Chatham University

MFA in Creative Writing Program presents
Summer Community of Writers

Christopher Barzak

Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which was made into the major motion picture, Jamie Marks is Dead. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and James Tiptree Jr. Awards. He is also the author of two collections: Birds and Birthdays, and Before and Afterlives, which won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection. Christopher grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years. His next novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, will be published by Knopf in 2015. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University. Learn more about Chris at

Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness, the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting, and the story collection Whiskey, Etc. She serves as fiction editor at Burnside Review and co-director of the Chautauqua Writers' Festival. She works as a freelance editor, writer, and adjunct professor in the Food Studies and MFA programs at Chatham University.

Joy Katz

Joy Katz is the author of Fabulae, The Garden Room, and All You Do is Perceive. She co-edited Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems and co-wrote “I Know You Feel Me,” a column on sentimentality in contemporary poems, in American Poetry Review. She is also co-founder, with theater director Cindy Croot, of the activist art collective Ifyoureallyloveme. Honors for her work include fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, a Pushcart prize, and grants from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Sprout Fund. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University and in Pittsburgh’s Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops.

Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoirs Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books, 2015); The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press, 2013; WPA Press 2015); and Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette, 2006). She is also the author of Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point), a collection of mostly narrative poems about the years she spent working as a flight attendant. Her essays and poems have been widely published in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart and more. She received the 2015 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh award, a Golden Quill award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize many times. She teaches in the writing programs at The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and Chatham University, and co-directs the summer writers festival at Chautauqua Institution. She lives outside Pittsburgh with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their children. Her website is