Archive for Joan Bauer

6/18 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – Week 7

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2019 by 6GPress

8 PM TUESDAY…

Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue , Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic.
Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Kristofer Collins
Open mic after featured readings as time permits.
Listen in @ www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hemingwayssummerpoetryseries/

Tuesday June 18 – Save the Planet! A reading w/ Paola Corso, Barbara Edelman, Mike Schneider, Michael Simms, Sheila Squillante & Arlene Weiner.

Paola Corso’s books are set in the Pittsburgh area where her Southern Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mill. A New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner, she is the author of Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories on Library Journal’s notable list of first novels in Fall 2010, Giovanna’s 86 Circles And Other Stories, a John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist, a book of poems, Death by Renaissance, and newly released poetry collections, The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing about Pittsburgh steelworkers and garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. She also co-edited Politics of Water: A Confluence of Women’s Voices with Dr. Nandita Ghosh. She is currently poetry editor at The Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Social Justice and a book columnist for Group Against Smog and Pollution

Barbara Edelman’s first full length poetry collection, Dream of the Gone-From City, came out from Carnegie Mellon University Press in February, 2017. She’s the author of two poetry chapbooks, Exposure, Finishing Line Press, 2014 and A Girl in Water, Parallel Press, 2002 and has received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant in poetry. She’s a lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh , where she coordinates the Writers’ Café.

Mike Schneider has published poems in many literary journals, including New Ohio Review, Notre Dame Review and Poetry. He received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review, and won the 2016 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press, which in 2017 published his chapbook, How Many Faces Do You Have?

Michael Simms, the founder and editor of Vox Populi, has been active in politics and poetry for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He is the founder of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry — and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Simms has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University . He lives with his wife, Eva, and their two children in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking the city of Pittsburgh .

Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), and three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl, 2011). She is also co-author, along with Sandra L. Faulkner, of the writing craft book, Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories Onto the Page (Sense Publishers, 2015). Recent work has appeared or will appear in places like Copper Nickel, North Dakota Quarterly, Indiana Review, Waxwing, Menacing Hedge andRiver Teeth. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University , where she edits The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing. From her dining room table, she edits the blog at Barrelhouse. She lives in Pittsburgh , PA , with her husband, Paul Bilger, a philosopher and experimental photographer, and their children.

6/4 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – Week 5

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2019 by 6GPress

8 PM TUESDAY…

Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic
Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Kristofer Collins
Open mic after featured readings as time permits
Listen in @ www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hemingwayssummerpoetryseries/

Tuesday June 4 – Michele Battiste, Kristofer Collins, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Emily Mohn-Slate & Bob Walicki

Michele Battiste is the author of three poetry collections, including Waiting for the Wreck to Burn, which received the 2018 Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press and will be published in Spring, 2019. Her other books are Uprising (2014) and Ink for an Odd Cartography (2009), both from Black Lawrence Press. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Left: Letters to Strangers (Grey Book Press). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Memorious, and Mid-American Review, among others. Michele has taught poetry workshops for Wichita State University , the Prison Arts Program in Hutchinson , KS , Gotham Writers’ Workshops, and the national writing program Teen Ink. A finalist for the National Poetry Series, she has received grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, AWP, the Center for the American West, the Jerome Foundation, and the NY State Senate. She lives in Colorado where she raises money to save the planet.

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. His latest poetry collection, Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern, was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017. He lives in Stanton Heights with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their son Cassidy.

Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for Gravel, the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for Rare Space and the 1997 Chicago Literary Awards. Her second book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008 and Slag by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2014. Leslie’s poems appear in Grist, Jubilat, The Mississippi Review, PANK, Poetry Magazine, the New Ohio Review, The Chiron Review and more. Leslie works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh where she lives with her son Silas.

