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Polyphony H. S. Staff

Katie Scullion,  Executive Director

Katie Scullion Katie is a marketing strategy consultant, helping both for-profit and non-profit organizations grow. Katie has experience with non-profit management, including co-founding Girls on the Run-Chicago, which has served more than 10,000 girls in the Chicago area. Her education includes a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from Kellogg. She is especially happy that her three children are now avid readers, getting closer to her dream of a family vacation spent entirely on the beach reading.  katiescullion@polyphonyhs.com


Billy Lombardo, Co-Founder and Managing Editor

billyBilly has been a high school teacher for 25 years. He is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, How to Hold a Woman, and The Man with Two Arms. He won the Chicago Tribune 2011 Nelson Algren Short Story Prize for his piece, Clover. He has published his works in Cicada, Other Voices, StoryQuarterly, Bryant Literary Review, TriQuarterly, River Oak Review, and Elysian Fields Quarterly. He writes regularly for the Forest Park Post. Billy teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at The Latin School of Chicago. You may contact Billy directly at billy@polyphonyhs.com.


Frank Tempone, Literary Non-Fiction Instructor, National Editor Training

Frank Tempone

Frank has taught writing and literature for eighteen years. He holds an MFA in literary nonfiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and his short stories, essays, and interviews have been published in 580 Split, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, upstreet, The Berkshire Review, Del Sol Review, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere in print and on the Web. Frank’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, twice, and in 2009, his essay “Everlasting,” was listed as “Notable” in the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology. In 2005 he opened Word Street, a drop-in tutoring and literary arts center that offered 100% free writing instruction for youth 8-18 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Frank lives on the Northside of Chicago with his wife and three sons.


Jim Joyce: Poetry Instructor, National Editor Training 


Jim teaches English at the Latin School of Chicago. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Joyce is a self-publishing writer and musician.  He has also designed, taught, and co-taught  a number of writing workshops with 826CHI and University of Illinois, Chicago’s Writing Center.




Magazine Layout Design and Special Design Projects:  Tamara Fraser

A student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors