Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Join us December 11th for a TNY Special Edition!

Our very good friends, poets John Grochalski and Ally Malinenko will be in town for an evening of poesy slinging. Also on tap for the evening are the local favorites Ed Steck, Renee Alberts, Margaret Bashaar, Joel W. Coggins, and Jessica Fenlon.
(Stay tuned for pictures of our guests...)

Where: ModernFormations 4919 Penn Ave.
When: December 11th, 8pm
Cover: $5 or a contribution to our potluck dinner

John Grochalski is a writer formerly from Pittsburgh. He lives in New York now with his wife and two cats. Grochalski's book of poems The Noose Doesn't Get Any Looser After You Punch Out was published by Six Gallery Press in 2009.

Ally Malinenko has been published by Alembic, Blind Man's Review, Small Brushes, Whisky Island Magazine, The Unknown Writer, HeART, Mad Poets Society, Posey, Jack Magazine and Words-Myth. She is also a contributing poet to Reading Ground blogazine, a division of Breeding Ground Productions (http://breedingground.com/reading/). Her first book of poems entitled The Wanting Bone was published in 2009 by Six Gallery Press. She is currently working on a novel for children. Ally lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.

Ed Steck is awaiting World War III. "Hoojy boojy, wumbly tumbly, goody goody, grass grass."

Renée Alberts listens to rivers, talks to the radio, and translates the conversations into poetry, sound and collage. She learned all of this in Pittsburgh. She's been lucky to collaborate with some of the city's finest wordsmiths and musicians, and has participated in and curated many events. Her chapbook is forthcoming from Speed & Briscoe. Witness her in 1s and 0s at http://williamthesilent.blogspot.com/.

Margaret Bashaar is the co-editor of Weave Magazine and co-host of The Typewriter Girls. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous literary journals including Caketrain, The Pedestal Magazine, Boxcar Poetry Review, So to Speak, and Blue Earth Review. She also writes book reviews for The Multicultural Review and for Weave Magazine's blog.

Joel W. Coggins, a native Ohioan, is a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh, where he majors in Writing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Three Rivers Review and also serves as an Editorial Assistant for Weave Magazine. His writing has appeared in Collision, Hinge, and Cedarville Review.

Jessica Fenlon lives and works in Pittsburgh PA. She makes art that touches on the currents of violence, everyday joys, and haunting losses that move in her peripheral vision. BFA UW-Madison, MFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Her first book of poetry, Spiritual Side Effects was published by Six Gallery Press in 2009. She spends too much time at crossroads with scarecrows. She enjoys playing with fire in her free time. She is probably taller than you.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yinzers Kristofer Collins and Savannah Guz will be opening for Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries, given a starred review by Kirkus and pronounced 'superb' by Time Out New York.

When? Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 8:30 p.m.
Where? Modern Formations (4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
Cover? $4

Friday, October 30, 2009

Join us for the TNY Presents season finale on Wednesday, November 18 (psst....still, stay tuned for a special *Holiday Edition* of TNY in December). We’re turning the stage over to our good friends Chuck Kinder, Karl Hendricks, and Brendan Kerr. They’ll be swapping stories, telling jokes, and pretty much whatever else they’d like to do. TNY Presents belongs to them for the evening. In a similar vein our musical guests for the night – Scott Silsbe, Kurt Garrison, and Mark Mangini – will share the stage and trade some of their favorite songs.

Where?: ModernFormations 4919 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh
When?: 8pm
Cover?: $5 or a contribution to our potluck dinner

Chuck Kinder: (reader) Chuck Kinder is the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of the novels, Snakehunter (Alfred A. Knopf), The Silver Ghost (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) and Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a 2001 New York Times Notable Book. Honeymooners was reprinted as a Plume Paperback in 2002, and in June 2009 it was re-issued by the Carnegie Mellon University Press as a part of its Classic Contemporary Series.Kinder’s most recent book is a redneck noir, pulp romance meta-memoir titled Last Mountain Dancer: Hard Earned Lessons In Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life, which was published in 2004.

