Hal Ackerman

Hal Ackerman’s first novel, Stein, Stoned, won the Lovey Award for best first novel in 2011.  Stein, Stung, his second novel, was published in 2012.  His short stories have appeared in North Dakota Review; New Millennium Writings; Southeast Review (Robert Olen Butler’s pick for World’s Best Short Short Story); Crab Creek Review; The Pinch, and most recently in the current Idaho Review, in the company of Ann Beattie, T.C Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Jess Walter, and a few other drop-worthy names.

Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me won the William Saroyan Centennial Award for Drama, and was named Best Play at the 2011 United Solo Festival in New York. 

Until his retirement in 2015, he served as co-area head of the UCLA screenwriting program.  His students have won every major award.  Scores of screenplays written in his classes have been bought or optioned; at most recent count, thirteen have become films. His 2003 (Tallfellow Press) book on craft, Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way (despite having the world’s most pretentious title), is the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country.  Website: www.halackermanwriting.com.

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Nish Amarnath

Nish Amarnath is an award-winning New York-based author and journalist whose latest book, Victims For Sale, published by HarperCollins, is a bestselling psychological thriller. Nominated for the Bombay Film Festival Word-to-Screen Award, her novel has been critically reviewed as reminiscent of a David Fincher movie and likened to the voice of Megan Abbott.

Ms. Amarnath has conducted writing and storytelling workshops and lectures at multiple U.S. and overseas forums, including U.S. State Department affiliates, and British Council outposts. She has spoken at the United Nations, as well as at Algonkian Writer Conferences. Her articles have appeared in: The Wall Street Journal; The Big Thrill Magazine; MSN Money; Yahoo Finance; TheStreet.com; and International Business Times. She was nominated as an outstanding journalist as part of the Alerian MLP Awards across North America in 2017.

She majored in Economics with Distinction and holds post-graduate degrees in media sociology and journalism from the London School of Economics, where she was a Margot Naylor Scholar; and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a James W. Robins Reporting Fellow.

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Robert Anasi

Robert Anasi is the acclaimed author of The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle and The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (FSG). His journalism, interviews and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Observer, Los Angeles Times, LA Review of Books, Salon, among many others. “First Stripe,” a nonfiction story, appears in The Bittersweet Science (University of Chicago Press). He’s a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. About his work, Anasi says, “I try to tell stories about marginalized people and communities that go beyond headlines and stereotypes, no matter if my subjects are boxers, snitches, bohemians, campesinos in the Peruvian highlands or the now vanished blue-collar Irish Catholic neighborhood in which I was raised. In every case, this work relies on long immersion, both through research and sharing the daily lives of my subjects. I often wish there was a faster path to empathy, understanding and seasoned prose but, as a friend once said, if it was easy, everybody would do it.”


Gray Basnight

Gray Basnight is the author of the crime novel The Cop with the Pink Pistol and The Civil War historical novel Shadows in the Fire. He worked for almost three decades in New York City in broadcast news at WOR, WINS, ABC, and Bloomberg News. His positions in both radio and television have included producer, newswriter, editor, reporter, and newscaster. He’s also been a freelance feature writer for The New York Daily News.

Website: graybasnight.com

Contact: graybasnight@gmail.com


Laura Geringer Bass

As publisher, editor, story advisor and writer, Laura Geringer Bass has collaborated with many celebrated authors and artists in the field of children’s books. She has worked with numerous publishing houses and entertainment studios including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, and CBS. Laura Geringer Books, an award-winning imprint of HarperCollins, sold over fifty million books worldwide, including the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie franchise, and modern day classics by William Joyce, Brian Selznick and others.

Laura Geringer Bass is the author of twenty books for children including the bestselling A Three Hat Day, an ALA Notable Book illustrated by Arnold Lobel, a Top Ten featured selection on LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow. Her YA fantasy, Sign of the Qin, an ALA Best Book, was shortlisted for the Printz award. Myth Men, her popular series of graphic novels, was adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. Her love of story informs her service on the board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over one hundred million books into the hands of children in need. Her new novel, The Girl With More Than One Heart is due out from Abrams in Spring 2018. Visit Laura at : http://www.laurageringerbass.com/


Jacqueline Bishop

Jacqueline Bishop is the author of five books, most recently Snapshots From Istanbul (Peepal Tree Press.) She is also an accomplished visual artist with recent exhibitions in Italy and Belgium. Ms. Bishop was a 2008-2009 Fulbright scholar to Morocco and is the 2009-2010 UNESCO/Fulbright Fellow. She is a full time Master Teacher in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University.


