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3/3 Allen, Clevenger, Dorsey, Jakiela, & Powers @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2019 by 6GPress

4PM SUNDAY, MARCH 3

Jason Baldinger, who will host this reading, sez

John Dorsey and Nikki Allen are back in town and Missouri poets Jeanette Powers and Victor Clevenger will be joining them and that seemed like a good enough reason have a reading! Rounding out the bill will be Lori Jakiela. This is an early show and we will be passing the hat for gas money for out of towners.

Nikki Allen is a lover & a writer—with hair an animal & heart clumsy tiger. Scribbling because she must with nearly 20 years of stages in her gut. She has read in cities across the US at music festivals, war protests, backyards and art openings. Her work has appeared in Nailed, Crash, The New Yinzer, out of nothing, Profane Journal(Pushcart Prize nominee ‘14/’15) and Encyclopedia Destructica among others. Allen has also contributed vocals to tracks by recording artists Poogie Bell (Question Song) and Jack Wilson (NYC). She believes in revolution, strong coffee, the hard knocks & the sweetness.

When not traveling the highways across America, Victor Clevenger spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing poetry. He lives with his second ex-wife, and together they raise six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, MO. Selected pieces of his work have appeared in print magazines and journals around the world, as well as at a variety of places online. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, as well as the Pushcart Prize. Victor’s most recent published collections of poetry include a split book with Tom Farris titled Ginger Roots Are Best Taken Orally (EMP, 2018), A Finger in the Hornets’ Nest (Red Flag Poetry, 2018), and On The Tip Of Our Tongues (Analog Submission Press, 2018). He can be reached at: facebook.com/thepoetvictorclevenger

John Dorsey has been writing poetry since the late 1980’s and has been involved in the publishing community for more than two decades. He is the author of around 50 books and chapbooks, a few of the most recent being Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017), the latter was funded by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Department. An 11-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared more than 2,000 magazines and anthologies from around the world. He has read or spoken at colleges and universities such as the University of Toledo, Assumption College, Cleveland State University, Seton Hill University, University of the Arts, Erie Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as other assorted venues covering 49 states. For several years Dorsey served as a judge for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Tarta Project, which chose poems to be presented on city transit buses. In 2006, he won the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction competition, and would go on to serve as a judge the following year, before being named the city’s Best Literary Artist in their 2014 reader poll. In 2010, he also served as a judge for Grievous Jones Press’ Grievous Prize issued in Cardiff, Wales, and in 2013 for the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Open Chapbook Competition in Kent, Ohio. From 2003-2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio and In 2015, Dorsey was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO, where he currently resides. In 2017 he received a two appointment to serve as Belle’s first city Poet Laureate from Mayor Steve Vogt and has gone on to found the city’s first literary publication the Gasconade Review, which he edits with Jason Ryberg. He is a graduate of the University of Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program, completing his education there in 2002, and 2017 he served as the subject for a poetry documentary by NYC filmmaker Carson Parish. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com

Jeanette Powers is a poet-artist working on the banks of the Gasconade River in the Northern Ozarks. They are a founding member of FountainVerse: KC small press poetry fest and Stubborn Mule Press, as well as having seven full-length books of poetry and some chapbooks too released over the last decade. Follow them at jeanettepowers.com or @novel_cliche

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books), which received the 2016 Saroyan Prize for International Literature from Stanford University, was a finalist for the Council of Literary Magazine and Small Presses Firecracker Award and the Housatonic Literary Award, and named one of 20 Not-to-Miss Books of Nonfiction of 2015 by The Huffington Post. Jakiela is the author of an essay collection, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker (Bottom Dog Press), as well as two other memoirs — Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette) and The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press). She is also the author of the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist (Turning Point) and several limited-edition poetry chapbooks. Her latest poetry chapbook, Big Fish, was published by Stranded Oak Press in 2016. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Rumpus, Brevity and more. Her essays have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize many times, and she received the 2015 City of Asylum Pittsburgh Prize, which sent her to Brussels, Belgium on a month-long writing residency. She has also received a Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, was a working-scholar at The Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and was the winner of the first-ever Pittsburgh Literary Death Match. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their children. A former flight attendant and journalist, she now directs the undergraduate writing program at The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, where she is Professor of English and Creative/Professional Writing. She is a co-director of Chautauqua Institution’s Summer Writers Festival, teaches community writing workshops at a yoga studio in her hometown of Trafford, Pa., and curates the Saturday Poem feature at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is at work on her first novel.

