Willamette Writers Conference 2020

Speakers

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Rosanne Parry
Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels including Heart of a Shepherd, and The Turn of the Tide (Random House). Her newest novels are Last of the Name (Learner) and A Wolf Called Wander (HarperCollins & Andersen Press). She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her back yard.
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Bill Cameron
When not tending his chickens, Bill Cameron shapes unruly words into captivating people caught in harrowing situations. His books include the Skin Kadash mysteries and the YA mystery Property of the State. His latest, as W.H. Cameron, is Crossroad, an Oregon high desert mystery.
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Christine Dubois
Christine Dubois is a widely published freelance writer, popular writing instructor, and sought-after editor/coach. She has many balls in the air, from writing resumes for Boeing workers to handling communications for an organic farm to editing a column on climate action. She enjoys birdwatching and helping folks improve their writing
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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her science fiction novels, Perdita and The Hour Before Morning, explore hope for human cultures and the survival of Earth-based life despite human fallibility.
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Rosiee Thor
Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by demanding to tell her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and an inadvisable number of books, most of which she read by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. Tarnished Are the Stars is her debut novel.
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FJ Pratt
F.J. Pratt has been a television comedy writer for twenty-five years. He has produced and written over three hundred hours of television. F.J. has been on the writing staff for such network shows including, “Frasier” , which won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy, “Ellen”, the “coming out” season and ABC’s, “Less Than Perfect”. For three years he was the Executive Producer/Showrunner of “Sullivan & Son” on TBS. F.J. completed his undergraduate work at UCLA’s Theatre Arts Program. He continued his education at UCSD, where he received his MFA. During his college years and upon graduation F.J. lived the life of a stand-up comedian and performed in comedy clubs around the country. F.J. has developed shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Dreamworks, Imagine Entertainment and Disney.
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April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt is a self-described "literary change agent" and author advocate passionate about helping authors be published in the most satisfying way. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and management consultant, April joined the literary world, where she saw strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. She advises and assists authors as they choose the best pathway to publication, and serves as a consultant to publishing startups serving indie authors. She represents a diverse group of clients in the U.S. and abroad, and speaks at conferences worldwide. April serves on the Advisory Council for The American Library in Paris, and is a reader for The Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.
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Christopher Luna
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is a poet, publisher, visual artist, teacher, and editor. He has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Christopher is the editor of “The Work,” a monthly email newsletter featuring poetry events in Portland, Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest. He is also the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that serves Northwest writers. Christopher’s spoken word recordings have been featured on Dr. Demento, Vin Scelsa’s Idiot’s Delight, and KBOO FM’s Radio Lost and Found hosted by Rich Lindsay. His poetry has appeared in Bombay Gin; Twenty Four Hours Zine; Chiron Review; and many, many more. He has also had articles and criticism in the Columbian, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, and numerous other publications. Christopher’s books include tributes and ruminations (Dristil Press, 2000); On the Beam (with David Madgalene, 2005); Sketches for a Paranoid Picture Book on Memory (King of Mice Press, 2005); and GHOST TOWN, USA (This is Not an Albatross, 2008). His most recent publication is Brutal Glints of Moonlight, a chapbook of poems based on Norman Mailer’s 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Executioner’s Song for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month project sponsored by the Found Poetry Review. In addition to teaching at MAC, Christopher teaches a monthly poetry workshop at Niche Wine and Art Bar and has organized a series of bilingual poetry readings at the bar.
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Katherine Wessbecher
Katherine Wessbecher joined the Bradford Literary Agency in 2020. Katherine began her publishing career at Penguin, where she edited children’s, MG, and YA books at Putnam Books for Young Readers. She then served as the science and technology editor of an academic book review journal before joining the agency world. Katherine holds a B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary.
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Tara Gilbert
Tara wants nothing more than to live and breathe literature.

While every other person grew up wanting to be Cinderella, Tara dreamed about being Belle. Not because she wanted a Beast to call her own. No, she wanted to spend her days with her nose stuck in a book and to find a home with a massive library.

