Archive for Scott Silsbe

6/23 Reading: Gwin, Silsbe, Collins, Garrison @ White Whale Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on June 22, 2017 by 6GPress

FRIDAY…

my strong suspicion is it’s these guys reading: Ben Gwin, Scott Silsbe, Kris Collins, & Kurt Garrison. Bring beer & find out!

5/27 Muskrat Friday Dinner launch w/ Mummula, Pond Hockey, & readings @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

Launch for the book of poems ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ by Scott Silsbe, published by White Gorilla Press. This event will featuring readings by Silsbe, Dave Newman, and Lori Jakiela. There will also be sets by Columbus, OH monster-rockers Mummula and local weirdo-rockers Pond Hockey. Copies of ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ will be available for purchase. Schedule for the night still coming together, but tentatively…Doors at 8, readings start around 9, music starts around 11.

4/21-23 2017 KC Poetry Throwdown @ Prospero’s Books

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2017 by 6GPress

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 23…

THE 2017 KANSAS CITY POETRY THROWDOWN!

APRIL 21ST, 22ND AND 23RD, 2017

3 days of poetry readings with local poets paired up with national authors from ten different states to celebrate National Poetry Month featuring five well renowned headliners:

George Wallace (NYC, NY)

RA Washington (Cleveland, OH)

John Dorsey (Belle, MO)

William Taylor Jr (San Francisco, CA)

Bill Gainer (Grass Valley, CA)

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Co-hosted by Jameson Bayles and Jason Ryberg

Friday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm!

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

6:30 – Bill Gainer

7:30 – RA Washington

8:00 – William Taylor, Jr

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:15 – George Wallace

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Saturday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

5:45 – William Taylor, Jr.

6:45 – Bill Gainer

8:30 – John Dorsey

9:00 – George Wallace

9:30 – M’Vyonne Payne POP! Poetry Release
$10 cover includes the book!

10:00 Microslam hosted by Prim-One

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Sunday, April 23rd:

STARTS AT 3PM. NO COVER.

Headliners as follows with featured readers between:

3:30 – William Taylor, Jr.

4:30 – Bill Gainer

6:15 – John Dorsey

7:00 – RA Washington

Stay tuned. More info to come.

If you have new works to sell, bring them. If you are a publisher/editor of a press and you have books you want to promote…bring them!

Do not park at Mia’s on the NE corner of 39th and Bell, she tows fast!

BRING CASH!

http://www.spartanpresskc.com/throwdown/

Some familiar names on this list of other readers too:

Bree (Pleasureville, KY)

Scott Douglas (Charlotte, NC)

Scott Silsbe (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kristopher Collins (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don Wentworth (Pittsburgh, PA)

Paul Koniecki (Fort Worth, TX)

Jim Deuchars (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tracie Morell (Erie, PA)

Angel Uriel Perales (Studio City, CA)

Brett Underwood (St. Louis, MO)

Jim McGowin (St. Louis, MO)

Stef Russell (St. Louis, MO)

Raphael Maurice (St. Louis, MO)

Jenny Molberg (Warrensburg, MO)

Daniel Crocker (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Matthew Hupert (New York City, NY)

Nathanael William Stolte (Buffalo, NY)

Julio Montalvo Valentin (Buffalo, NY)

Misty Khan-Becerra (Buffalo, NY)

Jennifer Skelton (Buffalo, NY)

Damian Rucci (Keyport, NJ)

Rebecca Weber (Keyport, NJ)

Roy Beckemeyer (Wichita, KS)

John Epic (Salina, KS)

Jason Baldinger (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lola Nation (Los Angeles, CA)

Melissa Singleton (St. Louis, MO)

Zaire Imani (St. Louis, MO)

Victor Clevenger (Carrollton, MO)

Jeanette Powers (Kansas City, MO)

Joan Koromante (Topeka, KS)

Shawn Pavey (Mission, KS)

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Lawrence, KS)

Matt Spezia (Topeka, KS)

Huascar Medina (Topeka, KS)

Xanath Caraza (Kansas City, MO)

Fredric Sims (Kansas City, MO)

Jose Faus (Kansas City, MO)

Jason Preu (Overland Park, KS)

Brandon Whitehead (Kansas City, MO)

Al Ortolani (Lenexa, KS)

Monique Salazar (Kansas City, MO)

Jessica Ayala (Kansas City, MO)

Don Wentworth says there will be some kinda panel re: small press publishing too, wherein he will discuss his terrifying experiences in this sketchy underworld. Will update once details emerge for that.

