Although you’ll never catch Frank Morelli without a baseball hat on his head, he has actually worn various hats in his time. He’s been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see: clerk), an actual clerk (like in the movie of the same name), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist (okay, that’s not true). At heart, he’s a writer, and that’s all he’s ever been.
His short fiction and essays have appeared in Philadelphia Stories, Jersey Devil Press, Change Seven Magazine, and Indiana Voice Journal, among others. His short story “In the Pen” was shortlisted for the 2015 Earl Weaver Prize, awarded annually by Cobalt Review. He was named a finalist in the 11th Annual NYC Midnight Short Story Competition. He has written numerous articles and essays for the young adult and children’s market, including features in Highlights for Children Magazine, Stories for Children, and in various kid-friendly titles from the Chicken Soup series.
Frank is a Philadelphia native who grew up across the Walt Whitman Bridge in South Jersey. He graduated from Albright College with a degree in English, and moved to New York City to become a teaching fellow. He earned an MFA in Fiction from National University while living in a tiny house under the trees with his best friend and muse, their three obnoxious alley cats, and about two hundred pounds of dog.