Board & Literary Council

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Jeannie is an award-winning author of two novels, Eden and The Nine. After a career in finance, Jeannie became a writer and an active GrubStreet student. She currently splits her time between Boston and Westerly, RI. She is a nationally-ranked squash player who served as the first female board chair of US Squash, the sport’s century-old national governing body. During her tenure at US Squash, she oversaw sweeping governance changes and led the organization’s first strategic planning process, creating a platform for financial stability and increased fundraising. She is a volunteer squash coach at SquashBusters, an urban youth squash program located on the Northeastern campus. In addition to coaching there, she has co-chaired the organization’s major annual fundraiser numerous times. Jeannie loves adventure travel, especially with her husband, John, and their three grown children.
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Under Eve’s (she/her/hers) leadership, GrubStreet has grown into a national literary powerhouse known for artistic excellence, working to democratize the publishing pipeline and program innovation. An active partner to the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Eve was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston and securing chapter 91 space in the Seaport to build a creative writing center. The Barr Foundation recently named her a 2019 Barr Fellow in recognition of her leadership. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on the future of publishing, what it takes to build a literary arts center, and the intersection of arts and civics at numerous local and national conferences. Her essays and op-eds on publishing, the role of creative writing centers and the importance of the narrative arts have appeared in The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Writer's Digest and TinHouse. Eve serves on the Advisory Board of The Loop Lab, a new Cambridge-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing representation in the Media Arts. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers. Before starting GrubStreet, she attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, and ran an international bookstore in Prague.
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Tina Cassidy is GBH’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading GBH’s marketing, communications and public relations efforts, which includes responsibility for local and national marketing, institutional branding, events strategy, creative and design services, station relations and audience and media research. Before joining GBH in 2019, Cassidy was the executive vice president and chief content officer at InkHouse, an innovative bi-coastal integrated digital marketing and public relations agency which she helped expand into new markets and service offerings. Prior to that she was a journalist with a wide range of experience as a reporter and editor, primarily at the Boston Globe. Cassidy is the author of several nonfiction books that focus on women and culture. Her latest is Mr. President How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the Right to Vote. In addition, she is the author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born; and Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams. She is on the board of The Conversation US, and was previously on the board of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Northeastern University.
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Pat Connelly (he/him/his) is a scientist, entrepreneur, teacher and writer. Pat volunteers for GrubStreet, BraveheartsFODC, and the Trustees of Reservations; edits Biophysics Reviews; nurtures start-up companies (he is currently the Chief Passion Kindler at Nirvana Upfitters, and co-founder and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of 1Base Pharmaceuticals); writes letters, poetry and creative nonfiction; but mostly adventures in the wilds with his wife, children, grandchildren and many friends. Pat was a founding scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA where he spent most of his career, and where he still occasionally pops in and can be seen working enthusiastically on new ideas with Vertexians. His research and policy writings appear in Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Biotechnology and Xconomy. 
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Consults on novel-length projects, memoirs, and essay collections in addition to short fiction and personal essays, with a particular interest and expertise in cross-cultural and international narratives, immigrant in U.S. narratives, family stories, Young Adult fiction, and themes exploring identity, cultural, race, class, and language, and specializes in helping writers find the ‘real story’ they’re trying to tell.
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After a decade teaching in Boston Public Schools and Teach for America, Jenn (she/her/hers) is now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University. In addition to teaching and serving on the Board of Directors at GrubStreet, she was also one of the founding instructors of our Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) and Write Down the Street Program. She is the author of the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the essay collection White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing (UMass Press, 2021), which won the Juniper Prize. She is also the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), an anthology that won the International Latino Book Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in dozens of literary journals and magazines including Ploughshares, Brevity, Ms., Briar Cliff Review, Poets & Writers, Guernica, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and elsewhere, and she has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, City of Boston Artist-in-Residence Program, the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and the Macondo Writers’ Workshop which was founded by author Sandra Cisneros. Jenn is currently working on her next two Young Adult novels, a Children’s Picture Book, and a memoir. Connect with her @jdeleonwriter on Instagram and Twitter or via her website: www.jenniferdeleonauthor.com.