Before coming to Corvisiero, Tara interned for Entangled Publishing reading Romance, YA Fantasy, and YA Contemporary novels. She is now at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

When Tara isn’t reading manuscripts and working with authors, she is a full-time recruiter in the aerospace industry. She's happily married with two fur-babies in Portland, Oregon.
Websites:
Tara's Website
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Ben Jatos
Veteran high school teacher of English. Also husband, father, and creator of the Orpheus reading series.
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Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.
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Claudia F. Saleeby Savage
Claudia F. Saleeby Savage is an Arab American poet, essayist, and teacher and part of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey. Her essays, interviews, and collaborative work appear in print and onstage often explore the theme of diaspora. Her latest collection of poetry is Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil) with recent work in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (the interview series “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora"). Reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality, with Detroit visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, will be shown in 2021. She is a Black Earth Institute fellow and is working on a book about Syria, jazz improvisation, and freedom, as well as a larger performance project about the climate crisis and its impact on the Pacific Northwest. You may find her online at www.claudiafsavage.com and on Instagram ( @thickinthethroathoney).
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Dana Haynes
Dana Haynes is the award-winning author of eight mysteries/thrillers from Blackstone Publishing, Minotaur, and Bantam Books. St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking made its debut in 2019 and was released as a paperback in March 2020. The sequel is set for 2021.
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Kim Cooper Findling
Award-winning writer Kim Cooper Findling is the publisher of Dancing Moon Press, the editor of Bend Home + Design, and the author of five books including The Sixth Storm, with Libby Findling.
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Suzy Vitello
Suzy Vitello’s young adult novels include Jr. Library Guild pick The Moment Before, The Empress Chronicles and The Keepsake. Her first novel for adults, Faultland, debuts Spring, 2021 from Ooligan Press. Her award-winning short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, The Southampton Review and various anthologies and other literary journals. She has been a prize winner in The Atlantic Monthly Student Fiction Contest, The Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant. She lives in Portland where she writes and runs workshops in her basement.
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Devon Byers
Devon Byers is a Literary Manager/Producer with First Friday Entertainment, a company he co-founded. He was formerly an Executive at production company Ideate Media (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency), and before that, an award-winning freelance producer working on a variety of content. Devon realized the importance of fresh and unique voices that should be pushed to diversify the entertainment landscape and began this new venture. He hails from Las Vegas, Nevada and received his MFA from the American Film Institute.
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Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the author of How to be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism, a memoir that author Abigail Thomas called “a marvelous, harrowing, life-affirming book.” How to be a Sister was chosen as an Indie Next book in April 2010, a Target Book of the Month in February 2011, a Kindle Book of the Month in February 2017 and July 2019. Brazilian publisher AGIR released the Portuguese version last month. Eileen's writing has appeared on IntrovertDear.com, The Critical Flame, PsychologyToday.com, TravelOregon.com, Alaska Airlines Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and The Oregonian. Their essay “Sisters on the Road to Somewhere” was published in the anthology Easy to Love but Hard to Live With.
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Elizabeth Lyon
Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore are two best-sellers by Elizabeth Lyon. An independent editor since 1988, Elizabeth has assisted hundreds of writers with book editing and marketing. Scores have sold their books to small, mid-sized, and large publishers; others have self-published. Many have won awards. A writing teacher and book editor since 1988, Elizabeth Lyon is the author of half a dozen books on how to write, revise, and market novels and nonfiction. Elizabeth has long urged writers to complete the artistic circle, from conception of an idea to a finished book, whether by traditional publishing or on their own.
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Larry Brooks
Larry Brooks is the USA Today bestselling author of 17 books, nine of them novels, including the bestselling craft book, Story Engineering. He is a contributor to Writers Digest Magazine, and teaches workshops nationally, including a long tenure at the WW Conference. His website is www.storyfix.com. His newest craft book is Great Stories Don't Write Themselves, published by Writers Digest Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Websites:
www.storyfix.com
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Lisa Catto
Lisa Catto is a social media coach and podcaster who has worked in public relations for more than 17 years. She writes cozy mysteries and romance, which gives her unique insight into the social media needs and challenges of authors.
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Dash Aiken

Dash Aiken is the Story Producer at Romark Entertainment, a full service entertainment production company, specializing in the ability to create, adapt, develop, produce, and distribute, a wide variety of high-level intellectual property (IP) for film, television, and more. Romark is a one-stop shop to create and develop new IP from point of conception to delivery, across the entertainment and transmedia marketplace. Romark is led by veteran writer/producer Rock Shaink Jr. (THE BAD GUYS, "Misdirected", BOUND TO VENGEANCE) Romark Entertainment has nearly a dozen titles in development with:

  • Paramount
  • Fox
  • Warner Bros.
  • Appian Way
  • Silver Pictures
  • Imperative Entertainment
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Scott Myers
A longtime member of the Writers’ Guild of America, west, Scott Myers has written nearly 30 projects in Hollywood. His writing credits include the movies K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War. He began teaching screenwriting in his spare time in 2002 and received the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005. Scott is co-founder of Screenwriting Master Class, a unique online resource for writers.