12/6 Bill of Rights Day reading/ACLU benefit @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2018 by 6GPress

Don Wentworth says,

Thursday, December 6th, at 7pm at White Whale Bookstore (thanks Jill & Adlai!), I will be participating in the reading listed below, which is a benefit for the ACLU. The stated goal of the reading “involves solidarity, camaraderie, free expression, holiday spirit and hope for the future.  And yes, we could all use some good cheer.” The work I’ll be reading – a ghazal, two lyric poems, and a handful of haiku – will try to touch all those bases

It is an honor to be part of this event with its amazing array of top notch poets. We will each be reading for a maximum of 7-8 minutes and Joan, as always, will keep things moving. Books by all the poets will be available to purchase and, if you haven’t seen White Whale’s stock of poetry, as well as fiction, non-fiction, and children’s items, now is the perfect time.

BILL OF RIGHTS READING

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7 pm @ White Whale Bookstore Join us in support of Freedom of Expression and the Bill of Rights

A Benefit for the ACLU / Co-hosted by Joan E. Bauer & Emily Mohn-Slate. There is a suggested donation of $5 but all our welcome regardless. Our readers will be: 

   

Cameron Barnett                        Adriana Ramirez

Sheila Carter-Jones                   Mike Schneider

Malcolm Friend                          Justin Vicari

Celeste Gainey                           Arlene Weiner 

Joy Katz                                      Don Wentworth 

I hope to see you there.

best,

Don

 

Cameron Barnett holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was poetry editor for Hot Metal Bridge, and co-coordinator of Pitt’s Speakeasy Reading Series. He teaches middle school at Falk Laboratory School, and is an associate poetry editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Review. His first collection, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water (Autumn House Press, 2018), was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

 

Sheila L. Carter-Jones is the author of Three Birds Deep selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award and the chapbook Blackberry Cobbler Song. Her chapbook Crooked Star Dreambook was named Honorable Mention for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Sheila is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakin Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has been described by Herbert Woodward Martin as one who writes with “immediacy of tone, voice and language.”

 

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 theUniversity of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017), and has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, VinylWord RiotThe Acentos Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry. His first full-length book of poetry, Our Brusies Kept Singing Purple, the winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, was published by the Inlandia Institute in 2018.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the full-length poetry collection, the GAFFER (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2015), and the chapbook In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. The first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) as a gaffer, she has spent many years working with light in film and architecture. www.celestegainey.com

 

Joy Katz is an American poet and writer. Her work in progress, White: An Abstract, documents every minute of whiteness in her life. She has three poetry collections—All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stahlecker Selection at Four Way BooksThe Garden Room (Tupelo), and Fabulae (SIU)—plus a chapbook, Which From That Time (Argos Books). With Kevin Prufer, she co-edited the anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois). She has received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Heinz Foundation, and the NEA, as well as a Wallace Stegner fellowship. She teaches in CarlowUniversity’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops and in Chatham University’s MFA program and is an editor-at-large for Copper Nickel. She lives in Pittsburgh.

 

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian nonfiction writer, storyteller, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She’s the winner of the 2015 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s Prize, for her nonfiction novella, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016). In 2016, she was named “Critic At Large” by the Los Angeles Times’ Book Section. Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksLiterary HubGuernica/ PEN AmericaConvolutionHEArtApogee, and Nerve.com. She is the author of two small-press poetry books—The Swallows (Blue Sketch Press, reissued 2016) and Trusting in Imaginary Spaces (Tired Hearts Press, 2010)—as well as the nonfiction editor of DISMANTLE (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2014). Ramírez co-founded Aster(ix) Journal in 2013 with novelist Angie Cruz. Aster(ix) is a literary arts journal dedicated to social justice, as well as giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she co-founded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (home of the Steel City Slam) and the infamous Nasty Slam, while continuing to perform on stages around the country. She was featured in the 2014 Legends of Poetry Slam Showcase and TEDxHouston, as well as the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival. Her debut full-length nonfiction book, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner (2018).

 

Mike Schneider has published poems in many literary journals, including New Ohio Review, Notre Dame Review and Poetry. He received the 2012 Editors Award in Poetry from The Florida Review, and won the 2016 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press, which in 2017 published his chapbook, How Many Faces Do You Have?

