Academic Director, Young Women's Writing Workshop
Peter Sapira received his bachelor of arts in English from San Francisco State University and his master of fine arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has had short stories published in Anarchy, Inkwell, Meshuggah, The Black River Review, The Literary Review and Pleiades. The Literary Group International currently represents his first novel, Billy Hill. He has taught composition, literature and creative writing classes at colleges throughout the Pioneer Valley; he currently teaches at Smith College. He is also an avid tennis player, drummer and dog walker.
MB Caschetta is the author of three books. People Magazine called her novel MIRACLE GIRLS "darkly beautiful" and her new collection of linked stories PRETEND I'M YOUR FRIEND "an affecting collection...about the things we do for love." She is now working on a nonfiction book about being disinherited based on an essay published in the New York Times, Modern Love Column. One of her favorite things to do is talk to other writers (new and seasoned) about writing.
Alex Chambers grew up in Northampton, but has lived most of his adult life in parts west and south. He has published poems, essays and reviews in Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Paper Darts, The Rumpus and elsewhere, and has taught in prisons, high schools, community centers and universities.He has an masters in fine arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama, and is currently completing a doctorate in American studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Malawi-born educator Jennifer Jacobson is a storyteller and creative writer. She is the founder of an award-winning program that unites language arts and social action. In 2008, she received a fellowship from the Creative Minds Initiative through the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her innovative work with young people. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and online journals. This year her short stories received honorable mention from the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and Glimmer Train magazine. Jennifer lives in Northampton and has a master's in creative writing from Lesley University. She teaches creative writing, performance techniques and approaches for storytelling across the curriculum.
Maureen Buchanan Jones
Maureen Buchanan Jones is the executive director of Amherst Writers & Artists and leads writing workshops in Northampton, Massachusetts, through her business, Writing Full Tilt. She has led workshops with women who have experienced domestic violence. Her poetry has appeared in Woman in Natural Resources, 13th Moon, Peregrine, North Dakota Quarterly, Letters from Daughters to Fathers, Writer Advice, Equinox, Calyx and Chrysalis. Her prose has appeared in Orion and on WFCR–NPR. Her book of poems, blessed are the menial chores, is available on her website. Jones' novel, Maud & Addie, is with Writer's House of New York. Jones holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, and she has been teaching literature as well as technical and creative writing for 24 years.
John Maradik received his master's from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Fourteen Hills and Unstuck, and he is the co-author of the collaborative chapbook Peer Confessions. He has taught undergraduate fiction writing at UMass.
Having a master's in poetry from Goddard College, Ben Mitchell has published more than 50 poems in literary magazines all over the United States and Canada. His first book of poems, Only The Sound Itself, was published by the Codhill Press in 2010, and they will publish his second book, Measuring The Shadows. In 2012, Mitchell was one of four poets invited to read his work at the very first poetry reading of Parabola magazine. His essays and stories appear regularly in regional journals, and his memoir, You Can't Smoke A Diploma, published in 2011, is available as an ebook. Mitchell teaches writing in southern Vermont, where he lives with his wife, Kathy; his children, Nicholas and Lucy; a cat; a dog; and a hamster named Coco.
Phil O'Donoghue is an assistant professor of theater and English at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), where he teaches playwrighting, acting and theater literature. In addition to directing at STCC, he has also directed at the Williston-Northampton Summer Theatre Program. He holds a master's in playwrighting from Smith College, where he studied under Len Berkman, the Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre at Smith College. Phil has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, and is an original member of the Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project.
Emily Pettit is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and notnostrums, and for three years has been the publisher of the exciting literary print journal jubilat. Pettit has taught writing courses at the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts and Elms College. She currently teaches poetry at Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts. Pettit's first collection of poems, Goat in the Snow, came out in early 2012 with Birds LLC. Her poems have been featured in the Academy of American Poets/Poem a Day Series, Fence, Open Letters, Verse Daily and The Huffington Post.
Boomer Pinches is a lecturer at Smith College and Western New England University. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Tin House, The Massachusetts Review, matchbook.com, notnostrums, The Austin Review and Best New American Voices 2010. He received his master's from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 and was a recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship.
Morgan Sheehan is a playwright and fiction writer. Her plays have been produced in New York, London, California and lovely Iowa. She has a bachelor's degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a master's in playwriting and theater arts from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. She has taught playwriting, fiction, acting and theatrical analysis. She currently teaches English at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, and works on all things dragon at her home in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Marlee Stempleman lives in Kansas City, Missouri. For the last seven years she has taught high school English and sponsors the Raytown High School Louder Than a Bomb poetry group. She is the editor of If Ever the World: A Collection of Student Poetry (Red Hen Press, 2010). She has presented at the National Conference for Teachers of English and was invited to speak at the International James Joyce Symposium. She received a master's from Emporia State University in Kansas and a master's from DePaul University in Chicago.
Laura Willwerth has an MFA in fiction from the UMass Amherst Program for Poets and Writers, where she taught composition and fiction writing to undergraduates. Her stories have appeared in Route Nine and The Massachusetts Review, and her first poetry chapbook is forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press.
Writer and director Wade Wofford studied drama at the University of Georgia and completed a two-year intensive program in acting at the Sanford Meisner Center as well as an intensive one-year film production program at The Los Angeles Film School. He directed several stage plays and adapted his third stage play, The Common Man, into a screenplay. In 2000, he moved to New York City and worked in lighting in off-Broadway theater. In 2004, he founded Dedalus Films in Brooklyn, through which he shot the short film Assailable and wrote, directed and produced the feature film Perception, which won the Royal Reel Award in filmmaking at the Canada International Film Festival and Best Dramatic Feature at the DIY Film Festival. In 2006, Wofford moved to Northampton, where he founded and still moderates Noho Screenwriters Workshop. He co-founded the Happy Wasteland production studio with Jake Hulse and Mike Haas. He teaches film production at a vocational school in Chicopee.