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Faculty

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.

  

Richard D. Bank, Esq is the author of seven books including The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction and Feig, a novel. 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.

 

Ed 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.

 

Susan 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 "Cornellian Scholarship" poster for the Undergraduate College.

 

Mary Kate 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.You can see the full extent of her work at www.marykatedoman.com

 

Catherine (Cathy) M. Lawlor-Fennel is currently executive director of library services at Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA. Cathy’s positions at Rosemont included part-time reference librarian, full-time systems/reference librarian, director of library services and vice president for Information Services. Cathy is a member of the Catholic Library Association (CLA); Cathy is the past president of the Catholic Library Association; is interim vice President and past president of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) and is president of the Lower Providence Public Library Board. She previously served two terms on the TCLC board as a Representative-at-large and was President of the organization. She has taught courses on middle  school literature on the graduate level and occasionally gives a two-hour Children’s Literature overview to various classes in the Education Graduate program at Rosemont College. Currently she teaches Children’s Literature on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cathy reviews professional librarianship and children’s books for The Catholic Library World. Cathy earned her bachelor of arts degree at Marywood University in school librarianship with a minor in music, studied at West Chester University and completed her master's in library science at Drexel University. For several years she was head librarian at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She joined the Rosemont College library staff in 1984. She was born and raised in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia, currently resides in Norristown with her husband, Jay. Cathy has three children and two grandchildren and is an avid quilter and bookworm.

 

Joe Kulka is an award winning book author and illustrator of over 20 children’s books. His latest book is The Christmas Coal Man - CarolRhoda books 2015. Some of his other books include Wolf’s Coming, The Rope, Vacation’s Over! Return of the Dinosaurs, and My Crocodile Does Not Bite. His books have won and/or been nominated for the 2016 Sower Award, listed in the 2014 Banks Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, the 2011 Storytelling Award, 2010 South Carolina Picture Book Award, the 2008 Wanda Gág Award for Best Book to Read Aloud to Children, a 2007 Moonbeam award, a 2007 SSLI picture book award, and one of only 6 picture books out of over 4,500 books reviewed by School Library Journal. 

Joe also illustrated the new Smokey Bear book for the USDA Forest Service of which 250,000 
copies were published. He has worked as an MTV Animation drawer and was a storyboard/concept artist for Sony PlayStation. He teaches in the illustrations department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Moore College of Art & Design as well as teaching children’s book illustrations for the graduate publishing program at Rosemont. He received his MFA in illustration from the University of Hartford and currently lives in Quakertown, PA with his wife and three children.

 

Tracey Lewis-Giggetts holds a BA in Communication from the University of MBA from Montclair State University and an MFA in Creative Writing Dickinson University. She is the author of seven books, has been published in numerous print and digital publications, and is the founder of NewSeason Books, a twelve-year-old independent publishing company based out of the metro Philadelphia area. Lewis-Giggetts is also a co-writer of the off-Broadway play Khepera (2002) and currently serves as a professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia and graduate thesis advisor at Rosemont College.

 

Thomas V. Hartman 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.

 

Hobart Rowland’s 25 years of experience in the publishing industry spans daily newspapers, free weeklies, industry trade and consumer magazines, and city and regional publications. He’s held management positions at publications in Philadelphia; Houston, New York City; Greenville, SC; Atlanta; and Naples, FL. Currently, he is the Editorial Director for Delaware Today and Main Line Today magazines.

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 frontlist 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: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/slyyake/