Archive for Karen Lillis

7/7 Inflammatosis! by Mark Spitzer & Spell to Spell by Lea Graham launch party @ Nine Stories Books + Alien Buddha Invades Erie @ Ember+Forge

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM Saturday, July 7 at Nine Stories Books, three scribblers from Arkansas join three from the 412 to celebrate the launch of Mark Spitzer’s latest book Inflammatosis, “a big, punk-ass Fuck You to all the petty, pretentious haters out there dicking around with 1) his life, 2) your life, 3) all our lives, and 4) fish.”

Mark Spitzer, novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, grew up in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990. He then moved to the Rockies, where he earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Traveling with Mark from the home state of Johnny Cash & C. D. Wright will be Lea Graham & Scotty Lewis. We’ll also be celebrating the launch of Lea’s new chapbook.

Spell to Spell
by Lea Graham
$5

Gristle, (n.) cartilage; tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter

For Georganna Ulary

Grit’s spell. / A bone of sound / between hustle, just whistle. / Grist to the mill of welter, / close to grisly but more wattle / less huddle. / Tattooed thistle, / apple of my ire, / a subtle gris-gris / around the wrist of tussle. / The gist of it: / A muscle that fasts is lost. / We must wrestle that lustful, fustling angel of self, / bedazzle that recluse; / bust and move the offal, / dis refusal. / Wrest our names, / our castling  furies, / cast and fuss to surge, / gird and guzzle that shit; / grease the wheels against hair-shirts of hurt, / storm the bastille of cry, the cradle of grow; / jazz and cussle this tigress, /  this mottled grindle of rage, / muddle the sonic barb.  /  Steal away   steal away   steal away home

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Lea Graham is the author of the forthcoming book, From the Hotel Vernon (Salmon Press, 2019), the chapbook, This End of the World: Notes to Robert Kroetsch (Apt. 9 Press, 2016) and the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (No Tell Books, 2011). She is an associate professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and a native of Northwest Arkansas.

This is Graham’s third above/ground press chapbook, after Calendar Girls (2006) and metric : a collaboration (with rob mclennan, 2011).

Here’s another poem from Spell to Spell at Crab Creek Review.

Scotty Lewis is a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program. His first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash, came out last December on Six Gallery. Here’s an interview with Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

The Pittsburgh lineup is pretty outstanding too:

Karen Lillis is a writer and bookseller. She is the author of four poetic novels, including The Second Elizabeth (Six Gallery Press, 2009), 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).

Ben Gwin is the Fiction Editor at Burrow Press Review. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Bridge Eight, Word Riot, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, and others. His novel manuscript, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton, was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize, and named a semifinalist for the 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

I’d add that Clean Time is out now & by all accounts hilarious. You can read a bit of it at Literary Hub.

Barbara Edelman is the author of the poetry collection Dream of the Gone-From City from Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally, including Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, and Poet Lore; in translation in the Italian journal Nuovi Argomenti, and in several anthologies. Her short prose has appeared in Rattle and Arts & Letters. She’s the author of two poetry chapbooks: Exposure, Finishing Line Press, 2014 and A Girl in Water, Parallel Press, 2002. Her work has been recognized with a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual artist’s grant in poetry and the Turow-Kinder Prize in short fiction.

Edelman teaches in the writing, composition, and literature programs at Pitt and coordinates the Writers’ Café. She won the 2012 CGS Student Choice Award for teaching. She holds a B.A. in English from Colgate University, an M.A. in English from California State University Northridge, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Meanwhile, in Erie, it’s

Open mic and featured writers series

feat. Jason Baldinger, Heath Brougher, Scott Thomas Outlar, Jay Miner, Jeremy Stolz, Luke Kuzmish, Matt Borczon, Thasia Anne, & Veronica Hopkins at Ember+Forge.

7/19 Prose Reading: Faloon, Fournier, Vachon, & Lillis @ Nine Stories

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM THURSDAY, JULY 19…

Mike Faloon & Mike Fournier are touring writers coming to Pittsburgh to celebrate Faloon’s new book of music essays, THE OTHER NIGHT AT QUINN’S. Local writers Jude Vachon & Karen Lillis will round out the bill.

Mike Faloon is a former DJ, dishwasher, and drummer. He is the author of The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock and the co-editor of Fan Interference. Faloon co-founded Go Metric and Zisk zines and has contributed to Cabildo Quarterly, Cashiers du Cinemart, Razorcake, Submerging Writers, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His latest book is The Other Night at Quinn’s, a collection of music essays about the free jazz scene that emerged at a diner in upstate New York.

Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE) exclaims, “Whoa, these spiel batches pack much punch and got their grip way into brain-frame! Faloon had me captured and I had to keep reading.”

Wayne Kramer (MC5) adds that it’s “…a deeply personal dive into the psyche of a hardcore music fanatic…utterly indispensable. A truly great read.”

Rudy Wurlitzer (Nog, Two Lane Blacktop) says, “A mesmerizing and lucidly well written journey inside and out and around of what it means to live, celebrate and survive inside an expanding and eroding culture.”

