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6/28 The Bridge Series – Corso, Yune, Krygowski, & GPLC @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28…

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:

Paola Corso is the author of poetry and fiction books set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant family worked in the steel mills. Corso’s latest are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing featuring steel and garment workers. Writing honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Literary Map. She is co-founder and resident artist for Steppin Stanzas, a performing arts project celebrating Pittsburgh city steps. paolacorso.com.

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His fiction has appeared in the Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.
In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has worked as an extra in movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Father and Daughters.
Currently, he teaches at DePauw University, located in beautiful Greencastle, Indiana. His novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award; other nominees included Viet Thanh Nguyen, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie.

Nancy Krygowski’s first book of poems, Velocity, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and several residencies. Krygowski teaches poetry workshops in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic program in addition to her work as an adult ESL instructor at Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Our guest organization for the evening is the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council’s mission is better lives through learning. Our primary focus is helping adults acquire the language and literacy skills needed to be successful neighbors, parents and workers. We provide both classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring in reading, English, math, English as a second language, workplace skills and computers. We also help students to prepare for the high school equivalency exams. Volunteer tutors and the generosity of local businesses and individuals ensure that instruction is available free of charge to people in need. GPLC students go on to get jobs, move off the welfare rolls, attend college, complete job training and earn promotions. They give back to our community and instill the importance of education in their children. For more information, call 412-393-7600 or visit www.gplc.org.

Meet Angele Ellis Under the Kaufmann’s Clock…

Posted in New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2016 by 6GPress

and she will show you everything Pittsburgh—from Schenley Park Golf Course at midnight and an artists’ colony in Oakland to sunflowers growing in sandy Garfield dirt, the neon sign of a Carrick tanning salon, and Grandma Berta’s Polish Natrona—city landmarks and personal landscapes where love is lost and lives implode like Three Rivers Stadium. In Ellis’s book of poetry and prose, with evocative photographs by Rebecca Clever, is a beloved timepiece and a poet’s sure hand that strikes memory.

Paola CorsoThe Laundress Catches Her Breath and Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories

This nifty new collab is coming in early 2017. Here’s the cover

utck-front-cover
& this poem from the Winter section

Polder
I wake with snow in my mouth and a word: polder.
All this time, I’ve been holding back the dike with one finger.
And still the sea keeps sending seeded storm clouds
to flood my land. In my dream, I was under the covers
with you. We were living in an artists’ colony in Oakland
summer. I was fitting the pieces together, a collage—
Audubon’s bird portfolio—but you kept putting
your hands under my shirt and saying, Come to bed.

It seemed as real as anything—the train whistle hooting
through stone-cold pillows, the mantle of white fur
I sweep from my sill, the sheeted illusion of love.

& another blurb.

Angele’s writing pulls me back to Pittsburgh and its nesting boxes of past-in-present. Organized by seasons, her poems and flash fiction hold the paradoxes of stillness against the constant evaporation of the present moment. Intimate texts are laced with the kind of detail that make fiction ring true. Ellis knows too how omission makes powerful poems of suicide, of violence and its consequences, of sex in the ‘ordinary life’. Side doors of dream unexpectedly slip open in Under the Kaufmann’s Clock. Let this work haunt you!

Jessica Fenlon, Spiritual Side Effects

Fenlon, I should fully disclose, also has a book coming out in 2017—a glitched-out poetry collection called Manual for Wayward Angels.

Happy New Year & stay tuned for launch details!