City Books presents: Funny Ladies

October 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Funny Ladies: Rachel Mabe, Rachel Brickner, Jennifer Bannan, Shannon Reed

Please join City Books as we welcome Rachel Mabe, Rachel Brickner, Jennifer Bannan, and Shannon Reed, four Pittsburgh-based writers with some serious writing credits in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Review, The Paris Review, among others. The evening’s selections will range from mildly droll to wildly hilarious.

Shannon Reed is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker’s “Shouts and Murmurs” and “Daily Shouts” columns, as well as to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. For Buzzfeed, she wrote the (in)famous piece, “If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy in a Writing Workshop,” among other work. Her essays have been published in Guernica, Vela, Longreads, Ozy, The Guardian, LitHub, Vulture, and The Washington Post. Her fiction appeared in Mud River Journal, Kweli Journal and Litro Fiction, among others. Her plays have been performed or read in New York, Pittsburgh, Denver, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Shannon is proud to be a Teaching Artist for City Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Pitt, an MA in Educational Theatre/Teaching Secondary English from NYU, and a BFA in Theatre: Acting and Directing from Otterbein University. Before joining the faculty at Pitt as a Visiting Lecturer, Shannon taught in the New York City public school system. She is at work on her first novel, about the shooting death of a student at a high school in Brooklyn, and the effect this has on the school community. Shannon can be contact via:, @SReed151 (Twitter), @knittingchick (Instagram)

Rachel Mabe is a writer, reporter, and teacher. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Medium, Creative Nonfiction, and others. Rachel is at work on a book about the existential agonies of growing up female in America. She currently holds a research assistantship at Pitt, but has spent most of her time here teaching writing–creative nonfiction, composition, and business writing. She has a Master’s degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Poetry from Bryn Mawr College. Learn more at

Rachel Ann Brickner is a writer and multimedia storyteller from Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Joyland, PANK, Anastamos, among others. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh where she is at work on her first novel, a collection of short stories about love, women, and capitalism, and a memoir about debt. She is interested in writing and sharing stories about the complexities of intimacy, the intersection of love, class, and gender expectations, and experiences of joy and disappointment. You can see more of her work at

Jennifer Bannan is the author of short story collection Inventing Victor. Her short stories have appeared in ACM, Passages North, Café Eighties,, Radio Transcript Newspaper, and others. She holds a senior position with Zer0 to 5ive, a technology marketing firm. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s creative writing program, she finished her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Her novel-in-progress was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. She lives in Pittsburgh with her children, Tova Rae, Desmond Moses and Cypress Emerson, and her husband Brian Bard. She is working on a novel.

More information about Jen and her work can be found at the following sites:

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