Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini, a 2014 recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts, is a 2015 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship winner, established, in literature. She received established Fellowships in poetry (2005) and fiction (2007). Her poetry and writing has been published in Another Chicago Magazine, Revue Review, The Moth, Writers on Writing: The Art of the Short Story, The Journal of Caribbean Literatures, and Gargoyle, among others. Her memoir, Blood Sisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Literary Prize and James Jones Award, and won the Lewis Clark Discovery Prize. Her other books include No Place Like: An Anthology of Southern Delaware Poetry and Prose, 2012; TeachingTroubled Youth: A Practical Pedagogical Approach, 2008, and On The Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers, 2008. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware and received her Master of Arts in Literature/Creative Writing from Temple University. She co-founded and coordinates the Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference, now in its 8th year, teaches creative writing at Wilmington University, and is a popular workshop leader and presenter. An advocate for At-Risk-Kids and the mentally ill, she served 11-years on the State’s Planning Council for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where she is busy at work on Rush Limbaugh & Other Stories, a short story collection, andRules to Survive Childhood, a sequel to Blood Sisters.