Thursday, August 9, 2018

August 9, 2018 (Jason Baldinger/John Dorsey Book Launch)

Jason Baldinger/John Dorsey Book Launch
August 9, 2018

Jason Baldinger and John Dorsey celebrated the release of two recent books (Baldinger’s This Useless Beauty and Baldinger/Dorsey’s Ugly Side of the Lake). Contributors to this event, besides Baldinger and Dorsey, included Nikki Allen, Victor Clevenger and Vanessa Vesch. Stephanie Brea hosted.

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Standing L-R: Hernan Brizuela, John Dorsey, Nikki Allen, Jason Baldinger, Victor Clevenger, Vanessa Vesch & Brian Sproul

Stephanie Brea Introduces Vanessa Vesch 

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Vanessa Vesch is a writer and musician whose poetic work explores anarchist and feminist resistance, language, sound, and bereavement among other themes. To date, she has authored 17 micro-chapbooks, and her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Gourd, B.E. Quarterly, Steel City Revolt, Shades of Gray, and on the now-sadly-departed radio show, Prosody. Through her band, Sweetheart of the Barricades, Vesch (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lyrics and song writing) presents a scorching blues, “yinsurgent-country,” and rock project in celebration of Pittsburgh’s rich labor history, working-class culture, and outlaw folklore. The quartet, comprised of Vesch with Brian Sproul (lead guitar), Hernan Brizuela (vocal harmonies, harmonicas, saxophone), and Jeremy Papay (drums), recently featured on the Saturday Light Brigade, and their debut EP, recorded at MixHaas Studio (produced by Chris “Lurch” Rudyk) will release in the fall of 2018. More love, rage, and ranch at www.sweetheartofthebarricades.com
(Bio Credit: Six Gallery Press) 

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Stephanie Brea Introduces Victor Clevenger 

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When not traveling highways across America, Victor Clevenger spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing poetry. Selected pieces of his work have appeared in print magazines and journals around the world, as well as at a variety of places online. In 2017, Victor was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, as well as a Pushcart Prize. His most recent published collections of poetry include a split book with Tom Farris titled Ginger Roots Are Best Taken Orally (EMP, 2018) and A Finger in the Hornets’ Nest (Red Flag Press, 2018).
(Bio Credit: Six Gallery Press)

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Stephanie Brea Introduces Nikki Allen  

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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. She is the author of numerous books, including Gutter of Eden, Quite Like Yes, and Ligaments of Light/Tigering the Shoulders (Night Ballet Press). 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. 
(Bio Credit: Six Gallery Press) 

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Stephanie Brea Introduces John Dorsey  

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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 
(Bio Credit: Six Gallery Press) 

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Stephanie Brea Introduces Jason Baldinger  

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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, 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 
(Bio Credit: Six Gallery Press)

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

August 2, 2018 (The Jimmy & Nick Show)

The Jimmy & Nick Show
August 2, 2018

The Roberto Clemente Museum hosted a hastily improvised reception that featured readings by Nick Nolte and Jimmy Cvetic. Below you will find a recording of the event. And photographs!

But first, here is a link to the story about Jimmy and Nick that aired on WESA-FM after the event: WESA Story About Jimmy & Nick by Bill O'Driscoll 

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 Jimmy & Santa Claus
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Nick & Jimmy
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018 (The Grand Finale)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 31, 2018

Surprise Guest Appearance
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Nick Nolte and Jimmy Cvetic

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Standing L-R: Joan Bauer, Scott Silsbe, Ally  Malinenko & Celeste Gainey
Seated L-R: John Grochalski, Lori Jakiela & Richard Gegick


Jimmy Cvetic Introduces Nick Nolte

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Scott Silsbe Introduces Celeste Gainey

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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


Richard Gegick is from Trafford, PA. He lives in Pittsburgh where he writes and waits tables for a living.

Scott Silsbe Introduces John Grochalski

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John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Books, 2014), The Philosopher's Ship (Alien Buddha Pres, 2018) and the novels, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press 2013), and Wine Clerk (Six Gallery Press 2016).  Grochalski currently lives in
Brooklyn, New York, where the garbage can smell like roses if you wish on it hard enough. 