 

Justin Vicari  has won awards from Third Coast, New Millennium Writings, and Plan B Press.  His first collection of poems, The Professional Weepers (Pavement Saw, 2011), received the Transcontinental Award. He has also authored several books of literary, film and philosophical theory, including Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion and Survival (McFarland, 2001), Nicholas Winding Rfn and the Violence of Art (McFarland, 2014), and Japanese Film an the Floating Mind: Cinematic Contemplations of Being (McFarland, 2016)  He is also a translator of Paul Eluard, Jean Sénac, J.-K. Huysmans, Francoise Emmanuel and Octava Mirbeau.  His second full-length book of poetry, In Search of Lost Joy, was published by Main Street Rag in 2018.

 

Arlene Weiner is the author of two poetry collections: City Bird (Ragged Sky, 2016) and Escape Velocity (Ragged Sky, 2006), of which Poet Joy Katz wrote, “I want to keep my favorite of these beautifully alert, surprising poems with me as I grow old.” A MacDowell Colony fellow in 2008, Arlene has been a Shakespeare scholar, a cardiology technician, a college instructor, an editor, and a research associate in educational applications of cognitive science. Her poetry has been published in journals including Off the CoastPleiadesPoet Lore, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, anthologized, and read by Garrison Keillor on his Writer’s Almanac. She also writes plays. Her play Findings was produced by Pittsburgh Playwrights Company in March 2017.

 

Don Wentworth‘s work reflects his interest in the revelatory nature of brief, haiku-like moments in every day life. His poetry has appeared in Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Frogpond, and Rolling Stone, as we l as a number of anthologies. He is the author of three full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016). Past All Traps 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. Don has two new poetry books forthcoming: a collection of ghazals from Low Ghost and a collaborative collection of tanka written with the British haiku poet, Joy McCall. Since 1989, he has been the editor and publisher of Lilliput Review.

 

11/3 Coffee w/ a Writer: Jason Baldinger @ Center for Literary Arts + Overhead from Longing launch @ C.C. Mellor Memorial Library + an evening of music & poetry @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2018 by 6GPress

Busy day Saturday: three free events, two in Pittsburgh & one in Frostburg, MD.

10AM at Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts…

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh and recently finished a stint as writer in residence at the Osage Arts Community. He’s the author of several books, the most recent are This Useless Beauty (Alien Buddha Press), The Ugly Side of the Lake (Night Ballet Press) written with John Dorsey and the chaplet Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) which are available now. The collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) and the split book with James Benger Little Fires Hiding (Spartan Press) are forthcoming. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, Outlaw Poetry, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Rye Whiskey Review, Red Fez, Mad Swirl, Blue Hour Review and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

Coffee with a Writer is a montly informal reading and open discussion housed at the Center for Literary Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

2:30PM at C.C. Mellor Memorial Library…

Local poet Judith Brice and special guests Jen Ashburn, Joan E. Bauer and Robert Walicki will be reading selections of their work in honor of Brice’s second full-length poetry collection, Overhead from Longing.

Refreshments provided. Free admission.

Judith Brice is the author of Renditions in a Palette (David Robert Books, 2013) and Overhead From Longing (David Robert Books, 2018). Her more than 50 published poems have appeared previously in The Paterson Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, VoxPopuli.com and Versewrights.com, among many other national publications.

Jen Ashburn is the author of The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016), and has work published or forthcoming in numerous venues, including The Writer’s Almanac, The MacGuffin, Whiskey Island and The Fourth River. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she taught creative writing to women in the Allegheny County Jail through Chatham’s Words Without Walls program.

Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). Her poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2007 she won the Earle Birney Poetry Prize from Prism International. She co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series in Pittsburgh.

Robert Walicki is the author of A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). His next collection, Black Angels, is forthcoming from Six Gallery Press. A Pushcart and a Best of the Net nominee, Walicki has been published in The City Paper, Fourth River, Signal Mountain Review, and Red River Review, among others.

Here‘s a page w/ more info about Judy’s book & some sample poems.

Last but not least, 7PM at White Whale Bookstore…

9/27 Grieshober, Barnett, Solarczyk, & Silsbe @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM THURSDAY…

4 locals reading poems & prose.

Taylor has a collection of great short stories called Off Days coming soon from Low Ghost Press & one up at Hobart called “Wrong and Dangerous” you can read right now. Cameron, Bart, & Scott will bring only the finest poems & also beer, if history is any guide. Please listen to the poems & prose responsibly.

