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Short Reads Anniversary Party — featuring featuring Brian Broome, ge gilbert, Brittany Hailer, and Sharla Yates

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It is our distinct pleasure to celebrate the one year anniversary of the first publication of Short Reads, an endeavor started by some of the smartest minds and kindest people who are dedicated to bringing high-quality creative nonfiction to the Pittsburgh masses! The evening will begin with readings from a wonderful lineup of writers: Brian Broome, grace (ge) gilbert, Brittany Hailer, and Sharla Yates. Then stick around for a little party with literary Pittsburgh’s finest!

Short Reads is a free literary magazine emailed every Wednesday morning featuring flash nonfiction.

Short Reads showcases a mix of original essays and previously published pieces. Each edition is a snack in your inbox, an invitation to take a little break but not to open yet another tab in your browser. The world throws a lot of information and noise at us, a lot of the time, and flash can be an antidote for that: a brief time-out that can take you out of yourself.


Hattie Fletcher is a freelance editor and creative consultant who was previously the managing editor at Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Pittsburgh. Find her at hattie-fletcher.com.

Anna Hall is a book designer based in Seattle. She was formerly the art director at Creative Nonfiction. Find her at annabhall.com.

Stephen Knezovich is an artist, a writer, and the former director of marketing for Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two kids. More at stephen-knezovich.com.

Chad Vogler is a freelance editor in Pittsburgh. He was previously the senior editor at Creative Nonfiction and can be found at chadvogler.com.


Brian Broome’s debut memoir, Punch Me Up to the Gods, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and the winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction. He is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Hippocampus Magazine, Poets & Writers, Medium, and more. Brian was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and an instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. More at brianbroome.com.

grace (ge) gilbert is a poet, essayist, and collage worker based in Pittsburgh. They received their MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2022, where they now teach full time. They are the author of three chapbooks: The Closeted Diaries: Essays (Porkbelly Press, 2022), Notifications in the Dark (Antenna Books, 2023), and Today Is an Unholy Suite (Barrelhouse, forthcoming 2023). Their work can be found in 2023’s Best of the Net Anthology, the Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, the Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. They teach hybrid collage and poetics courses at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and they are a 2023 Visiting Teaching Artist at the Poetry Foundation. Read more at gracegegilbert.com.

Brittany Hailer is a staff writer with The Marshall Project.  She is the former director of the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and former professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her memoir and poetry collection, Animal You’ll Surely Become, was published by Tolsun Books in 2018.

Sharla Yates is the author of the poetry chapbook What I Would Say if We Were to Drown Tonight, published by Stranded Oak Press (2017). She hosts a webinar series, CRAFT TALKS, for writers on writing, and cohosts the Writers’ Bridge with Allison K Williams. “Address” was a finalist for the 2015 Columbia Journal writing contest and the 2016 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award. Learn more at SharlaYates.com.

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March 8
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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