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Scott Silsbe Introduces Lori Jakiela

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Lori Jakiela is the author of four memoirs, including BELIEF IS ITS OWN KIND OF TRUTH, MAYBE, which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University and was named one of 20 Nonfiction Books Not to Miss in 2015 by The Huffington Post. Her most recent book is PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A BINGO WORKER, a collection of essays about work and the writing life, published in August by Bottom Dog Press. In 2016, she received the City of Asylum Pittsburgh Prize, which sent her on a month-long residency to Brussels, Belgium. She is also the author of the poetry collection SPOT THE TERRORIST! and several limited-edition poetry chapbooks. A native of Trafford, PA, Jakiela now runs community writing workshops in her hometown and lives with her husband, the author Dave Newman, and their two children. 

Scott Silsbe Introduces Ally Malinenko

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Ally Malinenko is the author of the poetry collections The Wanting Bone, How to Be An American (Six Gallery Press), Better Luck Next Year (Low Ghost) and Fitting the Ocean in Your Mouth (Blue Hour) as well as the novel This Is Sarah (Bookfish Books). She lives in Brooklyn and tweets at @allymalinenko mostly about David Bowie and Doctor Who.

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Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems and prose have appeared in a number of fine periodicals including Kitchen Sink, Third Coast, The Chariton Review, Nerve Cowboy, Words Dance, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Six Gallery Press published his first full-length collection of poems Unattended Fire in 2012 and Low Ghost Press published The River Underneath the City in 2013.   His third collection, Muskrat Family Dinner, was published by White Gorilla Press in 2017.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018 (Baldinger, Brice, Kitchens, November, Sargeson & Stupp)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 24, 2018

 Jason Baldinger & Jimmy Cvetic
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Kayla Sargeson
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Charlie Brice With Attendee
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Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Kayla Sargeson, Charlie Brice & Joan Bauer
Seated L-R: Romella Kitchens, John Stupp, Deena November & Jason Baldinger


Jason Baldinger 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).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, Outlaw Poetry, Uppagus, Lilliput Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Nerve Cowboy Concrete Meat Press, Zombie Logic Press, Solidarity and Resistance. For more:  jasonbaldinger.bandcamp.com

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Charlie Brice is a retired psychoanalyst and is the author of Flashcuts Out of Chaos (WordTech Editions, 2016) and of Mnemosyne’s Hand (WordTech Editions, forthcoming, May, 2018). His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Hawaii Review, The Main Street Rag, Chiron Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, SLAB, The Paterson Literary Review, Spitball, Plainsongs and elsewhere. 

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Romella Kitchens is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She is a poet, a quilter, a painter, and a playwright. Her work has appeared in 5AM, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Main Street Rag, The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Iodine Poetry Journal, Mudfish Review, uppagus, and others. She has done poetry residencies and has addressed many school groups concerning poetry. In 2014, she was a judge for the city wide level of Poetry Outloud. Her chapbooks include Hip Hop Warrior, The Immortals, The Red Covered Bridge and The Heaven Of Elephants. 

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Deena November is the author of Mean Mama (Main Street Rag, 2017).She has edited two anthologies, Nasty Women & Bad Hombres (Lascaux Editions, 2017) and I Just Hope It's Lethal (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). Her poetry has appeared in Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Women Write Resistance, Mom Egg Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette among othersHer chapbook Dick Wad was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2012. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Carlow University. Deena has taught at Robert Morris University, Carlow University, Seton Hill and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. She curates the Staghorn Poetry Series. 
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 serves as the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse and with Lisa Alexander, co-curates the Laser Cat reading series. Sargeson lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Duquesne University, Carlow University and the Community College of Allegheny County.
John Stupp’s third poetry collection Pawleys Island was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. His manuscript Summer Job won the 2017 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2018 by Main Street Rag. His latest effort, When Billy Conn Fought Fritzie Zivic, is making the rounds.  He lives in Sewickley.
Open Mic
Jimmy Cvetic Reads Caught By the Balls
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018 (East End Poets)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 17, 2018


Bill O'Driscoll of WESA Interviews Shawn and Sawyer
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Standing L-R: Judith Dorian, Jan Hamilton, Mike Schneider & Jimmy Cvetic
Seated L-R: Nola Garrett, Judith Brice, Marc Jampole & Joan Bauer

Judith A Brice's poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, Vox Populi, Versewrights, and elsewhere. Her poem "Mourning Calls" has been set to music by Tony Manfredonia. Her second book of poetry, Overhead from Longing, will be published in 2018. 