 

8/23 Sheila Squillante, Scott Silsbe, Bob Pajich, & Mike Good @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on August 23, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM TONIGHT…

A READING! Author bios:

Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), and three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl, 2011). She is also co-author, along with Sandra L. Faulkner, of the writing craft book, Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories Onto the Page (Sense Publishers, 2015). Recent work has appeared or will appear in places like Copper Nickel, North Dakota Quarterly, Indiana Review, Waxwing, Menacing Hedge and River Teeth. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University, where she edits The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing. From her dining room table, she edits the blog at Barrelhouse. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, Paul Bilger, a philosopher and experimental photographer, and their children.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and have been collected in the books: ‘Unattended Fire’ (2012), ‘The River Underneath the City’ (2013), and ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner’ (2017). His next book will be called ‘Mount Trashmore.’ He is also an assistant editor at Low Ghost Press.

Bob Pajich is a writer living in Forest Hills. His poetry collection, “The Trolleyman,” is available from Pittsburgh’s Low Ghost Press.

Mike Good’s recent poetry and book reviews can be found in or are soon to appear at The Adroit Journal, december, Denver Quarterly, Forklift, OH, The Georgia Review, Pleiades, Rattle, Salamander, Spillway, Sugar House Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. The recipient of an emerging writer scholarship from The Sun, Mike holds an M.F.A. from Hollins University and is the managing editor of Autumn House Press.

5/2 Dorsey, Matthews, Giordano, & Baldinger @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on May 1, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM WEDNESDAY…

Former Pittsburgher John Dorsey will be back in town for a reading Wednesday May 2, he’ll be bringing roving wordsmith Chigger Matthew along. Locals Kat Giordano and Jason Baldinger fill out the bill. This event is free, but we will be passing the hat to assist our travelers with gas money or other assorted sundries. Bio’s to follow, if you read those things.

John Dorsey has been writing poetry since the late 1980’s and has been involved in the publishing community for more than two decades. He is the author of around 50 books and chapbooks, a few of the most recent being Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016) and Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Press, 2017), the latter was funded by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s English Department. A nine-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared more than 2,000 magazines and anthologies from around the world. He has read or spoken at colleges and universities such as the University of Toledo, Assumption College, Cleveland State University, Seton Hill University, University of the Arts, Erie Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as other assorted venues covering 49 states. For several years Dorsey served as a judge for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Tarta Project, which chose poems to be presented on city transit buses. In 2006, he won the Toledo City Paper’s annual poetry and fiction competition, and would go on to serve as a judge the following year, before being named the city’s Best Literary Artist in their 2014 reader poll. In 2010, he also served as a judge for Grievous Jones Press’ Grievous Prize issued in Cardiff, Wales, and in 2013 for the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Open Chapbook Competition in Kent, Ohio. From 2003-2012, he served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Collingwood Arts Center in Toledo, Ohio and In 2015, Dorsey was awarded a Visiting Artist Residency by the Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO, where he currently resides. In 2017 he received a two appointment to serve as Belle’s first city Poet Laureate from Mayor Steve Vogt and has gone on to found the city’s first literary publication the Gasconade Review, which he edits with Jason Ryberg. He is a graduate of the University of Arts’ Writing for Film and Television program, completing his education there in 2002, and 2017 he served as the subject for a poetry documentary by NYC filmmaker Carson Parish. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com

Chigger Matthews is a language artist living in the American Midwest. Hosts the collaborative feature “Free Chigger Matthews Presents,” teaches poetry workshops for all ages, and is an artist-in-residence at Osage Arts Community in Belle, MO. He is the chief editor for The Artifact, Planet Earth’s First Global Poetry Newspaper and his work appears at home and abroad.

Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming spring 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, The Dope Fiend Daily, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

Kat Giordano is a poet and massive crybaby in Pittsburgh, PA. Her poems have appeared in Maudlin House, OCCULUM, Indigent Press, The Cincinnati Review, and others. They have also been known to show up trembling on people’s doorsteps in the middle of the night, too traumatized to explain what they’ve seen. She is one of two editors of Philosophical Idiot and can usually be found overindulging in her shoddy mental health on Twitter at @giordkat or occasionally at katgiordano.com. Her debut full-length collection, The Poet Confronts Bukowski’s Ghost, is due out in June 2018.

