Archive for Karen Lillis

12/17 3rd Annual Babyland Holiday Sale & Party @ 460 Melwood

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Karen Lillis will be slinging books at this.

 

12/4 Pittsburgh’s 4th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Stephen Foster Community Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2016 by 6GPress

TOMORROW…

Join us for Pittsburgh’s 4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOOK SALE!

Sunday December 4th
12-5pm
Stephen Foster Community Center
Free admission
Free parking
Confirmed vendors:
Karen’s Book Row/Small Press Pittsburgh
The Copacetic Comics Company
Amazing Books & Records
Mystery Lovers Bookshop
White Whale Bookstore
Book’Em (Pittsburgh’s Books To Prisoners)
More vendors TBA
Hosted by Karen’s Book Row (formerly Small Press Pittsburgh)

11/17 Eckleburg Reading Series feat. Angele Ellis @ Sky Stage + Expressing the New Pittsburgh feat. Karen Lillis @ William Pitt Union

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS THURSDAY…

Join us for the Eckleburg Reading Series at Sky Stage in Frederick, MD where we will share and enjoy poetry, fiction, essays, music, writer & editor networking and more. Have a narrative? Show us. We showcase both featured writers and open mic participants, Hosted by Frederick, Maryland native and author, editor and Johns Hopkins University faculty, Rae Bryant.

*FEATURED READERS: Please read our Travel and Accommodations Information before planning your travel and participation—http://thedoctortjeckleburgreview.com/sky-stage-travel-accommodations/.

FEATURED READERS

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 70 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies. She has published four novels and two story collections with university and small presses, and her last collection was chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013 list. She has received an O. Henry award, been shortlisted for a Pushcart prize, for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction.

Cynthia Atkins was born and raised in Chicago, Il, receiving a BFA and an MA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is the author of Psyche’s Weathers and In The Event of Full Disclosure. (Wordtech, 2013), with themes of mental illness/wellness and family life. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Letters & Commentary, BOMB, Del Sol Review, Florida Review, Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, The Journal, North American Review, Seneca Review, Sou’wester, Tampa Review, Valparaiso Review and Verse Daily, among others. Atkins’ poems were nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Her awards and honors include The New Voice Award from the Writer’s Voice, as well as residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Sandy Hiortdahl lives in East Tennessee, where she teaches at Northeast State Community College. She is a recipient of the Sophie Kerr Prize and has an M.F.A. from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming this year in Third Wednesday, Bewildering Stories, Punchnel’s, Barely South Review, and others. More may be found on her website: www.sandyhiortdahl.com.

Justin Chen is a recent graduate of Oberlin College where he studied creative writing and biology. He is currently a first year graduate student in the Department of Biology at MIT. He hopes to be a science writer one day.

J.T. Robertson earned his creative writing degree at Missouri State University and works in nonprofit development. His work previously appeared in Moon City Review, The MacGuffin, TheNewerYork, Paddle Shots: A River Pretty Anthology, and is forthcoming in Revolver. He lives in Creve Coeur, Missouri with his wife Pamela.

Angela Ellis [sic; correct spelling here] is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery)–poems from which earned her a 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts–Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and with Marilyn Llewellyn, Dealing With Differences: Taking Action on Class, Race, Gender, and Disability (Corwin Press). She has published widely, including chapters from her novel in progress, “Desert Storms,” and poems from her new chapbook manuscript, “Departing Chameleon.” She lives in Pittsburgh.

ABOUT THE FOUNDING HOST
Rae Bryant is the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press). Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, DIAGRAM, StoryQuarterly, Huffington Post, New World Writing, Gargoyle Magazine, and Redivider, among other publications. Her intermedia has exhibited in New York, DC, Baltimore and Florence, Italy. She has won prizes and fellowships from Johns Hopkins, Aspen Writers Foundation, VCCA and Whidbey Writers and has been nominated for the Pen/Hemingway, Pen Emerging Writers, The &NOW Award, Lorian Hemingway, and multiple times for the Pushcart award. Rae earned a Masters in Writing from Hopkins where she continues to teach creative writing and is founding editor of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. She also teaches and lectures in the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa and The Eckleburg Workshops. She is represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Heather Clark’s Sky Stage, framed by historic stone walls, will include an open-air theater that will seat an audience of 140 people among trees. The centerpiece of Sky Stage is a digitally-designed sculpture with ribbons of drought-resistant plants that will twist and wind through a wooden lattice structure. State of the art green roof technology will be modified to support the spiraling plants. Rainwater will be collected from the adjacent roof and stored in a bright-colored cistern. Stored rainwater will irrigate the plants and trees. Sky Stage is a public sculpture and outdoor amphitheatre for local events: music, literature readings, performances and more. You can donate to the Sky Stage project at Go Fund Me.

Here’s the cover of Angele’s new book, a collab w/ photographer Rebecca Clever.

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ALSO, at 5PM…

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!

Hellbender reading

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

6/18 Freaky Flea & Offbeat Craft Fair @ Cattivo

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Looking for stuff that’s a little out of the ordinary? This is the fair for you!

