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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…
Juliet Cook
John Thomas Menesini
The Devilz in the Detailz
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.

6/3 Grochalski, Harvey, Oresick, Oresick & Wurster @ Hemingway’s

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by 6GPress


Johm Grochalski, Yona Harvey, Peter Oresick, Judith Vollmer, and Michael Wurster at Hemingway’s in Oakland. No images, no links. FREE.


Well, we have a change of line-up for tonight.  Judy Vollmer has come down with pneumonia
and I know we all wish her a quick & smooth recovery.  So…tonight we will be featuring what may be
Hemingway’s first, a father & son reading, with Peter Oresick and Jake Oresick, along with
our previously features Yona Harvey and John Grochalski.   This will be great…and especially
great to have Peter Oresick reading at Hemingway’s for the first time in some years,
and Yona Harvey reading for the first time with us. Be there!

Highly recommended!Scroll down for bio notes!


The 2014 Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series

Hemingway’s Cafe (in the back room)

Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. May-July

Jimmy Cvetic hosts.  Open mic most evenings.

To listen in on the last three years of this series, go to:


Tuesday, June 3

John Grochalski Yona Harvey

Jake Oresick & Peter Oresick   


John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press, 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), and the novel The Librarian (Six Gallery Press, 2013).  Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.


Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.   Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). In addition to her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Howard University (BA) and The Ohio State University (MFA), she also earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from The University of Pittsburgh.  She is an Assistant Professor of English at The University of Pittsburgh.
Jake Oresick is a poet-lawyer who lives in Oakland, is the title poet of a new poetry anthology from Ave Maria Press called ST. PETER’S B-LIST: CONTEMPORARY POEMS INSPIRED BY SAINTS, that features Jim Daniels, Daniel Gioia, Kate Daniels and others. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  He currently serves as the Judicial Law Clerk at the Washington County’s Court of Common Pleas.

Peter Oresick earned his college tuition in the 1970s during summers laboring for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. He worked as a publisher for 22 years, and as a high school teacher, a Poet-in-the-Schools, and director of Master’s programs in both publishing and creative writing. As an editor, his anthologies include Working Classics: Poems on Industrial Life; For a Living: The Poetry of Work; and the forthcoming The Pittsburgh Novel: A Readers’ Guide to Western Pennsylvania in Fiction & Drama, 1792-2014. His most recent book of poems is a verse biography of Andy Warhol, Warhol-o-rama.