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12/17 Viva Arletty! & Arkansas Ghoulash launch @ White Whale + Bah Humbug 4 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17…

Two new books & two readings! The Ghost of Literature Present will pay a terrifying visit today!

6PM at White Whale in Bloomfield, welcome two writers from Arkansas to Pittsburgh (& welcome their books to your noodle by buying & reading them, too). Free readings & refreshments, possibly including actual goulash.

Scotty Lewis, a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is debuting his first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash.

Here’s an interview w/ Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

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.

Alan Olifson is an award-winning humor columnist, public radio commentator, comedian and regular host of Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAMs. He created the acclaimed storytelling series WordPlay in his hometown of Los Angeles which he now produces in Pittsburgh along with Bricolage Production Company as part of their regular season. He’s hosted storytelling events for conferences, schools and, believe it or not, bridal showers. His book, Manchild: My Life Without Adult Supervision, is now out on Six Gallery Press. Alan relocated to Pittsburgh with his wife and two children years ago but never tires of hearing people complain about “traffic.”

Angele Ellis is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery), and co-author of the diversity workbook Dealing With Differences (Corwin). A 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose and first runner-up in the 2012 Grey Sparrow Flash Fiction Contest. Angele’s reviews, poetry, and fiction have appeared in nearly sixty publications and fourteen anthologies. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

John Thomas Menesini is the author of The Last Great Glass Meat Million (Six Gallery Press, 2003), e pit ap h (Convergence, 2007), endo: Poems & Sketches 2007 – 2011 (Six Gallery Press, 2011), and Gloom Hearts & Opioids (Six Gallery Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in numerous publications in Ireland, Scotland, England, and the US, thus garnering dozens of fans across the globe.

Rick Claypool grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania called Leechburg, but he currently lives in Pittsburgh. By day he works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that fights corporate power. Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books, 2017) is his first novel.

At 8PM, head over to Brillobox for Bah Humbug 4: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit…

Tastier than a fruitcake, easier to assemble than a Fisher Price playhouse, for the FOURTH year in a row, we are bringing some of Pittsburgh’s finest writers together to entertain you with tales of their holiday work experiences.

$5 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The readers will channel their inner-Sedaris, and offer up tales from their time as food service employees, retail workers, and other assorted time-card punchers during the bleak months of November and December. They will attempt to locate their hoilday spirit. Or THE holiday spirits (aka, Jim, Jack and maybe even Johnny).

Just like signing the group birthday card or buying overpriced crap from your co-worker’s kid’s school fundraiser, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Hosted by Jason Baldinger (who was once run over by a Black Friday crowd on a rampage for office supplies), and Stephanie Brea (who probably stole that art book she gave you for Christmas in 2001).

The Lineup:

Becky Corrigan
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Lori Jakiela
Andrea Laurion
Deesha Philyaw
Meghan Tutolo
Matt Ussia
Bob Walicki

10/25 The Bridge Series w/ Matcho, Brea, & Young @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25…

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:

Adam Matcho was formerly employed as a gas station attendant, sandwich artist, novelty shop clerk, gold buyer, and obituary writer. Now, he tells people he is the poet laureate of Johnstown. His poems have been published in literary magazines and his books include: “The Novelty Essays” (WPA Press), “Six Dollars an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer” (Liquid Paper Press) and “Love Songs From Flood City” (Low Ghost Press).

Stephanie Brea is a writer, teacher, and event organizer. She has 10+ years of experience facilitating creative writing workshops for local schools and non-profit organizations including Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Literary Arts Boom, The Warhol, Winchester Thurston, and Penn Trafford High School. Like most writers, she could list a bunch of places her work has been published, but who really reads those lists anyway? She is the co-founder of Pizza Poems PGH, which delivers hot, fresh poetry via pizza boxes for National Poetry Month in April.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he’s working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don’t. Whatever.

Our guest organization for the evening is Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania.

The mission of Planned Parenthood of Western PA (PPWP) is to provide comprehensive and complementary health care to those in need of services; disseminate information about human sexuality and the need for family planning and responsible parenthood; and advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-western-pennsylvania

& here’s a Littsburgh interview w/ Meghan Tutolo, who put this one together.

12/11 Bah Humbug: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit @ Brillobox

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

8PM THIS SUNDAY…

Tastier than a fruitcake, easier to assemble than a Fisher Price playhouse, we are bringing some of Pittsburgh’s finest writers together to entertain you with tales of their holiday work experiences.

*** Suggested $5 donation, with all proceeds going to the ACLU.

These folks will channel their inner-Sedaris, offering up tales from their time as food service employees, retail workers, and other assorted time-card punchers during the bleak months of November and December. They will attempt to locate their hoilday spirit. Or THE holiday spirits (aka, Jim, Jack and maybe even Johnny).

Just like signing the group birthday card or buying overpriced crap from your co-worker’s kid’s school fundraiser, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

We are now in our THIRD year, which means we have lasted longer than those cheap discount outlet socks your mom puts in your Xmas stocking.

