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D’Youville Library Director, A Man Of Books, Music and Now Letters

Buffalo, New York – May 17, 2016 – Rand Bellavia, director of the Montante Family Library on the campus of D’Youville College, is, in his other life, a noted “Filk” artist; in other words a musician writing and playing unique music, called “Filk,” usually at science fiction and comic book conventions.

“Filk” is an estoeric form of music and not known by the general music audience but it is growing in popularity. The name comes from a misspelling of the word ‘folk’ used in an essay that caught on and is used today to identify the music.

Rand and his partner, Adam English, play under the name Ookla the Mok, and have been playing at the conventions since 1994. They have won four Pegasus Award and the 2014 Logan Award for Outstanding Original Comedy Song. Rand co-wrote the theme song for the Disney cartoon “Fillmore!”

He has added another page to his resume: he is now a regular columnist for a comic book related website called “,” a fairly well known website among comic book fans. “My column is called “Cromulent Words” Rand said.  “It’s a reference to an episode of The Simpsons.”

His online column will be only about comic books and not the “Filk” music genre.“ I love comic books and am happy to analyze them and have this opportunity to present my thoughts to the audience. I hope to make the column more academic in the future.”

Rand, a graduate of Houghton College, earned his master’s degree in library science at the State University at Buffalo and joined D’Youville in 2000 as Acquisitions Librarian. He has lectured and presented at international conferences on the subject of comics and libraries.

His monthly column can be seen at


Rand Bellavia
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