Karl Hendricks: (reader) Karl Hendricks lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Megan, and their two daughters, Maeve and Nell. He is the author ofthe chapbook, Stan Getz Isn’t Coming Back (Speed & Briscoe Books). He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh and also works at Paul’s CDs. His band, the Karl Hendricks Trio (sometimes Rock Band), has released eight albums, most recently The World Says.

Brendan Kerr: (reader) Brendan Kerr comes to Pittsburgh via Elkins, West Virginia and Brooklyn, New York. He recently completed his MFA at the University of Pittsburgh and his novel, The Uses of Talent, is currently looking for a home. Brendan plays bass with the rock band Workshop. He lives in Polish Hill and can often be found among the crowd in one local establishment or another.

Scott Silsbe: (music)Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where he sells books, writes, and makes rock music.

Kurt Garrison: (music) Kurt Garrison is a member of The Shopkeepers, The Plat Maps and AAA.

Mark Mangini: (music) Mark Mangini is an editor at The New Yinzer.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It’s time for yet another scary-good installment of TNY Presents!

Join us for a little pre-Halloween hijinks on Wednesday, October 21st. Tricks (of the literary variety) will be provided by Nathan Graziano, Holly Coleman, and Kevin Finn. Elliott Sussman will be on hand with a banjo full of tasty musical treats.

Where: Modern Formations 4919 Penn Ave.
When: 8pm
Cover: $5 or a contribution to our potluck dinner

Nathan Graziano: (reader) Nathan Graziano lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and two children. He is the author of TeachingMetaphors (sunnyoutside, 2007), Not So Profound (Green Bean Press, 2004),Frostbite (GBP, 2002) and seven chapbooks of poetry and fiction. His workhas appeared in Rattle, Night Train, Freight Stories, The Coe Review, The Owen Wister Review, and others. His third book of poetry, After the Honeymoon, will be published in Fall 2009 by sunnyoutside press. For more information, visit his website: www.nathangraziano.com.

<--Holly Coleman: (reader) Famed 'Wild Woman of the North Side,' hasn’t had a literary piece published since 1999 due to her own laziness, Holly Colemanis getting up off her ass and hummin, comin atcha!

Kevin Finn: (reader) Kevin Finn is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. A poet, as well as a singer-songwriter, his work has gained critical praise world wide. His chapbook, Exit Wounds, was published by Amsterdam Press in 2009.

<-- Elliott Sussman: (music) In 1984, the front porch and the campfire becameconcerned that they weren't being used for their intended musicalpurposes. It was that year that Elliott Sussman was birthed by the two tomake sure that their glorious traditions would never be forgotten. Visit Elliott at http://www.myspace.com/elliottsussman

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The weather might be cooling down but we’re heating things up at TNY Presents. Join us Wednesday, September 16th for the latest installment. We’ll be featuring the literary talents of Dave Carillo, Joel W. Coggins, Sherrie Flick, and Dana Killmeyer. Stick around for the beautiful sounds of Stephen Tribou & The Vacant Sea.

Sherrie Flick (reader) has an excellent debut novel, titled Reconsidering Happiness, just out from University of Nebraska Press. I Call This Flirting, her awarding-winning chapbook of flash fiction, was published in 2004 (Flume Press). Her work appears in the anthologies Flash Fiction Forward (Norton) and New Sudden Fiction (Norton) as well as You Have Time For This (Ooligan Press). A recipient of a PA Council on the Arts grant, she lives in Pittsburgh where she directs the Gist Street Reading Series. Learn more here: www.sherrieflick.com and read her City Paper interview here! (photo credit: John Altdorfer)--->

<---Dave Carillo (reader) Dave Carillo teaches English at the University of Connecticut at Waterbury and is the Writing Coordinator at Saint Joseph College. He lives in West Hartford, CT with his wife and dog.

