Faculty

Director - Anne Willkomm

Anne Converse Willkomm has served as the Director since 2012. Prior to that she served as the Program Advisor and taught developmental writing at Philadelphia University and at Rosemont. She is also a writer and a freelance editor where she works with both corporate clients and emerging writers on novel-length work. Her own creative writing has appeared in The Medulla Review, Postcard Shorts, Fiction365, Sybil Magazine, FlashFiction.net, and The Midwest Coast Review. Several longer works of fiction were twice named semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition

Anne has over ten years of academic fundraising experience both as a professional development officer and as a volunteer. She was Director of Development at the Long Ridge School (Stamford, CT), Development Specialist for Wolf Performing Arts Center (Wynnewood, PA), and served as an Overseer of Berwick Academy (South Berwick, ME). She has also served on capital and annual fund committees for Bowdoin College, Berwick Academy, and Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte, NC).

Anne received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bowdoin College in 1987, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from Rosemont in 2010.

Faculty

Our faculty members are dedicated and experienced professionals who are actively engaged in the industry whether the Editor-in-Chief of a regional magazine, a literary agent, a practicing attorney, or an author/illustrator. Each faculty member has a genuine commitment to teaching at the graduate level. Our belief is that students will more readily acquire meaningful skills and knowledge when they're actively involved in the learning process -- through in class discussions, hands-on opportunities, and exposure to trending topics seminars, workshops, discussions, peer critiques, and the hands-on opportunity to practice and perfect their craft.

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.

Susan DiGironimo is a Philadelphia area artist who graduated from Moore College of Art. She is a successful freelance designer, illustrator, and a certified expert in the digital platform in graphic arts applications. Susan not only creates her own digital work, she has been teaching digital design at area colleges including Moore College of Art, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia University, and Gloucester Community College for the past 20 years. Susan has been teaching at Rosemont College in both the undergraduate and graduate level for over 20 years. Susan has also helped artists in the corporate environment stay competitive in a dynamically changing profession. For the two years, Susan has gone full circle and is now back designing full time as Rosemont College's Director of Graphic Services. She is still teaching evenings in Rosemont's publishing program where she won the Distinguished Teaching at the Graduate Level Award in 2011. Susan recently won a Gold Higher Education Marketing Award in 2014 for her print series in Poets and Writers and a Silver Higher Education Marketing Award for her poster Ocean of Possibilities. This past year Susan won another Gold Higher Education Marketing Award for a Cornellian Scholarship poster for the undergraduate college.

Mary Kate Doman holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature and Writing from the Gallatin School at New York University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Loyola University in Maryland. She is a Children’s and Young Adult Book Consultant with over fourteen years experience in children’s publishing. She has worked both in-house and as a freelancer marketing books to both the trade and educational markets. She has authored over 30 books for the youth market. Most recently she wrote Tragedy At the Triangle, a middle grade historical fiction novel published by The History Press. She currently writes, edits, and consults for major children’s publishing houses both domestic and abroad.You can see the full extent of her work at www.marykatedoman.com

Catherine (Cathy) M. Lawlor-Fennel is currently Executive Director of Library Services at Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA. Cathy’s positions at Rosemont included part-time reference librarian, full-time systems/reference librarian, director of library services and vice president for Information Services. Cathy is a member of the Catholic Library Association (CLA); Cathy is the past president of the Catholic Library Association; is interim Vice President and Past President of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) and is president of the Lower Providence Public Library Board. She previously served two terms on the TCLC board as a Representative-at-large and was President of the organization. She has taught courses on middle  school literature on the graduate level and occasionally gives a two-hour Children’s Literature overview to various classes in the Education Graduate program at Rosemont College. Currently she teaches Children’s Literature on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cathy reviews professional librarianship and children’s books for The Catholic Library World. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Marywood University in school librarianship with a minor in music, studied at West Chester University and completed her Master's in Library Science at Drexel University. For several years she was head librarian at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She joined the Rosemont College Library staff in 1984. She was born and raised in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia, currently resides in Norristown with her husband, Jay. Cathy has three children and two grandchildren and is an avid quilter and bookworm.
 
Joe Kulka is an award winning book author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books. His latest book is The Christmas Coal Man - CarolRhoda books 2015. Some of his other books include Wolf’s Coming, The Rope, Vacation’s Over! Return of the Dinosaurs, and My Crocodile Does Not Bite. His books have won and/or been nominated for the 2016 Sower Award, listed in the 2014 Banks Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, the 2011 Storytelling Award, 2010 South Carolina Picture Book Award, the 2008 Wanda Gág Award for Best Book to Read Aloud to Children, a 2007 Moonbeam award, a 2007 SSLI picture book award, and one of only 6 picture books out of over 4,500 books reviewed by School Library Journal. 

Joe also illustrated the new Smokey Bear book for the USDA Forest Service of which 250,000 
copies were published. He has worked as an MTV Animation drawer and was a storyboard/concept artist for Sony PlayStation. He teaches in the illustrations department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Moore College of Art & Design as well as teaching children’s book illustrations for the graduate publishing program at Rosemont. He received his MFA in illustration from the University of Hartford and currently lives in Quakertown, PA with his wife and three children.

Tracey Lewis-Giggetts holds a BA in Communication from the University of 
MBA from Montclair State University and an MFA in Creative Writing Dickinson University. She is the author of seven books, has been published in numerous print and digital publications, and is the founder of NewSeason Books, a twelve-year-old independent publishing company based out of the metro Philadelphia area. Lewis-Giggetts is also a co-writer of the off-Broadway play Khepera (2002) and currently serves as a professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia and graduate thesis advisor at Rosemont College.

Thomas V. Hartman is a Senior Editor at John Wiley and Sons. He previously headed the book publishing program at the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia and before that was an acquisitions editor and developmental editor at Elsevier. Mr. Hartman’s experience in publishing also includes editorial and/or Web development work for Harcourt College Publishers, Prentice Hall and Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. He has served as a Senior Editor and Web Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and is now an Editor at Large at Stated magazine. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, English) and Columbia University (M.A. History of Art), Mr. Hartman is also a former Writing Center Associates Fellow at Georgetown University.

Hobart Rowland’s 25 years of experience in the publishing industry spans daily newspapers, free weeklies, industry trade and consumer magazines, and city and regional publications. He’s held management positions at publications in Philadelphia; Houston, New York City; Greenville, SC; Atlanta; and Naples, FL. Currently, he is the Editorial Director for Delaware Today and Main Line Today magazines.

Sarah Yake has been a Literary Agent with the Frances Collin Literary Agency since 2005. Prior to that she was a sales rep for a “Big 5” publisher and has experience selling frontlist and backlist titles to independent and chain stores. Sarah started her career as a bookseller and spent several years managing a bookstore. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from West Chester University. More information about her work as an agent can be found on her Publishers Marketplace page: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/slyyake/