State College, PA – Jarod was born and raised in Miami, FL and feels more and more Cuban the older he gets. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida International University when he wanted to be a psychologist. That didn’t quite work out, and now he is one year away from completing his M.F.A. in creative writing at Penn State University. He used to teach history at a public high school in Miami and really loved it. He also used to be a manager at a comic shop and really loved it. He is trying to find a way to combine those two professions into one awesome job. Currently, Jarod teaches composition and creative writing courses at Penn State and is a very slow fiction reviewer for Sotto Voce Magazine. Jarod’s fiction has appeared in Sonora Review, Cause & Effect, Neon, the delinquent, and Gulf Stream. In addition to writing stories, Jarod also self-publishes his own comic books that can be found at www.JarodRosello.com and at finer comic shops around the country. He is happy to engage anyone in a conversation about comics. Just ask. Jarod has been awarded artist residencies at Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and The Edward Albee Foundation, and was the recipient of the 2006 FIU Literary Award for Fiction and the 2009 Toby Thompson Award for Creative Nonfiction. Jarod currently lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife and dog. But as soon as he graduates, he is moving back to South Florida (with or without a job!) and will never live far from the ocean again.