Creative Writing Alumni
This list covers some of the achievements of students who have graduated from Temple’s graduate program in Creative Writing. Our graduates’ books have been published by trade and small presses and cover all genres; their works have won grants, prizes, and residencies. Many have earned Ph.D.’s in English and Creative Writing and are now professors. Our graduates have gone on to become librarians, editors, arts administrators, journalists, and more. Temple University Creative Writing alumni continue to make important contributions to the contemporary literary scene.
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Emily Abendroth received her M.A. in Poetry in 2004. She is the author of ]EXCLOSURES[, published by Ahsahta Press, and the co-editor of Instead of Prisons…, an anthology of writings by incarcerated individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region, forthcoming from Thread Makes Blanket press. Abendroth was named a 2012 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow and a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts.
Kevin Armitage received his M.A. in Poetry in 1991. He is an Associate Professor of history at Miami University, where he teaches environmental history and American cultural and intellectual history. He is author of The Nature Study Movement: The Forgotten Popularizer of America’s Conservation Ethic (University Press of Kansas, 2009), and is currently working on another book entitled Hazardous Cool: Refrigerants, Environment, and the Unintended Consequences of Technology in the Long Twentieth Century.
Alicia Askenase received her M.A. in Poetry in 1987. She is the author of The Luxury of Pathos (Texture Press), Shirley Shirley(Sona Books), and Suspect. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The World, Aerial, Chain, The Journal of Modern Literature, Feminist Studies, Rooms, Poppycock, 5_Trope, as well as the anthologies 100 DAYS and 25 Women’s Perspectives. She was a founding co-editor of the literary journal 6ix, and coordinator of literary programs at the Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden, New Jersey for many years.
Justin Audia received his M.A. in Poetry in 2004. He has published his poems in NAME magazine, Lost & Found Times, Sidebrow, and Pocket Myths (The Odyssey edition).
Rachel Tzvia Back received an M.A. in Poetry in 1990. Her books include The Buffalo Poems (Duration Press, 2003), Azimuth (Sheep Meadow Press, 2001), Litany (Meow Press, 1995), and On Ruins & Return: Poems 1999-2005 (Shearsman's Books). Her translations of the poetry of Lea Goldberg were published in Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama (Toby Press) and were awarded a 2005 PEN Translation grant. She is the author of the critical volume Led by Language (University of Alabama Press), a ground-breaking monograph on the work of American experimental poet Susan Howe. Back has also edited an anthology of 43 Hebrew poets protesting Israel’s continuing occupation of the West Bank entitled With an Iron Pen: Hebrew Protest Poems 1984-2004. Her translations of Hebrew poetry into English have appeared in various volumes, including the Feminist Press anthology The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems From Antiquity to the Present. Back teaches at Oranim College and Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Vashti Bandy received her M.A. in Fiction in 2009; she is also a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. She taught English in Japan for three years and is now a freelance web writer.
David Baratier received his M.A. in Poetry in 1996. He poems have been anthologized in American Poetry: the Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press), Clockpunchers: Poetry of the American Workplace (Partisan Press), and Red White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (University of Iowa Press). His poetry collections include A Run of Letters (Poetry New York), The Fall Of Because (Pudding House), Estrella’s Prophecies I/The Fortune Begins (Runaway Spoon Press),Estrella’s Prophecies II/Dawn of the Living Fortune (Anabasis/Extant), and After Celan (Furniture Press). An epistolary and prose novel In It What’s in It was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2001. He is the founder and editor of Pavement Saw Press. He is also the editor of the Collected Poems of Simon Perchik, which he published with Pavement Saw Press. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Laura Bardwell received her M.A. in poetry in 2001. Her essay on Buddhist Tenets in Iovis, Book I was presented at the Anne Waldman Symposium hosted by the University of Michigan, and subsequently published in Jacket Magazine. She has worked as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia and is currently the Manager of Grants & Foundation Giving at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Eduardo Bechara received his M.A. in Fiction in 2009. He is a freelance writer for various newpapers and magazines in Bogotá, Colombia. He blogs at eduardobecharanavratilova.blogspot.com.
Charles Bechtel received his M.A. in Fiction in 1996. He has published the novel, A Book of Days, and a book of poems, Sound Words Seen, both from RUK Books. He has independently published many other books, including six volumes of Drew Nolan detective stories. His website is http://www.charlesbechtel.com/.
Kim Bernstein received her M.A. in Poetry in 1992, and then earned her Ph.D. in English, also at Temple, in 1999. She is currently a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She has written on contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice, and her poetry has appeared in such publications as YAWP, Talisman, PomPom, TO, Mass Ave., Peter O’Toole, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and the Academy of American Poets anthology New Voices 2002 (selected by Heather McHugh).
Kenneth Bingham received his M.A. in Fiction in 1986. He has written 12 novels, about twenty plays or so, and produced at least one hundred others through his affiliations with Theatre Exile in Philadelphia, Waterfront South in NJ, REVV Theatre in NYC, and EDGE Productions, East Coast. He has taught at Drexel since 1989. His book The Greatest Phillies Clubs of All Time was published by Camino Press in 2012.
Holly Bittner received her M.A. in Poetry in 2001. She has published her poems in Chain, ixnay, POM2, Apiary, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and the American Poetry Review. Her performance poem “Trigger” was performed at the 2003 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Formerly she was a publicist for Princeton University Press.
Janet Bland received her M.A. in Fiction in 1994. She went on to get her Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Her short story collection A Fish Full of River was published by Ghost Road Press in 2006. Her story “Ubar: A Reference,” was published in McSweeney’s. She co-wrote the textbook The Civil Mind with Margaret Whitt (Thomson-Wadsworth, 2006). She is an Assistant Professor at Marietta College, where she teaches Creative Writing.
Julia Blumenreich received her M.A. in Poetry in 1986. She has published her poems in a number of journals including o.blek, Central Park, Aerial, and Chain. Her books include Meeting Tessie (Singing Horse Press) and Artificial Memory (Leave Books). A recipient of a Pennsylvania Arts Council Fellowship for her poetry, Julia has read her work widely at a varietry of venues, including Temple and Brown Universities, The Cleveland New Music Festival, and Small Press Distribution in San Francisco. Julia worked for a number of years as a poet-in-the-schools before becoming a fourth grade teacher—first for eight years in West Philadelphia and currently at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. She received a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2000.
Robin Blyn received her M.A. in Fiction in 1991, and then earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington in 1996. She is now an Associate Professor of English at the University of West Florida. She has published widely in her area of specialization, American literature and culture, in journals such as Arizona Quarterly, Narrative,
Twentieth Century Literature, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Literature/Film Quarterly. Her current book project is entitled Merchants of Astonishment: Freak Shows of the American Avant-garde, an interdisciplinary study of the role of spectacle culture in the generation of avant-garde aesthetics in the U.S. She teaches a variety of courses in American literature and culture, critical theory, and creative writing.
Lisa Borders received her M.A. in Fiction in 1990. She won the Massachusetts Book Award for her novel Cloud Cuckoo Land (River City Publishing, 2002). Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Washington Square and many other journals. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies at Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she teaches creative writing and works as a cytotechnologist. You can find more information about her work at lisaborders.com.
