Ross Angelella


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 twistedmystery 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.

Texts That Affect Me Most Profoundly: Amy Hempel’s Collected Short Stories; Hubert Selby, Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn; Lydia Davis’ Samuel Johnson is Indignant: Stories; Tony Hoagland’s What Narcissism Means to Me; Mary Robison’s Why Did I Ever; Joe Brainard’s I Remember; Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves; Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka’s Gotham Central; James Salter’s A Sport and a Pastime; Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground; Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.

#1 Piece of Advice for Students: Fearlessness first, then patience. It doesn’t matter if you are job or internship hunting, struggling academically or suffering from anxiety: you must FIRST be fearless and tackle your intended goals head-on, and THEN be patient that your hard work and effort will pay off. And it will.

What I Wish I Knew as an Undergrad: Relationships matter! Network! Stop Netflixing for a minute and get out and meet people! Every important career opportunity afforded me in my life has come about from a combination of hard work and cultivating personal relationships. Ten years from now, you will be blown away at the amazing opportunities afforded you simply because you decided to “hang out” as an undergraduate.