1839 Mag

Welcome to 1839!

1839 is inspired by the life, work, and legacy of Pittsburgh native, playwright August Wilson. The magazine serves as a nexus for the Greater Pittsburgh area’s writers and artists, providing a space to create, collaborate, cultivate and publish our thoughts, opinions, histories, and work.

  1. Billy Porter, KST Playlist

    Broadway theater performer, singer, actor, and Pittsburgh Native Billy Porter is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  2. Gene Kelly, KST Playlist

    Actor, dancer, stage, and television, singer, choreographer, and KST Namesake Gene Kelly is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  3. Billy Strayhorn, KST Playlist

    KST Namesake and Pittsburgh jazz icon Billy Strayhorn is the focus of This week’s playlist.

  4. Mary Lou Williams, KST Playlist

    Jazz vocalist and Pittsburgh icon, Mary Lou Williams is the focus of this week’s playlist.


  5. George Benson

    A Pittsburgh Native and a Jazz Legend, George Benson is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  6. Roger Humphries, KST Playlist


    A Pittsburgh Native, a Jazz Legend, and KST Artist, Roger Humphries is the focus of this week’s Playlist. Enjoy this curated list of toe tapping, finger snapping tunes that showcase The RH Factor and Humphries’ incredible drumming.

  7. 19 Minutes with Joseph Hall featuring Tiffany Wilhelm

    Every Tuesday at 12:30pm, KST Executive Director Joseph Hall takes to Instagram Live for conversations with arts leaders in Pittsburgh, across the USA, and internationally. Tune in, get to know Joseph, and find out how he and fellow arts leaders around the world are adapting to the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

    On Tuesday, May 26th, Hall was joined by Program Officer at the Opportunity Fund in Pittsburgh, Tiffany Wilhelm.

    For more information about Tiffany Wilhelm and the Opportunity Fund visit: theopportunityfund.org

    Tiffany Wilhelm (Guest – Tuesday, May 26) (she/they) is a Program Officer at the Opportunity Fund in Pittsburgh, a foundation that supports the arts and social & economic justice. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council where she raised funds, oversaw programming, and co-led initiatives on accessibility for people with disabilities and racial equity.

    Tiffany has been involved with several collectives focused on educating and organizing for racial justice, both in Pittsburgh and in the national arts field. Prior to Pittsburgh, she was Executive Director of the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum and taught in an undergraduate arts management program. Tiffany is part of the core facilitator team with artEquity and has facilitated with Keryl McCord’s group Equity Quotient.

  8. Fries, Hold the Salad.

    Melodic Excellence through and through, these voices will take you on a ride and drop you in your feelings. Enjoy this KST curated playlist of all local artists.

  9. Checking In, Artists Around the World featuring Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

    Every Thursday at 2:00pm, KST Senior Producer Ben Pryor takes to Instagram Live for conversations with artists in Pittsburgh, throughout the US and around the world. They will connect on the impact of COVID-19 and adapting to working in the arts through a pandemic.

    For Thursday, May 21, Ben checks in with Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.

    Check out more on Jaamil Olawale Kosoko at the link below: jaamil.com

    Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (Guest – Thursday, May 21) is a Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. His creative practice draws from Black study and queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. Recent awards include a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Award, 2019-21 Movement Research Artist in Residence, 2018-20 Live Feed Artist at New York Live Arts, 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, 2017 MAP Fund recipient, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. His works have toured internationally to South Africa, Europe, Canada, and throughout the US appearing in festivals and venues such as The Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg), Fusebox Festival (Austin), PICA | Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Tanz im August (Berlin), Moving in November (Finland), Within Practice (Sweden),TakeMeSomewhere (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Oslo Teaterfestival (Norway), and Zürich MOVES! (Switzerland) among others.

    He is the author of two chapbooks: Animal in Cyberspace and Notes on An Urban Killfloor. His poems and essays have been included in The American Poetry Review, The Dunes Review, The Broad Street Review, among others. Season 1 of his interview-based podcast, American Chameleon can be found on all podcast platforms. Visit jaamil.com or follow @jaamilkosoko on Instagram for more information.

  10. Down with ODD featuring Yvette Royal

    Every Wednesday at 2:00pm, KST Deputy Director Orlana Darkins Drewery takes to Instagram Live for conversations with the KST community in Pittsburgh, and across the USA. Join us to see how folks are managing the impact of COVID-19. On Wednesday, May 20th, Darkins Drewery was joined by founder of Anastasia’s Crown Esthetic services, a boutique spa and salon, Yvette Royal. For more information on Yvette and Anastasia’s Crown Esthetic services, go to: https://www.anastasiascrown.com/crm/

    For 20 years, Yvette Royal (Guest, Wednesday, May 20) represented such brands as Clinique, MAC, and Sephora receiving top sales honors. Yvette then packaged her expertise in the makeup and skin care industry and in 2016 founded Anastasia’s Crown Esthetic services a boutique spa and salon. While there are a plethora of services, the signature service is FDA approved endermologie for body contouring and full body waxing. She is the first African American to have an Endermologie business in the state of Pennsylvania. Yvette Royal also serves Beauty professionals and cosmetology students, conducting waxing certification classes at the salon.