Archive for Don Wentworth

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

8/5 A Saturday Night Confluence @ White Whale Bookstore

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 5…

It’s the first Saturday in August and we are celebrating, we are always celebrating, to welcome former Kansas City denizen Jameson Bayles to his new homebase of Pittsburgh. Jameson will be joined by Theresa Brightman (Akron, OH) Scott Douglas (North Carolina) Lynn Alexander (Easton, PA) and local Don Wentworth. This event is free, but we will be passing the hat for our traveling artists. This event is byob, this event does not have a famous blue raincoat. Bios to follow for anyone who reads those things.

6/30 Fumbles Revelations Book Release @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM…

Friday June 30th we welcome the inaugural release from Don Wentworth’s Grackle and Crow imprint with the release of the chaplet “Fumbles Revelations” by Jason Baldinger. Readers will include, Baldinger and Wentworth as well as Becky Corrigan, Jason Irwin and Red Bob Jungkunz. This event is free and byob and many thanks to Nine Stories for hosting.

here’s some bios:

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from the Appalachian hamlet of Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming in September. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com.

Becky Corrigan has spent most of her adult life working menial jobs, playing in bands and not writing enough. Her body of work includes some ratty folders of poetry from the 90’s, several pieces of short fiction, and many years’ worth of journals. Mainly a prose writer, her work is usually autobiographical and focuses on mental health, love and poverty. She is currently writing a book of short essays about her life.

Jason Irwin is the author of A Blister of Stars (Low Ghost, 2016), Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It’s A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh. www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com

Red Bob needs no introduction, all you need to know is that he is Bob

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.

4/27 Bart Solarczyk, Alyssa Sineni, Kathleen Trew Swazuk, & Don Wentworth @ Shaler Library

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by 6GPress
TONIGHT…
In Celebration of National Poetry Month
A poetry reading with local poets Bart Solarczyk, Alyssa Sineni, Kathleen Trew Swazuk, & Don Wentworth
@ Shaler Library- 7 p.m. 1822 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116
           for directions, go to:  www.shalerlibrary.org
 
Don Wentworth will be reading along with the guest musician Joyce Anne Von Vreckin. The event is free and books will be available for purchase and signing.

4/21-23 2017 KC Poetry Throwdown @ Prospero’s Books

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 23…

THE 2017 KANSAS CITY POETRY THROWDOWN!

APRIL 21ST, 22ND AND 23RD, 2017

3 days of poetry readings with local poets paired up with national authors from ten different states to celebrate National Poetry Month featuring five well renowned headliners:

George Wallace (NYC, NY)

RA Washington (Cleveland, OH)

John Dorsey (Belle, MO)

William Taylor Jr (San Francisco, CA)

Bill Gainer (Grass Valley, CA)

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Co-hosted by Jameson Bayles and Jason Ryberg

Friday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm!

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

6:30 – Bill Gainer

7:30 – RA Washington

8:00 – William Taylor, Jr

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:15 – George Wallace

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Saturday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

5:45 – William Taylor, Jr.

6:45 – Bill Gainer

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:00 – George Wallace

9:30 – M’Vyonne Payne POP! Poetry Release
$10 cover includes the book!

10:00 Microslam hosted by Prim-One

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Sunday, April 23rd:

STARTS AT 3PM. NO COVER.

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

3:30 – William Taylor, Jr.

4:30 – Bill Gainer

6:15 – John Dorsey

7:00 – RA Washington

Stay tuned. More info to come.

If you have new works to sell, bring them. If you are a publisher/editor of a press and you have books you want to promote…bring them!

Do not park at Mia’s on the NE corner of 39th and Bell, she tows fast!