4/18 Shot Outta Hoboken: Danny Shot, Lou Ickes, The Dirty Poet, & Karen Lillis @ White Whale + Open Mic feat. Jason Baldinger @ Poetic Underground

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2018 by 6GPress

Karen Lillis says,

Dear friends & comrades,

I’m excited to announce a Pittsburgh book release party for DANNY SHOT, the coolest poet you haven’t heard of. I’ll be reading with him, and Lou Ickes & The Dirty Poet will be reading, too.

I first “met” Danny Shot by US mail when he accepted some of my poems for his legendary Hoboken literary mag, Long Shot. Founded by Danny Shot & Eliot Katz, Long Shot had a motto of “Writing for the Real World,” was originally funded by Allen Ginsberg, and ran for 26 issues over 20+ years.

Danny’s new book of poems, WORKS, is just out from CavanKerry Press, and like Long Shot, his poems are rooted in New Jersey, view the world through working-class bohemian eyes, pay homage to the Beats, and avoid pretension.

Read a poem by Danny Shot here:

http://livemag.org/issue_12/shot.html

..or here:

http://www.everseradio.com/write-great-jersey-poem-danny-shot/

Read more about Long Shot:
‘You Should Never Have Opened That Door’: The story of Long Shot Magazine:
http://jacket2.org/commentary/you-should-never-have-opened-door-story-long-shot-magazine

I hope you can come out and help me celebrate Danny’s book & his poetry!

SHOT OUTTA HOBOKEN

Readers: Danny Shot

Lou Ickes

The Dirty Poet

Karen Lillis

Wednesday, April 18

White Whale Bookstore

7-9pm

Free

In related news, Danny & I are both included in the new lit anthology,
FROM SOMEWHERE TO NOWHERE: THE END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM (Autonomedia, Oct 2017)

https://www.akpress.org/from-somewhere-to-nowhere.html

I hope to have some copies of this powerhouse anthology at the reading as well!

Ciao,

Karen

9PM in Kansas City…

Poetic Underground presents: Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Kati Clair and Madison Mae Parker.

Sign-up list opens at 9:00pm, show starts promptly at 9:30pm. Names are read in random order.

Please come share your poetry or prose with us at Poetic Underground. You are allowed up to 5 minutes on the stage and are welcome to share your truth in that time. Please be respectful of those on stage, for the stage is a sacred and safe space.

No cover.

‘Poetic Underground is dedicated to using poetry as a healing and community building tool to create a safe space where artists can gather in Kansas City.’

Please invite your friends, like our Facebook page, Poetic Underground, and take a look at our website poeticunderground.com.

ABOUT THE FEATURE:
Jason Baldinger is a poet hailing from Pittsburgh. He’s the author of several books the most recent of which, the chaplet, Fumbles Revelations (Grackle and Crow) is available now, and the collection Fragments of a Rainy Season (Six Gallery Press) which is coming spring 2018. Recent publications include the Low Ghost Anthology Unconditional Surrender, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Rusty Truck, Dirtbag Review, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Winedrunk Sidewalk, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Ramingo’s Porch, Blue Mountain Review, Red Fez and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Solidarity and Resistance. You can hear Jason read some poems on recent and forthcoming releases by Theremonster and Sub Pop Recording artist The Gotobeds as well as at jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

4/6 Poetry Reading: James, Silsbe, Tutolo, & Wentworth @ White Whale

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2018 by 6GPress

7PM FRIDAY…

Free. BYOB. Three local poets welcome Mike James back into town for a night of poems at White Whale. Readers bios:

Mike James has been published in more than 100 magazines throughout the country. His work has appeared in such places as Negative Capability, Birmingham Poetry Review, Soundings East, and Chiron Review. He is the author of eleven poetry collections. His most recent books include: Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog), My Favorite Houseguest (FutureCycle), and Peddler’s Blues (Main Street Rag.) He has served as an associate editor for the Kentucky Review and Autumn House Press, as well as the publisher of the now defunct Yellow Pepper Press. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Paterson Prize. He makes his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. More information can be found on his website at mike.jamespoetry.com.

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh. Silsbe is an editor at Low Ghost Press and has written three books of poetry—’Unattended Fire,’ ‘The River Underneath the City,’ and last year’s ‘Muskrat Friday Dinner.’ His next book, ‘Mount Trashmore,’ is forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press.

