TAWNI WATERS’s first novel, Beauty of the Broken, won multiple awards, including the prestigious International Literacy Association Award for Young Adult Literature. Her second novel, The Long Ride Home, will be released by Sourcebooks Fire in Summer 2017. She is the author of the poetry collection, Siren Song, and has been published in myriad magazines, journals, and anthologies. She travels the world, writing things, making friends, and teaching at various conferences, universities, and workshops.
VERNITA HALL won the 2017 Robert Creeley Prize from Marsh Hawk Press for her first full-length poetry book Where William Walked. The Hitchhiking Robot Learns About Philadelphians won the 2016 Moonstone Chapbook Contest. Poetry and essays appear in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Philadelphia Stories, Referential, Mezzo Cammin, Canary, African American Review, and anthologies Forgotten Women (Grayson Books) and Not Our President (Third World Press). A LaSalle University alumna, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College and serves on the poetry review board of Philadelphia Stories.
EMMA COPLEY EISENBERG is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her essays, and reportage have appeared/will appear shortly in VICE/Broadly, Catapult, Fusion, The New Republic, Salon, Slate, Hyperallergic, The Rumpus, and others; fiction in Granta, American Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has received honors or residencies from the Tin House Writers Conference, Aspen Summer Words, Narrative, Buzzfeed, Lambda Literary, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
RICHARD D. BANK, received his BA from Temple University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of eight books including The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction, Feig, a novel, and his most recent book, I Am Terezin, a work of creative nonfiction about the concentration camp Theresienstadt, 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.
GREGORY FROST is a writer of fantasy, dark fantasy, and science fiction. His most recent book-length work is the Shadowbridge YA-crossover duology (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet) from Random House-DelRey — a finalist for the James Tiptree Award and an American Library Association Best Fantasy Novel pick for 2009. His collaborative novelette with author Michael Swanwick, “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town,” won a 2015 Asimov Magazine Readers’ Award. Blog: http://www.gregoryfrost.com Facebook: gregory.frost1 Twitter: gregory_frost
ERIN ENTRADA KELLY has worked as a professional editor for more than ten years. She is the author of BLACKBIRD FLY, THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS, and HELLO, UNIVERSE, all with HarperCollins. She is the recipient of several honors, including the APALA Award for Children’s Literature and the Golden Kite Honor Award. Kelly has also published more than thirty short stories in publications worldwide and was a finalist for the Philippines Free Press Award for Short Fiction. Kelly has extensive experience as a professional editor. She’s edited manuscripts for authors, studios, and marketing collectives, and currently works as a corporate copy editor for a Philadelphia-based company.
MERRY JONES is the author of a dozen suspense novels, two non-fiction, and six humor books. She taught writing at Temple University and for seven at Delaware County Community College. She has a Masters in Communication from The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and The Philadephia Liars Club.
BLYTHE DAVENPORT is a Philadelphia-based writer and teacher. She has taught literature and creative writing workshops in Rosemont’s MFA in Creative Writing program and has served as advisor on Masters’ theses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
GRANT CLAUSER is the author of two poetry books, Necessary Myths (Broadkill River Press 2013) and The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing 2012), plus two forthcoming collections, The Magician's Handbook (PS Books) and Reckless Constellations (Cider Press Review Books). He holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University where
he was a Richard Divine Fellow. In 2010 he was named the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. In 2014 he was a guest poet at the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates.
Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, Gargoyle, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Philadelphia
Stories, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry and others. He also writes about electronics, teaches poetry at random places and serves as the poetry craft essay editor for Cleaver Magazine. His blog is www.uniambic.com.
CASSANDRA KRIVY HIRSCH, a Rosemont MFA graduate in Fiction (‘08), is the author of an historical romance, Under the Linden Tree (2012). She has written freelance features and articles for many regional publications since 1991, and her short memoir, “Ghosts”, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught writing at Drexel University since 2008, both in the first-year writing curriculum and a course she designed in 2015 to teach memoir writing, bringing Drexel students with her to learn side-by-side with incarcerated individuals in a Philadelphia jail. She is a developmental editor for writers of fiction and memoir, and is collaborating on a screenplay adaptation of a young adult novel she drafted, called The Nature of It. One of the things she loves to help her students and clients discover, when they’re crafting fiction and memoir, is narrative point-of-view.
KRISTINA MORICONI is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines including Brevity, epiphany, Cobalt Review, Lumina, and Literary Mama, as well as many others. Moriconi earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. She lives in the Philadelphia area and teaches writing in the local community. Moriconi also teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Rosemont College.