Maureen Brady

Maureen Brady is the author of the novels Ginger’s FireFolly, and Give Me Your Good Ear, the short story collection The Question She Put to Herself and three books of nonfiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Bellevue Literary ReviewSouthern ExposureJust Like a Girl; Sinister Wisdom; Conditions; In The Family; Ikon; Cabbage and Bones: Irish American Women WritingIntersections: Poetry and Fiction by Banff Writers; among others. She has received grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, NYFA and The Money for Women Fund and her books have been nominated for Lambda Literary, the Ferro Grumley and the ALA Gay Book Award. Her latest novel, Getaway, is currently being circulated by her agent.

Maureen works as a freelance editor for fiction and nonfiction writers. She also teaches creative writing at New York University and The Peripatetic Writing Workshop. She is currently Board President of The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

Visit her website at www.maureenbradyny.com.


Susan Breen

Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class, published in February 2008 by Plume, a division of Penguin, and Headline Review (UK). MORE Magazine named TFC a ”Don’t Miss Book,” IN TOWN Magazine featured it as its ”Mother’s Day choice,” and dearreader.com chose it as its novel of the week. In addition, Susan holds the distinction of being one of the first people to sell her work through the New York Pitch and Shop Conference. Her articles have been published by The Writer and Writer’s Digest; her short stories have been published by more than a dozen literary magazines, among them anderbo.comThe Chattahoochee Review and American Literary Review and she has taught fiction classes for the last six years. She has also worked as a reporter for FORTUNE Magazine and an editor at the Foreign Policy Association.


Yvonne Cassidy

Yvonne Cassidy was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to New York in 2011. Yvonne is the author of three novels published by Hachette: The Other BoyWhat Might Have Been Me and How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? Her first novel, The Other Boy was also published as a French translation under the title L’Autre Frère. In 2011, Yvonne was profiled by leading UK newspaper The Sunday Independent as one of eight young Irish writers to watch as part of their “A New Wild Wave of Irish Writing” feature.

In addition to fiction, Yvonne has written for leading Irish magazine and newspaper titles as well as writing for television. She has taught creative writing extensively and currently heads up the creative writing program at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen–the largest emergency food program in New York City–where she works with homeless and other marginalized writers.

Yvonne is a member of the Honorary Committee of writing non-profit Narrative 4. She regularly participates in literary events both in Ireland and the US. She lives in Manhattan with her wife and is currently working on her fourth novel.

Visit her website at www.yvonnecassidy.com.



Joan Chevalier

Joan Chevalier is a speechwriter with 20 years experience, primarily writing for Theodore Roosevelt IV and other C-level executives. Her opinion pieces for others appear in most major outlets; her own appear in the Boston Globe, Washington Times, and WSJ Political Diary. Her essays, short fiction, and prose poetry are also published in a variety of magazines and journals, see www.joanchevalier.com. Joan is currently at work on her life-long postponed novel. She feels that procrastination is the art form that she has mastered with conviction.


Christina Chiu

Christina Chiu, curator and co-host of the Pen Parentis Literary Salons, is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2001. She has published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, and Acorn. Her accolades include the Asian American Literary Award, the Robert Simpson Fellowship, the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club; she won of the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest, won second place in the Playboy Fiction Contest, and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. Troublemaker has been translated into German and French. Chiu is one of the Founding members of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She judged the 14th Annual Asian American Literary Award in 2001 and served as fellowship panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University. She is currently working on a novel. She also teaches at Hudson Valley Writers Center. If you know of an author who is also a parent whom you would like to suggest for our Salons, please email Christina at info@penparentis.org.


June Rifkin Clark

June Rifkin Clark is a New York-based writer and the author of numerous books including, The Everything Baby Name Book, and is also the co-author of Signature For Success and The Complete Book of Astrology.

Over the years, June has also represented hundreds of writers as a Senior Associate at FinePrint Literary Management, including the NYWW guide The Portable MFA. She now runs Get There Media, a company that provides branding, promotion, editorial, and publishing services to authors, experts, and entrepreneurs.

Prior to being in publishing, June worked in cable TV marketing and promotion and is the recipient of a Cable ACE/Emmy Award, among other industry merits. During her career, June helped create notable multimedia campaigns and materials for cable services like Food Network, Bravo, and HBO, as well as companies like AOL, Hasbro, Kraft Foods, and Sony.    

June holds a M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. Her play, Separation Anxiety, is a Rod Parker Playwriting Award winner and was produced in Boston. A monologue from the play is featured in the book One on One: The Best Women’s Monologues of the 21st Century.

For more information, visit www.gettheremedia.com and www.juneclark.com.


