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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.
J. L. Stermer is an agent with N.S. Bienstock, a full-service talent agency with a division dedicated to developing literary projects, where she handles both nonfiction and fiction authors. She previously served as literary agent and contracts director with the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
is an agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, where she represents both fiction and nonfiction authors, as well as young adult authors and some select middle-grade. She formerly worked at the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, and at the publisher W.W. Norton & Company. She contributed to the book Create Your Writer Platform (Writer’s Digest Books), and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.