Daniel Bouchard received his M.A. in Poetry in 1994. He has published three books of poetry: Diminutive Revolutions (Subpress), Some Mountains Removed (Subpress) and The Filaments (Zasterle Press). Recent critical essays of his have appeared in The Capilano Review (on George Stanley's Vancouver), Jacket2 (on Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Drafts) and Let the Bucket Down (on Fanny Howe's poetry). His chapbook Art and Nature will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse. He edited the small magazine Mass Ave from 1996-1998, was co-editor (with William Corbett and Joseph Torra) of Pressed Wafer from 1999-2002 and has edited The Poker since 2003. He has been doing production work on academic journals at The MIT Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 1997.
Jeremiah Bowen received his M.A. in Poetry in 2009. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Poetics at the University at Buffalo. His book Consolations was published by Outriders Press in 2012.
Alexander L. Bove, III received his M.A. in 1997. Mr. Bove has been an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at the Community College of Philadelphia. He has been a judge of the Judith Stark Creative Writing contest and was a winner of theMississippi Review’s Annual Fiction Prize.
Christopher Bowers received his M.A. in Poetry in 1999. He is director of email and activism programs for the political blog DailyKos. He focuses on polling and data-driven analysis of the political blogosphere. He was the founder and editor of Open Left, and a fellow at the Commonweal Institute.
Andrew Brenza received his M.A. in Poetry in 2003. He went on to earn a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Library Science from Drexel University’s College of Computeing and Informatics. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Cortland Review, REM Magazine, Word For/Word, Otoliths, Prick of the Spindle, Mad Hat Lit, and Shampoo. He currently works at Drexel where he is developing a distributed digital repository focused on the collection and dissemination of metadata resources.
Graham Callaghan received his M.A. in Fiction in 2002. He teaches English at Avon Old Farms School, a boarding school for boys in Connecticut. He is currently an academic dean, as well as a coach in the baseball program.
Richard Cappuccio received his M.A. in 1997.
Matthew Chambers received his M.A. in Poetry in 2003. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of American Literature and Culture at the University of ?ód?. He specializes in the transatlantic relations between American and British writers in the 20th century. In 2011, he defended his doctoral dissertation on periodical formations in British modernist magazines. His research interests include transnational approaches to English language poetry, the role of the archive in contemporary culture, and transatlantic publication networks with a particular interest in little magazines. From 2005-2007, he edited Pilot: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics that published work by American, Canadian, and British writers.
Lisbeth (Betsy) Chapin received her M.A. in Poetry in 1990. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Gwynedd-Mercy College where she teaches Composition, Introduction to Literature, and Introduction to Journalism. She earned her doctorate in English from the University of Denver, where she received the Literature and Technology Prize for First-Year Instructors. She has published various essays and delivered several presentations on Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was also the topic of her dissertation.
Joseph A. Chelius received his M.A. in Poetry in 1993. He is a senior copy editor for a health care communications agency in the Philadelphia suburbs and served as Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2000. He has published two poetry chapbooks with Pudding House: Taking Pitches (2006) and Row House Yards (2011). He is grateful for the help and encouragement he received from Eugene Chesnick and William Van Wert, his teachers in the writing program.
Conna Clark received her M.A. in Poetry in 2003. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. She is Manager of Rights & Reproductions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Barbara Cole received her M.A. in Poetry in 1998. She then earned her Ph.D. in Poetics from the University at Buffalo. Her chapbooks include little wives (Potes & Poets, 1998) and postcards (BeautifulSwimmer Press, 1998). In 2002, Handwritten Press published the first chapbook-length section of her ongoing project, situ ation come dies. /ubu editions published the latest installment, from foxy moron, in Spring 2004. Recent poems have appeared in kenning, ixnay, combo, American Poetry Review (Philly Edition), DC Arts, Verdure, Open Letter and pom2. Critical articles include “Bruce Andrews’s Venus: Paying Lip Service to écriture féminine” for Jacket magazine and “To Do as Eve Did: How Emily Dickinson and Ronald Johnson Build Eden,” in Ronald Johnson: Life and Works. Cole edited (with Sarah Bay-Cheng), Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (Susquehanna University Press, 2010). She received a 2011 fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was the Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Arts Center for a number of years before her current position as its Artistic Director.
Mary Angela Coleman received her M.A. in Poetry in 1998. She then earned a Ph.D. in Educational Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently an Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at the University of South Alabama.
David Comdico received his M.A. in 1993. He is a web developer and photographer, and is currently the Director of Web Services at Association Headquarters, an association management company.
Bradford Ray Connaster received his M.A. in 1992. He then earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communications/Experimental Psychology at the University of Tennessee. He is now a technical writer for the Electric Power Research Institute in Knoxville.
Kyle Conner received his M.A. in Poetry in 1995. His chapbooks of poetry include Songs for South St. Bridge and Toward Belief. He has published poems and book reviews in MASS AVE, St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter, BIVOUAC, The Hat, Brooklyn Review Online, X-Connect and Oyster Boy Review. He co-curated the Highwire Reading Series in Philadelphia, and has taught remedial and college composition at Temple and Community College of Philadelphia.
Liz Corcoran received her M.A. in Fiction in 2002. She has published her fiction in Oasis, The Duck & Herring Field Guide, The Puritan, and Carve Magazine. She has taught literature and writing at Temple, Drexel University, and Rosemont College. In 2009, she co-founded the Dark Side Theatre Company.
Sonja Crafts (Hauck) received her M.F.A. in Fiction in 2012. She has work in the anthology Best New Writing 2014, published by Hopewell Publications.
Phillip L. Cunningham received his M.A. in Fiction in 2000. He won the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright prize from Virginia Commonwealth University for his story “The Upstairs.” He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in American Culture Studies with an emphasis on critical studies in media, film and culture. His scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Journal of American Culture and Journal of Sport and Social Issues. He is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
Joanne Dahme received her M.A. in fiction in 2001. She has published a series of young adult novels, including The Vampire’s Baby (2001); Creepers (2008); The Plague (2009); and Tombstone Tea (2009); all published by Running Press, a division of Perseus Books. Other books include Contagion (2010) and Sea Fog (2014). She works for the Philadelphia Water Department in its Public Affairs Division and the Department’s Office of Watersheds.
Ian Davisson received his M.A. in Poetry in 2010. He has published his poems in Tender-Loin, Little Red Leaves, Shampoo, Yorick Magazine, and Lamination Colony.
Pia Deas received her M.A. in Poetry in 2001 and went on to earn her Ph.D. in English at Penn State-University Park, specializing in African American Literature. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Lincoln University, where she runs the Black Arts Movement Project.
Donald Deeley received his M.A. in Fiction in 2010. His work has been published in 2600 Magazine, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He teaches writing at Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, and Philadelphia University. He has performed his stories for First Person Arts in Philadelphia. He blogs at http://d-contextualized.blogspot.com/
Albert DiBartolomeo received his M.A. in Fiction in 1988. He is the author of two novels, The Vespers Tapes (titled Blood Confessions when re-released by Signet in paperback) and Fool's Gold (St. Martins). He has fiction in Italian Americana and VIA; personal essays in Reader's Digest, Philadelphia Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Human Ecology; and commentaries in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Newark-Star Ledger. He is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant. He is a professor at Drexel University, where he teaches courses in the Department of English and Philosophy. He is the co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group.