Patty Dann

Patty Dann’s new memoir, Talking Underwater, will be published in 2016. Dann is the author of three novels, StarfishMermaids and Sweet & Crazy. She has published two other memoirs, The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss and The Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption. Her work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Mermaids was made into a movie, starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci.
Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, O Magazine, The Oregon Quarterly, Redbook, More, Forbes Woman, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Writer’s Handbook, Dirt: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House and This I Believe: On Motherhood.

She has served as a judge for the Scholastic Young Writers Awards. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. Dann has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the West Side YMCA. She was cited by New York Magazine as one of the “Great Teachers of NYC.”

Visit Patty Dann’s website:  http://pattydann.com

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Ruth Danon

Ruth Danon is the author of Word Has It (Nirala 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazevVox 2015), and much earlier, Triangulation From a Known Point, Living With the Fireman (chapbook), and Work in the English Novel. Her poetry and prose have been widely published in the United States and abroad. For 23 years she taught Creative and Expository Writing in programs she directed at NYU’s McGhee Division, the undergraduate college for adult students. She now teaches privately in New York City and Beacon, NY where she lives. For more information go to her website at www.ruthdanon.com


Allison Estes

Allison Estes grew up playing on Faulkner’s grave, which is about as steeped in literary heritage as you can get. She is an author, freelance editor and book doctor, and has taught writing to all ages, both privately and through the New York Writers Workshop in New York, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council in Oxford, Mississippi, and various other venues for about a million years. Besides books, she loves horses, dogs and kids, so she has some of each. When she isn’t busy writing, editing, teaching and soccer-momming, if the grave of a famous author is not available, she plays softball as much as possible.

Allison Estes has written fifteen middle grade and young adult novels, including the Short Stirrup Club series (Simon and Schuster.) Her most recent book (adult non-fiction) is Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat (Bowtie Press.) Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar (Sourcebooks), was released in April 2015.

Visit Allison’s website at http://www.allisonestes.com/.


Jen Fitzgerald

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist, and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University.  She is the Count Director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and the host of the New Books in Poetry Podcast. She was a Bread Loaf 2014 Conference attendee. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour and Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog and in Tin House, and AAWW: Open City, among others. She is a member of New York Writers Workshop and is the author of  The Art of Work (Noemi Press, 2016).  She is at work on her memoir.


Luis H. Francia

Manila-born Luis H. Francia is a poet, nonfiction writer, and playwright. His latest volume of poetry is Tattered Boat, released in 2014. Previous collections include The Arctic Archipelago and Other PoemsMuseum of Absences, and The Beauty of Ghosts. His poems have been translated into several languages. He has read at numerous literary festivals and most recently at the XI International Festival of Poetry (2015) held annually in Granada, Nicaragua. A collection of his most recent nonfiction, RE: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections, was released the summer of 2015. In 2002, he won both the PEN Open Book and the Asian American Writers literary awards. He is in the Library of America’s Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing. His full-length play, The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz, had its world premiere in San Francisco in 2012. He teaches at New York University and Hunter College. He has also taught at the City University of Hong Kong and has conducted workshops at, among other places, the St. Marks Poetry Project, the Asian American Writers Workshop, Curare in Mexico City, and St. Louis University in Baguio City. 


Laura Zinn Fromm

Laura Zinn Fromm is the author of Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping, available from Amazon and BN.com and published by Greenpoint Press. Fromm holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and teaches fiction and creative non-fiction through New York Writers Workshop. She has taught at Columbia and Montclair State University. A former editor at Business Week magazine, she is a winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Visit her at Laurazinnfromm.com and flawedmom.com.


Ifeona Fulani

Ifeona Fulani holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from New York University. Her publications include an edited volume of essays titled Archipelagos of sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music (University of West Indies Press, 2012); a collection of short stories titled Ten Days in Jamaica (Peepal Tree Press, 2012); a novel, Seasons of Dust (Writers and Readers, 1997); and scholarly articles, most recently in Small Axe; Anthurium; and  Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She has also published short stories in the Beacon’s Best anthology series; in Small Axe; and in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir. She has written a film script adapated from a James Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, and a children’s story, Visitors. She teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.


Rita Gabis

Rita Gabis is a poet and prose writer whose most recent book, “A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather and the SS, My Jewish Family, a Search for the Truth,” comes out September 8th from Bloomsbury. (Read the starred Kirkus review at Kirkusreviews.com.) For more about Gabis and her forthcoming memoir, watch her interview with Peter Slen on Cspan Book TV online. She is a founding member of New York Writers Workshop.


Juliann Garey

Juliann Garey is a journalist, novelist, film critic, who has also sold screenplays and original TV pilots to to Sony Pictures, NBC, CBS, Columbia TriStar Television and Lifetime TV. Her first novel, Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See (Soho Press), won the American Library Association 2014 Notable Books Award for Outstanding Fiction, was long-listed for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2013. She has been awarded fellowships in creative writing at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. As a Journalist and film critic she has been on staff or contributed to over a dozen publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, More, Redbook, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, NY Magazine, The L.A. Times and appeared regularly on CNN She is a graduate of Yale University and The Columbia University School of Journalism. She lives in New York City.


