Audrey Petty writes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, and she teaches in the Odyssey Project and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Her work has been published in such journals as African American Review, StoryQuarterly, The Massachusetts Review, Gravy, Saveur and ColorLines. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she's been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council and the Hewlett Foundation. She is the editor of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing (Voice of Witness/McSweeney’s).
As a member of the Youth-Police Project team at Hyde Park Academy, my work is focused on supporting students in their individual writing practices. These practices include: drafting copy for media assignments, composing essays for coursework in History, Literature and Social Studies classes, and developing and advancing independent projects in creative writing.