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Alumni Spotlight: Yalonda Rice '18

Cheyenne Shaffer - May 13, 2021

Yalonda Rice

.Yalonda Rice serves as community manager with the American Cancer Society and managing editor for Philadelphia Stories. Here's how her experience in Rosemont's MFA Creative Writing program expanded her creativity and career.

Q: What did you study at Rosemont, and what was your graduation year? What activities were you involved in outside the classroom? 

A: I studied Creative Writing with a concentration in nonfiction writing and received a MFA degree in Spring 2018. I served on the graduate program's literary magazine, Rathalla Review, editorial team. In my final year, I was the Managing Editor. 

Q: How has your education and overall experience at Rosemont shaped your personal and professional life? 

A: The MFA in Creative Writing degree I earned at Rosemont College provided a new framework for my personal writing endeavors. Prior to attending Rosemont, I wrote news articles and marketing pieces for my career, but I wanted to explore and deepen my learning in creative nonfiction. My experience at Rosemont catapulted me into the world of writing and editing, providing opportunities outside of my current professional career as a Community Manager with the American Cancer Society.

Q: Can you describe your career path since graduation?  

A: Since graduation, I continue to thrive in the nonprofit world, but I do keep both feet in the creative writing world. I work as Managing Editor with Philadelphia Stories, bridging the gap between the Editorial/Executive Editors and the genre editors in production of the quarterly magazine. I continue to write memoir and personal essays and hope to be published more widely in the future.