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Alysia Abbott is the author of Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father (W.W. Norton), named one of the best books of 2013 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Shelf Awareness and GoodReads, and recently optioned by film-maker Sofia Coppola. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Vogue, Real Simple, Slate, Psychology Today, and TheAtlantic.com, among other publications. She's a graduate of the New School's MFA writing program and was a recipient of a Ragdale Fellowship. Visit her online at www.alysiaabbott.com.

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Allison Adair has been with Grub Street since 2002, first as an instructor and then as a board member (2004-2011). She has taught at the University of Iowa, Boston University, and Boston College, where she is currently a faculty member in the English department. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, Boston ReviewLos Angeles ReviewMid-American ReviewMississippi ReviewThe Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), National Poetry ReviewNew SouthShenandoahSouthwest ReviewTahoma Literary ReviewThird Coast, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Flash pieces appear in The Journal of Compressed Creative ArtsLascaux Review, and Nano Fiction; and literary hypertext projects appear at Electric Literature and The Rumpus. Winner of the Fineline Competition from Mid-American Review and the Orlando Prize from the A Room of Her Own Foundation, Allie is a Contributing Editor at The Brooklyn Quarterly. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received the Teaching-Writing Fellowship. 

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Kim Adrian is the author of The 27th Letter of the Alphabet, a memoir (University of Nebraska Press, spring 2018). Her book Sock is part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series, also forthcoming in September 2017. Her award-winning stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Agni, the Gettysburg Review, Brevity, and many other places. She's the recipient of a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a P.E.N. New England Discovery Award, and an Artist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is the editor of The Shell Game, an anthology of hybrid “hermit crab” essays (due out from the University of Nebraska Press in spring 2018), and she teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.
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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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Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2017). A multidisciplinary artist, her work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including Tin House, The Georgia Review, Day One, and Hyperallergic. She was born in Seoul, Korea and was raised in New York. She serves on the Advisory Committee for The Rumpus, where she was Essays Editor from 2013-2015. She holds graduate degrees from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Rhode Island.

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Ulya Aviral is a writer and director for film. Her upcoming two international co-productions "Shut Your Eyes I'm Gonna Dance" about a trans man's journey to an alternate universe, which is composed by Utar Artun, a former GRAMMY Awards jury, and "My Nature" about a Mid-Eastern woman's escape from war are in the festival circuit. "My Nature" was screened at Court Métrage Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival. Her film "Colors Inside" is in the festival run: it is awarded and screened at festivals in Los Angeles, Romania, Toronto and Montreal. Ulya received her BA with a double major in Sociology and Studies in Cinema & Media Culture, and a minor in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota. Ulya worked with Diane Lake, the head writer of Frida (2002) researching for a feature screenplay. She assisted Rob Sabal, the Dean of the School of the Arts at Emerson College for his pedagogy class and departmental curriculum evaluations. In 2017, Ulya Aviral received her MFA in Film and Media Art from Emerson College with a focus on writing, directing and producing films.

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Dzidzor's life mission is to create space for people to tell their stories. Dzidzor facilitates Poetry/Hip Hop workshops in schools, organizations, galleries/coffee shops and holds a monthly Jam Session called Black Cotton Club for artists. Dzidzor is a Ghanian poet and Performing artist at work on her first poetry exhibit and the author of "For Girls Who Cry in Yellow". She loves hugs and the feelings of grass on her bare feet. Dzidzor finds power in creating spaces that push people to tell their stories. Check her work on @writedzidzor

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Short fiction, flash fiction, fabulism, speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream, satire, experimental writing, realism, novel writing.
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Joy Baglio holds an MFA from The New School and a BFA from Bard College. Her fiction has appeared recently in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient of grants and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Speculative Literature Foundation, and has been recognized by the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention), The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (finalist), the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2017, and numerous other contests. She serves as associate fiction editor at West Branch and the founder/director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in Northampton MA, where she lives. She's interested in voice-driven stories with ferocious, vivid language, and is especially interested in investigating the overlap between science and the speculative. She's currently at work on both a collection of short stories and her first novel. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com.

