Archive for Jess Simms

3/30-4/2 2016 AWP Conference & Book Fair @ Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2016 by 6GPress

Provided we make it there intact, Six Gallery Press will be representing at #AWP16 this weekend. Sharing scenic table 558 will be 6GP scribblers Daniel McCloskey (A Film About Billy), Elwin Cotman (The Jack Daniels Sessions EP, Hard Times Blues), & Robert Isenberg (Wander), plus Jess Simms of nascent literary institution The Haven.

In addition to books by this sick crew, we’ll have recent selections from Ally Malinenko, Che Elias, Joseph Musso Jr., Chuck Kinder, Don Wentworth, & Jason Baldinger, plus a selection of hits from the back catalog.

We’ll also have books by a duo of fellow Pittsburgh small presses, Low Ghost & Coleridge Street, featuring the poetic stylings of Adam Matcho, Scott Silsbe, Bob Pajich, & John Grochalski, PLUS the Good Noise! anthology by Thrasher Press, featuring even more Pittsburgh poets writing on musical themes.

Feel free to visit us & buy all the books so we don’t have to lug them all home on the Greyhound!

7/10 Girls Get Lit @ Bayardstown Social Club

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on August 5, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS MONDAY…

Bands aren’t the only folks who enjoy a good stage and this ain’t no sausage party. Join us at Bayardstown Social Club, where a few of Pittsburgh’s finest female literati will read poems and short fiction outdoors by the glow of patio lights and a campfire. We will have beer from Rock Bottom – Pittsburgh and we will end the night with a s’mores party, but we are encouraging additional potluck contributions. This will be a feast – both gastronomic and auditory.

Rain or shine. 7 pm. Free + open to the public

(if you ever wanted to check out Bayardstown without a membership, this is your chance)

Bringing together women from some of the various factions of the Pittsburgh lit scene, we have the following readers:

Angele Ellis watched Buddhist monks dance under a theatre marquee featuring her haiku, after winning Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ G-20 Haiku Contest. Her poetry, fiction (including excerpts of novels in progress), and reviews have appeared in fifty publications and ten anthologies. She is 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). She lives in Friendship, both a Pittsburgh neighborhood and a state of mind.

Taylor Grieshober lives in Wilkinsburg, where she writes, bakes tarts, and speaks softly to her cats. She also directs the low-rent, high-caliber reading series The New Yinzer Presents. Recently, Taye Diggs began following her on Twitter and it’s probably one of the best things that will ever happen to her. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the 2015 Best of the Net anthology. Follow her @harshcharms.

Deena November received her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Carlow University. In 2005, she co-edited the anthology I JUST HOPE IT’S LETHAL: Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy for Houghton Mifflin. Her poems have also appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Voices in the Attic, and Keyhole Magazine among other publications. In 2012, Hyacinth Girl Press published her first chapbook titled, Dick Wad. She has taught Poetry and Creative Writing at Seton Hill University and Women’s Studies and Literature at Carlow University. Currently she teaches at Robert Morris University. She recently created Staghorn Poetry Series readings and workshops. Deena lives in Pittsburgh and can often be spotted smelling the flowers with her babies at Phipps Conservatory.

Jess Simms earned her MFA from Chatham University. Her fiction has been published in Weave Magazine, and Ampersand Review, among others, and she is a founding member of the Haven.

Christine Stroud was raised in North Carolina, but currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. In March 2014 her chapbook The Buried Return was released by Finishing Line Press. She works as the Senior Editor of Autumn House Press.

Hosted by Stephanie Brea, whose poems have been published in some places (just like everyone else). Thanks to her day job, she knows which of the -cores (hardcore, math core, grindcore et al.) have a hyphen. She is bad at math, but just calculated that she has been hosting or co-hosting literary events for 10+ years. She prefers the teepee method of building a fire to the log cabin.

3/31 The Haven Presents: Sports @ Nico’s Recovery Room

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by 6GPress

TONIGHT at 8PM…

Nils Balls
Mike Carretta
Holly Coleman
Al Faler
Danny Fenner
Scott Silsbe
Jess Simms
& Carolyne Whelan

will perform works in the key of sports. No image b/c slow wifi will have none of it, but here’s the Fascbook event.

8/13 Hard Times Blues Tour @ EEBX

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by 6GPress

Here’s what Dan Parme (author of Hungry, a funny, dark & whimsical tale of murder, foolishness & gastronomy in the 412) had to say about Hard Times Blues:

Tales that manage to be funny, dark, whimsical, and more than a little trippy are always trips worth taking. Hard Times Blues is like a journey through the woods in a world that vaguely resembles this one–strange new wildlife peeks at you through the trees, and you can’t even imagine what you’ll find at the heart of this forest, but isn’t that part of the fun? Cotman has laid an enticing path before your feet. Following it would be a wise, and thoroughly entertaining, decision.

As would coming to the East End Book Exchange on the appropriate day, at the appropriate time, with the appropriate beverage of your choosing. Dan & Jess Simms (currently polishing off the first volume of a trilogy about bisexual immortals & the conspiracies who love them) will blow your mind, then Elwin will completely destroy it. For free. If you have to work, quit your job. If your house is on fire, it’ll probably still be on fire when you get back. Whatever your excuse, it won’t fly harder than the Spruce Goose.

Hard Times Blues Tour

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2013 by 6GPress

In a week Elwin is hitting the road, performing (yes, performing) his stories at nine locales across these United States, plus three locales in Canada. Twelve locales in all! Twelve chances to hear these tales told by, & buy (yes, buy) Hard Times Blues from, the author himself!

Saturday, August 10th–Brooklyn, NY @ Molasses Books, 8:00pm

Tuesday, August 13th–Pittsburgh, PA @ East End Book Exchange, 7:00pm
w/ Jess Simms & Dan Parme

Wednesday, August 14th–Philadelphia, PA @ A Space, 7:00pm
w/ Shevaun Brannigan

Thursday, August 15th–Worcester, MA @ Collective A Go Go, time TBA
w/ Insurgent Theatre

Friday, August 16th–Brattleboro, VT @ People’s Bookshop, 7:00pm

Saturday, August 17th–Boston, MA @ The Lilypad, 5:00pm
w/ Militza Jean-Felix, Zach Buscher & Shira Lipkin

Sunday, August 18th–Ithaca, NY @ Buffalo Street Books, 3:00pm

Monday, August 19th–Montreal, QC @ Argo Bookshop, time TBA

Tuesday, August 20th–Ottawa, ON @ The Daily Grind, 7:00pm

Wednesday, August 21–Toronto, ON @ The 460, time TBA
w/ Kelly Rose Pflug-Back & Leah Bobet

Friday, August 23–Chicago, IL @ Quimby’s Bookstore, 7:00pm
w/ Patty Templeton

Saturday, August 24–Cincinnati, OH, details TBA

If you’re in any of those places at any of those times, do not miss this shit. Check Elwin’s Bookface or blog religiously for updates.