Hot Metal Bridge


Hot Metal Bridge, the literary magazine created by M.F.A. 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Chrusciel, and Rodrigo Toscano, but we also maintain an emphasis on finding new material from emerging and previously unpublished writers.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, M.F.A. 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.





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 Managing 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.


Willie Kinard III

WILLIE KINARD III is a poet, performer and creative strategist forged of Southern thunderstorms. With words appearing or forthcoming in Foundry, WILDNESS, Crab Fat Magazine, Platypus Press’ A Portrait in Blues anthology, and elsewhere, he holds a B.F.A. in studio art and graphic design from the University of South Carolina. Currently exploring visual culture, surrealism & hymnology, Kinard has received fellowships and support from The Watering Hole and Winter Tangerine. A candidate in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, he also serves as Co-Producer of Hot Metal Bridge‘s sister podcast [in brackets]. Kinard’s pocket of the Internet is located here.


Nonfiction Editors


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


Fiction Editor


Aeriel Merillat

AERIEL MERILLAT is a fiction writer and current M.F.A. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. She writes stories that grapple with the weird and the surreal. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories that deal with gender, love, and magic. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing stories, you can probably find her listening to a true-crime podcast and drinking tea with her cat, Bagel. You can find her on Twitter @aerielmerillat.



Michelle Woods

MICHELLE WOODS is an editor and social media manager originally from Michigan. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University, an editing certificate from the University of Chicago, and is currently working on her M.A. 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.


Poetry Editor


Joseph Gunho Jang

JOSEPH GUNHO JANG has received fellowships and support from the University of Pittsburgh and the Heinz Endowments. He is currently an intern for the Center of African American Poetry and Poetics and a staff editor for Collision Literary Magazine. His work has appeared in Three Rivers Review, Zeniada, and is forthcoming in Blood Orange Review.




[in brackets] Co-Producer


KLEAVER CRUZ is an Uptown native of NYC, writer and creative. His work has been featured in numerous print and online media platforms. One half of the poetic duo, The Delta, he is an alum of the VONA and Kenyon Review Writers workshops. Cruz has presented and conducted his work across the African Diaspora in South Africa, France, Brazil and other countries. Kleaver is the Facilitator of The Black Joy Project, a digital and real-world movement to center Black joy as a form of resistance. He is a member of We Are All Dominican—a U.S.-based grassroots collective supporting the work of Dominicans of Haitian Descent and Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic. Kleaver believes in the power of words because they allow him to write what did not exist when he needed it the most—to shift the world accordingly. (Photo Credit: Dominique Sindayiganza)


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, Laura Condon, Mia DiFelice, Oscar Enriquez, Kelly Friday, Michaela Hope, Jayne Juffe, Dighan Kelly, Amanda Kotze, Jared Lemus, Annie Martin, Grace McGinness, Caleb McLaughlin, Kieran Mclean, Julianne Parker, Margaret Saigh, John Wright, Julia Zenkevich


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; [in brackets] logo design by Willie Kinard III.


Tanya Shirazi & Willie Kinard III
University of Pittsburgh
Department of English
526 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260