UPDATE:

“How to Get Your Work in Print: Advice from Small Press Editors” panel Saturday, April 22, 9:30AM @ The Writers Place.

A presentation on various topics within the realm of poetry will be discussed by several small press editors and leaders in the artistic community. The event is free but donations are accepted.

Co-hosts: Jameson Bayles and Jose Faus

Itinerary for the event:

9:30 Introduction by Jose Faus

9:35 Lilliput Review presentation by Don Wentworth

9:55 Main Street Rag presentation by Scott Douglass

10:15 Least Bittern Press presentation by Bree

10:35 Low Ghost Press presentation by Scott Silsbee/Kris Collins

10:55 Woodley Press presentation by Al Ortolani

11:15 GTK presentation by RA Washington

11:35 Spartan Press presentation by Jason Ryberg

11:55 Osage Arts Community presentation by Mark McClane

12:10 Q & A

12:30 Lunch break

1:30 Into to readings

1:35 Don Wentworth

1:50 Scott Douglass

2:05 Shawn Pavey

2:20 Bree

2:35 Jeanette Powers

2:55 RA Washington

3:15 Concluding remarks

1/28 The Light on the Wall launch @ Irma Freeman Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

The Light on the Wall Book Launch
featuring poet Jen Ashburn with special guests Daniela Buccilli, Brittany Hailer, Scott Silsbe, and emcee Paula Levin
Saturday January 28th 6-8pm
Irma Freeman Center
5006 Penn Ave, Pgh 15224
Readings, book signings, wine & light hors d’oeuvres
 
We’ll also take up a collection for Bethlehem Haven, which supports women who are homeless, in danger of being homeless, or mentally ill.  For more on Bethlehem Haven, go to: wwwbethelehemhaven.org
Jen Ashburn‘s work has been published or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Grey Sparrow, Lilliput Review, The MacGuffin, Nerve Cowboy, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the anthology Words Without Walls, and other journals. She completed her MFA at Chatham University in poetry and creative nonfiction, where she taught creative writing to inmates in the Allegheny County Jail. Originally from Indiana, she spent four years in Japan and greater Asia, and now lives in Pittsburgh.

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.

10/22 Ellis, Moody, Collins, Baldinger, & Silsbe Conversate & Connect @ Chatham + Poetic License Revoked @ White Whale Bookstore

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by 6GPress

THIS SATURDAY…

is Barrelhouse magazine’s Conversations and Connections conference at scenic Chatham University, featuring all sorts of panels & whatnot with actual, real, honest-to-Allah writers, including everyone’s favorite Six Gallery scribblers.

At 10:45 AM is one called Beyond Free Writing: 8 Concrete Suggestions for Jump-starting Your Work:

We’ve all heard it a hundred (thousand) times: when you’re stuck, just put the pen to paper and write. Write about nothing, write about something, write about anything. But what about those times when you’ve (free) written and written, and nothing on the page speaks to you? Or you can’t type “I don’t know what I’m typing I don’t know what I’m typing” one more time? This panel will provide (at least) 8 concrete suggestions to help prose writers and poets springboard into their work. Attendees will walk away with tangible ideas about how to generate new material—and also some nifty handouts to help them along. Writers of any stage will benefit from this panel, but especially those who may still be feeling out their writing practice and deciding what works best for them; also, anyone recently fighting writer’s block will come away armed with some tried to true tactics to get back in the game, maybe from a new angle.

Fiction writer Ashley Kunsa will discuss 3 methods for writers in any genre. These include going back to your old favorites—returning to previous sources of inspiration, be it a beloved writer or individual work, that have energized your writing in the past and using various techniques to encourage them to do so again; going back to your own favorites—finding past work of your own that reminds you of your own great capacity for creativity; and getting curious—using the simple tools around you (e.g., newspaper, smart phone, internet) to seek out new and interesting information to kick your creative brain into gear.