Joel W. Coggins (reader) Joel W. Coggins, a native Ohioan, is a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh, where he majors in Writing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Three Rivers Review and also serves as an Editorial Assistant for Weave Magazine. His writing has appeared in Collision, Hinge, and Cedarville Review. ---->

<---Dana Killmeyer (reader) Dana Killmeyer is a Pittsburgh native working in mixed forms of expression. As a writer, she has published the novel, Paradise, or The Part that Dies and the poetry collection, Pendulums of Euphoria with Six Gallery Press. She has been known to swallow her children whole after giving birth to them, so she is grateful the Para/Pen twins reached maturity.

Stephen Tribou & The Vacant Sea (music) Check out Stephen Tribou at www.myspace.com/thevacantsea -->

Thursday, August 13, 2009

TNY Reader McClanahan's STORIES reviewed in City Paper!

Scott McClanahan's deceptively simply Stories hooks you.

Stories by Scott McClanahan
Six Gallery Press, 140 pp.

If you can't get Scott McClanahan to come tell you stories at your neighborhood bar, try just taking his book Stories and reading it aloud to friends. McClanahan's short stories are just that informal, and just that engaging.

McClanahan writes about life in small-town West Virginia as a boy, teenager and young man. There are 17 stories, rendered in double-spaced text, and you can read each one in about five minutes.

Told with a guileless tone, they begin with phrases like "The last time I saw Randy Doogan ..." and "You can see all kinds of strange things in Rainelle though." The stories are full of rueful comedy, moral ambivalence and poetic melancholy. They involve things like a man's arm getting ripped off by a lumber-mill saw; a protagonist's pointless running battle with a homeless panhandler; and a father's stubborn insistence on going to jail over a routine speeding ticket.
But McClanahan, an educator and filmmaker who lives in Beckley, W.Va. -- this is apparently his first book -- has mastered the art of seemingly artless transparency. He's a born raconteur with the disarming knack of sucking you into the narrative, the more offbeat the better.
Here's the opening of "Possums":

My Dad was something else though. I know he had this run in with a possum one time when we were standing around talking to this neighbor guy who was showing off his new truck. And of course I was sweeping off our driveway. I mean I hated sweeping off the driveway -- it was a driveway. But I guess my Dad was teaching something about sweeping off a driveway or something.

"Possums" continues with a kind of laidback humor, and ends on a note of unexpected exaltation. In "The Firestarter" -- in which the narrator figures a hit-and-run victim is dead because she has "this dead look on her face" -- he wonders if his mere presence is causing people to get hit by cars.

"Randy Doogan" begins as a shaggy-dog story about lending money to a half-remembered former high school classmate, but becomes a painful rumination on trust. "Poop Deck Pappy" is a strangely moving story about a broken-down old man's genuine love for a dead woman he never met. "The Prettiest Girl in Texas" finds the teen-age protagonist dragged to a low-rent strip club where a disfigured dancer's performance leads to an epiphany.

All the stories seem drawn together by "My Mom," a sketch near book's end composed mostly of stories of family tragedies the narrator's mother tells him, each rendered with the intense simplicity of a folk ballad.

Stories, oddly, lacks page numbers. While that might be an intentional informality, it's harder to excuse the frequent disappearance of paragraph indentation, or the numerous typos.
But none of that matters too much. Nor do McClanahan's mild stylistic tics, like repeating nouns for folkily poetic emphasis ("grinning a shit-eating grin"; "a dark so dark"), or the story or two that comes to a fairly banal resolution.

Mostly, you just want to know what happens next. What's next for the fourth-grade boy whose buddies all agree to dress up as baby dolls for a school pageant -- but then leave him the only one to show up in a dress? What becomes of the guy who falls in love with the woman who prank-calls him one night -- then keeps calling back? Somehow, McClanahan manages to position himself just outside his narrator's adolescent dreams and little-boy misconceptions while remaining fully invested in them too.

