Publishing clearinghouse: Willie Lee Kinard, Bernardine Evaristo, Jewelle Gomez and Michelle Lane

Book events

Dreadful by Happenstance: A Reading and Conversation with Willie Lee Kinard III
7-8 p.m. April 1

Willie Lee Kinard III is a poet, art director and sound artist forged in Newberry, S.C. An MFA candidate in creative writing at Pitt and graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art, his musings include surrealist portraiture, gospel deep cuts, Black folklore and superstition. This program is made possible through a grant by the University of Pittsburgh's Year of Engagement. Register here for the Zoom link.


Bernardine Evaristo, author of “Girl, Woman, Other”
7:30 p.m. April 5

With “Girl, Woman, Other,” Bernardine Evaristo became the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize for Fiction. The novel is a portrayal of the intersections of identity, across generations, in a group of Black British women. She is a professor of creative writing at Brunel University London. A presentation of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Ten Evenings, sponsored by UPMC and the Pitt Honors College. $15 and $10 for students. Register here.

A Global Studies Virtual Discussion of Evaristo’s book, facilitated by Anupama Jain, executive director of Pittsburgh's Gender Equity Commission, will take place at 6 p.m. April 1.  Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussions put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. This discussion is co-sponsored by European Studies Center and University Library System. Register here.


A Conversation with Jewelle Gomez and Michelle Lane
7 p.m. April 6

Acclaimed horror authors Jewelle Gomez and Michelle Lane will explore expanding traditional horror conventions to include marginalized communities, the intersections of inspiration and mentorship, and revisiting characters through sequels. Gomez is an author, poet, playwright, and essayist whose work centers the experiences of LGBTQ women of color. Michelle Lane is the author of numerous short stories and essays.  Her first novel Invisible Chains was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award. Register here. Part of the Women in Horror: Expanding the Horror Canon series supported by the Year of Engagement.


The University Times welcomes information about new books, journals, plays and musical compositions written or edited by faculty and staff.

Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt.

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 412-244-4042.