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Literary Performer, actor & educator, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S. in Italy, Regie competed for & received both the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone & The Europa in Versi Award in LaGuardia di Como. He’s received a Mass Cultural Council Poetry Award, is a Brother Thomas Fellow & has received two Live Arts Boston Grants to develop his first play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae. He has composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and Boston’s Handel+Haydn Society. He performs regularly with Atlas Soul: a world music ensemble & Shakespeare to Hip-Hop: an education & performance program integrating classical & modern texts into English curriculums. He has served as a think-tank member & consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative & for the “Mere Distinction of Color”, an exhibit at Montpelier, the historic home of President James Madison examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution. He is Poet-in-Residence of the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington & teaches for both Emerson College & Clark University.
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Deborah Hughes (she/her/hers), M.Ed., President & CEO – has served the families of Brookview since 1991. This tenure demonstrates her allegiance to improving poor women’s circumstance and her passion for helping courageous moms lift their children out of homelessness. Brookview is highly successful and Deborah leads a team of creative and skilled professionals who make it possible for 92% of moms to maintain housing long-term and 88% of youth who participate in Brookview youth programs to graduate high school.   Her expertise is in taking an idea from start-up to full-scale venture. During her tenure, Brookview expanded into a multi-service agency providing affordable housing, training programs, and youth services to more than 350 women and children per year. Brookview will ensure more moms and kids succeed and thrive when the agency breaks ground fall 2017 on a third affordable housing program with education, training and youth programs on-site. Under her leadership, Brookview is redefining what investing in moms and children signifies.   Ms. Hughes is Co-founder of the Jane Doe Safety Fund – a statewide advocacy organization for domestic violence programs in MA, and instrumental in development of the Roxbury Community College Foundation. She is a founding member of the Transition to Work Collaborative, Dorchester Women’s Safety Network, Independent Women’s Project, and Child Resource Collaborative. She also serves on the board of directors for Building Pathways Construction Preapprenticeship program  and Community Services Advisory Committee for MassHousing.   She is a recipient of the Pinnacle Award in Nonprofit Management from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and ‘Be the Change’ award from the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
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Sharissa (she/her/hers) is currently at work on her Nebraska-based novel, And Then in Omaha. She graduated from GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program in 2015 and blogs for Dead Darlings. She holds a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale College and was previously a partner at Capital Z Investments, a New York-based private equity firm, where she focused on the firm’s hedge fund investment portfolio and served as a director of several portfolio companies. Prior to joining Capital Z as a founding member, Sharissa was an officer at Zurich Centre Investments, where she was responsible for evaluating and structuring private equity investments. Sharissa was also in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley & Co. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune Magazine, and other publications. Additionally, she was profiled by the Omaha World Herald, and was named in Crain’s New York Business “40 under 40” list. Sharissa began her term as Treasurer this year, after serving on GrubStreet’s Board of Directors, including the Development Committee, for many years.
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Pamela A. Mason (she/her/hers), EdD is a senior lecturer on education, the director of the Language and Literacy Master's program, a Co-Chair of the Literacy and Languages concentration, and the director of the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional and research interests encompass the role of culturally sustaining pedagogy in promoting literacy achievement, the interaction of text complexity and background knowledge, and the efficacy of the roles of Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches. She has conducted school-wide literacy program implementation and evaluation, using qualitative and quantitative measures. Dr. Mason has extensive experience as a reading/language arts curriculum coordinator for several local school districts.   Dr. Mason has significant and effective elementary school principal experience serving in both urban and suburban districts in the Boston area. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and globally on preparing reading specialist teachers and literacy coaches, developing the capacity of school leaders as literacy advocates, and evaluating school-wide literacy programs.   Dr. Mason is active in the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association), serving on the Assessment Task Force. Dr. Mason is also an active member of the Literacy Research Association and serves on the Reading Standing Committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators and the Massachusetts Reading Association. Dr. Mason is a member of the Board of Trustees for Cathedral High School (Boston), GrubStreet (a creative writing center), and the WGBH Educational Foundation, as a trustee emerita.
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Augusta (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of Agncy, a consulting firm that applies design methods and tools to address new and complex challenges. Prior to co-founding Agncy, she was a Vice President at Continuum, a large design and innovation consultancy, where she developed the firm's work in building corporate innovation capabilities, designing services and systems, and social impact design for companies such as CVS, Quest Diagnostics, Abbott Nutrition, and Philips Healthcare. She also previously worked in the design communities of Los Angeles and New York, helping companies to communicate how their design offerings were a key point of differentiation for business success. Augusta has a BA in American Studies from Yale University. As a Board Member, she has chaired the Education Committee, which supports the growth of YAWP.