Steve Dolph received his M.A. in Fiction in 2007. He is the founding editor of Calque, a journal of new translations, printed in book format triannually and on the internet continuously at calquezine.blogspot.com. He founded the Chapter and Verse reading series at the Chapterhouse Cafe and Gallery, in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in Pocket Myths: The Odyssey and Mildred Pierce. His translation of Juan José Saer's Glosa was published in 2010 by Open Letter.
Sarah Dowling received her M.A. in Poetry in 2006. She is the author of Security Posture (winner of the 2009 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry), Birds & Bees, and Down (Coach House Books). Her poetry was included in the anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women and has appeared in journals such as How2, Fence, P-Queue, and West Coast Line. She is the international editor at Jacket2. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell.
Daniel Driscoll received his M.A. in Fiction in 2004. He is the author of The Inventor's Times, published by Scholastic. Dan has taught at Rosemont College, Temple and Drexel Universities, as well as in a program for adults returning to school.
Ryan Eckes received his M.A. in Poetry in 2007. He is the author of Valu-Plus (Furniture Press, 2014), Old News (Furniture Press, 2011), and when i come here (Plan B Press, 2007). His Masters thesis, Stolen Cars, was a winner of the Frances Israel Manuscript Prize. His poems have appeared in Sugar Mule, Apiary, Elective Affinities, The Rumpus, Glitterpony, Fanzine, Exquisite Corpse, Vert, Main Street Rag, streetnotes, Cue: A Journal of Prose Poetry, and elsewhere. He co-curates the Chapter & Verse Reading Series with Stan Mir.
Quinn Eli received his M.A. in Fiction in 1993. His plays include My Name is Bess, which received top honors in the 2006 Trustus Playwrights’ Festival; Analawn, commissioned by People’s Light and Theatre; Tea for the Fever, which was a finalist for the Lark Play Development Center’s 2006 Playwrights’ Week; and Hot Black/Asian Action, a satire about sexual and racial stereotypes that premiered at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. The two-time recipient of Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Eli has published fiction and essays in Essence, New York Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. He edited the collection African-American Wisdom (Running Press, 1996) and Many Strong and Beautiful Voices (Running Press, 1997), an anthology of quotations and proverbs that won the Outstanding Book of 1998 by the New York Public Library. His book, Homecoming: The Story of African American Farmers (Beacon Press, 2000), is a companion volume to the PBS film. He teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.
Alfredo Encarnacion received his M.A. in Poetry in 1990. His poems have appeared in Florida Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, and The Paterson Literary Review—and have been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Letters to America, The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America, and Unsettling America. His first full-length poetry collection, The Outskirts of Karma, was published in 2012.He has been employed as a caterer, teacher, librarian, and media specialist.
Robert Fitterman received his M.A. in Poetry in 1986. Periphery Press published his thesis, Leases, the year he graduated. Since then he has published numerous books including No, Wait. Yep, Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Presse), rob the plagiarist (Roof Books), Metropolis 1-15 (Sun & Moon), and Metropolis 16-29 (Coach House Books. Fitterman co-wrote Notes on Conceptualisms (Ugly Duckling Presse) with Vanessa Place and collaborated with visual artist Dirk Rowntree on War The Musical, published by Subpress. He is the editor-publisher of Object literary journal and Object/p o e t s c o o p books. From 1987-1996 he was a curator and organizer for the Ear Inn Reading Series in New York. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals including Grand Street, Sulfur, Origin, Arras, West Coast Line, Tripwire, Shiny and others. He teaches composition and creative writing in the Liberal Studies Program at NYU and teaches poetry at the Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies at Bard College.
Clare Keefe Foster received her M.A. in Fiction in 2002. She won the Philadelphia City Paper Writing Contest in 2002 for her story “Delta.” Her short story “Black Box” was performed at InterAct Theatre's "Writing Aloud" program in March 2007. Since graduating from Temple, Clare is writing fiction, ghostwriting, and teaching literature and creative writing at Temple.
Valerie Fox received her M.A. in poetry in 1986. Her book, The Rorschach Factory, was published in 2005 by Straw Gate Press. Amnesia, or, Ideas for Movies, was published by Texture Press in 1993. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The World, Hanging Loose, West Branch, Phoebe, Printed Matter, No Roses Review, Poems Niederngasse, 5 Trope, Feminist Studies, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. She was one of the founding editors of 6ix magazine, a Philadelphia-based literary magazine. Currently she is a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, where she edits Drexel Online Journal (www.drexel.edu/doj). Her column for DOJ, “Quick Brown Fox,” features hypertext, art, found materials, and interviews with writers and artists who are interested in the same. More information about Valerie Fox, as well as samples of her work, can be found here.
Seth Frechie received his M.A. in fiction in 1990. He continues to write poetry and fiction, and lives in Narberth, PA. He spends summers with his wife, the artist and designer Karen Kauffman, in Mexico. Seth also holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Temple and is now Associate Professor of English and Communication at Cabrini College where he directs the College Writing Program. From 1992 to 1997, he co-edited TO: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and the Visual Arts, which published poets including Robert Creeley, Nathaniel Tarn, and Beverly Dahlen, visual art by Phillip Guston, Jock Sturges, and Emmet Gowin, as well as writing by a younger generation of Philadelphia poets and fiction writers.
Miriam Fried received her M.A. in fiction in 2004. Her thesis manuscript received the Frances Israel Manuscript Prize for a collection of short stories. She has published work in The Baltimore Review, The North Central Review, The Absinthe Literary Review and Cafe Irreal. She currently lives in England.
Marylou Fusco received her M.A. in fiction in 2007. Her stories have won the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Writers’ Conference short story contests. She is a member of Philadelphia Stories magazine’s Editorial Board and her story, “Townies” was included in their “Best Of” anthology. She was longlisted for the 2006 Raymond Carver short story award and her work has appeared in In/Vision.
Boi-Lucia Gbaya-Kanga received her M.A. in poetry in 2002. As an author of dramatic poetry, she has performed at various venues in Philadelphia and San Diego. Originally from Sierra Leone, her work focuses on issues such as fragmentation, displacement, exile, war, and relationships between mother and child. She is published in Sunshine Noir (an anthology published by City Works Press) and has an excerpt from her thesis published in Chain 12: Facts. In 2009, she co-edited the anthology Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word (Sunbelt Publications). In 2005 she was selected as a Peacewriter by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, where she helped document the experiences of Emmaculeta Chiseya of Zimbabwe. She has taught Composition and Literature at City and MiraCosta Colleges in San Diego.
Maurizio Giammarco received his M.A. in fiction in 1987. After graduating, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in English from Temple. His articles and book, theater, and film reviews have appeared in The Temple News, Reel Visions, City Paper, and The Journal of Modern Literature. He is an independent filmmaker whose films and videos have appeared in university festivals. In 1994, he received an award from the Hunger Task Force of the Diocese of New Jersey for his documentary on hunger, a work distributed and shown throughout the Garden State. He teaches in the Intellectual Heritage program at Temple University.
