Conference Speakers


Alex Miller

MillerAlex Miller is Head of Humanities at Covenant Christian Academy in Peabody, MA, and an Adjunct Professor at Gordon College. He specializes in modern and contemporary English Literature, poetry, and rhetoric. He is a staff writer for The Curator and the co-author of A Bow From My Shadow, a collection of poems in dialogue written with Luke Irwin, from Ecco Qua Press (2013). His poems and essays have appeared in The Conversation, Transpositions, Pif, The Curator, The Denver Syntax, Lake Effect, ken*agian, and Create Here. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award at CCA (2013-2014), and the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award (2011-2012). He lives with his wife in Beverly, MA. You can follow him on twitter @miller_jr.

Jay Pawlyk

pawlykjJay graduated from St. Anselm College with a major in English (and a minor in philosophy), and then went on to earn an MA in English from Catholic University, focusing on Medieval English literature. Jay is approaching his 20th year teaching at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA. Jay is part of the North of Boston Branch of the Dickens Fellowship and attended the North American Dickens Conference this past fall in Salem, MA. He also bring students every year to the North Shore Young Writers’ Conference at the Waring School.  At St. John’s Prep Jay directs the student / faculty a cappella group (Swingtown) as well as the Liturgical Music group.  He also leads a monthly reading group for adult members of the St. John’s Prep community (faculty, staff, alumni, families, and friends of the school).  Jay’s hobbies are playing piano and singing, reading, building Star Wars legos with his son and cooking with his daughter Julia.