William Alexander won the National Book Award in 2012 for his first book, Goblin Secrets, and the Earphones Award
for his narration of the audiobook. He has since written three more novels for Middle Grade audiences: Ghoulish Song, Ambassador, and Nomad. Will studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at the Clarion Workshop. He currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. http://www.willalex.net/
Howard Axelrod‘s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, about the two years he lived in solitude in northern Vermont. His work has appeared in 25 and Under: Fiction, The Moral Intelligence of Children , and The New York Times Magazine, Shambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and The Boston Globe. He received the Michael C. Rockefeller fellowship from Harvard, and has been awarded residencies from the Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Axelrod has taught literature and writing at Harvard, University of Arizona, and Grub Street.
Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s The Best American Short Stories 2014. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia (Emerita). She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.
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Robin Black’s short story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and an O. Magazine Summer Reading Pick. Her debut novel Life Drawing has been called a “magnificent literary achievement,” by Karen Russell. Winner of the 2005 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner/Wisdom Prize for a Short Story, she was the 2012-13 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bryn Mawr College and has taught most recently in the Brooklyn College MFA Program. Black, who holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, lives with her family in Philadelphia. http://robinblack.net/
Michael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Slate, Salon, Consumers Digest, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Boston Magazine. His first book, The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink, was published in 2010. His latest book, The Map Thief is the story of infamous map thief E. Forbes Smiley and was named an NPR Book of the Year, a New England Indie Bestseller by the New England Independent Booksellers Association; winner of an NES Book Award by the New England Society of New York; and a MassBook Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. www.michaelblanding.com/
Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York and the author of a new novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, and the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. He has written for The New York Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, New York magazine, The Guardian, and Harper’s Bazaar. www.BillCleggAuthor.com
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Tom Clynes travels the world covering the adventurous side of science, the environment, and extraordinary personalities for magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science, where he is a contributing editor. His work has also appeared in Men’s Journal, Nature, New York, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), the Washington Post, and many other publications. He is the author of the books The Boy Who Played With Fusion and Wild Planet!. http://tomclynes.com/
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living. He’s also the author of the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Note: Matt de la Peña will not be appearing in person but will be Skyped to the library.
Wendy W. Fairey holds a doctorate from Columbia University and teaches English literature and creative writing at Brooklyn College. Her new book, Bookmarked, tells her story of growing up among books. As the shy and studious daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lover during the last years of his life—she began as a child reading her way through the library Fitzgerald had assembled for her mother and escaped into the landscape of classic English novels. She is also the author of One of the Family, a family memoir, and Full House, a collection of linked stories. Fairey is married to Mary Edith Mardis with whom she lives in Manhattan and East Hampton. www.arcadepub.com/book/?gcoi=55970102430960
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Alice Fogel is a poet, writer, and professor, and the current poet laureate of the state of New Hampshire. She is author of three poetry collections, most recently, Be That Empty.
Castle Freeman, Jr. is the author of five novels, including All That I Have and Go With Me, adapted into the forthcoming film of the same name starring Anthony Hopkins, and a new novel The Devil In The Valley, two collections of short stories, and many essays and other nonfiction. His stories have been mentioned or included in Best American Short Stories and other major collections. He lives in southeastern Vermont.
Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and grew up in Virginia. Among his most recent books are the novel The Trace, the poems Eiko & Koma, and two anthologies: Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century and Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America. Gander’s book Core Samples from the World was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He collaborates with many artists including Gus Van Sant, Sally Man, and Ann Hamilton. He teaches Comparative Literature at Brown University.
Karin Gottshall is the author of two books of poems: Crocus (winner of the 2005 Poets Out Loud Prize) and The River Won’t Hold You (winner of the 2013 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Poetry Award). She has also published three chapbooks with independent presses. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Field, The New England Review, The Gettysburg Review, and many other journals. In 2015 she was awarded a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellowship. Gottshall teaches at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference.
