Sheila Squillante, MFA

Sheila Squillante
Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham:  2013


Poetry, Creative nonfiction, Lyric prose, Publishing, Book Reviewing

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Sheila Squillante is a poet and essayist whose first full-length collection of poems, Beautiful Nerve, will be published by Tiny Hardcore Press in 2014. She is the author of 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).Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals like Brevity, The Rumpus, No Tell Motel, Phoebe, Cream City Review, TYPO, Quarterly West, Literary Mama, Glamour Magazine 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 serves as associate editor for PANK Magazine.

  • MFA, Poetry, Penn State University. 2002
  • B.A. English and Creative Writing, Manhattanville College, 1993
  • Winner: "The Story of Your Life" Creative Nonfiction Contest, Glamour Magazine, 2003
  • 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