Doug Garr

Doug Garr has nearly four decades of experience as a journalist, author, and editor.  

With Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat (Ecco, 2009), Garr was co-author with Henry J. Cardello. Garr is the author of IBM Redux: Lou Gerstner and the Business Turnaround of the Decade, (HarperBusiness, 1999). He is also the author of Woz: The Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley, a biography of the cofounder of Apple Computer, and the co-author (with Mike Edelhart) of The Complete Computer Compendium (Avon), and Mr. Mint’s Guide to Investing in Baseball Cards and Collectibles (Warner, with Alan Rosen). Garr’s most personal work is a memoir, Between Heaven and Earth: An Adventure in Free Fall (Greenpoint Press, 2009). His ghostwriting work includes Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two Party System, (Random House, 2008) andWhat Makes You Tick? How Successful People Do It — And What You Can Learn from Them (HarperCollins, 2009).

Other credits include Business Week, Fortune’s Technology Review, GQ, Popular Science, Worth, New York, Strategy & Business, and MIT’s Technology Review. Essays have appeared in Newsweek, The East Hampton Star and the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times.  


Mark Goldblatt

Mark Goldblatt is a novelist, journalist and theologian as well as a professor at Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York. His first novel, Africa Speaks, a satire of black urban culture, was published in 2002 by Permanent Press. Sloth, a comedic take on postmodernism, was published in 2010 by Greenpoint Press. A book of political commentary, Bumper Sticker Liberalism, followed in 2012 from HarperCollins. The Unrequited, a literary mystery from Five Star/Cengage, was published in 2013 — the same year that Random House released Twerp, a novel for young (and old) readers. Finding The Worm, a sequel to Twerp, will be published by Random House February 2015. http://www.markgoldblatt.com/.


Emma Goldman-Sherman

Emma Goldman-Sherman’s work has been published in American Athenaeum, Broad Magazine, The Manhattan Times, Adrienne Rich; A Tribute AnthologyThe Chronicle for Higher EducationThe Book of Estrogenius 2000, and American Theatre Magazine.  Her plays (including Perfect Women, Wombshot and The Lock) have been produced in New York City, London and Zagreb. She has had work produced and developed by Circle Rep Lab, The Women’s Project and Productions, Manhattan Theatre Source, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s LA Project, and All Out Arts Inc. Emma’s work has been developed and supported with residencies at WordBridge, Ragdale and The Millay Colony for the Arts. Why Birds Fly was a finalist in Cutting Ball’s Risk Is This Festival 2014. Upcoming work will be seen in San Francisco at The ReOrient Festival 2015.  She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa.  


Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of FranceA New York Memoir and The Soul of Creative Writing. His book, The Bicycle Diaries: One Man’s Journey Through September 11th, with original wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec, is part of the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Of French Dirt, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “it is one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American.” Richard Goodman has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including The New York TimesHarvard ReviewCreative NonfictionThe Writer’s ChronicleRiver TeethCommonwealVanity FairSaveurAscentFrench Review and Michigan Quarterly Review. He wrote the introduction for Travelers’ Tales Provence and has been a frequent contributor for the Travelers’ Tales series of books. He is Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Writing at the University of New Orleans. For more information, and an extensive sampling of Richard Goodman’s writing, please go to his homepage.


Mary Stewart Hammond

 Mary Stewart Hammond’s poems have appeared in many magazines and journals including The Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, The American Voice, The Atlantic Monthly, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Field, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Criterion, The New England Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book ReviewThe Paris ReviewPloughsharesShenandoahThe Southern ReviewThe Southwest Review, The Yale Review, and have been included in many anthologies and textbooks. Mary Stewart Hammond’s first book, Out of Canaan, published by W.W. Norton, received the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s “New Writers Award for Poetry.” She has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize. Other awards include MacDowell Colony and Yaddo fellowships and a Writer’s Community Poet-in-Residence fellowship. Her new collection of poems, Entering History, is being published by W.W. Norton in October 2016.Mary Stewart Hammond has read and conducted workshops throughout the Midwest and the South. She lives in New York City, where she teaches master classes in poetry through the New York Writers Workshop and works privately as a consultant on book manuscripts.For more information visit http://www.marystewarthammond.com. 


