TJ Beitelman, Alabaster
TJ Beitelman directs the Creative Writing program at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where he has taught writing and literature since 2002. He is the author of six books, most recently This Is the Story of His Life (Black Lawrence Press), and his individual stories and poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Bellevue Literary Review, Diagram, and Indiana Review, among other venues. He holds a Master's degree in English from Virginia Tech, where he completed his Master's project in film criticism, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where he taught composition, literature, and creative writing, and also served as editor-in-chief of Black Warrior Review. A recipient of fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, he currently serves on the boards of the Alabama Writers' Conclave and the Alabama Writers' Forum.