Edited by Eric Boyd
Pittsburgh is ever-changing―once dusted with soot from the mills, parts of the city now gleam with the polish of new technologies. The essays and artwork in this anthology aim for the elusive stories that capture a Pittsburgh that is in transition. Contributors run the gamut from MacArthur-award winning photographer, LaToya Ruby Frazier to 15-year-old Nico Chiodi, the book’s youngest contributor who chronicles the doings of the North Side Banjo Club. Featuring works by Amy Jo Burns, Ben Gwin, Terrance Hayes, Cody McDevitt, David Newman, and many more, this collection examines contemporary Pittsburgh from every angle, including its proud contradictions.
Praise for The Pittsburgh Anthology:
“Characterizing a place can be an elusive project, but The Pittsburgh Anthology is a diverse, surprising, eloquent, playful, scrappy, and tenacious effort to capture one city’s 'proud contradictions.'" —Ploughshares
“These voices are varied and quirky, some polished and professional sounding, some a little rough around the edges. But they are uniformly interesting and genuine.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"What editor Eric Boyd has chosen to do is temper all of the Most Livable City rah rah with essays, stories, and poems of a grittier, more complex nature. . . . Ben Gwin’s beautifully wrought story dealing with heroin and recovery is one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve read all year.” —Pittsburgh Magazine
"This collection is stimulating for insiders and outsiders alike, a portrait Boyd has designed to be from-the-streets, warts-and-all." —Bill O'Driscoll, PGH City Paper
Eric Boyd is a writer who has lived in and around Pittsburgh most of his life. His writing has appeared in Fourth River, Guernica, The Offing Magazine, PEN America Journal, Prison Noir, and Words Without Walls. He lives in Pittsburgh.
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