Carla (C.J) Spataro
Carla (C. J.) Spataro is 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.
- MFA, Creative Writing
- Thesis: Bent and Blue: Stories short story collection emphasizing place and a variety of narrative styles, including micro-fiction and the long short story.
- Rosemont College
- MM, Vocal Music Performance
- Michigan State University
- BAA, Vocal Music Performance
- Area of Concentration: Opera
- Central Michigan University
Nomination, “Best of the Net” for “Rapture of the Deep” Cahoodadoodaling, 2018
Finalist, Curt Johnson Prose Awards, December Magazine (Judge Anne Tyler), 2018
Finalist, Larry Brown Short Story Award, Pithead Chapel, 2018
Finalist, Sequestrum Reprint Award, 2017
Honorable Mention, Switchgrass Review Coastal Wellness Prize, 2017
First Place Winner, Iron Horse Literary Review Fiction Trifecta, 2017
Pushcart Prize Nomination for “Incarnations” Permafrost , 2016
- “An Introduction to Reading Aloud” Writers on Writing guest Blog Post (2014)
- “The Top Three Reasons Why Your Stories are Not Getting Published”Philadelphia Stories 3:3 (2006): 17.
- “Ten Basic Rules for Polishing Short Fiction” Writers Conference at Penn 2 (2006): 373-378.
Short Fiction--Journals (as C.J. Spataro)
- “The World As We Know It” December Magazine (2019)
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” Italian Americana (2018)
- “Tony the Tiger” Phantom Drift (2018)
- “The Rush of Water” Pithead Chapel (2018)
- “Seven Rules for Surviving a Zombie Apocolypse While Running a Private Zoo” Switchgrass Review (2017)
- “Rapture of the Deep” Cahoodadoodaling (2017)
- “The Twi-Lite” Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta (2017) e-single
- “Incarnations” Permafrost (2016)
- “Blue Sky and Pig Boy” Painted Bride Quarterly (2013) (as Carla Spataro)
- “Stalkerrazzi” Mason's Road (2011)
- “What I did on my Summer Vacataion by Simon Willcox, Jr.” 4' 33" (2011) online audio
- “Tweak” 322 Review (2010)
- “The Opposite of Winter” 322 Review (2010)
- “What I did on my Summer Vacataion by Simon Willcox, Jr.” 322 Review (2010)
- “The Vegetable at Sunset” The Baltimore Review (2010) 57-63
Short Fiction--Anthologies (as C.J. Spataro)
- “Bent and Blue” various, ed. 50 Over 50. Philadelphia: PS Books, 2016
- “Swimming, Singing, Standing” Melissa Tevere, Tara S. Smith, Carla Spataro, Courtney Bambrick, ed. Extraordinary Gifts. Philadelphia: PS Books, 2014
- “The Vegetable at Sunset” Jennifer Citron, Emily Gavigan, Anja Pfister, ed. Another Breath. Philadelphia: PS Books/RC Press, 2014
- “And I am Once Again with You” Melissa Tevere, Courtney Bambrick, Carla Spataro, ed. Forgotten Philadelphia, Art and Writing Inspired by Philadelphia Heritage Sites. Philadelphia: PS Books, 2012
Poetry (as C.J. Spataro)
- “Trinacria,” and “Santa Lucia” Ovunque Siamo (2018)
AWP Vice-Chair Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, 2019
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses