Archive for Don Wentworth

5/26 The Scott Silsbe Variety Show @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2018 by 6GPress

SATURDAY…

Readings by:
Kristofer Collins
Don Wentworth
Meghan Tutolo
Bart Solarczyk
Lori Jakiela
Bob Pajich

Music by:
Mark Mangini
Samoan Cats

Sat. May 26th, 8pm

$5 cover charge, BYOB

Coffee Buddha
964 Perry Hwy. (15237)

5/22 Don Wentworth’s 7 & 7 chapbook launch @ Calamari’s Squid Row

Posted in Events with tags , , , on May 19, 2018 by 6GPress

Don Wentworth sez,

If you happen to be in Erie this coming week or have any poetry loving fans there, I will be the featured reader at Calamari’s Squid Row on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 6:30 pm. An open mic will follow the reading.
In conjunction with the Erie reading, I will have a new chapbook, in a limited numbered edition (50 copies), entitled Seven Ghazals & Seven Haiku (Grackle & Crow, 2018). The chap is $3 and will be available there and at the Coffee Buddha reading, while supplies last, as the huckster in me likes to think.

4/15 Schubert on the Bluff, Year 3: Concert XIII: Winter Journey @ Mary Pappert School of Music

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2018 by 6GPress

SUNDAY…

2:30 p.m. Pre-concert

David Allen Wehr plays Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque and L’isle joyeuse

3:00 p.m. Concert

A co-presentation with Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Benjamin Binder, Artistic Director

Schubert was most famous during his lifetime for his over 600 songs, some of which were grouped into cycles. Perhaps the most important of these is the death-haunted “Winterreise”, a journey into winter’s darkness many music lovers consider Schubert’s finest achievement in song. Vocal expert Benjamin Binder is joined by acclaimed baritone Daniel Teadt. Winter is coming!

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Winterreise speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. In addition to a complete, uninterrupted performance of the entire cycle, six Pittsburgh poets (Jen Ashburn, Sheila Carter-Jones, Lori Jakiela, Adriana E. Ramirez, Sheila Squillante, and Don Wentworth) will give readings of new work responding to the songs.

4/6 Poetry Reading: James, Silsbe, Tutolo, & Wentworth @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM FRIDAY…

Free. BYOB. Three local poets welcome Mike James back into town for a night of poems at White Whale. Readers bios:

Mike James has been published in more than 100 magazines throughout the country. His work has appeared in such places as Negative Capability, Birmingham Poetry Review, Soundings East, and Chiron Review. He is the author of eleven poetry collections. His most recent books include: Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog), My Favorite Houseguest (FutureCycle), and Peddler’s Blues (Main Street Rag.) He has served as an associate editor for the Kentucky Review and Autumn House Press, as well as the publisher of the now defunct Yellow Pepper Press. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Paterson Prize. He makes his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. More information can be found on his website at mike.jamespoetry.com.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. Silsbe is an editor at Low Ghost Press and has written three books of poetry—’Unattended Fire,’ ‘The River Underneath the City,’ and last year’s ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner.’ His next book, ‘Mount Trashmore,’ is forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press.

Meghan Tutolo is an artist with some writing degrees and two smooshy-faced cats. She romances olives and Italian food for a living and teaches composition at a local college. When she isn’t writing or grading, Meghan can be found painting, doodling, watching ‘Forensic Files,’ drinking too much coffee, playing her guitar or stalking cats on Instagram—sometimes all of these in the same night.

Don Wentworth is a Pittsburgh-based poet whose work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in everyday life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. He is the author of 3 full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016) His first full-length collection, Past All Traps, was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s 2011 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. His poem “hiding” was selected as one of “100 Notable Haiku” of 2013 by Modern Haiku Press.

Don says,

I will be reading new ghazals from the manuscript currently at the publisher. Who knows, a new haiku or two might pop up, too.
& I’d add that the publisher in question is none other than good ol’ Low Ghost Press. Stay tuned.

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.

