Weenta Girmay is a journalist residing in Pittsburgh’s East End. She enjoys writing about the arts, feminism, environmentalism, community development, and social justice. She is passionate about narrative storytelling and seeks to give voice to unheard perspectives. Her work has been featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, and the Original Magazine, among others. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Creative Non-Fiction program and was selected as a 2011 Hot Metal Bridge Graduate Fellow.
Helen Gerhardt is a nonfiction writer living in East Liberty as part of the Borland Green community. She is an active volunteer with Pittsburghers for Public Transit and will work to feature the work of multiple social and economic justice activists and community groups throughout Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Creative Nonfiction MFA program, her essays and nonfiction narratives have been featured in the New York Times, broadcast on National Public Radio, and collected in the anthology, Operation Homecoming.