Meet the Panelists 2015

Push to Publish 2015

Meet the Panelists Coming to Push to Publish

Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online.

Meet the panelists joining us for the 2015 Push to Publish conference on October 10, 2015!


Ed Briant is the author and illustrator of over a dozen books, including picture books, early readers, graphic novels, and young adult novels. He illustrates the Petal and Poppy graphic novels with his wife Lisa Jahn Clough for Houghton Mifflin’s Green Light series, and he writes and illustrates the weekly web comic, Tales from the Slush Pile, for Publisher’s weekly. He was received a Flying Start Award from Publisher’s Weekly for his picture book Paper Parade, and was noted as a Newcomer to Watch by the Horn Book for his picture book Don’t Look Now. He teaches Illustration Practice at MICA in Baltimore, and Writing For Children at Rowan University in New Jersey. Read more about his work at

Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels including the Shadowbridge series (Del Rey) and Fitcher’s Brides (Tor). His short stories have appeared most recently in Asimov’s Magazine, Out of Tune (Jonathan Maberry, ed.), and Happily Ever After (John Klima, ed.). He’s director of the fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College. Check out more on his blog at

Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts is a writer, educator, and publisher. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky, an M.B.A. from Montclair State University, and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Most of her work as a writer probes the intersection of faith/spirituality with culture and social issues such as race, class, and gender. In addition to authoring eight books, including her most recent, The Search for Susu, Tracey has written about business, education, publishing/writing, and parenting for numerous online and print publications. She is the former Managing Editor at CLC Publications, a PA-based religious publisher. Her company, NewSeason Books, publishes what she calls “transformational literature” from authors who are looking to launch their work via e-publishing formats. She is an English professor at the Community College of Philadelphia, but also serves as a Thesis Mentor in Rosemont’s Graduate Publishing program. Find her online at

Thomas V. Hartman has nearly 20 years of experience in publishing and digital communications as an acquisitions editor, Web designer, writer/photographer, and literary agent. He has been a Commissioning Editor at Elsevier Science and a Senior Editor at John Wiley and Son. Formerly he was Poetry Editor and Web Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and Manager of the Book Publishing Program at the American College of Physicians. Professor Hartman is an editor, with Michael A. LaComb, MD, of In Whatever Houses We May Visit (ACP Press, 2007), an anthology of poems about illness and healing. His writing or photography has appeared in The Photo ReviewPif; the Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia Business Journal; N + 1;, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. cum laude, English) and Columbia University (M.A. History of Art); and holds a certificate in Digital Marketing from NYU. Professor Hartman is a former Writing Center Associates Fellow at Georgetown University.

Merry Jones is the author of the Elle Harrison suspense novels (THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE, ELECTIVE PROCEDURES), the Harper Jennings thrillers (SUMMER SESSION, BEHIND THE WALLS, WINTER BREAK, OUTSIDE EDEN and, this November, IN THE WOODS), the Zoe Hayes mysteries (THE NANNY MURDERS, THE RIVER KILLINGS, DEADLY NEIGHBORS, THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS). She has also written humor (including I LOVE HIM, BUT…) and non-fiction (including BIRTHMOTHERS: Women who relinquished babies for adoption tell their stories.) Jones’ work has been translated into seven languages, and has appeared in CHILD, AMERICAN WOMAN, and PHILADELPHIA and GLAMOUR, where she was a regular contributor. Currently, she leads workshops in Suspense Writing. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Philadelphia Liars Club. Visit her at

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of BLACKBIRD FLY and THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS, both with HarperCollins. BLACKBIRD FLY is a 2015 Junior Library Selection, SIBA Best Book of the South, and a nominee for the Kirkus Prize and the ALA Notable Children’s Book Award. In addition to writing for children and young adults, Kelly has published more than 30 short stories in publications worldwide and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her third novel, VIRGIL AND VALENCIA, will serve as her MFA thesis for Rosemont College and will be published in March 2017. Learn more at

Janet Spencer King is an independent book editor working with fiction and non-fiction writers, both first-time and experienced. She is also a self-publishing director, guiding authors through the entire process, from cover design to printed book and final e-book distribution. To help authors get their book “out there,” King provides them with marketing starting strategies, the steps necessary to create an author’s platform. She lives in New York City. Check out her website at

Helen W. Mallon’s new book is The Beautiful Name: Four Short Stories, published by a small independent press. She is a regular contributor of book reviews to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has had reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle and Fiction Writers Review. Her writing has won awards from Philadelphia Stories and Relief: A Christian Quarterly. Helen is a writing coach for private client and groups, helping each writer to take advantage of the uncertainties of the writing process to develop confidence in their own voices. Her MFA is from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Corinne Liccketto Moulder joined Smith Publicity in 2007. As Director of Business Development, her consultative approach, insightful recommendations, and tireless work ethic make Corinne a valuable part of Smith Publicity’s clients’ success as she develops aggressive, “out of the box,” creative, and successful media outreach plans. Corinne earned a degree in English from Ursinus College, with minors in Communications and Creative Writing.

Karen Pokras writes adult contemporary and middle grade fiction under the names Karen Pokras and Karen Pokras Toz. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of the Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). For children, her books include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adult readers, Karen’s books include Chasing Invisible and The Whispered Wishes series. For more information, please visit

Lynn Rosen has many years of experience as an editor at publishing houses including Ballantine Books and Running Press. For eight years she ran the Leap First Literary Agency. Currently she is director of the Open Book program, dealing with classes and author events, and the new indie Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA. She was previously Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests.
Miral Sattar is CEO of Bibliocrunch, an award-winning platform that matches authors with trusted, prescreened book publishing professionals. Members of our community have worked for some of the largest publishing houses in the world, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and HarperCollins. Bibliocrunch has helped numerous authors hit the Amazon best-seller list. Miral has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. She and her writing have been featured in numerous media outlets including BusinessWeek, BBC, TIME, Forbes, Money Magazine, Consumer Reports, PBS, and other media publications. She has a MS in Publishing (NYU) and a BS in Computer Engineering (Columbia). You can follow Miral on Twitter @bibliocrunch or @miralsattar.

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He is the author of five story collections, three novels, and two essays collections. His most recent books are Beasts and Men (stories, Press 53) and Communion (essays, Dock Street Press). Next year Ig Publishing will release his next book, a series of essays inspired by Slaughterhouse-Five.

Anne Converse Willkomm has served as Rosemont’s Director of Publishing Program since 2012. Prior to that she served as the Program Advisor and taught developmental writing at Philadelphia University and Rosemont. She is also a writer and a freelance editor, where she works with both corporate clients and emerging writers on novel-length work. Her own creative writing has appeared in The Medulla Review, Postcard ShortsFiction365, Sybil Magazine,, and The Midwest Coast Review. Several longer works of her fiction were twice named semi-finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.


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