Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela

ljakiela@chatham.edu, lljakiela@gmail.com
Lecturer
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.

Personal Website : Visit Website

Biography

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).

Education

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh (1992)
  • B.A. in English/Journalism, Gannon University (1987)

Publications

  • The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious: A Memoir (C&R Press 2013)
  • Miss New York Has Everything: A Memoir (Warner/Hatchette, 2006)
  • Essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction, Tears in the Fence (U.K.) and elsewhere.
  • Anthologized work includes essays in Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction (ed. by Lee Gutkind, W.W. Norton 2008), and The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction (edited by Dinty Moore, Longman Publishing 2006), as well as poems in Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in America (eds. Ellwedge and Swarthwout, University of Indiana Press 1999), and A Ghost at Heart's Edge: Poems and Stories About Adoption (eds. Ito and Cervin, North Atlantic Books 1999),
  • Poetry: Full-length collection, Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point, 2012); Chapbooks: The Mill Hunk's Daughter Meets the Queen of Sky (Finishing Line, 2011); Red Eye (Pudding House, 2010); The Regulars: Poems (Liquid Paper Press, 2001)
  • Poems have most recently appeared in Chiron Review, 5 AM, Nerve Cowboy, Slipstream, and elsewhere.

Awards

  • Gulf Stream Creative Nonfiction Prize (2009)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, 2007 (University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg)
  • Liquid Paper Press Chapbook Prize (2001)
  • Multiple Pushcart Prize nominations in creative nonfiction and poetry

Organizations

  • Associated Writing Programs
  • Commonwealth Speaker, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Achievements

  • Full scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The Bennington Summer Workshops

Presentations

  • Regularly travel for readings and workshops throughout the tri-state area. For updates on readings and appearances, visit www.ljwritesbooks.com.