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7/7 Inflammatosis! by Mark Spitzer & Spell to Spell by Lea Graham launch party @ Nine Stories Books + Alien Buddha Invades Erie @ Ember+Forge

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM Saturday, July 7 at Nine Stories Books, three scribblers from Arkansas join three from the 412 to celebrate the launch of Mark Spitzer’s latest book Inflammatosis, “a big, punk-ass Fuck You to all the petty, pretentious haters out there dicking around with 1) his life, 2) your life, 3) all our lives, and 4) fish.”

Mark Spitzer, novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, grew up in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990. He then moved to the Rockies, where he earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Traveling with Mark from the home state of Johnny Cash & C. D. Wright will be Lea Graham & Scotty Lewis. We’ll also be celebrating the launch of Lea’s new chapbook.

Spell to Spell
by Lea Graham
$5

Gristle, (n.) cartilage; tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter

For Georganna Ulary

Grit’s spell. / A bone of sound / between hustle, just whistle. / Grist to the mill of welter, / close to grisly but more wattle / less huddle. / Tattooed thistle, / apple of my ire, / a subtle gris-gris / around the wrist of tussle. / The gist of it: / A muscle that fasts is lost. / We must wrestle that lustful, fustling angel of self, / bedazzle that recluse; / bust and move the offal, / dis refusal. / Wrest our names, / our castling  furies, / cast and fuss to surge, / gird and guzzle that shit; / grease the wheels against hair-shirts of hurt, / storm the bastille of cry, the cradle of grow; / jazz and cussle this tigress, /  this mottled grindle of rage, / muddle the sonic barb.  /  Steal away   steal away   steal away home

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Lea Graham is the author of the forthcoming book, From the Hotel Vernon (Salmon Press, 2019), the chapbook, This End of the World: Notes to Robert Kroetsch (Apt. 9 Press, 2016) and the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011). She is an associate professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and a native of Northwest Arkansas.

This is Graham’s third above/ground press chapbook, after Calendar Girls (2006) and metric : a collaboration (with rob mclennan, 2011).

Here’s another poem from Spell to Spell at Crab Creek Review.

Scotty Lewis is a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program. His first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash, came out last December on Six Gallery. Here’s an interview with Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

The Pittsburgh lineup is pretty outstanding too:

Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four poetic novels, including The Second Elizabeth (Six Gallery Press, 2009), 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).

Ben Gwin is the Fiction Editor at Burrow Press Review. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Bridge Eight, Word Riot, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel manuscript, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton, was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize, and named a semifinalist for the 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

I’d add that Clean Time is out now & by all accounts hilarious. You can read a bit of it at Literary Hub.

Barbara Edelman is the author of the poetry collection Dream of the Gone-From City from Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally, including Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, and Poet Lore; in translation in the Italian journal Nuovi Argomenti, and in several anthologies. Her short prose has appeared in Rattle and Arts & Letters. She’s the author of two poetry chapbooks: Exposure, Finishing Line Press, 2014 and A Girl in Water, Parallel Press, 2002. Her work has been recognized with a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual artist’s grant in poetry and the Turow-Kinder Prize in short fiction.

Edelman teaches in the writing, composition, and literature programs at Pitt and coordinates the Writers’ Café. She won the 2012 CGS Student Choice Award for teaching. She holds a B.A. in English from Colgate University, an M.A. in English from California State University Northridge, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Meanwhile, in Erie, it’s

Open mic and featured writers series

feat. Jason Baldinger, Heath Brougher, Scott Thomas Outlar, Jay Miner, Jeremy Stolz, Luke Kuzmish, Matt Borczon, Thasia Anne, & Veronica Hopkins at Ember+Forge.

12/10 Grieshober, Andrews, Silsbe, & Gwin @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on December 9, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

Welcome a visiting Taylor Grieshober back to town as she reads some short fiction alongside her literary pals Kelly, Scott, & Ben. FREE! Note: 4pm matinee reading!

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!

12/11 Bah Humbug: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2016 by 6GPress

8PM THIS SUNDAY…

Tastier than a fruitcake, easier to assemble than a Fisher Price playhouse, we are bringing some of Pittsburgh’s finest writers together to entertain you with tales of their holiday work experiences.

*** Suggested $5 donation, with all proceeds going to the ACLU.

These folks will channel their inner-Sedaris, offering up tales from their time as food service employees, retail workers, and other assorted time-card punchers during the bleak months of November and December. They will attempt to locate their hoilday spirit. Or THE holiday spirits (aka, Jim, Jack and maybe even Johnny).

Just like signing the group birthday card or buying overpriced crap from your co-worker’s kid’s school fundraiser, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

We are now in our THIRD year, which means we have lasted longer than those cheap discount outlet socks your mom puts in your Xmas stocking.

