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Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books and is Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Barrow Street, Subtropics, The Awl, The Hairpin, Gulf Coast, Court Green, Third Coast, Verse Daily, and Best New Poets 2010, among others. She has taught at the Notre Dame School, The New School, LIM College, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Poetry from The New School.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism (Mariner Books) and author of the nonfiction books Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster) and Why? Because We Still Like You (Grand Central Publishing). She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and she has written for Glamour, Salon, A.V. Club, Details, O, New York‘s Vulture, as well as numerous daily newspapers. Her work is included in the anthologies Altared and Coffee At Luke's. She holds a BS from Northwestern University.
Ryan Bartelmay is the author of the novel Onward Toward What We're Going Toward (Ig Publishing, 2013). He has published work in Time Out: Chicago, Gadfly, Boulevard, Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, among others, and he won Boulevard's Emerging Writer's Award. He served as the fiction co-editor and managing editor at Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art and has taught at Columbia University and Kendall College. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.
Michael Q. Boyd has published fiction in The Fourth River, Argus, and Catch. His feature articles and reviews have appeared in Rantsports, Fanboy Buzz, and Xbox Exclusive, among others. He’s been an assistant editor at The Fourth River, and a writing mentor at the PACE Center at Chatham University. He has a BA from Knox College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University.
Sarah Bruni is the author of the novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.
Carole Bugge is the author of the novels The Star of India, (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent Victim, Silent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University.
Kelly Caldwell has written for New York Newsday, House Beautiful, Time Out New York, The Writer, The Huffington Post, and others. One of her essays was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the Best American Essays series and anthologized in If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home. She is also dean of faculty at Gotham Writers Workshop. She holds a BJ from the University of Missouri and an MS from Columbia University.
Marie Carter is the author of the memoir The Trapeze Diaries (Hanging Loose Press). Her work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Bloom, Spectacle, Turntable + Bluelight, and in the anthology Best Creative Nonfiction (W.W. Norton). She serves as associate editor of Hanging Loose Press, where she has edited the anthologies Word Jig and Voices of the City. She holds an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University.
Steven Cherry is the director of TTI/Vanguard. He is a former senior editor of IEEE Spectrum, and his work has appeared in Computer Shopper, Interactive Week, and the National Public Radio shows Living on Earth and Here & Now. He has taught at the College of New Rochelle, the University of Iowa, and William Patterson University. He holds a BA from Geneseo College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.
is the author of the novels Redemption (Simon & Schuster), Deadly (Athaneum), and Into The Dangerous World (Viking). She has published fiction in the Prague Review and the anthology Kraj Majales, and nonfiction in Hudson Valley Magazine, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Prague Post, among many others, and has also written for SundanceTV. She is a winner of the American Book Award.
Roohi Choudhry has published fiction and nonfiction in Callaloo, Bitch, Hyphen, Desilicious, Fiction Writers Review, and the anthology 21 Under 40. She has taught at the University of Michigan and led workshops for the New York Writers’ Coalition. She holds a BSc from Lahore University of Management Sciences, an MS in Marketing Research from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.
Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels Villainous (Knopf), Powerless (Yearling), The Dead Gentleman (Yearling), among others. He has published pieces in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at Laguardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.
Ken Derry is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine, the magazine of the New York Yankees. He has written articles for the New York Times, ESPN.com, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, Bicycling, AM New York, the Times of Trenton, Blue, the Rough Guides, and Shecky’s Nightlife Guides. He holds a BA from Old Dominion University and an MFA in Fiction from the New School.
BC Edwards is the author of the short story collection The Aversive Clause (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc) and the poetry collections From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc), and To Mend Small Children (Augury Books), and his work is included in the anthologies Diving Divas and Zombiality. He has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in The New York Times Magazine, La Petite Zine, Freerange Nonfiction, Sink Review, Pax Americana, and Brooklyn Rail. He has served as an executive producer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, and has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in poetry. He holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.