Nick Gillespie received his M.A. in fiction in 1990. He is editor-in-chief of the libertarian monthly Reason. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, Salon, Time.com, Marketplace, and many other places. In 2004, he edited Choice: The Best of Reason, an anthology of the magazine’s best articles. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He has also worked as a reporter for several New Jersey newspapers and as an editor at several Manhattan-based music, movie, and teen magazines. He is almost certainly the only journalist to have interviewed both Ozzy Osbourne and the 2002 Nobel laureate in economics, Vernon Smith.
Laura Goldstein received her M.A. in poetry in 2002. Her first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was published by Trembling Pillow Press. Her second book, awesome camera, was published by Make Now Press. She has published six chapbooks, including phylum from horse less press and let her from dancing girl press, as well as poetry and essays in the West Wind Review, Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Tenderloin, How2, and Jacket2. She teaches Writing and Literature at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Series with Jennifer Karmin.
William Gonch received his M.A. in fiction in 2010. He is the Senior Program Officer for Communications for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.
Lee Gough received her M.A. in poetry in 1994. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in several journals, including How(2), Chain, TO, Epoch and 6ix, The Washington Review, St. Marks Poetry Project Newsletter, and Antennae. She is the author of a book Mary and Shelley's Fair Copy Book (Poets and Poets, 2000) and in 1995 her work appeared in the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovation in American Poetry (Sun & Moon). In addition to poetry, she also works also in visual media, particularly drawing and printmaking. She has taught creative writing and artists’ bookmaking in the public schools of New York City and her visual work has been exhibited and collected in many places, including at the University of Hawaii Prints and Drawings Collection, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone in Antwerp, Belgium, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and other venues in England, Peru and Australia. In 2011 her work was shown at Emily Carr University as part of a symposium called “New Directions in Drawing.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Declan Gould received her M.F.A. in Poetry in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Poetics at the University at Buffalo.
Karen Greenspan received her M.A. in 1987. She is the author of A Research Guide for Women Studies For the Western Libraries -The Timetables of Women ‘s History; A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in Women’s History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Keith Gumery received his M.A. in Fiction in 1996 and went on to earn his Ph.D. at Temple in 2001. For many years he was the Associate Director of Temple’s First-Year Writing Program and is currently the director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. He has written articles on Peter Greenaway and Henry Blake Fuller, and a composition reader, International Views: America and the Rest of the World, was published by Longman in 2006.
Bernice Hamel received her M.A. in 1986. She has been working primarily as a journalist—serving as the key writer, manager (and founder) of a newsletter that has played a major role in preserving one of our nation’s most historical communities—right here in Philadelphia. This newsletter, The Society Hill Reporter, has fostered a very positive sense of neighborliness and citizenship, while it has also supported appropriate restoration and preservation of some of America’s oldest and most unique residences. After devoting 22 years writing and managing the newsletter, she has recently retired with the intention of returning to writing short stories and the occasional poem, often related to “political” topics.
Eric Hamilton received his M.A. in fiction writing in 1994. After graduating, he worked at GLAMOUR magazine and then abruptly changed careers, spending ten years in multiple departments at the Boston Public Health Commission. He is now living in Southern California, working for a large healthcare HMO as a contracts administrator and studying full time for a Ph.D. in psychology. He’s been writing a detective novel set in Los Angeles & Pasadena, and has been writing (although not publishing) poetry.
Karen Hannah received her M.A. in poetry in 2005. Her writings have appeared in vol.1 of the online journal zbzz, Fulcrum Annual, Small Brushes, Adept Press and Thought Magazine. She is the founding editor of the online literary journal, zumbar. And is an Associate Book Editor for Night Owls Press. She lived and worked in South Korea for several years as a curriculum editor. She is currently a sommelier in San Francisco where she is the tasting room coordinator for VIE Winery.
Jahmae Harris received her M.A. in fiction in 1996. Her work has been published in the Painted Bride Quarterly and Fourteen Hills.She has given readings at the Painted Bride Art Center, the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and New York’s Brooklyn Moon Cafe. She is a member of the Dark Room Collective, and has been a residency fellow at the Breadloaf Writers Conference and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Writers Week at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1998, she received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for her fiction.
Kabi Hartman received her M.A. in 1996. After graduating, Kabi went on to get her Ph.D. in literature from Temple. She defended her dissertation “A New Band of Pilgrims: Fin de Siecle British Women Writers’ Political Reformation of the Conversion Narrative” in 2005. She is now an Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College.
Jeremy Hauck received his M.F.A. in fiction in 2012. His work has appeared in The Rusty Nail and Penduline Press.
Eddie Hopely received his M.F.A. in poetry in 2012. His chapbooks include Cannot contract, Rude door, and New international collaboration in pen and ink. He lives in Sydney, Australia, where he is a freelance editor, research assistant, and independent scholar.
Nate House received his M.A. in fiction in 2003. His thesis was a novel titled Float, which won the Frances Israel Award. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Troika Magazine, Veins Magazine, Roadbike Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Me Three, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Tribune and many other publications. for fiction. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches Journalism and English at Cumberland County College.
Laura Jaramillo received her M.A. in poetry in 2007. Originally a native of Queens, New York, she was the recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship at Naropa University in the summer of 2004. Her work has appeared in Pocket Myths: The Odyssey, The Bard Papers, The Bard College Journal of the Moving Image, and Forge. She has poems forthcoming in P-QUEUE.
Quincy Scott Jones received his M.A. in 2003. His work has been or is forthcoming in African American Review, Journal of Pan African Studies, Water~Stone Review, California Quarterly, and Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75. With Nina Sharma he co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. Jones’ first book, The T-Bone Series, was published by Whirlwind Press in 2009.
Adrian Khactu received his M.A. in fiction in 2004. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Atlantic Monthly, Carve,Heritage, and In/Vision (or HOOT!). He has won the Richard Moyer Prize in Fiction and the Ezra Pound Prize, as well as fellowships from Clarion West, Djerassi, and Vermont Studio Center. Adrian is currently working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alex Kudera received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. His debut novel, Fight for Your Long Day, won the 2011 Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is an original academic tragicomedy told consistently from the perspective of the adjunct instructor, and reviews and interviews can be found online at Inside Higher Ed, Academe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other locations. Most of Kudera’s stories survive in slush piles across the continent or huddled together in unheated North Philly storage space, but The Betrayal of Times of Peace and Prosperity is available as a 99-cent single wherever e-books are downloaded. Alex currently teaches writing and literature at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Andrea Lawlor received her M.A. in fiction in 2007, and then received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Program for Poets & Writers. She is the fiction editor for Fence magazine, and has been awarded fellowships from Radar Labs and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, MiPoeasis, Occupoetry, and Encyclopedia Volume 2. She edited and published Pocket Myths, a series of handmade chapbooks and collaborations with visual artists, writers, sound artists, and filmmakers. Each issue featured art and writing on the theme of one Greek myth. Orpheus (2005) was a collaboration with sound artist EE Miller. The Odyssey (2006) was a collaboration with filmmaker Bernadine Mellis. Other issues included Cupid and Psyche (2004) and Persephone (2003). She is an Associate in the Writing Center at Amherst College.
Gregory Laynor received his M.A. in poetry in 2010. He is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle and curating poetry events at the Hedreen Gallery of Seattle University. His poems have appeared in EOAGH and Fence, and his reading of Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans appears on UbuWeb. In 2014-2015 he is a fellow in the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedgagogy at the University of Washington at Bothell.