Hosted by Jason Baldinger (who was once run over by a Black Friday stampede on a rampage for office supplies), and Stephanie Brea (who probably stole that art book she gave you for Christmas in 2001)

The Lineup:

Ben Gwin
Lori Jakiela
Meghan Tutolo
Bob Walicki
Andrea Laurion
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Bob Pajich
Matt Ussia

5/7 Coffee Buddha After Hours: Spring Reading

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2016 by 6GPress

8PM NEXT SATURDAY…

Nothing quite like a campfire and an outside reading in early May to celebrate spring. Join us May 7 for 6 readers including Jason Baldinger, Margaret Bashaar, Angele Ellis, Ben Gwin, John Korn, Bart Solarczyk and Bob Walicki.

This even will be outside weather permitting. This event will be free! This event is BYOB, but there will be mixers provided as well as some food and snacks (it never hurts to bring more though, i mean writers are broke and like to eat). Bringing your own chairs in highly encouraged. there will be no horse racing. writer bios to follow:

Jason Baldinger has spent a life in odd jobs, if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time, he has traveled the country, and written a few books, the latest of which are The Lower 48 (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook The Studs Terkel Blues (Night Ballet Press). A short litany of publishing credits include Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly, Lilliput Review, Green Panda Press, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.

Margaret Bashaar’s first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015, and she recently published her third chapbook, Rungs (Grey Book Press, 2015), written with Lauren Eggert-Crowe. Her fourth chapbook is forthcoming from Agape Editions later this year. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from journals such as New South, Rhino, The Southeast Review, Copper Nickel, and Menacing Hedge, among others. She edits Hyacinth Girl Press and co-runs the award-winning arts anarchy event, FREE POEMS, with Rachael Deacon.

Angele Ellis fled the North Hills long ago to pursue a chequered career in the city. Her poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in over fifty publicatons and ten anthologies. She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems won her a fellowship from the PA Council on the Arts, Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and a hybrid collection of Pittsburgh-flavored flash fiction and poems forthcoming from Six Gallery.

Ben Gwin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Belt Magazine, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel, Clean Time (Burrow Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

John Korn is a 36-year-old male who will get up and stand in front of you and read some shit off a few pieces of paper.

Bart Solarczyk grew up on Pittsburgh’s South Side & now lives in the North Hills. He is the author of eight chapbooks. His poems have recently appeared in Busted Dharma, Dead Snakes & Lilliput Review.

Robert Walicki is the curator of VERSIFY, a monthly reading series in Pittsburgh, PA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals including,HEArt,I-70 Review, Uppagus, The Kentucky Review,Right Hand Pointing, and on the radio show Prosody. He currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). He lives in Verona, PA with his wife, Lynne, and two cats.

5/30 Mixed Media @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2015 by 6GPress

SATURDAY, MAY 30…

Join East End Book Exchange for an evening of fiction and poetry:

Michael T. Fournier is on tour. He’s the author of two novels— Swing State and Hidden Wheel —both on Three Rooms Press. His book-length discussion of the Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime album is the 45th installment of Bloomsbury’s acclaimed 33 1/3 series. Fournier is the publisher and co-editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal. His writing has appeared in Vice, Pitchfork, Boston Globe and Oxford American. Fournier plays drums in Dead Trend and guitar in Tooth and Germ. He, his wife Rebecca and their cat divide their time between Western Massachusetts and Maine.

Ben Stein, an educator for 10 years, including as a high school teacher and as an adjunct, currently teaches writing at Cleveland State University. His writing has appeared in the 2nd Hand and Cabildo Quarterly.

Jennifer Bannan is the author of short story collection Inventing Victor (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003). Her novel-in-progress was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. Her publications include work in ACM, womenwriters.net, Passages North, Kenyon Review online and the Autumn House 2011 fiction anthology, Keeping the Wolves at Bay. She is an adjunct instructor of fiction at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ben Gwin is the Fiction Editor at Burrow Press Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Normal School, WORD RIOT, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel manuscript, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan, was shortlisted for Butler University’s 2014 Pressgang Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

Also, the great Karen Lillis will MC.

4/23 Bukowski Night @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2015 by 6GPress

TOMORROW…

4/15 Sausage Party @ Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS WEDNESDAY…

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12/14 Bah Humbug! Writers Wrestle the Holiday Spirit @ Hambone’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2014 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY at 8PM…

If you’ve ever worked retail, food service or a myriad of other jobs around the holidays then you know it can be a pretty dehumanizing experience. We wanted to give voice to that experience, so some fine Pittsburgh writers are going to attempt to wrap their heads around their own holdiay work experience. After the reading, Steve Pellegrino and his wife Mary Shea will sing some Christmas songs, and some other working class anomalies. If you wear a bad holiday sweater the event is free, if you don’t the event is still free, huzzah!

Featuring:
Jason Baldinger
Stephanie Brea
Rich Gegick
SJ Guzik
Ben Gwin
Lori Jakiela
TC Jones
Andrea Laurion
Adam Matcho
Scott Silsbe

Music by:
Steve Pellegrino and Mary Shea