January 2015 Residency

The January 2015 residency, held in Pittsburgh January 5th – 16th, celebrated 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."

JANICE EIDUS is a novelist, essayist, short story writer, and writing coach. Her most recent novel is The Last Jewish Virgin. Twice winner of the O.Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Redbook Magazine Prize, she's published five other books, including the novels, The War Of The Rosens, Urban Bliss, Faithful Rebecca, and the short story collections, Vito Loves Geraldine, and The Celibacy Club. She is the co-editor of It's Only Rock & Roll: Rock & Roll Short Stories. Her work appears in such magazines as The New York Times, Arts & Letters, Lilith, Southwest Review and Jewish Currents, as well as such anthologies as Desire: Women Write About Wanting; Scribblers On The Roof; and Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House. She is a regular contributor to the lifestyle/culture magazine, www.PurpleClover.com and to the literary website, www.MotheringInTheMiddle.com. She has been a Fellow at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, Ragdale, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. www.janiceeidus.com

KRIS 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.


LYNNE BARRETT is a teacher, editor and writer, well known for her short stories, which have been widely anthologized. Her third book, MAGPIES, won the 2011 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for general fiction. She teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Florida International University.

MATT BELL is the author of How They Were Found, a collection of fiction from Keyhole Press. His fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Fantasy. He teaches in the English department at Northern Michigan University.

KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels, over a hundred short stories and novellas, six collections, and editor of four anthologies. A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.

ANAHITA FIROUZ is the author of In the Walled Gardens, a political novel about Iran shortly before the Islamic Revolution. Born and raised in Tehran, she studied in Europe and the United States. She gives lectures around the country on writing, and on Iran. She is working on her next book.

PHILIP GERARD is synonymous with creative nonfiction. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is co-editor of the literary journal of the Chautauqua Institution. His collection of personal essays, The Patron Saint of Dreams, was awarded the North American Gold Medal for Essay/Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher. He has won many literary awards.

YONA HARVEY is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. She teaches in the English department of the University of Pittsburgh.

SANDRA HURTES, the author of The Ambivalent Memoirist: Obsessions Digressions Epiphanies, is an essayist, teacher and editor. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poets and Writers, and numerous other publications. She teaches writing at John Jay College.

JANE MC CAFFERTY is the author of four books of fiction, most recently, First You Try Everything. She has won the Drue Heinz Prize, two Pushcarts, an N.E.A., and other awards. She teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

ALEX MINDT is winner of the Pushcart Prize for his story "Man of the Species." His collection of short stories was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Award, the William Saroyan Prize, and the Washington State Book Award. He has taught creative writing at many universities. He is returning to Carlow as a favorite speaker.

DINTY MOORE, a noted scholar and writer of creative nonfiction, is author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. He has won many awards for his writing, including a NEA fellowship in fiction.

MOLLY PROSSER is the Director of Editorial and Brand for Tradesy.com. She holds a BA in English from Penn State, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University where she has taught literature, writing, communication, and marketing. Her work has appeared in Weave Magazine, Blast Furnace, Sugared Water, Soundings Review, and 1-70 Review. Her first book, Rubbernecking, is forthcoming from WordTech in December 2015. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and mini dachshund.

SYLVIA RHOR, associate professor of Art History at Carlow University, will conduct a tour of the Carnegie Museum. She has presented her research nationally and internationally. Throughout her career, Dr. Rhor has maintained a duel commitment to academic research and museum work. She has curated exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

ROB ROGERS is an internationally acclaimed and syndicated political cartoonist. His cartoon "The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas" was the cover for Newsweek's 1994 year-end issue. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

ANN TOWNSEND is the author of two collections of poetry: The Coronary Garden and Dime Store Erotics. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Nation, Witness, The Georgia Review, and many others. She is professor of English and director of creative writing at Denison University.

BRIAN TURNER, the author of Here, Bullet, has won many awards for his collection of poems about his experience as a soldier in Iraq. Nick Flynn describes Turner's recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, also about war, as "disturbing, shockingly beautiful."

HAROLD SCHWEIZER has published many essays on literary theory. He is co-editor of the Bucknell Lectures in Literary Theory and the author of Suffering and the Remedy of Art and On Waiting. He has also published poetry in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry International, and other journals.

PATRICIA JABBEH WESLEY, a survivor of the Liberian civil war, is the author of four books of poetry: Where the Road Turns, The River is Rising, Becoming Ebony and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa. She is associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona.

MARION WINIK is the author of eight books of creative nonfiction and poetry. Her essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, O, The Sun and aired on "All Things Considered." She teaches writing at the University of Baltimore and her column appears at BaltimoreFishbowl.com