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Lynne Barrett is the author of the story collections Magpies (Gold Medal, Fiction, Florida Book Awards), The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go (all, Carnegie Mellon University Press). She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. Her stories can be found in Fifteen Views of Miami, Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Wraparound South, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Delta Blues, and One Year to a Writing Life. A recipient of the Edgar Award for best mystery story and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and is editor of The Florida Book Review. Learn more about Lynne here: www.lynnebarrett.com.

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I love everything nonfiction, but, in particular, I love narrative writing that tells human stories (memoir, personal essays, and autobiographical comics, but also novels and short stories) and blends genres (combining the researched and the personal, fiction and nonfiction, images and words). I have a personal interest in reading and promoting work by women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Favorite writers include Margo Jefferson, Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Zadie Smith, Marjane Satrapi, Lindy West, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and MariNaomi.

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E.B. Bartels is a writer and teacher from Massachusetts. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in The Toast, The Butter, xoJane, The Rumpus, Ploughshares online, and the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, among others. In addition, she runs the interview series Non-Fiction by Non-Men on the site Fiction Advocate. E.B. has taught at Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students, Columbia’s Intro Writing Program, The Door (a drop in center for homeless teens in Manhattan), Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, and the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham. Her students have ranged in age from fifth grade to retiree. You can visit her website at ebbartels.com, see her tweets at @eb_bartels, and read her haikus about strangers’ dogs at ebbartels.wordpress.com.

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Young adult author Katie Bayerl has built a career around words and teaching. She has taught writing in high schools, neighborhood nonprofits, detention facilities, and online; served as Features Editor of a youth-generated magazine; directed the communications efforts of a Boston-based education nonprofit; and helped to capture the stories of dozens of schools and nonprofits in Boston and across the country. Teaching in GrubStreet's Young Adult Writers Program is a highlight of every year. Katie holds a BA from Brown University, a Masters in Teaching from Tufts University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received several honors for her fiction, including the Lois Lowry Fellowship and the Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award. Her debut novel, A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS (Penguin/Putnam, 2017), was named a most anticipated young adult debut by Barnes and Noble and Bustle and a top pick by Amazon, Books-a-Million, and the Romantic Times. Katie will read anything with great sentences, but she's especially in love with haunting literary fiction, atmospheric mysteries, and young adult fiction that tackles big questions with honesty, wit, and heart.

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I am currently working on a historical novel set in an orphanage in Atlanta in the 1920s. I also have written about music, popular culture, and Jewish cultural history, and have had my work collected in numerous anthologies. 

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Steven Lee Beeber is the author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk (Chicago Review Press), the editor of AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless (Soft Skull Press) and the associate editor of the literary journal Conduit. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, The New York Times and elsewhere. He has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and teaches creative writing and creative nonfiction at Lesley University and Harvard Summer School. His website is www.jewpunk.com.

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I love helping people with their writing, period. There is nothing more exciting to me than living the writer’s life. I spend mornings with my own work. After a lunch break,  I boil water for tea and dig in to a client’s or student’s work. That’s an ideal day as far as I’m concerned. That said, I do particularly respond to socio-political, historical, philosophical, contemplative, funny, quirky, inventive, poignant, intense rule-breaking writing. Gutsy. Quiet reflective. See? I kind of like it all. 

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Cara Benson is an award winning writer whose stories, poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Electric Literature, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM, and in syndication. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and is in revision on her second book, a novel. Of her first book the Huffington Post writes: “Benson does more with the two-word sentence than many poets do in two stanzas or even two poems, largely because it would be difficult to find even a single wasted word." Cara teaches Creative Writing in the Graduate Program at Prescott College. Her online home is: carabensonwriter.com.

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Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker, and journalist. She started at Essence magazine, later co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks, and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health. Nicole's work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, WashingtonPost.com, MarieClaire.com, BuzzFeed, and other publications. Her latest book, HAVE YOU MET NORA?, is out now, along with her previous novels THE THUNDER BENEATH US and EARTH’S WATERS. Listen to her weekly podcast, Hey, Sis!, about women finding their focus and place in business, art, culture, and life. And find out more at: NicoleBlades.com.

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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 $125/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 and The Stormchasers and 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 and is thrilled to be returning.  