BRING CASH!

http://www.spartanpresskc.com/throwdown/

Some familiar names on this list of other readers too:

Bree (Pleasureville, KY)

Scott Douglas (Charlotte, NC)

Scott Silsbe (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kristopher Collins (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don Wentworth (Pittsburgh, PA)

Paul Koniecki (Fort Worth, TX)

Jim Deuchars (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tracie Morell (Erie, PA)

Angel Uriel Perales (Studio City, CA)

Brett Underwood (St. Louis, MO)

Jim McGowin (St. Louis, MO)

Stef Russell (St. Louis, MO)

Raphael Maurice (St. Louis, MO)

Jenny Molberg (Warrensburg, MO)

Daniel Crocker (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Matthew Hupert (New York City, NY)

Nathanael William Stolte (Buffalo, NY)

Julio Montalvo Valentin (Buffalo, NY)

Misty Khan-Becerra (Buffalo, NY)

Jennifer Skelton (Buffalo, NY)

Damian Rucci (Keyport, NJ)

Rebecca Weber (Keyport, NJ)

Roy Beckemeyer (Wichita, KS)

John Epic (Salina, KS)

Jason Baldinger (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lola Nation (Los Angeles, CA)

Melissa Singleton (St. Louis, MO)

Zaire Imani (St. Louis, MO)

Victor Clevenger (Carrollton, MO)

Jeanette Powers (Kansas City, MO)

Joan Koromante (Topeka, KS)

Shawn Pavey (Mission, KS)

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Lawrence, KS)

Matt Spezia (Topeka, KS)

Huascar Medina (Topeka, KS)

Xanath Caraza (Kansas City, MO)

Fredric Sims (Kansas City, MO)

Jose Faus (Kansas City, MO)

Jason Preu (Overland Park, KS)

Brandon Whitehead (Kansas City, MO)

Al Ortolani (Lenexa, KS)

Monique Salazar (Kansas City, MO)

Jessica Ayala (Kansas City, MO)

Don Wentworth says there will be some kinda panel re: small press publishing too, wherein he will discuss his terrifying experiences in this sketchy underworld. Will update once details emerge for that.

UPDATE:

“How to Get Your Work in Print: Advice from Small Press Editors” panel Saturday, April 22, 9:30AM @ The Writers Place.

A presentation on various topics within the realm of poetry will be discussed by several small press editors and leaders in the artistic community. The event is free but donations are accepted.

Co-hosts: Jameson Bayles and Jose Faus

Itinerary for the event:

9:30 Introduction by Jose Faus

9:35 Lilliput Review presentation by Don Wentworth

9:55 Main Street Rag presentation by Scott Douglass

10:15 Least Bittern Press presentation by Bree

10:35 Low Ghost Press presentation by Scott Silsbee/Kris Collins

10:55 Woodley Press presentation by Al Ortolani

11:15 GTK presentation by RA Washington

11:35 Spartan Press presentation by Jason Ryberg

11:55 Osage Arts Community presentation by Mark McClane

12:10 Q & A

12:30 Lunch break

1:30 Into to readings

1:35 Don Wentworth

1:50 Scott Douglass

2:05 Shawn Pavey

2:20 Bree

2:35 Jeanette Powers

2:55 RA Washington

3:15 Concluding remarks

11/19 Right Direction by Bart Solarczyk launch @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

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Baldinger & Wentworth podcasts, Hemingway’s recordings

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2016 by 6GPress

Catching up w/ some podcasts…

Don Wentworth (whose latest collection With a Deepening Presence launched at the Irma Freeman Center last month & which you should read immediately)

& Jason Baldinger (whose next collection will launch next year somewhere & whose back catalog you should read immediately)

interviewed by Marcia Epstein at LawrenceHits.com.

& here’s Jason again, on the We’re All Gonna Die! podcast w/ Matt U.

http://www.gonnadiepodcast.com/?powerpress_pinw=267-podcast

Also, recordings of the Hemingway’s readings are all up & available to listen to, poet by poet, here.

7/26 Hemingway’s Poetry Series Grand Finale @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2016 by 6GPress

TODAY, via Joan Bauer…

The 2016 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series

Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July  

Hosted by Jimmy Cvetic.  3911 Forbes Avenue (in the back room)  Oakland 

Audio archive: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday July 26 – The Grand Finale curated by Kristofer Collins. 

Featuring Kristofer Collins,   Angele Ellis, Celeste Gainey, 

Richard Gegick, John Grochalski, John Korn, 

Jason Mendez & Don Wentworth

Kristofer Collins is the Books Editor at Pittsburgh Magazine, as well as being a frequent contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the publisher of Low Ghost Press and Coleridge Street Books. He also manages Caliban Book Shop in Oakland (and owns Desolation Row Records located inside). His latest poetry collection Local Conditions was published in 2015. He lives in Stanton Heights, a hidden gem in Pittsburgh’s east end with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their three cats.

