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.

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The Haven Presents: Pure Poetry Destruction

The Haven reading series continues Friday, January 30th at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse, as this trippy poster says:

1-30-15 Cyberpunk flyer

Reading is free and open to the public, but we’re asking attendees to bring a donation of some kind for the nearby Light of Life mission. This can take the form of cash or material goods (for a full list of what the mission needs right now, check out this page).

The Haven is cooking up a couple other events for the coming months. Info will pop up here as things are finalized so keep your eyes open, and we hope to see you on the 30th!

November 25: Prose Party at Cyberpunk Apocalypse

The second Haven Presents at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse is coming up next Tuesday, November 25th. The details:

November 25

Given that we recently had the coldest November day in Pittsburgh history, I will hazard a guess that we will be inside the Cyberpunk performance space which–though we haven’t posted any pictures lately–is now much further along in the renovations than when that wall picture was posted many moons ago.

Better late than never

So we held our first reading at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse and it was awesome! Four great poets read in the newly re-modeled backyard where we had standing room only crowd, with only occasional interruptions from the nearby hospital’s life-flight helicopters.Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to Jason Baldinger, Chelsea Tadeyeske, Edwin R.Perry, and Laura Brun for sharing their words.

Of course, we were too busy enjoying the reading and forgot to take pictures and video to post (we’re still getting the hang of this “promotion and social media” thing), but we’re making plans to have video of our next readings to post on the interwebs. Which segues nicely into: Our upcoming readings!

Tomorrow will be the fundraiser in Nola Speakeasy. Two fantastic readers, delicious wine, and killer apps to enjoy, so come on down to Market Square and check it out.

Our November reading at Cyberpunk Apocalypse is also in the works. It’ll be four fiction writers this time (and we’ll be inside, so those pesky helicopters won’t interrupt us so easily). More details forthcoming on that in the near future.

Reading October 30 at Nola Speakeasy

Bacharach/Shotland readingEDIT: The location for this event has changed. It will now be held at Nola’s Speakeasy, located at 24 Market Square.

For our first official event, The Haven will be hosting a literary reading at Nola Speakeasy in Market Square. Local authors Jacob Bacharach and Sarah Shotland will be reading from their respective debut novels, both of which were released in 2014. Also included in the ticket price are wine and food provided by Nola On The Square.

Proceeds from this event will go to the featured readers as well as to The Haven, helping us to host more readings in the coming months, and working toward our end goal of a writers space in Pittsburgh.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $33, or you can secure your seat in advance for $29 by e-mailing contact@havenpgh.com, or you can buy your ticket with PayPal using the button below:

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