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 Judith Dorian, PhD., co-authored Program Notes for the PSO and wrote for several music journals. She’s given talks for the PSO Music 101 series, the PMCS and the Andy Warhol Museum prior to concerts. Judith narrated with chamber ensemble and orchestra at the Bedford Springs Festival Concerts and on the stage of Mellon Institute. In 2013 she published A Tiny Little Door, a collection of children’s poetry. This spring Judith will teach a class under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh’s Osher program. Her work has appeared in several poetry journals, most recently the online publication VerseWrights.


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Nola Garrett has received a Residency a Yaddo, Scholarships from White River Writers' Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and West Chester Poetry Conference; and is listed on the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline. Her poems are posted on The Georgia Review's Vault and her blog essays are available online at Autumn House Press coalhillreview.com. She has 2 chapbooks, and 3 books of poems: The Dynamite Maker's Mistress, David Robert Books, 2009; The Pastor's Wife Considers Pinball, Mayapple Press, 2013; LEDGE, Mayapple Press, 2016. Her most recent anthology publications appear in Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century, Dartmouth Press, 2014 and Nasty Women Poets, Lost Horse Press, 2017.

Marc Jampole wrote Music from Words (Bellday Books, 2007) and the chapbook, Cubist States of Mind/Not the Cruelest Month (Poet’s Haven Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in Evansville Review, Mississippi Review, Cortland Review, Recours au Poème, Vallum, Slant, Cutthroat, China Grove and many other journals and anthologies. Over the years, four of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. More than 1,800 freelance articles that Marc Jampole has written on various topics have been published in magazines and newspapers.  A former television news reporter and public relations executive, Marc also writes the OpEdge blog, which appears on the websites of three national publications. He is president of the board of directors of the leftist magazine Jewish Currents.


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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?


Song for America - The featured readings concluded with a musical selection: "Song for America" ("Bad Boyfriend) written by poet Arlene Weiner and performed by Mike Schneider and Jan Hamilton.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018 (Bastille Day Celebration)

Hemingway's Poetry Series
July 10, 2018

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Standing L-R: Jimmy Cvetic, Bob Ziller, Artie Solomon & Joan Bauer
Seated L-R: Justin Vicari, Djilali Benlahlou & Roberta Hatcher

Roberta Hatcher’s poetry has appeared in The Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, St. Petersburg Review, Storm Cellar, Rune, Pittsburgh’s City Paper, and the Post-Gazette, among others. She has been a finalist for the Patricia Dobler Award, was runner-up for the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Use of Language in Poetry, and her poem French Lesson #3 was nominated for Best American Poets 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently tutors candidates for citizenship at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Her chapbook French Lessons (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2017.
Djilali Benlahlou studied Economics at a French language university in Algeria, his native country. He speaks Berber, Arabic, and now English, but French is the language and literature he really loves. He spent a little time in France before coming to Pittsburgh in 2001 where he worked as a cook for the Double Tree hotel while learning English in AIU's Adult ESL program then attended CCAC where he received his A.A. in Business Management. He now works as a Finance Administrator at BNY Mellon. Last year, he became a U.S. citizen.

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Artie Solomon has always written in poetic form. He has attended workshops and studied with Michael Wurster, Arthur Erbe, and others. He has also read his poems at Te' Café, Hemingway's, and the Oakmont and Squirrel Hill Libraries. He is a member of the Mon Valley Poets, Squirrel Hill Sunday Workshop, and Te' Café poets (now at Biddle's Escape) . He has a bachelor's degree in math and a master's in library science from Pitt, as well as a teaching certificate from Duquesne. His favorite poets are Billy Collins and Langston Hughes. He continues to study literature at Pitt Osher.

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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 Refn and the Violence of Art (McFarland, 2014), and Japanese Film and 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.

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Bob Ziller is the author of Van Gogh Surfing, and the translator of Almost Dreams and Translated from the Night by Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo. His poems have appeared in The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, Along These Rivers: Poetry & Photography from Pittsburgh, The American Haikuists Newsletter, online at www.voxpopuli.com, and in many other publications. He is the editor/publisher of Lascaux Editions which published Nasty Women & Bad Hombres: A Poetry Anthology in 2017.
Jimmy Cvetic Closes the Show

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