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TICKET PURCHASE $35 PER PERSON Imagine engaging in a conversation with local Pittsburgh authors discussing the topic of “Building Community Through Literary Arts”.  Authors bring a powerful, vibrant presence to the community by telling stories related to contemporary, close-to-home subjects; inspiring and connecting to readers; and giving back through programs and volunteering. Join the authors, … Continue reading Author Talk Session & Book Signing

Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House

Anita is a bestselling author and life coach with experience in multiple disciplines including research, learning and development, and leadership. She is the founder and creator of The Place to SOAR, a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change by investing in the daily growth and personal development of people, including youth and adults. Anita is … Continue reading Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House

Lynn S Manley: Inspired to Conquer

Lynn has written two books, her first one titled, Through the Fire but Not Burn, and the second titled, Inspired to Conquer. She does freelance writing for newspapers, bulletins, magazines, and companies. Lynn studied at Light University, the Extraordinary Women program, which she applies to her workshops and speaking engagements. Lynn believes that it is so … Continue reading Lynn S Manley: Inspired to Conquer

Monai the Poet: Flawed Human, Loved Soul

Monai the Poet was born in and raised in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh. Poetry has been her hobby, strongest passion and interest since she was eleven years old. At 18, she began performing as a spoken word artist and began writing novels and short stories in addition to her poetry. After a few failed … Continue reading Monai the Poet: Flawed Human, Loved Soul

Rick Claypool: Leech Girl Lives

Rick Claypool writes weird/absurdist political fiction. He is the author of The Mold Farmer (coming in 2020 from Six Gallery Press) and Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books 2017). He lives in Pittsburgh and works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting corporate power. He has worked as a reporter, a home health care … Continue reading Rick Claypool: Leech Girl Lives

Yasmin S Brown: The Point of Abuse

Yasmin Brown (1977) was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to African-American parents, and grew up in the Pittsburgh area. For 16 years she worked as a healthcare professional. Her first book was The Silent Destruction, part of a series called “Deliverance.” She was awarded the “Unsung Hero” by Christ Temple AME church in 2012.As a sexual … Continue reading Yasmin S Brown: The Point of Abuse

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Call for Pittsburgh Authors

Author Talk Session & Book Signing

You are cordially invited to participate in the Summer Write Source Literary Event hosted by Anita D Russell, author of 
I Wanna See Laney’s House, and founder of The Place to SOAR.


Space is limited so please submit your form TODAY!


In addition to vending and book signing, authors will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “Building Community Through Literary Arts”.


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Yasmin S Brown: The Point of Abuse


Yasmin Brown (1977) was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to African-American parents, and grew up in the Pittsburgh area. For 16 years she worked as a healthcare professional. Her first book was The Silent Destruction, part of a series called “Deliverance.” She was awarded the “Unsung Hero” by Christ Temple AME church in 2012.
As a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor Yasmin felt it was important to not only tell her story but format the story in away to teach and create unity through an interactive and encouraging experience. Yasmin also continues to advocate to raise awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence.

Monai the Poet: Flawed Human, Loved Soul


Monai the Poet was born in and raised in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh. Poetry has been her hobby, strongest passion and interest since she was eleven years old. At 18, she began performing as a spoken word artist and began writing novels and short stories in addition to her poetry. After a few failed attempts and life-changing situations, her first book, Flawed Human, Loved Soul, was published July 2019. She is also working as an Administrative Assistant at Shady Lane School and a Kitchen Key at Lettuce Eat, LLC, and currently working on her second book.” 

Rick Claypool: Leech Girl Lives


Rick Claypool writes weird/absurdist political fiction. He is the author of The Mold Farmer (coming in 2020 from Six Gallery Press) and Leech Girl Lives (Spaceboy Books 2017). He lives in Pittsburgh and works for Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting corporate power. He has worked as a reporter, a home health care worker, an adjunct professor, a first-person history interpreter and a grassroots organizer. For more information about Rick visit https://www.rickclaypool.org/.

Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House


Anita is a bestselling author and life coach with experience in multiple disciplines including research, learning and development, and leadership. She is the founder and creator of The Place to SOAR, a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change by investing in the daily growth and personal development of people, including youth and adults.

Anita is the author of I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019), a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. She is a contributing author of multiple anthologies, including Motherhood, Dreams and Success (2018) and Empower Your Life (2018), with a focus on women, empowerment, and cultivating life change. She is one of the voices in the upcoming anthology, Voices of the 21st Century to be released September 10, 2019.

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Lynn S Manley: Inspired to Conquer

Lynn has written two books, her first one titled, Through the Fire but Not Burnt, and the second titled, Inspired to Conquer. She does freelance writing for newspapers, bulletins, magazines, and companies. Lynn studied at Light University, the Extraordinary Women program, which she applies to her workshops and speaking engagements. Lynn believes that it is so important that women know how valuable they are. She was on the 700 Club and does local talk shows. Her sole purpose for writing is to encourage and provoke change. Lynn is currently working on her third book.

Author Yasmin S Brown

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Another awesome author participating in the Author Talk Session & Book Signing is Yasmin S Brown. Yasmin firmly believes that literary art is a great way to find self-help, steps to healing, escape, and education; all to strengthen the mind and break barriers in a community. She’s about creating unity, support, and growth for diversity within one’s neighborhood and beyond. Another great reason to attend this amazing event!

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Literary Artist Monai the Poet

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Literary artist, Monai the Poet, speaks from the heart with a powerful gift of expression. Join Monai and the other authors for a provocative discussion of building community through literary arts. Monai began her journey of artistic expression with writing, starting at the age of 11. Her first poem was about the rain. Being a pure admirer of nature, it often inspires her creativity.

I know you can love me in my peace.
But can you love me in my chaos?

Author Lynn S Manley

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Guess who is coming to the Author Talk Session & Book Signing? None other than Lynn Manley, author of “Inspired to Conquer”. She is the perfect person to discuss building community through literary arts. Author spots are still open.

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Dress for Success is hands down one of my favorite nonprofits organizations. I volunteer with them for two main reasons: (1) The organization helped me at a low point in my life several years back and (2) it adds fuel to my passion of building community, inspiring change and giving back. Can’t wait for my first ride on the mobile boutique!

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