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photo  Carla (C. J.) Spataro is the director of the MFA 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: Iron Horse Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Wild River Review, XConnect, The Baltimore Review, Mason's Road, 4' 33" (an online audio journal based in London), Permafrost, and others. Nominated for a Million Writer's South Award, she was also 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. Her work has al so been included in the anthologies, Another Breath and 50 Over 50.

She has a BAA in music from Central Michigan University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an MFA 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. 

RANDALL BROWN is thebrown   author of the award-winning collection Mad to Live, a collection that sold out in a month and was recently reprinted  by PS Books as a Deluxe Edition. His essay on (very) short fiction appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide  to Writing Flash Fiction, and his work appears in The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction & Grey House's Critical Insights Series, both Flash Fiction and  American Short Story. He blogs regularly at FlashFiction.Net and has been published and anthologized widely, both online and in print, in places such as American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review, Cream City Review, Harpur Palate, and Chicago Quarter ly Review. He’s  been a finalist or  place-winner in a number of contests, including Tin House’s Master Plotto Contest, Alligator Juniper’s National Writing Contest, Press 53’s Flash Fiction Contest, and Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Contest; work has been nominated for O’Henry, Best of the Web, Million Writers, and over a dozen Pushcart awards. He is also the founder and managing editor of Matter Press and its Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. He received his MFA from Vermont College and teaches in Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.


Amy Pupuntnt teaches film and screenwriting courses that strengthen students’ knowledge of storytelling. Her classes offer writers another way into their writing. By applying principals of the Hero’s Journey, she demonstrates how students can write more efficiently and with greater facility no matter what they’re writing. Amy marries entertainment business acumen with writing that reflects a film-like sensibility. She resides in Los Angeles, and recently completed a libretto for a new opera, The Place Where You Started. The opera premiered at Portland State University in November 2016. It then goes to China in the spring of 2017. In addition to screenplays, Amy writes essays, plays, and occasionally freelances as a journalist. You can find her works in Salon and The Weeklings, a  pop-culture and political publication. You can find Amy’s essays, poems, and short fiction at


Christine E. Salvatore received her MFA from The University of New Orleans.  She currently teaches literature and creative writing at Stockton University, in the MFA Program at Rosemont College, and at a public high school in South Jersey. She is a Geraldine R. Dodge Poet and a regular faculty member for Murphy Writing of Stockton University.  Her poetry has recently appeared or will appear in Diode, The Turnip Truck[s], The Fem, The Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Mead Journal, as well as others.  More information can be found at



Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines including Brevity, Cobalt Review, The Nervous Breakdown, and Superstition Review, as well as many others. Moriconi earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. She lives in the Philadelphia area and teaches writing in the local community. Moriconi also teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Rosemont College.