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6/27 The Bridge Series @ Ace Hotel + POP Presents @ Black Cat Market

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2019 by 6GPress

7 PM WEDNESDAY

For our June installment of The Bridge Series our guest organization will be Bethlehem Haven and our readers will include Jen Ashburn, Jill Khoury and Toi Derricotte.

$5 suggested donation

thanks to our board members Joan Bauer and Jenny Ashburn for putting this event together.

Bio details below:

Jen Ashburn is the author of The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016) and has work published in numerous venues, including The MacGufffin, Whiskey Island and The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Her poem “Our Mother Drove Barefoot” was selected for the 2018 Public Poetry Project by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and distributed on posters across the state. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, and lives in Pittsburgh.

Jill Khoury writes on gender, disability, and embodied identity. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and edits Rogue Agent, a journal that features poetry and art of the body. She has written two chapbooks—Borrowed Bodies (Pudding House, 2009) and Chance Operations (Paper Nautilus, 2016). Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, was released in 2016 from Sundress Publications. Find her at jillkhoury.com.

Toi Derricotte is the author of five previous collections of poetry, most recently, The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), described by Natasha Trethewey as “a courageous act of healing and redemption.” An earlier collection of poems, Tender, won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; and her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem Foundation, the nation’s premier “home for Black poetry.” Professor Emerita at the University of Pittsburgh, she serves on the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. Her sixth collection, ‘I’: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2019.

ABOUT OUR GUEST ORGANIZATION:
Bethlehem Haven provides shelter and supportive services to thousands of homeless women. A continuum of care consists of a range of housing and supportive services designed to enable each woman to identify her needs, develop a plan of action, and achieve a successful outcome.
Bethlehem Haven believes that a secure home is an essential foundation for women to achieve stable mental and physical health, as well as personal empowerment. Every woman who lives at Bethlehem Haven is linked to supportive services, specially designed for their individual needs. Bethlehem Haven helps clients identify an action plan to achieve self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
Housing Programs and Supportive Services
EMERGENCY SHELTER provides temporary housing for homeless women.
SAFE AT HOME offers monetary and basic assistance to women who are homeless, or at immediate risk of homelessness, for the first time in their lives. Priority is given to women over 50 years old.
HAVEN HOMES provides supportive permanent housing for women who are mentally ill.
RAPID RE-HOUSING provides housing identification, move in assistance, short-term rental assistance that is gradually reduced as the tenant assumes a larger share of the payment, case management and aftercare support.
MEDICAL RESPITE CARE is acute and post-acute medical care for patients experiencing homelessness or patients who are unstably housed who are too ill or frail from a physical illness or injury while living in a shelter or on the street, but are not sic enough to be in a hospital.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLINIC provides medical, mental health, podiatry, and dental care for homeless women and men without health insurance
UPTOWN LEGAL CLINIC provides free legal counseling for civil cases in such areas as family law, landlord-tenant, public benefits, consumer protection, wills, power of attorney and bankruptcy.
For the last 36 years, Bethlehem Haven has provided nearly 13,000 nights of shelter, every night, and the need continues to grow. Each year, the Haven provides nearly 60,000 meals; sees around 600 men and women in the health and wellness clinic; fills countless physical and emotional needs for our residents and day program attendees; and provides employment training for more than 100 men and women in the community.

ALSO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

Join Pretty Owl Poetry at The Black Cat Market for a night of poetry + fiction + cats! Wheeler Light will be promoting their book Hometown Onomastics! Local readers Laura Brun, Malcolm Friend, and Taylor Grieshober will be reading things, too!

Laura Brun is a poet from small-town Kentucky who lives and writes in Pittsburgh. She currently works at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and reads submissions for IDK Magazine. Her work is most recently forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue and the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. You can find more of her work at lauranbrun.blogspot.com and can follow her on insta @laurarrrrun

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia Books, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Together with JR Mahung, he is a member of Black Plantains, an Afrocarribean poetry collective.

