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    Courtney Bambrick

    Adjunct Faculty

    Courtney Bambrick, Faculty in Creative Writing at Rosemont College.


    Courtney K. Bambrick is Philadelphia Stories’ poetry editor. Her poetry has appeared at The Fanzine, Apiary, Certain Circuits, Dirty Napkin, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. Courtney teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Rosemont College, Delaware County Community College, and Widener University. 

    Educational Background

    • MFA, Creative Writing
      • Thesis: Poetry
      • Rosemont College
    • BA, English
      • Creative Writing Concentration
      • Kenyon College

    Selected Awards

    • Part-time Humanities Instructor of the Year at Widener University
      • 2017-2018
    • Finalist, Pavement Saw Chapbook Competition
      • 2012
    • Partial Scholarship, TheWell Workshop
      • Cooscroneen, Ireland
        • 2018

    Selected Publications


    • ORIZONT LITERAR CONTEMPORAN: New Works by Philadelphia Poets, eds. Daniel
      Dragomirescu, Donald Riggs, & Valerie Fox; trans. Elena Ţăpean & Gabriela Apetrei,
      Fall, 2016. “July Scar,” “Navigation,” “Letters While She’s Away”
    •  Another Breath, PS Books, Fall 2014. “Meaningfully”
    • Body Map, Fanzine, July 2014. “Caring for Your Rape”
    • Poetry Ink, Moonstone Arts, April 2013. “April Fool’s”
    • Forgotten Philadelphia, PS Books, Fall 2012. “Fatherless”
    • Apiary, Winter 2012. “Truth in Nightmares.” Fall 2011. “How We Got Our Heart”
    • Certain Circuits, January 2011. “Emily & Milo”
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    • E Pluribus Unum: An Anthology of Diverse Voices, Light of Unity Foundation, 2010.
      “Because They Called My Poem ‘Flowery’”
    • The Phenomena of Temporary: The Fuze Anthology, Turtle Ink Press, 2010. “July Scar
    •  Wild Violet, Vol. VII—Issue 3, Winter 2009. “Under the Moon”
    • The Dirty Napkin, December 2008. “Climbing”
    • Philadelphia Stories, Spring 2008. “Hand & Hip”
    • Philadelphia Poets, 2008. “Meaningfully.” 2007. “Greyhound Bus” and “Separation and
    • University of the Arts Poetry Review, Vol. 1, 2007. “The Last Man” and “Womanhood”
    • Schuylkill Valley Journal, Vol. 25, Fall 2007. “The Curls”
    • Parlor, Vol. 1, Issue 1. May, 2007. “Anthracite”
    • Mad Poets Review, Vol. 21. 2007. “Listening to the Radio, I Hung My Head and Cried”

    Reviews for Philadelphia Stories

    • Kenneth Pobo, Loplop in a Red City, Circling Rivers, 2016
    • Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Splendor, H_NGM_N Books, 2015
    • Jeanann Verlee, Said the Manic to the Muse, Write Bloody, 2015
    • Deborah Fries, The Bright Field of Everything, Kore Press, 2014
    • Maria James-Thiaw, Talking “White,” postDada Press & iUniverse, 2013

    Selected Awards

    • Part-time Humanities Instructor of the Year, 2017-2018
    • Finalist, Pavement Saw Chapbook Competition, 2012
    • Partial Scholarship, The Well Workshop, Cooscroneen, Ireland, 2008

    Workshops, Panels, Conferences

    •  Coordinator, 2015-Present, LitLife Poetry Festival, Rosemont College, Philadelphia Stories, and MontCo Poet Laureate [Delivered keynote, 2015]
    • Panelist, Adjuncting Panel, 2018, Career Symposium, Rosemont College
    • Speed-Date Editor, 2012-Present, Push to Publish, Philadelphia Stories
    • Workshop Leader, 2016, “Grammar for Writers,” Philadelphia Writers’ Conference
    • Poetry Judge, 2015, Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

    Editorial and Arts Experience

    • Poetry Editor, 2010-Present, Philadelphia Stories; Poetry Editor, Extraordinary Gifts:
      Women from the Delaware Valley and Forgotten Philadelphia, PS Books, Philadelphia
    • Coordinator, 2009-Present, Old Academy Players’ Children’s Arts Program
    • Host, 2008-2014, Monthly Open Mic, Free Library of Philadelphia, Falls of Schuylkill
    • Administrative Assistant, 2009-2010, Agent Research and Evaluations, Philadelphia
    • Volunteer Writing Tutor, 2009, YMCA Y Achievers Program, Philadelphia
    • Assistant to the General Manager, 2003-2006, Merriam Theater, Philadelphia