Emily Mohn-Slate is the author of FEED, co-winner of the Keystone Chapbook Prize, forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press (2019). Her poems and essays can be found in New Ohio Review, At Length, The Adroit Journal, Indiana Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her manuscript, THE FALLS, was a finalist for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize offered by Kent State University Press, and the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize offered by University of Pittsburgh Press.

Robert Walicki’s work has appeared in over 40 publications including Fourth River , Stone Highway Review, Red River Review, and others. A Pushcart and a Best of The Net nominee, Robert currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press), which was nominated to the 2016 Poet’s House List of Books in NYC. His first full length collection, Black Angels, is out now from Six Gallery Press.

5/14 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – Week 2

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by 6GPress

8PM TUESDAY…

The 2019 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic.
Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Kristofer Collins
Open mic after featured readings as time permits.
Listen in: ww.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 14 – Pittsburgh Poetry Society
Introduction by Christine Aikens Wolfe
Sally (Sarah) Davis, Nancy Esther James, Christine Pasinski,
Fred Peterson, Christine Aikens Wolfe & Judy Yogman
with guest poet Monica Prince

Sally (Sara) Davis’s chapbook, Spent, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her work has been anthologized in Lavandaria, A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words, published by City Works Press, Voices from the Attic, Riverspeak, Threads, Broad River Review, Evening Street Review, and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is forthcoming in Blueline Magazine.

Nancy Esther James has had her poems published in various journals and literary magazines including Christianity and Literature, Time of Singing, and Poet Lore, as well as in publications such as Friends Journal and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her poem, “To a Friend,” originally published in Christianity and Literature, was reprinted in the 2003 Poet’s Market. Her collection of poems, No Time to Hurry, was published by Dawn Valley Press (Westminster College) in 1979. She has taught poetry workshops at the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and The Writing Academy Seminar and has judged poetry contests for St. Davids and for the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her chapbook, Resilient Spirit: Poems for Lorraine, was published in March 2013 by Finishing Line Press.

A career educator, Christine Pasinski taught secondary English in the West Mifflin Area School District for over 36 years. Following her career in public education, she supervised student teachers for Penn State University. A lifelong devotee of poetry, she took her high school and her university students to the International Poetry Forum, where she served on the Advisory Council for 36 years. Currently, she enjoys membership in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals, and she has read them at various venues in the city. In 2011 she published a book of her poetry, Rustlings of Regret.

Fred Peterson grew up on rice farms throughout Southeast Arkansas in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the son of a sharecropper and the seventh of eight children. His poetry takes one on a journey with a family rich in love. A teacher early in his career, his life-path took him from Arkansas to St. Louis and to Pittsburgh with his life-partner where they have lived for 30 years. He is past president of Pittsburgh Poetry Society. His book of poetry, Writing by Flashlight, was published by Awesome Books in 2012.

Monica Prince received her M.F.A. in poetry from Georgia College & State University and her B.A. from Knox College, and is currently an assistant professor of activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University. Her debut collection of poetry, Instructions for Temporary Survival, launches in July 2019 with Red Mountain Press. Her choreopoem, How to Exterminate the Black Woman, premiered to sold-out audiences at Susquehanna, and will be published in 2020 by [PANK]. In addition to teaching at Susquehanna, Prince is the managing editor for the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly and a 2018-2019 fellow with the 5th Woman Poetry Collective in Tennessee.

Christine Aikens Wolfe is a reading specialist with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Christine has published poems in Sonnetto Poesia, a bi-lingual quarterly out of Ottawa since fall 2006. Her poetry, fiction, and articles have appeared in the publications of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, including Parachute, the WPWP Bulletin, Riverspeak, and Threads, and in the Pittsburgh Poetry Society’s bi-annual magazine, The Potter’s Wheel. Her poetry has also been published in Woman Becoming and Poetry Magazine, and the multi-media book, Fission and Form. She is the co-editor of The Poetic Classroom (Autumn House Press) and currently serves as president of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Her full-length book of poetry, Garland Green, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2018.

