Meet Your Instructor

Susan Buttenwieser

Reflect & Restore

Susan Buttenwieser is the author of the short story collection, We Were Lucky with the Rain (Four Way Books). Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous literary publications. She contributes news features regularly to  Women’s Media Center and teaches creative writing at New York City public schools in high-poverty neighborhoods, with incarcerated women and older adults.

Nancy McCabe

Writing & Healing

Nancy McCabe directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the low residency MFA program at the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing. Her work has received a Pushcart and been recognized eight times on Best American Notable Lists. She is the author of four previous books of nonfiction and a novel. She lives in Bradford, PA.

Tina Parker

Finding a Voice: Persona Poems

Tina Parker has taught at Berea College, and her third poetry collection (a series of persona poems inspired by patient records from the asylum near where she grew up) is available from Accents Publishing. 

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Britton Shurley

The Letter's Not Dead: Writing Epistolary Poems

Britton Shurley is author of the chapbook Spinning the Vast Fantastic (Bull City Press, 2021), and his poetry has appeared in such journals as Southern Humanities Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and Southern Indiana Review. He is the recipient of Emerging Artist Awards from the Kentucky Arts Council in both 2011 and 2016. He is an Associate Professor of English at West Kentucky Community & Technical College where he edits Exit 7: A Journal of Literature & Art with his wife, the poet, Amelia Martens. They live in Paducah, Kentucky with their daughters and curate the Rivertown Reading Series. 


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