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Deborah L. Plummer, PhD is a psychologist, university professor, diversity thought leader, author, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion, and mutual respect.   Her groundbreaking and timely book, Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross Racial Friendships (Beacon Press) examines contemporary race relations through the lens of cross-racial friendships, noting how they work and fail within American society.  She is editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman and Littlefield) and author of Advancing Inclusion: A Guide for Effective Diversity Council and Employee Resource Group Membership (Half Dozen Publications), and award-winning Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press).   She has written for Diversity Executive, Boston Globe Magazine, authored several book chapters and published numerous journal articles for the professional academic community. Her essay “The Girl from the Ghetto” is published in the anthology All of the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World, Essays on Equality, Justice and Freedom (NBTT Press). Her work has been featured in several media outlets and she served for many years as an expert commentator on television and radio. Debbie was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 15 Chief Diversity Officers to Know.    Debbie is most passionate about creating inclusive organizations and building peaceful communities. Her blog, Getting to We, facilitates forward-thinking and enlightened conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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Kathy (she/her/hers) is the author of the novel Leaving Coy’s Hill (Pegasus Books, 2021), Fill the Sky (SixOneSeven Books, 2016) and a family memoir, Finding Home. She is also the proud owner of the Hemingway House writing retreat in Southern Massachusetts. Prior to her writing life, she co-founded Circles, a full-service concierge and loyalty marketing company headquartered in Boston, and served as President and then CEO from 1995-2009. She lives and writes in Cohasset with her husband, two sons, and black lab. In addition to serving as Board Chair, Kathy has been a long-time student at GrubStreet.
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Marc Skvirsky is presently the Vice President for Special Initiatives at Facing History and Ourselves. For over three decades Marc was a member of the senior management team, overseeing all aspects of organizational management, growth, and strategy. He  joined Facing History and Ourselves 38 years ago, helping to develop it from a small educational nonprofit with a handful of staff to an international organization with 10 offices and partnerships around the globe. During his long tenure as CPO he directed all aspects of Facing History's program implementation in schools, districts, and educational networks, both in the U.S. and internationally. He was responsible for strategic planning; the ongoing professional development of Facing History's program staff focused on new scholarship, pedagogy, instructional technology, and educational trends; and the development and implementation of online learning. Marc developed content and outreach partnerships with filmmakers, authors, educational leaders, and scholars. He reviewed all Facing History publications and digital content, and designed Facing History-themed international study trips for stakeholders, including to South Africa, Eastern Europe, Northern Ireland, and the American South. He speaks at conferences and think tanks on topics ranging from school reform and civic education, to Holocaust and genocide studies, and social-emotional learning.   Before joining Facing History, Marc was a classroom teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, participating in the design team for an urban middle school magnet program, and teaching social studies and English. He received a B.A. in education and M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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Born in Seoul, Korea, Sandra moved to Philadelphia when she was 6 years old and attended an all-girls private school through high school. She went onto study at the University of California, Berkeley where she received a B.A. in Asian Studies with a focus on Political Science and Chinese. She took a year off between her junior and senior years to study Chinese at Tung Hai University in Taichung, Taiwan. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Sandra was hired by Citibank’s Asia Pacific Group and completed Citibank’s executive training program. During her banking career, Sandra also worked for Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu, CoreStates in Philadelphia, and BancOne in Dallas and Boston. Sandra opened and managed CoreStates’ correspondent banking representative office in Mexico City for 3 years. While Sandra was never able to utilize her Chinese in the workplace, she did become fluent in Spanish while working and living in Mexico and uses it to this day. In January, 2016, Sandra rekindled a girlhood passion for writing, enrolling in the first of many creative writing classes at Grub Street in Boston. In June of 2018, she began a 2-year low residency MFA program in creative writing at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Sandra is passionate about nature, animals, birds, and education, themes she hopes to weave into her writing. She is on the executive committee of WBUR’s new environmental vertical and is actively engaged in supporting Grub Street’s youth writing programs and new narrative arts center in the seaport.
