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[in brackets] podcast, created in 2015 by English grad students at Pitt, is a venture of Hot Metal Bridge in partnership with WPTS radio in Pittsburgh, PA.

Our mission is to celebrate the written arts in Pittsburgh and beyond. We are rooted in conversation. Through informal interviews across interests, we talk with contemporary writers and creatives to explore their brackets.

Our brackets surround the unsaid, the unforeseen and the undercurrents of a life with words.

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[in brackets] podcast, created in 2015 by English grad students at Pitt, is a venture of Hot Metal Bridge in partnership with WPTS radio in Pittsburgh, PA.

Our mission is to celebrate the written arts in Pittsburgh and beyond. We are rooted in conversation. Through informal interviews across interests, we talk with contemporary writers and creatives to explore their brackets.

Our brackets surround the unsaid, the unforeseen and the undercurrents of a life with words.

Thank you for listening!

What’s in your brackets?

    [in brackets] with Wesley Morris

    [in brackets] with Wesley Morris

    Critic and essayist Wesley Morris joins [in brackets] to talk about the emotional work of criticism, how his ideas evolve, and how he thinks about his audience. Andrew Thurman interviews.

    • 41 min
    [in brackets] with Joshua Bennett

    [in brackets] with Joshua Bennett

    Poet and professor Joshua Bennett speaks with Willie Kinard III about poetry, publishing, and his favorite color. Tune in!

    • 27 min
    [in brackets] with Lori Jakiela

    [in brackets] with Lori Jakiela

    Our assistant producer, Tyler McCloskey, talks with writer and Pitt Greensburg professor, Lori Jakiela. about the costs and benefits of vulnerability in writing.

    • 29 min
    [in brackets] with Cristina Garcia

    [in brackets] with Cristina Garcia

    "Let obsession be your guide."

    In this episode of [in brackets], acclaimed Cuban author Cristina Garcia sits down with Lissette Escariz Ferra to talk about the Cuban diaspora, memory, and obsession. Tune in!

    • 29 min
    [in brackets] with Michael Meyer

    [in brackets] with Michael Meyer

    In this episode of [in brackets], author and Pitt professor Michael Meyer sits down with Molly Bain to talk publishing, parenting, and waking up early.

    • 33 min
    [in brackets] with Robert Fieseler

    [in brackets] with Robert Fieseler

    In this episode, Josh Palmer sits down with Robery Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation (Liveright, 2018). They talk research, craft, and writing as activism.

    • 31 min

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