Edward Einhorn is the author of the picture books A Very Improbable Story and Fractions In Disguise, (both Charlesbridge Press), and the middle-grade novels The Living House of Oz and Paradox In Oz, (both Hungry Tiger Press). His plays have been produced at many theaters, including: The Velvet Oratorio (The Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center), Fairy Tales of the Absurd (Theater 80), Unauthorized Magic in Oz (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Doctors Jane & Alexander (Theater 5), and The Living Methuselah (Theater 22), among many others. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation development grant, and is the artistic director of Untitled Theater Co. #61. He holds a BA in writing from The Johns Hopkins University.
Sean Ennis is the author of the short story collection Chase Us (Houghton Mifflin), and he has published fiction and poetry in Tin House, Crazyhorse, Greensboro Review, Mississippi Review, and is included in The Best New American Voices 2006. He has taught at the University of Mississippi, where he also served as an editor for The Yalobusha Review. He holds a BA from La Salle University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi.
Janet Flora has published nonfiction in Yalabusha Review, Willow Review, Health Magazine, Salon News, Dramatics, Dan's Papers, and Makeup Artist Magazine, and she served as nonfiction editor of LIT. Her short fiction has been published in NDQ, New Orleans Review, and Hawaii Pacific Review. She has taught at NYU and the School of Visual Arts. She holds a BA from City University, Richmond College, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School University.
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is the author of the novels A Very Minor Prophet (Hawthorne Books) and World Leader Pretend (St. Martin’s Press), and the travel guide The Artichoke Trail (Hunter Publishing), which won the Lowell Thomas Bronze Award for Best Travel Guide. His articles and essays have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Role/Reboot, Trachodon Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Farallon Review. He has been a contributor to the San Francisco Examiner and Wired Online, where he wrote food, travel, and culture reviews. He holds a BS from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Britt Gambino has published poetry in anderbo, decomP, SpringGun Press, Armchair/Shotgun, and the blog at Visual AIDS, among others. She is also a contributing writer at The Sexy Feminist blog and previously served as the Associate Poetry Editor at The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review. She has taught at Education Unlimited, Brooklyn Brainery, and 826NYC. She holds a BA from Drew University and an MFA in Poetry from The New School.
Tamara Guirado has published fiction in StoryQuartlerly, Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. She has taught at Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She holds a BS from Southern Oregon State University and an MFA from Mills College, and she was a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow at Stanford University.
Shahnaz Habib has published fiction and nonfiction in the anthologies Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers (Random House) and 21 Under 40 (Zubaan). She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker online, the Guardian blogs, and Of Note magazine. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature. She holds a BA from Mahatma Gandhi University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School.
Pamela Harris created Married by the Hour, a half-hour comedy (Howard Stern Productions) and served as a staff writer for Life on the Line, a one-hour drama (Oxygen Network). She has also written and optioned feature screenplays. She is an award-winning visual artist and has shown her art all over the U.S. She holds a BFA from the Hartford Art School.
Lindsay Harrison is the author of the memoir Missing (Simon & Schuster), which was named a Top Ten Memoir choice by Publishers' Weekly. She has written for Fast Company, and is a writer for Oyster Books. She holds a B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, and an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University.
is the author of the novel In the Course of Human Events (Soft Skull Press). His fiction has appeared in Zoetrope All-Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Mississippi Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in Salon, The Believer, Esquire, and Poets & Writers. He has also served as the Deputy Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly. He also teaches at Columbia University. He holds a BS from the University of Central Missouri and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
CJ Hauser is the author of the novel The From-Aways (William Morrow), and has published fiction in Triquarterly, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Esquire, The Brooklyn Review, The Laurel Review, and Third Coast. She has worked at several literary agencies, and has taught at CUNY Manhattan and Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.
John Oliver Hodges is the author of the short-story collection The Love Box (Livingston Press) and the novella War of the Crazies (Main Street Rag). His short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including StoryQuarterly, The Literary Review, Swink, Chiron Review, and Rattle. He has taught at FSU, the University of Mississippi, Montclair, and the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference. He holds a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from FSU, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi.
Pete Jensen has developed original TV series for diverse production companies and he wrote the feature screenplay Derwin's Shadow, which won a development grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film "Charlie Primitive," which screened at over twenty festivals across the U.S. and Europe. His prose has been published in such literary magazines as Swink. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University.