Taylor Grieshober earned her MFA in Fiction from Oregon State University in 2018. She has recently been shortlisted for the Master’s Review Emerging Writer’s Prize, guest judged by Aimee Bender and her work has appeared in Hobart and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among others. Her debut story collection, “Off Days,” is forthcoming from Low Ghost Press on June 8th.

Wheeler Light lives in Washington, DC. He received his BA in creative writing from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where he co-founded What Are Birds? Journal. He is the 2018 Denver Mercury Cafe Poetry Slam champion and a recipient of the IthacaLit Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in December Magazine, Gravel Mag, Hobart, and New Delta Review, among others. He is the author of Blue Means Snow (Bottlecap Press 2018) and Hometown Onomastics (Pitymilk Press 2019).

4-24 The Bridge w/ Dione, James-Parham, Philyaw & the Maya Org @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24…

For the April event The Bridge Series is having a Spring Fling!
Our featured organization will be announced soon and our feaured readers will be Melanie Dione, Michele James-Parham and Deesha Philyaw. Our featured organization will be The Maya Organization, represented by Amber Edmunds.

$5 Suggested Donation

Thanks to Deesha Philyaw for organizing this event

Bios to follow

2/27 The Bridge Series w/ Friend, Goldman, Kothari & Casa San Jose @ Ace Hotel

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by 6GPress

7PM, LAST WEDNESDAY OF FEBRUARY, the Bridge Series is back in a new spot.

We are happy to kick off season three of The Bridge Series at the Ace Hotel on Wedneday Feburary 27. Our featured organization will be Casa San Jose with readers Malcolm Friend, Pam Goldman and Geeta Kothari.

$5 suggested donation

Thanks to our board members Ellen McGrath Smith and Cameron Barnett for putting this event together.

Bio details to follow

Casa San José is a Pittsburgh-based community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency. Opened in 2013 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Case San José has helped over 1,000 immigrants navigate the legal, health care, and social service systems to thrive in their new home. Representing this agency will be Sister Janice Vanderneck, Case San José’s director of Civic Engagement.

Pam Goldman is a fiction writer living in Pittsburgh. Her story, “Partisan,” is coming out in the spring issue of Colorado Review. She is also an activist and people’s lawyer who has worked
with the Mud Creek, KY community in obtaining a functioning water system; Iranian students protesting against the Shah; striking coal miners; people with AIDS, early in the epidemic; prisoners serving excessive sentences of the mass incarceration system; prisoners fighting for their rights while incarcerated; political prisoners in the high security unit of the Lexington federal prison; battered women, before shelters existed; activists from Standing Rock. Today,
she is a volunteer at Casa San José. Between 1980 and 1981, she spent almost every waking moment of helping 287 Haitian refugees who had fled the vicious regime of Baby Doc Duvalier and who were incarcerated in federal prison in Lexington, KY. The Haitians sought to remain in the United States and apply for political asylum and, of course, to be released from prison.

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, WA. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He
is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full-length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He is also a member of the Afrocaribbean poetry duo Black Plantains with JR Mahung.

Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of the Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, Massachusetts Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Best American Essays. Her short story collection, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories was published in 2017, and she is a recipient of a 2018 Creative Development Grant sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

10/24 The Bridge Series w/ Borczon, Dione, Ivey, & Project Love @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, October 24th with our focus is twofold Veterans and Displacement. Our featured performers include Matt Borczon, Melanie Dione and Chris Ivey.

$5 donation

Our Guest Organization is Project Love Coalition

Matthew Borczon is a nurse and Navy sailor from Erie, Pa. He has published four books of poetry, A Clock of Human Bones (Yellow Chair Review), Battle Lines (Epic Rites Press), Ghost Train (Weasel Publishing), Sleepless Nights and Ghost Soldiers (Grey Boarders), and The Smallest Coffins are the Heaviest (Epic Rites Punk Chapbook). He was a recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant in his hometown of Erie, Pa. He was nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net for poetry in 2016. When not writing he raises four children with his wife of 21 years.

