Archive for Jason Baldinger

3/21 Latitudes Poetry Night feat. Kat Giordano & Jason Baldinger @ Compass Coffee

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY in Akron, hosted by Theresa Göttl Brightman & Steve Brightman…

In March, Latitudes will be hosting our first out-of-state features, Kat Giordano and Jason Baldinger, both from Pittsburgh!

Kat Giordano is a poet and massive crybaby in Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems have been published by Indigent Press, The Cincinnati Review, Rat’s Ass Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and others. They have also been known to show up trembling on people’s doorsteps in the middle of the night, too traumatized to explain what they’ve seen. She is the co-editor of Philosophical Idiot and can usually be found overindulging in her shoddy mental health on Twitter at @giordkat or at

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from 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 this winter. 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 Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems at

As always, our features will be followed by an open mic!

2/20 Jason Baldinger & Kat Giordano @ Calamari’s Squid Row

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on February 16, 2018 by 6GPress


Jason Baldinger and Kat Giordano visit from Pittsburgh, plus open.

Part of Erie’s Poetry Night series, hosted by Chuck Joy.

2/15 Low Ghost Press Love-In @ Brillobox

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


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.

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

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


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

SATURDAY, December 16th
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.

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


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


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.

11/12 November Uncloistered feat. Jason Baldinger & Scott Silsbe @ Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2017 by 6GPress


Join us in November for our latest installment in the Uncloistered Poetry series.

Featured Readers:
Ajsha Reddick
Scott Silsbe
Jason Baldinger
Misty Khan-Becerra
Brooks Jermain Hardison

Open mic to follow featured readers. All are welcome to join us. Limited menu available. Coffee from Glass City Roasters available for free. Donations very gratefully accepted for Library Legacy Foundation.




7/5 Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective Feature @ Uptown Arts Bar

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by 6GPress


Buffalo, NY sends some of her near and dear poets far and fondly to KC and UAB is so proud tobe hosting Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective!

Featuring Nathanael William Stolte and Julio Montalvo Valentin with special local guests Brandon Whitehead, Robert Gano and Rachel Christine Jenkins and your host, Jeanette Powers!

Books will be available for purchase!
no cover!

brought to you by KC Small Press Poetry Fest and Chameleon Arts!

UPDATE: Turns out no Baldinger but sure, still hit this up if you’re in Kansas City. Next post is the one he’s doing.

6/30 Fumbles Revelations Book Release @ Nine Stories

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


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

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.

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.

6/15 CWP Presents InTENse Poetry! @ Mac’s Backs

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2017 by 6GPress


Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective presents InTENse Poetry! Initially featuring TEN poets from New Jersey westward, we’ve inTENtionally added one more to make it a glorious Baker’s Decade of Poets! And, oh yeah, baby, our collective inTENsion is to bring it and sling it!

Nathanael Stolte (Buffalo)
Ben Brindise (Buffalo)
Damian Rucci (New Jersey)
Jason Baldinger (Pittsburgh)
Jennifer Skelton (Buffalo)
Julio Valentin (Buffalo)
Misty Becerra (Buffalo)
John Burroughs (Cleveland)
Richard L. Gegick (Pittsburgh)
Dianne Borsenik (Cleveland)
RA Washington (Cleveland)

East comes together with Midwest in one of Cleveland’s most beloved venues, the venerated Mac’s Backs on Coventry. We welcome you to come, get inTENse with us, as we celebrate life and the pow-pow-POWER of poetry!

6/16 Poets in the Backyard @ Tupelo Honey Teas

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by 6GPress


Join us in the backyard as we host a traveling caravan of poets. This will be the first Pittsburgh appearance for many of these folks, so show up and give ’em a warm welcome.

Readings by:

The Pittsburgh Contingent: Jason Baldinger & Rich Gegick

The Band of Buffaloers: Ben Brindise, Misty Kahn-Becerra, Jennifer Skelton, Nathanael William Stolte, Julio Valentin

The NJ Crew: Damian Rucci & Rebecca Weber

We promise an evening of literary mayhem and high jinks. Rain or shine, we’ve got it covered. These folks will have books for sale, and we will be passing the hat for gas money.