FREE FOR ATTENDEES!
BAR & KITCHEN WILL BE OPEN!
ENJOY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!
SCORE GENTLY USED AND NEW UNIQUE ITEMS!

-Clothing/shoes/accessories
(vintage/retro, drag, costumes, goth, punk, steampunk, medieval, fetish…and more!)
-Unique/handmade jewelry
-Rare/occult/horror themed books/movies
-Occult/horror themed games/toys/collectibles
-Underground music
-Offbeat/horror themed crafts
-Unusual handmade art/decor

Karen Lillis will be there slinging small press books, so make sure you buy all of them. Looking for specifically occult/horror-themed tales to tingle your mind & blow your spine? Check out the great Elwin Cotman’s collections The Jack Daniels Sessions EP Hard Times Blues!

UPDATE:

Karen says,

This Saturday from 4-8pm I’ll be selling books with my pop up bookstand in Lawrenceville at the FREAKY FLEA Market, held at Cattivo on 44th Street. I’ll be bringing the freakier end of my indie book collection, but let’s be honest, my collection doesn’t need to be tweaked that much. From edgy feminist fiction to addiction memoirs to dark poetry to saloon zines to urban speculative fiction to apocalyptic novels to queer sci fi to obsession stories to working class bohemian narratives, my bookseller’s taste runs left of center.

The Freaky Flea features all kinds of DIY vendors, selling vintage and handmade items. Admission is free, there will be live entertainment, and kitchen and bar will be open during the sale.
CATTIVO is at 146 44th Street, two blocks off Butler (toward the river).
The Facebook event page has some previews of what other vendors are bringing:

Hope to see you there! If you can’t come but you are in the market for a summer read, you can always let me know what kind of book you’re looking for. Small Press Roulette is always open, and I’m also adding some collectible items to my online store as well.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

If you haven’t caught my latest bookstore memoir excerpts, please enjoy:

Susan Sontag Wants the Manager, Richard Hell Needs the Bathroom Key at LITHUB

A Clerk in the House of Poetry at THE BROOKLYN RAIL

Some People Who Led to My Self Publishing at CABILDO QUARTERLY (ask me for a paper copy of this great broadsheet if you want one)

Coming soon: The Uses of Sidewalks in Bookselling in KULCHUR Magazine (A new print mag out of Cleveland)

12/12 Babyland Holiday Sale & Party + Candy Cane Boys @ Copacetic

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY IN POLISH HILL…

Karen Lillis & Small Press Pittsburgh will be vending – hit them up!

ALSO…

7/19 Small Press Pittsburgh @ Polish Hill Arts Fest

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

THIS SUNDAY, hear the food, eat the tunes, & hit up Karen Lillis & friends for all your small press needs…

 

 

7/7 Stories & Other Ephemera: A Reading & Zine Swap @ Big Idea

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

THIS TUESDAY…

STORIES & OTHER EPHEMERA:
A Reading and Zine Swap

Big Idea Bookstore

7-9pm, Free

Readers: Mike Faloon, Michael T. Fournier, Becky Tuch, Jude Vachon

MC: Karen Lillis of Small Press PittsburghJoin us for a reading with four writers involved in zines & periodicals: Michael T. Fournier (New England) & Mike Faloon (upstate New York) are touring fiction writers and zinesters coming through Pittsburgh on Fournier’s “Swing State” Tour. Representing Pittsburgh talent, fiction writer Becky Tuch (relocated from Boston) is founding editor of The Review Review and zinester and artist Jude Vachon always has a surprise for us on the microphone. Bring zines to swap before and after the show.

5/30 Mixed Media @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2015 by 6GPress

SATURDAY, MAY 30…

Join East End Book Exchange for an evening of fiction and poetry:

Michael T. Fournier is on tour. He’s the author of two novels— Swing State and Hidden Wheel —both on Three Rooms Press. His book-length discussion of the Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime album is the 45th installment of Bloomsbury’s acclaimed 33 1/3 series. Fournier is the publisher and co-editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal. His writing has appeared in Vice, Pitchfork, Boston Globe and Oxford American. Fournier plays drums in Dead Trend and guitar in Tooth and Germ. He, his wife Rebecca and their cat divide their time between Western Massachusetts and Maine.

Ben Stein, an educator for 10 years, including as a high school teacher and as an adjunct, currently teaches writing at Cleveland State University. His writing has appeared in the 2nd Hand and Cabildo Quarterly.

Jennifer Bannan is the author of short story collection Inventing Victor (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003). Her novel-in-progress was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. Her publications include work in ACM, womenwriters.net, Passages North, Kenyon Review online and the Autumn House 2011 fiction anthology, Keeping the Wolves at Bay. She is an adjunct instructor of fiction at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ben Gwin is the Fiction Editor at Burrow Press Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Normal School, WORD RIOT, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel manuscript, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan, was shortlisted for Butler University’s 2014 Pressgang Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

Also, the great Karen Lillis will MC.