Judy Yogman is a retired ESL teacher. She enjoys trying new poetic forms, misses Anita Byerly’s little workshop and recently became a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society. Though lazy about submitting poems, she has submitted work that has appeared in the Post-Gazette and in various anthologies, including Out of the Rough: Women’s Poems of Survival and Celebration, Along These Rivers, and Written on Water: Writings about the Allegheny River. She is married, with three sons, three granddaughters and a new grandson.

5/7 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series – Week 1

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2019 by 6GPress

8PM TUESDAY…

The 2019 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Founded by Jimmy Cvetic.
Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Kristofer Collins
Open mic after featured readings as time permits.
Listen in: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 7 – Madwomen in the Attic: Introduction by Jan Beatty.
Valerie Bacharach, Doralee Brooks, Daniela Buccilli, Kara Knickerbocker, Jamilla Rice, Bernadette Ulsamer & Sarah Williams-Devereux

Valerie Bacharach’s poetry has appeared in several publications including Pittsburgh Quarterly, US 1 Worksheets, The Tishman Review, Topology Magazine, Poetica, The Ekphrastic Review, and Voices from the Attic. She is a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and conducts weekly poetry workshops at CeCe’s Place, a halfway house for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Her first chapbook, Fireweed, was published in August 2018 by Main Street Rag.

Doralee Brooks, a Writing Project Fellow (1995), teaches at the Community College of Allegheny County where she chairs the developmental studies department. Her poems have appeared in Uppagus, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Voices from the Attic, and The Paterson Review. Her chapbook, When Damballah Laughs, was a finalist for the 2016 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize. In 2017, her poem, “Trending This Fall,” was published in the anthology Nasty Women and Bad Hombres edited by Deena November and Nina Padolf. She writes with the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshop.

Daniela Buccilli’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Paterson Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cider Press Review, US 1 Worksheets, and an anthology. She is completing her second MFA, this time in poetry. She has taught at public high schools for 25 years. Her poetry chapbook How Much It Takes To Carry will be published in 2019 by Main Street Rag. She is also working as an editor for Show Us Your Papers: A Poetry Anthology.

Kara Knickerbocker is a writer and world traveler from Saegertown, Pennsylvania and the author of the chapbooks The Shedding Before the Swell and Next to Everything that is Breakable. She is currently earning her MFA at Carlow University/Trinity College Dublin. Her most recent poetry and essays appeared in or are forthcoming from: Longridge Review, Moledro Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, One Sentence Poems, Uppagus, and the anthology Voices from the Attic, Vol. XXII, among others. Knickerbocker lives in Pittsburgh, where she works at Carnegie Mellon University, writes with the Madwomen in the Attic, and co-curates the MadFridays Reading Series.

Jamilla Rice dreams of when she can own her days and write. Until then, she squeezes out the time between being an athlete, educator, speaker, aunt, gardener, book nerd, baker, and British detective drama junkie. She’s been published in Voices from the Attic, among other anthologies and periodicals. You may have heard her read at Penguin Bookshop, White Whale Books, Delanie’s Coffee House, on WESA’s Prosody, or that random open mic in Toronto.

Bernadette Ulsamer earned an MFA from Carlow University where she is a member of Madwomen in the Attic. She is the author of the chapbook “Trestling” published by Flutter Press. Her poetry has appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper, The Main Street Rag, Cossack Literary Journal, Roar Magazine, The Broken Plate, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, and has been anthologized in Voices from the Attic, and Along These Rivers.

Sarah Williams-Devereux is a poet and teacher of writing. Her poetry has appeared in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Sampsonia Way Magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper; the anthologies Pittsburgh Love Stories and Nasty Women & Bad Hombres; and WESA-FM’s Prosody. She leads poetry workshops for the Madwomen in the Attic. She is certified in writing group leadership from Amherst Writers & Artists and volunteers for the Transformative Language Arts Network. She is pursuing her MA in teaching writing from Johns Hopkins University.

