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Catching Up with MFA Creative Writing Students and Alumni

Winter 2019

Clive Young ’16 is a finalist for the 2019 Neal Awards in the category of “Best Range of Work by a Single Author.” The Neal Awards recognize achievement in the in the field of specialized journalism. Young is content director/editor-in-chief of at Pro Sound News magazine and its online presence,, publications both focused on the world of pro audio.

Matt Paczkowski’s (’14) work of fiction, “At the Track’s End,” was recently published in Ponder Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He also has a short fiction piece titled “Two Strikes” scheduled to be published in Fiction Southeast in May 2019.

Mike Flood has completed a memoir in which he shares his struggles with loss and depression and also discusses the healing process after the occurrence of tragedy. He is currently in talks with an interested publisher.

Fall 2018
Dina Santorelli has published Baby Carter, the third installment in her Baby Grand book series.

Beneath the Pew by Lisa Napolitan ’14 was published in HelloHorror, Halloween Issue, 2018. Another work, Destrehan, was published by Into The Void, Issue #5, July 2017 and nominated for its Best Small Fictions Award in 2018. Into the Void is an award-winning print and online literary magazine and small press publisher.

Summer 2018

Paula Ganzi Licata ’12 has written two essays, published in Newsday: “I’m a proud member of Team Splatter” in July 2018 and“When Uncle Sam called my brother to fight in Vietnam” in October 2017.

Winter 2018

The Mouse, a short play by second-year student Tyler Thier, was named a finalist in the Tree of Life 360 Festival, which features unpublished, previously unproduced short plays by emerging playwrights. Thier’s The Mouse was developed in an MFA playwriting class. It is adapted from a story of the same name by the author Anais Nin. The Mouse was one of six works chosen for a reading at the festival. Each finalist had their play cold-read by a team of actors. More information

Two of Jennifer Romanello‘s poem’s have been published in Ovunque Siamo, a publication that focuses on Italian-American writers/topics. The poems were workshopped in Janet Kaplan’s class during her second semester in the MFA program.

Fall 2016

Congratulations to Dina Santorelli on the publication of her new book, Baby Bailino, the sequel to her first novel, Baby Grand.

Spring 2016

An essay by Paula Ganzi Licata ’12, “Surviving an Alcoholic,” was published in The New York Times (5/27/15) on the Opinion page and reached #3 on the Times Most Emailed List and received over 700 comments on the Times site. She is part of the ‘Living, Out Loud’ essay series and is a featured reader at Word Up: Long Island LitFest. Last year, she received another two Long Island Press Club awards. She recently completed a book, Last Call: Surviving an Alcoholic – A Widow’s Memoir.

Glenn Greenberg’s most recent professional work of fiction is an X-Files story that was published in the 2016 anthology collection The X-Files: The Truth is Out There. He has written several works of Star Trek fiction for Simon and Schuster. He is an award-winning editor and writer, whose work has appeared in such publications as TIME Magazine For Kids, Scholastic News, Time Out New York, Back Issue, and Smoke. He has also worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on such world-famous franchises as Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor, Iron Man, Dracula, and Star Trek, and Web-based tie-in projects for the film Superman Returns and the weekly comic-book series 52. He avidly covers all aspects of popular culture on his blog, “Glenn Greenberg’s Grumblings”.

Bernard Krumm has been admitted to the PhD program in English at Stony Brook University with a teaching assistantship and full funding.

Lisa Napolitan ’14 is teaching undergraduate creative writing now at Hofstra in a hybrid format and has had the following short stories published or accepted for publication:

She has become a member of Women Who Write, a New Jersey based non-profit group of amateur, hobbyist, and professional women authors and poets.

After adjuncting at Globe Institute of Technology in NYC for the last year and a half, Matt Paczkowski ’14 was promoted to Department Chair of the General Education Department. His fiction piece, titled “Allergies,” was accepted for publication in the 2016 issue of Embers Igniting. A nonfiction essay, titled “On Lunacy,” was published in the 2015 issue of Welter. He also read from the essay during the magazine’s launch party at the University of Baltimore. A short nonfiction piece I wrote appeared in the Sept-Oct. 2015 issue of Diabetes Forecast (

Jennifer Romanello’s poem, “I Terri,” was awarded “Best Poem by a Foreign Writer” by the city of Messina, Sicily at the Citta di Messina (Messina City of Art) Poetry Contest in October.

