Authors will read at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s Written/Spoken series

November 23, 2018 GMT

Pittsburgh novelists Ben Gwin and Sharla Yates will read at 7 p.m. Monday in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus, as part of its Written/Spoken series.

Gwin’s new book is “Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton.” His work, fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in “The Normal School,” “Mary: a Journal of New Writing,” “Bridge Eight,” “Thin Noon,” “Belt Magazine” and others.

His “Rust Belt Heroin Chic,” a critically-acclaimed essay about the personal impact of the heroin epidemic, was featured in Belt Publishing’s recent anthology, “Voices from the Rust Belt,” according to a news release.


Gwin has taught creative writing to inmates in the Allegheny County Jail and to veterans through Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs, the release adds.

Yates’s poetry chapbook, “What I Would Say if We Were To Drown Tonight,” is a 2015 Villa Paper Nautilus finalist, according to the release.

Her poems can be found at “The Boiler,” “Lynx Eye,” “The Hartskill Review,” and elsewhere. Her nonfiction story, “Address,” was a finalist for the 2015 Columbia Journal Writing contest and the 2016 Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction, the release adds.

Yates is director of education for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and teaches for Southern New Hampshire University’s master of arts in creative writing program.

The reading is free and open to the public. UPG student writers Peyton Clark and Liz Laughlin will open, with a book sale and signing following the readings.

Details: greensburg.pitt.edu