Our Team


billy lobardo

billy lombardo

Co-Founder & Managing Editor

Jim Joyce

Poetry Instructor

katie scullion

Katie Scullion

Executive Director

Frank Tempone

Nonfiction Instructor


Tamara Fraser

Print Designer

Governing Board

Mary Bisbee-Beek


Beth Kohl


Carrie del Hierro

Maggie Scheyer


Donna Seaman

Cover and Website Art


The drawing collages of Tony Fitzpatrick, an artist, poet and actor, graced the covers of Polyphony HS for nine years and are prominent throughout our website. Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick's work are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children's books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last two years has written a column for the Newcity. Fitzpatrick's art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. The Neville Brothers' album Yellow Moon and the Steve Earle's albums El Corazon and The Revolution Starts Now also feature Fitzpatrick's art. In 1992, Fitzpatrick opened a Chicago-based printmaking studio, Big Cat Press, which exists today as the artist exhibition space Firecats Projects. Before making a living as an artist, Fitzpatrick worked as a radio host, bartender, boxer, construction worker, and film and stage actor. To learn more, visit www.tonyfitzpatrick.co

Student Interns

We are a student-run organization. In addition to the editorial work, student interns work on web design, back-office tasks, marketing and social media, event planning, and more. Applications for the next year’s summer internships will open in April of 2019.

Thank you to our 2018 Summer Interns!

Riley Grace Borden

Anya Chabria

Tyler Chodera

Emmy Cho

Izzy Cho

Isabella del Hierro

Dana Dykiel

Kelly Farley

Mari Kramer

Jodie Meng

Stephanie Racker