Meghan Kenny has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, Cimarron Review, Sonora Review, Bound Off, and The Florida Review. She has taught at Boise State University, The Cabin Literary Center, for the Writers in the Schools Program in Idaho, and at the Gilman School as a Tickner Writing Fellow. She holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA in Fiction from Boise State University.
s the author of the guidebook Delaying the Real World (Running Press), and she co-edited the essay anthology Confessions of a High School Nerd (Penguin). Her essay "Blot Out" was included in the Best American Travel Writing, and her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, National Geographic, Salon, Creative Nonfiction, the New Republic, Transitions Abroad, Ms., Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Ninth Letter, A Public Space, and Prairie Schooner. She also contributed to the anthologies A Woman's World Again (Traveler's Tales) and 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers (Random House). She has taught at the University of Iowa. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa.
Scott LaCounte is the author of the humor memoir Quiet, Please (Da Capo Books). He has published humor pieces in McSweeney's, The Door, Campus Life, Morning News, Pacific Review, and Orange County Register. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, and an MLIS in Library Science from San Jose State University.
Edan Lepucki is the author of the novel California (Little, Brown, and Company) and novella If You're Not Yet Like Me (Flatmancrooked) She has published fiction in CutBank, Meridian, Narrative Magazine, the Los Angeles Review, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Avery. She has taught at the University of Iowa and Oberlin College. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Michael Leviton is the author of the children's picture book My First Ghost (Hyperion). He has published numerous illustrated paperbacks for Scholastic's READ 180 Literacy Program, and has worked as a celebrity picture book ghostwriter at HarperCollins, and as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He guest-lectures at the Parsons Pre-College Academy. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Chip Livingston is the author of the story collection The Naming Ceremony (Lethe Press, 2014) and the poetry collections Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (New York Quarterly Books) and Museum of False Starts (Gival Press). His fiction and non-fiction are also widely published, in journals including Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Potomac Review, Court Green, Subtropics, and Crazyhorse. He has taught writing at the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Colorado and Brooklyn College. He holds a BS and a BA in English from the University of Florida, an MA in Fiction Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Poetry Writing from Brooklyn College.
Carolyn MacCullough is the author of the young adult novels, Falling Through Darkness (Roaring Book Press), one of the New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, Stealing Henry (Roaring Brook Press), Once a Witch (Graphia), Always a Witch (Graphia), and Drawing the Ocean. She also teaches at the New School. She holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.
T Kira Madden has published in or has work forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, Puerto del Sol, Hyphen, Fourteen Hills, and elimae, among others. She is the founding editor of the literary journal No Tokens and founding curator of Krapp Shot, a reading a performance series. She holds a BBA from Parsons School of Design & Eugene Lang College and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.
Zachary Martin has published fiction, essays, and humor in Washington Square, Louisville Review, Fourth Genre, Lumina, Southeast Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is an assistant fiction editor at Narrative and has taught at the College of Staten Island. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA in Fiction from Florida State University.
Fran McNulty is the co-author of the nonfiction book Powerplay (Simon & Schuster). She has written features and food reviews for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York, The Nation, Barrons, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, and New York Woman. She has taught at City University of New York and William Paterson College. She holds a BA from Harvard.
Thaïs Miller is the author of the novel Our Machinery and the short story collection The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (both Brown Paper Publishing). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Nautilus, Bleak House Review, AmLit, and the anthology Lethal Rejection (Carolina Academic Press). She holds a BA from American University and an MA in Creative Writing for Social Activism from NYU.
is the author of the short story collection Male of the Species (Delphinium/HarperCollins), and he has published fiction in the Missouri Review, Fiction, Confrontation, the Literary Review, and The Sun. His plays have been produced in Seattle and Los Angeles, and he is an award winning filmmaker and screenwriter. He has taught at Long Island University, Adelphi University, and Columbia University. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
is the author of the short story collections Praying Drunk (Sarabande), which won The Story Prize's Spotlight Award, and In the Devil's Territory (Dzanc Books). He has published fiction and nonfiction in the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has taught at Ohio State, Antioch, and Capital Universities, and the University of Toledo. He holds a BA from Anderson University, an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch, and MFAs in Creative Writing from Ohio State and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Francesca Ochoa has published fiction and nonfiction in This, That, Those; Art XX; and Aorta. She is the author of chapbooks Love/ Smut and Pictograph, and she has served as editor at Apogee Journal. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.
