Archive for Jonathan Moody

10/22 Ellis, Moody, Collins, Baldinger, & Silsbe Conversate & Connect @ Chatham + Poetic License Revoked @ White Whale Bookstore

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

is Barrelhouse magazine’s Conversations and Connections conference at scenic Chatham University, featuring all sorts of panels & whatnot with actual, real, honest-to-Allah writers, including everyone’s favorite Six Gallery scribblers.

At 10:45 AM is one called Beyond Free Writing: 8 Concrete Suggestions for Jump-starting Your Work:

We’ve all heard it a hundred (thousand) times: when you’re stuck, just put the pen to paper and write. Write about nothing, write about something, write about anything. But what about those times when you’ve (free) written and written, and nothing on the page speaks to you? Or you can’t type “I don’t know what I’m typing I don’t know what I’m typing” one more time? This panel will provide (at least) 8 concrete suggestions to help prose writers and poets springboard into their work. Attendees will walk away with tangible ideas about how to generate new material—and also some nifty handouts to help them along. Writers of any stage will benefit from this panel, but especially those who may still be feeling out their writing practice and deciding what works best for them; also, anyone recently fighting writer’s block will come away armed with some tried to true tactics to get back in the game, maybe from a new angle.

Fiction writer Ashley Kunsa will discuss 3 methods for writers in any genre. These include going back to your old favorites—returning to previous sources of inspiration, be it a beloved writer or individual work, that have energized your writing in the past and using various techniques to encourage them to do so again; going back to your own favorites—finding past work of your own that reminds you of your own great capacity for creativity; and getting curious—using the simple tools around you (e.g., newspaper, smart phone, internet) to seek out new and interesting information to kick your creative brain into gear.

Poet and editor Ava Cipri will share 3 methods of interest to poets, but potentially useful for writers in other genres. “Get moving”: physical movement facilitates creativity; we naturally read work differently standing or walking, and walking affords a space to compose phrases and even the beginnings of a poem through dictation (audio recording) or pen. “Get Inside”: work intimately inside forms in unexpected ways; this can range from the villanelle, recipes, directions, to unfamiliar lexicons, etc. Almost anything can become a container. “Steal that”: practice found poetry by creating new derivative works. Do this through numerous found poetry forms: erasures, mixes, the cento, etc.. All activities aid in generating material with hooks, thus unfreezing the brain.

Angele Ellis, poet, prose writer, and editor, will discuss how to generate drafts of publishable poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, using the methods of Writers’ Playtime, the monthly writing group she has led since 2011. The most important of these methods are the group’s focus on only positive feedback, which provides participants with specific encouragement and direction (including the highlighting of key words and phrases in their drafts), and the development of small group solidarity, which releases creative energy, circumvents writers’ block, and promotes confidence in sharing and refining new work.

Also at 10:45 AM is Poetic License Revoked: Poetry as Non-Fiction:

Plato famously thought poets were immoral, going so far as to banish them from his Republic, because, he claimed, poetry was based in falsehood and therefore immoral. But what the hell did Plato know?

Panelists will discuss various approaches to poetry as a vehicle for non-fiction writing incorporating various genres such as memoir, journalism, travel writing, anthropology, cultural criticism, etc.

We will consider the versatility of the poetic form, as well as the challenges that arise when incorporating what are perceived as non-traditional genres and methods into the practice of poetry composition.

Revoking your poetic license will be Sheila Carter-Jones, Kristofer Collins, Lori Jakiela, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Jason Baldinger, Scott Silsbe, &, all the way from Texas, our old pal Jonathan Moody.

& if you still have it in you after all that, or didn’t shell out $70 for the conference, there’s a FREE reading of the same name, by the same folks.

The Bloomfield storefront formerly known as East End Book Exchange was recently relaunched as White Whale Bookstore, but new owners Jill and Adlai Yeomans seem intent on continuing the space as a literary hub. For instance, today Chatham University hosts the Conversations and Connections Writers Conference, whose panel talks include Poetic License Revoked: Poetry as Non-Fiction. Tonight, that panel’s seven participants — Jason Baldinger, Sheila L. Carter-Jones, Kristofer Collins, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Lori Jakiela, Jonathan Moody and Scott Silsbe — reconvene at White Whale to read their poetry. BO 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847 or www.whitewhalebookstore.com

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Please conversate & connect responsibly.

