Written/Spoken Series: Adam Matcho and Matthew Newton

Adam Matcho, author of the just-released collection “The Novelty Essays,” and journalist/essayist Matthew Newton will launch the Spring Written/Spoken reading series at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Wednesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in Fireside Lounge (Chambers Hall, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601. The reading is free and open to the public.  Senior Pitt-Greensburg English writing majors Kyle Holland and Emilie Hrabek will open.

“The Novelty Essays,” Matcho’s first full-length collection, was published in 2013 by WPA Press. In it, Matcho—who currently manages the obituary department at The Tribune Review Company—recounts his years working a minimum-wage retail job at a mall novelty store and trying to make it in Recession-era America.

"Adam Matcho has more talent than most corporations have profits, and his vision of America is tragic and brilliant and hilarious,” says Dave Newman, author of “Two Small Birds” and more.

“Pittsburgh City Paper” calls Matcho’s collection “dispatches from modern blue-collar reality: a life not of building stuff, but (at best) of selling crap made in some distant sweatshop. . . . These essays are about work, economic hardship, and growing up, but also about the challenge of locating our shared humanity.”

Matthew Newton is the author of “Death of a Good Job” and the ‘zine “In Case of Emergency.” “Emergency,” illustrated by William Arthur, tells the story of Newton’s young adult life during the Great Recession.  Abruptly fired from his position as a magazine editor, Newton ponders his future as a husband and a father, as well as his working past as a dishwasher in a karaoke bar.

Newton’s essays, many about class and culture, have been published in “The Rumpus,” “Colorlines,” and “Thought Catalog.” His  reporting has been published by “The Atlantic,” “Esquire,” “Forbes,” “Guernica,” and “Spin,” among others. He is currently at work on “No Place for Disgrace,” a memoir about mental illness and teenage love set in the American suburbs in the waning days of the twentieth century. His website is www.matthewnewton.us.

The Written/Spoken Series is Pitt-Greensburg’s monthly community reading series. The series brings local and nationally-known poets and writers to campus for readings and workshops.

The series is sponsored by the Pitt-Greensburg’s writing program and is free and open to the public. All readings begin at 7 p.m. in Fireside Lounge in Chambers Hall. Book signings and receptions follow all events.

For more information about the series, contact Lori Jakiela, associate professor of English, at 724-836-7481 or e-mail loj@pitt.edu.

Publication Date

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:00pm