Teresa Leo received her M.A. in Poetry in 1990. She is the author of two books of poetry, Bloom in Reverse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) and The Halo Rule (Elixir Press, 2008). Her poetry and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Women’s Review of Books, Barrow Street, Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Fiction and Poetry (Prentice Hall, 2005), the anthology Whatever It Takes: Women on Women’s Sport (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999) and elsewhere. She has been a resident at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Vermont Studio Center, and her awards include a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Emerging Artist Award in Creative Nonfiction from the Leeway Foundation, and two Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Michael Leone received his M.A. in fiction in 1997. Since graduating, he has reviewed regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, the Plain Dealer, The American Book Review and other venues. His short stories have appeared in such journals as Green Mountains Review, North Atlantic Review, Wind, The Ledge, and The Tusculum Review. He works as a research librarian in New York City.
Timothy Leonido received his M.F.A. in Poetry in 2013. His writing has been published in Gauss PDF, The St. Claire, and the online edition of The Paris Review. Work is forthcoming in Triple Canopy and Lateral Addition.
Karin Lin-Greenberg received her M.A. in fiction in 2003. After Temple, she went on to get an M.F.A at the University of Pittsburgh. Her story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and will be published by University of Georgia Press in 2014. Her stories have appeared in The Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Epoch, Kenyon Review Online and elsewhere. She has taught a Missouri State University, The College of Wooster, Appalachian State University, and is now an Assistant Professor of English at Siena College.
Elisa Ludwig received her M.A. in fiction in 1999. As a Philadelphia Weekly staffer, she wrote an award-winning food column as well as arts and news features on a regular basis. Since January 2002, she has been a freelance writer, contributing to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia City Paper, Details, Women’s Health, and other publications. Her debut young adult novel, Pretty Crooked (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins), will be released in March 2012 and is part of a planned trilogy, with publications in 2013 and 2014. The series has been licensed for publication in Germany. For more information, visit www.elisaludwig.com.
Kelly Lundgren Pietrucha received her M.A. in fiction in 2003. Since graduating she's been teaching creative writing, literature and basic skills at Temple, Rutgers and Camden County College. Her short fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz and Fiction Attic. She's currently working on a novel.
Julia MacDonnell (Chang) received her M.A. in Fiction in 1989. She is a novelist, short story writer, journalist, essayist and book reviewer. Her first novel, A Year of Favor, was published by William Morrow & Co. in 1994. Her second novel, Mimi Mally, At Last! Was published by Picador USA in 2014. She has had short stories published in numerous journals, including Briar Cliff Review, Paper Street, North Dakota Quarterly, and Happy, and has a story collection titled Going South and Other Sorrows. She is the nonfiction editor of Philadelphia Stories. A tenured Professor, she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs at Rowan University, specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction. She is the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the N. J. State Council on the Arts, two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Pulitzer Traveling fellowship, and numerous other awards for her journalism and fiction.
Joy Manning received her M.A. degree in fiction in 2002. She has worked as a staff writer for Philly Style Magazine and is currently the editor at Edible Philly.
Mary Ann Mannino received her M.A. in Creative Writing in English and her Ph.D. in English from Temple University in 1986. She published many short stories and poems in literary journals as well as various articles on Italian American women’s writing. Her critical study, Revisionary Identites, was published by Lang in 2000. In 2003, she edited and published Breaking Open: Reflections on Italian American Women’s Writing, from Purdue University Press.
James L. Maynard received his M.A. in poetry in 2001 and then went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo Poetics program. He edited Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose (University of California Press, 2014), which won the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He also edited (Re:)Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan (Palgrave Macmillan). He is the Associate Curator at The Poetry Collection at The University at Buffalo.
Andrew McCann received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. He was a scholarship recipient at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in 1999. Carol Shields selected his short story, “Zenith” for inclusion in Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1998. He is a full time professor at Drexel University and the president and founder of Subjective Metrics, Inc. a software company. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.
Pattie McCarthy received her M.A. in poetry in 1998. Her books include Nulls (Horseless Press, 2014), Table Alphabetical of Hard Words (Apogee, 2010), Verso (Apogee, 2004), and bk of (h)rs (Apogee, 2002), She has also published multiple chapbooks, including alibi (that is : elsewhere) (Duration Press e-books series, 2003), Choragus(Potes & Poets, 1998), and Octaves (ixnay press, 1998). Poems have appeared in many journals, including (recently) the following: P-Queue, Kiosk, The Poetry Project Newsletter, UrVox, Free Verse, American Letters & Commentary, Pom2, 26: a journal of poetry & poetics, ixnay magazine, The Boston Review, The Transcendental Friend, and Lungfull! She is co-founder ofBeautiful Swimmer Press. In 2011 she won a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She is a lecturer at Temple.
Alexander Charles McAulay received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. He went on to receive an M.A. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McAulay’s teen novel Bad Girls was published by MTV/Pocket books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and has been optioned for a movie. His second novel Lost Summer was also published by MTV, and his novel Oblivion Road is forthcoming. Now living in Los Angeles, McAulay is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas. For more information, go to http://www.alexmcaulay.com/
Lia McCoskey received her M.A. in poetry 2008. Her poems have appeared in Wayne Literary Review and in/vision: forge. Since 2010 she has been a writing instructor at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Chris McCreary received his M.A. in fiction in 1997. Chris’s most recent book of poetry is Undone: A Fakebook (Furniture Press, 2010). His reviews and interviews have appeared in venues such as The Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi, and Review of Contemporary Fiction. Along with co-editor Jenn McCreary, Chris runs ixnay press, a small press dedicated to the publication of experimental poetry. In both 2010 and 2011, Chris was a finalist for a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He teaches Upper School English and is the Chair of Creative Writing at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.
Kelly McQuain received his M.A. in fiction in 1991 and later completed an M.F.A. at the University of New Orleans. His poetry has been featured on N.P.R as well as in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Pinch, Mead, Bloom, Noctua Review, Assaracus, Chelsea Station, Stone Highway Review, Kin, American Writing and Apiary: Mixtape. His prose has appeared in the anthologies Men on Men, Rebel Yell, Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Obsessed and Skin & Ink as well as numerous periodicals: The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, The Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, The James White Review, and elsewhere. He is the only person to win The Philadelphia City Paper's annual writing contest in both fiction and poetry, and he has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in both Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. He coordinates the annual Spring Poets and Writers Festival at the Community College of Philadelphia where serves as Associate Professor of English. He writes essays and reviews books for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Visit him at www.kellymcquain.wordpress.com.
Megan Milks received her M.A. in fiction in 2007 and went on to get a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at University of Illinois-Chicago. Her book Kill Marguerite and Other Stories was published by Emergency Press in 2014. Her stories have been included in three anthologies of innovative writing, as well as many journals; two have been adapted for performance. She co-edited Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014). She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Illinois College, where she teaches creative writing, composition, new media writing, and journalism. Meganmilks.com.
Cathleen Miller received her M.A. in poetry in 2000. After teaching in the public schools, she earned her MLS from Drexel University and worked as an archivist at the LGBT Archives of Philadelphia, Moore College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Currently she is the Curator at the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England in Maine. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and she co-authored a chapbook (Cut and Shoot, MAN Press 2001) with poet Deborah Richards.