Melanie Dione is a geeky mom, bookworm, writer, and podcaster from New Orleans, currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She can be heard weekly on the popular “Bad Advice Show” when she isn’t making famous people laugh at her Twitter feed. Melanie currently leads the league in creative ways to hide her phone in her bra at work

Chris Ivey is an award-winning commercial director who is best known internationally for his documentary series East of Liberty. The series has chronicled race, class and gentrification issues in Pittsburgh, for over a decade. The East of Liberty series is a historical document and the only interactive documentation project in recent Pittsburgh history. Chris’s work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered Going There in Pittsburgh segment about the unaddressed impacts of urban renewal and gentrification on the city’s Black community.Chris is currently at work on East of Liberty: Youth Rising, a film that interweaves the experiences of youth in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans and Philadelphia with additional related footage of youth in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This installment of the series presents the voices of young people on topics including teen pregnancy, gangs, and the prospects for their futures.

Project LOVE Coalition is a unique organization which encourages diverse community partnerships. In Project Love Coalition, we are dedicated to the universal spread of love in our great work of uplifting fallen humanity. Project Love Coalition encourages all people of all faiths and cultures to become part of our unique collaborative initiatives to serve those veterans who are now in need. At Project Love Coalition: > We aim to provide affordable healthy housing to homeless veterans and their families. Additionally, we seek to provide a welcoming space which honors and provides support services those who have served our country while connecting veterans with other community residents and veterans affairs pipelines that enable them to be workforce assets and leaders in neighborhood sustainability. > We are a grassroots organization which brings veterans and other community residents together to use arts to improve and build an inclusive, sustainable community where peace, dignity and a sense of belonging are among our top priorities. Project Love Coalition aims to create social and economic opportunities that include veterans. > We welcome all to participate regardless of belief, nationality, age, or gender. Project Love Coalition was originally started by a group of Americans in the Hill District and Homewood community sectors of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://www.facebook.com/projectlovecoalition/

8/29 The Bridge w/ Edelman, Broadus, Waltz, MacIntyre, & Morrison @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, August 29 @ 7 pm at Brillobox with a program focused on BREATHING! featuring Barbara Edelman (University of Pittsburgh), Nathaniel Broadus (Blackpacking and The Roots Club), Amanda Waltz (NEXT Pittsburgh), Grant MacIntyre (University of Pittsburgh Law School), along with a Q&A discussion led by Public Source’s Owen Morrison.

$5 donation.

Guest Organization: Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)
Hosted by Joan E. Bauer

Barbara Edelman is the author of the poetry collection, Dream of the Gone-From City, published by Carnegie Mellon Press in 2017. She’s a lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh, where she coordinates the Writers’ Café. She has a longtime interest in environmental issues and will teach a class in environmental advocacy at Pitt in the fall.

Nathaniel Broadus is the comic book writer and founder of Blackpacking: FUBU Hiking, a local black hiking group, and The Roots Club, which gets Black Pittsburghers involved in outdoors activities such as fishing, hunting and camping.

Grant MacIntyre is Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Before joining the law school faculty, Professor McIntyre worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel as an attorney advisor and special assistant to the general counsel, where he focused on the intersection of administrative law and environmental regulation. He received his J.D. from University of Pittsburgh Law School in 2008.

Amanda Waltz is business and tech/environmental news editor at NEXT Pittsburgh. She also writes for The Film
Sae and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema a blog dedicated to covering Pittsburgh film culture. She has a master’s in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University.

Oliver Morrison is the environment reporter at PublicSource and has focused his reporting on Pittsburgh’s efforts to tackle climate change. Prior to PublicSource, Oliver won regional press awards for his environment and health reporting at The Wichita Eagle. He also led the paper’s coverage of immigration, race and criminal justice reform among other topics. Before the Eagle, he freelanced in New York for publications such as The Atlantic, Education Week and City Limits.

