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2/27 The Bridge Series w/ Friend, Goldman, Kothari & Casa San Jose @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM, LAST WEDNESDAY OF FEBRUARY, the Bridge Series is back in a new spot.

We are happy to kick off season three of The Bridge Series at the Ace Hotel on Wedneday Feburary 27. Our featured organization will be Casa San Jose with readers Malcolm Friend, Pam Goldman and Geeta Kothari.

$5 suggested donation

Thanks to our board members Ellen McGrath Smith and Cameron Barnett for putting this event together.

Bio details to follow

Casa San José is a Pittsburgh-based community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency. Opened in 2013 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Case San José has helped over 1,000 immigrants navigate the legal, health care, and social service systems to thrive in their new home. Representing this agency will be Sister Janice Vanderneck, Case San José’s director of Civic Engagement.

Pam Goldman is a fiction writer living in Pittsburgh. Her story, “Partisan,” is coming out in the spring issue of Colorado Review. She is also an activist and people’s lawyer who has worked
with the Mud Creek, KY community in obtaining a functioning water system; Iranian students protesting against the Shah; striking coal miners; people with AIDS, early in the epidemic; prisoners serving excessive sentences of the mass incarceration system; prisoners fighting for their rights while incarcerated; political prisoners in the high security unit of the Lexington federal prison; battered women, before shelters existed; activists from Standing Rock. Today,
she is a volunteer at Casa San José. Between 1980 and 1981, she spent almost every waking moment of helping 287 Haitian refugees who had fled the vicious regime of Baby Doc Duvalier and who were incarcerated in federal prison in Lexington, KY. The Haitians sought to remain in the United States and apply for political asylum and, of course, to be released from prison.

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, WA. 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 (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full-length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He is also a member of the Afrocaribbean poetry duo Black Plantains with JR Mahung.

Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of the Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, Massachusetts Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Best American Essays. Her short story collection, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories was published in 2017, and she is a recipient of a 2018 Creative Development Grant sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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…

1/21 Nasty Woman & Bad Hombre Reading & Fundraiser @ Staghorn Garden Cafe

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

THIS SATURDAY…

Join us 4pm, Saturday, January 21st at Staghorn Garden Cafe (517 Greenfield Ave 15207) to help raise funds to donate to national and local organizations and listen to only a handful of the dynamite poets we will be publishing in our forthcoming Anthology titled, Nasty Woman & Bad Hombre!

Reading line up includes:
Angele Ellis
Cameron Barnett
Kayla Sargeson
Daniel Shapiro
Michael Albright
RB Becca Mertz
Sarah Williams-Devereux
John Stupp
Deena November
Nina Padolf
Ellen McGrath Smith
Bob Walicki
And more!

We are still accepting submissions (details below) as well as funds (link below) and donations to raffle off at this event (PM Deena November if you have an item or service you can contribute to our fundraising raffle).

Nasty Woman & Bad Hombre Anthology will be published by Lascaux Editions in the summer of 2017! This anthology seeks poetry, creative non-fiction essays, short stories and art that address reactions to the election. A gofundme page for publication/printing costs has been established. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter and The Art House in Homewood. Please send 1-3 poems or up to 5 pages prose and a brief bio to november@rmu.edu
Submission deadline now extended to February 17, 2017.

Donations: https://www.gofundme.com/nastywomanandbadhombreanthology

6/2 Pittsburgh Poetry Review Roadshow Presents – Jill Khoury w/ Angele Ellis & Ellen McGrath Smith @ Te Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by 6GPress

TOMORROW…

A PPR Roadshow Event!  Come celebrate….   
      
Jill  Khoury’s first full-length book of poetry
 
‘Suites for the Modern Dancer’
 
Jill will be reading w/ Angele Ellis & Ellen McGrath Smith
Thurs June 2 @ Te Cafe on Murray Avenue @ 7 p.m.
Thanks to Joan Bauer for promoting this! & for the Bookfacers among you…