Albert DiBartolomeo

Co-Director, Drexel Publishing Group; Teaching Professor of English

Albert DiBartolomeo

Office: 5026 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.1301


  • MA, English/Creative Writing, Temple University, 1988


I teach freshman writing and creative writing. I’m a co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group and a co-editor of DPG Online. I’m the author of two novels, several short stories, numerous commentaries for the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications, and I’ve published in Readers Digest, Philadelphia Magazine, Woodwork and Salon. My work has been anthologized in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Human Ecology and, most recently, in Wild Dreams. I co-wrote the short film Tiramisu. I’m working on a novel titled The Heart of Jimmy Luna and a nonfiction book that mixes the experience of teaching at a college and memoir. I do woodworking in some of my free time, and lately I have been writing and publishing personal essays on the subject. I live in Philadelphia.

Favorite authors: Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Joan Dideon, Susan Orlean, Julio Cortazar, Dickens--many more

Favorite Musical Artists: John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Puccini, Morricone, the Throat Singers of Tuva, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder (early years), Van Morrison, Dire Straits, Ry Cooder, Charlie Parker

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Writing, woodworking, the orchestra, jazz

Favorite Quote: Nothing is achieved without discipline.

Favorite TV show: The Wire, Deadwood

One thing that makes me smile: dogs (but I have none, only cats)

A Pet Peeve: public use of communication devices, most especially, while I am teaching

Hidden talent: woodworking

One reason I like my job: that I get to practice in the field of liberal education


  • “Personality of Wood” (an essay) in Woodwork Magazine, 11/10
  • “Soap Box” (an essay) in Woodwork Magazine, 11/09
  • “Against Gravity” (short story), anthologized in Wild Dreams, 12/08
  • “Vanished” (article) in Reader’s Digest, 9/07