Abdullah Aldayel ('16) was recently was appointed as the Director of the Writing Center at the Royal Commission of Yanbu Colleges and Institutes. He is also working as an English lecturer/instructor at YELI - Yanbu English Language Institute. He teaches courses for the foundation year program along with technical writing courses for the Associate’s and Bachelor’s programs.
Michael Brooks ('10) His latest book, More Conversations with Pop, is a follow-up to Conversations with Pop: the musings of an average guy. Both are available in print, Kindle, and audio formats. A flash fiction story, “Loveless Love,” was recently published in 101 Words. Another flash story, “Innocence Lost,” was selected for inclusion in Flash Fiction Magazine - Issue 2 (Volume 2). He continues to write reviews for Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal, and writes Drabbles at Drablr.com. He is currently working on his third book of flash fiction featuring Pop.
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.
Dann Coble ('09) is working as an Assistant Professor of English at Corning Community College in upstate New York (Corning, NY). He just recently assembled and edited an open-resources textbook in use by his department that is available to students free of charge.
Vanessa Constantinidis ('16) was recently hired to teach Academic Writing at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA.
Don Corcoran ('15) is co-founder and Creative Director of Merokian Author Marketing, which provides a variety of individualized marketing services to make authors' books stand out for targeted readers. The company was started in March 2016. Additionally, Don recently began teaching at Philadelphia University.
Suzanne Cotter ('12) has a new job as Marketing Specialist for The Think Company, an experience design consultancy.
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. She also maintains Modern Mommie – a lifestyle blog geared toward non-traditional families.
Jonathan Dorfman ('14) has a blog and a website , The Aspie Dialogues and CGE Studios , which has just launched a new volume of his ongoing screenplay series, Chronic Boom. He has recently applied for a Ph.D. in English at University of Pennsylvania for the Fall 2018 Semester. The first two volumes of Chronic Boom are available on Amazon in self-published paperback and Kindle via Createspace.
Germain Fountain ('07) is currently working on a low budget documentary film called Racing Shadows, which profiles addicts in the early stages of recovery.
Elyse Hauser ('16) is keeping busy doing freelance writing in Seattle. Most of her recent work has been un-bylined copywriting. She was published in Racked earlier this year (https://www.racked.com/2017/3/7/14779538/slogan-tees), and is planning to get back to pitching more journalistic work soon. She was recently accepted to and attended her first writing residency at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in the Okanagan Valley! Here is her piece on her experience: https://www.writingbetweenthevines.org/news/elyse-hauser.
Jordan Heil ('16) By day, he is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Saint Joseph’s University, where he is also an adjunct instructor of English. By night, he publishes about his passion for podcasting at the Bello Collective and produces a forthcoming cheese podcast with the ladies behind Collective Creamery. In his free time, he works as an ESL Specialist in the Drexel University Writing Center.
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.
David Jackson ('15) will publish his debut novel, State of the Nation, in April 2018. It is a provocative work of fiction centered around the lives of three boys of color during a time in American History of extreme police violence against Black youth. You can check out more of his work here.
Krisann Janowitz, ‘16 In November 2017, she celebrated the launch of her Moonstone Poetry chapbook, Home(less). The poems are paired with beautiful photos done by the great Harvey Finkle, who has been taking pictures of social justice movements in Philadelphia since the 70's. She was hired by Drexel University recently as a copywriter in their Marketing Department.
Kate Podlesney Kleinbaum ('06) is a Technical Product Manager for a Fintech company based in San Francisco called SS&C Advent. Kate made these comments about the Writing Studies program: "A Master's in Writing Studies might not be a readily apparent asset, yet every day I'm thankful for it! My role necessitates oodles and oodles of clear technical documentation. Thank you so much for the wonderful preparation!"
Kim Krol (’12) is the editor-in-chief of Global Traveler magazine, a print publication written for frequent, luxury business and leisure travelers, as well as its online counterpart, globaltravelerusa.com. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the company's two web publications, trazeetravel.com, written for travelers 18-35, and whereverfamily.com, the trusted travel source for the modern family.
Ryan Latini ('15) recently got a job teaching English Comp at Camden County College. He also continues to be published in a variety of places.
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.
Veda McLean ('08) is a teacher at Telesis Preparatory Academy in Arizona.
Marisa McClellan (’06) is currently working on her fourth cookbook (tentatively titled The Food in Jars Kitchen). Her blog, Food in Jars, is turning nine years old in January 2018 and her podcast (Local Mouthful) celebrated its second birthday and more than 100 episodes, in August 2017. Along with her podcast co-host Joy Manning, she made a series of short cooking videos that are currently airing on WHYY. If you watch culinary programming on that channel, you'll probably catch one playing in-between shows!
Tasha Mercer ('16) has started a blog for new mothers addressing the everyday issues they face. She also started a new job in August 2016 as a Grant Writer and Events Coordinator.
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 LanaMorelli.com.
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 (’07) 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.
Mary Beth Peabody ('15) joined the Diocese of Camden as communications and marketing manager for Catholic schools in March 2016. In this capacity, Peabody is responsible for developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies to support the ministry of Catholic education.
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.
Don Philbrick (aka Sawney Hatton) ('15) is working as a Marketing Copywriter for Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD. Don says "it's a great position, one where I get to write, edit, and even produce videos. And I wouldn't have gotten it without my Master's degree from SJU!" He has written a dark comedy novel DEAD SIZE and a novella, UGLYVILLE, as well as a Sci-Fi/Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?. He is currently working on writing a full-length short story collection and his next novel.
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.
Dan Rousseau ('16) Since graduating from the program in 2016, Dan has begun a MFA in nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and entered an adjunct faculty position at SJU. In the last year, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a finalist in The Briar Cliff Review’s 2017 nonfiction contest, published book reviews in The Collagist, and had work selected to Salon.com’s Ten Best Essays of 2016. Dan says: "all of my writing successes are founded upon the instruction, critique, creativity, and empathy I encountered as a graduate student at SJU."
Tiffany Sellers ('15) is currently working as a Human Resources Associate with an HR Consulting firm called PROXUS, in Fort Washington, PA. This past year, she launched a website for freelance opportunities, a little blogging, and just to have a platform in general (tiffanyjsellers.com). She is also working on revising her first young adult fiction novel. Once the draft is complete, she hopes to begin the search for an agent.
William Shelton ('14) is currently the Apprentice Dean of School at Wissahickon Charter School. He is working toward a Masters of Art in Education at Villanova University. This year he has been published on the New Teachers Project blog. Here is the link to the article: https://tntp.org/blog/post/beating-bullying-in-my-classroom. He is currently working on several new publications for the New Teachers Project.
Megan Larrisey Tertel (’10) has worked as a medical editor at the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) since November 2010. She was hired as Assistant Editor, promoted to Editor in November 2011, and promoted to Editorial Manager in April 2014. In May 2015, she became a Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) by successfully passing the certification examination administered by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.