Poet and editor Ava Cipri will share 3 methods of interest to poets, but potentially useful for writers in other genres. “Get moving”: physical movement facilitates creativity; we naturally read work differently standing or walking, and walking affords a space to compose phrases and even the beginnings of a poem through dictation (audio recording) or pen. “Get Inside”: work intimately inside forms in unexpected ways; this can range from the villanelle, recipes, directions, to unfamiliar lexicons, etc. Almost anything can become a container. “Steal that”: practice found poetry by creating new derivative works. Do this through numerous found poetry forms: erasures, mixes, the cento, etc.. All activities aid in generating material with hooks, thus unfreezing the brain.

Angele Ellis, poet, prose writer, and editor, will discuss how to generate drafts of publishable poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, using the methods of Writers’ Playtime, the monthly writing group she has led since 2011. The most important of these methods are the group’s focus on only positive feedback, which provides participants with specific encouragement and direction (including the highlighting of key words and phrases in their drafts), and the development of small group solidarity, which releases creative energy, circumvents writers’ block, and promotes confidence in sharing and refining new work.

Also at 10:45 AM is Poetic License Revoked: Poetry as Non-Fiction:

Plato famously thought poets were immoral, going so far as to banish them from his Republic, because, he claimed, poetry was based in falsehood and therefore immoral. But what the hell did Plato know?

Panelists will discuss various approaches to poetry as a vehicle for non-fiction writing incorporating various genres such as memoir, journalism, travel writing, anthropology, cultural criticism, etc.

We will consider the versatility of the poetic form, as well as the challenges that arise when incorporating what are perceived as non-traditional genres and methods into the practice of poetry composition.

Revoking your poetic license will be Sheila Carter-Jones, Kristofer Collins, Lori Jakiela, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Jason Baldinger, Scott Silsbe, &, all the way from Texas, our old pal Jonathan Moody.

& if you still have it in you after all that, or didn’t shell out $70 for the conference, there’s a FREE reading of the same name, by the same folks.

The Bloomfield storefront formerly known as East End Book Exchange was recently relaunched as White Whale Bookstore, but new owners Jill and Adlai Yeomans seem intent on continuing the space as a literary hub. For instance, today Chatham University hosts the Conversations and Connections Writers Conference, whose panel talks include Poetic License Revoked: Poetry as Non-Fiction. Tonight, that panel’s seven participants — Jason Baldinger, Sheila L. Carter-Jones, Kristofer Collins, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Lori Jakiela, Jonathan Moody and Scott Silsbe — reconvene at White Whale to read their poetry. BO 7 p.m. 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. 412-224-2847 or www.whitewhalebookstore.com

CP Short List

Please conversate & connect responsibly.

Baldinger & Silsbe 10/12 @ The Book Cellar, 10/13 @ Raven Book Store, & 10/14 @ Inklings’ Books & Coffee Shoppe

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2016 by 6GPress

WEDNESDAY, 7PM at The Book Cellar in Chicago…

Come check out the Pittsburgh Poets Jason Baldinger (author of The Lower 48) and Scott Silsbe (author of Unattended Fire) with special guests Parneshia Jones, Jacob S. Knabb, and Daniela Olszewska.

http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/poetry-night-pittsburg-poets-scott-silsbe-and-jason-baldinger

THURSDAY, 7PM at Raven Book Store in Lawrence…

FRIDAY, 6PM at Inklings’ Books & Coffee Shoppe in Blue Springs…

10/9 Jason Baldinger & Scott Silsbe @ Bent Rail Brewery & Restaurant

Posted in Events with tags , , on October 8, 2016 by 6GPress

Baldinger & Silbe’s 5-city, 5-reading tour kicked off earlier tonight at the Big Room Bar in Columbus, w/ Nikki Allen & Amy Turn Sharp.

