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David Adès is an Australian Pushcart Prize nominated poet currently living in Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. His collection Mapping the World was commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008. His poems have appeared widely in Australia and the U.S. in publications including over 20 of the Friendly Street Readers, and numerous literary magazines and have also been anthologised. He was a volunteer editor of the Australian Poetry Members Anthology Metabolism. In 2014 he won the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Often funny, always disturbing, Michael Arnzen has won four Bram Stoker awards for his imaginative fiction, weird poetry and literary experiments that predominantly explore the horror genre. He teaches in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, where he was recently awarded Professor of the Year. Visit him online at http://gorelets.com or link to his social network via http://michaelarnzen.com
Jan Beatty’s new book, Red Sugar, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2008. Other books include Boneshaker (2002, U. of Pgh. Press) and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Ravenous, her limited edition chapbook, won the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Beatty has worked as a welfare caseworker, an abortion counselor, in maximum security prisons, and as a waitress for fifteen years. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For the past thirteen years, she has hosted and produced Prosody, a public radio show on NPR-affiliate WYEP-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she teaches the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and in the MFA program.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Jane Bernstein is the author of five books, among them the memoirs Bereft - A Sister's Story, and Rachel in the World. Her essays have been published in such places as the New York Times Magazine, Ms., Prairie Schooner, Poets & Writers, Self, and Creative Nonfiction, and her screenwork includes the screenplay for the Warner Brothers movie Seven Minutes in Heaven. Jane, a member of the Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, is working on a new novel, The Face Tells the Secret.