Perhaps the thing for which he is best known is Go Into The Story, the official screenwriting blog of the Black List. Since its inception in 2008, Scott has written over 11,000 posts and the site has had over 6 million unique visits. Between his teaching and GITS, Scott has helped dozens of screenwriters break into the business, many of them through spec script sales. Because of his blog, Scott has never been more dialed into the Hollywood community and he hears daily the importance of a script having a great story concept.
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Kim Stafford
Kim Stafford, director of the Northwest Writing Institute, has published a dozen books, including The Muses Among Us and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do, and his new poetry collection Wild Honey, Tough Salt. He is the former poet laureate of Oregon.
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Jonathan Lyons
Jonathan is a licensed publishing attorney and literary agent in New York. He is Vice President at Curtis Brown, Ltd., where he represents authors writing in a variety of genres, including history, biographies, science, pop culture, adventure, economics, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, and young adult fiction Jonathan is also a founding partner at Lyons and Salky Law, LLP, a boutique intellectual property law firm. His legal practice includes the representation of authors, illustrators, publishers, estates, and agents regarding publishing and ancillary agreements and copyright matters; negotiation of employment agreements for print and broadcast journalists, writers, agents, and publishing executives; and counseling to new media companies and magazines regarding their intellectual property. He is an adjunct professor at New York University's Master of Science in Publishing Program, where he teaches a course on contract negotiation.
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Patricia Marcantonio
Patricia Marcantonio has BS degree in Mass Communications from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo). Crooked Lane Books published her mystery, FELICITY CARROL AND THE PERILOUS PURSUIT. The second book will be released in 2020. Arte Público Press, the largest US publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors and affiliated with the University of Houston, published her novel VERDICT IN THE DESERT. Her book, RED RIDIN’ IN THE HOOD AND OTHER CUENTOS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) earned an Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award and was named an Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title. Stories are included in the National Geographic School Publishing textbook, “Inside Language, Literary and Content” and were turned into a play by the University of Arizona’s Educational Theatre Company. Her screenplays have hit the top percentage in several contests. Among them, MORE Women in Film, Screenwriting Expo 5, Women in Film Las Vegas, Reel Women of the West, and the Phoenix Film Festival contest. She took first in the Kay Snow Screenplay award. Her original play was produced by the Magic Valley Arts Council in Twin Falls, Idaho. As a journalist for radio, television and newspapers, she earned state, regional and national awards, including from the Associated Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists Northwest. She was named a Newspaper Association of America New Media Fellow.
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Kat Richardson
Bestselling author of the GREYWALKER novels, Kat Richardson is a freelance editor, writing instructor, and former journalist. As K. R. Richardson, she is also the author of the Endeavour Award-Winning SF Police Procedural BLOOD ORBIT.
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Kristine Zeigler
Kristine Zeigler holds degrees in art and French from Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. Her previous publication credits include Forge Journal, The Bark, The Peregrine, Charles River Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Barely South Review, The Ignatian Literary Magazine, and Menda City Review. Zeigler’s most recent story collection is Cover This Country Like Snow, which takes place before, during and after the water wars between the small towns of the Owens Valley and the city of Los Angeles. Zeigler is Chief Development Officer at Conservation International, which works to protect and care for nature to help societies live sustainably. She also blogs about natural and cultural history at owensrivergirl.com. She lives with her husband Joe and dog Connor in Walnut Creek, California.
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Sarina Dorie
Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to magazines, won humor and romance awards, sold three novels traditionally to publishers, and self-published over forty novels. She has experience with mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror, young adult, humor and romance.
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Hallie Ephron
Hallie Ephron is NY Times bestselling author of suspense novels. Publisher’s Weekly called Careful What You Wish For “outstanding” in a starred review, and Suspense Magazine named it a Best of 2019. She’s a 5-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.
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William Kenower
William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, and the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine. In addition to his books, he’s been published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
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David Misch
David Misch has been a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian and screenwriter. He’s written, created and/or produced programs for all the major networks and many of the major (and minor) cable outlets, including the multiple-Emmy-nominated “Mork & Mindy,” the Emmy-losing “Duckman,” the Emmy-ignored “Police Squad!,” the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live,” and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” David’s written A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption and his Funny: The Book has been called “the best book on comedy ever written by David Misch.” He’s also been published in The American Bystander and the anthologies May Contain Nuts, Faith: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Questions, Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema and the forthcoming Robin Williams: The Man and His Films, and on the web in The Huffington Post, Vulture and National Lampoon. His play “Occupied” is in development at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. David’s taught comedy at USC, musical satire at UCLA, and spoken about comedy at the Smithsonian Institute, Oxford University, Austin Film Festival, Second City (Chicago), Actors Studio, Yale, Columbia, Raindance Film Festival (London), University of Sydney (Australia), Lucasfilm, 92nd St. Y, American Film Institute, Groundlings Theater, Grammy Museum, Second City, Burbank, San Diego and North Carolina Comedy Festivals, and the SATE Themed Entertainment, Midwest Popular Culture Association and VIEW Cinema (Torino, Italy) conferences.
