Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
What are you working on that's cool? We'd love to know. This Saturday, December 11th is our second monthly Cool-Off, where we invite you to present your cool project to a warm room of your peers. Popular vote will decide who wins half the door money. 7 pm. Be timely, friends.
Friday, November 26, 2010
As a side note, the last day of Artnoose's Birthday Week is today, so there's going to be a store from 5-8 pm in the front house with back issues of Ker-bloom!, prints, books and zines from the distro, original art, and last-minute holiday cards.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Artnoose's birthday week started with a handful of friends ghost riding the whip. Here's a video, set to a song from a CD that Artnoose bought for $5 from a local rapper at the supermarket down the block.
Other birthday week events include knot tying, letter writing, food, cake, and zines.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
There were readings, chili necklaces, videos, technological experiments, and a comic book slideshow. The Queer Negation Tour folks who have been visiting this weekend ended up winning, and will be taking half the door money and the golden torso trophy with them on their way to points elsewhere.
This event will be happening every month, on the second Saturday. Start doing cool stuff now so that you can present it on December 11!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
2-4 dolla donations at the door. Half the door money goes to the coolest person there. Will it be you?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
At any rate, at the end of the month, we're hosting an evening of scary stories, featuring our visiting writer. Any local writers who want to read short selections of their spooky works should get in touch.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
$214.21 more for the 10-14 pound bird, with the weight of ice crystal buildup subtracted from the total. Shop 'n Save is gracious, and Grade A, and just $364.21 more for a 14-22 lb bird. Is it really a bird anymore? Not until it thaws in the oven. In our oven.
On a side note, what am I spending all this money on? Chicken-flavored Baked Lays? Yes, and broccoli, bagged in plastic to maintain freshness. This is where your taxes go, and mine.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We're $284.51 away from a free honeysuckle grade A frozen 10-14 pound turkey courtesy of our favorite neighbor, and we're $434.51 away from a free honeysuckle grade A frozen 10-14 pound turkey courtesy of our favorite neighbor.
We've got till November 10. Spend, spend spend.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Zine Fest will be held at:
4014 Walnut Street
noon to 6, free to the public
Also, a hearty welcome to Jackie Wang, the new visiting writer who just arrived in the wee house of the morning today.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Traveling writer Leah B. and local writer Katie Geise will be reading from their works about gender.
In addition, local performance group "an academic investigation of corporeal presentations and judgments using geographic guidelines also limiting our skepticisms" will be creating a live performance about gender constructs.
Leah's zines will be available for sale, and donations towards tour expenses will be greatly appreciated.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Posters are kind of like the covers of novels. They hint at a story, but lack content. They are huge hollow books. Yet, somehow--despite their vapid nature--they weigh a whole lot.
The house is in the best form I can remember it ever being, and I imagine some impressive things should be sprouting out of this crowd sometime soon. It's good to be back. It's good to be writing.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26, noon to 5 pm
Artist Imaging Resource
518 Foreland St., on the North Side
Free to the public
(Sunday at 1 pm Daniel McCloskey will be facilitating a discussion.)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Shirefolk potluck followed by Lord of the Rings themed Risk game. Other thematic events and treats left up to chance. We do have copies of the trilogy in our house library, so if anyone dares to do any readings from it, feel free. Oh, and speaking of free, the event is free to the public.
Wednesday September 22, 2010 at 6 pm
5431 Carnegie St., Upper Hobbiton, Pittsburgh
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Artnoose recently finished issue #85 of Ker-bloom!, a somewhat metaphorical look at relationships as constellations. It features a two-color cover which Artnoose has described as "one of the best covers ever" as well as "hecka hard to print."
Artnoose also managed to guest-draw issue #9 of local comic zine Attack of the Zombie Soy Bot!, which also happens to have "one of the best covers ever" and besides all that is "hecka cute."