Kurt Opprecht is the author of two novels Playing with Fire and Baikal as well as the nonfiction satire The Billionaire's Manifesto (Babylon Moon Media). He has written articles and essays for such publications as the New York Times, the Economist, TimeOut New York, Glamour, World Art, PDN, Women's Own, the New York Sun, Look Japan, Tokyo Journal, Honeymoon, Endless Vacation, Wired, Swoon, and MinorityInterest. He is the editor of the satirical book Billionaires for Bush: How to Rule the World for Fun and Profit (Thunder's Mouth Press). He holds a BA from Reed College and a BS from Southern Utah University.
Stacy Pershall is the author of the memoir Loud in the House of Myself (W.W. Norton), selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and her work is included in the anthology Lost and Found (W.W. Norton). She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, and City College of New York. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.
G. D. Peters has published fiction in Folio, South Dakota Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, River Oak Review, Lynx Eye, Prairie Winds, The Licking River Review, Nebo,RiverSedge,and Reader’s Break, and he has served as an editor at FICTION. He has taught at The City College of New York and Lehman College. He holds a BA from Binghamton University, a JD from the University of Buffalo, and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College.
Michael Phillipps has published fiction in Antigonish Review, Bayou, Chaffin Journal, Dalhousie Review, Euphony, Forum, Gargoyle, Karamu, The MacGuffin, New Millennium Writings, new renaissance, Pikeville Review, Sulfur River Literary Review, and the Yorkville Anthology of New Writers. He has also published book reviews and articles in The Boston Globe and other newspapers. He has taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the De Cordova Museum School, the South Shore Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, and NYU. He holds a BA from Tufts University, a JD from NYU, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU.
Meredith Phillips has published essays and reviews on food and other topics for Texas Monthly, Time Out New York, the Austin Chronicle and the Columbia Journal, and she blogs at Church Avenue Chomp. She is the author of numerous nonfiction children’s books (Scholastic and Compass Point Press). She has served as an editor for Harcourt Trade Publishers and worked in both product development and implementation for Scholastic Education Group. She holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MFA in Nonfiction from the New School.
Dominic Preziosi has published fiction, articles and essays in Avery, Descant, Front Porch, Beloit Fiction Journal, Brooklyn Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Storyglossia, and the Writer Magazine, and his work has been featured in the Brooklyn Writers Space Anthology (Sock Monkey Press) and What's Your Exit? (Word Riot Press). He has taught at CUNY. He holds a BA from Fordham, an MA in Liberal Studies from CUNY, and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.
Emily Rapp is the author of the memoirs The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin) and Poster Child (Bloomsbury). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Cimarron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Silent Voices, Terminus, The Sun, and StoryQuarterly. She has received awards and recognition from the Atlantic Monthly and StoryQuarterly, and she is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. She has taught at Antioch University Los Angeles, Bucknell University, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and the Provincetown Adult Education Program. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds a BA from Saint Olaf College, an MTS from Harvard University, and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from the University of Texas.
is the author of the novel, The Free Fall (Henry Holt), and co-author of the nonfiction books One Can Make a Difference (Adams Media) and Totally Vegetarian (De Capo). She has written fiction and nonfiction for Guernica, New England Review, The Sun, Vogue, Huffington Post, Interview, VH1, the Detroit News, and is included in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York. She has taught at the New School, Rutgers University, and Washtenaw Community College. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.
Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.
Robert Repino is the author of the novel Mort(e) (Soho Press), and he has published fiction in Literary Review, Coachella Review, Wild Violet, Juked Nickel Steak, Knee Jerk, Night Train, Hobart, Ghoti, Furnace Review, and Word Riot. He has served as an editor with the Oxford University Press. He holds a BA from St. Joseph’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.
