Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Times bestseller SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and host of “Touchstones at The Mount,” an annual literary interview series at Edith Wharton’s country estate in the Berkshires. Her writing appears in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino, and a columnist for The Boston Globe Ideas Section. Bolick has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and numerous NPR programs across the country. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Nancy Marie Brown is the author of one young adult novel and five general interest books: The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, Song of the Vikings,The Abacus and the Cross, The Far Traveler, Mendel in the Kitchen, and A Good Horse Has No Color. She writes about Iceland and Vikings, science and sagas. Her books combine extremes: medieval literature and modern archaeology, myths and facts. For 20 years, Nancy worked as a science writer and editor at Penn State University. She now lives in northern Vermont, where she keeps four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog.
Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello. Her new book, co-written with Peter Onuff is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. She is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Charlotte Gordon‘s newest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley, is the winner of the 2015 National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Earlier works include Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet, which was a Massachusetts Honor book for non-fiction and The Woman Who Named a God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths. She has also published two books of poetry: When the Grateful Dead Came to St. Louis and Two Girls on a Raft. A graduate of Harvard College, she received a master’s degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. in history and literature from Boston University. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and the CBC, including spots on Weekend Edition and The Current. From 1999-2002 she was Elie Wiesel’s teaching assistant at Boston University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English at Endicott College.
Gordon Hayward is a nationally recognized garden writer, designer and lecturer. He is the author of eleven books on garden design, and a new book Greek Epic, a full-length and profusely illustrated narrative of the 120 year presence of the Latchis family and theatre in Brattleboro. He lives in Westminster West, VT.
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Ecotone, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Bill Littlefield has been the host of Only A Game since the program began in 1993, but he wrote his first commentary for WBUR in 1984 and shortly thereafter his work began airing on NPR’s Morning Edition — where for a few years he hit second (Tuesday) in a line-up that included Frank Deford on Monday and Red Barber on Friday. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bill taught English at Curry College for 39 years and served as writer-in-residence there. Bill is the author of eight books, most recently Take Me Out, a collection of sports-and-games-related verse. For Library of America, he helped edit The Top of His Game: The Best Sportswriting of W.C. Heinz, and he wrote the introduction for the anthology.
Paul Mariani is the University Professor of English at Boston College. He is the author of eighteen books, including seven volumes of poetry and biographies of Wallace Stevens, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Hart Crane, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and William Carlos Williams (William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked, was a National Book Award finalist). His life of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower, is a feature-length film directed by and starring James Franco. He lives in Montague, Massachusetts.
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Joseph Mazur is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T., is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Bogliasco, and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics, What’s Luck Got to Do with It? The History, Mathematics, and Psychology behind the Gambler’s Illusion; Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers; and, his most recent book, Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.
Josh Neufeld is a cartoonist who works primarily in the field of nonfiction comics, specifically as a comics journalist. He is the writer/artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe). He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone On the Media. A longtime artist for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, his art has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows in the United States and Europe.
Larry Olmsted writes the “Great American Bites” column for USA Today, and his column on travel and food, “The Great Life,” appears on Forbes.com. A contributing editor to Cigar Aficionado and TravelGolf.com, Olmsted was named one of the 10 Most Extreme U.S. Journalists by the Society of Professional Journalists, and his Forbes.com column was named one of the World’s Top 100 Travel Sites. A longtime member of the Society of American Travel Writers and Golf Writers Association of America, he has written extensively on food, wine, and spirits. He frequently participates as an expert food panelist and regularly appears on national and locally syndicated radio shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered, as a food expert. Olmsted, who has visited more than forty countries around the globe, is the author of two books on golf and, most recently, Real Food/Fake Food on why real food matters. He and his wife live in Vermont.
Peter Onuf is an expert on the founding period, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia and Senior Research Fellow at Monticello. He is the author and editor of eleven books, including The Mind of Thomas Jefferson, and has written extensively on sectionalism, federalism, and political economy, with a particular emphasis on the political thought of Thomas Jefferson. His new book, co-written with Annette Gordon-Reed is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.
Angela Palm owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is the editor of an anthology of Vermont writers, Please Do Not Remove. Her work has appeared in Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, Tampa Review, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming memoir, Riverine; A Memoir from Anywhere but Here is on the Indie Next list and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She was the recipient of the Greywolf Fiction Prize in 2014. Angela lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Ted Reinstein has been a reporter, producer and occasional anchor for WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest running locally-produced nightly newsmagazine, since 1995. A native of the Boston suburb of Winthrop, Reinstein received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Brandeis University. In 2002, he received a prestigious National DuPont-Columbia Award for Chronicle’s coverage of “Beyond the Big Dig.” He is the author of two books, New England Notebook and his newest book Wicked Pissed. An avid skier and hiker, he resides in the Boston area with his wife and two daughters.
A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, Lauret Savoy weaves together human stories of migration, displacement, and erasure that explore how this country’s still unfolding history marks a person, a people, and the land itself. Her latest work, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, won the 2016 American Book Award. Called a “sui generis creation, wherein John McPhee meets James Baldwin” by New York Magazine, Trace counters some of our oldest and most damaging public silences. It was also a finalist the PEN American Open Book Award and the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, among other honors. Lauret is a photographer, pilot, professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, and winner of the college’s distinguished teaching award.
John Sedgwick began his professional writing career as a Harvard senior, when he placed an article on Harvard bathroom graffiti in Esquire. He has now published eleven books: three works of literary nonfiction, two novels, a family memoir, five collaborative books, and, most recently his co-biography War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation. He has also published approximately five hundred magazine stories for the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire and Vanity Fair among many other publications.The father of two grown daughters, he lives with his wife, the Time columnist Rana Foroohar, and her two children, in Brooklyn, New York, and in Chocorua, New Hampshire.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”. Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday.” She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her new memoir, Hourglass, will be published in April, 2017.
Glenn Stout has been series editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception and is the author and editor of more than ninety books, including Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, Nine Months at Ground Zero, The Cubs: The Complete Story of Chicago Cubs Baseball and Young Woman and the Sea, currently under development at Paramount Pictures. He was the winner of the 2012 Seymour Medal for Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year. Stout served as an instructor at the Archer City Story Center and his latest book is The Selling of the Babe. He lives in Vermont.