There will be juice and elaborately decorated vegan cupcakes. This event is free to the public, although current and back issues of both zines will be available for purchase.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
She's been mostly living up in the back house bedroom, getting used to her new surroundings. Yesterday she found some really good hiding places in the basement that we are not yet privy to. Today she went on a supervised jaunt through the first floor of the house to get used to things and hopefully get accustomed to the grounds of her new employment. Orange Kitty has a Facebook page.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Why haven't you been writing? Because by the time I realized I wasn't it became too scary. It's not my pet at all, just some wild thing in my room. But there's this wild thing in my room. There's no ignoring that. So I sit at the opposite wall. Let it smell my smell. Let it get used to me. So we can be friends again.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I'm reading through issue III of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse publication right now. It'll be out by the end of the month.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Donations accepted for touring writers. Also, Cyberpunk Apocalypse resident Artnoose will take a break from straight-up zine reading by singing them.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Last night's reading was another success. It was the exit reading for Joel, our visiting writer who has been with us all month translating a book from Swedish into English.
It being a lovely summer evening, we began the readings in the yard, with about 15-20 people (and one dog) present. Artnoose (that's me) read two issues of Ker-bloom!, including the brand-new one finished up only hours before.
When the neighbor's pool party next door got so animated that we found it hard to resist crashing it, we moved the reading indoors, and Joel finished up in there. A discussion on the challenges and process of translation followed the reading, and then many of us stuck around for a little while eating snacks.
Every visiting writer we've had so far has been stellar, and although I miss them every time they leave, I appreciate the time that I do spend with them and value the space that we've given them to do important work.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I offered to see if anyone else was already planning an event, and of course I found bloomsdaypittsburgh.org and their list of events all around the city throughout the day. Check their website for more complete descriptions and locations, but here's the gist:
9:00 am - Bloomfield Crazy Mocha
10:30 am - Homewood Cemetery
12:00 pm - Murphy's Tap Room, Regent Square
2:30 pm - Carnegie Main Library
4:00 pm - Washington's Landing
5:30 pm - Harp & Fiddle, Strip District
8:00 pm - City Books, South Side
Bring your copy of the book to any (or all) of these events and read along.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Adam Inczedy-Gombos and Asa Moberg fell in love while translating Simone de Beauvoir into Swedish. The Book of Adam documents their relationship, and the chaos let loose through Adam's condition.
Joel Duncan is translating Adams bok into English, and is Cyberpunk Apocalypse's resident writer for June. He will give a reading of excerpts from the book at the house on Sunday, June 27th at 7pm.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Mark your calendars for the event that our visiting writer is hosting at the end of the month. We hope to see you there.
Writing Oppressions Not Your Own:
Queer feminist writer Mary Burnet reads from her novel addressing some of the oppressive histories of Nova Scotia, and shares her research and writing process. Come join a discussion about how folks can (and whether or not we/they should) write about oppressions that aren't our/their own, while remaining accountable to people who experience those oppressions and taking responsibility for our/their privilege.
Sunday, May 30th, 4-6 pm
5431 Carnegie St.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Local drag performer SlyShyFruitFly will kick the evening off with a performance, followed by a short set from local acoustic favorite Joddo. After that, Artnoose will read two issues of Ker-bloom! with Joddo accompanying on various string instruments. Yes friends, we at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse can predict the future, which is why we speak in the future tense.
The event is free to the people, although zines will be available for sale. Artnoose will be providing vegan cupcakes, biscuits, and xbeveragesx.
7-9 pm at AIR, 518 Foreland Street (on the North Side, yo!)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
As you can see, the cloud mural in the back house is complete, so if you want to imagine you're floating across an unnaturally placid ocean, you're welcome to.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Our station wagon reeked faintly of Elvin blood as we cruised down I-78 last night with Dio in the tape-deck. It had been a rainy night in Philly so there was low attendance at the Wooden Shoe, but we gave our best performance and the collective members seemed to enjoy it.