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Enrique is a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and has been in this position since the agency’s creation in 2012. He serves as the Treasurer of the Commission overseeing the overall financial operations of the agency and its licensees (casino and racing operators). Enrique has also been directly involved in the Research & Responsible Gaming initiatives at the Commission. Prior to the Commission, Enrique served in two state agencies: as the Executive Director of the Clean Water Trust, an infrastructure bank that provides low interest loans to cities and towns for water and sewer projects and as the Director of Quality Assurance at the School Building Authority, which provides grants for school construction and renovation. Enrique also spent six years as a consultant at Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Services group and additional four years as a construction business owner in Monterrey Mexico, where he was born, and where he graduated with a civil engineering degree from ITESM. Enrique came to the United States in 1995 and obtained an MBA from Yale University. Enrique enjoys cooking, meditating, and reading and lives with his wife and two children in Boston.
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Steve Almond (www.stevealmondjoy.org) is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country." He has three rambunctious children, one patient wife, and significant debt.
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Born in New York City, Julia Alvarez spent the first ten years of her life in her family's native country, the Dominican Republic. In 1960, her family was forced to flee to the United States because of her father's involvement in a plot to overthrow the dictator Trujillo. Alvarez has been practicing the craft of writing for over forty years. She has brought a variety of work to readers of all ages, including novels, like How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of Butterflies; picturebooks; the Tía Lola stories for middle readers; novels for young adults, among them Before We Were Free and Finding Miracles; collections of poetry, including The Woman I Kept to Myself; and nonfiction, most recently A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship. She has also taught English and creative writing at every level, from elementary schools to senior citizen centers. She is currently a writer in residence at Middlebury College. With her husband, Bill Eichner, she founded Alta Gracia, a sustainable farm and literacy center in the Dominican Republic.
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Julie Barer established her own agency in 2004 after six years at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Barer Literary is a full-service boutique agency that represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with an emphasis on fiction. Clients include National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris, award winning short story writer Gina Ochsner, bestselling novelists Paula McLain, Helen Simonson and Kevin Wilson, and prize winning crime writer Zoe Ferraris. Writing by her clients has appeared inThe New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Non-Required Reading, New Stories From the South, Best New American Voices, Tin House, Granta, and various other publications, and has received numerous awards and honors, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, and the Flannery O'Connor Award. Before becoming an agent Julie was a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company in New York.
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Are you working on a novel or short story and you keep getting the "We love this, but it's not for us" rejection letter? Jenna Blum may be the consultant for you. Jenna is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers and the novella "The Lucky One" in postwar anthology Grand Central; she is one of Oprah's Top Thirty Women Writers and has been teaching fiction and novel workshops at Grub since 1998. Jenna is interested in consulting on novels, novellas and short stories in their final stages of revision; she specializes in literary and some eras of historical fiction. (No genre, please!) Jenna will also provide consultation on troubleshooting your novel's outline, perfecting your query letter and creating/ fine-tuning your social media platform. Known for contributing to her novels' success via her marketing tactics,  Jenna will help you identify your comfort zone and skills and help you create a marketing platform on social media and in person. Jenna specializes in Facebook, Twitter, and mainstream social media as well as writer websites, book club connection and public speaking.  Consultations accepted via submission only. Jenna's fee is $150/hour. Please contact Jenna via Grub or her website, www.jennablum.com.
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Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family as well as the novella "The Lucky One" in anthology Grand Central. Jenna is also one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna has taught for GrubStreet since 1997 ; she currently runs the master novel workshop and seminars focusing on craft and marketing.
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Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Her authors have appeared inUSA Today, New York Times and the Washington Post as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV ONE, BET and a host of others. She has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill companies. Brooks is the author of the titles Never Finished Never Done(Scholastic), Writing Great Books For Young Adults (Source Books), and You Should (Really) Write A Book: How To Write, Sell, And Market Your Memoir (St. Martin’s Press), has edited over nearly 100 titles and is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Essence.com. Brooks is also on the faculty of the Harvard University publishing course and the Whidbey Island Writers MFA program and annually teaches at more than twenty worldwide conferences. She has been highlighted in global media outlets including Forbes, Media Bistro, Essence magazine, Ebony magazine, Writer’s Digest magazine, The Writer, Jet, Rolling Outand Publisher’s Weekly. She also is a co-publisher of an imprint of Akashic called Open Lens.
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Jaime Clarke is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds an MFA from Bennington College. He is the author of the novel We're So Famous (Bloomsbury USA), editor of Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Huges (Simon & Schuster), Conversations with Jonathan Lethem (University Press of Mississippi), and co-editor of No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine (Dzanc) as well as Boston Noir 2: The Classics (Akashic) with Dennis Lehane. He is a founding editor of the literary magazine Post Road and has taught creative writing at UMass-Boston and Emerson College. He is co-owner of Newtonville Books.
