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The New Yinzer Publishes Super New Issue with Super New Staff 


18 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.  


The 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.





Sadly, 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. 


The August issue is available at 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

The New 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 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. 


Staff Biographies 


Margaret Emery (Features Editor) has had her work appear in InPittsburgh and Pulp.  


Ian 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. 


David Griffith (Fiction Editor) is an instructor in fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Jennifer 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

Energy Field and Introduction to Astronomy. A native of Pittsburgh, Seth recently returned to his hometown after living in New York City for nearly ten years.  


Jennifer 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.