Judith Hannan

Judith Hannan is the author of Motherhood Exaggerated (CavanKerry Press, 2012), her memoir of discovery and transformation during her daughter’s cancer treatment and transition into survival. Her most recent book is The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Live With and Beyond Illness. Her essays have appeared in such publications as Woman’s Day, The Forward, Brevity, Cognoscenti, Opera News, The Huffington Post, The Healing Muse, ZYZZYVA, and The Martha’s Vineyard Gazette. Ms. Hannan is a lecturer at Yale University where she is working on a pilot study to document the healing power of storytelling. She teaches writing about personal experience to homeless mothers, as well as to medical professionals and students and those affected by physical and/or mental illness. She is a writing mentor with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Visible Ink program. In June, 2016, Ms. Hannan joined the faculty of the inaugural Narrative Medicine program at Kripalu. In 2015, she received a Humanism-in-Medicine award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Ms. Hannan serves on the boards of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and the Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai. www.judithhannanwrites.com


Bronwen Hruska

Before becoming Publisher of Soho Press, Bronwen Hruska worked as a journalist and screenwriter for 20 years. In addition to selling original movie and television scripts to Columbia Pictures, NBC and CBS, her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York TimesMoreEntertainment WeeklyCosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. Her first novel, Accelerated, was published in 2012 by Pegasus Books.


Helen Kaplan

Helen Kaplan‘s short film Return to Sender has screened at over 20 festivals and received many awards. She has taught screenwriting and filmmaking at Barnard’s Pre-College Program, Hunter College, MediaBistro, The 92nd St Y/Makor, The New York Film Academy, and the International Film and Video Workshops in Maine. Helen also contributed a chapter on subplots for the screenwriting book Writing Movies. She has worked as a film editor and was an associate producer on the PBS documentary New York. Helen received an MFA in film from Columbia University.


Lisa L. Kirchner

Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar (Greenpoint Press, May 31, 2014). At one time she was simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, xoJane and Salon.com, among numerous other publications. She lives in New York City. More at www.LisaLKirchner.com.


Laurence Klavan

Laurence Klavan wrote the novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, published by Ballantine Books. His novel, Mrs. White, co-written under a pseudonym, won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His graphic novels, City of Spies and Brain Camp, co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan, and their Young Adult fiction series, Wasteland, is currently being published by Harper Collins. His short work has been published in such print and online journals as The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Natural Bridge, Gargoyle, Failbetter, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among many others, and a collection, ‘The Family Unit’ and Other Fantasies, has been published by Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theatre in London. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, produced in the EST Marathon in New York, was published in Applause Books’ Best American Short Plays 2000-2001. His web site is LaurenceKlavan.com.


Ross Klavan

Ross Klavan’s novella “Thump Gun Hitched” was published in 2016 in the compilation Triple Shot (along with Charles Salzberg and Tim O’Mara) by Down and Out Press. His darkly comic novel Schmuck was published by Greenpoint Press in 2014. His original screenplay for the film Tigerland starring Colin Farrell was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Klavan recently finished an adaption of John Bowers’ The Colony and has written scripts for Miramax, Intermedia, Walden Media, Paramount and TNT TV, among others. He moderated a conversation between Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer which was later published as Like Shaking Hands with God; and his short stories have appeared in magazines and been produced by the BBC. An earlier novel, Trax, was published under a pseudonym. His play How I Met My (Black) Wife (Again), co-written with Ray Iannicelli, has been produced in New York City. He has worked as a newspaper and radio journalist in London and New York City, where he lives with his wife, the painter, Mary Jones.


Sally Koslow

Sally Koslow is the author of Slouching Toward Adulthood, a hybrid of reporting and memoir, and four novels: The Widow Waltz; With Friends like These; The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and Little Pink Slips, which leverages her inside knowledge of the magazine industry where she was, among numerous positions, editor-in-chief of McCall’s and the creator of Lifetime, launched by Disney and Hearst. Her fiction has been translated into a dozen languages, two of her books optioned for television and Target has named her an “Emerging Author” and chosen one of her novels for their Book Club. Sally’s essays and articles have appeared in many venues: The New York TimesNew York Observer, national magazines (More, RealSimple, O, AARP, Good Housekeeping and many others) as well as web sites including TheAtlantic.com and The Huffington Post. She has taught creative writing at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College, coaches and edits writers independently, conducts home workshops, lectures at colleges and reviews books. You can read her essays and chapters of her books at www.sallykoslow.com. She invites you to join her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow


Robert Lascaro

Robert Lascaro is the design director of Greenpoint Press, where some of his book designs include: The House on Crash Corner, We’re Not Leaving (featured on 60 Minutes) and Starfish. He has worked as an art director at Scholastic, Ziff Davis, Thompson Reutersand the Wall Street Journal. Before his career in publishing he worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street, a newspaper reporter and the manager of The Center for Public Cinema, which operated the repertory Bleecker Street and Carnegie Hall Cinemas. He has also worked as a lifeguard on the Jersey Shore, a Fuller Brush salesman and a street magician on 42nd Street. He is an Eagle Scout. 