Meghan Tutolo is an artist with some writing degrees and two smooshy-faced cats. She romances olives and Italian food for a living and teaches composition at a local college. When she isn’t writing or grading, Meghan can be found painting, doodling, watching ‘Forensic Files,’ drinking too much coffee, playing her guitar or stalking cats on Instagram—sometimes all of these in the same night.

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, Frogpond and Rolling Stone, as well as a number of anthologies. He is the author of 3 full-length poetry collections published by Six Gallery Press: Past All Traps (2011), Yield to the Willow (2014), and With a Deepening Presence (2016) His first full-length collection, Past All Traps, 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.

Don says,

I will be reading new ghazals from the manuscript currently at the publisher. Who knows, a new haiku or two might pop up, too.
& I’d add that the publisher in question is none other than good ol’ Low Ghost Press. Stay tuned.

12/17 Viva Arletty! & Arkansas Ghoulash launch @ White Whale + Bah Humbug 4 @ Brillobox

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by 6GPress

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17…

Two new books & two readings! The Ghost of Literature Present will pay a terrifying visit today!

6PM at White Whale in Bloomfield, welcome two writers from Arkansas to Pittsburgh (& welcome their books to your noodle by buying & reading them, too). Free readings & refreshments, possibly including actual goulash.

Scotty Lewis, a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is debuting his first book of poetry, Arkansas Ghoulash.

Here’s an interview w/ Scotty talking about the book, & here’s another one.

Mark Spitzer, novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, grew up in Minneapolis where he earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1990. He then moved to the Rockies, where he earned his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. After living on the road for some time, he found himself in Paris, as Writer in Residence for three years at the bohemian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where he translated French criminals and misanthropes. In 1997 he moved to Louisiana, became Assistant Editor of the legendary lit journal Exquisite Corpse, and earned an MFA from Louisiana State University. He taught creative writing and lit for five years at Truman State University and is now an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.

Alan Olifson is an award-winning humor columnist, public radio commentator, comedian and regular host of Pittsburgh’s monthly Moth StorySLAMs. He created the acclaimed storytelling series WordPlay in his hometown of Los Angeles which he now produces in Pittsburgh along with Bricolage Production Company as part of their regular season. He’s hosted storytelling events for conferences, schools and, believe it or not, bridal showers. His book, Manchild: My Life Without Adult Supervision, is now out on Six Gallery Press. Alan relocated to Pittsburgh with his wife and two children years ago but never tires of hearing people complain about “traffic.”

Angele Ellis is the author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery), and co-author of the diversity workbook Dealing With Differences (Corwin). A 2008 recipient of an Individual Creative Artist fellowship in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI Competition for Creative Prose and first runner-up in the 2012 Grey Sparrow Flash Fiction Contest. Angele’s reviews, poetry, and fiction have appeared in nearly sixty publications and fourteen anthologies. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

John Thomas Menesini is the author of The Last Great Glass Meat Million (Six Gallery Press, 2003), e pit ap h (Convergence, 2007), endo: Poems & Sketches 2007 – 2011 (Six Gallery Press, 2011), and Gloom Hearts & Opioids (Six Gallery Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in numerous publications in Ireland, Scotland, England, and the US, thus garnering dozens of fans across the globe.

Rick Claypool grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania called Leechburg, but he currently lives in Pittsburgh. By day he works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that fights corporate power. Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books, 2017) is his first novel.

At 8PM, head over to Brillobox for Bah Humbug 4: Writers (Still) Wrestle the Holiday Spirit…

Tastier than a fruitcake, easier to assemble than a Fisher Price playhouse, for the FOURTH year in a row, we are bringing some of Pittsburgh’s finest writers together to entertain you with tales of their holiday work experiences.

$5 suggested donation, proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The readers will channel their inner-Sedaris, and offer up tales from their time as food service employees, retail workers, and other assorted time-card punchers during the bleak months of November and December. They will attempt to locate their hoilday spirit. Or THE holiday spirits (aka, Jim, Jack and maybe even Johnny).

Just like signing the group birthday card or buying overpriced crap from your co-worker’s kid’s school fundraiser, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Hosted by Jason Baldinger (who was once run over by a Black Friday crowd on a rampage for office supplies), and Stephanie Brea (who probably stole that art book she gave you for Christmas in 2001).

