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Minors in Writing at CCSU!

Meet The Faculty

  • Jotham Burrello

    Publishing/Writing for Digital Media

    Jotham Burrello is the director of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. His novel, Spindle City was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award. He is the founder of the Connecticut Literary Festival and curator of the Lit Talks! Series. He’s the publisher of the award-winning Elephant Rock Books. He’s written and produced multimedia on the craft of writing, and edited The Craft, essays on writing from the YWW faculty. With Janet Burroway, he produced the instructional DVD, So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process. His writing has appeared in literary journals, The Hartford Courant, the Christian Science Monitor, and he’s a proud winner of the New Yorker  Caption Contest. 



  • Mary Collins

    Creative Nonfiction

    Mary Collins worked for more than 20 years in Washington, D.C. as a freelance writer and editor for a range of clients, including National Geographic and the Smithsonian. She has published four nonfiction books, five young adult history books, many essays and features. In 2013 she was an Artist-in-Resident for the National Park Service. She won the CCSU Teaching Award in 2010. For more information about her work, visit www.marycollinswriter.com.


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  • Steve Ostrowski

    Fiction and Poetry

    Steven Ostrowski is a poet, fiction writer, and painter. His work appears widely in literary journals, magazines and anthologies. He is the author of five published chapbooks--four of poems and one of stories. He and his son Ben are authors of a full-length collaboration called Penultimate Human Constellation, published in 2018 by Tolsun Books. His chapbook, After the Tate Modern, won the 2017 Atlantic Road Prize (Island Verse Editions). His story, 'Even on Good Nights,' was a finalist for American Short Fiction's Shorter Fiction 2020 award. Recently, his book of short stories, A Way to Keep You Here, was named a finalist in a national competition. His novel, The Highway of Spirit and Bone, has been accepted for publication by LeFora Publishing.  

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  • Sarah Strong

    Fiction and Poetry

    Sarah P. Strong is the author of two poetry collections, Tour of the Breath Gallery and The Mouth of Earth, and two novels, The Fainting Room and Burning the Sea. Sarah is currently at work on a third novel, for which they received a 2020 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Connecticut. Sarah’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in both poetry and fiction, and their work has appeared in many journals, including The Nation, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, River Styx, Southwest Review, and The Sun. They teach creative writing at CCSU and the University of Hartford. Sarah is staying sane during the pandemic by taking hikes in state parks, learning to play chess, and throwing stay-at-home dance parties with their spouse and daughter in Hamden, CT. 

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