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) was founded in 1969 by volunteers concerned about air quality in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since then, GASP has worked tirelessly to explain and combat our air quality problems through public meetings, engagement with the press, educational events, permit reviews, and many other means.

GASP participates on county, state, and national boards, with stakeholder groups, and on environmental policy committees. Occasionally GASP presses its goals with litigation, having brought action related to requiring Allegheny County to adopt pollution standards based on the Clean Air Act, enforcement of air quality standards at the Clairton Coke Works, LTV Corporation’s air quality violations at the firm’s former Hazelwood plant, Shenango ‘s long-standing air quality infractions at its former Neville Island coke plant, and a number of other instances.

Education and events coordinator Chelsea Arnold will represent G.A.S.P. For more, go to: https://gasp-pgh.org

2/28 The Bridge Series Season 2 Premiere @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by 6GPress

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28…

Mark your calendars -The Bridge Series returns Wednesday, February 28th @ 7pm at Brillobox featuring readings by Brentin Mock (cityLAB), Charlie Deitch (Pittsburgh City Paper), and Hattie Fletcher (Creative Nonfiction) along with a Q&A discussion led by Matt Ussia (We’re All Gonna Die podcast)!!! Our guest organization for the evening will be The Coalition for Racial Justice in Media.

Cover: $5

Charlie Deitch is the editor-in-chief at Pittsburgh City Paper. He began working as a professional journalist at his hometown newspaper in 1993. Since then, he has worked in newsrooms in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and Louisiana. A multi-award-winning journalist, Charlie has spent much of his career covering social-justice issues ranging from immigration and police brutality to education and politics. He has worked at City Paper since 2005 before being named editor in 2014.

Hattie Fletcher has been the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine since 2005 and is the editor of the monthly mini-magazine True Story. Essays she has edited have been reprinted in the Best American Essays, the Best American Travel Writing, and the Best Women’s Travel Writing and have been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She has also worked on books covering such topics as end-of-life care, personalized medicine, education, mental health, and parenting. She was a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series, published by W.W. Norton, and is co-editor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told … from the first 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction magazine (In Fact Books, 2014).

Brentin Mock is a staff writer for Citylab who writes about the role of justice and civil rights in the laws and policies that govern our lives, particularly in the urban environment. He has a long history of reporting on environmental justice and voting rights. He previous served as justice editor for the environmental news site Grist, and as a national correspondent for Colorlines.com <http://colorlines.com/>. He has also served as a staff writer or fellow for The Nation, The American Prospect magazine, Intelligence Report magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, and The Lens, an investigative online news nonprofit in New Orleans, Louisiana. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Root, Outside Magazine, Essence, The Grio, and Next City.

Matt Ussia is sentient organic matter, an academic, soft core punk, theremin player, photo-blogger, and podcaster who lives in Pittsburgh. He is currently finishing up a book about the negative impact of neoliberalism on higher education and the lives of young people. His podcast is called We’re All Gonna Die (And Other Fun Facts).

The Coalition for Racial Justice in Media was created to improve inclusivity and accurate, substantive representation in newsrooms by holding newsrooms accountable.

CRJM believes that all voices deserve an equal opportunity for access within Western Pennsylvania’s media ecosystem, notably within its legacy newspapers, television and radio broadcasts and digital operations. Through a combination of advocacy, policy-making, education, research and reporting, CRJM works toward the creation of such an inclusive media environment.

11/29 The Bridge Series w/ Sargeson, Gibson, & Griffith @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29…

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:

RJ Gibson holds an MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is the author of the chapbooks Scavenge (co-winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize) and You Could Learn a Lot, both from Seven Kitchens Press. His work has appeared in Court Green, Waxwing, Columbia Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Cortland Review, OCHO, Waxwing and other journals. His work has been anthologized in My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, and Walk Til the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. He lives and works in West Virginia.