The Lineup:

Becky Corrigan
Angele Ellis
Rich Gegick
Lori Jakiela
Andrea Laurion
Deesha Philyaw
Meghan Tutolo
Matt Ussia
Bob Walicki

12/3 Pittsburgh’s 5th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Stephen Foster Community Center

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2017 by 6GPress

THIS SUNDAY…

Join us for Pittsburgh’s FIFTH Annual Holiday Book Sale, featuring Pittsburgh’s favorite indie book vendors. Come browse a wide variety of books from Pittsburgh’s knowledgeable literary curators. Both new and gently used, indie bestsellers and one of a kind finds, local authors and spectacular sales. Fiction, poetry, mysteries, creative nonfiction, art books, children’s books, graphic novels, and much more.

Confirmed vendors thus far:
Air & Nothingness Press (gorgeous letterpress poetry, science fiction, fantasy books, & literature in translation!)
Amazing Books (going strong with three locations!)
Autumn House Press (publishing poetry & literary fiction for almost 20 years!)
Book ‘Em (selling books to raise money for Pittsburgh’s own Books to Prisoners program!)
Copacetic Comics (they’ll have a special selection of new books with an emphasis on SALES!)
Karen Antonelli (artist and maker of beautiful blank books!)
Karen’s Book Row (aka Small Press Pittsburgh) (Featuring the local, the beloved, and the unique in indie lit!)
Mystery Lovers Bookshop (celebrating 27 years in business!)
White Whale Bookstore (celebrating their 2nd year in Bloomfield!)

Sunday, December 3th
12-5pm
Stephen Foster Community Center
Main Street in Lawrenceville–between Butler St and Penn Ave
Free admission
Free parking lot

When The Wizard of Oz Breaks Out into a Gun Battle: An Interview with Scotty Lewis, Author of Arkansas Ghoulash

Posted in Events, Interviews, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by 6GPress

Mark Spitzer says,

Hey, my grad students in poetry just did a kick-ass interview with Scotty on his book.

& here it is. Mark & Scotty will read from their new books Sunday, December 17th at White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield, along with locals Alan Olifson, Angele Ellis, John Menesini, & Rick Claypool.

When The Wizard of Oz Breaks Out into a Gun Battle:

An Interview with Scotty Lewis, Author of Arkansas Ghoulash

By Drew Cook, Énbarr Coleman, Callie Smith, Briget Laskowski, JJ McNiece, and Mikayla Davis

 

Scotty Lewis, a lecturer in Writing at the University of Central Arkansas, was recently featured at the Faulkner County Library in Conway for a “Debut-Break-Out-Book-Readin-Book-Signin Bonanza.” Hot off the press from Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh, Arkansas Ghoulash is his first book, and it wasn’t an easy story to tell. On one hand, the narrative revolves around a tragic act of domestic violence; but on the other, it is a daring and complex epic poem in the postmodern tradition that relies on lyrical flashes from a highly unnatural “natural state.” After a dramatic reading that blew his audience away, Lewis responded to questions—an opportunity that graduate students in Creative Writing from the Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop conveniently exploited:

Drew Cook: One of things you do in Arkansas Ghoulash is you take established forms and then you kind of collage them together so they’re not visually recognizable and all that’s left is the music. It’s really a high Modernist approach. I’m interested in how you arrived at that strategy, and if there were any difficulties and advantages in doing so.

Scotty Lewis: There are a lot of things that make poetry good or bad but one of the key things is music. Do I like improvisation? Of course. We like jazz but we also like form. The best improvisation realizes that there’s form, and it breaks it. The best improvisation realizes form. In a way this caused major difficulties because I might have preferred a straight narrative, but I don’t know if it would have worked that way. Emotionally, it was hard for me to do even as abstract as it is. If I turned this into a very straightforward story, I don’t know that I could have done it. Playing with the music of it, playing with the feeling of it, being able to be lyrical in different ways… it helped me capture the feel of it.

Énbarr Coleman: What stuck out most to me was the mention of the Berlin Wall because I noticed that you had a lot of these violent images, a lot of nature, and also soft and gentle stuff. Then suddenly you’ve got the Berlin Wall and things of that nature thrown in. In my opinion, it went from this very local poem to much grander, much more international. I was curious to hear your thoughts on that.

