January 2016 Residency

The January 2016 residency, held in Pittsburgh January 5th – 15th, celebrates the 11th anniversary of Carlow University’s MFA Program


JOSEPH BATHANTI is returning as a fiction mentor for the eighth year. He is the former Poet Laureate of North Carolina and has won man other prestigious literary awards in poetry, fiction and cnf. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. and also the Writer-in Residence for the University's Watauga Global Community and Director of Writing in the Field. Among many tributes, he has been nominated for the National Book Award and has received the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction. He is the recipient of Literature Fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and a Fellowship from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry; the Sherwood Anderson Award; the 2014 Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts; and others.

JAN BEATTY, a Professor of English at Carlow University, has been a poetry mentor in Carlow's MFA program for the past nine years. Her most recent book, The Switching/Yard was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. Other books include Red Sugar, finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize; Boneshaker, finalist, Milton Kessler Award; Mad River, Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Other awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, among others. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies published by Autumn House Press, Coffee House Press, Houghton Mifflin, Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, Kent State University Press, and the University of Iowa Press. She has earned many writing fellowships, and has lectured at universities across the country.

JANE CANDIA COLEMAN has published 22 books of fiction, poetry and memoir. She is the only woman to have received three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. She has also received two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, and her first novel, Doc Holliday's Woman was runner-up for a Spur for Best Novel of the West. Shed has lectured and conducted workshops at universities throughout the West. Seven of her early novels have been bought by Amazon and are available electronically and in paperback.

When she lived in Pittsburgh and taught writing courses at Carlow University, she named Carlow's writing workshops for women as "The Madwoman in the Attic."

KRISTIN KOVACIC teaches writing at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and at the Chautauqua Institution. For her essays, she has been awarded the Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is the editor, with Lynne Barrett, of Birth: A Literary Companion (University of Iowa Press). New work appears in Full Grown People: Greatest Hits.


JULIA BLOCH is an award finalist for lesbian poetry, and Valley Fever, both from Sidebrow Books, as well as Hollywood Forever, a poetry chapbook forthcoming from Little Red Leaves. She has published essays on modern and contemporary literature in Journal of Modern Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Tripwire, The Volta, and elsewhere, and is working on a full-length critical study of gender and genre in the American long poem. For two years, she taught literature and teaching methods at the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program in Delano, California. She now directs the creative writing program and edits Jacket2 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

NATALIE DIAZ, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to ODU for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets and she has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She lives in Surprise, Arizona.

LEE GUTKIND, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the author or editor of more than 30 books and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

Gutkind has lectured to audiences around the world—from China to the Czech Republic, from Australia to Africa to Egypt. He has appeared on many national radio and televisions shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Good Morning America, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, as well as BBC World. His book: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction, From Memoir to Literary Journalism to Everything in Between, is “Reminiscent of Stephen King’s fiction handbook On Writing,” according to Kirkus Reviews—An accessible, indispensable nonfiction guidebook from an authority who knows his subject from cover to cover.

JANE MCCAFFERTY is author of four books of fiction, most recently the novel First You Try Everything (HarperCollins 2012). She has also published poems and essays, and is the winner of several awards, including the Drue Heinz award, an NEA, and the Pushcart Prize for both fiction and essay. She teaches fiction and non-fiction courses at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

JIM MCCARTHY is Vice President and literary agent at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in New York, NY. He has been with the agency for 16 years, initially starting as an intern way back in the '90s. He represents a wide range of fiction, adult and young adult, commercial and literary. He is also seeking narrative nonfiction, particularly memoir, history, and pop culture. His clients include New York Times bestsellers Richelle Mead, Victoria Laurie, Juliet Blackwell, Morgan Rhodes, and Suzanne Young.

DINTY MOORE is author of the forthcoming collection of humorous essays, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: An Unconventional Writing Guide, or Curious Meditations on Life, Love, Cannibals, and the Imminent Polar Bear Apocalypse (Random House/Ten Speed 2015), as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, and edible dandelions.

LESLIE PIETRZYK is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. This Angel on My Chest, her collection of linked short stories, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in many publications, including Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, River Styx, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review, Salon, and the Washington Post Magazine. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

MARGO RABB is the author of the novels Kissing in America and Cures for Heartbreak. Her essays, journalism, book reviews, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Slate, Marie Claire, The Rumpus, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Margo grew up in Queens, New York, and has lived in Texas, Arizona, and the Midwest; she now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children. Visit her online at www.margorabb.com.

WILL SCHWALBE is the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club (2012). This moving memoir about a mother-son book club earned an “A” from Entertainment Weekly and is an Indie Next pick and one of Amazon’s Top Ten books of 2012. He is also the co-author with David Shipley of the acclaimed book Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home (2007), which was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Quill Award for the best business book of the year, and Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better (revised edition, 2008).

Will is the founder and CEO of cookstr.com, a new website dedicated to featuring recipes from many of the best chefs and cookbook authors in the world. Until 2008, he was senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books, a division of the Walt Disney Company. Authors he worked with at Hyperion include David Halberstam, Mitch Albom, Jamie Oliver, Linda Greenlaw, Mike Wallace, Bob Newhart, Marshall Goldsmith, and Chris Anderson. Previously, he was a journalist, writing articles and reviews for such publications as The New York Times, the South China Morning Post, Insight for Asian Investors, Ms. Magazine, and Business Traveller Asia. He is on the board of governors of Yale University Press, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He has appeared several times on National Public Radio, and on Today, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, CNBC’s Power Lunch, and BBC’s The Money Programme, and has been quoted in publications around the world.

Will Schwalbe has spoken about email with David Shipley and alone at the U.S. Treasury Department, the Mayo Clinic, Wharton, Seton Hall, Ernst & Young, the Delaware State Department of Health and Human Services, the Southeast Asian Refugees Action Committee, the Non-Profit Coordinating Council of New York, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, and Scholastic Books, among other companies and organizations. He lives in New York City.

ASALI SOLOMON was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Her first book, a collection of stories entitled Get Down, is set mostly in Philadelphia. Solomon's work has been featured in Vibe, Essence, and the anthology Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Lips and Other Parts. She has a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA form the Iowa's Writer Workshop in fiction. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and is on the short list for this year's Hurston/Wright Literary Award for best new fiction.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2007 nominees include ASALI SOLOMON for her collection of short stories, Get Down published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2006.

She also was named one of the National Book foundation's '5 Under 35 in 2007.

MARION WINIK is the author of the new memoir, Highs In The Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living. It joins Telling, First Comes Love, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and others in the ongoing saga of her life. She writes a bi-weekly column at BaltimoreFIshbowl.com, selected as Best of Baltimore 2014 by Baltimore Magazine. She reviews books for Newsday and contributes to The Sun, the New York Times, and many other publications.