Scott McClanahan reads at TNY Presents with Cathy Day, Paco Mahone and Laura Davis, plus live music by Justin Andrew. 8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 19. ModernFormations Gallery, 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield. $5 or potluck donation. tnypresents.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 6, 2009

TNY Presents' Fall 2009 Schedule!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

TNY Presents is back Wednesday, August 19th!

Join us as we kick off the Fall semester of TNY Presents with a night full of late-Summer treats. On the reading side of things, we’ll be joined by the immense talents of Scott McClanahan, Cathy Day, Paco Mahone, and Laura Davis. If that wasn’t enough for yinz we’ll have Justin Andrew on hand to provide some truly golden sounds.

Where: ModernFormations 4919 Penn Ave.
When: Wednesday, August 19th, 8pm
Cover: $5 or a contribution to our potluck dinner

Scott McClanahan: (reader) Scott McClanahan is the writer of Stories (published by Six Gallery Press). His other works include Stories II, Hillbilly and the Nightmares, Stories and Revelations, The Sarah Book (Vol. 3 of McClanahan’s Lives), and Crapalachia (all forthcoming). He is co-partner of the company Holler Presents (www.hollerpresents.com), which has produced such films as Preacher Man, Spring, 1386, The Education of Bertie Mae McClanahan, and Lil Audrey’s Last Day at School. He can be reached at scottmcclanahan@hotmail.com.

Cathy Day: (reader) Cathy Day was born and raised in Peru, Indiana, which is best known as a circus town, but is also the birthplace of Cole Porter and the Spanish hot dog. She is the author of two books. Her most recent work is Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love (Free Press, 2008), part memoir about life as a single woman and part sports story about the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl season. Her first book was The Circus in Winter (Harcourt, 2004), a fictional history of her hometown. Visit her at

Paco Mahone: (reader) Paco Mahone is a father, writer and musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He lived in New York City for several years, taking the public transportation with his 150 year old bass, many late nights with quarter notes. He spent most of his teen and adult life playing in bands, touring the country before returning to college to study music, spent his childhood reading comics, playing with action figures and loved hanging out in the record vaults of the radio stations his father owned. He never pursued his interest in fiction until he took an elective during his last semester at City College Of New York. He currently lives on the North Side with his two boys and supportive wife and is enjoying the role of Mr. Mom while his brilliant wife pursues a doctorate degree. In his spare time, he keeps his fingers in shape, devours books and writes. This is his first public reading.

Laura Davis: (reader) Laura E. Davis was born on a sunny day in Pittsburgh in June. She is a teacher for a local charter school and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Chatham University. She serves as co-founding editor of Weave Magazine and organizes various literary events around Pittsburgh.

Justin Andrew: (music) makes folk-pop music that at once sounds timeless and new; the arrangements classic, yet unique. With crisp vocals and adept acoustic guitar playing, Justin's tasteful music conjures up the early-Seventies scene, when people carefully crafted their melodies and song structure.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

To tide you over until our next reading event, The New Yinzer will be participating Pittsburgh's Small Press Festival on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th. Not only will we be sharing a table with good friends Speed & Briscoe, several Yinzers will be participants in panel dicsussions that will take place on both days. Check this line up:

Saturday, July 18 @ 1 p.m. - Small Press, Big Impact?* (followed by Karen Lillis' presentation on the smallpresspittsburgh wiki)
Panelists: Adam Atkinson (Open Thread), Hattie Fletcher (Creative Nonfiction), Savannah Guz (author & Yinzer), Karen Lillis (LDP Distro, smallpresspittsburgh, Words Like Kudzu, author), and Scott Silsbe (The New Yinzer)

