Sherrie Flick is author of a novel, Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), and the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume). Select anthologies include Flash Fiction Forward (Norton), New Sudden Fiction (Norton), and The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. She has received fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Ucross Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She recently served as January-term writer-in-residence at Salem College. A recipient of a 2011 Work of Art Award for Artistic Vibrancy from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, she teaches at Chatham University and (for 10 years) served as Artistic Director for the Gist Street Reading Series.

Marc Nieson has happily maintained a writing studio in Braddock for the past three years.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School, and his background includes filmmaking, children’s theatre, building construction, and a season with a one-ring circus. Excerpts from Schoolhouse: A Memoir in 13 Lessons have appeared in the Literary ReviewIowa Review, Green Mountains Review,and Chautauqua.  His recent fiction appeared in Conjunctions, won the 2008 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Award winning feature-length screenplays include The Speed of LifeThe Dream Catcher, and Bottomland, as well as the short film What Green Could Be (Hill District entry for Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives). He serves on the faculty of Chatham University, and is working on a new novel, Houdini’s Heirs.

John Fetterman is mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania. He is a native of York, Pennsylvania. He attended Harvard University, where he earned a masters degree in Public Policy. He moved to Braddock in 2001 to work for Americorps, won the mayoral election in 2005, and was re-elected in May 2009. He has garnered international attention on the city of Braddock in trying to revitalize its economy.

Jeb Feldman grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison and then spent seven years in San Francisco in the private sector. After moving to Pittsburgh he earned two masters degrees at Carnegie Mellon University. He now serves as the proprietor of Unsmoke Systems Artspace and is principal partner to the Mayor of Braddock in revitalization efforts and projects underway.