Alumni Authors

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Please note this web page covers books published within the last few years and in no way constitutes a comprehensive listing of Binghamton University alumni authors. We will add new books to this page regularly. E-mail us with information about alumni authors who should be included here.

Stacey Agin Murray ’89 is the author of The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook (CreateSpace, 2015). The handbook offers brides and grooms organizing tips, systems, and 101 sample thank you notes to help them manage and organize their words of ‘thanks’ as the gifts start pouring in.

Helen Williams Akinc, MBA '82 wrote The Praeger Handbook for College Parents (Praeger, 2009). In this book, a veteran college dean gives parents of college students practical guidance to navigate bureaucracies and policies in order to support their student's academic career.

Stanley N. Alpert '81 published The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival (Putnam, 2007).

Dolores Andral '94 and Vladimir Andral '95 published the picture book Prissy On The Moon (Laurel View Press, 2014), which tells the story of a child whose imagination leads to an exciting lunar journey.

Ana Aparicio '94 published Dominican-Americans and the Politics of Empowerment (University Press of Florida, 2006). It examines the ways Dominican-Americans have shaped a new presence in New York City politics.

Dora Apel '74 published Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Apel, an art historian, explores a variety of images of this troubled city, showing the underlying pessimistic narratives that all hope for progress is lost, and that even worse times may be ahead.

Samar Attar, PhD '73 wrote Debunking the Myths of Colonization: The Arabs and Europe (University Press of America, 2010).

Matthew Babcock ’98 published his first poetry collection, Points of Reference (Folded Word, 2016), which takes readers on a roadtrip through poems as vast and straight as Montana highways.

Paula Baxter '75, MA '77 wrote Southwestern Indian Rings (Schiffer, 2011), a book that provides a design history of this jewelry form, from pre-contact artifacts to contemporary artistic innovations. Barry Katzen '76 took the more than 350 color photos that appear in the book.

Elan Barnehama '78 wrote the novel Finding Bluefield (Bold Strokes Books, 2012), which centers on medical resident Barbara Phillips, who is content to basically hide out in a small Virginia town. When she enters Nicky's Diner, everything changes and -- against her better judgment -- she falls in love.

Alexander F. Barnes MA '83 is co-author of Let's Go: The History of the 29th Infantry Division 1917-2001 (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2014). Al's second book with Schiffer tells the complete story of one of the Army's most famous divisions from WWI and WWII to the Bosnia peacekeeping missions at the turn of the century.

Seth Bates '98 is co-author of SharePoint 2007 User's Guide (Apress, 2007), a book that provides guidance about the new workflows, interface and other technologies within SharePoint 2007; this book is a follow up to the Guide for SharePoint 2003.

Jan Becker ’08 published The Sunshine Chronicles (Jitney Books, 2016), an inventive compilation of Facebook posts revealing an intimate portrait of a quirky writer and her South Florida surroundings. Readers will simultaneously LOL and find themselves deeply moved as Becker navigates domestic life with The Chef and Feline amidst a zany cast of neighbors and characters. 

April Beisaw, MA '98, PhD '07 wrote Identifying and Interpreting Animal Bones: A Manual (Texas A&M University Press, 2013). With James G. Gibb, MA ’85, PhD ’94, she edited The Archaeology of Institutional Life (University of Alabama Press, 2009). Owen Lindauer ’79 authored a chapter in that book.

Alfred Bendixen '73 edited A Companion to the American Novel (Wiley Blackwell, 2012), a collection of essays on the genre by many of the most distinguished scholars of American literature. His other recent books include A Companion to the American Short Story, co-edited with James Nagel (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing, co-edited with Judith Hamera (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Margot Berwin ’84 published her first novel Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire (Pantheon, 2009). It was optioned as a film by SONY Pictures, and will star Julia Roberts.

Perry Binder '81 is the author of Unlocking Your Rubber Room: 44 Off-the-Wall Lessons to Lighten and Transform Everyday Life (Langdon Street Press, 2009).

Chris Biscuiti ’01 published a poetry book Half a Lifetime More or Less (CreateSpace, 2009).

Gary Blum '81 is the co-author of Stop Hurting Me! I Don't Buy It!, a book that unlocks the secrets to getting what you want out of life.

Michael Blumenthal '69 has published three books: Just Three Minutes, Please: Thinking Out Loud on Public Radio (Vandalia Press, 2014); Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Struggle of Rita Miljo to Save the Baboons of South Africa (Pleasure Boat Studios , 2014) and The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History: Stories (Etruscan Press, 2014).

Patti Breitman '76 is co-author of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want to Be One (Lantern Books, 2008).

Simon J. Bronner '74 wrote Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture (University Press of Kentucky, 2012), which discusses the underlying reasons for the continuing significance of traditions, delving into their social and psychological roles in everyday life from old-time crafts to folk creativity on the Internet.