Saturday, July 18 @ 2 p.m. - Starting a Small Press or Literary Organization
Panelists: Adam Atkinson (Open Thread), Kris Collins (The New Yinzer), Sue Rumbaugh (The Diner Divas), and Edward Simon (Thirty First Bird Review and Press)

Sunday, July 19 @ 4 p.m. - Women in Publishing
Panelists: Nikki Allen (poet & Yinzer), Margaret Bashaar and Laura Davis (Weave Magazine), and Mary Biddinger (Barn Owl Review)

And on JULY 31st!
The New Yinzer will be celebrating 1970s literature and music on July 31st. Join a nattily clad Gore Vidal impersonator at Brillobox at 8 p.m. on July 31st, and celebrate literature and music with the Yinzers!

Also, stay tuned for bios of the readers featured in the next TNY Presents event, which takes place on August 19th!! We'll coming back from summer hiatus with a vengence, kids.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Reading: Collins, Lillis, Guz at Kiva Han

To tide TNY fans over until the next TNY Presents in August, join Kristofer Collins, Karen Lillis, and Savannah Schroll Guz as they read from their recently published books.

Collins, Lillis, and Guz will read on Friday, June 12th at Oakland's Kiva Han Coffee (420 South Craig Street) at 8:00 p.m. Come join us!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TNY Presents is taking a short, two-month summer siesta, while we prepare for the fall. However, we'll be back in August to celebrate Pittsburgh lit culture again!

We have a fantastic line-up of authors for August, and we'll be sliding comfortably into the winter with an equally excellent group of musicians, writers, and poets.

In the meantime, The New Yinzer does have several summer events lined up. One of which is 1970s-themed. A Gore Vidal impersonator will be emcee-ing in a very smart suit and a pair of Vidal-worthy vampire brows. It will be held on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at Brillobox. Come celebrate literature and music with us!

Watch this space for more information on TNY Present's excellent August literary and musical guests!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Join us on Wednesday, May 20th at Modern Formations (4919 Penn Avenue) for the next edition of the fantastic pot luck reading series The New Yinzer Presents! This is the last reading before our summer hiatus. (We'll back back again in August!)

Where: Modern Formations Gallery & Performance Space, 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Date: Wednesday, May 20th
Doors: 8:00 p.m.
Cover: $5 (or free with pot luck contribution)

(And afterward, please follow Kris Collins and Scott Silsbe--as well as the rest of us Yinzers!--down the street to Brillobox for Sweet Jams!!)

Matt Newton-->: (Non-Fiction) Matthew Newton is a writer/reporter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His writing appears regularly in national and international magazines, newspapers, and alternative newsweeklies. He has reported on the decline of sampling in hip-hop for Spin; interviewed survivors of Cambodia’s killing fields for Swindle; and investigated how Rust Belt cities are using art as a catalyst for social and economic change for Next American City. In addition, he has appeared as a commentator on Austria’s FM4 radio; is editor of the nonfiction anthology Young & Reckless; and once worked an unseemly job that found him repacking expired fish.

<--- Margaret Bashaar: (Poetry) Margaret Bashaar is the co-editor of Weave Magazine and co-host of The Typewriter Girls. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous literary journals including Caketrain, The Pedestal Magazine, Boxcar Poetry Review, So to Speak, and Blue Earth Review. She also writesbook reviews for The Multicultural Review and for Weave Magazine's blog.

Mark Possanza-->: (Poetry) Mark Possanza lives and writes in Squirrel Hill. He published his first collection of poems, Atlas of Invention, in 2002, and hopes to publish a second collection, Word Count, in the fall 2009.
<--- Karl Hendricks: (Music) Karl Hendricks lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Megan, and their two daughters, Maeve and Nell. He is the author ofthe chapbook, Stan Getz Isn’t Coming Back (Speed & Briscoe Books). He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh and also works at Paul’s CDs. His band, the Karl Hendricks Trio (sometimes Rock Band), has released eight albums, most recently The World Says.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

TNY Presents is 1 year old today!!