Angele Ellis is an editor, poet, fiction writer, and reviewer who has authored three books, and appeared in over fifty publications and ten anthologies. She is coauthor of Dealing With Differences (Corwin Press), named as a top multicultural classroom resource by The Christian Science Monitor, and author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems won her an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook). Angele feels that writing and performing her work combines two of her childhood dreams–to be an archaeologist and a lounge singer. She lives in Friendship, whose Quakerly spirit soothes her hot-blooded nature.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the full-length poetry collection, the GAFFER (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2015), and the chapbook In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. The first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, she has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. www.celestegainey.com

Richard Gegick is from Trafford, PA. He lives in Pittsburgh where he writes and waits tables for a living.

John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out, GlassCity, In The Year of Everything Dying, Starting with the Last Name Grochalski, and the novel, The Librarian [as well as, as of Saturday, the sequel Wine Clerk]. Grochalski lives in Brooklyn, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.

John Korn lives in Pittsburgh. He is the author of a book of poetry titled Television Farm which can be purchased on amazon.com. He has worked as a mental health social worker for many years now. He was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, one for his poem “14 young women” and another for his poem “Yellow lamp shade head.”  He didn’t win either of these prizes and he is not even sure what those prizes are.

Jason Mendez is an educator, author, interdisciplinary theater artist, and father of 3. He received his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum, Culture, and Change and a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests include urban education, critical race studies, cultural studies, arts as social justice, Boricua identities, and South Bronx culture and history. As a South Bronx Puerto Rican writer focusing on lived experience, notions of home, and the power of voice, his work critically reflects a common struggle with identity construction and the process of becoming. Currently, He is working on a memoir titled, The Search for the Golden Glow, which vividly details his coming of age as a Puerto Rican kid from the South Bronx. He is also working on adapting his manuscript into a one-man performance, called Manida.

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, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. He is the author of Past All Traps and Yield to the Willow, with forthcoming volumes from Six Gallery and Low Ghost Press. [His latest collection, With a Deepening Presence, forthcame earlier this month!]

That’s all, folks!

7/28 A Hellbender Reading w/ Mark Spitzer, Lea Graham, & Co. @ EEBX

Posted in Events, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2016 by 6GPress

THURSDAY, JULY 28th…

Mark Spitzer has a new book out from Anaphora Literary Press about the wonderful hellbender, North America’s largest salamander!

Hear Mark read from his epic poem along with poet Lea Graham & local Six Gallery stalwarts Che Elias, Karen Lillis, John Thomas Menesini, & Don Wentworth… or risk the wrath of the hellbender!

Hellbender reading

UPDATE:

As animal names go, “hellbender” is a pretty good one. So if Mark Spitzer’s book-length poem about North America’s largest salamander (which can grow to more than 2 feet long) is titled Glurk! (Anaphora Literary Press) instead, it’s for reasons you’ll have to learn for yourself when the Arkansas-based author reads at East End Book Exchange. Tonight’s reading, backed by music made on the custom-made stringed instrument called The Electric Hellbender, also includes words from New York-based poet Lea Graham and local luminaries Che Elias, Karen Lillis, John Thomas Menesini and Don Wentworth. Bill O’Driscoll 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847

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7/15 The Trouble With Poets @ Filmmakers; 7/16 With a Deepening Presence Launch Party @ Irma Freeman Center + BE Quarterly Zine Release & Artist Round-Up @ Percolate

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS WEEKEND…

you have plenty of poetry options, including two chances to catch the great Don Wentworth & grab a copy of his new book With a Deepening Presence. On Friday,

Tom Weber’s film “The Trouble With Poets” comes to Pittsburgh Documentary Salon. Tom is an Erie-based filmmaker and former faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Featuring live performances by poets Bigg Wash, Kim Noyes, Don Wentworth and Bob Ziller. Program starts at 7 pm sharp and admission is FREE (please bring a snack or bottle of wine to share).

Then,

This Saturday, July 16th, at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, from 7:30 to 9:30, is the launch of With a Deepening Presence. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Presence will be sold at the special reading price of $8.

Reading will be Kristofer CollinsChristine Starkey, Che EliasScott Pyle, Rosaly Roffman, Bart Solarczyk, Bob Ziller and myself [the great Don Wentworth]. Food and drinks (water, beer) will be provided. 