Thomas Brucie, PhD ’02 published a chapbook of poems, Moments Around the Campfire with a Vietnam Vet (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). In addition, he has published a second poetry chapbook, Apprentice Lessons (Daniel's Vision Press, 2015), the novel, Weapons of Cain (MilSpeak Books, 2013), and a book of short stories, Still Waters: Five Stories (Tight Curtain Press, 2006).

Eugene Bryan '11 and Joseph D'Urso '11 wrote the science fiction novel The Aetherverse (Aether Press, LLC, 2016). They started the book while attending Binghamton University.

Roderick Bush, PhD ’92 is the author of The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line (Temple University Press, 2009). He is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at St. John’s University in New York.

Ronald E. Butchart, PhD ’76 wrote Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning, and the Struggle for Black Freedom 1861–1876 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Butchart is professor of history and education and affiliate faculty in the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Georgia. He is a leading authority on the history of African-American education.

Sheree Bykofsky '78 co-wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published (Alpha, 2006). She has also written a number of books on poker.

Ronald Citron ’75 wrote If God Intended the Sabbath, Why Did He Create Home Ownership? A Journey Through Sabbaths Lost (Westbow Press, 2014). 

Dennis Compton Canterbury, MA ’99, PhD ’00 published European Bloc Imperialism (Brill, 2010), the reinvigorated debate on imperialism in the last two decades focusing on the means by which Euro-American capital is currently spread around the globe and the different ways it pillages the wealth of the developing countries.

Regina M. Clark '82 published 101 Ways to Get Fit by 50 (Clark Training & Development, 2012). Inspired by a milestone birthday, Clark recommitted herself to a healthy lifestyle and set a goal to get fit by 50. In sharing her story, Clark demonstrates how a busy, working mom can redefine her lifestyle to focus on keeping fit.

Brian Clements '88, MA '90, PhD '93 produced an anthology An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009). He wrote two poetry books Disappointed Psalms (Meritage Press, 2008) and And How to End It (Quale Press, 2008). He is also the editor of the literary journal Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics.

Cynthia Miller Coffel, MA ’87 is the author of One is Thinking Themselves Free: Research on the Literacy of Teen Mothers (Peter Lang, 2010), a study of a small group of teen mothers trying to finish high school at an alternative school, and their reading and writing experiences.

Mark Cohen '81 is the editor of Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim (Syracuse University Press, 2010). Cohen is a cultural critic and lecturer living near San Francisco. He is the author of numerous articles of Jewish American literature.

Samuel Cohen ’95 is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s (University of Iowa Press, 2009). He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri.

Mark Coleman '98 wrote Time to Trust: Mobilizing Humanity for a Sustainable Future (Motivational Press, 2014), which challenges people to step up their games as global and local citizens. 

Paul M. Collins, Jr., MA ’03, PhD ’05 is an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Texas. He published his first book, Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2008).Mike Hudak '75, PhD '86 wrote Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching (Biome Books, 2007).

John A. Conners '63, MS '70 wrote Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth (McDonald & Woodward, 2013). The book offers a rare and comprehensive overview of the science of groundwater; the long, diverse, and intensifying use of this resource by people; and the need for humans to utilize groundwater science when making or evaluating decisions about its use.

Michaeline A. Crichlow, MA '84, PhD ’88 is the author of Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination (Duke University Press, 2009).

Jerry Cunningham '81 authored a book of holiday short stories for seventh and eighth graders called The Metal Horse Learns Spanglish (Rogue River Publishing, 2016).

Donald Davis ’54 wrote Catching a Glimpse (XLibris, 2015), an array of glimpses written in many formats over the past 35 years; some memoirs, odes, ballads, short stories, short poems and animal stories are featured. 

Bill Decker '83 published two underground best selling booklets under the Lessons from the Road series. One is Global Business 1-2-3 and the other is Start Up Tips 1-2-3.

Jeana DelRosso '92 published Writing Catholic Women: Contemporary International Catholic Girlhood Narratives (Palgrave Press, 2005), a book that examines the interplay of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality and sexuality through the lens of Catholicism.

Peter Doobinin '77 published a novel, Suburban Boy, (iUniverse, Inc. 2005). The protagonist Peter is trying to discover a sense of purpose, meaning and abandoned joyfulness.

Lee Alan Dugatkin, PhD '91 is the author of Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America (University of Chicago Press, 2009). He is professor of biology and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

Nathan Englander '91 is translator of New American Haggadah (Little, Brown & Co., 2012), and is the author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Knopf Doubleday, 2013), and The Ministry of Special Cases (Knopf, 2007).

John Ernest ’78 wrote Liberation Historiography: African-American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794-1861 (UNC Press, 2009). He is Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University.