Hermine Meinhard

Hermine Meinhard‘s book Bright Turquoise Umbrella, published by Tupelo Press, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, How2, La Petite Zine and Verse Daily among other journals; and have aired on WSUI Iowa City and KSFR Sante Fe. Other honors include being named a finalist for PSA’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, the grand prize for the Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Blue Mountain Center and the Ragdale Foundation.

She has read her work widely in venues such as Live at Prairie Lights Bookstore, Hudson Valley Writers Center, the Kitchen, KGB Bar, Bowery Poetry Club and the Inspired Word, and has been interviewed and profiled by the online journals Margin and Chicago Post Modern Poetry. Former poetry editor of the literary journal 3rd bed, she is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at New York University, and has been guest instructor at the Il Chiostro Workshops in Italy. She has an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.

To learn more about her life and teaching, and to find links to an interview and poems, visit this site: http://www.theurbanrange.com/poet.php?id=7


Donna Minkowitz

Donna Minkowitz has taught memoir writing since 1998, at venues including the 92nd St. Y, The Kitchen, In Our Own Write, and the New York Writers Workshop. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. Earlier, she won a Lammy for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance. Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Collagist, The Nation, and New York magazine, and has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show. A former columnist for the Village Voice, she is the winner of a GLAAD Media Award and an Exceptional Merit Media Award.

Website: www.donnaminkowitz.com. Twitter: @Minkowitz

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Karen Moulding

Karen Moulding’s fiction and poetry have appeared in nerve.com, Fawlt Magazine, the Piedmont Literary Review, Spectrum, and more, and have been anthologized by Chronicle Books (Smut 2, the best of nerve.com), and STARbooks Press. She earned an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University, an MA in English at City College of New York, and, inexplicably, a law degree at Columbia University School of Law. She is Editor of the annually updated legal treatise, Sexual Orientation and the Law. She’s enjoyed Fellowships in fiction from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers Conference, and has taught fiction at The Writers Voice in New York City, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and her own living room (the East Village Fiction Workshop). She was Teaching Assistant for the late poet Kenneth Koch at Columbia University. She has read her work at KGB Bar, Cornelia Street Café and other venues in New York City, and at Tongue and Groove (Hotel Café) and Universal Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. She lives in New York City (mostly) and/or Los Angeles and is the single mother of a three year old girl named Fin.


Karol Nielsen

Karol Nielsen is the author of the memoir, Black Elephants, selected as a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in 2012. Excerpts were honored as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays in 2010 and 2005. Her poetry chapbook, This Woman I Thought I’d Be, includes poems from her collection, selected as a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. Her memoir and poetry have appeared in The Moment anthology and many publications. As a journalist, she contributed to Jane’s and Thomson Reuters’ magazines as a staff writer and editor, New York Newsday and the Stamford Advocate op-ed page as a freelance writer, the New York Times as a stringer, and others. She has served as senior, non-fiction, and contributing editor of Epiphany. She has taught at New York Writers Workshop and New York University.


Tim O'Mara

Tim O’Mara member of New York Writers Workshop, is the Barry-nominated author of the ex-cop turned schoolteacher Raymond Donne mystery series set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The first three novels were published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur Books to critical acclaim. His fourth Raymond Donne novel, Nasty Cutter, is scheduled to be published in Fall of 2016 by Severn House.


Naama Potok

Naama Potok authored a collection of short stories published in 2009 by the Dutch publishing house, BZZTôH under the title, Reizen Naar Het Onbestemde. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University where she received a BA in Near Eastern Languages andCivilizations, holds an MPhil from Oxford University in Oriental Studies, and an MFA in Acting from DePaul University. She has taught writing in classrooms, and privately, to students in upper elementary, middle, and high school.

Ms. Potok is a professional actor and has worked with The Goodman Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, BAM, Off-Broadway, Target Margin Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre and, most recently, with Geva Theatre Center and Arizona Theatre Company in a touring production of The Diary of Anne Frank. In 2018, she appeared in a School of Visual Arts thesis film that was screened at New York Short Film Festival, Crown Heights Film Festival, and Film Girl Film Festival.

Ms. Potok is fluent in Hebrew, is a recipient of a Pusey & Allerton and Kennicott Grant from Oxford University, and is honored to be a member of the New York Writers Workshop.

