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3/29 Winter’s Journey in Poetry and Song: Part 2 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2018 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY…

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Franz Schubert’s great 19th-century song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. Tonight we present Part Two of our project, “Winter’s Journey in Poetry and Song.” Another group of three Pittsburgh poets (Sheila Squillante, Jen Ashburn, Don Wentworth) will give readings of new work responding to the final twelve songs of the cycle, along with live performances of the corresponding songs by baritone Daniel Teadt and pianist Benjamin Binder.

For more info, see the Brillobox events page at http://www.brilloboxpgh.com/events/event/winters-journey-poetry-song/. Admission is free!

Here is Duquesne’s page about the event & some more details from Don Wentworth:

This Thurday, March 29th, at 8pm, Jen Ashburn, Sheila Squillante, and I will be reading 4 poems each in response to the final 12 lieder of Franz Schubert’s famed song cycle, Winterreise. After each poem by the 3 poets, the corresponding song in the sequence will be performed by Benjamin Binder, piano, and Daniel Teadt, baritone.
 
I’ve specially composed 4 poetry sequences, comprised of 4 haiku each, in response to the last 4 poems in Schubert’s cycle. In addition, I will read a Coda to the entire sequence, composed of a single haiku.
BG on the song cycle here, English translations by William Mann here. To motivate you to come out, all wind & weather notwithstanding, here’s No. 22:

When the snow flies in my face,
I brush it away;
when my heart exclaims in my breast,
I sing bright and cheery.

Don’t hear what it tells me,
have no ears for that,
don’t feel its complaining—
complaining is for fools.

Merrily off into the world,
spite all wind and weather!
If we can’t have gods on earth,
we are gods ourselves.

2/28 The Bridge Series Season 2 Premiere @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by 6GPress

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28…

Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, February 28th @ 7pm at Brillobox featuring readings by Brentin Mock (cityLAB), Charlie Deitch (Pittsburgh City Paper), and Hattie Fletcher (Creative Nonfiction) along with a Q&A discussion led by Matt Ussia (We’re All Gonna Die podcast)!!! Our guest organization for the evening will be The Coalition for Racial Justice in Media.

Cover: $5

Charlie Deitch is the editor-in-chief at Pittsburgh City Paper. He began working as a professional journalist at his hometown newspaper in 1993. Since then, he has worked in newsrooms in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and Louisiana. A multi-award-winning journalist, Charlie has spent much of his career covering social-justice issues ranging from immigration and police brutality to education and politics. He has worked at City Paper since 2005 before being named editor in 2014.

Hattie Fletcher has been the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine since 2005 and is the editor of the monthly mini-magazine True Story. Essays she has edited have been reprinted in the Best American Essays, the Best American Travel Writing, and the Best Women’s Travel Writing and have been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She has also worked on books covering such topics as end-of-life care, personalized medicine, education, mental health, and parenting. She was a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series, published by W.W. Norton, and is co-editor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told … from the first 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction magazine (In Fact Books, 2014).

Brentin Mock is a staff writer for Citylab who writes about the role of justice and civil rights in the laws and policies that govern our lives, particularly in the urban environment. He has a long history of reporting on environmental justice and voting rights. He previous served as justice editor for the environmental news site Grist, and as a national correspondent for Colorlines.com <http://colorlines.com/>. He has also served as a staff writer or fellow for The Nation, The American Prospect magazine, Intelligence Report magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, and The Lens, an investigative online news nonprofit in New Orleans, Louisiana. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Root, Outside Magazine, Essence, The Grio, and Next City.

Matt Ussia is sentient organic matter, an academic, soft core punk, theremin player, photo-blogger, and podcaster who lives in Pittsburgh. He is currently finishing up a book about the negative impact of neoliberalism on higher education and the lives of young people. His podcast is called We’re All Gonna Die (And Other Fun Facts).

The Coalition for Racial Justice in Media was created to improve inclusivity and accurate, substantive representation in newsrooms by holding newsrooms accountable.

CRJM believes that all voices deserve an equal opportunity for access within Western Pennsylvania’s media ecosystem, notably within its legacy newspapers, television and radio broadcasts and digital operations. Through a combination of advocacy, policy-making, education, research and reporting, CRJM works toward the creation of such an inclusive media environment.