Marjorie N. Feld '93 published her second book, Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle Over Apartheid (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which chronicles American Jewish involvement in the battle against racial injustice in South Africa, and more broadly the long historical encounter between American Jews and apartheid.

Stephanie (Fiato) Monahan '00 published her first book 33 Valentines (Entangled Edge, 2013), a work of women's fiction.

Norman Finkelstein '75 published his poetry collection The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems (Dos Madres Press, 2016). He is the author of On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2010), which asks how and why the sacred has remained a basic concern of contemporary experimental poets in a secular age.

Marcia Naomi (Fisch) Berger '66 is the author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted (New World Library, 2014). Marcia's mission is to help people create a marriage that fosters the growth and vitality of both partners: emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically and materially.

Nancy Flynn, MA '94, is the author of the poetry collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar (Cayuga Lake Books, 2015) as well as the poetry chapbooks, Eternity a Coal's Throw (Burning River Press, 2012) and The Hours of Us (Finishing Line Press, 2007).

Susan C. Fox, MA '95, PhD '01 is the author of As the Dust Settles: Finding Life at Ground Zero, the continuing story of the reconstitution and perseverance of a community facing uncertainty with the demolition of contaminated buildings, and a decade-long project of reconstruction following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Bruce Freeman '73 is co-author of Birthing the Elephant: A Woman's Go-for-it! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business (Ten Speed Press, 2008).

Mark Freeman '77 is the author of Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward (Oxford University Press, 2009). Although hindsight brings its share of biases, distortions, and false memories, Freeman maintains that looking backward can also serve as a profound source of insight.

Charles R. Gallagher, MA ’91 wrote Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII (Yale University Press, 2008).

Michael Gold '79 wrote Horror House Detective (Silverthought Press, 2009), the tale of a hard-working family man besieged on all sides by The Weirdness, and he's not going to run away from the fight.

Carole (Goldsmith) Howard '66 is the author of About Face (Warwick Associates, 2011), the serious-but-funny story of a woman of a certain age who's trying to reconcile the pragmatic corporate executive she is with the idealistic Peace Corps volunteer she used to be.

Vincent F.A. Golphin, PhD '05 published the poetry book, 10 Stories Down (FootHills Publishing, 2011). The poems were inspired by time he spent in Beijing. Golphin is an assistant professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jane Gottlieb ’76 is the author of Music Library and Research Skills (Prentice Hall, 2009).

Jonathan Gottschall, MA '96, PhD '00 wrote The Professor in the Cage (Penguin Press, 2015), partly a memoir of the three years he spent trying to learn to fight, partly a non-fiction version of Fight Club, and partly a tour of the science and history of violence.

Laurie (Levine) Graff '76 wrote The Shiksa Syndrome (Broadway, 2008), a book about a Jewish girl who pretends to be a shiksa (non-Jewish woman) to catch a Jewish guy. Laurie also wrote You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs (2004) and Looking for Mr. Goodfrog (2006).

Lisa Greenwald '02 wrote My Life in Pink & Green (Amulet Books, 2009).

Marshall Grossman '69 is the editor of Reading Renaissance Ethics (Routledge, 2007).

Peter Guttman '76 is the author of Christmas in America: A Photographic Celebration of the Holiday Season (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011). He has twice won the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award.

Erik Hage '96, MA '98 is the author of The Words and Music of Van Morrison (Praeger, 2009). Erik is an associate professor of journalism at SUNY Cobleskill.

Roger L. Hall, MA '72 wrote Lincoln and Liberty: Music from Abraham Lincoln's Era (PineTree Press, 2009).

Tara Fox Hall '98 co-edited Bedtime Shadows (Melange Books, 2012), a mixture of horror, speculative fiction and romance-stories of ghosts and vampires, future dystopias, travel through different dimensions, a holiday romance that changes everything, and a new twist on an ancient myth.

Mike Halperin '68 is the author of True Tales of the Tide (Dorrance Publishing, 2009).

Gail Hennessey ’80 wrote To Tell the Truth Plays (Interact, 2010), a book on biographical plays on famous people.

Patricia Hoyt ’80, under the business and pen name Ann Castle, wrote a novel, Captured Souls (Intuitive Consulting, 2011), featured in Publisher’s Weekly in March 2011.

Mike Hudak '75, PhD '86 wrote Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching (Biome Books, 2007).

Sharon E. Hunt '81 published Vail and Colossal Cave Mountain Park (Arcadia Publishing, 2007).

Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini '05 is co-author of In Defiance, Runaways from Slavery in New York's Hudson River Valley, 1735-1831 (Black Dome Press, 2016), which features archival newspaper notices for runaway slaves, plus notices for slaves captured and other relevant historical documents. 

