Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve (Tiny Hardcore Press), as well three chapbooks of poetry: In This Dream of My Father (Seven Kitchens, 2014), Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and A Woman Traces the Shoreline (Dancing Girl Press, 2011).
She has published work widely in print and online journals like Brevity, The Rumpus, No Tell Motel, Prairie Schooner, MiPoesias, Phoebe, Cream City Review, TYPO, Quarterly West, Literary Mama, South Dakota Review and elsewhere.
She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and her work has been nominated for inclusion in Best American Essays, Dzanc’s Best of the Web and the Pushcart anthology.
She earned an MFA in poetry from Penn State, where she went on to teach creative writing and composition as a senior lecturer. A seasoned teacher for more than fifteen years, she currently works as associate director of the MFA programs 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.
She has strong ties to and great affection for the excellent people of the independent publishing world, which she gets to revel in as associate editor of [PANK].
She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, Paul Bilger, a philosopher and experimental photographer, and their children.