2/15 Low Ghost Press Love-In @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2018 by 6GPress

8PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15…

In these dark times we could all use a little more love.

Join Low Ghost Press as we celebrate the publication of ‘Unconditional Surrender: An Anthology of Love Poems’ featuring readings by Angele Ellis, Robert Walicki, Jen Ashburn, Don Wentworth, Stephanie Brea, Sheila Carter-Jones, Richard Gegick, Dave Newman, Lori Jakiela, Bob Pajich, Jason Baldinger, Meghan Tutolo, Bart Solarczyk, and Nancy Krygowski.

Poets will also be deejaying their favorite tunes.

Come dance to the poems & groove to the poetry of pop!!

This event is FREE.

We’ll be taking up a collection for Planned Parenthood of Western PA during the event.

12/17 Viva Arletty! & Arkansas Ghoulash launch @ White Whale + Bah Humbug 4 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17…

Two new books & two readings! The Ghost of Literature Present will pay a terrifying visit today!

6PM at White Whale in Bloomfield, welcome two writers from Arkansas to Pittsburgh (& welcome their books to your noodle by buying & reading them, too). Free readings & refreshments, possibly including actual goulash.

Scotty Lewis, a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is debuting his first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash.

Here’s an interview w/ Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

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.

Alan Olifson is an award-winning humor columnist, public radio commentator, comedian and regular host of Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAMs. He created the acclaimed storytelling series WordPlay in his hometown of Los Angeles which he now produces in Pittsburgh along with Bricolage Production Company as part of their regular season. He’s hosted storytelling events for conferences, schools and, believe it or not, bridal showers. His book, Manchild: My Life Without Adult Supervision, is now out on Six Gallery Press. Alan relocated to Pittsburgh with his wife and two children years ago but never tires of hearing people complain about “traffic.”

Angele Ellis is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery), and co-author of the diversity workbook Dealing With Differences (Corwin). A 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose and first runner-up in the 2012 Grey Sparrow Flash Fiction Contest. Angele’s reviews, poetry, and fiction have appeared in nearly sixty publications and fourteen anthologies. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

John Thomas Menesini is the author of The Last Great Glass Meat Million (Six Gallery Press, 2003), e pit ap h (Convergence, 2007), endo: Poems & Sketches 2007 – 2011 (Six Gallery Press, 2011), and Gloom Hearts & Opioids (Six Gallery Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in numerous publications in Ireland, Scotland, England, and the US, thus garnering dozens of fans across the globe.

Rick Claypool grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania called Leechburg, but he currently lives in Pittsburgh. By day he works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that fights corporate power. Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books, 2017) is his first novel.

At 8PM, head over to Brillobox for Bah Humbug 4: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit…

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

$5 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The readers will channel their inner-Sedaris, and offer 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.

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

The Lineup:

Becky Corrigan
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Lori Jakiela
Andrea Laurion
Deesha Philyaw
Meghan Tutolo
Matt Ussia
Bob Walicki

11/21 Bill Fox, Pond Hockey, & Smoking Tombs @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2017 by 6GPress

TUESDAY…

Bill Fox is coming to Pittsburgh! Bill Fox fronted the legendary Cleveland band The Mice and has also released several excellent solo albums, including 1996’s ‘Shelter from the Smoke.’ Fellow Clevelanders Smoking Tombs are along for the ride and rounding out the night will be local weirdos Pond Hockey.
9pm, 21+, $5 cover

Reminder that Pond Hockey consists of literary luminaries Jason Baldinger, Mark Mangini, Bob Pajich, & Scott Silsbe, & that they fucking rock. Promotional imagery by the great Paulette Poullet.

11/29 The Bridge Series w/ Sargeson, Gibson, & Griffith @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29…

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:

RJ Gibson holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the chapbooks Scavenge (co-winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize) and You Could Learn a Lot, both from Seven Kitchens Press. His work has appeared in Court Green, Waxwing, Columbia Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Cortland Review, OCHO, Waxwing and other journals. His work has been anthologized in My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, and Walk Til the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. He lives and works in West Virginia.

