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CO-FOUNDERS AND RESIDENT ARTISTS Paola Corso is the author of six books of poetry and fiction, all set in her native Pittsburgh where her Southern Italian immigrant family found work in the steel mills. Writing honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship, Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, and inclusion on Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Literary and Cultural Map. Corso’s latest books are The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing, Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories, a Sons of Italy National Book Club Selection, and Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing. She co-edited and wrote the creative introduction to Politics of Water: A Confluence of Women's Voices published by Routledge. Corso's work has appeared in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Women’s Review of Books, The Progressive, Writer’s Digest, U.S. Catholic, and numerous anthologies. A literary activist, Corso was a resident writer in the National Endowment for the Arts WritersCorps, introducing literary arts to underserved communities in the Bronx, and co-founder of the National Writer’s Union New York Local Community Writing Project. Her community service has earned her a place on the Mid-Atlantic Art Foundation's Artist & Communities Short List. She splits her time between New York City’s grid and Pittsburgh’s grade. Visit Andrew Edwards is a multi-lingual writer, teacher, and librarian who studied Spanish and creative writing at Ohio Wesleyan University with a focus in modern poetics. He is the author of The Kobe Reality Series, a book of poetry based on his experience living in Japan. He earned his master's degree in TESOL at Arizona State University where he taught composition and argumentation and a master's in library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is working on a memoir about epilepsy. Born in Erie, PA, he is the son of Scotch Irish and Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. Andrew is married to Keiko Maeda and lives in Aspinwall with their two sons. Return to Steppin Stanzas Main Page
Read Paola’s Ellis Island essay in The New York Times
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