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Zoraida Córdova
Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, and The Way to Rio Luna. Her short fiction has appeared in The New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Come On In, and Toil & Trouble. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she’s not working on her next novel, she’s finding a new adventure.
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Eric Witchey
Eric M. Witchey has made a living as a freelance writer and communication consultant for over 25 years. In addition to many contracted and ghost non-fiction titles, he has sold more than 100 stories. His stories have appeared in multiple genres and on five continents. He has received awards or recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and other organizations. His How-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines.
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Brian Lord
The Portland Film Office facilitates filming in Portland for productions of all sizes, captures economic impact for the city, promotes Portland as a film location, and supports the industry’s success locally and internationally. The Portland Film Office is a collaboration of the Mayor’s Office, Prosper Portland and dedicated resources within city bureaus.
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Allison Reid
Allison Margaret Reid is a producer, screenwriter, and script consultant. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development on the feature film side of Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, where she participated in the development of a number of projects during her four-year tenure, including Golden Globe winner THE MARTIAN (2015). Prior to joining Scott Free, she was a Story Editor for producer Beau Flynn (SAN ANDREAS, HERCULES) and gain valuable production experience on the film TWO NIGHT STAND (2014). Originally from Atlanta, GA, she holds a BA in Critical Studies from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and in currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for Film & Television at Emerson College.
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Alex Dang
Alex Dang started performing poetry at 17 and hasn’t slowed down since. He has been on the Portland Poetry Slam nationals team in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, making him the only Asian-American poet in Portland’s history to be on the team four years in a row. Alex has earned his way to becoming the Eugene Poetry Grand Slam Champion in 2014, 2015, and again in 2017. He has been a TEDx speaker for both University of Oregon and Reno, Nevada. His work has been featured on HuffingtonPost, UpWorthy, and EverydayFeminism and has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube. Alex has performed in over 50 cities, 30 states, and wants to know what your favorite food is.
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Emily Suvada
Emily Suvada is the award-winning author of This Mortal Coil, a STEM-powered thriller series for young adults. Emily lives in Portland and loves coding, science, cooking, and "Star Trek!"
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Jessie Kwak
Jessie Kwak is a freelance writer and author living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of supernatural thriller From Earth and Bone, the Durga System series of gangster sci-fi novels, and productivity guide From Chaos to Creativity.
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Natalie Serber
Natalie Serber is the author of Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book. Community Chest, her memoir, was released in the fall of 2015. Her fiction has appeared in One Story Magazine, Zyzzyva Magazine, Greensboro Review, The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Rumpus, Salon, and Fourth Genre.
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Daphne Pollon
Daphne Pollon is a Writer-Producer of American television comedy. During her twenty-year career, she’s written for shows including Its "Garry Shandling’s Show", "Murphy Brown", "Style and Substance", "The Job", "Love and Money", "My Adventures in Television", and "Sullivan and Son". She’s also created original pilots. For several years, she taught at USC in Graduate Television Comedy Writing, Graduate Thesis, and Multi-Cam Workshops. She’s lectured at Cornell, and been a recurring guest at the Galway Film Festival and the Dingle Film Festival. Through the WGA, she mentors Military Veterans in a comprehensive, year-long writing program. Currently, she is a Guest Lecturer at Napier University, Screen Studies, in Edinburgh. She is (hating) writing a novel and (thoroughly enjoying) consulting on various projects. Raised in San Francisco, she graduated (eventually) from USCB.
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Hannah Mann
Hannah Mann grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and has always loved stories. After graduating with a BA in Narrative Studies from USC, Hannah got her start at Writers House in 2013 as an intern in the New York office, before moving to the San Diego office to be Steven Malk’s assistant. As an assistant, junior agent, and now agent, she has had the privilege of working closely with a variety of extraordinarily talented bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. Her own list focuses on character-driven Children’s work, from picture books to YA.
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Melissa Hart
Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019), the Oregon Battle of the Books 2019-19 middle-grade selection Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016), and two memoirs - Gringa and Wild Within. She's contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and she teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hampshire University.
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Joy Lotus
Joy holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Longmont, Colorado and ran her own yoga studio.