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Ayanna Coleman founded Quill Shift Literary Agency in 2013. With an educational background in marketing and English, Ayanna has worked within the publishing industry at a publishing house, literary agencies, as a book reviewer, programming and event director, and many years as a children’s librarian. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, currently the top program in the nation. As a child, and later as a librarian, Ayanna noticed that the books that could capture a child’s imagination and create a lifelong reader were not getting into children’s hands. Children (and their parents, teachers, and librarians) weren’t discovering the right books…or they hadn’t been created yet. With that in mind, Ayanna created Quill Shift Literary Agency to not only help usher books worthy of inspiring a passion for reading in children through the publication process, but to also encourage worthwhile story discovery before the book is even published. 
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Mary Cotton is a graduate of Williams College and holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine and an MA in English Literature from Boston University. She is the pseudonymous author of nine novels for young adults, six of them New York Times bestsellers. She's also a fiction editor for the literary magazine, Post Road, and is co-editor of No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work From Post Road Magazine (Dzanc) as well as Boston Noir 2: The Classics (Akashic) with Dennis Lehane. She is co-owner of Newtonville Books.
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Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns on the Merrimack River along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. He began writing fiction at age 22 just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. He is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, and memoir Townie. He is a New York Times bestselling author and his work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. An Academy Award-nominated motion picture and published in twenty languages, his novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize, Booksense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection and #1 New York Timesbestseller. A member of PEN American Center, Andre Dubus III has served as a panelist for The National Book Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is a full-time faculty member.
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A small, selective agency and member of AAR, the Author’s Guild, the Agents Round Table, PEN, and Grub Street’s Literary Advisory Council, Fairbank Literary Representation is happily entering its nineteenth year. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize winning-journalists to professionals at the top of their fields. They can be found with all the major publishers, as well as in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Granta, Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Glimmertrain, and more. Our tastes tend toward literary and international fiction; the occasional mystery or thriller with a firm sense of place; big memoir that goes beyond the me-moir; topical or narrative non-fiction with a strong interest in women’s voices, global perspectives, and class and race issues; children’s picture Books & Middle Grade from illustrator/artists only; quality lifestyle books (food, wine, and design); pop culture; craft; and gift and humor books. We are most likely to pick up works that are of social or cultural significance, newsworthy, or that cause us to take great delight in the words, images or ideas on the page. Lately we have been doing extremely well in the humor/gift/pop culture category, international fiction, and children’s picture books by illustrator artists, and we’d love to take on more projects in those categories. Above all, we look for a fresh voice, approach, story, or idea.
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Genres of writing I'm drawn to: Memoir; narrative nonfiction; personal narrative; personal essay; commentary/op-ed; stunt/immersion ("gonzo") journalism.Subject areas I'm drawn to: I love writing on all topics, but in particular, I'm drawn to personal essays, narrative nonfiction and stories about personal relationships, family, childhood, adolescence; travel, pop culture, geek culture, fantasy/science fiction and subcultures; overcoming family/medical trauma .I also help students reach their goals in publishing their work -- with a particular focus on the personal essay and oped --- as well as submitting work to agents and editors. I can serve as a personal writing coach and writing career planner. 
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A GrubStreet instructor since 2005, Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher, performer and nerd. He is the author of the travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, named a Must-Read Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. His essay "The Day My Mother Became a Stranger" was cited in the anthology Best American Essays 2016. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, The North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly and dozens of other literary magazines and in several anthologies, and he is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize. Gilsdorf got his start in journalism as a Paris-based travel writer and food and film critic for Time Out, Fodor's and the Washington Post. He has published hundreds of feature stories, essays, op-eds and reviews about the arts, pop, gaming and geek culture; and media and technology, and travel, in dozens of other publications worldwide including the New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Wired, Salon, WBUR's The Artery and Cognoscenti, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Art New England. A regular presenter, performer, and event moderator, he frequently appears on programs such as NPR, The Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC, and the Learning Channel, and also lectures at schools, universities, festivals, conventions, and conferences worldwide, including at this TEDx event, where he nerded out about D&D. Gilsdorf is co-founder of GrubStreet's Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), and teaches creative writing at GrubStreet, where he served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He teaches essay, memoir, journalism and other workshops, and is also the instructor of GrubStreet's 8-month Essay Incubator program and serves as coordinator of GrubStreet's Providence program. He’s also the lead instructor for the Westerly (RI) Memoir Project. He has led writing workshops for non-profit social justice organizations and also teaches writing and Dungeons & Dragons classes for younger students, in schools, libraries and community centers. He had also served on the Boston Book Festival Program Committee and as a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. He received his BA from Hampshire College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Follow Ethan’s adventures at ethangilsdorf.com or Twitter @ethanfreak, and read his posts on Grub's blog, GrubWrites.