More information at Razorcake/Gorsky:
http://razorcake.org/the-other-night-at-quinns-pre-sale/

Michael T. Fournier is the author of two novels (Swing State and Hidden Wheel, both on Three Rooms Press) and a book-length discussion of the Minutemen’s Double Nickels On The Dime album for the 33 1/3 series. Fournier is a regular contributor to Razorcake, and his writing has appeared in Pitchfork, Oxford American, Entropy, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Vice, Maudlin House and more. He and his wife Rebecca live on Cape Cod.

Jude Vachon is a writer, creator, zinester, & translator.

Karen Lillis is a writer and a bookseller. She is the author of Watch the Doors as They Close and three other books of fiction.

5/27 Karen’s Book Row @ Pittsburgh Flea-for-All @ Spirit

Posted in Events with tags , , , on May 25, 2018 by 6GPress

Karen Lillis sez,

Dear friends & comrades,

This Sunday, Karen’s Book Row will pop up at a new venue. I’m excited to try the Flea For All Market at Spirit Lounge in Lawrenceville (51st Street off Butler). What could be better than Books & Brunch? Spirit’s delicious buffet brunch is served from 11-3 and the Flea for All is upstairs one hour longer, from 11am-4pm. Stop by and browse books as well as the other vendors’ wares: records, clothing, household items, pop culture goodies, and other vintage delights!

4/18 Shot Outta Hoboken: Danny Shot, Lou Ickes, The Dirty Poet, & Karen Lillis @ White Whale + Open Mic feat. Jason Baldinger @ Poetic Underground

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2018 by 6GPress

Karen Lillis says,

Dear friends & comrades,

I’m excited to announce a Pittsburgh book release party for DANNY SHOT, the coolest poet you haven’t heard of. I’ll be reading with him, and Lou Ickes & The Dirty Poet will be reading, too.

I first “met” Danny Shot by US mail when he accepted some of my poems for his legendary Hoboken literary mag, Long Shot. Founded by Danny Shot & Eliot Katz, Long Shot had a motto of “Writing for the Real World,” was originally funded by Allen Ginsberg, and ran for 26 issues over 20+ years.

Danny’s new book of poems, WORKS, is just out from CavanKerry Press, and like Long Shot, his poems are rooted in New Jersey, view the world through working-class bohemian eyes, pay homage to the Beats, and avoid pretension.

Read a poem by Danny Shot here:

http://livemag.org/issue_12/shot.html

..or here:

http://www.everseradio.com/write-great-jersey-poem-danny-shot/

Read more about Long Shot:
‘You Should Never Have Opened That Door’: The story of Long Shot Magazine:
http://jacket2.org/commentary/you-should-never-have-opened-door-story-long-shot-magazine

I hope you can come out and help me celebrate Danny’s book & his poetry!

SHOT OUTTA HOBOKEN

Readers: Danny Shot

Lou Ickes

The Dirty Poet

Karen Lillis

Wednesday, April 18

White Whale Bookstore

7-9pm

Free

In related news, Danny & I are both included in the new lit anthology,
FROM SOMEWHERE TO NOWHERE: THE END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM (Autonomedia, Oct 2017)

https://www.akpress.org/from-somewhere-to-nowhere.html

I hope to have some copies of this powerhouse anthology at the reading as well!

Ciao,

Karen

9PM in Kansas City…

Poetic Underground presents: Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Kati Clair and Madison Mae Parker.

Sign-up list opens at 9:00pm, show starts promptly at 9:30pm. Names are read in random order.

Please come share your poetry or prose with us at Poetic Underground. You are allowed up to 5 minutes on the stage and are welcome to share your truth in that time. Please be respectful of those on stage, for the stage is a sacred and safe space.

No cover.

‘Poetic Underground is dedicated to using poetry as a healing and community building tool to create a safe space where artists can gather in Kansas City.’

Please invite your friends, like our Facebook page, Poetic Underground, and take a look at our website poeticunderground.com.

ABOUT THE FEATURE:
Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming spring 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, 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, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

12/16 Holiday Book Sale Redux @ Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by 6GPress

12-5PM SATURDAY…

Join us for a SECOND CHANCE to browse great books from Pittsburgh authors, publishers, and booksellers.

SATURDAY, December 16th
12-5pm
Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination
5006 Penn Avenue
Penn Avenue Arts District
Free admission
Street parking

Confirmed vendors so far:

Air & Nothingness Press
Hyacinth Girl Press
Lilliput Review
Karen’s Book Row–with many books from Pittsburgh publishers!
Six Gallery Press
Very Important Books–fiction & zines
Authors signing books!

I’ll be sharing a table w/ Don Wentworth at this, so visit us for all your Six Gallery Press & Lilliput Review needs. Pictured are Manual for Wayward Angels by Jessica Fenlon, the Low Ghost love poem anthology Unconditional Surrender, & Muskrat Friday Dinner by Scott Silsbe, three great books from 2017 (I’ve at least skimmed the other ones & strongly suspect they’re also pretty good). The latest Six Gallery titles Viva Arletty! by Mark Spitzer & Arkansas Ghoulash by Scotty Lewis, Manchild by Alan Olifson, & Under the Kaufmann’s Clock by Angele Ellis w/ photos by Rebecca Clever, will be available too, along w/ selections from the back catalog by Ally Malinenko, Chuck Kinder, Elwin Cotman, Jason Baldinger, John Grochalski, Victor Navarro, book sale organizer Karen Lillis, & more.