Her professional experience ranges from working with children with disabilities to providing therapy in middle schools. She currently assists youth and families in navigating complex local medical and mental health systems.

As a traveler, a daughter, a sister, a therapist, a yoga teacher, a writer, a sometimes lover, and an all the time cat cuddler, she offers a unique perspective on life and the ways we thrive.
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Kelly Garrett
Kelly Garrett's GROUNDS FOR MURDER will be published by Kensington in April 2021 as the first book in her Ground Rules series and she received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her debut YA mystery, THE LAST TO DIE, was a 2018 Oregon Book Award finalist and was reissued by Sourcebooks Fire in 2019. When not writing, Kelly spends her time hiking, seeking out new coffee shops, and convincing her Great Pyrenees-mix that she's not a sheep in need of protection. You can track her on twitter as @garrett_kelly and on both Instagram and Facebook as @writerkellygarrett. Or stop by and visit her at garrettkelly.com.
Websites:
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K. Tempest Bradford
K. Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy author, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, PodCastle, NPR, io9, and Tor.com. She teaches classes for Writing the Other.com.
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Phillip Margolin
Phillip Margolin has written over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, including Gone But Not Forgotten, Lost Lake, and Violent Crimes. In addition to being a novelist, he was a long time criminal defense attorney with decades of trial experience, including a large number of capital cases. Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Chris Cook
Chris is a literary manager and founder of Skyway Entertainment. He interned for Harold Ramis’s Ocean Pictures and then started his career working at Bob Zemeckis’s ImageMovers. He then transitioned into management, working at Kustom Entertainment and then Madhouse Entertainment where he became a manager. In 2016, Chris went on to start his own shop, Skyway Entertainment, where he represents screenwriters in both TV and Film. Chris studied TV/Film and English at Cal State Fullerton.
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Saba Sulaiman
Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services. She’s looking primarily to build her list with PB, MG and YA, and is particularly (although not exclusively) interested in contemporary realistic stories. She is committed to highlighting marginalized voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues with veracity and heart.
Websites:
sabasulaiman.com
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Sage Cohen
Sage Cohen is an author, instructor, and writing coach who helps poets and writers do their best work and live their best lives.
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Gigi Rosenberg
Gigi Rosenberg is a public speaking coach, writer and performer. She coaches executives, nonprofit leaders and women on the rise on how to connect with their audiences with clarity, authenticity and warmth. She's been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Radio and performed off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival and at Seattle's On The Boards. Her writing has been published by Psychology Today, Publishers Weekly, Seal Press and Poets & Writers. She’s the author of The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing, published by Watson-Guptill, now in its sixth printing. The popular book is designed to help ambitious artists navigate the world of funding. She’s also the former editor of the national business magazine Professional Artist.
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Leslie Hall
I have been passionate about writing since high school where I didn’t find much support. I spent many years writing (terrible) screenplays and moved to LA to make movies. When that proved a bad place for a young, green writer, I turned to novels and have been writing them ever since.

I have completed nine novels that have not found their place yet on shelves. After having three agents who didn’t sell my work, I spent more time editing and practicing. Along the way, I have taught writing to beginners to help them get started faster than I did. I love to speak about writing — it gives me as much motivation as the students.

In my work life, I am a Certified Administrative Professional with specialties in Meeting and Event Planning and Organizational Management. I frequently train and mentor other administrative and executive assistants.