Two nights previous was our first opportunity to read together at Bloombar's in DC and then we preformed back to back for the first time at Red Emma's in Baltimore. We're knee deep in this tour now, and we expect to kill tonight at Blind Willow Books.
We'll keep you posted.
In the meantime here's a clip of Elwin reading in Philly. More videos of us reading and the rest of this story can be found on our youtube channel.
CMU Senior Reading
Carnegie Mellon University Creative Writing Class of 2010 Senior Reading, 8pm
Epic list of readers: Elyssa Goodman, DAN ARCHER, Tony Paletta, Fracesca Halleman, Felix "Ahmadinejad" Park, Nathan Zoob, Dillon!, Elliot Smith, Alice Sun Seger, Austin Redwood, Jordan Rosenfeld, John Lehman, Jane Wu, Shannon Deep, Corey Werner, Brian J Burdulia, Tom Pike, Su Chu, MAJA orsic, Gahl Pratt (in spirit), Graham Swindoll, Alicia Ledden, Brenda Battad, Lucas Seidman, Jonas Altman-Kurosaki, Jackie Sizemore, and Katherine James.
at the NEW 21st St Coffee & Tea at the base of the new PNC building
videos by BRENDA BATTAD
music by SUNDOGPEACEHOUSE
art by JULIE MALLIS
2 video works by Battad will screen on 28 April
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SCREENING, 7-8pm, PNC Park, North Side
RECEPTION, 8:30-10pm, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave.
For the 4th year in a row the School of Art and Pittsburgh Filmmakers take over one of our country’s most beautiful sports stadiums in the name of video art! Don’t miss this rare chance to see 1-minute videos on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen — the Jumbotron.
CO-CURATED by JACOB CIOCCI and ANDREW SWENSEN.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
He made a very short video describing his project on a fundraising page through Kickstarter.com. He's offering some rewards at different donation levels, including a copy of the finished DVD and a poster made by yours truly. Definitely check out the link above. The video will take less than two minutes of your time, and it's very... well, I like it.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Elvin Slaughter Tour 2010: making genre a threat.
Cotman solo gigs:
Washington DC-Bloombars-April 19th, 8-10pm
Baltimore, MD-Red Emma's-April 20, 7pm
Philly-Wooden Shoe Collective-April 21, 7pm
Emmaus, PA-Blind Willow Books-April 22, 7pm
NYC-Times Square-April 24th, 4am
Ithaca, NY-house show (don't know address yet)-April 27
Buffalo, NY-Talking leaves Bookstore-April 28
Cleveland, OH-Visible Voice Books-April 29, 7pm
Athens, OH-UnionArts-April 30
Columbus, OH-sporeprint-May 1st, 2pm
Bloomington, IN-Boxcar Books-May 3, 7pm
Chicago, IL-Quimby's-May 5, 7pm
Madison, WI-Rainbow Bookstore Collective-May 7
Cincinnati, OH-U.Turn Art Space-May 8
Thursday, April 15, 2010
DJ sets from:
DJ Sara Vicious
Bill Kirchner, Pitt professor of English
Madeleine Barnes, three-time poetry contest winner
With a special appearance from Pabst Blue Ribbon. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Women's Studies Program
Lillis is the author of the feminist novels, i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000) & Magenta’s Adventures Underground (WLK, 2004). She is Program Assistant for the Cultural Studies Program, and a 2009 MLIS graduate of the School of Information Sciences.
“Karen Lillis writes with a cadence and a rhythm that are hypnotic….The Second Elizabeth celebrates what my theologian father called ‘the mystery in the ordinary.’ ”
Eckhard Gerdes, Journal of Experimental Fiction
"...A novel of simplicity as well as survival, and the often untouched-upon intimacy of these two concepts....With The Second Elizabeth, the coming-of-age novel grows up."
Kimberly Ann Southwick, Gigantic Sequins Magazine
Light reception to follow.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Cyberpunk Apocalypse Issue 3 is coming. To the right is an image I just put together to be coupled with Elwin's story.