N. Griffin is the author of The Whole Stupid Way We Are, for which she was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Flying Start Authors of 2013, as well as Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has a lot of dogs and lives outside of Boston. http://ngriffin.com/
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist.. She is the author of Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015), Miracle Arrhythmia, The Requited Distance, and a chapbook, Memoria, Memoria. Her collection, Mule & Pear was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York. www.rachelelizagriffiths.com/
Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008, and, most recently, Into Daylight, published by Tupelo Press in 2014 as the winner of the Dorset Prize. In addition, a selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 by The Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published poems in recent or forthcoming issues of The New Republic, AGNI, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Manhattan Review, upstreet, Plume, and elsewhere. Garrison Keillor has read over fifteen of his poems on his radio show “The Writer’s Almanac.” He lives in Massachusetts. For more information, go to: www.jeffreyharrisonpoet.com
Ernest Hebert is the author of a dozen books and is best known for the Darby series, seven novels written between 1979 and 2014, about modern life in a fictional New Hampshire town as it transitions from relative rural poverty to being more upscale. Hebert was born in Keene, NH and is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. erniehebert.com/
Ann Hood is the author of works of fiction including the bestseller The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer, as well as a memoir, Comfort. She is also the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the new anthology Knitting Pearls. The winner of two Pushcart prizes as well as Best American Food Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing awards, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island. www.annhood.us/
Seth Kanor was born in New York City and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson where he studied English Literature with Charles Aschman while working as a stonemason’s assistant, lifeguard, housecleaner, and on an assembly line at a local soap factory. After dropping out of both Boston University and Berklee School of Music, he studied Jazz guitar privately while driving a taxicab. He then enrolled at UMASS/Boston as a political science major, and was subsequently accepted into the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a ten-year detour that included appearances off-Broadway, on film, and in television. Indian Leap is his first novel. www.sethkanor.com/
Kim Korson is a writer, originally from Montreal, Canada. She has written for O Magazine and Moomah; The Magazine. In her memoir, I Don’t Have a Happy Place, she untangles what it means to be a true malcontent. Jon Stewart said of her work “Kim Korson must be stopped. My wife thinks she’s funnier than me.” Kim now lives in Southern Vermont with her husband and two kids. She doesn’t get out much. www.kimkorson.com/
Una LaMarche is the author of two young adult novels, Five Summers and Like No Other as well as a comic essay collection, Unabrow. She writes for The New York Observer and The Huffington Post. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. www.unalamarche.com/
David Lovelace is a writer, carpenter, and former owner of the Montague Bookmill, a bookstore and performance hall near Amherst, Massachusetts and is now a principal at Book and Bar in Portsmouth, NH. His memoir, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family, chronicles the challenges of growing up in a family in which four out of five members suffer from bipolar disorder, including Lovelace himself. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won mention in Patterson Review‘s Allen Ginsberg Award.
Nina MacLaughlin grew up in Massachusetts. She earned a B.A. in English and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, then worked for about eight years at the Boston Phoenix, the award-winning alternative newsweekly. In 2008, she quit her journalism job to work as a carpenter’s assistant. Her experience leaving her deskjob to learn the carpentry trade is the subject of her first book, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, and she continues to pursue both building and writing. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Believer, the Boston Globe, the Rumpus, the Millions, Bookslut, and many other places. She lives near the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Cleopatra Mathis was born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, of Greek and Cherokee descent. She has published seven books of poems, most recently Book of Dog. Mathis is the winner of multiple fellowships and Pushcart Prizes and is the Frederick Sessions Beebe Professor in the English department at Dartmouth College. www.cleopatramathis.com/
Dinaw Mengestu is the Ethiopian-born author of the novels How to Read the Air, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears,
and All Our Names. He has contributed writing to Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper’s,
among other publications, and is the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award, The New Yorker’s 20 under 40
Award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He lives in New York City and teaches at Brooklyn College and Georgetown University. www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/170308/dinaw-mengestu
Mary Morris is a novelist, short-story writer, and writer of travel literature. Author of the novels The Jazz Palace, Crossroads, The Waiting Room, The Night Sky, House Arrest, Acts of God, and Revenge; the short story collections Vanishing Animals and Other Stories, The Bus of Dreams, and The Lifeguard Stories; the travel memoirs Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone and Wall to Wall: From Beijing to Berlin by Rail; an anthology of the travel literature of women, Maiden Voyages and Angels and Aliens: A Journey West. Morris is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Artists Public Service Awards. She lives in New York. www.marymorris.net/
Bob Morris is the author of Crispin the Terrible and Assisted Loving, which received honors from the American Library Association, Lambda Literary Awards and was a New York Times editor’s choice. A frequent contributor to the Times, he has also been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered and has written for the The Southampton Review, Elle, the New Yorker, Town and Country and other publications. His comic plays have been produced off Broadway and he collaborated with actress Diahann Carroll on her award-winning memoir, The Legs Are the Last to Go. He is a graduate of Brown University and has a masters in creative writing from Stony Brook Southampton. He lives with his husband, Ira and their dog Zoloft in Manhattan and Bellport, NY. www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/bob-morris/bobby-wonderful/9781478903918/#sthash.yre4zShT.dpuf
Gregory Pardlo‘s collection Digest from Four Way Books won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.
