We met this fall on a Greenfield balcony to discuss our vision for this issue. The answer, as we listened to the wind in the trees on Murray Avenue, was obvious. This winter, we are “Coming Home” – to Pittsburgh, to our communities of origin, and to our own flawed, idiosyncratic selves.
Although we regularly receive wonderful submissions from Pittsburgh-area natives, we wanted to more deliberately showcase the enormous talent of writers and artists who call or have called this region home. All of us, editors and contributors alike, have been touched by its beauty or inspired by its grit. We’d like to honor that experience. And, as always, we want to connect and transport creators and lovers of the arts across boundaries – we’re named for a bridge, after all.
In this spirit, we’re happy to report that this year, Hot Metal Bridge has teamed up with WPTS to establish a literary podcast, [in brackets]. Our producers have already interviewed, among other guests, a MacArthur Fellow, a National Book Award finalist, and a National Magazine Award winner, and they’re just getting started. We had our first interns, both of whom contributed to our blog and this issue. Plus, we’re publishing our first work of graphic nonfiction.
All this is to say, we’re excited about what we’re doing here at home. We’re excited to share it with you.
Thank you for reading.
Sara & Nina