Nikita Stewart is a reporter covering social services for The New York Times and the author of the book Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World. The Newswomen’s Club of New York recognized Stewart in 2018 for her coverage of homelessness, mental health, and poverty. She has been a finalist for the Livingston Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. She joined The New York Times in 2014 after working at The Washington Post.
Jessica Pearce Rotondi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. Her work has been published by The History Channel, TIME, Vogue, Reader’s Digest, Salon, Atlas Obscura, HuffPost, and Refinery29. Previously, she was a senior editor at HuffPost and a staff member at the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest literary human rights organization. Her first job in New York City was at St. Martin’s Press, where she had a “room of her own” in the Flatiron Building to fill with books. She was raised in New England and is a graduate of Brown University, where she received a research grant to conduct an oral history project on World War II. What We Inherit is her first book.
Roger Rosenblatt is the author of six off-Broadway plays and nineteen books, including Lapham Rising, Making Toast, Kayak Morning, The Boy Detective, and his new memoir, Cold Moon. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement and he lives in New York City
Mary Morris is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the novels The Jazz Palace, A Mother’s Love, and House Arrest, and of nonfiction, including the travel memoir classic Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone and her new book All the Way to the Tigers. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in literature and the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction. Morris lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Sebastian Matthews is the author of a new book of essays, Beyond Repair; a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps; three books of poetry, and the collage novel The Life & Times of American Crow. His hybrid collection of poetry and prose, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, won the Independent Publishers Book Award’s silver medal. His work has appeared in or on, among other places, The Atlantic, Blackbird, The Common, Georgia Review, Poetry Daily, Poets & Writers, The Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Writer’s Almanac. Matthews currently serves on the board of the Vermont Studio Center and on the advisory board for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters. He lives with his wife and son in Asheville, North Carolina.