For much of my writing life, I was a single parent and worked full-time. Now that my daughter is grown and I got married two years ago, I now have more financial flexibility. After working at Amazon for the past five years, I am now quitting full-time work to focus solely on speaking and getting my words out to readers.
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Sean Fletcher
Sean Fletcher is an agent and Director of Author Services with Andrea Hurst and Associates literary agency, in addition to being a developmental editor of fiction, Amazon bestselling author, and regular speaker on writing and publishing.
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Elizabeth Kracht
Elizabeth Kracht joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in the fall of 2010 to broaden her perspective on the publishing industry. She represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist and writer.

Elizabeth's career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her BA in English and worked as a copyeditor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her "vein of gold" in book publishing. She thrives on working closely with authors to build their careers.

Elizabeth's eclectic life experience drives her interests. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice, and is thematically layered. Having lived in cities such as New York, San Francisco and San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is compelled by multicultural themes and characters and is drawn toward strong settings.

In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women's, thrillers, mysteries, historical, and crossover YA. In nonfiction, she is interested in high concept, health, science, environment, prescriptive, investigative, true crime, voice- or adventure-driven memoir, sexuality, spirituality, and animal/pet stories.
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Philip Kenney
Philip Kenney is an author and psychotherapist living in Portland. His book, The Writer’s Crucible: Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity, was a finalist for The Red City Review 2018 Non-Fiction Book of the Year. His work is intended to support writers with the emotional vulnerabilities they face living a creative life. In 2018 his essay, The Rebirth of Masculinity: What We Can Learn From Harvey Weinstein and Co. was published in issue #7 of The Timberline Review. He is also the author of the novel, Radiance, and a collection of poetry, Where Roses Grow.
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Benjamin Gorman
Benjamin Gorman is the author of The Sum of Our Gods, Corporate High School, The Digital Storm, and Don’t Read This Book, the co-editor of Shout: An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction, and the publisher at Not a Pipe Publishing.
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Mitchell Jackson
Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury) received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has been featured as cover stories for Time Magazine and Esquire Magazine, as well as in The New Yorker, Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner) was published in the spring of 2019 and named a best book of the year by numerous publications, including NPR, Time Magazine, The Paris Review, The Root, Kirkus Reviews, Esquire Magazine, and Buzzfeed. Jackson teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. Jackson is also a well-regarded speaker who has delivered lectures and keynote addresses all over the world, including the annual TED Conference, the Ubud (Bali) Writers and Readers Festival, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, as well as at esteemed institutions, among them Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. A formerly incarcerated person, Jackson is also a social justice advocate who, as part of his outreach, visits prisons and youth facilities in the United States and abroad.
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Laurie Scheer
Laurie Scheer is a former entertainment industry executive, current faculty associate and writer. She has mentored two decades worth of media and writing students and penned two books. Her love of the American West has lead her to co-create New Nature Writers where writers write to save our Earth.
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Baron Birtcher
Baron R Birtcher is the LA TIMES and IMBA BESTSELLING author of the hardboiled Mike Travis series (Roadhouse Blues, Ruby Tuesday, Angels Fall, and Hard Latitudes), the award-winning Ty Dawson series (South California Purples, Fistful Of Rain), as well as the critically-lauded stand-alone, RAIN DOGS. Baron is a seven-time winner of the SILVER FALCHION AWARD, and the WINNER of 2018's Killer Nashville READERS CHOICE AWARD, as well as 2019's BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR for Fistful Of Rain. He has also had the honor of having been named a finalist for the NERO AWARD, the LEFTY AWARD, the FOREWORD INDIE AWARD, the 2016 BEST BOOK AWARD, the Pacific Northwest's regional SPOTTED OWL AWARD, and the CLAYMORE AWARD. Baron's writing has been hailed as "The real deal" by Publishers Weekly; "Fast Paced and Engaging" by Booklist; and "Solid, Fluent and Thrilling" by Kirkus. "YOU WANT TO READ BIRTCHER'S BOOKS, THEN YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THEM" -- Don Winslow, NYT Bestselling author "BIRTCHER IS PART POET, PART PHILOSOPHER, AND A CONSUMMATE WRITER" -- Reed Farrel Coleman, NYT Bestselling author
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Brenna English-Loeb
Brenna English-Loeb comes to Transatlantic after working for several years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates and Writers House, where she had the pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors across multiple genres. At Transatlantic she’s excited to grow her list of speculative and suspenseful fiction in both YA and adult, as well as adult nonfiction.
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Hazel Denhart