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Judy Rabinor

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D. is the author of A Starving Madness, Tales of Hunger, Hope and Healing in Psychotherapy (Gurze Books, 2002) and Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids and Yes, Your Ex (New Harbinger Publications, 2012). A clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City, she has authored the column “The Therapist’s Voice” in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and coaches mental health professionals in a variety of writing projects. She blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, is a consultant to The Renfrew Center Foundation, and does writing workshops on the mother-daughter relationship, the topic of her forthcoming book. Contact her at jrrabinor@gmail.com or on her website: judithruskayrabinorphd.com

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Photo credit: Claire Holt

Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel’s newest book is The Strange case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies. Her illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Previous books include a critically acclaimed novel, Carrying the Body and two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division. A longtime magazine editor, she helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she was executive articles editor. She has also taught creative writing in the MFA program at Columbia University; at summer literary seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania; and at the Center for Fiction in New York. She now works as an independent editor and book reviewer.


Neal Rowland

Neal Rowland is a writer, script editor and development executive with over ten years’ professional experience, working in the independent film and television sector in Europe and the United States. He developed many successful films, including the Oscar-winning musical film ONCE (2006) and Oscar-nominated director Steph Green’s debut feature, RUN & JUMP (2013), starring SNL alum Will Forte. As a screenwriter, Neal has several projects in development, including a feature funded by the Irish Film Board. He has lectured at the Irish Film Institute and also teaches a TV writing course for the MA screenwriting program at NUIG in Ireland.


Charles Salzberg

Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, Elle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times Arts and Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, and other periodicals. He is the author of more than 25 non-fiction books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson) and Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times, with Soupy Sales. He is also the author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives In, and Swann’s Lake of Despair, as well as Devil in the Hole, which was named one of the best crime novels of 2014 by Suspense magazine. He has been a Visiting Professor of Magazine at the S.I. School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Writer’s Voice, and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.


Ellen Schecter

Ellen Schecter’s memoir, Fierce Joy (2012 ), published by Greenpoint Press, received excellent reviews and a starred notice in Publishers Weekly. Her essays and stories have been published in ducts.org, praxispost.com, May’an, Sh’ma, Lilith, hospitaldrive: Medical Journal of UVa, and others. Many of her twenty-plus books are for children. Her first novel, The Big Idea, won the Américas Award for Children’s and YA Literature. Her Family Haggadah was a Book of The Month and Jewish Book Club selection. She’s written or collaborated on many award-winning TV series for children and families, broadcast on PBS, CBS, and the Learning, Disney, and Discovery Channels including: Reading Rainbow, Magic School Bus, Allegra’s Window, and Out Of the Box.

She holds an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from City University and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Arcadia University, in recognition of her publications and seventeen years of literacy instruction at P.S. 166. Ellen directed the Bank Street College Children’s Book Writers Lab, and has taught writing workshops to children of various ages as well as to psychoanalysts. She didn’t make them lie down or tell her their dreams, but they did break through their blocks and write what was previously locked inside.

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Craig Serling

An award-winning producer, director and editor, Craig has worked with nearly every major network (CBS, NBC, FOX) and cable outlet (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet). He has been nominated for three-primetime Emmy awards and helped launch some of television’s most successful series of the last two decades.

A former American Film Institute directing fellow, Serling wrote and directed the Showtime Networks feature film JAM starring Jefferey Dean Morgan, Gina Torres and Jonathan Silverman.  Other notable writing and editing credits include the PBS documentary American Heroes and Amazing Race. A member of Directors Guild of America, he is currently at work on a new feature film.

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J.D. Serling

J.D. Serling is a former magazine editor. Her short stories have appeared in New Ohio Review and North American Review and her novel, Good Neighbors, will be published in 2018 by 12 / Grand Central Publishing.


Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is the founding editor of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has written or edited ten books and chapbooks of poetry, including translations of the 9th century Tamil poet/saint, Andal, entitled The Autobiography of a Goddess, a collection of collaborative poems, What Else Could it Be, the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove, and the 2005 finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards, Instrumentality. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, the PBS Newshour and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and on the faculty of the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong.

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Ian Singelton

Ian Ross Singleton is a writer, translator, and professor of Writing at Baruch College. His short stories, translations, reviews, and essays have appeared in journals such as New Madrid, Digital Americana, Midwestern GothicFiddleblack, Asymptote, and Ploughshares. His short-story collection manuscript, Grow Me Up, was a finalist for the 2017 Tartt Fiction Award. He was a student at the University of Michigan and earned an MFA in Fiction from Emerson College. At the University of Michigan, Ian won a Hopwood Award. He has taught Creative Writing and Literature for New York Writers Workshop, PrisonWrites!, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University, Cogswell Polytechnical College, the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, the Prison University Project, and the PEN Prison Writing Program. 


Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern has written for several of the nation’s top publications, including The New York TimesU.S. News & World ReportThe Washington Post, and Salon. He has covered a wide range of topics from science to pop culture, in feature articles, book reviews, essays, short stories, and news reports.

