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Kailey Tedesco (MFA '16) is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing) and These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press). She is the editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical and a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. Currently, she is teaching literature courses, including a course on the archetype of the witch at Moravian College. She also performs with the Poetry Brothel. Her recent work has been published in Electric Literature, Phoebe Journal, Sugar House Review, American Chordata, and more. She received her MFA in creative writing from Arcadia University in 2016. For more information, please follow her on social media (@kaileytedesco) or visit kaileytedesco.com.
Nick Gregorio (MFA '15) lives, writes, and teaches just outside of Philadelphia. His fiction has appeared in Crack the Spine, Hypertrophic Literary, 805 Literary and Arts Journal, and many more. His story “Embracing Skeletons” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2015 by Crack the Spine. He earned his MFA from Arcadia University in 2015, and his debut novel, Good Grief, was released in late 2017 by Maudlin House. For more, please visit nickgregorio.com.
Daniel DiFranco (MFA '14) lives in Philadelphia. He teaches high school English and music. He plays in a band.
His novel Panic Years will be published in Spring 2018 by Tailwinds Press. His short work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, LitroNY, Philadelph
Accomplishments: Longlisted in Wigleaf's Top 50 2016. A finalist in Black Lawrence Press's chapbook competition. In Smokelong Quarterly's Top 5 Most Read Stories 2015.
Christopher D. DiCicco (MFA '14) is the author of So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds (Hypertrophic Press) and teaches creative writing as Department Chairperson of English for Neshaminy High School. He is an award-winning teacher who continues to publish fiction and poetry. His work has been nominated for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Indie Lit New England, and has appeared in such places as Superstition Review, Psychopomp, and Gigantic Sequins. For more, please visit cddicicco.com and follow him on Twitter @chrisdicicco.
Francis Daulerio (MFA ’14) is an English teacher at Downingtown West High School. He finds inspiration in family, friends, nature, and the unpredictability of daily life. Francis currently lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with his loving wife, Leah. After graduating from Arcadia’s MFA program, Francis Daulerio published If & When We Wake, a collection of poetry and art with Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchison. Now in its second edition, If & When We Wake explores the processes of healing and recovery following loss, and has been called “beautiful thoughts from a quiet head” by Atlantic Records. See a full list of Francis’s publications at his website. Find Francis on Twitter: @FDWrites.
Michelle Reale (MFA ’16) Michelle Reale is an Assistant Professor at Arcadia University. She is the author of five collections of poetry and conducts ethnography on African immigrants in Sicily. She blogs about her experiences there. She has had several publications. Her collection Birds of Sicily: Poems will be released in a few months by Aldrich Press. She has published two other collections: Kestrel (Dancing Girl Press) and The Legacy of the Sidelong Glance: Elegies (Aldrich Press). Find out more about Michelle on her website. Find Michelle on Twitter @Sempresicilia, and on Facebook.
Matthew Kabik (MFA ’13) lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and uses the people and places around the region as a backdrop for his stories. He lives with a patient wife and too many typewriters. Matthew is one of the founding editors and current editor-in-chief of Third Point Press, and works as a copywriter for a business to business ad agency. He's taken a year off (so far) from writing to explore what it's like to not panic at a blank page. Read Matthew’s Story “Loneliness Can Be A Forest” at Sundog Lit. See a full list of Matthew’s publications on his website. Find Matthew on Twitter: @mlkabik.
Mary Rogers writes, reads, and lives in her native suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blinders Literary Journal and The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, and her short story, “L'Assunzione” appeared in Beecher's 5 (University of Kansas). She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Arcadia University and a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University. During the summer, she was appointed as a trustee for her township library board. In her free time, she volunteers as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and cat. Read Mary’s story “What We Know About Roots” at The Doctor TJ Eckleberg Review. See a full list of mary’s publications on her website. Find Mary on Twitter: @marywriteswords.
Michael Salgado (MFA ’16) grew up in Allentown, PA and the Lehigh Valley region. He is a poet and Training Specialist with Eurofins Lancaster Labs. Mike is also a poetry and art editor for Marathon Literary Review. You can find more of Mike’s work in The EEEL by tNY Press, Third Point Press, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, and G3: Genes, Genomes, Genomics. Mike currently resides in Lancaster, PA where he is active in the growing literary community. His work has been published in the Montgomery County Community College’s Art and Literature Magazine and in their Writer’s Club monthly newsletters. Michael currently resides in Lansdale, PA. Read Michael’s Poem, "Kanban," at Lehigh Valley Vanguard. Find Michael on Twitter: @Salgado1Michael.
Maddie Anthes (MFA ’15) Between January 2015-March 2016, Madeline had stories published in Inwood Indiana, matchbook, Third Point Press, WhiskeyPaper, Black Denim Lit, The Molotov Cocktail, and Hypertrophic Literary. (Links to these stories and a full list of Maddie's publication can be found on her website). In February 2016, she also became the acquisitions editor at Hypertrophic Literary. She teaches writing at Rider University and The College of New Jersey, and is revising her novel manuscript. Find Maddie on Twitter:@mweinland.
Tianna Grosch (MFA ’17) has finished her first year of the MFA in Fiction program while working full-time at Dufour Editions, Inc., a publisher of short story collections and literary fiction, and the U.S. distributor for dozens of British and Irish publishers. Many of Tianna's articles were published at the beginning of this year in The Odyssey, an online literary magazine, where she interned as a writer for a few months.
Abi Putnam (MFA ’17) won honorable mention in Literary Magazine Glimmer Train’s 2015 Emerging Writer’s contest for her short story, “Committed”. She is looking forward to sending out more of her sort stories for publication in the next few years.
Justin Hunter (MFA ’17) has had two stories published thus far in 2016: “Army Men” (Down in the Dirt Magazine), and “The Girl in the Tarp” (AWS Publishing). He continues to work on his novel in the MFA program. See more of Justin's work on his website.
Charlie Allison (MFA ’17) Charlie Allison managed to complete the rough draft of his first novel in January. He is currently working on revisions and submitting his short stories to various magazines while working part-time as a graduate assistant at Arcadia University. His short story “In Mixcoatl’s Net” has been published at AWS in July and ‘Krish’s New Pet’ will be published by 9 Tales from Elsewhere in August. Follow him on twitter @cballison421.