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Laura is a children's writer, a teacher, and an avid ice cream eater. She has taught creative writing with Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community and the Thurber House, creative art at Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Spanish in a Waldorf school, and English in South Korea. You can find her picture book, Writing Home: The Story of Author Thomas Wolfe, released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, or her story, "The Day the Sea Split," in Spider Magazine. She is currently attending Simmons College for a M.A. in Children's Literature and a M.A.T. in Elementary Education. Laura is over the moon to be a part of the Grub team.

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Character-driven fiction: literary, young adult, adult coming-of-age, speculative fiction.

Lisa’s services include coaching to finish a first draft and developmental editing of finished drafts. More than a dozen of her former students and clients have gone on to publish their novels with presses like Viking, Harcourt and Penguin.

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Lisa Borders’ second novel, The Fifty-First State, was published by Engine Books in 2013. Her first novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, was chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing’s Fred Bonnie Award and received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards. Lisa has published humor in McSweeney’s, essays in The Rumpus and several anthologies, and short stories in Washington SquareBlack Warrior ReviewPainted Bride Quarterly and other journals. She has taught creative writing since 1997, shifting her focus to the novel when she developed GrubStreet’s Novel in Progress courses in 2005. She also co-developed and co-taught GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator from 2011 – 2013, and developed and led the Novel Generator from 2014-2017. She now teaches in the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s online MFA program. For more information on Lisa and her work, visit lisaborders.com.

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Sari Boren is writer and museum exhibit developer who has built a career around nonfiction storytelling and environments devoted to learning. She received a 2016 Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation and a 2014 Finalist grant in Creative Nonfiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her essays have been published or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel,The Southeast Review, Lilith Magazine, Alimentum, Pangyrus, Hobart, Gamba, War, Literature & the Arts, and psychologytoday.com. Sari has written the exhibit text for dozens of visitor centers, history museums, children’s museums, and science museums across the country, including many sites for the National Park Service. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently co-managing the Four Stories reading series in Cambridge. Learn more at: sariboren.com.

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Elena is a fiction writer from Portland, Maine. She is currently an MFA at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she writes short stories and finds parks to spy on birds and squirrels. She took classes at Grub while working in book publishing in Boston, which motivated her to commit to writing full-time. She will be teaching undergraduate fiction writing at Vanderbilt in the 2018/19 academic year.

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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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I offer one-on-one consult sessions on short fiction, flash fiction, the novel, and personal essay, and have a particular love for character-driven narratives with an emphasis on voice. Special interests include transnational, cross-cultural, and regional narratives; pop culture; literary criticism; and work that explores class, feminism, and identity. I have a keen eye for both sentence-level detail and big-picture editing, and work on projects ranging from flash to book-length. A native of Great Britain, I'm particularly adept at authenticating settings, characters, and stories associated with the UK. For more information or to request a consult, please email colwill@colwillbrown.com.

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As Editor of GrubWrites, GrubStreet's popular blog, Colwill serves the Grub community a daily dose of literary goodness. Book lovers can find reviews, news, recommendations, and conversations with exciting new authors to stay up to speed on all things lit. Writers, GrubWrites is your go-to spot for expert craft talk, thoughtful discussions on how writing is learned and taught, and essential publishing and publicity advice. Colwill is also a GrubStreet instructor and consultant specializing in the novel.

 

Colwill is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House, and a recipient of the work-study scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53, fall 2018), Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry and Audience, and other places, and her essays have featured on Dead Darlings and elsewhere. She's served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review and is currently Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine. A scholarship awardee for GrubStreet's Novel Incubator, after graduating from the program Colwill found representation for her first novel with literary agent Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic. She was educated at Leeds University in England, where she received her BA hons in English Language and Literature (International), with stints at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Kansas State University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded the Seaton Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. Most recently, Colwill completed a Master's degree in English Literature at Boston College, for which she was awarded a full scholarship. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, her life's mission is to introduce the word "sozzard" to the American vernacular. For a full list of publications, projects, and other services, including copy editing, please visit colwillbrown.com.

