community + cultural info
August, 2003… The New Yinzer returns from a one-month hiatus with the release of
its 25th Issue, published on August 6. In addition, the August Issue marks the
first collaborative effort of The New Yinzer’s recently expanded staff.
monthly publication chose to suspend regular activities during the month of July
in order to hire four new staff members to facilitate the publication’s
continued growth within the Western Pennsylvania community. The organization
will now be supported by six full-time staff members. Co-founder Jennifer
Meccariello will take on a supervisory role as Director of the organization, and
Co-editor Margaret Emery will take on the role of Features Editor. Additionally,
Seth Madej will assume the task of Also Editor, David Griffith of Fiction
Editor, Jennifer Lawton of Art Director, and Ian Falcon of Promotions Manager.
Staff biographies are attached.
“We’ll also be adding poetry to our list of submission wants, which will enable The New Yinzer to reach out to even more literary-minded readers and writers,” said New Yinzer Director Jennifer Meccariello. In addition to providing greater attention to the quality of each issue and Pros Only readings, The New Yinzer will now be able to give increased focus to supporting and promoting literary initiatives, as well as reach out more toward the general communities, in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania.
The New Yinzer also says goodbye to one of its founders and editors, David C.
Madden, who will be leaving Pittsburgh to attend graduate school at the
University of Nebraska at the end of the summer.
August issue is available at NewYinzer.com and contains works by Matt Stroud, B.
Clifford, Zoje Stage, and Justin Wuycheck, plus a photo essay by Clarence Watt
and a comic by Todd Shaffer.
About The New Yinzer
Yinzer is a magazine dedicated to enriching the literary landscape of Western
Pennsylvania by exposing its residents to new and experimental forms of writing
not found in other local fora and engaging them in an educational discourse
about that writing, while also providing regional writers with a working
classroom in which to cultivate their writing from a fresh idea to a finished
product. The New Yinzer first published online at www.newyinzer.com on 30
January 2002, and was incorporated as a non-profit company on 14 June 2002. It
is funded, in part, by the Sprout Fund.
Emery (Features Editor) has had her work appear in InPittsburgh and
Falcon (Promotions Manager) grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to
Pittsburgh in May of 2003 after graduating from Emory University. Somewhere
between studying philosophy and physics, he became fascinated with the media
industry. He hosted a radio talk show on Emory’s radio station, WMRE, entitled
World Domination Industries, and laid the foundation for the school’s
first magazine for cultural criticism. Before returning to school in order to
earn a Ph.D. in cultural studies, Ian hopes to help establish Pittsburgh as
vital publishing force in the United States. In his free time, he enjoys
competitive fencing and running around those abandoned factories Pittsburgh is
trying so hard to make disappear.
Griffith (Fiction Editor) is an instructor in fiction writing at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Lawton (Art Director) is returning to school this fall at Carlow College to
become an art teacher.
Seth Madej (Also Editor) has worked in television, radio, online media, theater, and print as a writer and producer. Currently, his work can be seen on the television-and-Internet network Noggin/The N. Other projects he has been involved with include the radio series Pulse of the Planet, the Web sites Getting Real and Citizen Phoebe, and the performance pieces The Negative
Field and Introduction to Astronomy. A native of Pittsburgh, Seth
recently returned to his hometown after living in New York City for nearly ten
Meccariello (Director) founded The New Yinzer in November 2001. Her writing
has appeared in InPittsburgh, Pitt Magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper,
Pulp, and once, strangely, in West Virginia University’s student
newspaper. She is a core member of the Ground Zero Action Network, and a member
of the National Writers Union and both national and local chapters of the
Association of Women in Communications. Currently, Jennifer’s day job is as
editor of Whirl magazine, and she is an M.F.A. candidate in nonfiction
writing at the University of Pittsburgh.