Sheila Squillante, MFA

Sheila Squillante
Program Director, MFA Program and Assistant Professor
412-365-1264
Lindsay

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham:  2013

ACADEMIC AREAS OF INTEREST

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Personal Essay, Lyric Essay, Writing Motherhood, Feminist Collaboration, Domestic Fabulism, Publishing, Public Art, Literary Citizenship, Solarpunk, Cli-fi, Nature/Environmental Writing, Pop-culture

Website1: www.sheilasquillante.com
Website2: www.thefourthriver.com

PERSONAL AREAS OF INTEREST

Cooking, eating, writing about cooking & eating, my dogs, thrifting, gardening badly but with deep sincerity, collecting weird baby heads, writing about how ridiculous I was in the 80s, teaching my kids that "weird" and "ridiculous" are great things to be. 

BIOGRAPHY

Sheila Squillante is a poet and essayist living in Pittsburgh. She is the author of the full-length collection of poems, Beautiful Nerve, (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2014.) as well as three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens Press, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (dancing girl press, 2013). With Dr. Sandra L. Faulkner, she is co-author of the nonfiction craft book, Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories Onto the Page (Brill/Sense, 2016), as well as scholarship on literature as public art. Her creative work has appeared widely in print and online journals like Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Waxwing, Crab Orchard Review, Brevity, The Rumpus, River Teeth, Literary Mama, Glamour Magazine, Food: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press) and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, Dzanc’s Best of the Web and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net anthologies. She directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University where she also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Fourth River. She is a coordinator of the Conversations and Connections writers conference, which takes place at Chatham every fall, and an online editor for Barrelhouse Magazine. 

EDUCATION
  • MFA, Poetry, Penn State University. 2002
  • B.A. English and Creative Writing, Manhattanville College, 1993
AWARDS 
  • Winner: "The Story of Your Life" Creative Nonfiction Contest, Glamour Magazine, 2003
PUBLICATIONS
  • In This Dream of My Father (poetry chapbook), Seven Kitchens Press (forthcoming, 2014)
  • Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (poetry chapbook), Finishing Line Press, 2012
  • A Woman Traces the Shoreline (poetry chapbook), Dancing Girl Press, 2011