Bri Griffith is an undergraduate Creative Writing student at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she emcees the Red Dog Reading Series. A proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ‘Pittsburgh Poetry Review,’ ‘ITWOW International Anthology,’ ‘Alien Mouth,’ ‘Rogue Agent,’ ‘Maudlin House,’ ‘Inside The Bell Jar,’ ‘Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Anthology,’ and elsewhere.

Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016) and the chapbooks BLAZE (Main Street Rag, 2015) and Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). She co-directs the MadMentoring program and is the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Duquesne University, Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County.

Our guest organization for the evening is She Runs SWPA.

She Runs SWPA aims to give a diverse set of women, especially women of color, the voice and representation that enables change in our political system by, (1) Exposing gender bias in the political system (2) uncovering issues that disproportionately affect women in Southwest, PA (3) convening resources that enable women to be involved, active citizens and (4) encouraging and enabling women to run for office.

Visit She Runs SWPA at http://sherunsswpa.com/

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.

9/27 Arkansas Ghoulash Launch @ Faulkner County Library + Bridge Series @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27…

CONWAY, AR— UCA Visiting Lecturer, Scotty Lewis, the first graduate of the MFA program in creative writing to defend his thesis at UCA, will read from his debut book at 7:00 p.m. on September 27th at the Conway Public Library. Arkansas Ghoulash, recently published by Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh, evolved from his thesis, a highly complex and lyrical epic poem written in the form of investigative verse.

Described by Drew Cook as “at once oppressively intimate and as wide as the American South,” Arkansas Ghoulash examines the poet’s violent domestic past. Marck Beggs, author of Blind Verse, says that Lewis “displays a dazzling ability to shove poetic style and grace to the outer edges,” in a book that Lea Graham, author of Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You,” describes as “a stew of ghosts” in a “mercurial slipstream.”

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase with a signing to follow. The Faulkner County Library is located at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway. For more information please contact Nancy Allen at nancy@fcl.org or call (501) 327-7482.

8PM WEDNESDAY…

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:

Lisa Alexander’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tupelo Quarterly, 2 Bridges Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Burnside Review, BLOOM, and 5 AM among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. Alexander has led poetry workshops at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, California University of Pennsylvania, Drew University in Madison, NJ and the Isles YouthBuild Community Program in Trenton, NJ. She has been a sound engineer for Prosody, NPR-affiliate WESA’s weekly show featuring the work of national writers for eight years and counting.

A lifelong writer, Justin Vicari is a widely published poet, critic and translator. His first collection, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), won the Transcontinental Award. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Spoon River Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, The Ledge, Oranges & Sardines, American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, and other journals. He is also the author of six books of film and literary theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2011) and Mad Muses and the Early Surrealists (McFarland, 2001). He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Oaks is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Mistakes with Strangers (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Shift (Seven Kitchens Press, 2010), The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992). The recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, he has published poems most recently in Field, Nimrod, Mid-American Review, Superstition Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly. His essays have appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review Online, and in the anthologies My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, and Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Our guest organization for the evening is Persad Center.

PERSAD CENTER is a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. We serve our target populations and their loved ones, cradle to grave, across western Pennsylvania, with service centers in Pittsburgh and Washington, PA.

PERSAD fulfills its missions through outreach, prevention counseling, training and advocacy services.

OUTREACH. In collaboration with allies and friends, PERSAD works to build stronger, safer, healthier communities and steer the public dialogue about LGBTQ people and issues. Our target populations have experienced stigma and discrimination and because of that they do not enjoy the same access to quality care. PERSAD reaches out to our target populations and welcomes them to receive services they need.

PREVENTION. Recognizing that LGBTQ people are at higher risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, HIV and other STDs, homelessness, and for being the victims of violence, PERSAD has special programs to help the community be aware of their risks and to develop protective behaviors to reduce their risks.

ADVOCACY. PERSAD offers an array of Training & Advocacy consultation services that are designed to help organizations work successfully with LGBTQ consumers and employees. We are dedicated to ending discrimination and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ people. Our Training & Advocacy services are available to health and human service professionals, schools, corporations, HR professionals, law enforcement and public safety officials.

