Jessica Piazza – Facilitator

Jessica Piazza is the author of the two full-length poetry collections from Red Hen Press — Interrobang (winner of the 2011 A Room of One’s Own Foundation To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize and the 2013 Balcones Prize for Poetry) — and Obliterations (co-written with Heather Aimee O’Neill), as well as the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press). Jessica curates the Poetry Has Value blog, where she and others explore the intersection of poetry, money and worth. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where she teaches Writing & Rhetoric. She also teaches poetry in the MFA programs at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She co-founded Bat City Review in Austin, TX, Gold Line Press in Los Angeles, CA and is currently the poetry editor for the Southern Pacific Review. She has been a facilitator with Literary Affairs for the last three years.