Littsburgh was inspired by Pittsburgh’s rich literary tradition and its current dynamic literary scene.
So much is happening in our city—poetry readings, book signings, writing workshops, conferences, lectures—that Pittsburgh is becoming a true literary destination.
We want to help highlight these events, celebrate authors with strong ties to Pittsburgh, and foster connections among booksellers, publishers, reviewers, other publishing professionals, and of course, the readers who make it all possible.
Seen at Heinz Field:
Rachel Ekstrom Courage
Rachel Ekstrom Courage was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where she fell in love with the work of Margaret Hodges, Annie Dillard, and Michael Chabon. She worked for over a decade in the publicity departments of St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham imprints and is now a literary agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
Seen at White Whale’s Grand Opening:
Co-Founder & Developer
Nick Courage is an author and publishing professional whose work has recently appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Story, Writer’s Digest and Full Stop. Having spent over a decade promoting authors for New York publishing houses like Picador and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Nick now works as a publishing and book marketing consultant. His most recent novel, The Loudness, is available where books are sold!
Seen at Crazy Mocha:
Katie T. Kurtzman, a graduate of The University of Pittsburgh’s Writing Program, has a decade of book publicity experience with top New York City-based publishing houses including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Young Readers, and Henry Holt. Most recently, she assumed a directorial role at literary powerhouse Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Active in the literary community, she is currently the Director of Media Relations, Sponsorships, and Program Development for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival publicity committee, and runs her own publicity business, KTK Publicity.