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2/7 Poetry & Music Night to Benefit HIAS @ Irma Freeman Center

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

7PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7…

Please bring a donation, suggested $10 – $20.

Join us as we voice our support for HIAS and for refugees, our friends. The event will be filled with the words and songs of 11 poets and musicians Avi Diamond and Angela Autumn – all local to Pittsburgh. The evening will start with a brief introduction by hosts Laura, Valerie, and Deena, as well as by director Leslie Aizenman and volunteer coordinator Andrew Van Treeck of JFCS Immigrant & Refugee Services.

Poets: Celeste Gainey, Phil Terman, Bob Walicki, Ava Anne C. Cipri, Angele Ellis, Marina Lopez, Deena November, and Valerie Bacharach.

Galleries: “Impressions & Found Work” by Irma Freeman (Upper Gallery) and “neshama – paintings & installation” by Laura Rosner (Lower Gallery)

On October 27th, 2018, the tragic mass shooting at Tree of Life *Or L’Simcha Congregation occurred, and 11 precious lives were lost during Shabbat morning services. The perpetrator was in part motivated by the congregation’s philanthropic work to benefit the Hebrew International Aid Society (HIAS), an American-Jewish organization established in 1881 to assist Jewish refugees. HIAS has since expanded its outreach to non-Jewish refugees fleeing conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Tunisia, Vietnam, and the successor states to the former Soviet Union. The organization’s goal is to help refugees escape persecution and to resettle in safety.

Lots of love, and hope to share this night with you.

7/3 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series w/ Ava C. Cipri, Karen Lillis, Deesha Philyaw, & Bill Steigerwald @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2018 by 6GPress

THIS TUESDAY…

The 2018 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July  
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Co-hosted and curated by Jimmy Cvetic and Joan E. Bauer. 
Open mic after after featured readings
Audio archive: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com  Listen in!
Tuesday, July 3 – Week 10: Poetry, fiction & creative non-fiction: Ava C. Cipri,  Karen Lillis, Deesha Philyaw & Bill Steigerwald
Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor forThe Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of DisabilityLiterature & Artand teaches writing at Duquesne University. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee with an MFA from Syracuse University. Her poetry and prose appears or is forthcoming inCimarron, Cider Press Review,Rust + Moth,and Stirring’sManticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identitiesanthology, among others. Ava’sfirst chapbook,Queen of Swords,was published by dancing girl press (2018).Her forthcoming chapbook,Leaving The Burdened Ground(Stranded Oak Press,May 2018), was a finalist for the Robin Becker Chapbook Series and Grazing Grain Poetry/Hybrid Chapbook Contest.She resides at: www.avaccipri.com.
Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four poetic novels, including Watch the Doors As They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), works at Caliban Books during the day, and runs Karen’s Book Row, a pop up and online bookshop. Her writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, LA Cultural Weekly, and the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, among others. An Acker Award winner for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction, her recent publications include Submerging Zine, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, and forthcoming prose in Local Knowledge (Fall 2018).
Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written with her ex-husband. Her fiction and nonfiction writing on race, parenting, sex and culture has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, brevity, Apogee Journal, Cheat River Review, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Essence, and Ebony magazines. Deesha is a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People.
Bill Steigerwald  is a veteran journalist from Pittsburgh who worked at theLos Angeles Timesin the 1980s, thePittsburgh Post-Gazettein the 1990s and thePittsburgh Tribune Reviewin the 2000s. Steigerwald’s new nonfiction book30 Days a Black Mantells the story of an undercover mission byPittsburgh Post-Gazettestar reporter Ray Sprigle into the Jim Crow South in 1948. Sprigle’s nationally syndicated series, “In the Land of Jim Crow.” exposed the iniquities and humiliations suffered by ten million black Americans in the segregated South and started the first national debate in the media about ending America’s legal apartheid.Kirkus Reviewcalled30 Days a Black Manis “a fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure…” that Steigerwald turned “into rollicking, haunting American history.” In 2010 Steigerwald faithfully retraced John Steinbeck’sTravels With Charleyroad trip of 1960 and wroteDogging Steinbeck.  He and his wife Trudi live south of Pittsburgh in the woods. 

 

5/19 Launch Party: Ava C. Cipri (feat. Ellis, Khoury, Cramer) @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2018 by 6GPress

6PM SATURDAY…

Join us for the launch of Ava Anne C. Cipri‘s LEAVING THE BURDENED GROUND (Stranded Oak Press 2018)!

Angele Ellis and Jill Khoury will open. Tattoo artist Jessi Sundell Cramer (Curiosity Shop) will sell artwork.

Coffee, light refreshments, and temporary cover-art tattoos provided! BYOB.

*Live-streamed on FB (Stranded Oak Press) + IG (@strandedoakpress)

Can’t make it? PRE-ORDER here: https://t.co/0QoBCSwjeH

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“LEAVING THE BURDENED GROUND is full of beautiful swerves and illuminating contradictions.” Chen Chen, author of WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A LIST OF FURTHER POSSIBILITIES

“A fierce and loving book.” Jan Beatty, author of JACKKNIFE

“Her truth is written and the world is splitting open.” Jennifer Jackson Berry, author of THE FEEDER

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Formerly an editor for Salt Hill, AVA C. CIPRI is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She teaches writing at Duquesne University and is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Ava’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron, decomP, Rust + Moth, Stirring’s Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities anthology, and PROSODY: NPR-affliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers. Her first chapbook, Queen of Swords, was published by dancing girl press (2018). She resides at: www.avaccipri.com and tweets at @AvaCCipri.

ANGELE ELLIS’s latest book is a hybrid valentine to her adopted city—Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press). She also is author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems won her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A longtime editor and community activist, Angele’s work has appeared in over seventy-five publications. She is a contributing editor of book and film reviews to Al Jadid Magazine.

JILL KHOURY is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, gender, and disability. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. She has written two chapbooks—Borrowed Bodies (Pudding House, 2009) and Chance Operations (Paper Nautilus, 2016). Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, was released in 2016 from Sundress Publications. Find her on the web at jillkhoury.com.

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.