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Admin Staff

The following staff help keep Alpha running smoothly behind the scenes:

Rachel Halpern

Rachel Halpern writes children’s books by day and sci-fi/fantasy by night. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and Liminal Stories, and she’s a graduate of the Alpha Workshop and Stonecoast MFA. She likes strange magic, smart monsters, and robots searching for self-determination. Also milkshakes. Milkshakes are pretty great.


Lara Elena Donnelly is the author of the vintage-glam spy thriller trilogy The Amberlough Dossier, as well as short fiction and poetry appearing in venues including Uncanny, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, and Escape Pod. Lara is a graduate of the Alpha and Clarion workshops, and has taught at the Catapult Workshops and the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Patrick J. Ropp is an alumnus of the Clarion UCSD workshop, has a Master of Science in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University, and works as a cybersecurity engineer in Pittsburgh. He likes cactuses, cats, and the things dredged up from the lightless depths.


Tiera DiGiorgio is a graduate of Alpha (2012/2013) and the VONA workshop (2015/2016). She studied German and Spanish at the University of Georgia, and received a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Old Dominion University. She writes primarily fantasy, and her work has appeared in Strange Horizons. 

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AJ Lucy is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies the eggs of tiny fish. Someday she hopes to teach scientific researchers to write up their findings in a way that is pleasant to read. Her fiction can be found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons.

Malina Suity is a graduate of Alpha (‘05/’06) and an administrative coordinator working and living in various hills north of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a dual B.A. in English and Medieval Studies, and received a Master’s degree in Public History from the University of West Florida. She writes short speculative fiction and plots unwieldy fantasy novels.
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Sarah Hollowell is an Alpha graduate who now writes young adult books. Her Locus-nominated debut YA novel, A Dark and Starless Forest, is available now. Her second book, What Stalks Among Us, is coming in 2023. Outside of writing, she spends a lot of time with her cats/goblins.

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Fiona Caffin has no claim to any writing talent of her own.  She is the proud Mom of Molly Herbert who attended Alpha in 2013 & 2015 and writes constantly.  Fiona works in web design and management.