Bri Griffith is an undergraduate Creative Writing student at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she emcees the Red Dog Reading Series. A proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ‘Pittsburgh Poetry Review,’ ‘ITWOW International Anthology,’ ‘Alien Mouth,’ ‘Rogue Agent,’ ‘Maudlin House,’ ‘Inside The Bell Jar,’ ‘Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Anthology,’ and elsewhere.

Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks BLAZE (Main Street Rag, 2015) and Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). She co-directs the MadMentoring program and is the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Duquesne University, Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

Our guest organization for the evening is She Runs SWPA.

She Runs SWPA aims to give a diverse set of women, especially women of color, the voice and representation that enables change in our political system by, (1) Exposing gender bias in the political system (2) uncovering issues that disproportionately affect women in Southwest, PA (3) convening resources that enable women to be involved, active citizens and (4) encouraging and enabling women to run for office.

Visit She Runs SWPA at http://sherunsswpa.com/

10/25 The Bridge Series w/ Matcho, Brea, & Young @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25…

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:

Adam Matcho was formerly employed as a gas station attendant, sandwich artist, novelty shop clerk, gold buyer, and obituary writer. Now, he tells people he is the poet laureate of Johnstown. His poems have been published in literary magazines and his books include: “The Novelty Essays” (WPA Press), “Six Dollars an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer” (Liquid Paper Press) and “Love Songs From Flood City” (Low Ghost Press).

Stephanie Brea is a writer, teacher, and event organizer. She has 10+ years of experience facilitating creative writing workshops for local schools and non-profit organizations including Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Literary Arts Boom, The Warhol, Winchester Thurston, and Penn Trafford High School. Like most writers, she could list a bunch of places her work has been published, but who really reads those lists anyway? She is the co-founder of Pizza Poems PGH, which delivers hot, fresh poetry via pizza boxes for National Poetry Month in April.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he’s working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don’t. Whatever.

Our guest organization for the evening is Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania.

The mission of Planned Parenthood of Western PA (PPWP) is to provide comprehensive and complementary health care to those in need of services; disseminate information about human sexuality and the need for family planning and responsible parenthood; and advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-western-pennsylvania

& here’s a Littsburgh interview w/ Meghan Tutolo, who put this one together.

9/27 Arkansas Ghoulash Launch @ Faulkner County Library + Bridge Series @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27…

CONWAY, AR— UCA Visiting Lecturer, Scotty Lewis, the first graduate of the MFA program in creative writing to defend his thesis at UCA, will read from his debut book at 7:00 p.m. on September 27th at the Conway Public Library. Arkansas Ghoulash, recently published by Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh, evolved from his thesis, a highly complex and lyrical epic poem written in the form of investigative verse.

Described by Drew Cook as “at once oppressively intimate and as wide as the American South,” Arkansas Ghoulash examines the poet’s violent domestic past. Marck Beggs, author of Blind Verse, says that Lewis “displays a dazzling ability to shove poetic style and grace to the outer edges,” in a book that Lea Graham, author of Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You,” describes as “a stew of ghosts” in a “mercurial slipstream.”

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase with a signing to follow. The Faulkner County Library is located at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway. For more information please contact Nancy Allen at nancy@fcl.org or call (501) 327-7482.

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:

Lisa Alexander’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tupelo Quarterly, 2 Bridges Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Burnside Review, BLOOM, and 5 AM among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. Alexander has led poetry workshops at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, California University of Pennsylvania, Drew University in Madison, NJ and the Isles YouthBuild Community Program in Trenton, NJ. She has been a sound engineer for Prosody, NPR-affiliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers for eight years and counting.

A lifelong writer, Justin Vicari is a widely published poet, critic and translator. His first collection, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), won the Transcontinental Award. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Spoon River Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, The Ledge, Oranges & Sardines, American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, and other journals. He is also the author of six books of film and literary theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2011) and Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists (McFarland, 2001). He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Oaks is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Mistakes with Strangers (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Shift (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992). The recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, he has published poems most recently in Field, Nimrod, Mid-American Review, Superstition Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly. His essays have appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review Online, and in the anthologies My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Our guest organization for the evening is Persad Center.

PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh and Washington, PA.

PERSAD fulfills its missions through outreach, prevention counseling, training and advocacy services.

OUTREACH. In collaboration with allies and friends, PERSAD works to build stronger, safer, healthier communities and steer the public dialogue about LGBTQ people and issues. Our target populations have experienced stigma and discrimination and because of that they do not enjoy the same access to quality care. PERSAD reaches out to our target populations and welcomes them to receive services they need.

