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Carla Spataro

Schools of Graduate & Professional Studies


What does the Rosemont Mission mean to you?

Each pillar of the mission is very important to me as a person and as a professor and program director. I’ve dedicated my adult life “to academic excellence and fostering joy in the pursuit of knowledge.” As human beings if we don’t “Trust in and reverence for the dignity of each person” then we’re doing something wrong.

Would you rather go backward in a time machine or have the chance to see the future?

I think I would rather go back in history. There are so many interesting places and people I would love to see. I wouldn’t even necessarily go back that far. I would like to see America in the 1940s—I’m not sure why exactly, except that I really love films and music from that time period. I also think it would be kind of cool to witness Revolutionary America—we are in Philadelphia after all.

What is your favorite sandwich?

I have issues with gluten, so I really miss regular chewy bread. But if I were to think back to the days when I used to eat that sort of thing, it would probably be a tie between a good old fashioned Rueben on marbled rye, or a roasted vegetable grinder with melted sharp provolone on a whole wheat roll from Carmen’s in the Reading Terminal Market.

What would you like a prospective student to know most about Rosemont?

I talk to prospective students all the time in my role as the MFA program director. What I want students to know about the MFA program is that we are an inclusive community of writers who are here to support each other, and hopefully make each other better. I know my students make me a better teacher and a better writer, and I think they do that for each other too.

Campus Involvement: Director of Creative Writing Program, Walk Through The Arts, Writer's Retreats

Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?

  1. I love to ride my bike.
  2. I am an avid swimmer and have even combined these two things and done a few sprint triathlons.
  3. I love to cook. The harder and fancier the recipe the better.
  4. I obviously love to write, but I also love reading, as well as watching movies and good TV.
  5.  I also love music of all kinds, particularly classical music and jazz.


What date on your calendar are you looking forward to?

January 3, 2017: the date we leave for our first International Writer’s Retreat in Sicily!

If you could give an award to someone, who would you give it to and why?

I would give it to my husband for being so incredibly supportive of everything I try to do.

Describe your favorite day off.

My favorite kind off would be spent up in the Poconos at the Highlights Foundation writer’s retreat, tucked away in my cabin writing until my brain is mush. Another favorite day off would be spent on my bicycle with my husband riding in scenic Northern Michigan.