Chatham University

MFA Creative Writing
Faculty and Staff

Lori Jakiela,

Hometown : Trafford, PA
Joined Chatham : 2006

Academic Areas of Interest

Creative nonfiction, poetry, journalism, fiction, travel writing, screenwriting and experimental/cross-genre forms.

Personal Areas of Interest

All things Pittsburgh. Also spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, traveling, tennis and playing the piano.

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Lori Jakiela is the author of two memoirs -- The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press, 2013) and Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette 2006) -- as well as a poetry collection, Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012) and three poetry chapbooks. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Creative Nonfiction/Brevity, River Teeth, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Tears in the Fence (U.K.), 5 AM, and elsewhere. She has received a Golden Quill award for excellence in column writing for her work for The Tribune Review Company, as well as multiple Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been widely anthologized, most recently in The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (ed. by Dinty Moore), Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition (ed. by Elizabeth Penfield); Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction (ed. by Lee Gutkind); Between Song and Story: Essays for the 21st Century (ed. by Sheryl St. Germain and Margaret Whitford) and All that Glitters: A Sliver of Stone Anthology (ed. by M.J. Fievre).