Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House


Anita is a life coach and bestselling author with career experience in multiple disciplines including pharmaceutical R&D, learning and development, and leadership. She took a bold step in 2013, leaving corporate America. Subsequently, she founded The Place to SOAR based her need to step out and redesign her life after corporate America. Later came the SOAR Coaching Academy, dedicated to helping people cultivate change in their lives through daily growth and personal development.

I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019), Anita’s debut as a solo author, is a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. Read her recent article describing the journey on Kidsburgh.org, an online magazine.

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Author Talk Session & Book Signing

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

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A former HQ for the Americus Republican Club of Pittsburgh. An unapologetic move to restore the grand nature of this space and the role it can play in Pittsburgh’s urban professional ecosystem where all are welcome.

Author 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. I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019, her debut as a solo author, is a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. Read her recent article on Kidsburgh.org, an online magazine. … Continue reading Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House

Author Devantae Butler: Breakthrough From Isolation to Elevation

I grew up in Pittsburgh and was a football player. School was a challenge for me because I never took it seriously. In February 2014 my brother and I were involved in a near-fatal car accident. I viewed that situation as a second chance at life. Every decision would now serve a purpose. I founded … Continue reading Author Devantae Butler: Breakthrough From Isolation to Elevation

Author Jenea T Edwards: Scenes from a Single Mom Volume 2

I am Jenea T Edwards. I have one son, Elijah. He’s my greatest blessing. I am also a PreK teacher. I am setting the foundation for our children’s education. I had the opportunity to become a collaborating author in the book “Scenes From a Single Mom Volume 2″.  This is my first publication and I am very … Continue reading Author Jenea T Edwards: Scenes from a Single Mom Volume 2

Author Kyoshi John Morgan Hamilton: Participation

Kyoshi John Morgan Hamilton is a Cleveland, Ohio native, who was labeled as Educationally Mentally Retarded at a young age. He has never let that stop him from achieving his goals. He is a 22 year retired war veteran, with countless awards and models, and motivational speaker. He is also a 3rd generation of USA … Continue reading Author Kyoshi John Morgan Hamilton: Participation

Author 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 … Continue reading Lynn S Manley: Inspired to Conquer

Author Margo Hinton: Lailah’s Lesson

Margo Hinton is an author, entrepreneur, teacher and coach on a mission to transform the lives of young people.  She has been a teacher and a coach for 27 years inspiring children to find and follow their passion.  Margo has coached basketball, softball and volleyball. She’s helped her student’s dance, sing, draw, run, drum and … Continue reading Author Margo Hinton: Lailah’s Lesson

Author Mark Craven: Karyeator

Mark Craven is the author of five books; both nonfiction and fiction. He owns the website IAmMarkCraven.com and hosts the podcast, “The Craven Effect”. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and still resides there, where he continues to write, speak, and coach. He is completing a masters degree in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Author 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

Author 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

Author 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

Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

Hello, my name is Tranikka Powell. I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and grew up with three sisters and two brothers. I remember developing my passion for art at a very young age when I would sit on the living room floor and watch my mother draw all sorts of characters with the … Continue reading Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

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Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

Hello, my name is Tranikka Powell. I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and grew up with three sisters and two brothers. I remember developing my passion for art at a very young age when I would sit on the living room floor and watch my mother draw all sorts of characters with the most memorable being Sarah from “The Land Before Time” (as I really liked dinosaurs back then). Art truly became a part of my life after family turmoil eventually lead to the separation of all of my siblings and me from our mom and each other. It became all I had growing up and for the longest time was my only ray of light against the shadows of abuse and uncertainty. Now I predominately draw as a means to make others happy. It’s God’s gift to me and though I may not be a Picasso, it’s a gift I really like to share with others.

Author Devantae Butler: Breakthrough From Isolation to Elevation


I grew up in Pittsburgh and was a football player. School was a challenge for me because I never took it seriously. In February 2014 my brother and I were involved in a near-fatal car accident. I viewed that situation as a second chance at life. Every decision would now serve a purpose. I founded an organization known as Reaching New Dreams & Recognizing Talents (RNDRT). Reaching a new dream is doing something outside of your comfort zone while recognizing your own talents within. And it starts with your mindset.

Author Margo Hinton: Lailah’s Lesson


Margo Hinton is an author, entrepreneur, teacher and coach on a mission to transform the lives of young people.  She has been a teacher and a coach for 27 years inspiring children to find and follow their passion.  Margo has coached basketball, softball and volleyball. She’s helped her student’s dance, sing, draw, run, drum and shoot their way toward success.  Under Margo’s leadership and guidance her school has been able to donate over $100,000 to local and national charities.  Her ability to motivate children and lead them in philanthropic endeavors has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Middle Level Educators Association with the Ann Monoit Award for community service.  


Author Jenea T Edwards: Scenes from a Single Mom Volume 2


I am Jenea T Edwards. I have one son, Elijah. He’s my greatest blessing. I am also a PreK teacher. I am setting the foundation for our children’s education. I had the opportunity to become a collaborating author in the book “Scenes From a Single Mom Volume 2″.  This is my first publication and I am very proud to share my story with the world. I hope and pray this book encourage, uplift, and inspire someone. Single moms should know that you are not alone. We are in this together!! 

Author 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.

Author 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.”