Lackawanna College Authors
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Brian Fanelli is an Assistant Professor of English and the Humanities Division Chair for Lackawanna College. He is the author of the poetry collections Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Prize, and All That Remains (Unbound Content), as well as the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing). His poetry, essays, and book reviews have been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, The Paterson Literary Review, Main Street Rag, Louisiana Literature, Stone Canoe, and elsewhere. His poetry has also been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor. In addition, he co-edited the anthology Down the Dog Hole: 11 Poets on Northeast, Pennsylvania (Nightshade Press).
An avid reader since childhood, Jennifer loved to read any book she could get her hands on. She especially enjoyed tales with paranormal or supernatural elements. Her love of words evolved as she grew older and later in life became someone her friends turned to when they wanted a school paper read and proofed.
She now is engaged in developing and writing her Magik and Mayhem literary universe, where readers will be able to find paranormal and supernatural tales that fright and delight.
Michael Gabrial is the author of several young adult books. He specializes in short stories and young adult fiction and books on faith and God. He currently resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Alicia Lynn Grega is a writer, theatrical artist, performance coach and educator specializing in the exploration of contemporary social issues through the liberation of personal storytelling.
In the classroom, she works to create a safe space where students of various abilities and backgrounds feel empowered to take risks, listen to their instincts and to each other, play with language, image, and movement, and learn to love the sound of their unique voices. The process of art making is as important as its products.
Alicia has worked as a director, producer and dramaturg for Electric Theatre Company and Scranton Public Theatre, and as an arts journalist at The Scranton Times (electric city) for 15 years. Freelance workshops for youth and adults include residencies at the United Neighborhood Centers and West Scranton High School. She has taught fine arts, communications and writing at Lackawanna College since 2016.
A published poet and award-winning playwright, Alicia is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Lackawanna County Council on Arts, Culture and Education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Drew University and an MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage from Point Park University and has received grants from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and an NEA Arts Journalism Institute fellowship.
Tara Lynn Marta is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her work has been published by Aaduna, Inc., Blind Faith Books, Adelaide Literary Magazine, among others. In 2019, Tara was a finalist in the Adelaide Literary Award Writing Contest. She graduated from Lackawanna College in 2012 with a degree in Liberal Studies before transferring to Penn State University, where she earned a B.A. in English. She then went on to complete her M.A. in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. Besides writing, Tara is an avid reader of classic and contemporary literature. In her spare time, Tara enjoys kayaking, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling. She is employed as a substitute teacher of English and has also done freelance writing for the American Writer’s Museum in Chicago, as well as book reviews for At The Inkwell.
Cindy Nolte is the bestselling author of Finding Peace in an Out of Control World. She is a frequent guest on radio and tv as well as hosting her own show broadcasted in the NY Metropolitan area. Cindy is a TEDx Speaker, was named one of the top 100 Empowering Women of Sigma Delta Tau, and was recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine as a finalist among the state’s leading women entrepreneurs.
Laurel Radzieski is a poet and the author of Red Mother (NYQ Books, 2018). She received her MFA from Goddard College and her BA from Keystone College. Laurel’s poems have appeared in Atlas and Alice, Rust + Moth, Kosmos Journal, Glintmoon, SPLASH! and elsewhere, including on roadsides and a street sign in Wisconsin. She is the Grant Writer for Lackawanna College and an artist-in-residence for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts in Education program of the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit. Laurel has been a writer-in-residence at the Wormfarm Institute where she lived comfortably in a barn. She presents on-the-spot poetry installations and enjoys writing poems for strangers. She lives with her husband and a cat in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Italian-American historian Stephanie Longo has dedicated her life to celebrating and focusing on her family’s heritage. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, she holds dual Italian citizenship and descends from the town of Guardia Lombardi, Avellino Province, Italy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian and French from the University of Scranton, a Master of Arts degree in History, focusing on Italian-American studies, also from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Regent University.
Ms. Longo is currently the associate producer and chief administrative officer of The Italian American Podcast and is an adjunct instructor in the history department at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa.
Daryl Sznyter is the author of Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies (New York Quarterly Books). Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Forward Prize, and has been published in Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Folio, Gravel, The American Journal of Poetry, Best American Poetry Blog, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from The New School. She currently resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she works as an SEO Analyst. In her spare time, she likes to dance, watch horror movies, and blog about social issues.