Sarah Morrison received her M.A. in poetry in 2007. Sarah publishes her poetry under the name Sarah Birl. Her chapbook s e w a g e r y was published by No Press in 2006. Another chapbook, Letters to the Silence, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. Her poems have appeared in Numb Magazine, MiPOesias, American Tanka, dANDelion, Filling Station, red lights, Hamilton Stone Review, The Bathyspheric Review, In/Vision, bottlerockets, WomenMatter, and Gertrude. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Tanka Splendor Award from AHA Poetry.
Andrew Mossin received his M.A. in Poetry in 1991. He is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, The Epochal Body and The Veil (both from Singing Horse Press), and numerous chapbooks. His collection of critical essays, Male Subjectivity and ‘New American’ Poetry, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. His poetry, creative non-fiction and essays have appeared in such nationally recognized publications as Conjunctions, Hambone, Talisman, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and The Iowa Review. He has completed two new books of poetry, Drafts for Shelley and The Torture Papers, and is at work on a new manuscript of poetry, The Book of Spells. His creative non-fiction book, Through the Rivers: A Memoir of Theft, is currently in circulation. Mossin has taught creative writing and literature at a number of colleges and universities, including Princeton University and Bard College, and is currently Assistant Professor of Intellectual Heritage at Temple University.
Ian Mount received his M.A. in fiction in 1997. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for NPR, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New York, The New York Times, Maxim, Inc. (including January and November 2004 cover stories), Fortune Small Business, Fast Company, Gridskipper.com, Time Out New York, Business 2.0, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Orleans Times-Picayune and others. His fiction has appeared in Eratica, The Allegheny Review, Schuylkill and The Amherst Review. In September, 2001, he did a writer’s residency at Ucross Foundation.
Richard Moyer received his M.A. in poetry in 2000. Since graduating, he has published numerous poems in magazines such as Mad Poets Review, Endicott Review, The Twelfth Street Review, Maelstrom, The Pink Cadillac, Small Pond Magazine, Hazmat Review, Poetry Motel, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Thin Coyote, Haiku Headlines, Nerve Cowboy, Red Owl Magazine, and The Lyric. His chapbook The Cancer Center was published by Bending Tree Press in 2004.
Meera Nair received her M.A. in fiction in 1999. Her collection of stories, Video, was published in hardcover by Pantheon in 2002. The paperback edition was published by Anchor Books in 2003. Video was the winner of the 2003 Asian American Literary award and named Best Book of 2002 by the Washington Post. It was also awarded the Kiriyama Prize for Notable Books. She has received a grant from the New York Foundation on the Arts, and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony. An interview with Nair in Brooklyn Rail can be found here http://www.hirshsawhney.com/meerarail.html.
Laura Neuman received her M.A. in poetry in 2011; she also has an M.F.A. from the Bard College Milton Avery School of the Arts. Her books include Stop the Ocean (Stockport Flats, 2014), and The Busy Life (winner of the 2012 Gazing Grain chapbook contest). Her poems have appeared in Troubling the Line: An Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Tinge, Omniverse, and other publications.
Joel Nichols received his M.A. in fiction in 2005 and went on to get a Masters of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. His fiction has appeared in Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Fling, Velvet Mafia, Phobos, and With: New Gay Fiction. He is a Children’s Librarian and Branch Manager at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He is the author of iPads in the Library (2013) and Teaching Internet Basics: The Can-Do Guide (2014).
Ryan Nowlin received his M.A. in poetry in 2004. His poems have appeared in Oyez Review and The Asheville Review. He has worked as an adjunct at various colleges in New Jersey, where he currently resides.
Carlos Queirós received his M.A. in fiction in 2009 and went to get an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop. A Portuguese-American writer, he was born and raised in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, On Tap Magazine, Críticas Magazine, Library Journal, The Newark Metro, and other publications. He received a scholarship from Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation. You can find his reviews and interviews with Marie Arana, Junot Díaz, José Eduardo Agualusa, Cristina García, David Maraniss, Isabel Allende, Javier Sierra, Ana Castillo, Anthony Romero, Jorge Ramos, Victor Villaseñor, Alberto Ríos, and others at www.carlosjqueiros.com.
Jim Quinn received his M.A. in fiction in 2000. Quinn's books of fiction include Shoot Me Like an Irish Soldier (Pudding House Press, 2004), and Campaign Alice (Mixed Media, 1971). The title-novella of his short story book Men In Love was a semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Prize in the Novella. His story "The Present by Rosa Luxemburg Madder" was published in the Western Humanities Review. Other of his stories have been published in a wide variety of journals. Quinn’s non-fiction books include Never Eat Out on a Saturday Night (Dolphin 1983), American Tongue and Cheek (Pantheon, 1981), and Word of Mouth (Lippincott, 1972). He has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his fiction, as well as many prizes.
Elizabeth Raby received her M.A. in poetry in 1989. Her memoir in prose and poetry, Ransomed Voices, was published by Red Mountain Press in 2013. Virtual Artists Collective published her three previous full-length collections, This Woman, Ink on Snow,and The Year the Pears Bloomed Twice .She is also the author of three chapbooks. Her poems have been translated into Romanian, and she co-authored a Romanian/English chapbook, Bone, Flesh & Fur/Oase, Carne & Blana. Winner of the 2010 Elmer Kelton Award for Poetry from Angelo State University, she has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She is on the board of New Mexico Literary Arts, an organization that creates opportunities for the integration of literary arts with other art forms in New Mexico. She is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Jeff Reichman received his M.A. in fiction in 2003. His stories have appeared in the Mississippi Review, Quick Fiction, Word Riot,Wild Strawberries and Monkey Bicycle. He is the founder and Principal at January Advisors. He is also the co-founder of Open Houston and a local event organizer. He blogs about startups, civic innovation, technology and Houston
Deborah Richards received her M.A. in poetry in 2000. Her thesis manuscript, Last One Out was published by Subpress in 2002. Her chapbook Parable was published by Leroy Press, 2001. Her poems have appeared in Chain, HOW2, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Nocturnes and Encyclopedia, volume 1. An interview “An Accumulation of Things Happening” and poems appeared in Callaloo, vol. 27, no. 4 special issue on “Contemporary African-American Poetry: A New Wave.” She is featured on the CD Women in the Avant Garde put out by Narrow House Recordings. Her work has been featured in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. She currently lives in London.
Don Riggs received his M.A. in poetry in 1997. His book of sonnets, Bilateral Asymmetry, was published in 2014. His poetry has appeared in many publications, including 16th Century Journal, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Painted Bride Quarterly, xib and ixnay. He has several articles in the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts, and is actively engaged in research and teaching in Science Fiction literature. He is the Co-Editor of and featured poet in the book Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic. He is the Editor of Lamont B. Steptoe's A Long Movie of Shadows and translated Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng. Dr. Riggs teaches several courses for the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University, including Science Fiction Literature, Philosophy in Literature, Renaissance and Enlightenment Literature, Creative Writing, Visions in Writing, and Freshman Writing.
Michael Rizza received his M.A. in fiction in 1998. In 2003 he received a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts for his fiction.
Danny Romero received his M.A. in fiction in 1996. His book, Calle 10, was published by Mercury House in 1996. His work has been anthologized in West of the West: Imagining California, Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers, Pieces of the Heart: New Chicano Fiction, Muy Mucho: Latino Men Writing on Self Identity, and New World: Young Latino Writers.
