Rosemont College (Rosemont, PA)
MA, English & Publishing with a concentration in Digital Design
Graduated May 17, 2008
University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lowell, MA)
BA, English with a concentration in Literature, Minor in American Studies
Graduated June 1, 2003 cum laude
American literature of the antebellum period, with a particular interest in Edgar A. Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Nonfiction and creative nonfiction (journalism, memoir, biography)
Currently researching for a full-length critical biography of Rufus Wilmot Griswold
National Park Service – Longfellow National Historic Site (Cambridge, MA), June 2008-Current
Provided guided historic house tours and specialty/walking tours, visitor services
Coordinator of most special events, including set-up, marketing, press releases, etc.
Volunteer Tour Guide
National Park Service – Edgar Allan Poe NHS (Philadelphia, PA), March 2007-May 2008
Lunchbox Communications (Berwyn, PA), August 2007-May 2008
Served as go-between for clients and artists, designers, and writers primarily in web design and marketing materials
Assistant Director of Student Activities
Washington & Jefferson College (Washington, PA), January 2004-December 2006
Advised main student media organizations (newspaper, radio station, yearbook) and hired for paid positions for their student leadership
Handled all budgetary operations, including incoming revenue from sale of advertising
Supervised student center employees, especially in evening game room
Developed and presented student leadership training workshops on wide range of topics
Created and oversaw various campus events, primarily focused on programming for evenings and weekend
Served on various campus-wide committees, including Homecoming, Light-Up Night, etc.
AFFILIATIONS AND RELEVANT INVOLVEMENTS
Research assistant, “The Raven in the Frog-Pond” (Museum exhibit at the Boston Public Library). December 2009 – March 2010
Guest curator, “Margaret Fuller: Woman of the Nineteenth-Century” (Museum exhibit at the Houghton Library, Harvard University). Opens January 21, 2010
Member, Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Planning Committee
Member, Poe Studies Association
Chair, Oliver Wendell Holmes Bicentennial Committee, 2009
Proprietor, Rob Velella Publishing
Coordinator, Edgar Allan Poe 200 Project (www.edgarallanpoe200.com)
Blogger for the Edgar A. Poe Calendar online (http://poecalendar.blogspot.com)
PRESENTATIONS, PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS (selected)
“Rufus Griswold: America’s Ambitious Anthologist” (Upcoming; April 2010). Accepted for the Anthology Conference, Hartford, CT.
Alas, the Poe Bicentennial: Studying Poe with Rob Velella (Interview with S. J. Chambers, December 2009). Ecstatic Days, Jeff Vandermeer.com
At the Saturday Club: A Play in One-Act by Rob Velella (November 2009). Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.
“Poe vs. Transcendentalism” (October 2009). Henry David Thoreau Society, Walden Pond, Concord, MA.
“The War of the Words: Poe’s Longfellow War” (October 2009). Poe Studies Bicentennial Conference, Philadelphia.
“Poe: Master of the Macabre” (October 2009). Bishop Feehan & Attleboro Public High Schools, Attleboro, MA.
“Poe, Melville, and Maritime Literature” (October 2009). AHA!, New Bedford, Massachusetts
“Margaret Fuller: The Measure of Her Footprint” (May 2009). Concord Magazine, online.
Poe’s Friends & Enemies: A Walk Among the Dead (April 2009). Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.
Edgar Allan Poe 2009 Bicentennial Desk Calendar (Blue Hill Press – October 2008), ISBN 978-0-615-25313-8
“Poe’s War With Longfellow” article (Fall 2008). Friends of Poe Newsletter, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.
“Introduction to Radio” guest lecture (January 2006). ESP 263 class, Washington & Jefferson College, team-taught with Dr. Anthony Fleury, professor of theatre and communications.
“Basics of Journalism” guest lecture (January 2005, January 2006). ESP 263 class, Washington & Jefferson College
Other lectures and presentations have been given to the Peucinian Society at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME), the Learning in Retirement group at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (Cambridge, MA), Salem National Historic Site (Salem, MA), The Wayside: Home of Authors at Minuteman National Park (Concord, MA), etc.