Hot Metal Bridge, the literary magazine created by M.F.A. students at the University of Pittsburgh, publishes two issues annually: fall and spring. We have published work by Russell Banks, Tom Perotta, Maxine Hong Kingston, Dan Chaon, Michelle Wildgen, Ewa Chrusciel, Charles Baxter, Sherman Alexie, Sherrie Flick, Rodrigo Toscano, and Don Lee, but we also maintain an emphasis on finding new material from emerging and previously unpublished writers.

Hot Metal Bridge privileges no particular aesthetic or school of thought; we simply seek the most accomplished, surprising work in contemporary literature.


Editors-in-Chief: Lauren Russell, April Flynn

Business Manager: Tim Maddocks

Fiction Editors: Frank Huerta, Jennifer Bannan, Amanda Boyle

Nonfiction Editors:  Laura Clark, Rachel Wilkinson, Sara Button

Poetry Editors: Michelle Lin, Laura Brun

Book Review Editors: Caroline Wolff, J.R. Murphy

Faculty Advisors: Bill Lychack, Geeta Khotari

Social Media Team: Sara Button, Cameron Barnett, Caleb Washburn

Audio/Video Support: J. R. Murphy

Image and Digital Media Committee: Laura Clark, Nancy Garcia, Frank Huerta, Tim Maddocks

Banner Design: Andy Beck, Kazumi Chin (banner image incorporates parts of the painting “Rebuilt Hot Metal” by Andy Beck)

Fiction Readers: Nancy Garcia, Tyler McAndrew, Gabrielle Pastorek, Scott Romani, Nina Sabak, Jonathan Vander Woude

Nonfiction Readers: Molly Bain, Aletha Francis, Cumi Ikeda, Gavin Jenkins, Tim Maddocks, J.R. Murphy, Caroline Wolff

Poetry Readers: Kelly Andrews, Cameron Barnett, Kazumi Chin, Kamala Gopalakrishnan, Emily Hopkins, Caleb Washburn

Emeritus Editors: Carolyn Kellogg, Ashleigh Pedersen, Kelly Ramsey, Geoff Peck, Salvatore Pane, Turi Fesler, Amy Whipple, Steve Gillies, Robyn Jodlowski, Jen Howard, Leigh Thomas

HMB is on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information about HMB, please email us at editorhotmetalbridge at gmail.

If you’re interested in a promotional exchange, please email our social media team at hmbsocialmedia at gmail.

From 2001–2005, M.F.A. students at the University of Pittsburgh published the literary magazine Nidus.


Summer 2014

"She's Gotta Have It" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "She's Gotta Have It"

Letter from the Editors


Note from the Fiction Editors Jen Bannan and Frank Huerta
View from the Porch by Warren Read
Magdalene by Emily Koon
Without Wind Resistance by Sean Towey
The Delicious Hell of It: An Interview with Charles Bock by Sara Button

"Felinity" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Felinity"

Note from Poetry Editors Michelle Lin and Laura Brun
The Girl in the Bed by Erica Bodwell
How I Crossed by Colleen Coyne
Two Poems by Alejandro Escudé
Seven Rules to Ensure Victory by Chas Holden
Flora by Ginger Ko
Thru the Landscape by C.J. Opperthauser
Will-o’-the-wispering by Jake Syersak
Swarm by J.R. Toriseva
Hex by Amanda Tumminaro
Becoming my Mother by Jeanann Verlee
Cinepak by Patrick Williams
Some Other Kind of Way To Be Alive: An Interview with Dana Ward by Lauren Russell

"Wake Up and Smell the Heartache" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Wake Up and Smell the Heartache"


Note from the Nonfiction Editors Rachel Wilkinson and Sara Button
Attachment by Marin Sardy
Destruction Bay by Patrick Kelling
Prepping for Doomsday: An Interview with Jen Hirt by Rachel Wilkinson

"Dark Cities" by Kate LaDew "Dark Cities" by Kate LaDew

Artist Gallery

Contributor Bios

"Color Bars" by Sheri Wright "Color Bars" by Sheri Wright

"Master of the Unseen" by Amanda McGlynn "Master of the Unseen" by Amanda McGlynn

"Eyes Wide" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Eyes Wide"

("She's Gotta Have It," "Felinity," "Wake Up and Smell the Heartache," and "Eyes Wide Shut" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III)