Authors & Editors

Naoshi Koriyama, B.A.’54, recently translated Japanese Tales from Times Past, a collection of 12th-century Japanese tales. Koriyama co-translated the collection with Bruce Allen.

Emil J. Polak, B.A.’57, is the author of Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters: A Census of Manuscripts Found in Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, and Italy. These Latin manuscripts (ars dictaminis) were consulted in almost 900 libraries and archives in 36 countries. Polak is professor emeritus of history, having taught nearly 50 years at CUNY.

Michael Gilbertson, B.A.’71, recently published his first book, Write Right: A Style Sheet for Everyone. Gilbertson’s book focuses on clear, graceful writing and is available in both paperback and eBook format via Amazon.

Gail Shanley Corso, Ph.D.’72, recently published her first collection of poetry, Tendered to Us in Love. Corso is a professor of English and the humanities at Neumann University in Aston, Pa. She and her husband, Charles, reside in Mount Royal, N.J.

Marleen Barr, B.A.’74, is the author of Oy Pioneer! The humorous novel is set on the UAlbany campus.

Shel Weissman, Ed.D.’74, is the author of Midnight Train to Trieste: A Collection of Short Stories, which chronicles a college student’s European backpacking trip. Weissman’s tales focus on ordinary people searching for meaning and personal growth in ever-changing situations. This publication is available through Amazon.

Barry Perlmutter, B.S.’75, published Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering: Solid-Liquid Filtration. Perlmutter is president and managing director of BHS-Sonthofen Inc. Filtration, Mixing & Recycling Divisions.

Rhona Friedman, B.A.’76, is the author of Daughter of the Blue Sapphire, a memoir of her father’s life.

Bill Howard, M.A.’84, published What the RAF Airman Took to War, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The book was published by Shire Publishing, a subsidiary of The Bloomsbury Group.

John Friedman, B.A.’85, recently published PR 2.0: How Digital Media Can Help you Build a Sustainable Brand.

Paul Bruno, M.B.A.’86, wrote Project Management in History: The First Jeep. The book details the Jeep’s triumph in the 49-day challenge issued by the U.S. Army.

Jack Glaser, B.A.’87, is the author of Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling, published by Oxford University Press.

Jean Colaio, B.A.’87, recently published That Day: My Story of September 11th, in which she vividly recalls the devastation and confusion of that fateful day, as well as the agonizing moments of suspense during the days that followed.

Mike Goldman, B.S.’87, is the author of Performance Breakthrough: The Four Secrets of Passionate Organizations. More information:

Brian Obach, B.A.’88, recently published his second book, Organic Struggle: The Movement for Sustainable Agriculture in the United States (MIT Press, 2015). Obach examines how the organic movement grew from a fringe interest into a multi-billion-dollar industry, analyzes why the movement developed as it did, and explores the shortcomings of market-based social-change strategies. He is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Amy Halloran, B.A.’90, is the author of The New Bread Basket, which profiles regional grain production. Halloran also writes the blog Home Economics: Three Avid Eaters Plus One Picky Fellow. More information:

Patricia Dunn, D.A., Ph.D.’91, recently published her fourth book, Disabling Characters: Representations of Disability in Young Adult Literature. Dunn is an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University.

Suzette Bishop, D.A., Ph.D.’93, recently published her third book of poetry, Hive-Mind. Currently, Bishop teaches at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

Leslie Tayne, Esq., B.A.’93, recently published Life and Debt: a Fresh Approach to Achieving Financial Wellness. The book is described as a fun, easy-to-read guide filled with useful tips about managing debt, confronting the fear of budgeting, and the importance of knowing your credit history and score. More info:

Darryl Green, M.A.’97, and Mary Rose Green, M.S.’94, are co-authors of Jake and the Buggy Melee and Five More of You. Both books are targeted for children K-3. The Greens illuminate and educate through humorous and insightful prose, and bold and colorful illustrations. More info:

Kelly Williams, B.A.’97, is the author of OP-DEC: Operation Deceit, Blue Honor and the forthcoming first installment of The Trailokya Trilogy.

Rasheem Rooke, B.A.’98, published the suspense novel Black Ribisi. As a student at UAlbany, Rooke served as vice president of Albany State University Black Alliance (ASUBA) in 1994-95 and as president the following year. He served as the Student Association president in 1997-98. More info:

Gloria Russo Wassell, M.S.’00, recently co-authored Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children Over Age Four, which enumerates the issues an older adopted child faces.

Sandra (Sherman) Zelka, M.B.A.’03, recently published her first book, A Bad Day at the Beach, in which a couple’s much-needed Caribbean vacation is cut short by a Category-5 hurricane. This book aims to give the reader perspective on what it means to come home.

John Howard Smith, Ph.D.’03, published The First Great Awakening: Redefining Religion in British America, 1725-1775. Smith is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Matthew Seery, B.A.’04, self-published his first novel, The Record Prophets, in April. A murder mystery set against the backdrop of the recording industry, the book has received excellent reviews from readers, who describe it as “clever,” “witty,” “intelligent” and “compelling.” More information.

Bryan Robinson, Ph.D.’12, recently published Lethal Violence and Religion: Institutional and Denominational Effects on Homicide and Suicide in U.S. Counties.

Janelle Adsit, Ph.D.’14, is the author of Unremitting Entrance, a collection of poems that take root in and spring from the wedge driven between the living and the loved one lost to sudden death. Adsit is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C.