Hazel Denhart, Ed.D., is the author of The Universal Grammar of Story, a new mythopoetic writing method that draws across science and the humanities to explore technical, philosophical, and psycho-social needs of writers—and their audiences. That stories have consequences drives this revival of an ancient writer-archetype as cultural scout leading society along the uncharted edges of an increasingly dangerous social frontier. Dr. Denhart has taught “The Grammar” to a wide range of writers in the US, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Dr. Denhart’s research into dyslexia has gained worldwide recognition in the scientific literature. She identifies exceptional gifts dyslexia brings to writers and explains how to unlock them with simple changes in everyday life.

A lively, inspirational, and humorous speaker, Hazel Denhart ignites passion and deep motivation in her audiences.

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Angela Rinaldi
Prior to founding the agency in 1994, Angela Rinaldi held editorial and management positions at NAL, Bantam Books and Pocket Books. She started the book publishing program for The Los Angeles Times. She has been a member of the Literature Panel for the California Arts Council in addition to the board for PEN and is currently on the membership committee for AAR.
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Penny Sansevieri
Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She was named one of the top influencers of 2019 by New York Metropolitan Magazine. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon Optimization programs as well as Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of 18 books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon, Revise and Re-Release Your Book, 5-Minute Book Marketing, and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the "leading guide to everything Internet." AME has had dozens of books on top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.
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C.C. Humphreys
Chris (C.C.) Humphreys has played Hamlet in Calgary, waltzed in London’s West End, commanded a starfleet in Andromeda, voiced Salem the Cat in the original Sabrina, and is a dead immortal in Highlander. He has written eleven adult novels including The French Executioner, runner-up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; Chasing the Wind; The Jack Absolute Trilogy; Vlad – The Last Confession; A Place Called Armageddon and Shakespeare’s Rebel – which he adapted and which premiered at Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, in 2015. Plague won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and the duology The Hunt of the Unicorn and The Hunt of the Dragon. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He is now writing epic fantasy with the Immortals’ Blood Trilogy, for Gollancz. The first book, Smoke in the Glass was published in 2019 and The Coming of the Dark is, well, coming.
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Jude Brewer
Jude's writing has appeared in both the US and the UK through various lit journals, anthologies, and short films. He is the host and creator of Storybound, a podcast produced by Lit Hub Radio and The Podglomerate, a joint venture inspired from Jude’s original literary "radio theatre" podcast Storytellers Telling Stories.
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Grant Rosenberg
Grant Rosenberg has been a leading entertainment industry professional for the past forty years, involved in television and feature film development and production. The first part of his career was spent as senior executive at Paramount Television and The Walt Disney Studios. In the second part of his career, Grant transitioned to hands-on writing and producing. As a studio executive, he was involved with development of such shows as "CHEERS," "FAMILY TIES," "MACGYVER," "THE GOLDEN GIRLS," "SHOGUN" and "WINDS OF WAR." As a writer/producer/showrunner, Grant’s credits include: "MACGYVER," "STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION," "LOIS & CLARK," "POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY," "THE OUTER LIMITS," "JEREMIAH," "MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION," "EUREKA," "FEAR ITSELF," "LOST GIRL" and "BITTEN." Grant recently completed his first novel, GIDEON, which will be published in December. He is currently writing the sequel.
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J. Komp
J. Komp, of Just Key Edits, has been taking apart stories, to explain why we love or hate them, for over 30 years. A Behavioral Science major, that found her voice after a decade of live theater productions, Jennie lives for stories that are as entertaining and consumable as they are transformative. Her development editing focuses on the connection between a book and its potential audience, emphasizing the tangible elements that bring a story into a reader’s everyday life and reveal our relationship with the extraordinary.
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Pete Souza

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office for all eight years of the Obama administration.

His book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, was published in 2017 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and is one of the best-selling photography books of all time. Pete’s Instagram account, with more than two million followers, often draws attention by juxtaposing photographs of President Obama with comments about the current president’s actions. His 2018 book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, is based on these postings; it also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The softcover edition adds 60 new pages where the hardcover ended, adding photos and commentary on hot button issues.

Prior to his time in the Obama White House, Pete has worked as Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.

Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio news shows.

