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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.


Richard Dbank  Bank, received his BA from Temple University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of seven books including The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction and Feig, a novel. His next book, I Am Terezin, a work of creative nonfiction about the concentration camp Theresienstadt, is scheduled to be published in 2017. He is a past presiden t 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 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.


B.J. Burton’s plays include Lobelia Lodge, Hunting Season, Room For Love, Pizza Again, For the Record, A Sky Full of Stars, and The Dangers of Lightnin g. Her work has been produced and/or developed at theatres locally and across the country. Honors include two fellowships from Pennsylvania Council on the Ar ts, winner of the Pennsylvania Playwriting Award, finalist for the Heideman Award,  semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowships, finalist in the New York Screenplay Contes t, and a finalist twice in the Set in Philadelphia Screenplay Competition. She has work published in several anthologies including One on One: Playing with a Purpose - Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15, The Best Scenes for Kids Ages 7-15, and The Best 5-Minute Plays for Teens. Her plays are published by Samuel French, YouthPLAYS, and Applause Books. She is the author of The Philadelphia Connection: Conversations with Playwrights (Intellect Books), which is in library collections throughout the world. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and continued studies at American Conservatory Theatre, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, AFI, and Villanova University’s Graduate Theatre Department. She received her MFA in Creativ e Writing at Rosemont College. Memberships include AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and The Dramatists Guild.


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.



Gregory Frost is a writer of fantasy, dark fantasy, and science fiction for adults and young adults. His most recent book-length work is the Shadowbridge duology (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet) from Random House - DelRey — was a finalist for the James Tiptree Award and an American Library Association Best Fantasy Novel pick for 2009. The books received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. His previous novel, Fitcher’s Brides (Tor Books), was a Best Novel Finalist for the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards. Other novels include the Bronze-Age Irish fantasy duology, Táin and Remscela.

His collaborative novelette with author Michael Swanwick, “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town,” won a 2015 Asimov Readers Award, and he was a 2014 finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for another novelette, “No Others Are Genuine.” His short stories have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.

A graduate of the Clarion SF & Fantasy Writers Workshop and the University of Iowa undergraduate writing program, he has returned to teach at Clarion four times and has been Fiction Writing Workshop Director at Swarthmore College since 2004.

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