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Polyphony H. S. Staff

DSC_0266Elizabeth Keegan: Executive Director. Beth grew up in Seattle. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Chinese History (Grinnell College) and an M.A. in Chinese Literature and History (Yale University). She lived in China for several years, most notably as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow interviewing Chinese writers and poets about their societal role in the post-Mao period. Later Beth earned an M.B.A. (University of Illinois) but after working as a business consultant in China, she found her true love in secondary school education. She taught both Mandarin and Chinese History for nearly 15 years at independent schools in the Chicago area. Beth loves to cycle and to travel to the far ends of the earth in search of ancient wisdom. You may contact Beth directly at beth@polyphonyhs.com


billyBilly Lombardo: Co-Founder and Managing Editor. Billy 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

Frank Tempone, Literary Non-Fiction Instructor, National Editor Training Workshop (NET).  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 Workshops (NET). 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.






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