"Piccirillo's writing is known for evoking the nuances of the region’s landscapes and the distinct character of its people."
PJ Piccirillo is a two-time winner of the Appalachian Writers Association Award for Short Fiction. He is the author of The Indigo Scarf (Sunbury Press), Heartwood (Middleton Books), and the forthcoming Nunc Stans—A Ferry Tale. PJ’s fiction and articles have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers, and syndicates. He is a literary artist-in-residence for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. An advocate of the region’s under-recognized writing, he has worked to build a name for its writers and a brand for its books by founding the Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia (WCoNA)™ (WCoNA.com) and the Northern Appalachia Review, for which he is the current editor-in-chief. An instructor of English and Humanities at Butler County Community College, PJ holds an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine and a B.A. in English from Saint Francis University.
PJ’s greatest distinction is that he is descended from woodhicks and tannery workers in the PA Wilds. He is a third-generation community firefighter, an EMT, a professional firefighter for NASCAR, and Cubmaster for scout pack 39. He otherwise can be found with his wife and three sons pursuing all things outdoors on the creek-fissured plateau of his native northcentral Pennsylvania.