Alexis Schaitkin has published fiction and nonfiction in Southern Review, Southwest Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gastronomica, the New York Times, and Ecotone. She has served as an editor with Meridian. She has taught at the University of Virginia and WriterHouse. She holds an AB from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia.
is the co-author of Under Pressure, as well as the best-selling Take Your Eye Off the Ball (both Triumph books). He is the NFL Draft Senior Analyst for Football.com. He has served as managing editor of College Sports Television and as a producer/writer for CNN-Sports Illustrated. He was the senior writer at College Sports Magazine, an award-winning sports reporter and columnist for the Jackson Sun, and a sports reporter for Newsday. His freelance work has appeared on ESPN, CNNSI.com and various newspapers, magazines and websites. He co-produced and co-wrote the feature-length documentary The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. David holds a BA from Ithaca College.
is the author of the novels The Mermaid of Brooklyn (Touchstone) and How Far is the Ocean From Here (Crown). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, Five Chapters, and she is regular contributor to Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She has taught at the University of Minnesota. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.
is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. He is a recipient of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has published stories and essays in Guernica, BuzzFeed, and Appalachian Heritage, among many others. Carter has taught at Pennsylvania State University, UNC at Chapel Hill, Eastern Oregon University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He holds a BA from Ohio University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Penn State, and an MA in Folklore from UNC at Chapel Hill.
is the author of the short-story collection The Other One (University of Massachussetts Press, 2016) and has published fiction in Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, among many others. Her work has won the Juniper Prize, been named a notable story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012, and anthologized in Best New American Voices. She is an associate fiction editor at West Branch literary magazine. She has taught at the City College New York. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College New York.
Stephanie Staal is the author of the nonfiction books Reading Women (Public Affairs) and The Love They Lost (Delacorte). Her articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Glamour, and Marie Claire. She has served as developmental editor at She Writes Press, the US editor for Cyan Books, and as a literary scout and editorial consultant. She holds a BA from Barnard College, an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers Workshop. He is the editor of the Gotham books Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University.
is the culinary travel editor for About.com, as well as a contributor to Perceptive Travel and the USA Today Travel Alliance. She has published articles and essays in the Atlantic Monthly’s Food Channel, Business Traveler, BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, Luxist, Men’s Journal, Money, Mother Jones, New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Robb Report, Sierra Magazine, The Smart Set, The Street, the Toronto Star, US Air magazine, the Washington Post, and World Hum. She is the author of the books Like Riding a Bike: On Learning as an Adult (Curious World Books), Americans at Play, and Best of Health (both New Strategist), and her work is included in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 (Traveler’s Tales). She holds a BA from Cortland College.
Emily Taylor has published fiction in Inkwell, Crate, Baltimore Review, Green Mountains Review, Lost, and Hobart, and she served as the prose editor for LIT. She holds a BA from Colgate and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.
is the author of the novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster). Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Madison Review, and The Dinner Party Download on NPR. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Fiction. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University.
Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton). She has published short fiction in poemmemoirstory, Carve Magazine, Obsidian II, and Passages North, as well the anthologies Surreal South, Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has taught at Southern Illinois University. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Laura Yeager is the author of the short story collection First Aid and Other Stories (Iowa State) and she has published fiction in such magazines as Paris Review, Missouri Review, North American Review, Ohio Short Fiction, and Kaleidoscope. She has taught at Kent State University, Walsh University, Malone College, and Rhode Island School of Design. Laura holds a BA from Oberlin College, an MA in English from Iowa State University, and an MFA in English from the University of Iowa.
Irene Zabytko is the author of the novel The Sky Unwashed (Algonquin), and the short story collection When Luba Leaves Home (Algonquin). Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and her nonfiction has appeared in such publications as the Orlando Sentinel, the New York Times Book Review, and the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine. She holds a BA from Vermont College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.
wrote the feature screenplay, A Modern Affair (distributed by Tara Releasing and In Pictures, video by Columbia Tri-Star). He served as screenwriter-in-residence for Tribe Pictures, and has written screenplays for JEM Entertainment and Primusfilms, among other production companies. His play Pigs and Bugs was originally presented at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Festival, and has subsequently been produced in Los Angeles and Vermont. His one-person play, Reno, was presented in New York City at the West Bank Cafe and subsequently at several other colleges and performance spaces nationwide. He has published fiction in Confrontation Magazine, and he authored the chapter on Character in Gotham's book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He received a playwriting grant from the New York Public Theatre and has taught at Hofstra University and St. John's University. Paul holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.