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Arthur Golden was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at Harvard College, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art. In 1980 he earned an M.A. in Japanese history from Columbia University, where he also learned Mandarin Chinese. Following a summer at Beijing University, he worked in Tokyo, and, after returning to the United States, earned an M.A. in English from Boston University. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. Memoirs of a Geisha, Golden's brilliant debut novel and sensational bestseller, tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.
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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a novelist and philosopher. She was educated at Barnard College and Princeton University (Ph.D. in philosophy). She has received many prizes for her fiction and scholarship, including a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Her first novel was the critically acclaimed bestseller The Mind-Body Problem, and there have been six more works of fiction since, including The Dark Sister, Mazel (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), and Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics. She is also the author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, which was chosen as one of the best science books of the year by Discover Magazine, and of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, which won the Koret International Award for Jewish Thought. She has been awarded several honorary doctorates, Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been chosen as the Humanist of the Year 2011 by the American Humanist Association. Her latest novel, entitled 36 Arguments for The Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, was published in January, 2010. She is currently a research associate at Harvard University.
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Jennifer Haigh is the author of four novels – Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. She has won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England writer. Her short stories have been published in The Atlantic,Granta, and many other magazines.
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Esmond Harmsworth is a founding partner of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. Born in London, he was educated in England before graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. As a literary agent, Harmsworth represents fiction and nonfiction.
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Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; the short story collection, An Ornithologist's Guide to Life; and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She recently edited the anthology, Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting. She has won Best American Spiritual, Food, and Travel Writing Awards and two Pushcart Prizes. Her most recent novel, The Obituary Writer, was an Oprah Pick, the November Book Club book for The Ladies Home Journal, and named as one of the top ten books of 2013 by Amazon.com. She lives in Providence, RI.
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Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of internationally acclaimed Corpus Christi: Stories and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. Named a best book of the year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times, Corpus Christi has received numerous awards. Johnston’s work appears in magazines such as The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine,Esquire, The Oxford American, and Tin House, and in anthologies such as New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best for 2003, 2004, and 2005. He is a graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. He has written essays for Slate.com and is a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2006, the National Book Foundation honored him with a new National Book Award for writers under thirty-five. A skateboarder for almost twenty years, Johnston is currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at Harvard University.
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Pagan Kennedy is the author of ten books and has won numerous literary prizes. Her publishers include Viking Press, Simon & Schuster, and Bloomsbury. Pagan has been a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The NYT Book Review, The Village Voice, Dwell, Details, Ms., Playboy, The Nation,Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe Magazine. In 2009, Pagan was Dartmouth College’s visiting writer of nonfiction. She has also taught writing — both fiction and nonfiction — at the Warren Wilson MFA program, Boston College, Johns Hopkins, and many conferences and residencies.
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Don Lee’s latest book is the novel The Collective, which won the 2013 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. He is also the author of the novels Wrack and Ruin and Country of Origin, and the story collection Yellow — all published by W. W. Norton. He has received an American Book Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Fred R. Brown Literary Award. His stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, GQ,American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. He teaches in the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.
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Elinor Lipman is the author of Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus(Beacon Press, 2012). She is the author of nine novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine, Then She Found Me, and, most recently, The Family Man.
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Margot Livesey was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She has taught in numerous writing programs including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Boston University, and the Warren Wilson MFA program, and is the author of a collection of stories and six novels, including Eva Moves The Furniture and most recently The House On Fortune Street which won the LL Winship/PEN New England award. She lives in Cambridge and is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston. Her novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, was published early in 2012.
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Stephen McCauley is the author of five previous novels, including The Object of My Affection, True Enough, and Alternatives to Sex. Two of his novels have been made into feature films. He teaches at Brandeis University.
