The Hour After Happy Hour was founded in October 2013 by a group of creative writers who met in the basement of the Big Idea Bookstore every other week to encourage each other’s craft. We would read each other’s work and then head to a nearby bar to commiserate and chat about writing, TV, and other nonsense. Soon the group grew in ranks from three to five, to often over twenty attendees. As our group grew, the idea occurred to us that we’d like to publish some pieces from our workshop alongside local and national writers. Out of our humble writing community, the After Happy Hour Review was born.
Over time, the After Happy Hour Review evolved. We published a limited print release thanks to a grant from the Sprout Foundation, and adopted a twice per year format for our online issues. The Hour After Happy Hour workshop continues to serve as a free and open workshop, but we no longer publish work directly from the workshop, instead encouraging attendees to send their work out into the world.
In the summer of 2019, after four years and 11 issues, the journal separated from the Hour After Happy Hour workshop. The new editors are mostly members of the Rahnd Table workshop, which has been meeting for some 7 years in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood as the Hour After Happy Hour, sporadically hosting readings and other events around the city.
We re-launched the journal in October 2019 with the shortened name After Happy Hour. We’re not sure what will come next, but we’re excited to find out as we head into our eighth year as a workshop, and our first at the helm of a journal. Thanks for stopping by!