March 05, 2018
MAPW Alum Hollen Barmer Maps Out a Friday Ritual
By Bruce Gerson
Hollen Barmer's schedule is a little fishy these days. Creator of the Pittsburgh Lenten Fish Fry Map, she is taking Fridays off to feed her passion at lunch and dinner.
Barmer is a writer and editor for the Software Engineering Institute's Emerging Technology Center. A 2001 graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Masters of Professional Writing Program, she writes promotional materials, scripts for videos and content for the web, but it is her love for a Pittsburgh Friday ritual during the Lenten season that has put her on the map.
Her geographical creation has more than 4,500 likes on Facebook and is populated with over 200 locations. Click on a venue and you will get a pop-up window listing information that includes directions, hours of operation, the menu — "people are most interested in pierogies," she said — and if it is accessible to those with disabilities.