Thursday, January 3, 2013

Recognition for "Fully Loaded, Automatic"

Congratulations to Jenna Szypulski for the piece written about "Fully Loaded, Automatic" by Trib Total Media.

Link to Tribune Review Piece

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pictures from Jenna Szypulski's Book Launch

The book launch went great for "Fully Loaded, Automatic" by Jenna Szypulski. We are so proud of Jenna and our first published chapbook.
Jenna and her first collection of poetry.
Book Table

Thank you to all who came out and made the night a success.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fully Loaded, Automatic hits Amazon

"Fully Loaded, Automatic," a first collection by poet Jenna Szypulski is now available on Amazon. Check out the cover, purchase a copy, or leave a review.


 Szypulski's first review on Amazon by R. David says,
Heartfelt, sometimes heartbreaking poems about the 'living' casualties of war. The author shoots a few bullets of her own here, in a solid debut. Anxious to see what's next.

Check it out here

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UPG Alum's First Poetry Collection Highlights the Homefront Costs of War

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              November 9, 2012
Contact: Lori Jakiela

Poet Jenna Szypulski will celebrate the release of her first collection, “Fully Loaded, Automatic,” with a reading and book launch party Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall 118. The event is free and open to the public. A booksigning will follow the reading.

 Szypulski graduated from The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2012 with a degree in English Writing. Her work has been featured in the campus’s official literary magazine, “Pendulum.” She is also a member of the National English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta.

 “Fully Loaded, Automatic” is a collection of poetry in which Szypulski details her tense, battle-weary relationship with a Marine veteran who’s just returned from Afghanistan. The poems are personal, sometimes dark, and even heartbreaking. Szypulski wrote the manuscript during her final year at Pitt-Greensburg as her senior English Writing Capstone project. Writing professors Lori Jakiela and Judith Vollmer were Szypulski’s mentors for the project.

 The chapbook is the first to be published by the university’s new literary publishing class. The class, developed and taught by Jakiela, is homebase for Littleburg Press, a small student-oriented press dedicated to giving current students hands-on experience with digital and traditional publishing, as well as publishing work by the university’s Writing Program graduates. 

The press will release a second chapbook, Megan Stewart’s “A Study in Grace and Ashes,” during the Spring semester.  

For more information, contact Lori Jakiela, associate professor of English, at 724-836-7481, or e-mail