was born in New Jersey and has been a resident of the Garden State
his entire life. He holds a BA in English (Literature and Secondary
Education) as well as an MA in English (Writing) from The William
Paterson University of New Jersey. In 2017 he successfully defended his
dissertation, earning a Doctor of Letters in Literary Studies from
Drew University. His storytelling influences include David
McCullough and Ken Burns. Tooma is currently the Deputy Executive
Director of the Community College Humanities Association and a
trustee on the Board of the New Jersey College English Association.
He is an Instructor of English at Essex County College.