12/6 Bill of Rights Day reading/ACLU benefit @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2018 by 6GPress

Don Wentworth says,

Thursday, December 6th, at 7pm at White Whale Bookstore (thanks Jill & Adlai!), I will be participating in the reading listed below, which is a benefit for the ACLU. The stated goal of the reading “involves solidarity, camaraderie, free expression, holiday spirit and hope for the future.  And yes, we could all use some good cheer.” The work I’ll be reading – a ghazal, two lyric poems, and a handful of haiku – will try to touch all those bases

It is an honor to be part of this event with its amazing array of top notch poets. We will each be reading for a maximum of 7-8 minutes and Joan, as always, will keep things moving. Books by all the poets will be available to purchase and, if you haven’t seen White Whale’s stock of poetry, as well as fiction, non-fiction, and children’s items, now is the perfect time.

BILL OF RIGHTS READING

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7 pm @ White Whale Bookstore Join us in support of Freedom of Expression and the Bill of Rights

A Benefit for the ACLU / Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Emily Mohn-Slate. There is a suggested donation of $5 but all our welcome regardless. Our readers will be: 

   

Cameron Barnett                        Adriana Ramirez

Sheila Carter-Jones                   Mike Schneider

Malcolm Friend                          Justin Vicari

Celeste Gainey                           Arlene Weiner 

Joy Katz                                      Don Wentworth 

I hope to see you there.

best,

Don

 

Cameron Barnett holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was poetry editor for Hot Metal Bridge, and co-coordinator of Pitt’s Speakeasy Reading Series. He teaches middle school at Falk Laboratory School, and is an associate poetry editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Review. His first collection, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water (Autumn House Press, 2018), was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

 

Sheila L. Carter-Jones is the author of Three Birds Deep selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award and the chapbook Blackberry Cobbler Song. Her chapbook Crooked Star Dreambook was named Honorable Mention for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Sheila is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakin Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has been described by Herbert Woodward Martin as one who writes with “immediacy of tone, voice and language.”

 

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MFA from theUniversity of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, VinylWord RiotThe Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry. His first full-length book of poetry, Our Brusies Kept Singing Purple, the winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, was published by the Inlandia Institute in 2018.

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

 

Joy Katz is an American poet and writer. Her work in progress, White: An Abstract, documents every minute of whiteness in her life. She has three poetry collections—All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stahlecker Selection at Four Way BooksThe Garden Room (Tupelo), and Fabulae (SIU)—plus a chapbook, Which From That Time (Argos Books). With Kevin Prufer, she co-edited the anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois). She has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Heinz Foundation, and the NEA, as well as a Wallace Stegner fellowship. She teaches in CarlowUniversity’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and in Chatham University’s MFA program and is an editor-at-large for Copper Nickel. She lives in Pittsburgh.

 

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian nonfiction writer, storyteller, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She’s the winner of the 2015 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s Prize, for her nonfiction novella, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016). In 2016, she was named “Critic At Large” by the Los Angeles Times’ Book Section. Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksLiterary HubGuernica/ PEN AmericaConvolutionHEArtApogee, and Nerve.com. She is the author of two small-press poetry books—The Swallows (Blue Sketch Press, reissued 2016) and Trusting in Imaginary Spaces (Tired Hearts Press, 2010)—as well as the nonfiction editor of DISMANTLE (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2014). Ramírez co-founded Aster(ix) Journal in 2013 with novelist Angie Cruz. Aster(ix) is a literary arts journal dedicated to social justice, as well as giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she co-founded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (home of the Steel City Slam) and the infamous Nasty Slam, while continuing to perform on stages around the country. She was featured in the 2014 Legends of Poetry Slam Showcase and TEDxHouston, as well as the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Her debut full-length nonfiction book, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner (2018).

 

Mike Schneider has published poems in many literary journals, including New Ohio Review, Notre Dame Review and Poetry. He received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review, and won the 2016 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press, which in 2017 published his chapbook, How Many Faces Do You Have?

