Vivian Abrams: Cold Blood (2021)
Kameo Chambers is from Philadelphia, PA. She is a sophomore at Pitt-Bradford majoring in interdisciplinary arts, specializing in writing and graphic design. She has a passion for art, music, and fashion. She aspires to be an art director.
If Not Now Then When, Journey, Out the Fog, Post Heartbreak Bliss, Synchronicity, Trip!, Wanderlust (2021)
Courtney Clever – Featured Cover Artist – is from Warren, Pennsylvania and has lived there her entire life. She graduated in spring 2020 with a BA in interdisciplinary arts. She has two cats that she absolutely adores and is planning on bringing a third one into the family.
Rachel Close is a senior communications major with a minor in writing at Pitt-Bradford. Rachel has passions for music and vinyl record collecting, and she likes to incorporate those passions into her writing as often as possible. Rachel hopes to be able to write about music as part of her future career. She also writes poems, one of which will be featured in the upcoming issue of Baily’s Beads.
My Most Favorite Recent Record Purchases, Everyone Hated this Music Legend’s Verse on Travis Scott’s New Song— And it’s Disrespectful (2021)
Christina Cortes is an artist from Reston, Virginia who has always had a passion for painting. She’s currently a sophomore interdisciplinary arts major. She loves playing video games and going on walks.
Lily of the Valley (2021)
Stephanie Delano: Ocean Thoughts (2021)
Dr. Drew Flanagan is a visiting assistant professor of history at Pitt-Bradford. When not researching the history of the Franco-German borderlands along the Rhine River, he plays folk music and watches truly terrible movies in order to make fun of them with like-minded people. He has played the violin for over 20 years and guitar for about 15 years.
Kellen Gaither – Featured Poet – is a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a psychology major with a minor in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies who is also working on her prerequisites for occupational therapy.
Beautiful Black Boy, Businessman, Cantu Bantu, The Hood Isn’t Even Ours Anymore, I Can Feel It, Not Allowed to Hurt, The Talk (2021)
Dr. Ian Evans Guthrie, an emerging composer, performer, researcher, and collaborator who teaches music classes at Pitt-Bradford, has received the Mile High Freedom Band 2021 Commission, first place in the Noosa-ISAM and Arcady Composition competitions, second for the American Prize, a nomination for a 2020 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and other accolades for his compositions. Many of his works have been performed publicly around the world by fEARnoMUSIC, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Moore Philharmonic Orchestra, VIPA, highSCORE Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, and others. His most recent works include Flight for Freedom for band; a fixed media track for dancer Ilana Goldman; tracks for various exhibitions at Venvi Art Gallery (Tallahassee, FL;)and the score for the story ballet The Queen of Nori. As a pianist, Guthrie has won awards from MTNA, the Great Composer Competition, and other organizations. He also actively researches the relationship between harmony and rhythmic cells, and his paper Rhythm as Function has been featured at several past and upcoming conferences across the continent.
Tropical Sabbath (2021)
Grace Heckman: Dinner Will Be Ready Soon (2021)
Brianna Henry graduated in 2019 with a degree in creative writing and graphic design. She received the Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Writing for 2018-2019. She also worked on the staff of Baily’s Beads, designing both the 2018 and 2019 issues of the magazine, and now works as a graphic designer in Texas.
Ring of Fire, Who Am I? (2021)
Connor Horton: Hello (2021)
Selese Huth graduated in 2015 with a degree in writing. A former editor-in-chief of Baily’s Beads, Selese spends less time writing these days and more time volunteering at community events in cosplay to bring some much-needed cheer during this turbulent year. She uses art as a creative outlet. Her piece, “My Fur Looks Better on Me Than You,” is part of a wildlife conservation series she’s working on.
My Fur Looks Better on Me Than You (2021)
Jess Jordan lives in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. She is currently a senior interdisciplinary arts major focusing on writing and digital art. She enjoys taking a variety of writing and art courses to expand her knowledge and try out new things. Her poetry and art has appeared in previous editions of Baily’s Beads, and she has served as design director for the magazine’s last two issues.
Destruction, The End, Photograph, Prison, A Series of Haiku, Shattered (2021)
Kristen Laemmer always loved to write but struggled with learning disabilities growing up. Visual art allows her to express her feelings through her brushstrokes. She is a psychology major with minors in writing and sociology and hopes to graduate the summer of 2021.
No Title, Plants, Roots, Scenery (2021)
Jorj Lemay Jorj (Jorj= George) was born in Philadelphia and has eight siblings (he’s number 7). He started making music because of his brother, and branched out with his own music in July 2020 due to COVID. He loves making beats and music and sees it as a journal, somewhere to express where he’s going with his life. He says, “As passionate as I am, sometimes I wonder what I would do if I didn’t create music, then I remind myself to apply the pressure and just go for it.”