COUNSELING. Founded in 1972, PERSAD is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center serving the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV. PERSAD was created as an affirming counseling center to help LGBTQ people cope with the social discrimination they experienced and to receive professional counseling services without prejudice about their identity.

In the early 1980’s PERSAD added serving the HIV/AIDS communities to our mission because of the devastating impact that HIV had on the gay population of that time. PERSAD continues to serve the HIV+ individual regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.

For more on PERSAD, go to: www.persadcenter.org

Here’s a Littsburgh interview w/ Joan Bauer, who put this one together.

8/30 The Bridge Series w/ Springer, Alberts, & Sebak @ Brillobox

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

8PM WEDNESDAY…

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:

Christina Springer is an Alt.Black artist who uses poetry, dance, theatre, film and other visual expressions. Recent visual exhibitions have been at San Jose Martin Luther King Library, Dayton Visual Arts Center and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Her most recent performance piece “She Diva Died. & Come Again?, was a multi-media performance exploring the challenges and joys raising of a Black man. As an arts organizer, she is the force behind The Svaha Paradox Salon which released its first anthology “Electronic Corpse: Poems From A Digital Salon” edited by M. Ayodele Heath. Her educational outreach work included four site-specific, mixed-media projects with youth at The Tower Of London. Cave Canem helped shape her voice. Springer resides in Pittsburgh where she home educates her son. www.christinaspringer.com

Renée Alberts’ poetry, music, and visual art appear in print, dance performances, live radio shows, and at least one tattoo. She is author of the poetry collections No Water and As They Fall and editor of Natural Language. As Animoon Workshop, she and co-founder Cathie Coleman create jewelry and collage to inspire your inner animal.

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs.

His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves.

He has put together twenty-two individual special programs that make up what is called the Pittsburgh History Series, including a very popular 1988 program titled “Kennywood Memories” about the wonderful old amusement park near Pittsburgh, a show called “Pittsburgh A To Z,” one titled “North Side Story,” and a much imitated documentary titled “Things That Aren’t There Anymore.”

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He grew up in Bethel Park, PA, in the suburban South Hills of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1971.

Our guest organization for the evening is Pittsburgh United.

“Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh for everyone.” http://pittsburghunited.org/

7/26 The Bridge Series w/ Osama Alomar, Malcolm Friend, & Lori Jakiela @ Brillobox

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by 6GPress

8PM WEDNESDAY…

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:

Osama Alomar – Born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now living in Chicago, Osama Alomar is one of the most well-respected Arabic poets writing today, and a prominent practitioner of the Arabic al-qisa al-qasira jiddan, the “very short story.” He is the author of Fullblood Arabian in English, and three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic. Alomar’s first full-length collection of stories, The Teeth of the Comb, will be published by New Directions in April 2017. His short stories have been published by Newyorker.com, Noon, Conjunctions.com, The Coffin Factory, Electric Literature, and The Literary Review. He also performs as a musician.

Malcolm Friend – Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (forthcoming, Glass Poetry), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry.

Lori Jakiela – Lori Jakiela is the author of three memoirs, most recently Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books, 2015), which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University. She is also the author of a poetry collection — Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012) — and four limited-edition poetry chapbooks. Her newest book, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker, a collection of memoir-essays about work and the writing life, will be published by Bottom Dog Press in July. Her awards include the City of Asylum-Pittsburgh Prize, which sent her on a month-long writing residency in Brussels and for which she will always be grateful. Jakiela is a professor of English and director of the writing program at Pitt-Greensburg, co-director of the Summer Writers Festival at Chautauqua Institution, and the poetry curator for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She teaches community writing workshops in her hometown, Trafford, PA, where she lives with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their two children. For more, visit http://lorijakiela.net/

Our guest organization for the evening is City of Asylum.

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. We offer a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. We anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.
http://cityofasylum.org/

And tonight we also have the pleasure of hosting our friends from PEN America.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
https://pen.org/