 

Justin Vicari  has won awards from Third Coast, New Millennium Writings, and Plan B Press.  His first collection of poems, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), received the Transcontinental Award. He has also authored several books of literary, film and philosophical theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2001), Nicholas Winding Rfn and the Violence of Art (McFarland, 2014), and Japanese Film an the Floating Mind: Cinematic Contemplations of Being (McFarland, 2016)  He is also a translator of Paul Eluard, Jean Sénac, J.-K. Huysmans, Francoise Emmanuel and Octava Mirbeau.  His second full-length book of poetry, In Search of Lost Joy, was published by Main Street Rag in 2018.

 

Arlene Weiner is the author of two poetry collections: City Bird (Ragged Sky, 2016) and Escape Velocity (Ragged Sky, 2006), of which Poet Joy Katz wrote, “I want to keep my favorite of these beautifully alert, surprising poems with me as I grow old.” A MacDowell Colony fellow in 2008, Arlene has been a Shakespeare scholar, a cardiology technician, a college instructor, an editor, and a research associate in educational applications of cognitive science. Her poetry has been published in journals including Off the CoastPleiadesPoet Lore, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, anthologized, and read by Garrison Keillor on his Writer’s Almanac. She also writes plays. Her play Findings was produced by Pittsburgh Playwrights Company in March 2017.

 

Don Wentworth‘s work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in every day life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond, and Rolling Stone, as we l as a number of anthologies. He is the author of three full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016). 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 has two new poetry books forthcoming: a collection of ghazals from Low Ghost and a collaborative collection of tanka written with the British haiku poet, Joy McCall. Since 1989, he has been the editor and publisher of Lilliput Review.

 

11/3 Coffee w/ a Writer: Jason Baldinger @ Center for Literary Arts + Overhead from Longing launch @ C.C. Mellor Memorial Library + an evening of music & poetry @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2018 by 6GPress

Busy day Saturday: three free events, two in Pittsburgh & one in Frostburg, MD.

10AM at Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts…

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh and recently finished a stint as writer in residence at the Osage Arts Community. He’s the author of several books, the most recent are This Useless Beauty (Alien Buddha Press), The Ugly Side of the Lake (Night Ballet Press) written with John Dorsey and the chaplet Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) which are available now. The collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) and the split book with James Benger Little Fires Hiding (Spartan Press) are forthcoming. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, Outlaw Poetry, 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, Rye Whiskey Review, Red Fez, Mad Swirl, Blue Hour Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

Coffee with a Writer is a montly informal reading and open discussion housed at the Center for Literary Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

2:30PM at C.C. Mellor Memorial Library…

Local poet Judith Brice and special guests Jen Ashburn, Joan E. Bauer and Robert Walicki will be reading selections of their work in honor of Brice’s second full-length poetry collection, Overhead from Longing.

Refreshments provided. Free admission.

Judith Brice is the author of Renditions in a Palette (David Robert Books, 2013) and Overhead From Longing (David Robert Books, 2018). Her more than 50 published poems have appeared previously in The Paterson Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, VoxPopuli.com and Versewrights.com, among many other national publications.

Jen Ashburn is the author of The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016), and has work published or forthcoming in numerous venues, including The Writer’s Almanac, The MacGuffin, Whiskey Island and The Fourth River. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she taught creative writing to women in the Allegheny County Jail through Chatham’s Words Without Walls program.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Her poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2007 she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International. She co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series in Pittsburgh.

Robert Walicki is the author of A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). His next collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press. A Pushcart and a Best of the Net nominee, Walicki has been published in The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, and Red River Review, among others.

Here‘s a page w/ more info about Judy’s book & some sample poems.