With a Deepening Book LaunchDon says,

The Filmmakers reading will be a general overview of my work. The launch reading will focus on the new book and a raft of all new poems never performed before. So, two nights, two very different readings.

UPDATE: Short List rectangle!

Saturday afternoon, more troublesome poets, including master of mischief Scott Silsbe, will perform at this BE Quarterly event. Via Joan Bauer & Kelly Andrews…

BE Quarterly Zine Release and Artist Round-Up

featuring Gopalakrishnan, Grieshober, McDermott, Silsbe, Tutolo & Williams!

Percolate Art Gallery

317 S. Trenton, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Dream City Art Walk

Saturday, July 16, 2016

1:30-4:00PM

In celebration of BE Quarterly’s recent release of “Issue 3… Finally!”, we’ll be rounding up Wilkinsburg-local contributors from the zine’s first three issues to perform at Percolate Art Gallery from 1:30 to 4pm as part of Wilkinsburg’s annual Dream City Art Walk on Saturday, July 16th! Bobbi Williams’ Dream Theater will perform at 1:30, and the readers’ performances will start a bit after 2:00.

Kamala Gopalakrishnan is a queer poet who has called this city her home since 2013. In April of this year, she received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, where for three years she studied under acclaimed poets Yona Harvey, Terrance Hayes, and Dawn Lundy Martin, among others. She is among the poetry finalists for Best of the Net 2015. This reading will feature poems from her first collection, Public Fruit, in which she explores themes of vulnerability, assimilation, and hindu mythology.

Taylor Grieshober writes from her lovely home in Wilkinsburg. Her latest story can be found in Burrow Press Review.

Sharon Fagan McDermott is a poet and musician who teaches literature at a private high school in Pittsburgh. She has published three chapbooks, including Alley Scatting (Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin) and Bitter Acoustic, winner of the 2011 Jacar Press chapbook competition, chosen by poet Betty Adcock. Fagan McDermott was a 2001 recipient of a Pittsburgh artist award and a 2002 love” published by Jacar Press (NC).recipient of a PA Council on the Arts award. In 2005, she was awarded the Bellet Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Science award from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has been published in many anthologies and literary journals including Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, and Eclectica Magazine (online.)

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous periodicals including Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the author of two poetry collections: Unattended Fire and The River Underneath the City. He was also a finalist for the Cultural Weekly’s 2014 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize.

Meghan Tutolo is an artist with some writing degrees and two cats with smooshy faces. She romances olives and pasta for a living. Otherwise, she can be found sleepless, painting, writing, doodling, grading, playing music (horribly), and coffee drinking. Meghan’s publications include everything from product labels to ads to poems. Her first chapbook Little As Living (2014) was published by Dancing Girl Press.

Bobbi Williams is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, activist and visionary. Williams holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in Playwriting and Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and Moscow Art Theater School. Williams has received a BFA in directing from Point Park College and has attended the National Theater Institute and the Academy of Natural Healing NYC. Ms. Williams is an international artist, healer, shaman and performer. Some of her directing work has taken her to the United Nations, the Apollo Theater and the Joseph Papp Public Theater, to name a few. On July 16, she will be leading “Improvisation Lab Presents: Dream Theater,” a fun session of astral travel as she and her talented students build solidarity and connection by exploring dreams through improv.

BE Quarterly is a hand-bound, multi-genre periodical arts and literature zine that gathers the work of talented Pittsburgh artists and is run out of Biddle’s Escape Coffee Shop in Wilkinsburg, PA.

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If you still like poetry after all that, you may be eligible to apply for an unpaid internship here at Six Gallery. Beef up your resume &/or criminal record! The exciting world of small press publishing awaits…

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku featured poet: Don Wentworth

Posted in New Releases with tags , , , on June 10, 2016 by 6GPress

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku is featuring a poem of Don’s every day through the end of June. Check out the archive of poems up already

http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/category/author/don-wentworth/

& the list of haiku heavyweights featured since 2007.

http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/archives/

Don’s latest collection With a Deepening Presence is up on Amazon & coming soon to actually reputable booksellers. Launch party in July, stay tuned for details!

With a Deepening Presence cover 4-30-16