City Books is pleased to announce Olivia Ames and Alexander Pepper as Writers-in-Residence from July 1 – November 30, 2022.
Olivia Ames (they/she) is a multimedia environmentalist and sometimes professional baker hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. Their work primarily uses the lens of ecology to explore themes of identity, belonging, and place as a queer, Black, Jew raised in Appalachia. They hold both an MA in Earth Systems – Environmental Communication and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. They have a forthcoming piece in Dinner Bell Magazine and can be reached via Instagram at @o.l.ames.
Alexander Pepper (he/him) is a writer/actor based in both Pittsburgh, PA, and New York City. He graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School with a concentration in the Craft and Business of Story. While working on his writing and pursuing publication, Alex appeared in various off-Broadway productions as well as co-wrote and co-produced the Apple #1 podcast “What Really Happened?” in association with Cadence 13 and Seven Bucks Productions. When he is not writing, Alex is working as a therapist at a local private practice. He can be reached on Instagram and TikTok at @alexanderjpepper.
The writers will each receive a $500 stipend, discounts and curation opportunities at City Books. In addition, Olivia and Alex will spend at least 3-5 hours a week writing in the bookstore, and be available on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and for media requests.
The City Books Writer’s Residency offers flexible access to a comfortable, creative space within Pittsburgh’s oldest existing bookstore for adult writers to develop new writing or to advance existing work-in-progress. The opportunity allows writers to pursue individual writing goals or projects without the expectation of a page count or publication. It is intended for local/regional writers within driving distance of the bookstore.
For more information about the City Books Writer-in-Residence program, click here.