Last but not least, 7PM at White Whale Bookstore…

8/29 The Bridge w/ Edelman, Broadus, Waltz, MacIntyre, & Morrison @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, August 29 @ 7 pm at Brillobox with a program focused on BREATHING! featuring Barbara Edelman (University of Pittsburgh), Nathaniel Broadus (Blackpacking and The Roots Club), Amanda Waltz (NEXT Pittsburgh), Grant MacIntyre (University of Pittsburgh Law School), along with a Q&A discussion led by Public Source’s Owen Morrison.

$5 donation.

Guest Organization: Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)
Hosted by Joan E. Bauer

Barbara Edelman is the author of the poetry collection, Dream of the Gone-From City, published by Carnegie Mellon Press in 2017. She’s a lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh, where she coordinates the Writers’ Café. She has a longtime interest in environmental issues and will teach a class in environmental advocacy at Pitt in the fall.

Nathaniel Broadus is the comic book writer and founder of Blackpacking: FUBU Hiking, a local black hiking group, and The Roots Club, which gets Black Pittsburghers involved in outdoors activities such as fishing, hunting and camping.

Grant MacIntyre is Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor McIntyre worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel as an attorney advisor and special assistant to the general counsel, where he focused on the intersection of administrative law and environmental regulation. He received his J.D. from University of Pittsburgh Law School in 2008.

Amanda Waltz is business and tech/environmental news editor at NEXT Pittsburgh. She also writes for The Film
Sae and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema a blog dedicated to covering Pittsburgh film culture. She has a master’s in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University.

Oliver Morrison is the environment reporter at PublicSource and has focused his reporting on Pittsburgh’s efforts to tackle climate change. Prior to PublicSource, Oliver won regional press awards for his environment and health reporting at The Wichita Eagle. He also led the paper’s coverage of immigration, race and criminal justice reform among other topics. Before the Eagle, he freelanced in New York for publications such as The Atlantic, Education Week and City Limits.

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) was founded in 1969 by volunteers concerned about air quality in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since then, GASP has worked tirelessly to explain and combat our air quality problems through public meetings, engagement with the press, educational events, permit reviews, and many other means.

GASP participates on county, state, and national boards, with stakeholder groups, and on environmental policy committees. Occasionally GASP presses its goals with litigation, having brought action related to requiring Allegheny County to adopt pollution standards based on the Clean Air Act, enforcement of air quality standards at the Clairton Coke Works, LTV Corporation’s air quality violations at the firm’s former Hazelwood plant, Shenango ‘s long-standing air quality infractions at its former Neville Island coke plant, and a number of other instances.

Education and events coordinator Chelsea Arnold will represent G.A.S.P. For more, go to: https://gasp-pgh.org

7/24 Baldinger, Brice, Kitchens, November, Sargeson, & Stupp @ Hemingway’s

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

Joan Bauer sez…

The 2018 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July  
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Co-hosted & curated by Jimmy Cvetic and Joan E. Bauer
Audio archive: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com ; Listen in !
 
Tuesday, July 24 – Jason Baldinger, Charlie Brice, Romella Kitchens, Deena November, Kayla Sargeson & John Stupp
 
 
Jason Baldinger recently finished a stint as writer in residence at the Osage Arts Community. He’s the author of several books, the most recent are This Useless Beauty (Alien Buddha Press), The Ugly Side of the Lake (Night Ballet Press) written with John Dorsey and the chaplet Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow).The collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) and the split book with James Benger Little Fires Hiding (Spartan Press) are forthcoming. Recent publications include the Low Ghost anthology, Unconditional Surrender, Outlaw Poetry, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Solidarity and Resistance. 
For more on Jason, go to: jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com
 
Charlie Brice is a retired psychoanalyst and is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2016) and of Mnemosyne’s Hand (WordTech Editions, 2018). His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Hawaii Review, The Main Street Rag, Chiron Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, SLAB, The Paterson Literary Review, Spitball, Plainsongs and elsewhere.
 
