3/12: Marshall James Kavanaugh and Stephanie B at Cyberpunk Apocalypse

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We’ll be back at Cyberpunk Apocalypse in the North Side on March 12 for a pair of touring PA poets making a stop in Pittsburgh. Marshall James Kavanaugh is touring his poetry collection Travel by Haiku and Stephanie B. is touring her essay collection Letters to Aunt Lucy. You can check out more details of their tour on their Facebook page.

The Cyberpunk Apocalypse library is also going to be open for your perusal and purchase. There’s loads of good stuff on those shelves, from vintage young adult to how-to woodcrafting guides. (There’s a couple pictures of the library in the Cyberpunk update from last year, though they don’t really demonstrate the collection’s full majesty).

Book sale at 7, reading at 8.

BYOB, free and open to the public!

3-12 reading flyer

November 27: Gratitude reading

As promised, the Gratitude reading is coming up next week! This is our first Friday reading, because what better day to read about gratitude than Black Friday (the ironically least grateful day of the year)?

This is also our first reading at Artisan (5001 Penn Ave), which is a super-cool gallery/tattoo shop/cafe that all yinz should be hip to!

Doors at 7:30, reading starts at 8 (like we do). The flier below contains pretty much the same deets, but I’m amused by turkey clip art, so I’m posting it anyway.

gratitude flyer

Upcoming Readings: Gender Swap date change and a Bean Feast

Gender Swap: May 19, 8PM
Cyberpunk Apocalypse

With both the Submit-In and the Sausage Party in mid-April, we felt we were getting a little overly-ambitious doing another reading on April 30 (we’re still kinda new at this and we get so excited about ideas we sometimes forget about the logistics). So we’ve pushed the Gender Swap back to May 19. More details about the line-up and whatnot to follow soon!

Bean Feast (and maybe Clam Bake!) coming in June
To finish out our gender-themed reading series, we’ll be doing an all-female reading in June. Details on this one are still forthcoming, but we’re excited to announce we may be exploring a new venue for this one, an outdoor spot that looks just lovely.

As always, if you’re interested in sharing your words with the world, let us know! Gender swap will involve stories or poems written from the narrative voice of a gender not your own (interpreting this however you will for those who don’t fall on the gender binary) while the Bean Feast will be open only to readers who identify as female (sorry dudes, you already had your sausage party).

Upcoming Events: Two Readings and a Submit-In

The first ever Submit-In: Because Writing is Hard, and Submission is worse

April 14, 7-10pm
Howler’s Coyote Cafe

So I think most writers will agree with me when I say submitting work is hard. Not the process itself–that’s just hitting a few buttons, or mailing a big envelope–but the thought of sending a story out into the great unknown is daunting. And how do you figure out where to send it?

The answer is you let the Haven help! The Submit-In is all about writers coming together to encourage each other through the submission process. We’ll bring some literary journals to peruse (plus any knowledge gleaned at AWP) and a printer and envelopes for any mailed submissions (and we’ll even mail them for you after!). You bring your computers and your awesome finished work. Together, we’ll play the terrifying numbers game that is submitting work to journals.

Upcoming Readings

The Haven Presents reading series is set to wrap up its first season with two final themed readings:

March 31: Sports!
Location Nico’s Recovery Room (178 Pearl Street)

Pittsburghers love their sports, and Pittsburgh’s writers are often no exception! Whether it’s a baseball poem or an essay about hockey, come out and hear the creatives take on our home town teams.

April 28: Gender Benders
Location: The Cyberpunk Apocalypse (1200 Boyle Street)

Sometimes a women wants to write like a man–and vice versa. Come out for a showcase of local authors writing in the voice of a gender not their own.