Find Your Inner Author: Consider the SJU Writing Studies Graduate Program

Did you know that St. Joe’s has a graduate writing studies program?  Many of our alumni have gone on to do great things.  Visit our site and discover all the interesting courses available, as well as something about the professors who teach in the program.

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 Here is a list of some of our alumni and their success stories.  Prepare to be impressed!  The Writing Studies Graduate program really paid off for them.


Danielle Bullen (’06) is now Senior Editor at ADVANCE Newsmagazines, a healthcare publishing company with multiple trade journals. She focuses on Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy titles, writing for both print and online, and managing social media accounts.

Anthony Calabro (’12) was recently named Associate Editor at Clinical Orthopaedics, a peer-reviewed journal based in Philadelphia. He is also a contributor to Hoop76, a Philadelphia 76ers website affiliated with ESPN.

Emily Czerniakoski (’08) served as a National News Correspondent in Washington D.C. following her M.A. in Writing Studies. She is now the co-founder of her own media company for kids, CaRu Entertainment. 

Clare Herlihy Dych (’06) started as a grant writer for the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia after completing her Writing Studies M.A. She recently took on a new role as Associate Director of Development for Penn Medicine.

Kim Krol (’13) was promoted to Managing Editor of Global Traveler and is currently in charge of launching a new travel website aimed at twenty-somethings. For freelance opportunities, contact

Randy Lobasso (’07) is on the masthead at Philadelphia Weekly as a staff writer. You can follow his articles on PhillyNow.

Bernadette McBride (’06) has published her second collection of poetry with Aldrich Press, titled Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations–an Alphabet since graduating from the Writing Studies M.A. program. Her poem, “Flying Lessons,” was recently featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Visit her blog to learn more.

Marisa McClellan (’06) completed her M.A. in Writing Studies and now blogs professionally for numerous food-based websites, including the Food Network. She is currently on tour for her second book, Preserving By The Pint.

Camille Moore (’14) is now the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.  Her duties include overseeing TRIO/Student Support Services, which is a federal grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides academic support to students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, are first- generation college students, and/or individuals with disabilities.  She will also plan workshops and other events to promote the Writing Center.

Lana Morelli (’12) left law school to get her M.A. in Writing Studies and now works as a legal reporter. She also teaches writing as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College and Neumann University. Her blog is still going strong at

Colleen Mullarkey (’12) phased out of medical writing after receiving her Writing Studies M.A. and is now the Assistant Director of Publications at her undergraduate alma mater, La Salle University.

Jackai Musonge (’09) returned to Cameroon after completing his Writing Studies M.A. and began work for a telecommunications regulatory agency. He was recently appointed Bureau Chief. His manuscript “International Student Part One: Journey to America,” was recently accepted by a publishing company in South Africa.

Elishia Peterson (’13) published her first poetry collection, titled “Black Roses: Five Women and Their Mental Breakthrough,” in November of 2014 through 2 Pens & Lint.

Justin Rademaekers (’09) went on to complete a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. He was recently invited to join the faculty at West Chester University as Assistant Professor of English.

William Shelton (’14) is now writing a column for the youth supplement of Philadelphia Gay News.