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 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Creative Nonfiction MFA program and a veteran of the Iraq War. Her nonfiction narratives of the impacts of dehumanization, racism and Islamophobia and her own experience as a bisexual woman serving under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy have been featured in the New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, broadcast on National Public Radio, and collected in the anthology, Operation Homecoming. She is an active volunteer with Pittsburghers for Public Transit , serves on the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and currently works to address food access equity as Grassroots Organizer at Just Harvest but none of the writing, views, or comments she expresses here on this blog represent the positions of her employers or of the organizations for which she volunteers.