David Newman

  • Assistant Professor of Creative & Professional Writing

Dave Newman is the author of seven books, including The Same Dead Songs: a memoir of working-class addictions (J.New Books, 2023), East Pittsburgh Downlow (J. New Books, 2019), The Poem Factory (White Gorilla Press, 2015), the novels Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children (Writers Tribe Books, 2012), Two Small Birds (Writers Tribe Books, 2014), Please Don’t Shoot Anyone Tonight (World Parade, 2010) and the collection The Slaughterhouse Poems (White Gorilla Press, 2013), named one of the best books of the year by L Magazine. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Gulf StreamVol. 1 BrooklynBelt, the legendary Nerve CowboySmokelong QuarterlyAmbit (U.K.), Tears in the Fence (U.K.), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and many other places. He appeared in the PBS documentary narrated by Rick Sebak about Pittsburgh writers. Winner of numerous awards, including the Andre Dubus Novella Prize, he lives in Trafford, PA, the last town in the Electric Valley, with his wife, the writer Lori Jakiela, and their two children. Before starting at Pitt-Greensburg, he worked in medical research, serving elders.

Interview, WESA: Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station

Pittsburgh author's memoir explores 'working-class addictions' | 90.5 WESA

Poetry Publication

Dave Newman: “Lilly Works the Late Shift” – As It Ought To Be (asitoughttobemagazine.com)

Fiction Publication

Fancy Cars and Footsteps — On the Run (ontherunfiction.com)

Education & Training

  • MSW, Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  • MFA, Poetry, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, English, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • CDL License