Laura Lynne (Osvald) Jackson '94 is the author of The Light Between Us: Stories from Heaven. Lessons for the Living (Random House, 2015).

Judson L. Jeffries, MPP '90, published Urban America and Its Police: From the Postcolonial Era Through the Turbulent 1960s (University Press of Colorado, 2003), co-authored with Harlan D. Hahn.

Nick Jezarian ’97, Josh Abraham ’97 and Geoff Wolinetz ’98 are a three-man writing crew known as They wrote Underrated (Citadel, 2008).

Evanne Jordan ’76 wrote the children’s book, Firefly Night (Interdimensional Press, 2010), which follows the adventures of A.J. and his sister as they set out to catch fireflies on a warm summer evening.

Pauline Kaldas, PhD ’98 wrote The Time Between Places: Stories that Weave in and out of Egypt and America (University of Arkansas Press, 2011).

Jesse Kalfel ’71, MS ’76 is the author of So You’re Cremated…Now What? (iUniverse, 2009).

Ellyn Kaschak '65 wrote Sight Unseen: Gender and Race Through Blind Eyes (Columbia University Press, 2015), a book that discusses the realities of race, gender and sexual orientation from the perspective of the blind.

Vicky Kaseorg '78 wrote I'm Listening With a Broken Ear (2011), a true story about a dying dog, Honeybun, the author found on a roadside and grudgingly rescued.

Peter M. Kash '83 is the co-author of Freedom from Disease: The Breakthrough Approach to Preventing Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's, and Depression by Controlling Insulin (St. Martin's, 2008). Kash is also the co-author of Restart: Life Tactics for Today's Economy (White River Press, 2009).

Jeff Katz '84 wrote The Kansas City A's and the Wrong Half of the Yankees (Maple Street Press, 2007).

Ronald Katz ’76 is the author of Someone's Gonna Get Hired...It Might As Well be You!, a book that provides a roadmap to get from the unemployment line back into the workforce. Katz is the president of Penguin Human Resource Consulting.

Seth Kaufman '85 wrote The King of Pain (Sukuma Books, 2012). The book centers around Rick Salter, the mind behind an outrageous reality TV show about torture. He wakes up one Saturday morning to find himself trapped underneath his gigantic home entertainment system with no idea how he got there. Kaufman has been a reporter for the New York Post Page Six and the editorial director of TV

Alan Kavadlo ’01 is the author of We’re Working Out: A Zen Approach to Everyday Fitness (Muscle-Up Publications, 2010), a book about getting back to the basics, being mindful of and in your approach to fitness and learning how to accept your body but still push it further.

Steven G. Kellman '67 published Switching Languages: Translingual Writers Reflect on Their Craft (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), a book he edited and for which he wrote the introductory essay. He has also published Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth (W.W. Norton, 2005) which was the subject of an extensive article in the July 25, 2005 edition of The New Yorker.

Patricia Kennealy Morrison ’67 has published the first two books of The Rock & Roll Murders: The Rennie Stride Mysteries, her Sixties murder mystery series: Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore (Lizard Queen Press, 2007) and California Screamin’: Murder at Monterey Pop (Lizard Queen Press, 2009). She is also the author of Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison and The Keltiad science-fantasy series.

David Kilpatrick MA '94, PhD '01 is the author of Writing with Blood: The Sacrificial Dramatist as Tragic Man (Eye Corner Press, 2011), a book about ecstatic states of consciousness that allows for a new form of subjectivity.

Rob Kirkpatrick, PhD '03 wrote Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators: The War-Torn Career of an All-Star Shortstop (McFarland, 2006). Kirkpatrick is also the editor of The Quotable Sixties (The Lyons Press, 2006), a collection of memorable quotations from this bellwether decade in American culture.

Joseph Kosiewska, MA '74 published a collection of short stories, The Secret Nature of Space and Time (, 2006).

Abidin Kusno '93, PhD '98 is the author of The Appearances of Memory (Duke University Press, 2010). He is associate professor at the Institute of Asian Research and faculty associate of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Asian Urbanism and Culture.

Jonathan Landers '04 is co-author of the science fiction book Set Sail for the Stars (Photon Communications, 2008).

Jennifer E. Langdon, PhD '00 wrote Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood (Columbia University Press, 2009). The book discusses the challenges that Hollywood radicals faced within the studio system. Scott was a film producer for RKO blacklisted at the peak of his career.

Michael C. LaSala '81 is the author of Coming Out, Coming Home (Columbia University Press, 2011). Through a qualitative, multicultural study of 65 gay and lesbian children and their parents, LaSala outlines effective, practice-tested interventions for families in transition.

Michael Laser '75 published his second novel Dark & Light: A Love Story (Permanent Press, 2006) and Cheater (Dutton, 2008), his second novel for young readers.

