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4/29 Pittsburgh Poetry Review Issue 5 Release Party @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by 6GPress


Come help us celebrate the release of Issue 5, with readings from Daniela Buccili, Ava C. Cipri, George David Clark, Angele Ellis, Mike Good, Kara Knickerbocker, Deena November, Zana Previti, and Vivian Wagner.

The event will begin with an informal social hour at 6 PM, with readings beginning promptly at 7. Beer, wine, and snacks will be provided. Copies and subscriptions of the Review will available for sale.

6/2 Pittsburgh Poetry Review Roadshow Presents – Jill Khoury w/ Angele Ellis & Ellen McGrath Smith @ Te Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by 6GPress


A PPR Roadshow Event!  Come celebrate….   
Jill  Khoury’s first full-length book of poetry
‘Suites for the Modern Dancer’
Jill will be reading w/ Angele Ellis & Ellen McGrath Smith
Thurs June 2 @ Te Cafe on Murray Avenue @ 7 p.m.
Thanks to Joan Bauer for promoting this! & for the Bookfacers among you…

2/4 Pittsburgh Poetry Roadshow Presents Beatty, Gainey, Ellis, Wolf, Scott, & Patterson @ EEBX

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


Join us for a great night of poetry with PPR Issue contributors and Madwomen Jan Beatty, Celeste Gainey, Angele Ellis, Laurin Wolf, Wendy Scott, and Laura Patterson!

Pittsburgh Poetry Roadshow Presents Jill Khoury, Laura Brun, Kim Grabowski, & Don Wentworth @ Te Cafe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2016 by 6GPress


Join us for stop #2 of the PPR Roadshow, Thursday, January 28, 7:00 PM at the Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, with Jill Khoury, Laura Brun, Kim Grabowski, and Don Wentworth for an evening of tea and poetry.

Copies and subscriptions of the Pittsburgh Poetry Review will be available for purchase, as well as books by the readers.

Plan to get there early to get a seat and a cup (or pot) of tea before the reading starts. Parking is plentiful in the huge municipal lot behind the storefronts between Beacon and Barlett Streets. no more than half a block from the Te Cafe.

JILL KHOURY is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Copper Nickel, Inter|rupture, and Portland Review. She edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press (2009). Her first full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications (2016). You can find her at

KIMBERLY GRABOWSKI hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan, a land she could point out to you on the back of her hand. There, she worked closely with poets Diane Seuss and Traci Brimhall. She has since slid down the Rust Belt to Pittsburgh, where she is pursuing an M.F.A. in Poetry at The University of Pittsburgh.

A poet from small-town Kentucky, LAURA BRUN received her BA at the University of Southern California and her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s currently serving lattes at a coffeeshop downtown and her work can be found in Booth Journal, bluestockings, and Rawboned.

DON WENTWORTH is a Pittsburgh-based poet whose work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in everyday life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, bear creek haiku and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. His first full-length collection, ‘Past All Traps’, was published in 2011 by Six Gallery Press and was shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s 2011 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. His poem “hiding” was selected as one of “100 Notable Haiku” of 2013 by Modern Haiku Press. A second full-length book, ‘Yield to the Willow’, is now available from Six Gallery Press.

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


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).

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.

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.