Romella Kitchens is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She is a poet, a quilter, a painter, and a playwright. Her work has appeared in 5 AM, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Main Street Rag, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Iodine Poetry Journal, Mudfish Review, uppagus, and others. She has done poetry residencies and has addressed many school groups concerning poetry. In 2014, she was a judge for the city-wide level of Poetry Outloud. Her chapbooks include Hip Hop Warrior, The Immortals, The Red Covered Bridge and The Heaven Of Elephants.
 
Deena November is the author of Mean Mama (Main Street Rag, 2017). She has edited two anthologies, Nasty Women & Bad Hombres (Lascaux Editions, 2017) and I Just Hope It’s Lethal (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). Her poetry has appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Women Write Resistance, Mom Egg Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette among others. Her chapbook Dick Wad was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2012. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Carlow University. Deena has taught at Robert Morris University, Carlow University, Seton Hill and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. She curates the Staghorn Poetry Series. 
 
Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks BLAZE (Main Street Rag, 2015) and Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). She serves as the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse and with Lisa Alexander, co-curates the Laser Cat reading series. Sargeson lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Duquesne University, Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County.
 
John Stupp‘s third poetry collection Pawleys Island was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. His manuscript, Summer Job, won the 2017 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2018 by Main Street Rag. His latest effort When Billy Conn Fought Fritzie Zivic is making the rounds. He lives in Sewickley.

7/3 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series w/ Ava C. Cipri, Karen Lillis, Deesha Philyaw, & Bill Steigerwald @ Hemingway’s

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THIS TUESDAY…

The 2018 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series
Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July  
Hemingway’s Cafe, 3911 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Co-hosted and curated by Jimmy Cvetic and Joan E. Bauer. 
Open mic after after featured readings
Audio archive: www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com  Listen in!
Tuesday, July 3 – Week 10: Poetry, fiction & creative non-fiction: Ava C. Cipri,  Karen Lillis, Deesha Philyaw & Bill Steigerwald
Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor forThe Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of DisabilityLiterature & Artand teaches writing at Duquesne University. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee with an MFA from Syracuse University. Her poetry and prose appears or is forthcoming inCimarron, Cider Press Review,Rust + Moth,and Stirring’sManticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identitiesanthology, among others. Ava’sfirst chapbook,Queen of Swords,was published by dancing girl press (2018).Her forthcoming chapbook,Leaving The Burdened Ground(Stranded Oak Press,May 2018), was a finalist for the Robin Becker Chapbook Series and Grazing Grain Poetry/Hybrid Chapbook Contest.She resides at: www.avaccipri.com.
Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four poetic novels, including Watch the Doors As They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), works at Caliban Books during the day, and runs Karen’s Book Row, a pop up and online bookshop. Her writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, LA Cultural Weekly, and the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, among others. An Acker Award winner for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction, her recent publications include Submerging Zine, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, and forthcoming prose in Local Knowledge (Fall 2018).
Deesha Philyaw is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written with her ex-husband. Her fiction and nonfiction writing on race, parenting, sex and culture has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, brevity, Apogee Journal, Cheat River Review, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Essence, and Ebony magazines. Deesha is a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People.
Bill Steigerwald  is a veteran journalist from Pittsburgh who worked at theLos Angeles Timesin the 1980s, thePittsburgh Post-Gazettein the 1990s and thePittsburgh Tribune Reviewin the 2000s. Steigerwald’s new nonfiction book30 Days a Black Mantells the story of an undercover mission byPittsburgh Post-Gazettestar reporter Ray Sprigle into the Jim Crow South in 1948. Sprigle’s nationally syndicated series, “In the Land of Jim Crow.” exposed the iniquities and humiliations suffered by ten million black Americans in the segregated South and started the first national debate in the media about ending America’s legal apartheid.Kirkus Reviewcalled30 Days a Black Manis “a fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure…” that Steigerwald turned “into rollicking, haunting American history.” In 2010 Steigerwald faithfully retraced John Steinbeck’sTravels With Charleyroad trip of 1960 and wroteDogging Steinbeck.  He and his wife Trudi live south of Pittsburgh in the woods. 