Okay, so maybe we all look over 21, but we're young at heart, and celebrating our first birthday as a series!

So, drop those tax packets in the mail and come celebrate with us tonight at Modern Formations Gallery and Performance Space.

Have some birthday cake, listen to some excellent writers read from new work, and hear some great music.

8 p.m., 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Cover: $5 (or free with a pot luck dish!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

In Pittsburgh City Paper (March 19, 2009)

The New Yinzer Presents

If you can drop by a reading series almost at random and hear something really good, chances are that series is doing something right.

I'd heard that this monthly series, at Garfield's ModernFormations Gallery, hosted good stuff: It's three writers (mostly poetry and fiction), plus a short musical performance, plus a potluck option that waives the $5 entry fee if you bring something tasty.

But while the biggest name at the March 18 installment was Baltimore-based novelist Michael Kimball, I thought the highlight was a short story by Kelly Ramsey. I didn't catch the title, but it was one of those stories, not realistic but set in a universe slightly to the left of our own, whose matter is communicated not just by its narrative, but by its very premise.

The story described a woman having a phone conversation with her ex while occupying the roof of their building, where she had (somehow) relocated all of their furniture. The tension was in the counterpoint between the plain, almost mundane dialogue and the rising action, which involved various furnishing hurtling -- silently, and apparently of their own accord -- over the roof's edge.

Somewhat in the Donald Barthelme vein, I thought -- a nice combination of surrealism and deadpan humor, with a poetic emotional undercurrent. Ramsey, an MFA student at Pitt, is a former co-editor of Hot Metal Bridge literary mag.

New Yinzer Presents is one of many events, regularly scheduled and otherwise, hosted by this online magazine (www.newyinzer.com) that for seven years has been a valuable part of the local literary scene. March was "Small Press Month," with wares for sale in the back from local literary entrepreneurs.

Contributors and organizers on-hand included Jessica Fenlon, Kristofer Collins and Scott Silsbe. Kimball read from his new novel Dear Everybody (Alma Books), structured as a series of undelivered letters written from childhood on by a depressive weatherman who committed suicide. The music was by Colin Baxter and his combo. (Full disclosure: two CP types were also implicated, including staffer Andy Mulkerin, who read his poetry, and art reviewer Savannah Guz, who MC'd.)

The seating includes couches, and there's art on the walls. It's a fair bet for the fourth Wednesday night of the month.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Next TNY Presents will be April 15th, Tax Day
The April 15th reading also marks the series' 1st anniversary!

Come hear some excellent local writers read, listen to some good music, and have some cake to celebrate with us...

Where? Modern Formations Gallery, 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Cover: $5 (or FREE with pot luck contribution)
Doors Open: 8:00 p.m.

<-- Bill Hughes: (Poetry) Bill Hughes was born in Akron, OH in 1987. He willgraduate from the University of Pittsburgh this summer. He has one book of poems out with Six Gallery Press, called Vagrancy, and he is in theprocess of publishing a second book of poems called Down The Western Dark. He is currently writing a short novel.

Molly Prosser -->: (Poetry) Molly Prosser holds an MFA in Poetry from CarlowUniversity where she teaches literature, marketing, and writing. She works for ModCloth.com as a Fashion Writer, and is currently developing her restaurant review blog, The RadDish. She's on the board of the International Poetry Form and the Small Press Festival, and her work as appeared in the Pittsburgh City Paper, La Fusta, and Weave Magazine. She is currently working on her chapbook entitled 'The Slip.' Molly is a lover of travel, new spaces, urban farming, and Bollywood. She lives in Regent Square with her husband and mini wiener dog, Keith Richards.

<-- Adam Matcho: (Non-Fiction) Adam Matcho writes true stories for The NewYinzer. Names have not been changed and distinguishing characteristics have not been altered. They are all just as guilty as Adam.

