foodwords: a spelling bee benefiting the greater pittsburgh community food bank

doors: 8:00pm

with host chef keith fuller of root 174
prizes and raffles of gift cards

pandemic dj dance party

doors: 9:30pm

Friday Sept 4th Pandemic is squaring off again w/ Juan Diego for a night of Cumbia, Tropical Bass, International Flavors, Coastal Vibes, Manele, Chalga, Bhangra, Bollywood, and more. Juan Diego and Pandemic Pete have been teaming up and destroying dance floors for the past 3 years. You may have caught them recently at the Cultural Trust's Cosmopolitan Pgh event back in July or at the La Misa Negra show at Bayardstown Social Club. Juan Diego claims we mix over 45 styles of international music.



national beat poetry festival presents: bridging the beats = poetry + futuremusic

doors: 7:00pm


Celebrate the legacy of the Beat Generation in an exciting multimedia collaboration with:

poets: Amanda Oaks, George Wallace, Lori Howsare, Russ Green, William F. Devault

featuring electronia by allinaline

hosted by jim d. deuchars


pittsburgh anthology book launch

doors: 7:00pm

PITTSBURGH - Writers from the greater Pittsburgh area will meet and network at the book release party for "The Pittsburgh Anthology" (softcover/$20/236 pages), a collection of essays, poems and art. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on September 10, 2015 at Brillobox (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

"The goal of 'The Pittsburgh Anthology' is to tell the story of Pittsburgh's past and present in fresh, unconventional, literary perspectives," said the book's editor, Eric Boyd. "I wanted to solicit work that challenges stereotypical images of Pittsburgh. I didn’t want pieces about an old bridge. I wanted pieces that walked a bridge, that fished by or lived under a bridge. I wanted work that itself was a bridge.”

Contributors range in age from 15 to 81 and include regional literary veterans such as Terrance Hayes, recipient of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry and a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and relative newcomers such as Nico Chiodi, a teenager who plays banjo outside of Wholey’s Fish Market.

During the book launch event attendees will have the opportunity to network with the anthology's contributors; discuss Pittsburgh history, art and culture and hear three essays read from the book. Although the event is free, space is limited. Metered parking along Penn Ave. is free after 6:00 p.m.

"The Pittsburgh Anthology" is available in softcover at regional bookstores and directly from the publisher at BeltMag.com for $20. It will be available in ebook format on Amazon.com as well.

Johnny Temple, Publisher of Akashic Books, has said, “'The Pittsburgh Anthology' mines a city of 446 bridges to create even more bridges—between past and present, between prose and poetry, between words and images." Nancy Martin, author of "No Way To Kill a Lady," called it, "A stoic, yet searing look at the hot soup that is our city— a collection about coming of age in a city that's proud of its Rust Belt past while struggling to find the pride of place for its future." Jim Daniels, author of "Apology to the Moon," also said, "Whether you’re from here or not, whether these pieces confirm your notions of Pittsburgh or turn them on their head, there’s a lot of fine artwork and writing here.

"The Pittsburgh Anthology" is the fifth city-based anthology published by Belt Publishing. The series began with "Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology" (2012), which proved so popular it led to the founding of Belt Magazine, an independent magazine publishing Rust Belt journalism. In 2014, "The Cincinnati Anthology" and "A Detroit Anthology" were published, the latter winning a Library of Michigan Notable Book Award. "Car Bombs To Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology" was published in May 2015. In 2016, Belt will publish anthologies about Akron and Buffalo. In November 2015 Belt will also release its first guidebook, "How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass," by Aaron Foley.

For more information about "The Pittsburgh Anthology" and the launch event, please visit www.beltmag.com or contact Anne Trubek at beltmageditor@gmail.com. High resolution images and ARCs are available upon request.

View All Events