Voted one of the best Long Island authors for two consecutive years, Dina Santorelli is the author of the award-winning debut novel, Baby Grand, a top-rated mystery/thriller and best-selling organized crime thriller on Amazon Kindle. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years and has written frequently about travel, entertainment, lifestyle, bridal, and pop culture for many media outlets, including Newsday,, and First for Women. Dina currently serves as the executive editor of Salute and Family magazines for which she has interviewed many celebrities, including Norman Reedus, Vince Vaughn, James Gandolfini, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Angela Bassett, and Kevin Bacon, among others. She is a seasoned collaborator, working with authors on a variety of nonfiction book projects, including Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALS Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons (St. Martin’s Press, May 2016), I, Spy: How to Be Your Own Private Investigator (St. Martin’s Press, February 2016), Good Girls Don’t Get Fat, The Brown Betty Cookbook, and Bully, and her book Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid has been published in several languages. Dina also lectures for Hofstra University’s Continuing Education Department.

Melanie Sirof ’15 had a reading at Starbucks in Long Beach, NY, in February 2016 and wrote a script and lesson for TED-Ed that they animated: At press time her work garnered more than 86,000 views, and Melanie received an invitation to attend TEDSummit 2016.

Glen M. Vogel is the author of an early reader chapter book titled The Adventure Guys and the Chinese Bear-Cat Rescue that can be found on and Barnes & Noble’s website and he has made more than 20 author appearances at schools on Long Island. His two plays, The Trial of Goldilocks and Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed have been performed more than 1000 times by fifth graders all over Long Island and they are scheduled to be performed another 120 times during this school year. Vogel also teaches the craft of legal research and writing to both undergraduate and law students and, in the rare moments he has free, he is a ferocious reader.

Clive Young ’16 was named editor in chief of the pro audio trade magazine, Pro Sound News. His second book, Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2008), which merges the histories of movies, fandom culture, consumer technology and copyright law to explore the world of underground fan films, is being translated into Portuguese for a Brazilian edition due out in this year from Marsupial Editora. Given his background with the book, he appeared in the 2015 documentary, Fanarchy, which premiered on EPIX, discussing fan culture and its changing relationship with big media.


Spring 2014

Sadanya Cuadra ’14 is the recipient of the Judith Jedlicka Endowed Award in Creative Writing at Hofstra University. Last fall, she assisted with the workshops “How to Become a Better Writer” and the “Creative Writing” for junior high and high school students, respectively.

Michael Heiss ’15 was hired by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program.  His startup publication, Moonshine Appellations, will be publishing its inaugural run during the summer of 2014.

Mia Herman ’13 published poetry in Narrateur: Reflections of Caring.

Koro Koroye ‘14, an international student from Nigeria, was featured in a Newsday article about crisis in her homeland and how it often finds its way into her poetry. She is currently a travel editorial intern at Mashable.

Paula Ganzi Licata ’12 published an essay in The New York Times “Modern Love” column and received a Long Island Press Club Award for an essay on re-gifting. More recently she wrote “How I Tamed My Paper Tiger,” an op-ed for Newsday.

Nolan Meditz ’14 is the recipient of the Axinn-DeMille Poetry Graduate Award.  He was recently awarded a doctoral fellowship from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he will enroll in the Fall of 2014 with a specialization in Rhetoric & Composition.

Lorraine Messagna ’14 has an essay forthcoming in Narrateur: Reflections of CaringShe also published three articles in the Manhasset Press.

Lisa Napolitan ’14 is the recipient of the Axinn-DeMille Fiction Graduate Award for her story “Two Mothers,” and her story “The Footpath” will be published in the summer 2014 edition of the Avalon Literary Review.

Matt Paczkowski’s ’14 essay, “Beyond the Phantoms” will be published in Vol. III of Narrateur: Reflections of Caring.  His article on literary horror stories, “Top 10 Frightening Short Story Classics,” can be found in   His essay “Lost Objects” appears in Spittoon Magazine. And his story “Familiarity” appears in Devilfish Review.

Melissa Rubin’s ’14 essay, “Advertisements R Us,” was published in Everyone’s an Author, a college-level writing composition textbook.  This summer she will teach “Finding Your Narrative Voice: A Prose Workshop” at the Byrant Library in Roslyn.  She is also working as the assistant director of philanthropy at the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center.

Jenette Savage’s ’12 essay “Misconception” appeared in Narrateur: Reflections of Caring.

Melanie Sirof ’15 performed her poem “In Defense of Teaching: An Educator’s Letter to the State about the State of Education” at Mepham High School’s Open Mic Night.  The poem was posted on YouTube.

Christopher Waldvogel  ’15 was awarded Hofstra University’s Provost Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.

Clive Young’s ’16 second book, Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera, (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2008) is being translated into Portuguese for a Brazilian edition due out in this year from Marsupial Editora, an academic publisher in the region.

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