Hot Metal Bridge


Hot Metal Bridge, the literary magazine created by MFA students at the University of Pittsburgh, publishes two online issues annually at the end of the fall and spring semesters. We have published work by established writers including Maxine Hong Kingston, Sherrie Flick, Dan Chaon, Ewa Chrusciel, and Rodrigo Toscano, but we also maintain an emphasis on finding new material from emerging and previously unpublished writers. In a previous life, MFA students at the University of Pittsburgh published the literary magazine Nidus (2001-2005).
We also run [in brackets], a literary podcast in partnership with WPTS.
HMB is on Twitter & Facebook; for more information, please email us at editorhotmetalbridge [at] gmail [dot] com.





Andrew Thurman

ANDREW THURMAN is a native Yinzer, raised in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and briefly worked as a freelance writer before coming to the MFA program at Pitt. He believes every dog is a good boy/girl, especially his pittie mix Malady. When not playing with his dog or working on a true crime memoir, he can be found rebuilding a house on the beach in Maryland with his partner.


Kathryn Waring

KATHRYN WARING is an essayist originally from Long Island, New York. She holds a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her work has been published in American Literary Review, The Rumpus, gravel, and elsewhere. She has formerly served as Assistant Essays Editor of The Rumpus and Managing Editor of the SUNY-wide literary journal Gandy Dancer. Kathryn is currently working on a collection of research-driven lyric essays about the history of an epileptic colony in Western New York, her family history with epilepsy, and the ways in which we remember (or don’t) the history that surrounds us. Find her online here.


Nonfiction Editors


MEGAN DONNELLY is a first year MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she lived and taught for six years in rural Alaskan communities. Her writing can be found here.


ELINA ZHANG is a first-year nonfiction MFA student, harking from Auburn, Alabama. She writes about gendered pain, pop culture, and what we owe each other. Find her on Twitter.


Fiction Editor


Tanya Shirazi

TANYA SHIRAZI is a Los Angeles native. She holds a B.A. in History with minors in English and Latin-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. Tanya is an alumni of the Tin House Winter Writing Workshop and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Workshop and has received an artist residency from Foundation Valaparaiso Residency in Almeria, Spain. She also serves as the Social Media editor for Aster(ix), an award-winning literary journal that focuses on publishing women of color and marginalized voices. Tanya’s work centers around Central-American narratives. She is currently working on a forthcoming novel, which follows the trajectory of a young Salvadoran woman’s life who is forced to leave her home and immigrate to the United States during the Salvadoran Civil War.

Poetry Editors


Jari Bradley

JARI BRADLEY is a black genderqueer poet and scholar from San Francisco, California. Jari has received fellowships from Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Tin House. Their work has been featured in the Huffington Post, and is listed by Blavity among “15 Creatives in the Bay Area You Should Know.” Jari’s work has also been published in Callaloo, Nomadic Ground Press, The Virginia Quarterly Review, BOAAT Journal, and Punctum Books’ Anti-Racism, Inc: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters. Jari has an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Find them online here.


Willie Kinard III

WILLIE KINARD III is a South Carolina native, poet, designer & Skittles enthusiast. Co-Creator & Editor-in-Chief of digital writing haven For the Scribes, he is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina. His penned work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Crab Fat Magazine, and Platypus Press’ A Portrait in Blues anthology, amongst others. Willie’s pocket of the Internet is located here.


Art Editor


Andrea Maxwell

ANDREA MAXWELL is an art historian who grew up living in different states all around the Appalachian Mountains. She earned B.A.s in Psychology, Sociology, and Art History, and M.A.s in Clinical Psychology and Art History. She is currently a PhD Student at the University of Pittsburgh in the History of Art and Architecture, with a focus on the agency of images and artistic identity. When not working on her dissertation, Andrea enjoys traveling and herding cats.


[in brackets] Producer


Avery Keatley

AVERY KEATLEY is a writer and audio producer living and working in Pittsburgh. She is in her final year of Pitt’s MFA program, and is working on a manuscript about quitting social media. She’s interested in writing about the many ways in which technology reshapes cultures, language, perceptions, and psychology—for better or for worse. Though somewhat of a techno-phobe, she loves watching and talking about movies and TV, and spends too much time thinking about BoJack Horseman and Mad Men when she should probably be reading. She actively avoids screens and is trying to figure out what it means to be human in a digital age. She would like to learn how to make fire.


Assistant [in brackets] Producer


Tyler McCloskey

TYLER MCCLOSKEY—sonderer, psychonaut, raconteur—is a Pittsburgh-based writer in his final year of the MFA program in Nonfiction Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys creative collaboration and sazeracs. He is currently at work on his first book which recounts his absurd experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 2010-2012. His work has appeared in National Geographic’s Glimpse, TRVL, and Route 30 in addition to several other mercenary writing projects. Feel free to reach out as he welcomes creative collaboration of all sorts.


Social Media Manager


Michelle Woods

MICHELLE WOODS is an editor and social media manager originally from Michigan. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University, an editing certificate from the University of Chicago, and is currently working on her MA in English here at Pitt. In addition to HMB social media, she also runs accounts for the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health in the School of Medicine at Pitt. Previously, she managed social media for Target and was a reader for Fishladder, the student literary journal at her alma mater. Feel free to Tweet at @HMBmag and say hi!


Assistant Social Media Manager


Laura Condon

LAURA CONDON is an undergraduate at Pitt working on her English Writing Major with a focus in fiction, as well as certificates in Children’s Literature and Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and a Minor in American History. She is a graduate of Pittsburgh CAPA High School’s Literary Arts Department. In addition to doing social media and reading for HMB, she is the Vice President of the Pitt Association of Writers, an undergrad group which allows a relaxed, informal place for students of all majors to express their creativity through writing. Her true passion lies in fantasy writing, although her penchant to get caught up in the research does reflect her more historical interests.


Faculty Advisor


William Lychack

WILLIAM LYCHACK is the author, most recently, of the forthcoming novel, Cargill Falls. His work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and on public radio’s This American Life, and his awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, a Sherwood Anderson Award, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. He has worked as an editor at New England Review and Guideposts Magazine and currently teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He has forthcoming pieces in The American Scholar, Conjunctions, North American Review, New England Review, and Kyoto Journal. photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

Readers: Yasmine Anderson, Leah Balsan, Brian Broome, Dana Calhoun, Marina Clementi, Laura Condon, Megan Donnelly, Theresa Doolittle, Lissette Escariz Ferrá, Kelly Friday, Jayne Juffe, Willie Kinard, Amanda Kotze, Sam Lane, Clarissa León, Tyler McCloskey, Grace McGinness, Caleb McLaughlin, Kieran Mclean, Aeriel Merillat, Sarah Morris, Sara Nuss, Joshua Palmer, Noah Rehberg, Nozomi Saito, Rebecca Sauers, Luke Watkins, Hannah Woodruff, Michelle Woods, John Wright, Julia Zenkevich, Elina Zhang, Ruihe Zhang
Editors Emeriti: Nathan Hogan, Phil Rau, Salvatore Pane, Robyn Coggins, Jen Howard, Leigh Thomas, April Flynn, Lauren Russell, Tim Maddocks, Sara Button, Nina Sabak, S. Brook Corfman, Courtney Harrell, Steffan Triplett, Andrew Thurman, Kathryn Waring
Design: Web Design by Angela Protzman (logo based on a design by Ali L’Esperance); bridge photograph by Jason Snyder
Kathryn Waring
University of Pittsburgh
Department of English
526 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260