Creative Writing Class Notes

Class of 2016

Britny Brooks lives in Philadelphia, and received her BA in English and Creative Writing at Penn State University. She usually writes fantasy, speculative, and science fiction stories that focus on female characters and perspectives. When she isn't writing, Britny works at the Philly rock gym and talks about her dog, video games, writing, and coffee. Read Britny’s story “Indian Drills” at From the Fallout Shelter. Find Britny on Twitter: .

Lauren Kelly relocated to the Washington D.C. area from New Jersey in 2006.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and works in the legal department of a trade association. See a full list of Lauren’s publications at her website. Find Lauren on Twitter: .

Kailey Tedesco is editor-in-chief at Rag Queen Periodical and she holds bylines at Hello Giggles and Ultra Culture. Her poem ‘She Used to be on a Milk Carton’ was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the reading series coordinator at the Spiral Bookcase, and she has been accepted into Epsilon Lambda, the graduate honor society. Read Kailey’s poem “Ashbury Park in the off-season” at Jersey Devil Press.

Class of 2015

Shauna-Maria Andolina earned her undergraduate degree at Penn State University. Besides coaching, she concentrates on writing new poetry to add to her variety of work. Read Shauna-Maria’s poem “Learning to Experiment” at Lehigh Valley Vanguard.

Nick Gregorio lives, writes, and teaches in Philadelphia. He holds a BA in English Literature and an M.Ed from Chestnut Hill College. Currently he is enrolled in Arcadia University's MFA program. He plays in two area punk rock bands and harbors an intense addiction to print media. His story “Embracing Skeletons” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2015 by Crack the Spine and he has fiction forthcoming in Zeit|Haus and Corvus Review. He is also a contributing writer and assistant editor for the arts and culture blog, Spectrum Culture, and currently serves as fiction editor for Driftwood Press. Read Nick’s story “Hero Complex” at Pantheon Magazine. Find Nick on Twitter: .

Class of 2014

Elise Brand is an English teacher from Lansdale, Pennsylvania; she lives there with her husband, a history professor. She earned her MLA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and is also a fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project. Elise has been recently nominated by the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program as their current “Featured Teacher,” acknowledged for her work in bringing published poets into the classroom to work with students. Her most recently published poems, “Caring for our Mothers” and “Shopping” can be found in Transcendent Visions 2016, edited by David Kime, which is celebrating 24 years of existence this year. Brand is also the Chair of Program on the board of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program. Her work has recently appeared in The Broadkill Review, The North Penn Reporter. Read Elise’s poem “A Spoken Poem by Tonicus Balonicus” in Mouse Tales Press.

Daniel DiFranco lives in Philadelphia, and received his B.S. in English education from Temple University. He teaches high school music and English. His work has appeared in Crack the Spine and Fiction at Work. Wanderlust bit him at an early age and he learned the hard way there is no peanut butter in Europe. Read Daniel’s story “For Neither Can We Carry” at Crack the Spine. He was nominated for a Pushcart, which he described to his wife as the literary equivalent of winning a Dundie. He can be found at danieldifranco.net and on Twitter: .

Kimberly Ely is a writer and editor for a charter school in Chester County. She is also an adjunct professor for Eastern University. She resides in Downingtown, Pa., with her husband. Read Kimberly’s story “By The Rivery” at Olentangy Review. See a full list of Kimberly’s publications on her website. Find Kimberly on Twitter: .

Class of 2013 and earlier

Christopher David DiCicco loves his wife and children, and sometimes, writing short stories, which he does in the attic of his Canal Street home, in ever-happening Yardley, Pa. He is a friend to words and small animals, and doesn't mind that he teaches high school English or advises a small student-run literary magazine. Christopher is the author of So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds and other stories (Hypertrophic Press). His work has been nominated for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Indie Lit New England, and has appeared (or is forthcoming) in such places as Superstition Review, Psychopomp, and Gigantic Sequins. He chairs Neshaminy High School’s English Department where he teaches Creative Writing. Read Chris’s story “Going to Kill a Buffalo” at Intellectual Refuge. See a full list of Chris’s publications on his website. Find Chris on Twitter: .

Corinne Kelly crafts slightly twisted tales that reflect her off-kilter personality. Her greatest and most terrifying feat of all is her day job—she teaches high school English and Social Studies in her home city of Philadelphia. Read Corinne’s short story “Life Inside a Cannon Ball.” Follow Corinne on Facebook and Instagram.

Liz Kerr is a Registered Nurse on the Heart Transplant team at Temple University Hospital. Her stories have appeared in Philly Fiction 2, the anthology Rust Belt Rising, and in 2013 she won the City Paper fiction writing contest.

Rosemarie Koch is a 1991 graduate of Arcadia University with a BA in English and Spanish. Rose spent her junior year at Lancaster University in England, taking a short train journey regularly to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. While visiting this Lake District literary haunt, she noted the wisdom of a private exit from the house as a means of gathering poetic inspiration. Currently, Rose works in The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. Her writing has appeared in Rabbit Hill Studio, Stirring, Snakeskin, and in other publications.

Jeanette Perosa has had stories published in The Thorn Literary Journal, Perspectives Literary Journal, Adanna Literary Journal, Delta Woman Magazine, Eunoia Review, Winter Legends and has a short story upcoming in an anthology entitled The Way of the Woof: A Collection of Dog Stories. While not chasing her four children or teaching at Montgomery County Community College, she is writing fiction or traveling with her husband.

Kate Sprandio is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received her BA in English from Chestnut Hill College. She has always loved making people laugh and attempts to do so in her writing. Her stories mostly focus on the foibles of young women, and she finds inspiration in her own life experiences and in those of her friends. When she’s not writing about awkward situations, you can find her creating real life ones, or hanging out with her poodle Nelly. Read Kate’s story, “A Text Message.” See a full list of Kate’s publications at her website. Find Kate on Twitter: .

Zachary Woodard lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He typically writes fantasy, horror and weird tales, and has a fascination with tabletop games and game design. He often rants about writing, games, and cartoons on Twitter. Read Zachary’s story “The Shrike” in Plasma Frequency Magazine. See a full list of Zachary’s publications on his website. Find Zachary on Twitter: .