Carla Spataro

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Carla (C. J.) Spataro is the Director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Rosemont College. She is also the Editorial Director and co-publisher of Philadelphia Stories magazine and PS Books. She is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship winner for fiction. Her short stories can be read or are forthcoming in a number of literary journals including Painted Bride Quarterly, Wild River Review, XConnect, The Baltimore Review, Mason’s Road, and 4’ 33” (an online audio journal based in London). Nominated for a Million Writer’s South Award, she also was twice named a finalist in the Philadelphia City Paper Fiction contest, and was a finalist in the Mason’s Road contest. Her work was featured three times in the InterAct Theatre Company’s “Writing Aloud” series (which was Philadelphia’s version of NPR’s “Selected Shorts”).

As an editor, Carla has edited the fiction for three “Best of” Anthologies for Philadelphia Stories and edited the fiction and non-fiction for
Forgotten Philadelphia and Extraordinary Gifts: Remarkable Women of the Delaware Valley.

She has a B. A.A. in Music from Central Michigan University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Rosemont College. She has taught English composition, journalism, publishing, and creative writing courses at Rutgers, Rowan, Temple, and West Chester Universities, and at Rosemont College and the Community College of Philadelphia.


Richard D. Bank, Esq . is the author of seven books including The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction and Feig, a novel. He is a past president and current board member of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and has published over 100 articles, essays, short stories and book reviews. Richard has taught writing courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and other venues. He currently is on faculty at Rosemont College in the Graduate Publishing and MFA programs where he teaches courses including creative nonfiction and publishing law. Richard provides services as a writing coach for serious writers.

Randall Brown , is the author of the award-winning flash fiction collection Mad to Live (Flume Press), a collection that has been recently republished by PS Books in Philadelphia as a Deluxe Edition with "bonus tracks."  He has an MFA from Vermont College and a BA from Tufts University—along with an M.Ed. and a B.S. in Education.  More

B. J. (Betty Jane) Burton is the author of several full-length plays including Lobelia Lodge, (published by Samuel French), Hunting Season, Room For Love, For the Record, and The Dangers of Lightning. Her plays have been produced and/or developed at InterAct Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Widener University, Rosemont College, Players Club of Swarthmore, Colonial Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, Pittsburgh New Works Festival at City Theatre, Six Women Playwriting Festival at the Manitou Art Theatre, and the Brick Playhouse, among others. More

Roman Colombo
received MFA in Fiction Writing from Rosemont College in 2010, where he was also a recipient of the O'Donnel Foundation Award in Creative Writing. Before that, he finished his BA at the University of South Florida for English-Creative Writing with Honors. Since graduating from Rosemont, he has taught for several Philadelphia area schools including Drexel University and Bucks County Community College. He has also had numerous short stories published, and his first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2013 by WragsInk.

Blythe Davenport received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, where she studied philosophy, classics, and the histories of math and science. After graduating in 2000, Blythe traveled to Italy to study Italian. It was in Italy that she started teaching English, to adult language learners. She returned to the US in 2002 and attended Rosemont College's MFA program in Creative Writing, graduating in 2008. Blythe has taught in the First-Year Writing Program at Drexel University since 2010, and joined the faculty of Rosemont's MFA program in 2013.

Tim Jackson earned a Ph.D. in editorial studies from the Editorial Institute at Boston University, an M.A. in English from Bridgewater State College, and a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While a CLIR Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he served as an assistant editor of the Walt Whitman Archive and was the initial executive editor of Zea E-Books.He has edited work for traditional and digital publications in a variety of fields, including poetry, philosophy, and business. His teaching and research interests include poetry, textual studies, Shakespeare, the English Renaissance, and literary criticism. He is a freelancer for the Poetry Foundation. His current book project is an annotated selection of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry, forthcoming from Yale University Press.

Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, AGNI, NPR, The American Reader, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and many other publications. Her stories have been reprinted or are forthcoming in several anthologies, including Year's Best Weird Fiction and Best Women's Erotica.

She has been the recipient of the Richard Yates Short Story Prize, a Millay Colony for the Arts residency, the CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Creative Writing, and a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a Nebula Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. In 2014, her story "Inventory" received third prize in the storySouth Million Writers Award, and her story "Mothers" was a finalist for the Franz Kafka Award in Magic Realism.

She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Philadelphia with her partner.

Janice Merendino , the Founder and Director of The Branch Out Project, is a professional artist, college professor, and one of five founders of Philadelphia's Clay Studio, an internationally recognized center for ceramic arts. As director of The Branch Out Project, Janice designs creativity workshops for major corporations and government agencies, community non-profit groups, schools and professional development for teachers. She has exhibited her works on paper and porcelain pottery in a solo exhibition in Tokyo in 1982 and continues to paint and study Japanese calligraphy.

Janice has taught undergraduate courses (1980-2014) at Rosemont College in the fine arts and continues to teach visual literacy courses for the MFA graduate studies program in Creative Writing. Since 1998, Janice has designed and taught workshops for Accessible Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for people with learning and physical disabilities. She co-authored an article for Museums and Social Issues entitled Accessible Wellness Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and two articles on how drawing can enhance creativity and the practice of law for Altman Weil, Inc.

Amy Punt  is a screenwriter, essayist, and freelance journalist. Originally from Chicago, she cut her creative teeth directing new works on stages like the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Bailiwick Repertory, and Strawdog. After receiving her Master's in Directing for Cinema/TV and Communication at Regent University, she moved to Los Angeles and began working at The Writer's Boot Camp, a seasoned screenwriting facility with deep ties to the entertainment industry. There she had the opportunity to develop scripts with Warner Brothers and teach screenwriters professional development of their screenplays. She resides in Los Angeles, is a contributing writer to Salon.com, and coaches screenwriters in all levels of their careers.

Christine Salvatore received her MFA from The University of New Orleans. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at Rosemont College, Stockton University, and Egg Harbor Township High School. She is a visiting artist and consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program and Murphy Writing Seminars of Stockton University. Her poetry has recently appeared in Mead, The Literary Review, The Cortland Review, and The Southeast Review among other publications.

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