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Whether it's a play, screenplay, short story, novel section... or a multi-genre "ahhh I don't know what this is yet!" I can offer feedback at any stage of the writing process. I particularly respond to layered and lyrical and writing that pushes at the boundaries of genre and form, plays with time, moves beyond realism, and/or creates a link between the reader and a specific sociopolitical context. I have particular expertise and training in dialogue, structure, feminist writing, visual narratives, experimental work, science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, magical realism, character-driven narratives, LGBTQ+ and non-binary themes, multilingualism, translation, and adaptation. I am fluent in French and originally from the Midwest, so hit me up about those things. I am also happy to consult on the business of being a writer: time management, motivation, promotion, navigating submissions, to MFA or not to MFA, and all those little things that come up.
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Stephanie K Brownell is a multidisciplinary artist holding an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. She publishes in fiction, poetry, and drama. Stephanie has taught at Boston University, Bentley University, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, The Eliot School, the Urbano Project, and Lycée Marguerite de Valois, among others. She is a winner of the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award, a Gary Garrison Award national finalist, and the UT WomenWorks 2015 runner up. Stephanie is an alumna of residencies and fellowships nationwide including Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New York Theatre Intensives, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Kennedy Center Fellows, Taleamor Park Residency, and Company One PlayLab. She is a 2018 Sewanee Conference Scholar and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Stephanie’s creative work is visual, intersectional and magical. Her scholarly work focuses on discourses of oppression, resistance, and imagination in contemporary and speculative literature. You can visit her website at skbrownell.com and creep on her travels and newest work on instagram at @skbrownell.

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Steven Brykman left med school to become Managing Editor of National Lampoon. His work has appeared in Playboy, Cracked, Tablet, Nerve, and The New Yorker where he was featured in Talk of the Town. He has written for/appeared on Prairie Home Companion, Comedy Central, NPR, G4TV, and the Food Network. As a writing fellow at the University of Massachusetts, his fiction was awarded the Harvey Swados prize. 

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Gabe Bump is from South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction has appeared in SLAM Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Big Big Wednesday, The Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, whatahowler.com, and Ren Quarterly. He won Summer Literary Seminar's 2015 Flash Fiction Prize and the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction. Gabe received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His first two novels are forthcoming from Algonquin Books.

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I am a university teacher, writing coach, film maker, editor, and storyteller. I have a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.S. from UMass Amherst, and hold a Ph.D. in documentary film history from the University of Birmingham in the UK. I have directed five films for international television and my work has been seen in over twenty countries. I am also the founder, director, and curator of Tall Tales, India’s longest-running, true storytelling event series that features live performances and writing workshops of all kinds. I live in the US for six months each year and the other six in India. My strongest skill is understanding what separates ordinary stories from unforgettable ones. Whether it's details about your characters, plot, story question, obstacles, or reveal, my specialty is working with you to preserve your core idea but to shape and add to it in order to make it grab readers and never let them go.

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Deborah Plummer, PhD is Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Medical School with primary responsibility for establishing the vision, providing leadership, strategic direction and coordination for all human resources and diversity initiatives. She has held past positions as a chief diversity officer for a large hospital system, a university professor, the founding director of a graduate degree program in diversity management, and a staff psychologist in a university counseling center. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and is an award-winning author of Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press) and the Editor of Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman & Littlefield). 

After many years of writing scholarly works for professional audiences, she began writing fiction for cathartic relief.  The plots in her Sister Nun Mystery Series take their inspiration from her functioning dysfunctional family, her former life as a nun, and colorful patients she counseled in her former clinical practice.  Unlike her academic writing which includes hundreds of citations, readers of her novels have to guess what parts are based on truth and what parts are total fantasies.  As a regularly featured blogger for Huffington Post, a commentator for media outlets, and a key-note speaker, Deborah’s engaging, enthusiastic and entertaining style brings home an instructive message without sacrificing substance.

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Jacquelin Cangro served as editor for her first book, The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York (Plume), which contains 27 essays about the New York City subway system written by well-known straphangers such as Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, Calvin Trillin, and Francine Prose. The collection received print reviews nationally, and she appeared on a variety of broadcast media outlets such as CBS Morning News, NY1, and NPR. Her short stories have appeared in Valparaiso Fiction Review, The Cortland Review, and The Macguffin. She was a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest. Her essays and other non-fiction writing have appeared in Preservation Online, Prick of the Spindle, Narrative.ly, and History-Magazine, among others. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. For nearly twenty years, she has worked at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster in the young readers divisions of both houses. For more information on Jackie and her work, visit jacquelincangro.com

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I'm a freelance journalist, essayist, and critic. I write about gender and feminism, books and culture, sometimes politics, and some other stuff, too. I've been a contributing writer at Slate and a staff writer at The New Republic and National Journal. My work has also appeared at The Point, The New Yorker online, The Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Pacific Standard, Outside, The Atlantic, The Mary Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, I won an inaugural RALLY Award for feature writing on the topic of sexual violence, conferred by the Poynter Institute, for my story "Flight Risk." I have a BA from Yale and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Emerson College, where I taught in the First Year Writing Program.

