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Nina Boutsikaris is the author of the memoir I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming). Her short nonfiction has appeared in Brevity, Entropy, Fourth Genre, Hobart, the Los Angeles Review, the Mid-American Review, Phoebe, Puerto del Sol, and Redivider, among many others, and her work has been named a Notable Essay by the editors of the Best American Essays series. She has worked at Ms. magazine, the Sonora Review, Riffle Books, and Skyhorse Publishing. She has taught at the University of Arizona and the New School, and been a teaching fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She holds a BA from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona.
Carmen Bugan is the author of the memoir Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police (MacMillan/Picador and Graywolf Press). She is also the author of the poetry collections Releasing the Porcelain Birds (Shearsman Books), The House of Straw (Shearsman Books), and Crossing the Carpathians (Carcanet Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in the Irish Times, the Harvard Review, the International Literature Quarterly, the Nieman Storyboard at Harvard University, and in the anthologies Centres of Catacylsm (Bloodaxe Books), See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers (Heaven Tree Press), and Penguin’s Poems for Life (Penguin Hardback Classics). She has taught at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the Geneva Writers’ Group, and Oxford University. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and a Master’s and Ph.D, both in English Literature, from Oxford University.
Kelly Caldwell has written for Vox, 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.
Elizabeth Cohen is the author of the memoir The Family On Beartown Road (Random House), the short story collection The Hypothetical Girl (Split Oak Press), the poetry collections The Economist's Daughter (Ecstatic Utterance) and What the Trees Said (Split Oak Press), and co-author of the nonfiction book The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam). Her essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in Newsweek, People, the New York Times Magazine, Yale Review, among others. She has taught at Binghamton University, University of New Mexico, the New School for Social Research, and Western Connecticut State University. She holds a BA from University of New Mexico, an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Temple University, and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University.
Kerry Cohen is the author of the memoirs Seeing Ezra (Seal Press) and Loose Girl (Hyperion) and the nonfiction book, The Truth of Memoir: How to Write About Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity (Writer's Digest Books). She is also the author of the young adult novels Easy (Simon & Schuster), The Good Girl, and It's Not You, It's Me (Delacorte). She has taught at Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, and City University in Vancouver, Washington. She holds a BA from Clark University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.
is the author of Hunted: A Memoir of Art and Addiction (Shanti Arts Press, forthcoming). Her essays and articles have appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, New York magazine, Playboy, VICE, Gothamist, Marie Claire UK, and the New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, among many others. She is Deputy Editor of Narratively, where she edits its Memoir section, and has worked for the Joy Harris Literary Agency. She has taught at Catapult and Girls Write Now. She holds a BA from The New School for Liberal Arts and an MS from Columbia University.
is the author of the novels The Other Side of the Game, A Meeting in the Ladies Room, and A Mighty Love (all Kensington Books), and of the nonfiction books Barrier Breaking Resumes and Interviews (Times Books/Random House), Staying Married, (Kensington Books), and Talking Drums (St. Martin’s Press). As an editor and senior editor at Time Warner Publishing, Thunder’s Mouth Press, and Random House, she acquired and edited both fiction and memoir. She holds a BA from the State University of New York/Empire State College and an MFA in Creative Writing/Memoir from Hunter College.
Janice Erlbaum is the author of the memoirs Girlbomb (Villard), and Have You Found Her (Villard). She is a columnist for Bust magazine, and her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in New York Press, Interview, PAPER, and McSweeneys Internet Tendency. She holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in English/Writing from NYU.
Jen Glantz is the author of the memoir Always a Bridesmaid for Hire (Simon & Schuster) and the essay collection All My Friends Are Engaged (Thought Catalog), which was an Amazon bestseller in humor essays. She writes the blog The Things I Learned From, which has been syndicated by the Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, and xoJane. Her articles and essays have appeared in Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, PopSugar, Refinery29, and Today.com, among many others, and she writes a weekly advice column for BRIDES magazine. She has taught at General Assembly and for ConEdison. She holds a BA in Journalism and a BA in Creative Writing, both from the University of Central Florida.
Brendan Halpin is the author of the novels Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Long Way Back, and Donorboy (all by Villard); the memoirs Losing My Faculties and It Takes a Worried Man (both by Villard); and the author or co-author of eight young adult novels, including Forever Changes (by Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom (Walker Books) and A Really Awesome Mess (Egmont USA) . He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Teaching from Tufts University.
is the author of the memoir The House on Childress Street (Harlem Moon), and the novels Snow (VIBE Books) and Dark (Broadway Books), a Los Angeles Times and Washington Post bestseller. He co-edited the nonfiction book Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop (Three Rivers Press), and his articles and essays have appeared on NPR, and in Newsweek, The Village Voice, Essence, Ebony, and VIBE, among others. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Florida, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the College Success Foundation. He holds a BA from Morehouse College.
Blaise Allysen Kearsley is the creator, producer, and host of the How I Learned storytelling series, and has performed stories for The MOTH, The Soundtrack Series, and Literary Death Match, among other series. Her photography and essays have appeared in Elle, New York magazine, Gothamist, VICE magazine, Gawker, Playbill, Midnight Breakfast, and The Weeklings. She has contributed to the anthologies Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) and Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, And Abandoned Rock Operas (Crown Archetype). She holds a BA from Bennington College.
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.
Aspen Matis is the author of the memoir Girl In The Woods (HarperCollins), which was named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian. Her essays and articles have appeared in Marie Claire, the New York Daily News, the New York Times, Psychology Today, Salon, and Tin House. She has studied at Colorado College and the New School.
Nan Mooney is the author of the memoir My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track (HarperCollins), and the nonfiction books (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents (Beacon Press) and I Can't Believe She Did That: Why Women Betray Other Women at Work (St. Martin's Press). Her work has also appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Slate, the Seattle Weekly, and Hamptons Jitney Magazine. She holds a BA from Scripps College.
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 anthologies Lost and Found (W.W. Norton) and Spent (Seal Press). She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, City College of New York, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.
Melissa Petro has published nonfiction in Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Poets & Writers, Salon, Daily Beast, Narratively, Jezebel, xoJane, Frisky, The Fix, and Rumpus. She is the editor of two anthologies: Pros(e): Writings by Individuals with Experiences in the Sex Industries and Corner Stories: Writings by the Washington Heights CORNER Project Community. She is a PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize finalist. She holds a BA from Antioch, an MS in Education from Fordham, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School.
Jil Picariello is the co-author of the memoir Jessica Lost (Union Square Press). She is the Theater Editor for ZealNYC, and her work has appeared in Afar, Food + Wine, New York magazine, Seventeen magazine, and USA Today, among many others. She’s worked as a copywriter for New York magazine and People, as copy chief for The Parenting Group at Time Warner, and as copy director for Reader’s Digest. She has taught at Media Bistro. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School.
is the author of the memoir The Man Who Couldn’t Eat (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), based on his Esquire story. His nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Creative Nonfiction, The Huffington Post, Graze, Slice, and on NPR, and he wrote and directed the documentary film Tree Man.
He served as a communications executive for
Sony, American Express, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and
several global public relations and marketing agencies.
He has taught at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University. He holds a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MA in English from the University of Maryland.
Domenica Ruta is the author of the memoir With Or Without You (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), which was a Barnes & Novel Discover selection. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Indiana Review, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, PEN America, and Epoch, among others. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.
Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.