10/23 The Bridge Series w/ Craft, Gwin, Matesa, Sojourner House @ Ace Hotel

7 PM WEDNESDAY, October 24…

For our October Season Finale we will be tackling the subject of addiction. Our featured organization will be Sojourner House and our featured readers will be Nique Craft, Ben Gwin and Jennifer Matesa.

$5 Suggested Donation

Thanks to all of our board members for working on this event and for their hard work throughout this season

Speakers:

Nique Craft. 34, they/them/her but never “miss,” “ma’am,” or “girl.” Professional cook, aspiring professional chef, recovering addict, attempted reformed criminal, fighter against the country club mentality. Life giver to the coolest dude on planet earth. Nique’s only goal in life is to make sure no one goes without love and compassion. Feed the world, heal the world, body positive, mental health awareness and unapologetic in literally every fucking thing she does.

Jennifer Matesa, LSW, MFA, is author of four nonfiction books about body, mind, and human well-being, including Sex in Recovery: A Meeting between the Covers, and The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober. She recently earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also taught writing for more than 15 years. Her long-running site about addiction and recovery, Guinevere Gets Sober, was one of the first blogs of its kind and is dedicated to giving the public reliable information without advertising or fees. She has spoken and written widely, and her commitment to removing the stigma from substance use disorders and recovery earned her a fellowship at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Ben Gwin is the author of the novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton (Burrow Press, 2018). Ben’s fiction and essays have appeared in The Normal School, Gulf Stream, Belt Magazine, The Rumpus, and others. His work has been anthologized in Voices of the Rust Belt (Picador). He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt, 2020). He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.

Susan Orr will join us from Sojourner House to speak about their work. Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS (Mentoring, Opportunity, Motivation, Spirituality) provide compassionate, faith-based residential recovery services to mothers and children in the Pittsburgh area. We help addicted mothers learn to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and chemical abuse while rebuilding damaged relationships with their children. Sojourner House believes women can shatter the chains of addiction and hopelessness when surrounded by what means most to them: their children.

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