Lewis: There were several markers. The Berlin Wall is in there. Tiananmen Square is in there. There are a few big events of the time that were in there. If you go through the book, there are about seven or eight of those in there. Part of those are to mark time. This is the era that we’re talking about. This is the time we’re talking about. This poem jumps around a lot. Even tonight—and I didn’t want to stop and indicate necessarily because it would have broken up the rhythm of it—but there are places in the part I read tonight that weren’t necessarily sticking to one timeline. Those markers were put in there to anchor the reader in a certain time. They were also in there not only to give a sense of the violence that was taking place and erupting in my household, but also that was erupting around the world. The two things may not be related really, but they seem related. I mean, I grew up in the 1980s, so I certainly didn’t grow up with a cell phone, but I did grow up with a television. I did grow up with a Commodore 64. I grew up with enough technology to always be in touch with what was going on in the world. So I don’t think there is such a thing as living a completely local life anymore.

Callie Smith: The epic form of Arkansas Ghoulash is unusual in contemporary poetry—you don’t see that much. How did you decide on writing in this epic form? What were the challenges and what did it buy you?

Lewis: That’s such an interesting question. While it is the length of an epic, I think I really fell short on a lot of the other elements, but I did sort of want to include some aspects of the epic while writing it. I do think, in a sense, there is a journey to the underworld and an attempt, at least, to come back. So what inspired me to do that? I don’t know, but my favorite epic poem is The Odyssey, which I refer to in the poem. And I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it in short form. I didn’t want to do it as necessarily sixty poems about the same event. I thought it needed space to grow . . . But I was also keeping a lot of different forms in mind. Within the text, there are places where sonnets, blank verse, where American haiku is hidden—where a lot of smaller forms are actually talking back and forth to each other.

JJ McNiece: I felt a hyperpolarization with your imagery as you read. On one end: brutal, severe violence. On the other: soft, sweet calm. It seemed that the beginning displayed more of the brutal imagery, while the images during the violent event itself were often softer, though interspersed with the brutal. At the end, I felt the imagery gravitated almost exclusively toward that sweet, softer side. I’m curious what your conscious decisions are with imagery and language as you’re going through this? What are you trying to accomplish?

Lewis: I was trying to accomplish a balance. If this is going to be genuine, I don’t think I can gloss over the violence. This was a very violent incident. So, even the things surrounding it, even the consciousness of the narrator while he looks into other things—simple things—notices violence more, even in the landscape. I hope, too, that there are softer parts. I don’t know that I made a conscious decision to polarize those things, but both exist. Do I decide to make softer images? I do, but I don’t know that I think about it that much. I try to make a pretty image now and then. I like to make images. I think it’s a stronger suit of my poetry.

Briget Laskowski: My question deals with images, particularly the images you have on page 63 and 64 where you use the Tin Man image. In fact you even take his words, “Just because I’m presumin’ / That I could be a human / If I only had a heart,” and then on page 64 you have Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. What were you attempting to communicate using these images?

Lewis: Those were domestic images. I wanted to make sure people understood what those images were about. It was very close, very in the home. It was The Wizard of Oz breaking out into a gunfight. It was Loony Tunes in a certain sense. I was fifteen years old. I was really just crawling into adolescence . . . I felt like a child. So I wanted to make sure that things we associated with children like Mickey Mouse and The Wizard of Oz were there. Another reason for The Wizard of Oz specifically, was the year this happened my brother was extremely talented, very handsome, and he was beginning his acting career, and his acting career launched off partially from his acting in plays at our school. Probably his biggest role was as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. Actually, in the yearbook for the next year there was a full page spread of my brother as the Tin Man.

Mikayla Davis: Many of your poems use natural imagery juxtaposed with very human, sometimes even mechanical imagery, so I was wondering what purpose you see that relationship playing in your poems? And what is humanity’s position in relationship with nature, for you?

Lewis: I think we’re way past being romantics about it. I think that would be disingenuous. I think that would be a lie. I love nature. I love going out. I love to fish, I love to hike. Those of you who know me know I love to be outside, but I always see it diminishing. I don’t really see our efforts to fight it as being very good or even very genuine. I mean, we’re part of nature, right? And so anything we see, if there are mechanical images mixed in with the natural—what we make is as much a part of nature as an ant making an anthill or beaver making a beaver dam. It might be more complicated in the way we do it, but we’re part of nature. We’re just one of those things in nature that really knows how to screw things up. We’re like termites. We’re going to keep eating at the tree until we kill it.