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Marlon Carey is a Poet (published chapbooks:  Giraffe Theory (2000), Prolegomenon (2003) and Lazarus (2007) who has been a member of both the Boston Poetry Slam and Boston Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Teams. He is also a proud member of the Providence RI-based poetry troupe, Brother’s Keeper. Marlon is also an Educator (teaching Poetry, Hip Hop and Creative Writing in the New England Area and around the country), Actor (The Sunset Limited, Topdog/Underdog, Othello, When Mahalia Sings, Take Me Out, A Few Good Men), Communicator (producer and radio DJ on “Off Tha Top”,  www.BSRlive.com) and Entertainer  (released EPs: There Is No Plan, Be. and Plan M: the un-Mixtape, End of The World Mixtape 2012: OCCUPY Your Mind.)  Carey earned his BFA degree in Creative Writing at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC, and is proud to be a New England Poet, with nuff respect to his Jamaican immigrant roots. PEACE

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Mary Carroll Moore’s thirteen published books include the award-winning Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir or Nonfiction Book, based on her How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book writing workshops; PEN/Faulkner nominated novel Qualities of Light (Bella Books); How to Master Change in Your Life: Sixty-seven Ways to Handle Life’s Toughest Moments (Eckankar Books); Cholesterol Cures (Rodale Press), and the award-winning Healthy Cooking (Ortho Publications). A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, over 300 of Mary’s essays, short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the U.S. and have won awards with the McKnight Awards for Creative Prose, Glimmer Train Press, the Loft Mentor Series, and other writing competitions. She teaches creative writing in New York, Boston, New Hampshire, and Minnesota and writes a weekly blog for book writers at http://howtoplanwriteanddevelopabook.blogspot.com.

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Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017), a historical novella about the child miners of Italy. The book was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale.” The Brooklyn Rail named it one of the "Best Books of 2017" and it was also listed as a 2017 Fiction Bestseller for six consecutive months on SPD Books. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Jack Dyer Prize from the Crab Orchard Review, the Mason's Road Literary Award, and first place in Italian Americana's annual literary contest. The Hunger Saint won a 2014 “Conference Choice Award” from the SDSU Writers’ Conference.

Her writing has appeared or are forthcoming in Psychology Today, Publishers Weekly, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of various literary honors, including fellowships at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she was awarded a "Distinguished Fellowship" from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cerrone earned an MFA in fiction from New York University and a BFA from the Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College. She is at work on a novel called DISPLACED and currently lives in Boston, MA where she serves as a Program Manager for Suffolk University.

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The intersections of poetry and political economy, history (including art history), politics, class, race, gender, language, multilingual poetry, poetry of the Americas, poetry as a mode of inquiry.  

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Scott Challener is a doctoral candidate in English at Rutgers University and the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Fellowship. His poems have appeared in Lana Turner Journal, Pangyrus, Gulf CoastThe RumpusMississippi Review, and elsewhere.

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Character-driven fiction of any subject or style, with a special affinity for historical or research-based fiction.

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Chip Cheek's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, Night Train, Quick Fiction, and Minnetonka Review, among other publications. His stories also appear in the current edition of the textbook What If: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter (Longman, 2009), and Brevity and Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories (Rose Metal Press, 2006). He is the recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award for 2011, as well as scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center. He is currently at work on a novel.

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K Chess is the author of FAMOUS MEN WHO NEVER LIVED, forthcoming from Tin House Books in March of 2019. Her short stories have been honored by the 2017 Pushcart Prize, Midwestern Gothic's 2015 Lake Prize, and the 2015 Nelson Algren Award. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University. Visit her online at kchesswriter.com.