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Pablo Medina is the author of 14 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translation, most recently the novel Cubop City Blues and, with photographer Carlos Ordoñez, the poetry collection Calle Habana. Medina’s work has appeared in several languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic, and in periodicals and magazines throughout the world. He was a member of the AWP board of directors from 2002-2007, serving as president from 2005 – 2006. Winner of numerous awards, among them grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations, the Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, the NEA, and others, Medina is currently professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston.
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Mameve Medwed (named for two grandmothers, Mamie and Eva) is the author of the novels, Mail,Host Family, The End of an Error, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life (2007 Massachusetts Book Awards Fiction Honor), and Of Men and Their Mothers. Her stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in, among others, The New York Times, Gourmet, The Boston Globe, The Hartford Courant, The Missouri Review, Newsday, Yankee, Redbook, Playgirl, and The Washington Post. Born in Bangor, Maine (and claiming the title: “Bangor’s other novelist”), she and her husband have two grown sons and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Sue Miller is the best-selling author of the novels The Senator's Wife, Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, and The Good Mother; the story collection Inventing the Abbots; and the memoir The Story of My Father. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Asya Muchnick is an Executive Editor and has been at Little, Brown since 2001. She acquires literary and upmarket crime fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction, including history, biography, cultural history, and popular science. Among the authors she has worked with are Jo Ann Beard, Mark Childress, Michael Connelly, Zoë Ferraris, Janet Fitch, Pete Hamill, Alice Hoffman, Richard Lange, James E. McWilliams, Stephenie Meyer, Robert Mrazek, Carolyn Parkhurst, Sebastian Rotella, Alice Sebold, Åsne Seierstad, David Sedaris, Anita Shreve, and Peter Trachtenberg.
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Susan Orlean is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of several acclaimed books, including the best selling Orchid Thief, which was made into the film “Adaptation.” Her article “Life’s Swell” was the basis for the film “Blue Crush.” A prolific journalist, Susan has written for and worked for countless publications, including two local favorites, The Boston Globe and the Boston Phoenix. Her most recent book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, traces the life of the canine star from his humble roots in Europe through international stardom.
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Pamela Painter's first collection of stories, Getting to Know the Weather, won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and was reissued as A Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary in 2008. Her second collection of stories, also from Carnegie Mellon, is titled The Long and Short of It. Painter is co-author, with Anne Bernays, of the widely-used textbook What If? Fiction Exercises for Fiction Writers. Painter's individual stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Ploughshares, and in numerous anthologies, including Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward, and Microfiction. The winner of three Pushcart Prizes and Agni's John Cheever Award for Fiction, Painter has received grants from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories have been produced by Word Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, and Stage Turner. Additionally, her story titled "Reading in His Wake" was recorded for the CD Love Hurts, by W.W. Norton. Her newest book is a collection of "very short stories," published by Carnegie Mellon, titled Wouldn't You Like to Know.
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Tom Perrotta is the author of seven books, including The Leftovers, The Abstinence Teacher, Joe College, Bad Haircut, and the The Wishbones. His novels, Election and Little Children, were turned into acclaimed movies, and Perrotta was nominated for an Academy Award, along with director Todd Field, for their screenplay for Little Children. Perrotta's work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Best American Short Stories 2005. He lives with his family outside of Boston.
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Heidi Pitlor has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Previously, she was a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for ten years. She is the author of the novels The Birthdays (W.W. Norton, 2006) and The Daylight Marriage (Algonquin, 2015). Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and many other places. She will join the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Regis College in Denver in 2017.
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Ayanna Pressley is a Boston City Councilor At-Large whose career has been marked by history-making campaigns and a relentless determination to advance a political agenda focused on breaking cycles of poverty and violence. Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council on November 3, 2009. In doing so, Pressley became the first woman of color ever elected to that position. During her time in office, Pressley created and is chairing a new standing committee, the Committee on Women & Healthy Communities. The committee is devoted to the causes that she has always been most devoted to: stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, combating poverty and addressing issues which disproportionately impact women and girls. The Boston Globe Magazine named Pressley one of its 2011 Bostonians of the Year. BET recognized her with its 2011 Leading Woman Award. The Urban League honored Pressley as a Woman of Power at its 2011 national convention.
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Ladette Randolph is editor-in-chief of Ploughshares and the author of three books of fiction, two novels Haven’s Wake (forthcoming, spring 2013) and A Sandhills Ballad and the award-winning short story collection This Is Not the Tropics. In addition, she is the editor of two anthologies: A Different Plainand The Big Empty. Dr. Randolph is on the faculty of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department at Emerson College in Boston. Prior to joining the staff at Ploughshares she was an acquiring editor and associate director at University of Nebraska Press. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe grant, the Virginia Faulkner Award, a Best New American Voices citation, and four Nebraska Book Awards.
