2023 Lefty Blondie Press
First Chapbook Award Winner
KELLEY BEESON is a poet and librarian living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been published in Kaliope (where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Pittsburgh City Paper, and The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Beeson has been a librarian for 20 years and has been a member of the Madwomen in the Attic of Carlow University writing workshops since 1992. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Carlow and her MFA in Poetry at The University of Notre Dame.
2023 chapbook manuscript final judge*
MICHELLE STONER is the author of the poetry collection Flats and Riots, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Most recently, she has worked with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and The Frick Pittsburgh on pieces that explore the intersection of poetry and visual art. Stoner holds an MA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Carlow University, where she has taught in the departments of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and where she is currently a poetry instructor in the Madwomen in the Attic Creative Writing Workshops.
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