Richard Edwin Lee, MA '89, PhD '94 published three books with SUNY Press:Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, I: Determinism (October 2010), Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, II: Reductionism (October 2010), and Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III: Dualism (November 2010). Lee is professor of sociology and director of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University.

Dr. Timothy J. Legg, MS '00 is the co-author of Disaster Nursing (Jones & Bartlett, 2008). The book is designed for nursing students and working nurses; it covers, among other topics, being a first responder, disaster volunteering and disaster preparedness.

David Lemm '02 wrote Regain Control: Financial Endurance For Life (Financial, 2009), a book geared toward surviving the economy through forward financial thinking.

Diana Linden '83 is the author of Ben Shahn's New Deal Murals: Jewish Identity in the American Scene" (Wayne State University Press, Fall 2015), a book that examines the role of Jewish identity in Shahn's works, showing how his subjects, themes and compositions painted Jews into the American scene.

Edith Linn ’75 published Arrest Decisions: What Works for the Officer (Peter Lang, 2008), a study of how police officers’ arrest choices are influenced by overtime, post-work commitments and other personal factors. The book is based on her 21 years as a member of the NYPD. She received a doctorate in criminal justice from CUNY Graduate Center in 2004 and is a professor at Berkeley College in Manhattan.

Stephanie B. Lockshin '91, PhD '94; Jennifer Gillis '99, MA '02; and Raymond Romanczyk published Defying Autism: Keeping Your Sanity and Taking Control (Drl Books Inc, 2004).

Richard Lucas ’87 is the author of Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany (Casemate, 2010).

William Luis '71 is Chancellor's professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Juan Francisco Manzano. Autobiografía del esclavo poeta y otros escritos. (Frankfurt – Madrid: Iberoamericana - Vervuert, 2007).

Roger Ma '92 is the author of The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead (Penguin, 2010); the book is a guide to emerging victorious from hand-to-hand combat with a walking corpse.

Laura Maffei '89 published her first collection of poetry, Drops from her Umbrella (Inkling Press, 2006). The book is a collection of tanka, the five-line lyric form originating in Japan that captures a single, subjective moment in time.

Jo Malin PhD '95 is the editor of My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community Through the Body (SUNY Press, 2010). Malin is a project director and grants specialist in the Graduate School of Education and adjunct assistant professor of English at Binghamton University.

Harry Marten '65 wrote a memoir, But That Didn't Happen To You: Recollections and Inventions (Xoxox Press, 2006).

Richard Martin '72 published the poetry book Techniques in the Neighborhood of Sleep (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016) and short story collection Buffoons in the Gene Pool (Lavender Ink, 2016). Martin is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and founder of The Big Horror Poetry Series (Binghamton, 1983-96).

William G. Martin ’78, MA, PhD ’85 is co-editor of From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International since the Age of Revolution (UNC Press, 2009). Martin is a professor of sociology at Binghamton University.

Sheila Massoni, PhD ’07 is the author of Morgan: Writing Through Grief (Finishing Line Press, 2009).

Timothy Masters ’80 writes under the pen name “Sandy Samson”; published his first full-length novel, Red Dust and Bones (Purple Sword, 2010), a science-fiction thriller.

Timothy Mayers, MA '90 published (Re)Writing Craft: Composition, Creative Writing, and the Future of English Studies (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). The book was published as part of the press's series on composition, literacy and culture.

Sally (Sarah) McGraw '98, creator of the daily style and body image blog Already Pretty, released the book, Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress It Well (CreateSpace, 2012). Structured as a fun and accessible self-guided makeover, Already Pretty is the antidote to cookie-cutter style guides.

Suzanne Michael '73 is the co-author of Not on Speaking Terms: Clinical Strategies to Resolve Family and Friendship Cutoffs (W.W. Norton & Co., 2014), a book that can help therapists, patients and the general public better understand the causes of cutoffs, how to reconcile them, and move on through healing.

Jennifer Miller '89, MBA '91 co-authored the career planning textbook Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work (Cengage Learning , 2013). The book is designed to help students navigate the twists and turns they may encounter upon entering the workforce by developing a self-directed, proactive plan to launch and manage their careers over the years to come.

Roger K. Miller ’65 published a novel, Dragon in Amber (Wasteland Press, 2010), a romantic comedy set in 1953 in the Grand Duchy of Drachenschweig, a small country in Europe bounded on one side by imagination and on the other side by absurdity, and entirely encircled by whimsy, and ruled benignly by Dowager Grand Duchess Margarethe VI, a former schoolmarm from Keokuk, Iowa.

Dr. Jodi Mindell '84 co-authored a parenting book entitled Take Charge of Your Child's Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens.

Bonnie J. Morris, MA ’85, PhD ’88 published Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor (Indiana University Press, 2009). She is a member of the faculty in the women’s studies program at George Washington University.

