Scenes and Sounds from Glitterbox Theater

For the first time, with thanks to Mindy Mastruserio for some great photographs (Aether Erebus Photography) and Glitterbox Theater, we’re able to share some images and audio from our ninth reading and celebration of our eighth issue of AHHR. We love bringing together Pittsburgh-based writers, folks we were able to publish in the review, and members of our writing workshop. This time we were happy to welcome Angele Ellis and John Menesieni of Six Gallery Press, Emily Kiernan from the workshop, William Repass from the journal, and Tom Sweterlitsch who just celebrated the release of his second novel, The Gone World. We’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported After Happy Hour Review! Enjoy!

 

Ellis Reading

Angele Ellis’s latest book, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press), is a hybrid bloody valentine to her adopted city. She also is author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook) and Arab on Radar (Six Gallery), whose poems won her a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a contributing editor to Al Jadid Magazine.

John M

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.

Kiernan

Emily Kiernan is the author of a novel, Great Divide (Unsolicited Press). Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Pank, The Collagist, Redivider, and other journals. She is a prose editor at Noemi Press and a fiction editor at Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks. More information can be found at emilykiernan.com.

Repass

William Repass lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and works as a projectionist and film librarian. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, Small Po[r]tions, and elsewhere.  We were happy to publish “Got Milk Anymore?” in Issue 8.

Sweterlitsch Reading

Tom Sweterlitsch was born in Iowa and grew up in Ohio. His first novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow was published in 2014. He has co-written several short films with Director Neill Blomkamp for Oats Studios including Rakka, Firebase, and Zygote. Before becoming a writer, he worked for the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for twelve years. His new novel, The Gone World, is due out in February from Putnam Books. Tom lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

Audience

Picture of a wonderful audience.

 

Image Credits | Mindy Mastruserio | Aether Erebus Photography

 

  One thought on “Scenes and Sounds from Glitterbox Theater

  1. thepoetbandcompany
    February 7, 2018 at 9:48 am

    “BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!!”

    NOTHING ELSE!!!!!

    (For My Ancestors)

    Just because I eat plenty of chitlins and cornbread

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For true nourishment comes from digesting truth, justice and equality!

    Just because I’m a great athlete

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For while your blood is pumped by cupidity, mines is pumped by tenacity!

    Just because I style my hair this way

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For The Bible says “The Messiah” will have hair like lamb’s wool,

    Now think about that!

    Just because my skin is ebony

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For blindness is what you need!

    Just because you call me a nigger

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For evil words are manifested in your brain and “thick or thin” lips

    Can pronounce them!

    Just because I live in the most poverty-stricken areas of the world

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For government “by the rich people” and “for the rich people” has long

    endured!

    Just because my “IQ” has been measured “by your system” to be

    Below yours

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For the ignorant are the educated ones that ignore injustices!

    Just because I speak your English improperly

    doesn’t make me Black,

    For correctness of speech is second to “speaking the truth,” no matter

    what language is employed!

    BUT!!!! WHEN YOU SAVAGELY INVADED MY ANCESTORS

    TRIBAL HOMES, BEAT THEM PROFUSELY, PUGNACIOUSLY

    HANDLED THE WOMEN-THEN RAPED THEM IN THE PRESENCE

    OF THEIR HUSBANDS, DISRESPECTED THEIR CRYING INNOCENT

    CHILDREN-BOUNDED, GAGED, SHACKLED THEM, SLAMMED AND

    PILED THEM INTO SPLINTERED-RIDDEN SHIPS, DISALLOWED THEM TO CONVERSE WITH EACH OTHER-BROUGHT THEM TO A STRANGE LAND, SOLD AND BARTERED THEM OFF TO OTHERS OF YOUR APATHY, FORCED YOUR LANGUAGE DOWN THEIR THROATS, LABELED THEM WITH YOUR EUROPEAN NAMES-FED THEM WHAT THE PIGS REFUSED TO EAT, DEENIED THEM EDUCATION, PRAYER, THE RIGHT TO VOTE, HUMAN RIGHTS, THEM ASSASSINATED THEIR LEADERS-

    These hideous infamies are what made and makes me Black,

    NOTHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By: Arthur C. Ford,Sr., poet

    wewuvpoetry@hotmail.com

    Copyright©, 1970, A.C. Ford

    Sent from Windows Mail

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