12/3 Pittsburgh’s 5th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Stephen Foster Community Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY…

Join us for Pittsburgh’s FIFTH Annual Holiday Book Sale, featuring Pittsburgh’s favorite indie book vendors. Come browse a wide variety of books from Pittsburgh’s knowledgeable literary curators. Both new and gently used, indie bestsellers and one of a kind finds, local authors and spectacular sales. Fiction, poetry, mysteries, creative nonfiction, art books, children’s books, graphic novels, and much more.

Confirmed vendors thus far:
Air & Nothingness Press (gorgeous letterpress poetry, science fiction, fantasy books, & literature in translation!)
Amazing Books (going strong with three locations!)
Autumn House Press (publishing poetry & literary fiction for almost 20 years!)
Book ‘Em (selling books to raise money for Pittsburgh’s own Books to Prisoners program!)
Copacetic Comics (they’ll have a special selection of new books with an emphasis on SALES!)
Karen Antonelli (artist and maker of beautiful blank books!)
Karen’s Book Row (aka Small Press Pittsburgh) (Featuring the local, the beloved, and the unique in indie lit!)
Mystery Lovers Bookshop (celebrating 27 years in business!)
White Whale Bookstore (celebrating their 2nd year in Bloomfield!)

Sunday, December 3th
12-5pm
Stephen Foster Community Center
Main Street in Lawrenceville–between Butler St and Penn Ave
Free admission
Free parking lot

9/24 Pittsburgh Zine Fair @ Union Project

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2017 by 6GPress

2-8PM TODAY…

The Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair (PZF) returns to the Union Project (801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206) on Sunday, September 24, from 2 – 8pm. This event is free and open to the public!

Exhibitors:
The Big Idea Bookstore, Inc, Toi Scott, Christina Lee, Lumpo Art, Em DeMarco & Banyan Ouldage, Evey in Orbit, Laura PallMall, Anna Strain, Nikita Zook, Yung Mulatto, Nate McDonough, Lizzy Nolin Designs, Jenna Houston, Braddock Hills High School Creative Writing Class, Graciela Sarabia, Sophia Pappas, Cecilia Ebitz, Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Assemble Girl’s Maker Night, Tess Wilson, Bill Wehmann, Lizzee Solomon Studios, Haunted Meat, Kyla Kemmerer, Evelyn Pandos, Aaron Regal, MARK, Alecia Ott, Teach the Free Man How to Praise, Laura Salgarolo, Cynthia Lee, Laughing Redhead Studio, Jimmy Riordan, Paul Peng, Jordan gg Chu, Hyacinth Girl Press, Vanessa Adams, Nsai Temko, Maggie Negrete, Joshua Rievel, Martel Edwell, Anna Shepperson, Jerome Charles & Max Gonzales, Adam & Fred, Tall Flower Studios (Aaron Hayes, Ua Hayes, Yona Harvey), Sienna Cittadino, Lily Fulop, Katie Krulock, Stephanie Tsong, Jayla Patton, Vagabond Comics, Ryan Elizabeth, DBQ (Alex Lukas & Leah Mackin), Theora Kvitka, Nginyu Ndimbie, negi.space (Asia Bey & Mont Tucker), Terese & Ana Jungle, Mihalkotron, David Watt, Frenemy Press, Seth LeDonne, Annesley Williams, Melissa Rogers, Jennifer Lisa, S & J Comics (Jamie Straw & Sara Cole), City Slicker Press, Hell Yeah Design, AIR: Artists Image Resource, Karen’s Book Row, Marina Fec, Lauren Bailey, Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, The Copacetic Comics Company, Nils Balls, Pittsburgh Comics Salon, Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh, Black Unicorn: Library and Archives Project, Steely Gayze, Cowboy House
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As part of RADical Days, Union Project’s Hands-on Ceramics Workshop runs from 2-5 pm during the Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

Explore words and language while creating with clay in a free, all-ages, drop-in workshop in the ceramics studio before or after you check out locally-created zines, comics, and chapbooks at the 7th Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

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Since its debut at AIR: Artists Image Resource in 2011, the PZF has attracted a diverse group of artists, writers and activists from across the region whose content may vary but the format remains the same- the zine. An icon of DIY ethos and radical info sharing, the zine decentralizes media and vaults individual expression while remaining inexpensive.

Karen Lillis says,

It’s that time of year again, the Seventh Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair is tomorrow, Sunday afternoon, September 24th. Over sixty (60+) vendors will pop up at the Union Project in Highland Park/Pittsburgh, and I’ll be there with zines, micro press, and small press literature selections. I’m also recreating last year’s success, the Memoir Table. Please come browse! There are so many cool artists, writers, librarians, & booksellers to take in. This vibrant event is free and includes FOOD TRUCKS.

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

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