Elizabeth Bloomer Nesvold '90 co-authored The Art of M&A Valuation and Modeling (McGraw-Hill, 2015). Liz is founder and managing partner of Silver Lane Advisors, an M&A investment bank that specializes in the financial services industry.

Bradford J. Novak '68 wrote Appeal To A Higher Father (2010), available through the Kindle bookstore at The book carries the premise that the president of the United States does indeed appeal to his higher father (Bob Woodward's interview with George W. Bush just after the Iraqi invasion) and is actually visited by him in the Oval Office.

Neil O’Donnell, MA '99 published two books: Bellwood, OCD and Me (Argus Enterprises International, 2011), a memoir of his lifelong battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and Vlara’s Song (Argus Enterprises International, 2011), an anthology of fantasy-genre short stories which served as a foundation for a novel he previously published. He lives in Lancaster, N.Y., and teaches critical theory and anthropology courses at Canisius College.

Steven Ovadia ’98 published his second book Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches (Manning Publications, 2016), a book designed to teach non-technical users about the free and open source Linux operating system.

Mitch Pearlstein '70, founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, wrote Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means For America's Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He explores the declining state of the American family and discusses what its disintegration means for our future.

Claire Puccia Parham '01 wrote The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project: An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth (Syracuse University Press, 2009).

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger '70, PhD and her husband, Chuck, published Analyzing Computer Security (Prentice Hall, 2011). The book presents the elements of computer security as viewed by a variety of attack types. Each chapter begins with a description of a real attack, then discusses what was exploited and how the attack could have been prevented.

Michael Philion '73 published his first novel Baggattaway (Wordclay, 2009). Modern Chippewa stake their lives on the resurrection of their sacred game (lacrosse) in the 2010 World Championships.

Arthur Plotnik ’60 wrote his eighth book Better than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives (Viva Editions, 2011). He is the author of Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style (Random House, 2007).

Margi Preus, MA '83 is the author of The Peace Bell (Henry Holt, 2008), a picture book based on the true story of the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell.

Dean Rader, MA '91, PhD '95, published the collection of poems Works & Days (Truman State University Press), which won the prestigious T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize for 2010.

Rachel Rashkin-Shoot '00 published two self-help books for children and adolescents: Feeling Better: A Kid’s Book about Therapy (APA/Magination Press, 2005) and An Umbrella for Alex (PDAN Press, 2006).

Hillary Raphael '98 published a novel Ximena (Future Fiction London, 2008). She also wrote I Love Lord Buddha, which was adapted for screen.

Karen Remmler '79 is co-editor of Artists, Intellectuals, and World War II: The Pontigny Encounters at Mount Holyoke College, 1942-1944 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006). The book is a collection of original essays assessing the lasting impact and contemporary significance of Pontigny-en-Amerique.

Beth N. Riley '99 is co-author of Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care (Columbia University Press, 2010). She is cofounder of BCFOCUS, a multiagency collaboration working with foster and adoptive families.

Bruce Ritter '81 wrote a novel under the pen name Bruce Adams. The Palace of Dreams (Bryce Cullen Publishing, 2012) takes readers on a gripping, unforgettable adventure. Torn between his loyalty to his brother and his responsibility to the rest of the world, protagonist Del Verdan embarks upon a journey that will alter him forever.

Kenton Wing Robinson '74 published a poetry collection, The Water Sonnets (Antrim House, 2008). Robinson lives in Connecticut is a career newsman, who writes poems about love and the newspaper business.

Faith Rogow, MA '83, PhD '89 is co-author of The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (Corwin, 2012). This text, by two veteran media literacy educators, is a combination of theory and practical application appropriate for students in methods courses as well as teachers in the field, administrators and policy makers.

Lawrence Rosenblum '83 is the author of See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), a book that explores the astonishing abilities of the five senses, skills of which most of us are remarkably unaware.

Michael E. Rothman '82 is co-author of Edibolic Stress: How The Lies You Are Being Fed Are Making You Sick (Outskirts Press, 2012). The book addresss the myths that make people sick and offers factual information to restore health and vitality.

Lee B. Salz '92 is the author of the following books: Hire Right, Higher Profits (CreateSpace, 2014), Business Expert Guide to Small Business Success (Business Expert Publishing, 2010), Stop Speaking for Free! The Ultimate Guide to Making Money with Webinars (Business Expert Publishing, 2010), and Soar Despite Your Dodo Sales Manager (Wbusiness Books, 2007).

Maria Elena Sandovici, MA '02, PhD '05 wrote Stray Dogs and Lonely Beaches: Seeking Love in a World Full of Evil Stepmothers (CreateSpace, 2015), which covers a young woman's journey from Bucharest to New York, Cancun, and Paris, in the pursuit of the love that has eluded her all her life.

