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.
This list represents the faculty currently teaching courses in this 2016-2017 academic year. Several former faculty serve our students as advisors and special speakers. To discover other professionals affiliated with our program, contact the director of the MA in Publishing Program listed below.
Marshall Warfield, Director. Warfield has worked in words for over fifteen years: editing journals and professional projects (including standardized tests), writing essays and poems, and consulting on various artistic endeavors. He earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.F.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh. Warfield enjoys working with artists, and past projects include coordinating the interactive visual art show Resonance with sculptor and painter Angela Colasanti, and being a script assistant on the film Lopapeysa for filmmaker David Kessler. He is currently writing poems for Kessler’s new film The Pine Barrens. As a teaching faculty member of American University and Drexel University, Warfield organized writing workshops and panels for students. Recent lectures include “Intertextuality in Creative Writing” at the 2012 English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities conference, and “Worries of the Poet, Tools of the Essayist” was a well-received part of Hippocampus Magazine’s 2016 conference on creative nonfiction. He was Associate Director of the Drexel Publishing Group before Directing the MA in Publishing Program at Rosemont College. His poems have appeared in Paper Nautilus, Transient, Marathon, Clover, and Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets.
Richard D. Bank, Esq, Instructor. 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 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 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, Instructor. 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 "Cornelian Scholarship" poster for the Undergraduate College.
Mary Kate Doman, Instructor. 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. See her work at www.marykatedoman.com
Thomas V. Hartmann has nearly 20 years of experience in publishing and digital communications as an acquisitions editor, Web designer, writer/photographer, and literary agent. He has been a Commissioning Editor at Elsevier Science and a Senior Editor at John Wiley and Sons; he was formerly Poetry Editor and Web Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and Manager of the Book Publishing Program at the American College of Physicians. Professor Hartman is Editor, with Michael A. LaComb, MD, of In Whatever Houses We May Visit (ACP Press, 2007), an anthology of poems about illness and healing. His writing or photography has appeared in The Photo Review; Pif; the Philadelphia Inquirer; Philadelphia Business Journal; N + 1; Poetry.org, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. cum laude, English) and Columbia University (M.A. History of Art); he holds a certificate in Digital Marketing from NYU and is a former Writing Center Associates Fellow at Georgetown University.
Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of several books for young people, including Blackbird Fly, The Land of Forgotten Girls, and Hello Universe, all published by HarperCollins. She has received and been nominated for numerous awards, including the APALA Award for Children’s Literature, the Golden Kite Honor Award, NAIBA Book of the Year, and the Canfield Fisher Book Award, among others. Hello Universe was short-listed for the Texas Bluebonnet Award—one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature—and was named one of the best books of 2017 by the Washington Post, Kirkus, and the School Library Journal. Kelly also writes short fiction, and has been published in more than thirty literary magazines worldwide.
As an editor, Kelly has worked on abridged versions of The Wizard of Oz and Treasure Island for Flying Word Press, adapted screenplays into novels for independent studios, and edited fiction and non-fiction manuscripts across genres. Kelly worked for many years as a journalist, features editor, and managing editor, and received more than 20 awards from the Louisiana Press Association and the Associated Press. She has experience in trade and consumer magazines, book publicity, and marketing.
Kelly has contributed to several publications, including Writer’s Digest, and writes professional book reviews for the Library Journal, where she specializes in history, Gothic fiction, and social sciences. She’s spoken and presented at numerous conferences nationwide on issues influencing children’s literature.
Kelly has an undergraduate degree in women’s studies and liberal arts from McNeese State University and an MFA from Rosemont College. For more information, visit www.erinentradakelly.com.
Katrina Kopeloff grew up in chilly southern Colorado, land of cool sunshine. Her parents are from Argentina and during a childhood visit to Patagonia she strolled leisurely with a group of penguins and has drawn them ever since. She studied Printmaking at the University of Colorado and Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Katrina created illustrations for two international picture books and is illustrating her third picture book. Her artistic style stems from the unconscious, using pen and ink mixed with digital or watercolors. Katrina has also taught illustration at the PI Art Center in New York City. See her work at www.katrinakopeloff.com
Hobart Rowland is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry. His experience spans daily newspapers, free weeklies, industry trade and consumer magazines, and city and regional publications. He has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, College Music Journal, Paste magazine and many other publications. He has held management positions at publications in Philadelphia; Houston, New York City; Greenville, S.C.; Atlanta; and Naples, Fla. Hobart is currently the editorial director for Main Line Today and The Hunt magazines, and a contributing writer for the national music title, MAGNET.
Donna Talarico is an independent writer and marketing consultant, and she is the founder/publisher of Hippocampus Magazine and Books. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University and an MBA from Elizabethtown College. From 2010 to 2015 she was the director of integrated communications at Elizabethtown College. Donna speaks regularly at higher education, technology, and publishing conferences and events. She authored a chapter in mStoner’s Social Works: How #HigherEd Uses #Social Media to Raise Money, Build Awareness, Recruit Students, and Get Results, and writes a monthly marketing column for Wiley's Recruiting and Retaining Adult Learners newsletter. Donna has been published in a variety of daily, weekly, industry, and affinity publications, including The Writer, mental_floss, The LA Times, The Guardian, and Games. Before relocating to Lancaster county, she was a long-time correspondent for two Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based news publications.
Prior to higher education, Donna worked marketing and editorial capacities in eCommerce and radio. She also has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Wilkes, and she is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lancaster. She lives in downtown Lancaster, Pa.
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 front list 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: members/slyyake/
Over the years, the MA in Publishing program has worked with many talented instructors. The following instructors are not currently teaching in the program, but they still provide occasional services as advisors, consultants, and speakers. On a case-by-case basis, students might work with these professors on thesis or capstone projects. We are grateful for their service. Students interested in working with these faculty should contact the Director of the Publishing Program.
Ed Asher Briant grew up in England where he attended London's prestigious Saint Martins School of Art. He began his creative career producing cartoons and illustrations for newspapers and magazines. In the 1990s he moved to New York, where he continued his career as an illustrator for the New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. In 2003, he illustrated his first picture book, Paper Parade, and this led him to an interest in writing for children. He earned an MFA in Writing for Children at Vermont College in 2006, and has since published several more picture books, two young adult novels, and a series of early readers. He also writes and illustrates a weekly webcomic, Tales from the Slush Pile, for Publishers Weekly. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife, the author, Lisa Jahn-Clough. He enjoys walking his dogs, playing the guitar, and napping.
Cate Hodorowicz earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. Her essays and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Arts & Letters, and Hippocampus. A recent Pushcart Prize recipient, she has also been noted in Best American Essays. Hodorowicz currently works in the Acquisitions Department at UNC Press.
Eric Smith is an author, blogger, and literary agent in Ann Arbor, Michigan. By day, he can
be found working as an Associate Literary Agent for P.S. Literary. When he isn’t seeking
out new voices and their writing, he fusses over his own. His books include The Geek’s Guide to Dating, Inked, and Branded. He also edited a collection of short stories on the theme of adoption, Welcome Home.
Before he became a literary agent with P.S. Literary, Eric could be found at Quirk Books, an indie publishing house in Philadelphia. Here he had the honor of working with a number of awesome people, New York Times bestselling authors, and scores of wonderful books, like William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Last Policeman series, and the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies series.
Eric holds a B.A. in English from Kean University and an M.A. in English from Arcadia University.
You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks. His writing is represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary.