We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.
Erik Kraft is the author of the chapter book series Lenny and Mel (Simon & Schuster), the picture book Chocolatina (Bridgewater Books), and the middle grade novel Miracle Wimp (Little, Brown). He’s also the webmaster for the Littleton Cultural Council, founder of the former blog/podcast Too Many Chickens!, and illustrator for the former blog Cats in the Alley. He has taught at Columbia University and Grub Street Writers in Boston. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, and an ALM in Dramatic Arts from the Harvard Extension School.
Josh Sippie is the director of publishing guidance at Gotham Writers Workshop, host of Gotham’s talk show Inside Writing, and the organizer of the Gotham Writers Conference. He has published short stories, nonfiction, and poetry in Hobart, McSweeney’s, Brevity, Stone of Madness, the Guardian, The Writer, Bear Creek Gazette, and Sledgehammer Lit. He is an associate editor at Uncharted Magazine, has served as a developmental editor and proofreader for Del Sol Review and Writers Clearinghouse, was a literary assistant at Talcott Notch Literary. He holds a BA from the University of Central Missouri.
Salma Zarook wrote Salam From Salma, a travel and lifestyle blog, and now writes for Medium. Her essays and poetry have appeared in Pasadena Now and Voiceworks, and one of her short stories won the Australia-wide Write4Fun competition. She has taught for Johns Hopkins University, the New Horizon School LA, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and Five Tuition in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a BA from the University of Melbourne.