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Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre set in NYC and Seoul. She was born and raised in Queens and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. She received her BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and her MFA in fiction from Boston University. She has taught writing at Boston University, Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, and CUNY Queens College. She was a Fulbright scholar to South Korea, an Emerging Writers fellow with The Center for Fiction, and a Fellow with the American Association of University Women. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Daily Beast, Slice Magazine, and others. She has been interviewed on MSNBC “Book Report,” NPR “Here and Now,” WNYC “Brian Lehrer,” CBS Radio, and others. www.patriciapark.com/
Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. She has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a National Book Award finalist. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her latest book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 which tells the story of Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete who is confident that one day she will be an inspiration for her gender. She’s also a lesbian and cross-dresser who finds a safe haven in the Chameleon Club, a louche nightspot. Francine Prose lives in New York City. www.harpercollins.com/cr-100228/francine-prose
Joanna Rakoff’s novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. Her latest book, My Salinger Year, is a memoir about literary New York in the late ’90s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself swept into one of the last great stories and entangled with one of the last great figures of the century. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. www.joannarakoff.com/
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Bushra Rehmen was a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing more than a Greyhound ticket and a book bag full of poems. Her first novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian in the United States, was included in Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction issue of 2013, was a LAMBDA finalist for 2014, and featured in the LA Review of Books among a new wave of radical South Asian American Literature. Rehman co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which was included in Ms. Magazine’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time. www.bushrarehman.com/
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Bill Roorbach‘s newest novels are The Remedy for Love and the bestselling Life Among Giants, both from Algonquin Books. Life Among Giants is in development at HBO for a multi-year drama series. His other books include the Flannery O’Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend, and many others. Bill taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and Ohio State before taking his last academic position, the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts. As of April, 2009, Bill writes full time. He lives in Maine with his family. www.billroorbach.com/
Michael Ruhlman is the author of more than twenty non-fiction and cooking related works, including the bestselling The Soul of a Chef, The French Laundry Cookbook with Thomas Keller, Charcuterie and Ruhlman’s Twenty, which won both James Beard and IACP awards. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, Donna, who is the photographer on his most recent cookbooks.
Stephen Sandy studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Archibald MacLeish, earned a PhD from Harvard University, and traveled to Japan on a Fulbright Visiting Lectureship. He is the author of more than a half dozen collections of poetry and has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Council on the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Stephen Sandy’s collections include Riding to Greylock, Man in the Open Air: Poems, Thanksgiving over the Water: Poems, and Black Box. Sandy taught for many years at Bennington College. He is the poet featured in the documentary The Biologist, the Poet and the Funeral Director, directed by Harvey Edwards. www.stephensandy.com/
Vijay Seshadri was born in India and came to the United States at the age of five. Seshadri is the author of Wild Kingdom; The Long Meadow, which won the James Laughlin Award; and 3 Sections, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program. https://www.graywolfpress.org/author-list/vijay-seshadri
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Beowulf Sheehan’s childhood love of stories in books and music grew into an adulthood love of storytellers in the arts, entertainment, and humanities. Photography is his greatest passion, his tool to make portraits, communicate ideas, and share the stories of unique talents who make positive impacts on society and culture. Florida-raised, world-traveled, and New Yorker-made, Sheehan has been the Festival photographer since 2010.
Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including the most recent You Think That’s Bad. His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and lives in Williamstown with his wife Karen Shepard, his three children, and two beagles. https://jimshepard.wordpress.com/
Laura J. Snyder is a historian, philosopher, and science writer. Oliver Sacks has called her “both a masterly scholar and a powerful storyteller.” Snyder is the author of Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing, as well as The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World, which was an official selection of the TED Book Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the Royal Institution of Australia’s 2011 poll for “Best Science Book.” She is also the author of Reforming Philosophy: A Victorian Debate on Science and Society. She writes for the Wall Street Journal and other publications and is a professor at St. John’s University. Snyder’s TED Talk on the Philosophical Breakfast Club has been viewed over one million times. http://laurajsnyder.com/
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Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in German Studies, Folklore, and Children’s Literature. She has written on or annotated multiple books of fairy tales and folklore including The Cambridge Companion to Fairy Tales and Enchanted Hunters. www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~tatar/Maria_Tatar/About_Me.html
Ellen Bryant Voigt has published six collections of poetry and a collection of craft essays. Her poetry collection Shadow of Heaven was a finalist for the National Book Award and Kyrie was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poetry has been published in several national publications. She served as the Poet Laureate of Vermont for four years and in 2003 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Author.aspx?id=6131
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Bruce Weber is a writer for The New York Times. He has written for the Metro, National and Foreign desks, the Arts section and the Sports section, the Sunday magazine, the Travel section and the Book Review and for the last four years he has written obituaries. His book, Life is a Wheel, in based on two solo cross-cross country journeys on his bicycle http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Bruce-Weber/37119984
Michael White is Professor and Department Chair of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. He is the author of four books of poetry, and a memoir, Travels in Vermeer. White has published poetry and prose in The Paris Review, The New Republic, the Kenyon Review, Image, The Best American Poetry, and many other magazines and anthologies. He has won numerous awards including a NEA Fellowship in Literature. Michael White lives in North Carolina. http://www.michaelwhitepoet.com/
CD Wright is a recipient of a Macarthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, the Robert Creeley Award, and the Donald Justice Prize. She has published numerous volumes of poetry, including One With Others), which received the 2011 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Wright is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2015, Copper Canyon Press will release a book of her prose, The Poet, The Lion, Talking Picutres, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, spring, Midnights, Fire & All. Wright is on the faculty at Brown University and lives outside of Providence with her husband, writer and translator Forrest Gander.