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Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is a VP and agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret where he began his career more than 20 years ago. His list encompasses fiction for all ages, though he is perhaps best know for representing YA and middle grade work, and he enjoys memoir and narrative nonfiction on the adult side. His clients include New York Times bestsellers Richelle Mead, Morgan Rhodes, Victoria Laurie, Robin Talley, Livia Blackburne, and Michael Arceneaux along with critically celebrated and award winning authors such as Tehlor Kay Mejia, Joy McCullough, Fonda Lee, Remy Lai, and many more.
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Roseanne Wells
Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI and a former volunteer for Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho, NYC. You can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.
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Laura Mazer

Before joining Wendy Sherman Associates, Laura Mazer was the executive editor of Seal Press, a boutique imprint of the Hachette Book Group, where she edited bold voices in adult nonfiction. Her New York Times bestselling books include So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Grohl. Previously, Laura was the managing editor of Counterpoint and executive editor of its imprint Soft Skull Press, where she edited literary and contemporary fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Laura represents adult nonfiction and select fiction. Her nonfiction focuses on progressive cultural commentary, feminism, intelligent pop culture, keep-it-real prescriptive advice, irreverent self-help, and packaged gift or "concept" books. She adores history and biography, especially when they offer fresh stories about women. Her fiction tends to offer clever reinventions of classic stories and novelizations of historic and literary lives.

A longtime advocate for underrepresented voices, Laura sits on the board of The OpEd Project and teaches publishing seminars at Left Margin Lit, a writing center in Berkeley.

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Catherynne Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is The New York Times bestselling author of forty works of speculative fiction and poetry, including Space Opera, The Refrigerator Monologues, Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Prix Imaginales, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, Romantic Times’ Critics Choice, and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

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Amal El-Mohtar
Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines including Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Apex, Stone Telling, and Mythic Delirium; anthologies including The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories (2017), The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016), Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (2014), and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (2011); and in her own collection, The Honey Month (2010). Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, NPR Books, and on Tor.com. She became the Otherworldly columnist at The New York Times in February 2018, and is represented by DongWon Song of HMLA. 

Amal has written stories about maps, bird women, book women, the Arabic alphabet, singing fish, Damascene dream-crafters, sentient diamond oceans and pockets that are bigger on the inside. Her story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” won the Nebula, Locus and Hugo awards in 2017, while her stories “The Green Book” and “Madeleine” were finalists for the Nebula Award in 2011 and 2015 respectively, and “The Truth About Owls” won the Locus Award in 2015. Her poems “Song for an Ancient City,” “Peach-Creamed Honey,” and “Turning the Leaves” won the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem in 2009, 2011 and 2014 respectively, and in 2012 she received the Richard Jefferies Poetry Prize for “Phase Shifting.” In her (few) hours of rest she drinks tea, lifts weights, plays harp, and writes letters to her friends by hand.

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Seanan McGuire

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep. 

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

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Kimberly Johnson
Kim Johnson held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She's now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. This Is My America is her debut novel. It explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim lives her best life in Oregon with her husband and two kids. Find her at KCJOHNSONWRITES.COM and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kcjohnsonwrites.
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Shayla Lawson
Shayla Lawson is the author of This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls & Being Dope, and three poetry collections: I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean, A Speed Education in Human Being, and Pantone. She has written for Tin House, PAPER, ESPN, SalonGuernica, & others, but she mostly writes for you.

A MacDowell and Yaddo Artist Colony Fellow, Shayla Lawson curates The Tenderness Project with Ross Gay and writes poems with Chet’la Sebree (pronounced Shayla, no relation). 

She was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, is a professor at Amherst College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Jenny Forrester

Jenny Forrester's newest book, Soft Hearted Stories: Seeking Saviors, Cowboy Stylists, and Other Fallacies of Authoritarianism is a Colorado Book Awards Finalist. She has been published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother anthology published by Putnam. Her memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky is published by Hawthorne Books.

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Martin Vavra
Martin Vavra is a Portland-based film director. He has won awards for his films and commercial work for over a decade and was the Rising Star award winner for Oregon film and television in 2012. He has directed ten short films, which have played in film festivals all over the world. He has won awards for his films at the Breckenridge Film Festival, B&B Horror Film Festival, Yonkers Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Tokyo Lift Off and DocVille International. Martin has shadowed directors Norberto Barba and David Grossman on multiple episodes of the NBC series Grimm.
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