Hosted by Jason Baldinger (who was once run over by a Black Friday stampede on a rampage for office supplies), and Stephanie Brea (who probably stole that art book she gave you for Christmas in 2001)

The Lineup:

Ben Gwin
Lori Jakiela
Meghan Tutolo
Bob Walicki
Andrea Laurion
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Bob Pajich
Matt Ussia

11/19 Right Direction by Bart Solarczyk launch @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

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11/5 Reading Roulette feat. Baldinger, Collins, Ellis, & Silsbe @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2016 by 6GPress

8PM THIS SATURDAY…

Are you feeling lucky? For our second Coffee Buddha After-Hours event of the year, we are doing something a little different: READING ROULETTE & other assorted literary parlor games of chance. Think of this event as one part Victorian-era parlor games, one part Las Vegas coke-fuled bender, one part literary reading.

Our specially designed (i.e., homemade) roulette wheel determines who reads and for how long. Our pool of participants includes the following fine folks, but they will only read if their name comes up (and only one poem or short fiction/essay excerpt at a time! If someone ends up reading three times in a row, the wheel is rigged):

Bart Solarczyk got his knuckles slapped with a ruler many times after being caught cheating at bingo by the Catholic nuns who ran the church’s weekly games. Since then, he has completely abstained from any type of gambling, even innocuous scratch off tickets.

Bob Walicki: It’s difficult for some folks to leave casinos. Bob doesn’t have this problem, except for the Rivers Casino’s free beverage station.

Angele Ellis was once part of a gambling ring that ran numbers and took backroom bets out of a barbershop in Oakland. If you owed her enough money, she was known to cut off your pinkie finger and use it to stir her coffee.

Richard L. Gegick has had his thumbs broken by bookies on at least three occasions.

Meghan Tutolo spent most of her childhood playing Crazy 8’s with New Kensington mob veterans in the Donut Shop on 5th Avenue, while her parents played the “cherry machines” in the back.

Scott Silsbe is well versed in the Mega Touch machine found at the end of many a dive bar. His powers of observation are keen, and as such, he will beat you at the naked lady game.

Megan Bell plays Russian Roulette every day, “a man’s sport,” with a bullet called life (–yeah mama, called life).

Kris Collins’ grandfather was Amarillo Slim, one of a group of Texan gamblers known for inventing Texas Hold ‘Em style poker. As such, his poker face is all genetics and will make grown men weep.

Nikki Allen

If we are lucky, guest appearances by John Korn + more.

Plus, your hosts for the evening:

Jason Baldinger doesn’t know when to hold them or when to fold them. He has a really hard time distinguishing when he should walk away and when he should run.

Stephanie Brea once gambled with senior citizens on a boat in international waters (she lost $40 and got mild food poisoning) and her father helped build the pirate ship that sets itself on fire and sinks every hour at Treasure Island in Los Vegas. She would want to be married by black leather-era Elvis.

In addition to roulette, we will be competing in other literary parlor games including “fiction-ary” and other TBA. ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

Maybe we will even have prizes.

If the weather is nice, we will have a fire and some (spiked) cider and some s’mores.

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!

1/30 Staghorn Poetry Series feat. Taylor Grieshober & Angele Ellis + Pittsburgh Poetry Roadshow feat. Scott Silsbe, Kris Collins, Jason Baldinger, Meghan Tutolo, Jason Irwin, & Dan Shapiro @ EEBX

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Let’s start this year off with a bang! Staghorn Poetry Series presents a dynamite reading with Taylor Grieshober and Angele Ellis at 4pm on Saturday, January 30th at the cozy Staghorn Garden Cafe (517 Greenfield ave. 15207).

Bios:
Taylor Grieshober is co-director of the New Yinzer Presents as well as a founding member of Belleville, a Wilkinsburg art collective. Her fiction has most recently appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn and her book reviews can be found at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Taye Diggs began following her on Twitter last summer and it made her year, until she discovered that Taye Diggs is indiscriminate and follows a million other regular people just like her. Nevertheless, she still really wants to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

Angele Ellis believes that the Staghorn Poetry Series is a bridge of words with many connections to Greenfield. Author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press)—whose poems won her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts—and Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), her poems, fiction, and reviews have appeared in over fifty publications and ten anthologies. She also is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

& THEN AT 7…

Come on out all ye yinzers and friends to hear 6 fine local poets hold forth: Scott Silsbe, Kris Collins, Jason Baldinger, Meghan Tutolo, Jason Irwin and Dan Shapiro will be reading their work from PPR as well as from their own books.

Copies of PPR Issue One and 2016 subscriptions will be available, as well as books by the individual readers. Beer, wine, and light snacks will be available.

SCOTT SILSBE was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh where he sells books, writes, and makes music. His poems have appeared in numerous print and web periodicals including
Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, The Chariton Review, Third Coast, and the Cultural Weekly. He is the author of two poetry collections: Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press, 2012) and The River Underneath the City (Low Ghost Press, 2013).