2/24 Love Highway launch @ KGB Bar & Literary Love-In @ Nico’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS TUESDAY…

book party for Stephanie Dickinson’s Love Highway hosted by Spuyten Duyvil
February 24, 2015
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
On July 26, 2006, Jennifer Moore, age 18, was abducted after a night of underage drinking and taken by small-time pimp, Draymond Coleman, to a seedy Weehawken hotel room that he shared with his prostitute/girlfriend, 20-year-old Krystal Riordan. During the early morning hours, Jennifer was raped and strangled by Coleman, while Riordan looked on. The entire evening had been one of poor judgment that began when Jennifer’s friend drove them in her mother’s car to Manhattan from New Jersey, to go clubbing. The girls parked in a No Standing Zone and when they returned, discovered the car had been towed. Jennifer walked off into the night and ended up on the West Side Highway with Coleman stalking her. The tabloids had a field day with the story—the underage girl/victim, a hooker, rape and murder. Fox News blamed the victim, pointing out Jennifer’s scanty attire as if a halter top had made the teen deserving of her rape. What should have been a teenage misadventure, an impulsive flirtation with the forbidden, led to ultimate consequences. Dickinson’s latest novel fictionalizes the heartbreaking account of this evening.

Readers will Include:
STEPHANIE DICKINSON raised on an Iowa farm now lives in New York City. Her novel Half Girl and novella Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil. Her work appears in Hotel Amerika, Mudfish, Weber Studies, PMS, Nimrod, South Loop Review, Rhino, and Fjords, among others, and her stories have been reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading and New Stories from the South.  Road of Five Churches and Port Authority Orchids are available from Rain Mountain Press. Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg was released in October 2013 by New Michigan Press.  She is an assistant editor at Mudfish and along with Rob Cook edits Skidrow Penthouse.

NAVA RENEK is a writer, editor, and educator. Her published works include two novels, Spiritland and No Perfect Words, as well as a collection of short stories Mating In Captivity.  In 2009 she conceived and edited the first volume of Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Contemporary Women Writers and in 2014 came out with a second volume: Wreckage of Reason 2: Back to the Drawing Board. She works as program coordinator at the Women’s Center at Brooklyn College/CUNY.

KAREN LILLIS writes fiction, poetry, memoir, and genres inbetween. She is the author of four short novels, most recently Watch the Doors as They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012). Her writing has appeared in Boog City, Evergreen Review, Everyday Genius, Free State Review, New York Nights, nthposition, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, Sensitive Skin Magazine, Trip City, and many more. Her 2014 publications include a poetry chapbook, The Paul Simon Project (Night Ballet Press) and a selection in Wreckage of Reason Two: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Women Writers (Spuyten Duyvil). Currently based in Pittsburgh, she blogs at Karen the Small Press Librarian and runs Small Press Pittsburgh (a pop up bookstand) and Small Press Roulette (an indie press bookselling service). Lillis recently received an Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction.

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ALSO THIS TUESDAY…

2/19 TNY Presents @ ModernFormations

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2015 by 6GPress

TONIGHT at 8PM…

Dear Friends,

Please join us at ModernFormations Gallery tonight, for the first 2015 installment of our TNY Presents reading series. This month features Rich Gegick, Karen Lillis, Erin Oh, Jude Vachon, and special guest Andy Hoffman.

 

As always, admission is $5 or free with pot luck contribution. Proudly sponsored by Mellingers Beer Distributor. BYOB encouraged.


When: Tonight (Thursday, February 19th), 8pm
Where: Modern Formations, 4919 Penn Ave. (in Garfield)

https://www.facebook.com/events/436493913186616/440062469496427

Also, pre-game drinks at Lou’s Little Corner Bar at 6:30!

ABOUT THE READERS:

 

Richard L. Gegick is from Trafford. He writes and waits tables for a living.

 

Karen Lillis was born in Washington, DC during the Vietnam War and has lived in Virginia, Texas, New York, Paris, and Pittsburgh. She is the author of four short novels, including “Watch the Doors As They Close” (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012) and “The Second Elizabeth” (Six Gallery Press, 2009). She was a writer in residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, a regular contributor to the anti-war/poetry newspaper New York Nights after 2001, and once wrote a short story on the side of a freight train. In 2014 her fiction was recognized with an Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence. She runs Small Press Roulette, an indie bookselling service.

 

Erin Oh grew up in Pittsburgh and lived in Canada for eight years where she studied the sociology of education. She has worked as a union organizer, researcher, video instructor, and workshop facilitator. Erin is currently interested in growing community around feminist, anti-racist parenting. Her favorite books are “Just Kids” and “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”

 

Jude Vachon lives in Pittsburgh with a pack that includes a beagle and a cat. She works as a librarian, which unfortunately does not mean that she sits around and reads all day.

 

Andy Hoffman knew from an early age he’d make a lousy woman. Every time he looked at himself, he thought, “I hope I never produce a bunch of estrogen.” One Summer, he dropped everything and drove to Alaska to work in a fish cannery. He’s lived in Pittsburgh far too long and works as a web developer at IBM.

Hope to see you there!

The New Yinzer