Come celebrate the release of EAST PITTSBURGH DOWNLOW (J.New Books), the latest novel by Pittsburgh home-slice Dave Newman, and the re-release of BELIEF IS ITS OWN KIND OF TRUTH, MAYBE (Autumn House Press), Lori Jakiela’s award-winning memoir.
Readers include Newman, Jakiela, Lou Ickes, Meghan Tutolo, and Adam Matcho. Snacks, music, books and swag.
Pittsburgh-centric art by 1FLYCHICKEN for sale.
The party is free and open to anyone 21 and up. (Sorry, Phe!)
Dave Newman is the author of seven books, including East Pittsburgh Downlow (J. New Books, 2019), the novella Sammy Drinks Canned Beer (White Gorilla Press, forthcoming 2020), The Poem Factory (White Gorilla Press, 2015), the novels Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012), Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade, 2010) and the collection The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Gulf Stream, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Belt, the legendary Nerve Cowboy, Smokelong Quarterly, Ambit (U.K.), Tears in the Fence (U.K.), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and many other places. He appeared in the PBS documentary narrated by Rick Sebak about Pittsburgh writers. Winner of numerous awards, including the Andre Dubus Novella Prize, he lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children. He works in medical research, serving elders.
Lori Jakiela is the author of six books, including BELIEF IS ITS OWN KIND OF TRUTH MAYBE (Atticus Books 2015, Autumn House Press 2019); HOW DO YOU LIKE IT NOW GENTLEMEN: POEMS (forthcoming from Low Ghost Press, 2020); PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A BINGO WORKER (Bottom Dog Press, 2017); THE BRIDGE TO TAKE WHEN THINGS GET SERIOUS (C&R Press/WPA Press 2015); SPOT THE TERRORIST: POEMS (Turning Point, 2013); and MISS NEW YORK HAS EVERYTHING (Hatchette, 2006). Her work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, The New York Times/Modern Love column and more. Her NY Times essay, “The Plain Unmarked Box Arrived,” was chosen and read by actress Kristen Bell for the NYT Modern Love podcast on WBUR last year. That was cool. She appears in Pittsburgh legend Rick Sebak’s documentary, “People Who Write Books Around Here,” received Stanford University’s Saroyan Prize for International Writing for BELIEF, and is the recipient of the Pittsburgh City of Asylum Prize, several Keystone Awards from the Pennsylvania Press Club, and more. She leads community creative writing workshops in her hometown — Trafford, PA — and offers free workshops for veterans through Veterans Write, a program she founded through the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, where she is a professor of English and director of the Creative and Professional Writing Program. She lives in Trafford with Newman and their children.
Meghan Tutolo is the author of the poetry collection, LITTLE AS LIVING (Dancing Girl Press), and the creative genius behind 1FLYCHICKEN Creations. Meghan dreamed up and produced Pittsburgh’s own “Build Bridges Not Walls” campaign. You may have seen her incredible work on t-shirts, hoodies, CNN, MSNBC, and a billboard near you. A co-founder of the Bridges Reading Series, she has been a force for good in Pittsburgh’s artistic and literary communities for years. Her poems have been published in international literary magazines, including Nerve Cowboy, Rattle, Chiron Review, Free State Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Weave, and many more. She has been a fellow at the Chautauqua Institution Summer Writers Festival, where she studied with the poets Stephen Dunn and Dorianne Laux. Currently at work on a full-length collection of poems, owner of some writing degrees and family member to two smooshy-faced cats, Tutolo is a native of New Kensington, PA. She is currently a copywriter for a food franchise and a lecturer at The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. In her free time, she rides a motorcycle and stalks cats on Instagram (most notably Mister Flat Face Chloe and Bowie Space Cat).
Lou Ickes is a painter, poet, musician, hockey player, humble jujitsu student, hurricane of kindness, and co-owner of The Brillobox with his lovely wife Nessie. He’s given readings of his poetry at White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield and at You Are Here/Glass City Reading Series in Jeannette, PA. He’s spoken about the art and creation of grindhouse films and how to make your own Sasquatch movie at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. For the last 15 years, he’s played rhythm guitar, sung background vocals, and written songs for the all-time greatest Pittsburgh underground band, The Little Stephen Fosters. His poems feature everything from Evel Knievel’s days parked at the Irwin Country Club to Lou’s own observations of Pittsburgh’s evolution in his neighborhood of Lawrenceville. When not slinging drinks or cooking up something magical at Brillo, Lou can be found on the third floor, painting his next masterpiece.
Adam Matcho is the author of the books THE NOVELTY ESSAYS (WPA Press, 2015); LOVE SONGS FROM FLOOD CITY (Low Ghost Press); and $6 AN HOUR: CONFESSIONS OF A GEMINI WRITER (Nerve Cowboy). His poems and essays have appeared in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The New Yinzer, XO Jane, Nerve Cowboy, Chiron and more. He’s been an obituary writer, a sandwich artist, a peddler of pornaments, and more. He is currently a manager at a big-box store that offers quality merchandise at reasonable prices. He is a graduate of the writing program at Pitt-Greensburg, where he received the Joan Didion Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction and whose column in the student newspaper, The Insider, was the most popular in the history of Pitt-Greensburg, period. He is the recipient of a fellowship to Chautauqua Institution’s summer writer’s festival. A native of Johnstown, PA, Adam is currently at work on his first novel and lives in Apollo with his wife, children, and assorted pets.