Vincent Scarsella '76 wrote The Anonymous Man (Aignos Press, 2013) about a man who fakes his own death to collect a $4 million life insurance policy only to be betrayed by his co-conspirators in the plot, his wife and best friend. He also published a guide for consumers of legal services, Lawyers Gone Bad: How to Get Even With A Lawyer Who's A Lying, Cheating, Thieving, Disloyal, Dishonest, Procrastinating, Neglectful, Abusive, or Otherwise Unethical Scoundrel, available for Kindle and Nook devices.

Karen Halvorsen Schreck, MA '87 published Dream Journal (Hyperion Books for Children, 2006), a powerful novel about an isolated and frightened teenager whose mother has breast cancer.

Robert T.K. Scully '70 wrote The King History Forgot (Two Harbors Press, 2013), a look at the remarkable reign of Makikele, sorcerer king of copper-rich Phalaborwa.

Jeffery Lyle Segal, MA '79 is co-producer and co-author of book, music and lyrics for I Come for Love, a musical presented last fall at the New York Musical Theater Festival. It’s the story of an alien girl in search of romance who crashes her flying saucer at Roswell, N.M., in 1949, and falls for a reporter who thinks she’s a nice, down-to-Earth girl.

Michael H. Seid '80 wrote Chuckin' Chuck (AuthorHouse, 2011), a satirical novel that follows Charles Manson’s rise to fame in big-league baseball.

Evan Selinger '96 is co-author of Philosophy of Expertise (Columbia University Press, 2006) and the editor of Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde (State University of New York Press, 2006).

Ben Serviss '05 published an eBook, How to Score Your First Game Job, about how to break into the video game industry. It's based on the 10 years he has spent working in games, along with the experiences of 11 other game developers he interviewed.

Sherrie (Shamoon) Schneider '80 is co-author of Not Your Mother's Rules: The New Secrets for Dating (Grand Central Publishing, 2013), which People magazine called a 2014 "must read." This book is the latest installment in the best-selling The Rules series.

Karen Halvorsen Schreck, MA '87 wrote her fourth novel, Broken Ground (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books, 2016), a lyrical romance about a young woman who found herself a widow when her husband was killed in an oil rig accident.

Gary Shapiro '77 wrote Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses (HarperCollins, 2013) and (with foreword by Mark Cuban) The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort Books, 2011).

Mitchell Silver, MA '74 wrote A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology (Fordham University Press, 2006).

Karen Reichel Smith, DNP ’14 is the author of Nursing Chose Me: Called to an Art of Compassion (Create Space, 2015), a candid recounting of life as a nurse.

John J. Sosik '95 is lead author of The Dream Weavers: Strategy-Focused Leadership in Technology-Driven Organizations (Information Age Publishing, 2004). He is also the author of Leading with Character: Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach (Information Age Publishing, 2006).

Art Spiegelman published In the Shadow of No Towers (Pantheon Books, 2004) his account of the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001.

Richard Spilman ’82 is the author of The Estate Sale (Texas Review Press, 2010), a book of short stories.

Linda Budinoff Spurlock '76, MA '86 is the editor of Caves & Culture: 10,000 Years of Ohio History (Kent State University Press, 2006). The book seeks to address a number of issues, including the use of rock shelters by humans through time.

Irwin Stoolmacher '69 is one of three co-authors of Mission Possible: How You Can Start and Operate a Soup Kitchen (Open Door Publications, 2011). Stoolmacher, a marketing and fundraising consultant who heads the Stoolmacher Consulting Group in Lawrence, N.J., and his co-authors draw on their 35 years of experience working with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen in Trenton, N.J.

Robert S. Swiatek '72 published The Joy of Life Cookbook (Swiatek Press, 2010). He also wrote Press 1 for Pig Latin (Swiatek Press, 2008) and Take Back the Earth: The Dumb, Greedy Incompetents Have Trashed It (Swiatek Press, 2008), an Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist.

Deborah A. Symonds, MA '81, PhD '85 published Notorious Murders, Black Lanterns, and Moveable Goods (University of Akron Press, 2006). The book explores the shadow economy of petty theft, thievery and murder in the Old Town district of Edinburgh, Scotland in the early 19th century.

Andy Szul '92 collaborated with his daughter on the publication of their first illustrated children's book, Chipmunk Champs Buddy & Swifty, which is available in paperback and Kindle on

Andy Tang '85 published his first book of poems, Stories I Come Home To (CreateSpace, 2009).

Eddie Tafoya, PhD '97 wrote The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form (BrownWalker Press, 2009). He is an associate professor of American literature and creative writing at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and a professional comedian.

Deborah Tannen '66 is best known as the author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on The New York Times Best Seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 29 languages.

