Archive for John Thomas Menesini

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!

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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

Pittsburgh City Paper

5/26 To My Divine Spark/Gloom Hearts & Opioids launch @ Classic Lines

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2016 by 6GPress

TOMORROW…

To My Divine Launch

5/12 Gloom Hearts & Opioids launch @ East End Book Exchange

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS THURSDAY…

Join herbivorous scribbler John Thomas Menesini & friends Megan Bell, Meghan Tutolo, & Angele Ellis at EEBX for one of the last events under the Lesley Rains admin. Pocket-sized for your convenience & pleasure, Gloom Hearts & Opioids is a collection of frivolous goth excess w/ a little bit not like that at all. Here’s a taste, from “Sexting w/ Yr Mom”:

everything comes to an end
our sun is no exception
sure, our sun has millions of good years
left but its eventual doom is certain

i imagine me & yr mom in space
(what’s it like to come in space?)
i imagine space is too cold for yr mom
but i bet she’d remember to bring a sweater

Happy Mom’s Day & enjoy the spring weather!

4/17 An Evening of Rock Solid Poetry @ Jozart Center for the Arts

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on April 17, 2015 by 6GPress

TONIGHT…

“Four Poets, One Cup” or “How to Keep Poetry Relevant in the Modern Age”

Four distinct, diverse and dynamic authors [Jason Baldinger, Margaret Bashaar, Michael Begnal, & John Thomas Menesini] come together for one night of literary neck-punches and anarchistic chicanery. Their intent is to prove that poetry is neither an exclusive pretentious hipster clubhouse nor a dry inaccessible academic snoozefest. Join them at Jozart Center for the Arts, 333 2nd Street, California on Friday, April 17 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free. The authors will have merchandise to sell. Books will be available. Carousing is expected.

http://pabridges.com/arts/an-evening-of-rock-solid-poetry/

4/16 John Menesini & Aubrey Hirsch @ Barnes & Noble Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , on April 16, 2015 by 6GPress

TONIGHT at 7PM…

Aubrey Hirsch & John Thomas Menesini share their words at the Barnes & Noble by Duquesne.

http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/liberal-arts/academic-departments-of-liberal-arts/english/news-and-events

4/15 Sausage Party @ Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS WEDNESDAY…

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1/31 Galway Kinnell Memorial Reading @ EEBX & Free Monster Poems @ Most Wanted Fine Art

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2015 by 6GPress

TONIGHT at East End Book Exchange…

Widely admired for poems of depth, tenderness and beauty, Kinnell published 10 collections, including The Book of Nightmares (1971), a book-length lyric that reflects his work in the Civil Rights Movement and activism against the Vietnam War. Among many honors, he received the 1982 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, the National Book Award and was a MacArthur “genius” Fellow.

Date: Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 PM
Location: East End Book Exchange
The following Pittsburgh poets will read from Kinnell’s work:Jan Beatty
Jimmy Cvetic
Angele Ellis
Lynn Emanuel
Terrance Hayes
Sam Hazo
Joy Katz
Ed Ochester 
Mike Schneider
Marianne Trale
Michael Wurster
Open mic/open discussion to follow readers

Music: Scots-Irish solo fiddle by Jan Hamilton of Devilish Merry

Here’s an article about the event by Rege Behe.
ALSO TONIGHT at 7, at Most Wanted Fine Art…
HEADLINING MONSTERS
Juliet Cook
John Thomas Menesini
The Devilz in the Detailz
Requiem
Cherri Baum
Shawn Maddey
Penny Delapoison
…and Margaret [Bashar] and [Rachael] Deacon will also monster, because really.
Jason Baldinger will also be reading at this monster party.
Both events are FREE like Freedonia.

1/30 Pure Poetry Destruction at Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2015 by 6GPress

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30…

The Haven‘s reading series continues with Six Gallery all-stars Jason Baldinger, John Thomas Menesini, & Don Wentworth, & prose powerhouse Olivia Rose Mancing.

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The near-future fate of Cyberpunk is currently uncertain, so hit these monthly readings up while you can!

The Old Year & the New

Posted in New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2014 by 6GPress

So, 2014 was a year. A good one in that The Lower Forty-Eight by Jason Baldinger, Yield to the Willow by Don Wentworth, Imagination Motel by Chuck Kinder, &, most recently, the blue 2nd edition of A Film About Billy by Daniel McCloskey saw the light of print; & a devastating one in that we lost a luminary, Victor Navarro, on June 30.

On the slate for 2015 is a follow-up to Victor’s collection Short Works, which he asked demanded be released immediately the day before his death, but which will actually be released on June 30 of next year. Juggling as fast as I can here, Vic!

Gloom Hearts & Opioids, a new collection of poems by John Thomas Menesini, who will also be in town at the end of January to perform at at least two readings.

Hungry by Daniel Parme, a self-published novel which has recently been worked over by two editors & given a polish by the author.

The Apartment Building by Joe Musso, a bizarre novel about the inhabitants of, yes, an apartment building.

An untitled collection of poems by Stephanie Brea, whenever she’s done fiddling with it.

Aaand, in all likelihood, several other books from the back burner. Stay tuned & happy New Year!

The Lower Forty-Eight CP review & Menesini performance video

Posted in Events, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by 6GPress

The Lower Forty-Eight was reviewed in this week’s City Paper! & here’s a fun video of John Menesini performing at last month’s Karl Hendricks benefit.

9/28 Necrofeels @ Smithfield Cemetery & Pittsburgh Zine Fair @ The Union Project

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by 6GPress

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TODAY at 5pm, Jason Baldinger & John Menesini will perform poems for the living & the dead. If you can find “a large cross & a large shade tree overlooking Forbes Ave.” you can find them.

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& don’t miss the

Karen Lillis says,

The Small Press Pittsburgh bookstand will be at the Pittsburgh Zine Fair next Sunday Sept 28 from 2-8pm (Highland Park). Lots of new books, including a section of Feminist Fiction!

Other usual suspect vendors include Nate McDonough, Andy Scott, Natty Soltesz, Nils Balls, Copacetic Comics, & The Gourd.

& since the Zine Fair goes til 8, you don’t even need to choose between these two fine investments of your time.

UPDATE

To avoid driving all over the place looking for the necromancers:

corner of s. dallas and forbes in squill. Parking on aylesboro. there is really only one hill in smithfield and were reading at the top of it, big tree, big irish cross and a roundabout and you are in the right spot.