KRISTOFER COLLINS is the Books Editor at Pittsburgh Magazine. He runs Low Ghost Press. He also owns Desolation Row Records and manages Caliban Bookshop in Oakland. His most recent poetry collection is Local Conditions (CSB 2015).

JASON BALDINGER has spent a life in odd jobs, if only poetry was the strangest of them he’d have far less to talk about. Somewhere in time he has traveled the country and wrote a few books, the latest of which The Lower 48 (Six Gallery Press) and the chapbook The Studs Terkel Blues (Night Ballet Press), as well as the anthologies Lipsmack! (Night Ballet Press) and Good Noise (Thrasher Press) and Free Monster Poems About Monsters (Hyacinth Girl Press), are all available now. A short litany of publishing credits include: The New Yinzer, Shatter Wig Press, Blast Furnace, B.E. Quarterly and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance, WISH Publications, Green Panda Press and Lilliput Review. You can also hear audio of some poems on the bandcamp website by just typing in his name.

When MEGHAN TUTOLO isn’t writing romance about Italian foods or grading essays, she can be found doodling galaxies, playing her ukulele (horribly) or spilling her guts into Moleskines. Meghan earned her M.F.A. in Poetry from Chatham University, her B.A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and OCD, ADHD, etc. from genetics, probably. Her work has appeared in journals such as Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Arsenic Lobster and Main Street Rag. Her first chapbook of poems, Little As Living, was published in September 2014.

JASON IRWIN is the author of Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It’s A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He has also had work published in Poetry East, Sycamore Review, Confrontation, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. His poem “Main Street” was nominated for a Pushcart. He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh. www.jasonirwin.blogspot.com

DANIEL M. SHAPIRO is a special education teacher who lives in Pittsburgh. His poems have appeared in Gargoyle, Chiron Review, RHINO, Menacing Hedge, Word Riot, and elsewhere. His book of celebrity-oriented poems, How the Potato Chip Was Invented, was published by sunnyoutside press on the last day of 2013.

10/17 A Fall Thing @ Coffee Buddha

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

10 Pittsburgh Poets, 10 Minutes each and one pretty big campfire! Coffee Buddha After Hours has a gaggle of writers including Kris Collins, Scott Silsbe, Dan Shapiro, John Korn, Bart Solarcyzk, Jason Baldinger, Stephanie Brea, Christine Stroud, Meghan Tutolo and Kelly Scarff to help ease you into the swing of the new season (forget the fact the season will almost be a month old already)

$5 gets you in, there will be Hot Cider and the making for smores, plus some hot dogs (regular and veggie). Readers start at 8:30 the event is 21+ and BYOB (an important detail if you’d like to spike your cider).

9/12 A Writer Rodeo @ ModernFormations; 9/13 I Don’t Know What I Would Do If I Couldn’t Speak My Mind @ City of Asylum Pittsburgh

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2015 by 6GPress

THIS WEEKEND…

11:00 AM-11:10 AM Aubrey Baker

11:10 AM- 11:20 AM Joshua Bellin

11:20 AM-11:30 AM Wendy Scott

11:30 AM-11:40 AM Judith Dorian

11:40 AM-11:50 AM Julie Cecchini

11:50 AM-12:00 PM Sarah Williams-Devereux

12:00 PM- 12:10 PM Angele Ellis

12:10 PM-12:20 PM Bonita Lee Penn

12:20 PM-12:30 PM Malcolm Friend

12:30 PM-12:40 PM Sheila Kelly

12:40 PM-12:50 PM Jay Carson

12:50 PM-1:00 PM Arlene Weiner

1:00 PM-1:10 PM Barbara Dahlberg

1:10 PM- 1:20 PM Michael Albright

1:20 PM- 1:30 PM Kris Collins

1:30 PM- 1:40 PM Ann Curran

1:40 PM-1:50 PM E.B. Bortz

1:50- 2:00 PM Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

2:00 PM- 2:10 PM Kath Donnelly

2:10 PM-2:20 PM Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Literary Artists

2:20 PM- 2:30 PM Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Literary Artists

2:30 PM- 2:40 PM Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Literary Artists

2:40 PM-2:50 PM Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Literary Artists

2:50 PM-3:00 PM Jessica Server

3:00 PM-3:10 PM Joanne Samreny

3:10 PM- 3:20 PM Dakota Garilli

3:20 PM-3:30 PM R.J. Gibson

3:30 PM-3:40 PM Kelly Andrews

3:40 PM-3:50 PM Don Wentworth

3:50 PM-4:00 PM Stephen Pusateri

4:00 PM-4:10 PM Jean Croyle

4:10 PM-4:20 PM Jen Ashburn

4:20 PM-4:30 PM Jason Irwin

4:30 PM-4:40 PM City of Asylum

4:40 PM-4:50 PM City of Asylum

4:50 PM-5:00 PM City of Asylum

11/22 Little as Living launch @ ModernFormations

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by 6GPress
THIS SATURDAY…