Brita Sauer received her M.A. in poetry in 2002. After her M.A. at Temple, Sauer went on to get an M.A. in Library Science and now works for the New York Public Library.
Christopher Schaeffer received his M.F.A. in poetry in 2013. He is now in the doctoral program in the English department at Temple. His is the poetry editor for Tinge magazine. His work has appeared in Brasilia Review, The Volta, The Philadelphia Review of Books, A Literation, and elsewhere.
Eric Schoeniger received his M.A. in fiction in 1991. He has more than 23 years of professional experience in writing, editing, and publications management, and has taught business communication at Widener University. Since 2000 he has been an independent writer and marketing communications consultant specializing in business, information technology, life sciences, and alternative energy. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as CA Technologies, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and Unisys. In 2011 he published his first novel, The Teahouse by the Tracks.
Jason Schossler received his M.A. in fiction in 2000. His first book of poetry, Mud Cakes, is due out from Bona Fide Books in 2011. He is the inaugural recipient of Bona Fide’s Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, Reed’s Edwin Markham Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Writer award from Grist: A Journal for Writers. In 2009 he also received honorable mention in the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. His poems and stories have appeared, among other places, in The Sun, North American Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, The South Carolina Review, and The Antioch Review, where his poem, “Between Jobs,” was nominated by the editors for The Best New Poets 2010 anthology. He has been awarded fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany. He teaches writing at Temple University and also works as a freelance legal journalist for Thomson Reuters. He lives outside of Philadelphia.
Debra Leigh Scott received her M.A. in fiction in 2001. Her stories have been published in River City Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, The Abiko Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts for her fiction in 2003. Her novel, Piety Street, was a finalist in the novel-in-progress category in the 2004 Faulkner Competition. Her play, Swan, is in development with Philadelphia Theatre Workshop. Her short story “What We Love,” was performed at "Writing Aloud" at the InterAct Theatre in 2006. "What We Love" was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. Her full-length musical, Zeitflamme, was written and performed through a grant from the Institute for Arts and Humanities Education in 2003. A Play of Tales, a full-length children’s musical was written and performed through a grant from Young Audiences of New Jersey in 2003. She is the Founding Director of Hidden River Arts, a non-profit literary arts organization in Philadelphia, which offers supports and services to creative writers and playwrights.
Kerry Sherin (Wright) received her M.A. in fiction in 1992. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from Temple’s English Department. Now she is an assistant professor of English at Franklin & Marshall, where she is the founding Director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College. Before joining Franklin & Marshall in 2003, Wright served for six years as the first Director of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Her poems have been published in Poet Lore, Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, Combo, Capital, New England Review. The recipient of an AWP Intro Award in Poetry, Wright was recognized upon her departure from the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania with the creation of The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize, an annual award that supports an event or project that “best captures” her spirit of “aesthetic capaciousness and literary communitarianism.” She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband Scott and their son Skyler.
Ilana Stanger-Ross received her M.A. in fiction in 2003. She is the recipient of a Leeway Foundation grant for emerging artists, as well as a residency grant from the Ragdale Foundation. Her stories have appeared in Lilith Magazine, Red Rock Review, killingthebuddha.com, the anthology My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle, and The Bellevue Review. She lives in Canada.
Chris Stroffolino received his M.A. in poetry in 1988, and went on to earn a Ph.D. at SUNY-Albany. Stroffolino's seven books of poetry include: Incidents (1990, Vendetta Books), Oops (1991, backyard press; 1994, Pavement Saw Press); Cusps (1995, Aerial/ Edge Books); Light As A Fetter (1997, Situations Press), Stealer’s Wheel (1999, Hard Press); Scratch Vocals (Potato Clock, 2003) and Speculative Primitive (2005, Tougher Disguises). His poems have appeared in Talisman, New American Writing, Caliban, Sulfur, Lingo, and many other literary journals. He also co-edited An Anthology of New (American) Poets (1998). Stroffolino has a musical side as well, and put together a tribute to Anne Sexton's rock band for the Poetry Society of America before moving to Oakland and forming the band Continuous Peasant in 2002. He started performing his music solo in the spring of 2006. http://pianovan.com/
Mecca Sullivan receives her M.A. in Fiction in 2006. Her short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, will be published in 2014. Her writing has appeared in Bloom, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth, The Minnesota Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and has received honors from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, the Hedgebrook writers’ retreat, and the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she was awarded the 2011 NYC Emerging Writer fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, was a postdoctoral fellow in African American and African Diaspora Literature at Rutgers University, and is now an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
August Tarrier received her M.A. in fiction in 1989, after which she went on to get a Ph.D. in English from Temple. She is a book and journal editor, as well as a professional writer and communications consultant. A former independent book store owner, August teaches graduate and undergraduate writing, literature, and editing classes at the University of Baltimore's School of Design, where she is an Assistant Professor. She is a past winner of the Tobias Wolfe and Katherine Anne Porter fiction prizes. Her story, “I Hold You Harmless,” was awarded first prize by judge Robert Olen Butler in the 2005 Zoetrope Short Fiction Contest. The story was published in Zoetrope: All Story in Spring, 2006, as well as in their online supplement. Other stories have appeared inGlimmer Train, Memorious, and The Bellingham Review. Her essay “Victoria’s Secret at the OK Corral: The ‘Bad Girls’ oft he ‘Postfeminist’ Nineties was published in the postfeminist special edition of ebr.
Michelangelo Tata received his M.A. in poetry in 1994. He went on to earn an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research, and completed his Ph.D. in English through the CUNY Graduate Center in 2004. His poetry and criticism have appeared in the journals Lit, Lungfull, kenning, Bad Subjects, Found Object, Rhizomes and to the quick, as well as the Critical Studies compilation From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of Yesterday and Today (Editions Rodopi, 2001) and the Madonna Studies anthology Madonna’s Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to her Cultural Transformations, 1983-2003 (Ashgate, 2002). His first chapbook of poetry, The Multiplication of Joy into Integers, won the 2002 Blue Light Poetry Prize and appeared in 2003. His work is featured in the anthology The New Breed: Bad Boys, Gents and Barbarians II (Windstorm Creative, 2004).
Heather Thomas received her M.A. in poetry in 1987. Her most recent book of poems, Blue Ruby, was published by Foothills Publishing in 2008. Other books include Practicing Amnesia from Singing Horse Press and Resurrection Papers from Chax Books. Under the signature H.T. she published her first two books in 1993 and 1995. She has a Ph.D. from Temple University with a thesis on long poems by women and is an Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Kutztown University. She has won several awards and grants, among them a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant and a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry.
Billie Travalini received her M.A. in fiction in 1987. Her memoir, Bloodsisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and James Jones Prize and won the Lewis and Clark Discovery Prize and Delaware Press Association Award for nonfiction. In 2006, she wrote and photographed The Wilmington Senior Center: Fifty Years of Community. She has received Individual Artist Fellowships in fiction and poetry from The Delaware Division of the Arts. Her latest essay “Wholeness and the Short Story” was published in Writers on Writing: Short Story Writers and Their Art. She is a fiction editor for The Journal of Caribbean Literatures and director of the Delaware Literary Connection. She is editing an anthology of writing for children 12-18 in Delaware’s Detention Centers. She is also working on a book of interviews of black writers and artists, and a book of interviews of blacks that lived in Delaware before 1950. She teaches at Lincoln University, Wilmington College, and the Boys and Clubs Pegasus ArtWorks program and does educational consulting in youth detention centers throughout Delaware. Her website is http://www.billietravalini.com.