Michael Testani, Sr., MS '02, Sreekanth Ramakrishnan, PhD '08 and Sean Gillespie wrote Lean for Sales: Bringing the Science of Lean to the Art of Selling (CRC Press, 2016),
a book that describes the Lean journey as it extends to a business area that is mission critical, yet has been virtually untouched by the Lean transformation.

Cullen Thomas ’92 wrote Brother One Cell (Viking Adult, 2007), which chronicles his three-year prison term in South Korea. The story was scheduled to be part of an episode of “Locked Up Abroad” on the National Geographic Channel. Thomas discussed his book at Landmark on Main Street in his hometown of Port Washington, N.Y.

Rebecca Tobin '70 (aka Rebecca Yount) published her debut novel, an e-book titled A Death in C Minor: A Mick Chandra Mystery. This is the first title in a seven-book series about Detective Inspector Mick Chandra of New Scotland Yard.

Madelyn Cohen Travis '87 published Jews and Jewishness in British Children's Literature (Routledge, 2013), an interdisciplinary study exploring the often politicized nature of constructions of one of Britain's longest standing minority communities.

Larry Tuxbury ’90 co-wrote the novel Benjamin Franklin Lives (Putnam, 2010), the story of young Victor Godwin, who discovers that Benjamin Franklin has been sleeping in suspended animation in a secret basement beneath his house.

Hugo J.J. Uyttenhove, MS '75, PhD '78 wrote Rembrandt Redux (Author House, 2013) and Grand Scale Larceny: The Heist of the Flemish Primitives (, 2010).

Edward VanDerbeck '63, professor emeritus at Xavier University, published Principles of Cost Accounting, 17th ed., (Cengage Learning, 2015).

Richard Vang '91 published My Dad is a Freemason (Square Cirle Press, 2006), a book designed to help Freemasons explain their organization to their children. Until recently, Masonic tradition had discouraged the discussion of lodge activities with family members.

Chris Voparil '91, MA '93 published Richard Rorty: Politics and Vision (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2006). The book is his first full-length work devoted to Rorty, one of America's greatest living philosophers, from the perspective of political theory.

Chuck Wasielewski '04 (writing under the name C.W. Briar) published Wrath and Ruin (Splickety Publishing Group, 2016), an anthology of fantasy and science fiction stories threaded with traditional horror.

Mary Waters-Sayer ’89 is the author of The Blue Bath (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), a novel that tells the story of an American expatriate in London who attends an opening at a prestigious Mayfair art gallery and is astonished to find her own face on the walls. 

Barbara B. Wavell, MA '79, wrote Arts and Crafts of Micronesia: Trading with Tradition (Bess Press, 2010). For the last 20 years, she has been collecting and researching the handicrafts of Micronesia and was able to publish the book with the help of a grant from the Federated States of Micronesia.

Napoleon Wells '02 published A Field Negroes Handbook (iUniverse, 2005), which takes a hard look at issues of manhood, fidelity, responsibility and survival within the African-American community.

Henry Weinfield, MA ’73 published The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk (University of Iowa Press, 2009).

Dori Weinstein '89 wrote Sliding into the New Year (Yotzeret Publishing, 2011), the first book in the YaYa & YoYo series. Fifth-grader Ellie (YaYa) Silver has been waiting all summer to visit the town's new water park. Her best friend, Megan, invites her to go, but twin brother, Joel (YoYo), points out that Megan is going on Rosh Hashanah.

Jennifer (Johnson) Wichman '95, who writes under the pen name J.J. Johnson, is the author of the novels This Girl is Different (Peachtree Publishers, 2011), The Theory of Everything (Peachtree Publishers, 2012), and Believarexic (Peachtree Publishers, 2015).

Dana Wilde, MA ’85, PhD ’95 published a collection of naturalist essays Summer to Fall: Notes and Numina from the Maine Woods (North Country Press, 2016).

Fred Williams ‘86 wrote Fight Back Against Unfair Debt Collection Practices (FT Press, 2010), a first-hand look inside a dark corner of the financial industry.

Karen (Jawetz) Wolf '80 is the author of CliffsNotes Roadmap to College: Navigating Your Way to College Admission Success (Wiley, 2009). The book is a comprehensive overview of the college admissions process.

Dr. Mark Wolraich, ’66 is co-author of ADHD Diagnosis & Management – A Practical Guide for the Clinic & the Classroom (Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2010). The book emphasizes how “health professionals, educators and families can best work together to optimize treatment.”

Jillian C. York '04 wrote Culture Smart! Morocco (Kuperard, 2006).

George Zebrowski '69 is co-editor of the anthology Sentinels in Honor of Arthur C. Clarke (Hadley Rille Books, 2010), which honors the legendary science fiction writer. George is also the author of Empties (Golden Gryphon Press, 2009).



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