C.D. Interview, March, Quarantine (2021)
Meredith Lang is from Rixford, Pennsylvania and now lives one county over in Roulette. She majored in special education and literacy and still works in the field of education. She enjoys writing (surprise!), yoga and fitness, photography, cooking, and plucking strings on her banjo and mandolin. More of her writing can be found on her blog, Minor Thoughts, as well as other literary journals and blogs. She can also be found lurking on Twitter and Facebook.
A Cowboy Contemplates the Shape of Figs (2021)
Dr. Nancy McCabe directs the creative and professional writing program at Pitt-Bradford and has advised Baily’s Beads for 20 years. She is the author of six books, most recently Can This Marriage Be Saved? A Memoir, due out in paperback and Audible Audiobook in summer 2021. She is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and her work has made annual notable lists eight times in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her website is www.nancymccabe.net.
Bonnie McMillen is a native of Bradford and spent her younger years playing around the Harri Emery airport on Dorothy Lane. While working as Director of Student Health at Pitt-Bradford, she became interested in writing poetry and short stories. This interest has continued into a busy retirement.
Abecedarian, Dear Harri Emery Airport, McKean County 1955, Tales from the Female Crypt (2021)
Nicholas Metzger is from York, in south-central Pennsylvania. He is currently majoring in accounting and management, and his main interests are camping, nature, and reading. He has mostly done writing for school projects since his dyslexia often gets in the way. Lately, he has been writing poems and short stories more regularly.
Armor Behind the Glass, Howling Wind, Water in the Glen (2021)
Jake Mott grew up in Bradford, and has always taken the beauty in the world for granted, since Bradford is surrounded by nature, with Allegany State Park a ten-minute drive away. While taking a photography class last year, he started to notice and appreciate the beautiful moments in the world. Now he tries his best to capture as many as he can.
Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled (2021)
Carol Newman is a graduate of Pitt-Bradford and St. Bonaventure University who taught writing at Pitt-Bradford for fifteen years. She has published work in Chautauqua, Earth’s Daughters, Ebb, and the online publication Writers Workshop Review. Her poetry has also appeared in the anthologies Written on the Water: Writings about the Allegheny River and Far Out: Poems of the Sixties.
Getting There (2021)
Isaac Payne is an English and writing graduate. He is also a graduate of the Alpha Young Writer’s Workshop, and his short story “The Pursuit of Luck” received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Writers of the Future contest. His short fiction has appeared in The Corvid Review, and he was a panelist discussing Eastern and Western speculative fiction at the 2018 Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference.
Deviation, The Tennis Shoes of Pennsylvania (2021)
Hannah Ruttan is a senior writing major and music minor from Bradford. She was the editor of the 2021 issue of Baily’s Beads. Hannah began writing at age six and hasn’t stopped since, working on a young adult novel outside of classes and work. Some of her hobbies include collecting records and K-pop albums as well as spending too much time on her Nintendo Switch.
I Stopped Being a Music Elitist and Listened to K-Pop, A Definitive Ranking of My Chemical Romance’s Albums Based on Life Experience (2021)
Taryn Pecile is from a little town called Drums, Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2020 with a major in psychology and a minor in writing. In her free time, she enjoys singing and hanging out with her friends. She has been writing poetry since she was eleven years old.
The Lost Months, Therapy, Trees/Capillaries (2021)
Fatima Saccoh was born and raised in West Africa (Guinea and Liberia), but now lives in Norwood, Pennsylvania. Photography, music, and art in general have always been a part of her life and helped her adjust to the culture shock when she moved to the United States. She loves all forms of art and learning about other cultures and languages.
Blue, Genesis, La Couleur Orange, Sakura (2021)
Alayna Seggi is from Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Fort LeBoeuf High School. She is majoring in English education and will graduate in the spring of 2021. She plans to attend graduate school and earn a degree in school counseling while simultaneously teaching. She played volleyball for three years, and in her sophomore season helped her team secure an AMCC championship and NCAA appearance. This is her first publication. She’d like to continue studying creative writing at some point as well.
High Roller, Santa Date, War Zone, Working with Ameera (2021)
Rebecca Titchner has been the Elk County Recycling Coordinator for over twenty years. Prior to that she was a reporter and editor for two county daily newspapers. She and her husband are musicians and some of their original music has been featured on public radio and internet streaming stations. She resides in Ridgway.
Bill Wilson graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1977, never having learned a thing about writing. He is a member of the Oswayo Valley Writers Guild under the guidance of Cheri Maxson. A hopeless bibliophile, he enjoys gardening, landscaping, and birding with his wife of forty-two years, Jean, a local stained-glass guru.
Black Bear, Procreation, Rituals (2021)