Ross Angelella is the author of the adult literary debut Zombie: A Novel (Soho Press, 2012) that Barnes & Noble described as “simultaneously a bildungsroman à la Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, an homage to zombies in pop culture and a twisted mystery all wrapped up into one utterly original—and darkly delightful—novel” and Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) called “an irreverent and twisted coming-of-age story with one of the most shocking endings I’ve ever read.”
His journalism, essays and award-winning short fiction have appeared in various journals, including The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou'wester, JMWW, The Collagist, The Nervous Breakdown and Fiction Writers’ Review. His short story "Sauce" won The Coachella Review's grand prize in 2012.
He holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and screenwriting at Towson University.
He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, the writer and editor Kate Angelella, and their two cats: DeNiro and Tortie Belle.
Ithaca College - 2002Majors: English & Writing
Bennington Writing Seminars - 2009Bennington CollegeMajors: Creative Writing & Literature
Original Fiction | Book Publications--Seltzer: First Collection (Contributor: “Cadaver”)Seltzer Literary Magazine - 2013Who Done It? (Contributor: “How Is That For Clarity?”)Soho Press Teen, Inc. - February 12, 2013
(Ebook simultaneous)Zombie: A NovelSoho Press, Inc. - June 5, 2012(Ebook & Audio simultaneous)Short Fiction | Literary Journal Publications--“The Saddening State of Sammy the Speech Writer.” Twelve Stories (Fall 2008)“Beneath the Bench on Barnaby Street.” Boston Literary Magazine (Summer 2008)“In Memoriam.” The Literary Review (Spring 2009)“You Wake Up & the Statue of Virgin Mary on your Dresser is Crying Blood.” Word Riot (3/2009)“Do These Horses Bite?” Flash: International Magazine (May 2009)“Alpha House.” Hunger Mountain ( July 2009)“Hoodlums.” Fifth Wednesday Journal (Fall 2009)“Insect Reads Optometrist’s Chart.” Monkeybicycle (October 2009)“Shadowboxed.” Houston Literary Review (January 2010)“The End is Bear.” Sou’wester (Spring 2010)Zombie Excerpt: Chapters 1 & 2. The Nervous Breakdown (June 4, 2012)“Sauce.” The Coachella Review (Short Fiction Contest Winner, Winter 2012)“Vacant.” JMWW (Spring 2012)Zombie Excerpt: Chapter 14. The Collagist (June 15, 2012)“Cadaver.” Seltzer (Issue Two, Summer 2012)“Face Down in Baltimore, 1998.” Plots With Guns (Summer 2012)Creative Non-Fiction & Literary Criticism | Magazine & Newspaper Publications--Article: “Behind the Music,” Ithaca Times (August 28, 2002)Article: “Perfecting the Ithaca Sound,” Ithaca Times (March 12, 2003)Article: “J.R. Angelella’s Top 10 Novellas.” Hitherandthithering Waters (April 10, 2009)Review: “Choose Your Own Destiny: Moths Mail the House Review” Chapbook Review (June 2009)Review: “A World Utterly Dissected: Pocket Finger Review” Chapbook Review (July 2009)Review: “The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa.” New Pages (July 1, 2009)Review: “Other Resort Cities by Tod Goldberg.” New Pages (September 2, 2009)Essay: “Be Authentic.” Fiction Writers Review (May 2, 2012)Essay: “My First Drive-By Truckers Album.” The Quivering Pen (June 11, 2012)Article: “A Letter to My Teen Self.” Dear Teen Me (June 19, 2012)Article: “Zombie: Book Notes.” Largehearted Boy (July 5, 2012)Essay: “What-ism: My Philosophy of Whatever Wherever & Whenever” Words for Teens (Fall 2012)
2012: Winner, The Coachella Review’s Winter Short Fiction Contest (“Sauce”)