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:

<--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