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Nora Raleigh Baskin
is the author of thirteen novels for young readers, including Ruby on the Outside, Anything But Typical (both Simon & Schuster), and Nine/Ten: a 9/11 Story (Atheneum). She has also published short stories and personal essays in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer. She has taught at SCBWI, The Unicorn Writers Conference, the Highlights Foundation, and The Fairfield Co. Writer’s Studio. She holds a BA from SUNY Purchase.
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 Marriage of Alice B Toklas By Gertrude Stein (Jermyn Street Theater, London), City of Glass (New Ohio), 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). He directed the film The Last Cyclist. He is the artistic director of Untitled Theater Co. #61. He holds a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.
Shahnaz Habib is the author of the nonfiction book Airplane Mode (Catapault, forthcoming), and the translator of the novel Jasmine Days, for which she and the author Benyamin won the JCB Prize, India's most valuable prize for literature. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker online, Creative Nonfiction, Agni, Brevity, The Guardian, and Afar, among many others. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, and her work has been cited in the Best American Essays series. 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.
Blaise Allysen Kearsley is the creator, producer, and host of the How I Learned storytelling series, and has performed stories for The MOTH, Risk!, The Soundtrack Series, and Literary Death Match, among other series. She is a contributing editor to the Vestal Review, and her photography and essays have appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature's the Nervous Breakdown, Elle, New York magazine, Gothamist, VICE, 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.
Cleve Lamison is the author of the novel Full-Blood Half-Breed (Penguin Random House), and he is a contributing writer to Suvudu.com, a science fiction and fantasy blog at Random House. He is a staff writer for the television show Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy (Urban Movie Channel), and he wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film Following Bliss, which won Best Feature Film at the Global Arts International Film Festival and was an official selection at many others, including the Stratford Upon Avon Film Festival, the Houston Black Film Festival, the Great Lakes Film Festival, and the Dances With Films Film Festival. His short film The Story won the Denver World Film Festival, and his short film Jack for President was a runner-up in the New York 24-Hour Filmmaking Contest. He was the artistic director of the BlackBird Theatre Company in New York City, created, wrote, and drew the cartoon strip Rick the Roach for the Richmond News Leader, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. He holds a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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. He has contributed music to the HBO series Bored To Death, published nonfiction in the New York Times' Modern Love column, appeared on the radio program This American Life, and worked as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He guest-lectures at the Parsons Pre-College Academy. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Francesca Ochoa has published fiction and nonfiction in MAKE: A Literary Magazine; Perigree, and Aorta. She is the author of chapbooks Love/ Smut and the art book Pictograph, and she has served as editor at Apogee Journal and Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art. She has taught at NY Writers Coalition, and the Benjamin Banneker Academy. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.
Betsey Odell is the author of the novel Deep Water (Sapphire Books) and the essay “Naked in Bohemia” in the anthology Travelers Tales Prague and the Czech Republic (Travelers’ Tales Guides). She has published nonfiction in Preserving Your Memory, of which she was editor-in-chief, and Yellow Rat Bastard. She has taught at Randolph-Macon College. She holds a BA from Randolph-Macon 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.
Christine Reilly is the author of the novel Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday (Simon & Schuster), and the poetry chapbooks Too Animal, Not Enough Machine (Sundress Publications) and Mano a Mano: Or Relationship Neither Here Nor There (Shoe Music Press). She has written young adult e-books for the Sh! Pass It On series (Palindrome Media). Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in the Adirondack Review, the Brooklyn Review, FriGG, and Lifelines, among many others. A one-time Intel Science Talent Search National Semi-Finalist, she has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Dalton School, and the Collegiate School. She holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MFA in English from Sarah Lawrence College.
Alanna Schubach is a Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction. Her essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in The Atlantic, Refinery 29, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and the LA Review of Books, among many others, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Post Road, the Lifted Brow, and Prick of the Spindle. She has taught at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, the College Readiness Program, the Westchester County Department of Corrections, and Girls Write Now. She holds a BA from American University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.
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 holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.
Nancy Weber is a founding board member of the New York Writers Coalition, where she also served as program director, youth program director, and instructor. She has published short stories and poetry in the Evergreen Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and The Narrator. She has taught at St. Joseph’s College and LaGuardia Community College. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from St. Joseph’s College.