Meet Our Students Fall 2015

bennett Katie Bennett was born and raised in South Jersey, and misses eating local produce from the stands around her home. She received er BA in English Literature from Skidmore College, where she developed her love of creative nonfiction. She currently lives in west Philadelphia, and enjoys traveling the country with her band, making zines, baking, and taking trips to the library.
collins Bryan Collins is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. He writes fiction, but prior to that he was a government bureaucrat.
cross Amanda Cross was raised in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, and graduated from Temple University with a BA in English, Creative Writing concentration. She centers her writing in fiction, focusing mostly in the genre of urban fantasy.


Shannon Fandler writes pretty good creative nonfiction but falls short when it comes to biography. She lives in Delaware County, PA.

Jonas Adam Janos is a first-generation American of Hungarian descent who, prior to matriculation at Rutgers–Camden, worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He got his BA from Bard College, and has written and staged five musicals. 
Jones Shawn R. Jones is the author of the poetry chapbook, Womb Rain and a devotional, Pictures in Glass Frames. Shawn is also the owner of Tailored Tutoring LLC in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
ledermannn Derick Ledermann is a creative nonfiction writer from the Chicago suburbs. He received his BA in English from Eastern Illinois University. Derick has been a radio DJ, and Uber driver, and a moderately-famous YouTube star in Brazil. He is currently working on a collection of essays focused in part on the one and a half years he lived in Brazil.
McGahee Steve McGahee is an aspiring poet, author and dramatist who has returned to school after decades of living in South Jersey. He grew up amongst orange groves in southern Florida and later leveraged an engineering and economics degree from Brown to join the military to fly airplanes and travel. He’s married with two children — a son, aged 25, and a daughter, aged 4.
Mimi Mondal was brought up in Calcutta, India. In various other incarnations, she has been an editor with Penguin India, a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and an Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholar at the Clarion West Writing Workshop 2015. She almost always enjoys the company of monsters.
punchatz Isabelle Punchatz grew up across the river in Yardley, PA, and has a propensity for buying journals that she never writes in. The majority of the time she can be found with her chihuahua glued to her side, looking for a plane ticket to another country or collecting far too many books than her bookshelves can hold (or she has time to read).
smith Kevin Smith is a Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the United States, thanks in part to his time in the Marine Corps. After his time in the Marines, Kevin received a BA in English and Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia and decided that writing was one of the few things that actually made sense to him. He has also spent time abroad in Austria, but prefers anywhere where there is good coffee.

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Kymberly Stark Williams was born and raised in South Jersey. She is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist who studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and worked in book retail for fifteen years.


Heather Struck is a California transplant in New York City who now calls Camden one of her many homes. She graduated with a minor in Creative Writing from The George Washington University, and has worked as a journalist for eight years.

williams Mariam Williams is a Kentucky writer now living in Philadelphia. She was loving her job in social justice research and was in the midst of pursuing a master’s degree in Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville when she decided it was time to pursue creative writing instead. Mariam is a 2015-16 Trustees Fellow and wants to put her tangential background to use to help women and girls discover the power and importance of their own voices.