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 William
Paterson University. 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.
Anthony Cirilo grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Montclair State University for his BA and MA before earning his MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. He is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in The Volta, The Oxford Magazine, and The Paris-American. Currently, Cirilo is a Lecturer in the Writing Program at Rutgers University-Newark.