 

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

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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…

9/27 Arkansas Ghoulash Launch @ Faulkner County Library + Bridge Series @ Brillobox

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7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27…

CONWAY, AR— UCA Visiting Lecturer, Scotty Lewis, the first graduate of the MFA program in creative writing to defend his thesis at UCA, will read from his debut book at 7:00 p.m. on September 27th at the Conway Public Library. Arkansas Ghoulash, recently published by Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh, evolved from his thesis, a highly complex and lyrical epic poem written in the form of investigative verse.

Described by Drew Cook as “at once oppressively intimate and as wide as the American South,” Arkansas Ghoulash examines the poet’s violent domestic past. Marck Beggs, author of Blind Verse, says that Lewis “displays a dazzling ability to shove poetic style and grace to the outer edges,” in a book that Lea Graham, author of Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You,” describes as “a stew of ghosts” in a “mercurial slipstream.”

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase with a signing to follow. The Faulkner County Library is located at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway. For more information please contact Nancy Allen at nancy@fcl.org or call (501) 327-7482.

8PM WEDNESDAY…

The Bridge Series unites the Pittsburgh literary and activist communities to raise awareness and funds for local organizations fighting the good fight in these troubling times.

The series convenes the last Wednesday of each month at The Brillobox. Each installment will feature Pittsburgh’s finest writers and a special guest organization (with proceeds from the evening going directly to that organization).

$5 cover.

Tonight will feature readings from:

Lisa Alexander’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tupelo Quarterly, 2 Bridges Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Burnside Review, BLOOM, and 5 AM among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. Alexander has led poetry workshops at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, California University of Pennsylvania, Drew University in Madison, NJ and the Isles YouthBuild Community Program in Trenton, NJ. She has been a sound engineer for Prosody, NPR-affiliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers for eight years and counting.

A lifelong writer, Justin Vicari is a widely published poet, critic and translator. His first collection, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), won the Transcontinental Award. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Spoon River Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, The Ledge, Oranges & Sardines, American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, and other journals. He is also the author of six books of film and literary theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2011) and Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists (McFarland, 2001). He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Oaks is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Mistakes with Strangers (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Shift (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992). The recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, he has published poems most recently in Field, Nimrod, Mid-American Review, Superstition Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly. His essays have appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review Online, and in the anthologies My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Our guest organization for the evening is Persad Center.

PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh and Washington, PA.

PERSAD fulfills its missions through outreach, prevention counseling, training and advocacy services.

OUTREACH. In collaboration with allies and friends, PERSAD works to build stronger, safer, healthier communities and steer the public dialogue about LGBTQ people and issues. Our target populations have experienced stigma and discrimination and because of that they do not enjoy the same access to quality care. PERSAD reaches out to our target populations and welcomes them to receive services they need.

PREVENTION. Recognizing that LGBTQ people are at higher risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, HIV and other STDs, homelessness, and for being the victims of violence, PERSAD has special programs to help the community be aware of their risks and to develop protective behaviors to reduce their risks.

ADVOCACY. PERSAD offers an array of Training & Advocacy consultation services that are designed to help organizations work successfully with LGBTQ consumers and employees. We are dedicated to ending discrimination and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ people. Our Training & Advocacy services are available to health and human service professionals, schools, corporations, HR professionals, law enforcement and public safety officials.

COUNSELING. Founded in 1972, PERSAD is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center serving the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV. PERSAD was created as an affirming counseling center to help LGBTQ people cope with the social discrimination they experienced and to receive professional counseling services without prejudice about their identity.

In the early 1980’s PERSAD added serving the HIV/AIDS communities to our mission because of the devastating impact that HIV had on the gay population of that time. PERSAD continues to serve the HIV+ individual regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.

For more on PERSAD, go to: www.persadcenter.org

Here’s a Littsburgh interview w/ Joan Bauer, who put this one together.