Thirteenth Rune-->: (Music) Kevin Finn began a folk renaissance with his droning first solo ep Bonesong+4 in 2000. Since then, the indie underground continually fed upon his work. Vessels was released as an offshoot, and iconic in its approach to self production. Now recording/performing songs for Thirteenth Rune, Finn continues to deconstruct his art.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Join us Wednesday, March 18th for the next installment of everybody’s favorite potluck and performance series, TNY Presents!

On display this month will be the tasty literary talents of Michael Kimball, Kelly Ramsey, and Andy Mulkerin. Stick around for a few musical delicacies from Colin Baxter.

Also, March is designated Small Press Month. LDP Distro will be on handwith a selection of zines and micro press books for sale. http://www.smallpressmonth.org/

Cover: $5 or FREE with contribution to our Potluck Dinner

Michael Kimball: (Reader) Michael Kimball’s third novel, Dear Everybody,was recently published in the US, UK, and Canada. His first two novels are The Way the Family Got Away (2000) and How Much of Us There Was (2005),both of which have been translated (or are being translated) into many languages. He is also responsible for the art project—Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard)--and the documentary film, I Will Smash You. Michael lives in Baltimore. Find more of his world here: www.michael-kimball.com ------>

<--- Kelly Ramsey: (Reader) Kelly Ramsey is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in The New Yinzer and Whiskey & Fox. She will complete her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh in April of this year and soon thereafter depart for warmer climes.

Andy Mulkerin: (Reader) Andy Mulkerin is a writer and collector of small things of no monetary value. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he lays downprose for an alternative weekly newspaper. His interests include newspaper comics and similar arcana/ephemera. --->

<--- Colin Baxter: (Music) Colin Baxter has been writing songs made mostly by stitching schizotypal fragments of notes and lyric together. Amidst habitual experiences of panic, fear, ruination and guilt, bouyancy has developed by the externalization of feeling. Reveling in multiple viewpoints, decentralization of self relieves distress and creates a net against oblivion. Aiming to change his need to change, illustrating vistas in which time becomes space and space becomes presence, looking and listening--all things are telling their story. Together with friends Mika, Nathan and Anna they bring to The New Yinzer a collection of songs. Violins, accordian, vocals, acoustic guitar and bass will be present.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

We're firing up the 2009 TNY Presents season with a fantastic group of writers and artists. Join us at Modern Formations Gallery at 8 p.m. on February 18th. And watch this space for furhter details!

Sherrie Flick: (Fiction) Sherrie Flick is author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press, 2004). Recent anthologies include New Sudden Fiction (Norton, 2007) and Flash Fiction Forward (Norton, 2006). Her short essay "Flash in a Pan" will appear in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field (2009). A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, she lives in Pittsburgh where she is co-founder and artistic director of the Gist Street Reading Series. Her first novel Reconsidering Happiness will be published in Fall 2009. www.sherrieflick.com.

Julie Sokolow: (Fiction) Julie Sokolow is a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, musician, and writer of drama and prose. Her work has appeared in The Original magazine and on Pittsburgh’s radio station WYEP. Her debut album Something About Violins was released on the label Western Vinyl. Currently, she is developing a screenplay out of her collection of short stories set in the surreal New Jersey suburbs.

Patti Emory: (Poetry) Patti Emory is a poet, artist, activist, and antagonist. She has beenwritingpoetry since she was a wee girl. While in college she started reading atopen mikes. Upon moving to Pittsburgh she started practicing at local venues such as the Shadow Lounge. She was motivated to try spoken word bylocal artists such as Brian Francis, Kellye Maize, and Vanessa German. When she's not writing she's working and earning credits for graduateschool. By the grace of God, she plans to enter the MAT program at the University of Pittsburgh next summer. She hopes to become a high school English teacher and eventually a college professor.

Best Friends: (Music) 'Best friend' (or close friend): a person(s) with whom someone shares extremely strong interpersonal ties with as a friend.