Most recently he has taught creative writing, literature, poetry, and publishing courses at various institutions, including Hunter College and the 92 Street Y in New York City and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was selected for the summer residency program for artists at the esteemed Vermont Studio Center. In addition, he runs a premier private tutoring and college prep company in Manhattan, Metro Academic Prep, an internationally-acclaimed website that improves college essay writing, College Essay Organizer


Sarah Stern

Sarah Stern is the author of three poetry collections—We Have Been Lucky in the Midst of Misfortune (Kelsay Press, Aldrich Press, 2018), But Today Is Different (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014), and Another Word For Love (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She is a recipient of a 2018 Pushcart Prize nomination, a Poets and Writers’ Readings & Workshops Grant, and a five-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Poetry Award.

Stern has taught poetry workshops at CSAIR Adult Learning Institute, Hostos Community College, the Bronx Zoo, Edgar Allan Poe Visitor Center, and privately. She graduated from Barnard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Stern is also a communications specialist and consultant and has worked at universities, cultural centers, and think tanks. Learn more at https://sarahstern.me/, on Twitter @sarahstern3, and Instagram @sarahstern3.


Tim Tomlinson

Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He has also published the books This Is Not Happening to You (short fiction), Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse (oral history/poetry), and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poetry). His work has been collected in Brooklyn Poets Anthology, We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow, Long Island Noir, Pa'lante a la Luz, and elsewhere. He has been published in Australia, China, Singapore, the Philippines, and in numerous venues in the US, including Lime Hawk, Missouri Review, Sin Fronteras, and the Tule Review. He's on the Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches in New York University's Global Liberal Studies program. Visit Tim online at http://timtomlinson.org/.


Gini Kopecky Wallace

Gini Kopecky Wallace has been an editor at Ladies’ Home JournalVivaRedbookLife and Family Circle, among other publications. She has co-authored two nonfiction books, Masculinity Reconstructed and Do They Hear You When You Cry, and has edited or book-doctored a number of others. She has been a contributing editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and Redbook, and her articles and essays have appeared in more than 35 other publications, including LifeFamily CircleGlamourThe New York Times Sunday MagazineNYT Sunday Arts & LeisureMs.The Village VoiceAmerican HealthShape and American Forests.

She helped launch and manage a website on preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes for Prevention.com, was managing editor of a West Village newspaper for a spell, and has been running her own website on nature-related topics, Gini’s Nature News (ginisnaturenews.com), for almost five years. She has been involved in the creation and/or editorial direction of six special-interest publications covering subjects including women’s and family health, college life, and the planet’s water resources, and she has a long-standing special interest in dolphins and whales. She has taught magazine- and essay-writing at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, has been a frequent panelist and guest speaker at writing conferences and courses, and has made regular guest appearances on TV.


Laura Weiss

Laura Weiss is a food writer, author and journalist. Laura is a freelance contributor to NPR’s Kitchen Window. She’s also the Senior New York Correspondent for American Food Roots, and a contributor to Interior Design, where she writes about hotel design and architecture. Her food, travel and lifestyle writing has appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including The New York Times, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, Interior Design, The New York Daily News, FoodNetwork.com, AOL Travel, Fineliving.com, Edible Brooklyn, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, and Nation’s Restaurant News.

She is the author of Ice Cream: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press 2011). Ice Cream has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Laura was an editor of the Zagat Long Island Restaurant Guide 2009-2011. She served as and an adjunct professor of journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.

Earlier in her career, Laura was a reporter for CQ Weekly, where she covered Congress and national politics. She was a writer for TIME’s school edition, both online and in print. At AOL, where she was a director, she negotiated and directed content partnerships with major news and entertainment brands, such as Teen People, PBS, and Cartoon Network.

Find Laura at: Laura B. Weiss, Twitter: @foodandthings, Facebook: Ice Cream: A Global History, Instagram: LauraBweissWrites, Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/laurawrites/


Sharyn Wolf

Sharyn Wolf is an author and a New York State licensed psychotherapist in private practice with twenty-four years experience in individual, couple and group psychotherapy. She has written Love Shrinks: A Memoir of a Marriage Counselor’s Divorce Soho Press) and Guerrilla Dating Tactics, How to Stay Lovers for Life, and This Old Spouse all published by (Penguin/Putnam). Her books have been translated into eight languages. Sharyn has appeared on more than 400 television and radio shows, including nine visits on Oprah. Through her writing, she has been a spokesperson in the corporate sector for products from Oil of Olay cosmetics to Viagra. In the past, she led workshops across the United States on the topic of relationships. The most popular was 72 Ways to Flirt.