9/9 Jonathan Moody, Amber Tamblyn, Rachel McKibbens, & Nick Flynn @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on September 7, 2016 by 6GPress

7PM THIS FRIDAY…

Jonathan Moody received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and his BS in Psychology from Xavier University in Louisiana. He is a Cave Canem graduate fellow whose poetry has appeared in African American Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, good foot, Tidal Basin Review, Xavier Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and the anthology Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, among other publications. He is the author of Olympic Butter Gold (2015) and The Doomy Poems (2012). Moody teaches at Pearland High School and lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and son.

Amber Tamblyn is the author of DARK SPARKLER, just released by Harper Perennial. She has been nominated for the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. She has published two previous books, FREE STALLION and BANG DITTO. Tamblyn’s work has appeared in Interview, Cosmopolitan, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She lives in New York with her husband, comedian David Cross.

Nick Flynn is a poet and memoirist. He is the author of four books of poetry, including MY FEELINGS, THE CAPTAIN ASKS FOR A SHOW OF HANDS, SOME ETHER and BLIND HUBER. ; The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands (2011), Some Ether (2000), His memoir, ANOTHER BULLSHIT NIGHT IN SUCK CITY, won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. It has been translated into fifteen languages and been made into a film. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. He worked as a “field poet” and as an artistic collaborator on the documentary film “Darwin’s Nightmare,” which won an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006.

Poet, activist, playwright and essayist Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009.) Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse.

 

1/16 Versify feat. Kris Collins, Angele Ellis, & Jonathan Moody @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on January 9, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Adapted from a forward from BOB WALICKI who curates this great series! 
Come join us in what promises to be another can’tmiss reading, 
in the kick off of the 2016 VERSIFY READING SERIES FEATURING: 
 
ANGELE ELLIS, KRISTOFER COLLINS 
and JONATHAN MOODY
 
There will be a book signing and author’s copies will be available for purchase! DON’T MISS IT!
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 / SPECIAL TIME 5-7 PM
 
EAST END BOOK EXCHANGE /4754 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
       Phone:(412) 224-2847
BIOS:
Angele Ellis saw Buddhist monks dancing under a theatre marquee featuring her haiku, after she won Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ G-20 Haiku Contest. She is the author of Arab On Radar (Six Gallery Press), which earned her an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Spared (a Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook). Her poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in over fifty publications and ten anthologies—including Prime NumberGrasslimbMiznaTheian JournalRogue AgentAmerican Book Review,tinywords, and YEW. She is a contributing editor for Al Jadid Magazine, and lives in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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. He also manages Caliban Book Shop in Oakland (and owns Desolation Row Records located inside). His latest poetry collection Local Conditions was published in 2015. He lives in Stanton Heights, a hidden gem in Pittsburgh’s east end with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their three cats.
Jonathan Moody received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh as well as three fellowships from Cave Canem. His first book, The Doomy Poems, was published by Six Gallery Press in 2012; his second book, Olympic Butter Gold, won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. Moody’s poems have appeared in such journals as African American Review, Boston Review, The Common, and Harvard Review. He is a high school English teacher and lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and son.

Odds & Ends, Winter 2015

Posted in Interviews, Recent Publications, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2015 by 6GPress

So far, 2015 has brought some very nice articles about/by Six Gallery scribblers:

A Film About Billy reviewed & Dan McCloskey interviewed by Rachel Mennies for PANK Magazine.

Jonathan Moody interviewed by Melody Nixon for The Common.

Elwin Cotman writes about (sometimes inadvertently) writing about Pittsburgh for Grist.

Ally Malinenko has been doing a lot of excellent blogging lately; this post also links to three recently-published poems.

These folks are all working on fantastic-sounding new projects, by the way. If you’re not familiar with them, check out their previous work!

10/13 Jonathan Moody @ Houston Poetry Fest

Posted in Events with tags , , , on October 13, 2013 by 6GPress

TODAY at 2PM, plant yourself at the Willow Street Pump Station, where Jonathan Moody will perform with Kelly Ann Ellis & eight other juried poets as part of the Houston Poetry Fest.

Moodyana: Cave Canem @ The New School reading & Word Around Town tour

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by 6GPress

Jonathan Moody has been a busy guy lately. Between perfecting his next manuscript & podcasting & teaching high school lit & preparing to be a new dad, he still found time to perform with fellow Cave Canem poets CM Burroughs & Yona Harvey @ The New School in Greenwich Village on April 23.

& he was recently selected to be in this poetry tour you can check out should you find yourself in Houston in early August. Click through the Steadmanish portal for more info.