TJ Beitelman

Alabama, United States

Member Since: 01/24/2013

TJ Beitelman directs the Creative Writing program at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where he's taught since 2002. He holds a Master's degree in English from Virginia Tech, where he completed his Master's project in film criticism, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where he taught literature and creative writing and served as editor-in-chief of Black Warrior Review. His novel, John the Revelator, and two poetry collections, Americana and In Order to Form a More Perfect Union, are available through Black Lawrence Press. He has also published a hybrid memoir, Self-Helpless: A Misfit's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, which is available through Outpost 19. His short stories and poems have appeared in Quarterly WestIndiana Review, Colorado Review, Bellevue Review, Third Coast, Copper Nickel,DIAGRAMVerse Daily, and New Orleans Review, among other publications, and he's received fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. 



Twitter Username: @tjbeitelman


  • Communion , Black Lawrence Press (November 2016)
  • Americana , Black Lawrence Press (2015)
  • John the Revelator , Black Lawrence Press (2014)
  • In Order to Form a More Perfect Union , Black Lawrence Press (2012)
  • Self-Helpless: A Misfit's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness , Outpost 19 (2012)


  • Chair, Creative Writing Department at Alabama School of Fine Arts (August 2015 - )
  • Creative Writing Faculty at Alabama School of Fine Arts (August 2002 - August 2015)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry | Secondary Genre: Fiction from University of Alabama (May 2001)
  • Master of Arts in English from Virginia Tech (May 1996)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Screenwriting, Poetry