Thursday, October 8, 2015

TNY Presents: Roberts, Gwin, Newton, and Yune

The New Yinzer Presents is back with Celine Roberts, Ben Gwin, Matthew Newton, and Robert Yune!

Join us at Modern Formations on THURSDAY, October 15th, at 8PM. There will be beer from Mellingers and various snacks. $5 or FREE with potluck contribution!

A little about our readers:

Celine Roberts is a lapsed fiction writer. Her non-fiction works which involve drinking and talking about it can be found in the City Paper. 

Ben Gwin is the Fiction Editor at Burrow Press Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, Word Riot and others. His novel manuscript Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

Matthew Newton is a writer, author, and editor from Western Pennsylvania, where he lives in the Electric Valley with his wife and two young sons. He has written essays, many about class and culture, for Guernica, the Oxford American, and The Rumpus, and his reporting has appeared in The AtlanticEsquireForbes, and Spin. He is at work on the manuscript for his first book, Shopping Mall, which will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2017. He is currently associate editor at Carnegie Museum of Art, where he edits the CMOA Blog and oversees editorial content for the Hillman Photography Initiative and Teenie Harris Archive, in addition to working on book and exhibition projects.

As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18.  In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. His fiction has appeared in Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.

 His debut novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was published this summer through Thought Catalog Books.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


The New Yinzer Presents returns for our fall installment on SEPTEMBER 17th, with some MAJOR TALENT:

Rachel Ann Brickner

Natty Soltesz
Seth Bickford
Christina Deka

As usual we'll enjoy FREE BEER from Mellingers at the one, the only, MODERN FORMATIONS GALLERY, September 17, 2015, 8PM, $5 cover of FREE with potluck contribution!

About our readers:

Rachel Ann Brickner is originally from Pittsburgh. In a previous life, she worked in publishing in both New York and San Francisco. Currently, she's a first-year MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh in fiction and the Writing Pittsburgh Fellow for Creative Nonfiction magazine. You can find her work at Pank, Corium Magazine, and The Female Gaze, among others. 

Natty Soltesz's novel Backwoods was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and features illustrations by Michael Kirwan. His erotic fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 2009 Joe Gage- directed porn film Dad Takes a Fishing Trip. He is the co-founder of the semi-annual Pittsburgh newsletter QueerBurgher and his creative interests include collaging and zine making. 

Christina Deka teaches writing at the Community College of Allegheny County. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in 2011. Before she became an instructor at CCAC, she taught multi-genre creative writing courses to women at the Allegheny County Jail through Chatham University's Words Without Walls program. She lives with her husband and three spoiled cats. 

Seth Bickford throws queer Pittsburgh parties (i.e. Bro Club). He works obnoxiously hard at trying to be funny. His recent hobbies include working unmanageable hours to try and find relief from debilitating student loan debt and crying.