The Fall 2016 Pitt-Greensburg Written/Spoken Series welcomes award-winning food writer/fictioneer Sherrie Flick and poet/essayist Sheila Squillante. The reading is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing, as well as an open mic, will follow the readings.
Food writer and fictioneer Sherrie Flick’s most recent book, Whiskey Etc., was published by Queen’s Ferry Press in March 2016. The book was preceded by Flick’s debut novel Reconsidering Happiness, published by Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press as part of their Flyover Fiction series in 2009. Reconsidering Happiness was a semi-finalist for the VCU First Novelist Award. Novelist Chuck Kinder called it “A big beautiful Buick of a book.”
Flick is also author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume, 2004). Author John McNally warned, “These are late-night stories, told after midnight, a femme fatale whispering sad and unraveled and lusty tales into your ear.”
Many of Flick’s stories appear in some of the nation’s top literary magazines and are included in anthologies like Winesburg, Indiana (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2015) eds. Michael Martone and Bryan Furuness; Flashed: Sudden Stories in Prose and Comics (Pressgang, Butler University, Indianapolis, 2015) eds. Sari Wilson and Josh Neufeld; and Keeping the Wolves at Bay (Autumn House, 2010) ed. Sharon Dilworth, among others.
Flick has received artist residencies from the The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2006, she was honored as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40.” She has also received an individual artist fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, multiple PA Partners in the Arts grants, and an Artistic Vibrancy Award from The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council as well as two City of Pittsburgh Proclamations for her work in the literary community.
For ten years, Flick served as artistic director and co-founder of the Gist Street Reading Series. She currently serves on the advisory boards for Braddock Avenue Books and Words Without Walls, and co-directs The Chautauqua Writers’ Festival with Phil Terman and Lori Jakiela.
Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection Beautiful Nerve (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015), and three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl, 2011).
Squillante is also co-author, along with Sandra L. Faulkner, of the writing craft book, Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories Onto the Page (Sense Publishers, 2015), and her work has been published in many national and international print and online journals like Brevity, The Rumpus, Eleven Eleven, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Prairie Schooner, River Teeth, Phoebe, Cream City Review, TYPO, Quarterly West, Literary Mama, and elsewhere.
She is the associate director of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and assistant professor of English at Chatham University. There, she serves as editor-in-chief of The Fourth River, Chatham’s nationally respected journal of nature and place-based writing. From her dining room table, she edits the blog at Barrelhouse.
Written/Spoken is a reading series that brings nationally-known poets and writers to the Pitt-Greensburg campus. Undergraduate student writers participate in readings and give performances of their own work. The series is sponsored by the Pitt-Greensburg Creative and Professional Writing Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Professor Lori Jakiela at 724-836-7481 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.