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Rita Zoey Chin is the author of Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster), and her essays and poems have appeared in Tin House, Guernica, Marie Claire, The Rumpus, Freerange Nonfiction, Blackbird Review, birdsong, New York Arts Magazine, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Bread Loaf waiter scholarship, a Katherine Anne Porter Prize, and an Academy of American Poetry Award, Rita holds an MFA from the University of Maryland. She lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches at GrubStreet, mentors teenage girls, and rides her mischievous horse.

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Erin works on GrubStreet's core classes, intensive programs, and scholarship committee. She came to Boston from Oakland, CA, where she taught reading in public elementary schools. In addition to her work on the Programs staff, she teaches in the Write Down the Street program, and is a student of both fiction and nonfiction here at Grub. She writes about American public schools systems, hip hop, contemporary literature, and old philosophy. Erin holds a BA in English Literature from Mills College, and an Ed.M. in English and Education from Harvard. 

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Nadia Colburn's poetry and prose have been widely published in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, LA Review of Books, Spirituality and Health, Harvard Review, Yale Review, Slate, The Boston Globe magazine and many other places. She holds a PhD in English from Columbia, a BA from Harvard, is a certified kundalini yoga instructor and a serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh. She is the principal at Align Your Light, which offers life coaching and mindful writing coaching and classes and a is founding editor at Anchor, a spirituality and social justice magazine. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two children.

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Morris Collins’s first novel, Horse Latitudes, was published in 2013 and will be reprinted in a second edition by Dzanc Books later this year. Other fiction and poetry has recently appeared in Pleiades, Gulf Coast, The Chattahoochee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Nimrod, among others.

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Maggie Cooper's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, Lilith, Inch, and Bitch Media. A 2016 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, she holds a degree in English from Yale University and earned her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as an editor for The Greensboro Review. By day, she works as the Boston Office Manager for Aevitas Creative Management.

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Jennifer Crystal holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a B.A. from Middlebury College. She specializes in narrative medicine and travel writing. She is the author of Et Voilà: One Traveler's Journey from Foreigner to Francophile (Belfort and Bastion) and her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, wbur.org, Transitions Abroad, Abroad View, Spry Literary Journal, Middlebury Magazine and Wilton Magazine. She writes a weekly column for Global Lyme Alliance, which has received mention in CQ Researcher, The New Yorker and weatherchannel.com. Her website is www.jennifercrystal.com.

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Kelly is a fiction writer and documentary photographer. She teaches at the University of New Hampshire, at St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and GrubStreet. Kelly's work can be found in Flash Fiction Magazine, Litro, New Hampshire Emerging Writers Anthology, and she was a finalist for the Charles Johnson Fiction Award with Crab Orchard Review. She also works with Dawnland Voices 2.0, an online literary magazine for indigenous writers of New England, and was the Arts Editor for Barnstorm Literary Journal. Kelly received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire where she was a teaching fellow and awarded the Young Dawkins III Prize in Creative Writing. She writes literary fiction, and focuses on family, roots/identity, and motherhood. She is also interested in short fiction, novel, novella, story collections, magical realism, international work, cross-cultural, and works of translation. She is currently revising the draft of her first novel.

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Ray Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short story “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. Daniel’s short fiction has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies THIN ICE, BLOOD MOON, STONE COLD, and ROGUE WAVE; as well as in the Anthony-nominated anthology MURDER AT THE BEACH (Down and Out Books). His novels,TERMINATED, CORRUPTED MEMORY, CHILD NOT FOUND, and HACKED have been published by Midnight Ink. HACKED is the fourth novel in the Tucker Mysteries. CHILD NOT FOUND has received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal.

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Karen Day is the award-winning author of three novels for middle school readers, No Cream Puffs, Tall Talesand A Million Miles From Boston, all published by Random House. Her novels have appeared on numerous lists, including Bank Street College Educator's Best Books of the Year and the Texas Library Associations Bluebonnet Master reading list. Karen teaches writing workshops to both children and adults. She has been on the faculty at the Cape Cod Writers Center Conference and will be teaching next summer at the Chautauqua Writers' Center. You can reach Karen at her website: klday.com