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Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 27 Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards for her work. A best-selling author of four mystery novels, Ryan has won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards for her crime fiction. She’s on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America (and an instructor at MWA-U) and vice president of National Sisters in Crime. Her newest suspense thriller,The Other Woman, is the first in a new series beginning in 2012 from Forge Books.
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Martha Southgate is the author of four novels. Her newest, The Taste of Salt, was published in September 2011 and was named one of the best novels of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her essay “Writers Like Me,” published in theNew York Times Book Review, appears in the anthology Best African-American Essays 2009. Previous non-fiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Entertainment Weekly, andEssence.
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Sebastian Stuart has written novels, plays, screenplays, and has ghostwritten in every genre imaginable. As a playwright, he was dubbed “the poet laureate of the Lower East Side” by Michael Musto in The Village Voice. His first novel, The Mentor, is a psychological thriller. 24-Karat Kids, written with Dr. Judy Goldstein, was published in eight countries. Charm! by Kendall Hart was aNew York Times bestselling tie-in with the soap opera "All My Children." The Hour Between was a National Public Radio Season’s Reading pick and won the Ferro-Grumley Award as best LGBT novel of 2009. To the Manor Dead, the first in a mystery series set in the Hudson Valley, was published in 2010; the second book in the series, Dead by Any Other Name, was released in October 2011.
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Christina Thompson is the editor of Harvard Review and the author of Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, a memoir of her years in the South Pacific. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NEA, NEH, Australia Council, and Arts Victoria. Her essays have appeared in Vogue, the American Scholar, the London Times, New Zealand Geographic, and other publications. She teaches in the writing program at Harvard University Extension.
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Elisabeth Weed formed Weed Literary LLC in 2007. Elisabeth has worked in the publishing industry for 10 years, at Curtis Brown, Kneerim and Williams, and Trident Media Group, before opening her own agency. Elisabeth’s commitment to working with authors not just on individual titles, but for the long term—both in developing writing careers and in building platforms in their areas of expertise—continues. Weed Literary is a full service agency, representing a diverse list of authors. The agency is always on the lookout for both commercial and literary fiction with a focus on up-market women’s fiction as well as an eclectic mix of non-fiction, with an emphasis on narrative, memoir, investigative and women’s issues from the humor driven to the thought provoking. Most of all, we are looking for innovative ideas paired with excellent writing.
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Ike Williams is a founding Director of The Kneerim & Williams Agency, LLC, a literary and dramatic rights agency, with offices in Boston, New York and Washington, DC., where he specializes in biography, history, politics, natural science and anthropology. Authors he represents include Howard Gardner, Michael MacDonald, Joseph J. Ellis, the late David H. Donald, E.O. Wilson, Nicholas R. Burns, Richard Wilbur, Tim Berners-Lee, Charles Ogletree, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Nigel Hamilton, James MacGregor Burns, the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Michael Porter, Drew Gilpin Faust, and Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. He represents book to movie and screenplay and teleplay writers in the placement of their dramatic rights. Recent successful projects include Public Enemies based on the book The Vendetta: FBI Hero Melvin Purvis’s War Against Crime and J. Edgar Hoover’s War Against Him by Alston Purvis as a feature film produced by Misher Films and Universal Studios, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, and Fox 2000’s feature series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid based on the books by Jeff Kinney. He has also worked with the late Howard Zinn to complete The People Speak, a dramatic series based on A People's History of the United States and co-produced by Chris Moore, starring Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, etc., which aired on the History Channel in the late Fall of 2009 and its British spin-off produced by Colin Firth will air in October of 2010, and I.M. Pei: Building China Modern which premiered on American Masters in the early Spring of 2010. Mr. Williams is admitted to the federal and state bars in Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court and is a 1965 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a 1960 graduate of Harvard College.
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Mako Yoshikawa is the author of the novels One Hundred and One Ways and Once Removed. Her work has been translated into six languages; awards for her writing include a Radcliffe Fellowship. As a literary critic she has published articles that explore the relationship between incest and race in 20th-century American fiction. Her essays have appeared in the Missouri Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Best American Essays (2013). She is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College, Boston. 
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