TOMORROW at 5 they’ll be at Bent Rail Brewery & Restaurant in Indianapolis,

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after which they’re hitting up Chicago, Lawrence, & Kansas City. Stay tuned!

8/12 The Kozo Reading Series @ The Morgan Conservatory

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2016 by 6GPress

7:30 THIS FRIDAY in Cleveland…

Parking is off E 45th Street. This is an exhibit opening night. More info, including feature bios, future feature lineups and events, can be found at the reading series’ homepage at burningriver.info.

Author publications will also be on hand.

See you there!
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Jonie McIntire is the Poetry Editor of the Toledo Streets Newspaper and coordinator of the annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change events in Toledo. Her work has been published in the online journal Red Fez, in the anthology /Sam & Andy’s Uptown Café,/ as well as other collections. Her poem “Work Night” won 2nd place in the Toledo City Paper Poetry Contest in 2015. And her poems have even been stamped into cement as part of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Sidewalk Poetry series. She is the author of “Not All Who Are Lost Wander,” a poetry chapbook published by Finishing Line Press and lives in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, two children, two dogs and, occasionally, some goldfish.

Kristofer Collins is the Books Editor at Pittsburgh Magazine, as well as being a frequent contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the publisher of Low Ghost Press and Coleridge Street Books. He also manages Caliban Book Shop in Oakland (and owns Desolation Row Records located inside). Collins is the former co-director of the TNY Presents Performance Series and was the managing editor of The New Yinzer online literary journal from 2005-09. A book of his poems entitled King Everything was published in 2007 by Six Gallery Press, and The Liturgy of Streets was published by them in 2009. The chapbook Last Call was published by Speed & Briscoe in 2010. Pennsylvania Welcomes You (2013) was followed by his latest poetry collection Local Conditions in 2015. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their three cats.

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. He’s traveled the country and written a few books, the latest of which are The Lower 48 (Six Gallery Press) and The Studs Terkel Blues (Night Ballet Press). A short litany of publishing credits include Blast Furnace, The Glassblock, Lilliput Review, Green Panda Press, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call and Fuck Art, Let’s Dance. You can hear audio versions of some poems on Bandcamp, just type in his name.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous periodicals including Kitchen Sink, Third Coast, Nerve Cowboy, and the Free State Review. He is the author of two poetry collections: Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press, 2012) and The River Underneath the City (Low Ghost Press, 2013). He was also a finalist for the Cultural Weekly’s 2014 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. He is currently at work on a new collection of poems.

Milenko (Miles) Budimir is the author of two chapbooks; Departures (Burning River) and Rustbelt Romance (deep cleveland), and mini chapbooks Zdravox (Language Foundry) and Missing Albertly (Green Panda). His poems have appeared in a variety of small press publications including most recently Great Lakes Review, Guide to Kulchur Quarterly, and PoetryBay among others. He works as a philosophy lecturer and technical writer and editor in the Cleveland area.

Cindy Bosley grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1991. After leaving her tenured teaching job in Toledo to be an at-home parent to daughters who are regular inspirations in the form of Emma, Isabel, and Molly, Cindy Bosley is now a substitute teacher who also quilts and creates dollhouse miniatures. Bosley’s poetry has appeared in a number of academic and literary journals, and she has two non-fiction essays in a college composition textbook.

7/31 Wordstock feat. Scott Silsbe, Jason Baldinger, & Megan Bell @ Poets’ Hall in Erie

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

5:10PM TODAY…

Sun July 31st
AT BEST (FAMILY FRIENDLY 2-5)
Doors 2PM
2:30 Chris Pierce
2:50 Jack Wonner
3:00 Marge Wonner
3:10 Family Friendly open-mic
3:20 Josh Romig
3:30 Kat Wolper
3:40 Veronica Hopkins
3:50 Ron Hayes
4:00 Sean Thomas Dougherty
4:10 break
4:30 Berwyn More
4:40 Marc Smith
4:50 Peachez
5:00 Rob Davis
5:10 Steel City Poets featuring Jason Baldinger, Scott Silsbee & Megan Bell (other poets TBA)
5:50 Open Mic
Closing Ceremonies