Friday, October 23, 2015

11/7 Book Launch for Adam Matcho's LOVE SONGS FROM FLOOD CITY


Join us as we celebrate the dual release of Adam Matcho's 'Love Songs from Flood City" ( Low Ghost Press) and Ally Malinenko's 'How to Be an American" (Six Gallery Press)!!

It's a poesy doubleheader featuring readings by Adam and Ally as well as John Grochalski, Lori Jakiela, Jason Irwin, Dave Newman, and John Korn.

Books will be available for purchase.
ModernFormations Gallery 4919 Penn Ave.
Cover: $5 or free with a covered dish to share.

John Grochalski is a published writer whose poetry and prose have appeared in several online and print publications. He is the author of three books of poetry, The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch (Six Gallery Press, 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), and Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Press, 2014). He is also the author of the novel, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press, 2013), and his chapbook In the Year of Everything Dying can be viewed via Camel Saloon’s Books on Blogs series.

Jason Irwin is the author of Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It's A Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He has also had work published in Poetry East, Sycamore Review, Confrontation, and Poetry Ireland Review, among others. He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh.

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoirs Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books), Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette) and The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press/WPA Press), as well as the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist (Turning Point). 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 for a month this summer. She also received a Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, 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 teaches in the writing programs at The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and Chatham University, and is a co-director of Chautauqua Institution's Summer Literary Festival. For more, visit

John Korn lives in Pittsburgh. He is the author of a book of poetry titled Television Farm which can be purchased on He has worked as a mental health social worker for many years now. He was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, one for his poem "14 young women" and another for his poem "Yellow lamp shade head." He didn't win either of these prizes and he is not even sure what those prizes are.

Ally Malinenko has been fortunate to have her poems and stories published online and in print. Her first book of poems, entitled The Wanting Bone, was published by Six Gallery Press and she recently completed her first novel. You can read her ramblings at Shipwrecked Poetry or at Gypsy Campfire. She currently lives in the part of Brooklyn that neither the tour buses nor the hispsters come to.

Adam Matcho is an obituary writer and contributor to The New Yinzer. He is a former technical writer, novelty shop clerk, basketball coach and gas station attendant. His chapbook, Six Dollars an Hour: Confessions of a Gemini Writer, was published by Liquid Paper Press and his essay collection, The Novelty Essays, was published by WPA Press. When not writing death notices, Adam tries to write about life. He lives in a former craft shop with his wife, two sons and too many animals. As Dave Newman has said, "Adam Matcho has more talent than most corporations have profits, and his vision of America is tragic and brilliant and hilarious.”

Dave Newman is the author of five books, including The Poem Factory (White Gorilla Press, 2015), the novel Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), and the collection The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine. He works in chronic pain research, serving elders, and lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Adam Matcho's 'Love Songs from Flood City'!

Low Ghost Press is very proud to announce that we will have the great pleasure of publishing Adam Matcho's 'Love Songs from Flood City' (Low Ghost 5) later this year! So stay tuned for more info.

Low Ghost Second Editions!

By popular demand Low Ghost Press will be publishing second editions of our sold-out titles! Stayed tuned for more info.



Monday, January 26, 2015

A Word About Unsolicited Manuscripts

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about getting their manuscripts, etc. to Low Ghost Press for possible publication. It's heartening to have so much interest in what we do at Low Ghost. However, to be clear, Low Ghost does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. It is our policy to reach out to writers whose work we are especially excited about (and this is a long list, trust us) and working directly with him/her to build a book together. This can be a long process, often taking as long as a year or more from start to publication. We cherish our relationships with the writers we have published and take enormous pride in the work we have created together. While we are happy to read work from parties that are interested in working with us, we do have the next few years of publications already in the works. We wish everyone success in shepherding their work into print. And once again thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. We hope this clarifies our method of working. We will see you all very soon with the publication of Low Ghost #5!

Friday, October 3, 2014

ALL THAT YELLOW (Low Ghost Giant Size #1) by Chuck Kinder!

Low Ghost Press is very proud to announce the publication of Chuck Kinder's ALL THAT YELLOW as Low Ghost Giant Size #1 on October 10, 2014!