3/10 Scott Pyle’s Seeking Fire Book Launch & Poetry Reading Party @ Irma Freeman Center

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

Don Wentworth says…

Saturday, March 10th, there will be a Book Launch/Reading Party for the release of Scott Pyle’s second book of haiku, Seeking Fire. The reading will take place at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination on Penn Avenue in Garfield and will run from 7 to 9 pm. Seven Pittsburgh poets, including myself, will be helping Scott celebrate.
Many of you know Scott – he is an ex-librarian, formerly of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, who is now a full-time Pittsburgh firefighter. His new career has greatly influenced his second full-length collection of work, both in theme and subject, and I’m excited to say it builds on the approach and success of his first book.
Books will be available for purchase and signing from Scott, as well as the other poets participating at the reading. Refreshments will be supplied – beer, wine, bottled water and a mix of covered dishes and finger foods. Admission is $5 at the door or a covered dish (which broadly includes bags of chips, sweets etc.)
If you are free that evening and interested, we hope to see you there.

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.

12/30 Kelly Andrews, Don Wentworth, & M. Scott Douglas @ Staghorn Garden Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2017 by 6GPress

SATURDAY…

Don Wentworth says,

The reading is at 4 pm, Saturday Dec. 30th, and I will be debuting a number of brand new ghazals from a manuscript currently in the works from Low Ghost Press. There will be some haiku in between ghazals to give the reading some balance.
If you are free, please come out and support the Staghorn Poetry Series and fellow readers, Kelly Andrews and M. Scott Douglas. Hope to see you there.

12/16 Holiday Book Sale Redux @ Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by 6GPress

12-5PM SATURDAY…

Join us for a SECOND CHANCE to browse great books from Pittsburgh authors, publishers, and booksellers.

SATURDAY, December 16th
12-5pm
Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination
5006 Penn Avenue
Penn Avenue Arts District
Free admission
Street parking

Confirmed vendors so far:

Air & Nothingness Press
Hyacinth Girl Press
Lilliput Review
Karen’s Book Row–with many books from Pittsburgh publishers!
Six Gallery Press
Very Important Books–fiction & zines
Authors signing books!

I’ll be sharing a table w/ Don Wentworth at this, so visit us for all your Six Gallery Press & Lilliput Review needs. Pictured are Manual for Wayward Angels by Jessica Fenlon, the Low Ghost love poem anthology Unconditional Surrender, & Muskrat Friday Dinner by Scott Silsbe, three great books from 2017 (I’ve at least skimmed the other ones & strongly suspect they’re also pretty good). The latest Six Gallery titles Viva Arletty! by Mark Spitzer & Arkansas Ghoulash by Scotty Lewis, Manchild by Alan Olifson, & Under the Kaufmann’s Clock by Angele Ellis w/ photos by Rebecca Clever, will be available too, along w/ selections from the back catalog by Ally Malinenko, Chuck Kinder, Elwin Cotman, Jason Baldinger, John Grochalski, Victor Navarro, book sale organizer Karen Lillis, & more.

11/9 Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Book Release Party feat. Angele Ellis & Don Wentworth @ Tiki Lounge

Posted in Events, Recent Publications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM TONIGHT…

Join us in the highly anticipated Book Release celebration of Nasty Women & Bad Hombres: A Poetry Anthology, featuring 92 poets from across the U.S. responding to the first year of Trumpiness. This free event features 20 poets! Join us on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7pm at South Side’s literary mecca, the Tiki Lounge (2003 East Carson St., 15203). Can’t make it? Books will be available via Amazon and fine local bookstores. Special book price for the evening is $15 – though the event is free.
Nasty Women & Bad Hombres was edited by Deena November and Nina Padolf, and published by Lascaux Editions (Bob Ziller, Editor) cover by Vanessa German.

Reading lineup includes:

Susan Truxell Sauter
Jan Beatty
Sheena Carroll
Lainey Carslaw
Christine Telfer
Angele Ellis
Cameron Barnett
Don Wentworth
Justin Vicari
Joan Bauer
Kayla Sargeson
Ellen Mcgrath Smith
Bri Griffith
Bob Walicki
Angela Gaito-Lagnese
John Stupp
Daniel Shapiro
John Lawson
Kathleen Furbee
Sarah Williams-Devereux
Ann Curran
Madalyn Hochendoner
Leslie McIlroy

More details to be announced…

8/12 Haiku Showdown: Cee Williams vs. Don Wentworth @ McBride Viaduct

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2017 by 6GPress

6PM SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY…

Haiku Showdown between Williams and Wentworth to Save the East Avenue Bridge, East Avenue and 12th Street, Erie, PA.

Featuring Don Wentworth Editor of the Lilliput Review and the Master of the short form and Cee Williams Poets’ Hall founder and short person…in collaboration with Civitas Erie, Erie CPR and the Haiku Erie 500 project