Rosalia Scalia has worked with local writers, Carla DuPree, Andria Cole, Susan Mauddi Darraj, Lalita Noronha, and Kendra Kopelke to help launch a more diverse offering of literary voices. Held that the Impact Hub, the event also included Songs by LEA and drew a standing-room only crowd of writers and readers, a more diverse audience than the usual folks who frequent literary readings.
Rosalia Scalia's short stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including but not limited to The Notre Dame Review, Amarillo Bay; The Baltimore Review; Blue Lake Review; The Oklahoma Review; North Atlantic Review; Pebble Lake; Pennsylvania English; The Portland Review; Quercus Review; Ragazine, Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore; South Asian Ensemble; Spout Magazine; Taproot; and Willow Review, among others. An early version of the first chapter of her novel in progress, Delia's Concerto, was one of seven finalists in a competition held by the National League of American Pen Women. A later version was published under the title "Soul Music." Her story, “Henry’s Fall,” was a finalist in the Gival Press Short Story competition, and her story published in Taproot won first prize in its annual literary fiction competition for 2007. Her story “Uncharted Steps” merited a 2010 Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Art Council. “Sister Rafaele Heals the Sick,” first published by Pebble Lake Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, appeared again in an anthology titled City Sages: Baltimore (CityLit Press, May 1, 2010), a collection of stories by 32 Baltimore writers, including Poe, Anne Tyler, and Alice McDermott, among others. Her story “You’ll Do Fine,” was a recipient of the Willow Review Award for the Spring 2011 issue, and an earlier version of her story collection, Stumbling Toward Grace, was a finalist in the 2013 Sante Fe Writers Project Literary Competition under the title of Sister Rafaele Heals the Sick.
Scalia and a group of women writers launched the Raising Our Voices: Womyn OutLoud platform to give more diverse writers a place to be heard, and she partnered with Rafael Alvarez to found the Ikaros Writers Workshop Project, a year workshop focused on the craft of writing for those who want to improve their writing skills.
Scalia earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University in May 2003 and lives in Baltimore, Md. with her family.