PREVENTION. Recognizing that LGBTQ people are at higher risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, HIV and other STDs, homelessness, and for being the victims of violence, PERSAD has special programs to help the community be aware of their risks and to develop protective behaviors to reduce their risks.

ADVOCACY. PERSAD offers an array of Training & Advocacy consultation services that are designed to help organizations work successfully with LGBTQ consumers and employees. We are dedicated to ending discrimination and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ people. Our Training & Advocacy services are available to health and human service professionals, schools, corporations, HR professionals, law enforcement and public safety officials.

COUNSELING. Founded in 1972, PERSAD is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center serving the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV. PERSAD was created as an affirming counseling center to help LGBTQ people cope with the social discrimination they experienced and to receive professional counseling services without prejudice about their identity.

In the early 1980’s PERSAD added serving the HIV/AIDS communities to our mission because of the devastating impact that HIV had on the gay population of that time. PERSAD continues to serve the HIV+ individual regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.

For more on PERSAD, go to: www.persadcenter.org

Here’s a Littsburgh interview w/ Joan Bauer, who put this one together.

8/30 The Bridge Series w/ Springer, Alberts, & Sebak @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on August 27, 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:

Christina Springer is an Alt.Black artist who uses poetry, dance, theatre, film and other visual expressions. Recent visual exhibitions have been at San Jose Martin Luther King Library, Dayton Visual Arts Center and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Her most recent performance piece “She Diva Died. & Come Again?, was a multi-media performance exploring the challenges and joys raising of a Black man. As an arts organizer, she is the force behind The Svaha Paradox Salon which released its first anthology “Electronic Corpse: Poems From A Digital Salon” edited by M. Ayodele Heath. Her educational outreach work included four site-specific, mixed-media projects with youth at The Tower Of London. Cave Canem helped shape her voice. Springer resides in Pittsburgh where she home educates her son. www.christinaspringer.com

Renée Alberts’ poetry, music, and visual art appear in print, dance performances, live radio shows, and at least one tattoo. She is author of the poetry collections No Water and As They Fall and editor of Natural Language. As Animoon Workshop, she and co-founder Cathie Coleman create jewelry and collage to inspire your inner animal.

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs.

His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves.

He has put together twenty-two individual special programs that make up what is called the Pittsburgh History Series, including a very popular 1988 program titled “Kennywood Memories” about the wonderful old amusement park near Pittsburgh, a show called “Pittsburgh A To Z,” one titled “North Side Story,” and a much imitated documentary titled “Things That Aren’t There Anymore.”

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He grew up in Bethel Park, PA, in the suburban South Hills of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1971.

Our guest organization for the evening is Pittsburgh United.

“Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh for everyone.” http://pittsburghunited.org/

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/

 

6/28 The Bridge Series – Corso, Yune, Krygowski, & GPLC @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28…

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:

Paola Corso is the author of poetry and fiction books set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family worked in the steel mills. Corso’s latest are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing featuring steel and garment workers. Writing honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Literary Map. She is co-founder and resident artist for Steppin Stanzas, a performing arts project celebrating Pittsburgh city steps. paolacorso.com.

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His fiction has appeared in the Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.
In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has worked as an extra in movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Father and Daughters.
Currently, he teaches at DePauw University, located in beautiful Greencastle, Indiana. His novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award; other nominees included Viet Thanh Nguyen, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie.

Nancy Krygowski’s first book of poems, Velocity, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and several residencies. Krygowski teaches poetry workshops in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic program in addition to her work as an adult ESL instructor at Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Our guest organization for the evening is the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council’s mission is better lives through learning. Our primary focus is helping adults acquire the language and literacy skills needed to be successful neighbors, parents and workers. We provide both classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring in reading, English, math, English as a second language, workplace skills and computers. We also help students to prepare for the high school equivalency exams. Volunteer tutors and the generosity of local businesses and individuals ensure that instruction is available free of charge to people in need. GPLC students go on to get jobs, move off the welfare rolls, attend college, complete job training and earn promotions. They give back to our community and instill the importance of education in their children. For more information, call 412-393-7600 or visit www.gplc.org.