These guys are into what I'm into, and have been doing in 10 times as long. Apparently sf writer's colonies were once a fairly common thing. Like the James Jones "Handy Writers' Colony" which seems to have ended in utter failure.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The snow has melted, so it's time to really start heading out to all those rad local events. There's a lot of great literary talent here in the City of Steel, and the bill for this event is no exception.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Last night I attended a reading at the awesome Cyberpunk Apocalypse writer's house in funky Upper Lawrenceville. Eric Nelson was reading from his newly-published book, Silk City, out from Knickerbocker Circus Press (Astoria, Queens). The audience was attentive, appreciative, and intimate; one of the resident writers baked cookies for us; and we retired to the kitchen for some fine post-reading banter about New Jersey, Pittsburgh, reading tours, contemporary fiction, and Bruce Springsteen. I really enjoyed Eric's stories of working-class Paterson, New Jersey, and when I realized that he had flown to Pittsburgh (from NYC) for a 2-day stay (they gave him a couch at the Cyberpunk house), I wanted to take a moment and remind us, as a community, that we are bringing people to Pittsburgh who wouldn't have come. We, the run-everything-on-a-dream-
I'm writing today to thank the reading series and small press events that have brought out-of-towners to read in Pittsburgh, as well as sleep in our hotels, sample our bookstores and restaurants, visit our art museums, and best of all, spread the word that Pittsburgh is greener than you think, that Pittsburgh is alive and well, that Pittsburgh is writing and reading and listening.
Gist Street Reading Series has generally brought 2 out of town readers a month for almost a decade (sometimes Pittsburgh writers are featured instead) and in the summer they feature one small press with several writers included.
The New Yinzer Presents series has brought out of town writers such as Michael Kimball and Jen Michalski (Baltimore), Jackie Corley (New Jersey), and Amy Guth (Chicago). Matt Bell (Ann Arbor) is coming soon.
The Six Gallery Press Showcase brings Scott McClanahan (West Virginia) to Pittsburgh a few times a year (and I hear he'll be reading at Gist Street this summer!).
The Cyberpunk Apocalypse writer's house hosts readers more often than I realized. My pal Mike Faloon (Go Metric) is coming to read from a new book in July, and when I asked Daniel McCloskey (Cyberpunk's founder) about it, he said he'd have to look it up--that there were so many readings arranged for July he'd lost track of the exact dates. They also host 5 writers for a long-term writer's residency program, and now they have a small room for short term residencies of 3 to 4 weeks.
The Typewriter Girls have been mixing up their Pittsburgh lineups with some out of town writers--I saw poet Sandra Beasley (Washington, DC) at a Howler's reading and she came back to town for the Typewriter Girls' Save the Libraries benefit reading.
Pittsburgh's wonderful small press, Autumn House, holds regular readings. Out of town readers they've featured have included Sam Ligon (Spokane, WA), Ada Limon (NYC), and Mary Crockett Hill (Virginia).
The City of Asylum/Pittsburgh has residencies for writers in exile from foreign countries. For readings they bring in wonderful writers from other City of Asylum cities, as well as luminaries such as Wole Soyinka, showcasing them alongside Pittsburgh's top writers and poets.
Recently, small press collaborators in town were able to host readings for Chicago's Ben Tanzer (Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine) and San Fran's Stephen Elliott (The Adderall Diaries).
And of course, Open Thread hosted the first Small Press Festival last summer, with the next one slated for September 2010. Last year's event brought small press folks from West Virginia, Ohio, Nashville, and Buffalo, among other places. This year's promises to draw even more folks in.
Please let me know if there are any reading series I'm forgetting in relation to out of town readers!
And lastly, I plan to start keeping track of these numbers, because I think it could give us some leverage as a community in the future.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
There's still room for donations, if you haven't already done so.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
I think I'm going to shoot for the half.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
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