It’s ok to step outside if you get the vapors. And if you’re still mad at us after you get some air, it’s ok to go home and leave us the fuck alone, we’ll never get along.

DISCLAIMER: We shouldn’t have to say this, but alas. I don’t give a fuck what the content of someone’s performance is – don’t touch anyone without express consent to do so and don’t be a mean gross creeper. Also don’t fuck shame anyone for what they share. We have a bouncer named Rocco (seriously) and we are not afraid to use him.

DISCLAIMER #2: it occurred to Margaret when she was taking a shower yesterday that we should probably mention that this is not a play party or a swinger thing, it’s really honestly actually an art event. I mean, I hope someone goes home with someone else’s wife or something, and while you CAN spank someone at FREE POEMS (with consent, see disclaimer #1), we’re kind of here for art, too.

3/10 Free Association Reading Series @ City of Asylum

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2019 by 6GPress

5PM SUNDAY…

Join us for an intimate evening of readings with exceptional writers co-curated by Pat Hart and Marc Nieson of the Free Association Reading Series

 

Featured Writers:

Robert Walicki‘s work has appeared in a number of publications including The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, Red River Review, and others. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press). His first full length poetry collection, Black Angels is currently available from Six Gallery Press. 

 

 

Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for Gravel, the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collection Rare Space and the 1997 Chicago Literary Awards. Her second book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008 and Slag by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in December, 2014 as runner-up to their 2014 Poetry Book Prize. Leslie’s poems appear in Grist, Jubilat, The Mississippi Review, PANK, Pearl, Poetry Magazine, the New Ohio Review, The Chiron Review and more. Leslie works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh where she lives with her son Silas.

 

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars (Autumn House Press, 2018). Her work appears in many anthologies and journals, including Norton’s Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, and New Micro as well as Ploughshares, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Booth. She serves as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 and teaches in Chatham University’s MFA and Food Studies programs.

Photo credit: Richard Kelly

 

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Sophie Klahr is the author of Meet Me Here At Dawn (YesYes Books, 2016) and the chapbook _______ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books, 2007). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her collaborative work includes choreography for Dorothy Hoover’s play Sahara Tahoe, scenic texts for the dance theatre collective inFluxdance, and writing with the poet Corey Zeller.  She has been on staff at Gigantic Sequins since 2009, where she is the co-creator of Teen Sequins, an annual celebration of poetry by teenagers. Currently, is the Spring 2019 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry.

 

Curators:

Pat Hart, co-curator
Marc Nieson, co-curator

Pat Hart writes plays, monologues, short stories, and novels. Playwriting credits include “Book Wench” a one-act play, performed at the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Summer 2015, New York, New York and Murderous, a 10-minute monologue, performed at Practice Monologamy, Carlow University, September 2015. Published short stories include “The Vigil,” The Writing Disorder (Fall 2015), “New Wife vs. Old Wife, a love story,” (2015) and “Dragon Boogers” novel excerpt (2016) in Voices in the Attic, and “Spider Ball,” Rune (May 2015). Pat has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and is the founder of Free Association, a reading series for established and emerging writers in Pittsburgh. She is currently working on a novel set in Pittsburgh and Burma during the 1920s.

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape, came out from Ice Cube Press in 2016. He’s won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, HOUDINI’S HEIRS.

Founded in May of 2016, Free Association Reading Series is for established and emerging Pittsburgh writers of prose, poetry, and non-fiction. Not affiliated with any formal writing programs, FARS is ‘non denominational’ and draws writers from universities, workshops, and those toiling away alone in their garrets.