ALL THAT YELLOW will be available in a hand-numbered edition of 200 copies for $8.00. The collection will be launched with a gala reading at ModernFormations Gallery at 8pm on October 10, 2014 (see elsewhere on this site for more details). After which it will be available at Caliban Bookshop in Oakland and will soon be in quality bookshops everywhere...and by everywhere I mean in very selective locales.

Also there's this thing called mail order which I can do. If shipping in the continental United States please send a check or money order made out to Kristofer Collins for $12 to:

Caliban Bookshop
410 S. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Attn: Kristofer Collins


Call the shop at 412-681-9111 to place credit card orders.


10/10 @ ModernFormations - Chuck Kinder Book Launch Party for ALL THAT YELLOW & IMAGINATION MOTEL

Low Ghost Press and Six Gallery Press proudly announce the world premiere of Chuck Kinder's debut poetry collections ALL THAT YELLOW and IMAGINATION MOTEL!!



CHUCK KINDER That Old Hippie Poet

Guest Starring:

TAYLOR GRIESHOBER The Girl Next Door with a Deadly Past

DAVE NEWMAN The Muckraking Reporter

JIMMY CVETIC The Crusty Old Cop with a Heart of Gold




SHERRIE the Meanderer

RICK Nettles

And in her poetical debut:

DIANE 'Last Call' Kitty


When: Friday, October 10
Time: 8pm
Where: Modern Formations 4919 Penn Avenue
Door: $5

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About Our Cast:

CHUCK KINDER is an aging hillbilly-hippie poet-type who is currently sinking into his ever deepening dotage like a Gulf sunset as seen through an empty martini glass in Key Largo, Florida, where he is in awe of pelicans (who put him in mind of drunken pirates) and palms, the only trees he knows with balls and wings, whose feathers rustle in the warm Florida Bay breezes like secrets whispered by green-eyed long-gone hippie princess beauties or fading memories of childhood tin-roof rains. In his youth Kinder wandered West out of the hills of Appalachia on the lam from lawdogs for running moonshine with his outlaw uncles, and then there were the armed robberies. He hoped to crash the Golden Gates of San Francisco into the Age of Aquarius to become a famous Flower Child, an enterprise at which he failed utterly, being a hard-core hillbilly boy raised redneck mostly on road-kill and rage.

TAYLOR GRIESHOBER is a writer living in Wilkinsburg, and a waitress to the stars. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Monkeybicycle, Voices from the Attic, The New Yinzer, and Weave. She is also co-director of TNY Presents.

DAVE NEWMAN is the author of the novels Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012) and Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade Books, 2010), and the collection, The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the Best Books of 2013 by L Magazine. He’s worked as a truck driver, a book store manager, an air filter salesman, a house painter, and a college teacher. More than 100 of his poems and stories have appeared in magazines throughout the world, including Gulf Stream, Word Riot, Smokelong Quarterly, Rattle, Wormwood Review, Tears in the Fence (UK), andThe New Yinzer. He has been the featured writer and on the cover of both 5AM and Chiron Review. Anthologies include Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books) and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry(Autumn House Press). Newman has won three chapbooks prizes. In 2004, he received the Andre Dubus Novella Award. He lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children.

JIMMY CVETIC has been writing and performing poetry all his life. A retired county police officer, he is director of the Pittsburgh Police Athletic League, and founder and director of the Summer Poetry Series at Hemingway's Cafe in Oakland. His poems have appeared in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, City Paper and other publications. He appears in the film, Warrior, and in 2012, he read his poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA with his actor-friend and poet, Nick Nolte. In 2010, Jimmy's book of poetry, The Secret Society of Dog was published by Awesome Books/Lascaux Editions, and a second volume, Dog Unleashed, was published by Awesome Books in 2012. Jimmy, his boxing gym and trainers were recently featured in the Esquire cable TV series, “White Collar Brawlers.”

SCOTT SILSBE was born in Detroit and now lives in Pittsburgh where he sells books, plays in bands, watches local sports and edits The New Yinzer. His work has appeared a number of places including Third Coast, Kitchen Sink, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.