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Authors & Editors

Alumni Association Executive Director Lee Serravillo poses for a photo with UAlbany authors
Alumni Association Executive Director Lee Serravillo, author Steve Villano ’71, wife Carol Jacobson Villano ’71, and friends Risa Gregory ’71 and Linden Gregory visited the Alumni House during Steve’s East Coast book tour in August.

Diane Woodward Sawyer, B.A.’61, is the author of The Tell-Tale Treasure. The book was named a gold-medal first-prize winner for best mystery, and best suspense/thriller by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Following a successful career in education, Sawyer turned to writing and has since had 30 short stories and six novels published.

Something, Somewhere: Fifty Selected Poems

A lifelong writer and poet, Jerri Ketcham McDermott, M.A.’66, published her first major collection, Something, Somewhere: Fifty Selected Poems. Her work is available through Amazon/Kindle.

James Pula, B.A.’68, is the author of Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. The book is a comprehensive personalized portrait of the men who fought in the “unlucky” Eleventh Corps.

Mad Hatters and March Hares: All New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Ellen Datlow, B.A.’71, is the editor of Mad Hatters and March Hares: All New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The anthology features 18 stories and poems by 17 writers and is published by Tor Books.

Tightrope: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo & My Brother

Steve Villano, B.A.’71, shares the conflict between his family’s ties to organized crime and his love for his brother, his own integrity, and his commitment to Mario Cuomo and public service in Tightrope: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo & My Brother.

Susan Naramore Maher, B.A.’77, co-edited Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time, a collection of essays and poems published by University of Nebraska Press.

Deanna Sirlin, B.F.A.’78, is the author of She’s Got What it Takes: American Women Artists in Dialogue, a collection of essays on the lives and work of nine historically important living American women artists. The book was published by Charta Art Books, Milan, Italy.

Susan Sussman Harmon, B.S.’85, published her first book, Hungry For Health, Starved For Time: The Busy Person’s Guide to Harmonious Health. Formerly a C.P.A., Harmon is a health and wellness coach.

I Like You Like This

Heather Cumiskey, B.A.’90, is the author of I Like You Like This. The young-adult novel was released in November.

Alice Malavasic, M.A.’95, Ph.D.’14, is the author of The F Street Mess: How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act, published by UNC Press.

Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State

Susan Goodier, M.A.’99, Ph.D.’07, M.A.’08, and Karen Pastorello co-authored Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State. The book celebrates the 2017 centenary of women’s right to full suffrage in New York State.


Megeen Mulholland, Ph.D.’01, authored her first poetry book, Orbit, published by Finishing Line Press.

L. Syd M Johnson, M.A.’02, Ph.D.’09, co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics with Karen S. Rommelfanger of Emory University. Johnson is associate professor of philosophy and bioethics in the departments of Humanities and Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University.

William Kayatin, Ph.D.’04, co-authored the article “Rural Education Partnerships: If Educators Perpetuate Excellence in Teaching, Leadership and Learning (PETLL), Do Students Learn Faster?” It focuses on a staff-and-school improvement program that provides personalized professional-development activities for both teachers and administrators. The article was published in the National FORUM of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal.

Whole Phat and Gluten Free Poetry

Carol Durant, M.A.’05, is the author of Whole Phat and Gluten Free Poetry.

Caytlyn Grimins, B.A.’12, authored her first paranormal-fiction novel, Dark Flowers. The book was recognized by Literary Classics Review.