Thomas Trudgeon received his M.F.A. in Poetry in 2014. His work has appeared in Out of Nothing, Dusie, The Volta, Shampoo, HTMLGiant, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of Basic Editions, a small arts and poetics magazine run out of Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
Jeanette Tryon received her M.A. in 1997. Tryon has written a number of short stories, some of which have appeared in The Bellowing Ark (writing as Jan Takauer), the Schuylkill Review, and Serpentine (an Internet journal).
Kevin Varrone received his M.A. in poetry in 1997. He is the author of the chapbook g-point Almanac (6/21-9/21) (ixnay press, 2000), id est (g-point Almanac 9/22-12-20) (Instance Press, 2007), and Eephus (Ugly Duckling Presse, X). In collaboration with poetry and programmer Vlad Zykov, he created Box Score: An Autobiography, an app for iPad and iPhone that features poems from Eephus paired with collages. His poems have appeared in Mass Ave, The Baltimore Review, American Poetry Review’s Philly Edition, and Pavement Saw. He is co-founder of Beautiful Swimmer Press. He teaches at Temple University.
Divya Victor received her M.A. in poetry in 2006. After a post-Temple year in Seattle, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo. Her books include Things to Do With Your Mouth (Les Figues, 2014), Partial Derivative of the Unnameable (Troll Thread, 2005), and the chapbooks UNSUB (2014), Hellocasts by Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place (2011), and SUTURES (2009). Her book Natural Subjects is the 2014 winner of the Bob Kaufman Award, selected by Anselm Berrigan and forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press. Her poetry, poetics, and criticism have appeared in Dusie, Journal of Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies, Crux, and P-Queue, among others. She is an assistant professor of English at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Christopher Wagenseller received his M.A. in fiction in 2007. His work has been published twice in the In/Vision series. He teaches English at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts in York, PA.
Deborah Warner received her M.A. in 1991. She is now an editor and publisher at Sybaritic Press in Los Angeles, publishing poetry and erotic prose.
William Wartman received his M.A. in 1986. Wartman’s books include Life Without Father: Influences of an Unknown Man (Franklin Watts, 1988), John Daly: Wild Thing: Life on the Edge with Pro Golf’s Bad Boy (Harper Collins, 1997), Against All Odds: The Story of the Toyota Motor Corporation and the Family That Created It (St. Martins, 1993), and Playing Through: Behind the Scenes on the PGA Tour (William Morrow, 1999).
Phyllis Wat received her M.A. in poetry in 1987. She is the author of The Fish Soup Bowl Expedition from Ten Pell Books andShadow Blue from Hot Water Press. She is a founding editor of 6ix magazine and has received numerous awards including a poetry grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005 she founded Straw Gate Books.
Carla Willard received her M.A. in poetry in 1990. After graduating from Temple she went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She is now an associate professor of American studies and Africana studies at Franklin & Marshall College. Willard specializes in the area of women’s studies, black feminist history, advertising and theory, and American and African-American cultural studies. She was awarded an American Association of University Women Post-Doctoral Fellowship for her project “Marketing ‘Development’: Female Targets and Progress Planning in Global Marketing and Development Partnerships” where she investigated a health development project currently operating in the rural areas outside Harare, Zimbabwe.
Yolanda (Johnson) Wisher received her M.A. in poetry in 2000. Her book Monk Eats an Afro was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2014. In 2013 she co-edited the international anthology Peace is a Haiku Song with Sonia Sanchez. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Meridians, Fence, Nocturnes, Chain, and the anthologies The Ringing Ear and Gathering Ground. As a teacher, radio host, and founder/director of the Germantown Poetry Festival, Wisher utilizes poetry as a conduit for community-building and youth empowerment. She heads the Art Education department of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is also a Founding Cultural Agent for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a new citizen-powered initiative.
MaryAlice Yakutchik After working as a fulltime journalist early in her career, Yakutchik received her M.A. in fiction in 1987. Since graduating she has been a freelance journalist. Her bylines and photographs have appeared in such papers as USA Today,Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and Sports Illustrated. Of significant note, is her freelance association with The Discovery Channel's web pages, where she regularly reports on various expeditions.
Joseph Yearous-Algozin received his M.A. in poetry in 2009. He is the author of Kensington Notebook (Lean-To Press) and BOSTON STREET/TREES (Lean-To Press). His poetry has appeared in Cannot Exist, Forage, and the Robert Walser Society of Massachusetts. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Poetics at the University at Buffalo. He is the author of the chapbook, The Lazarus Project: Alien Vs. Predator (TROLL THREAD). His essay, “No One Asked You,” on the street performances of Hannah Weiner, appeared in Wild Orchids.
John Zilcosky received hi M.A. in fiction in 1992. After Temple, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. He is now an Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He has published articles on Kafka, Schopenhauer, Paul Auster, and Botho Strauss. His book Kafka's Travels: Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing was published by Palgrave. His translations have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Conjunctions, and his fiction has appeared in The Quarterly.
Magdalena Zurawski received her M.A. in poetry in 2001, and went on to get a Ph.D. in American Literature at Duke University. Her novel The Bruise was published in 2008 by FC2/University of Alabama Press. It received both a 2008 Lambda Award and the 2007 Ronald Sukenick-American Book Review Innovative Fiction Litmus Press will be publishing her poetry collection Companion Animal in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia at Athens.
Below is a list of Creative Writing alumni we would like to hear from. Please send your updates here.
Andrew A. Adair
Ari Benjamin Banks
April L. Blake
Marcus D. Brown
Janice Floyd Durante
James R. Dysken
Daniel A. Evans
Donna J. Faye
Jennifer A. Fritzen
Ann Maureen Gallagher
Naomi Golden Gerbarg
Winnifred Doyle Gibbons
James J. Gilligan
Neal Briggs Gordon
Christopher K. Haidri
James J. Heynderickx
Cynthia L. Ironson
Jennifer A. Jordan
Jawanza Ali Keita
Lynn A. Kendall
Martha E. Kesler
Frank A. Lauro
Jonathan (Jonny) Lohr
Gina Masucci MacKenzie
Jason R. Marks
Judith Zinis McGearty
Brenda F. McMillan
Paul Derek Moore
Mary Helen Ramsay Muhly
Hildah Rue Murray
Virginia K. Nalencz
Christopher J. Nosal
Jimmy J. Pack, Jr.
Connie L. Pangburn
Elena M. Perez
Stephen C. Potter
Mary C. Quillman
Shelley E. Read-Armitage
Andrew Duncan Regan
Michael E. Russell
John P. Sapienza
Jonathan Imber Shaw
Jennifer C. Simon
Craig Alan Slingluff
William J. Snyder
Myron A. Solecki
David Brent Spolum
Helene W. Stephens
Eleanor L. Sullivan
Rina L. Terry
Heidi Neumann Trombert
Raymond J. Vallese
Jeffrey J. Vetock
Robert Anthony Watts
Catherine C. White
April Blake Wynick
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