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Some of the services I offer include: *Pitching help: how to write a pitch, how to target a pitch for a publication, how to identify markets and pitch those markets, feedback on specific pitches *Feedback on writing: whether it's an essay, a piece of reported journalism, or a work of literary non-fiction, I can offer feedback prior to submission and help guide the writing process *Freelance coaching: covers the basic how-to's of freelancing including setting financial goals, publication goals, and pitching goals; how to track income, log hours, and keep deadlines straight; how to establish and maintain relationships with editors *Sensitivity reading and writing tips on issues of gender, addiction, trauma *More: if you can conceive it, we can achieve it. Get in touch and let me know what you're looking for, and I can either find a way to help you myself, or try to refer you to someone who can

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance journalist, sports writer, and essayist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, espnW, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, BRIDES Magazine, Parents Magazine, Literary Hub, Narratively, Elle, Vogue, and more. In 2017, she won the Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Journalism for her work on racism in the Boston sports media scene. She is currently working on a non-fiction book about women and girls in football. Visit britnidlc.com for more.

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Cross-cultural, international, family, feminism, travel, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. 

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Jennifer De Leon is the author of the YA novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, forthcoming from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books), and the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). In 2017 De Leon was selected as a City of Boston Artist in Residence and in 2016, named Writer-in-Residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Before that, her short story, “Home Movie,” originally published in The Briar Cliff Review, was chosen as the One City, One Story pick for the Boston Book Festival. De Leon is now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a GrubStreet instructor and board member.

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I can be a supportive, sensitive critical reader for short stories of all kinds, literary fiction, work in which place, setting, and social or cultural context are essential; hybrid/cross-genre work; essays and stories about cities and suburbs, family and immigration; Spanglish narration and dialogue; writing that deals with art as subject matter, or writing in dialogue with art. I do literary translation from Spanish to English; and English/Spanish and Spanish/English non-literary translation. I'm a native Floridian and can help you nail Sunshine State-specific settings. My experience as an arts administrator and grantwriting consultant can be especially useful if you're developing applications and funding proposals for books, residencies, and community projects. I'm happy to work with writers struggling with ADHD and executive functioning difficulties.

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Denise Delgado is instructor, consultant, and Neighborhood Program Fellow at GrubStreet, teaching classes, including bilingual workshops in English and Spanish, and doing outreach in Boston neighborhoods and public libraries. She has facilitated creative writing and art workshops for adults and teens as well as socially-engaged arts projects at libraries, schools, museums, a prison and other community spaces since 1998.


Denise's fiction and critical work have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Inch, Hinchas de Poesía, Jai-Alai Magazine, 2040 Review, Fiction Writers Review, the anthology Florida Flash, and various contemporary art publications. Since 2010 she has organized the Free School for Writing, an itinerant classroom for literary craft talks and workshops. From 2005-2013 she worked for the Outreach Division of the Miami-Dade Public Library System as Curator for Art Services and Exhibitions and later, project director for the Vasari Project Archive. As a writer and multidisciplinary artist, Denise has received grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, Alternate ROOTS/The Ford Foundation, and Tigertail Productions’ Artist Access Program. Delgado received an MA in Media Studies from The New School and an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. She is currently at work a collection of linked short stories set in Miami and Cuba around two families connected through Operation Peter Pan.

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Literary fiction of any kind, with a special affinity for family relationships, coming-of-age stories, and period pieces.  I'm also interested in research-based non-fiction, long or short.

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Ursula DeYoung is an author living in Cambridge, MA. She earned a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in History from Oxford University. Her first non-fiction book, a biography of 19th-century physicist John Tyndall entitled A Vision of Modern Science, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. Her first novel, Shorecliff, was published by Little, Brown in 2013 and tells the story of a large family that gathers in Maine in the summer of 1928.

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Katie Dieter's fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including Atticus Review, FIELD, Juked, Phantom Drift, Pleiades, and Prairie Schooner. Her short fiction has been a finalist for Third Coast's 2015 Jaimy Gordon Prize as well as the 2017 Italo Calvino prize. She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, for Oberlin College's Winter Term, and in a variety of elementary and secondary education settings. She is currently working on her first novel and lives in Providence with her wife and son.

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I grew up in a little town north of Boston called Amesbury. I knew I wanted to write after reading "The Sun Also Rises" and "Their Eyes Were Watching God" the summer before my junior year in high school, and I knew how important writing could be after reading "Notes of a Native Son" and "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" some time during college. I studied writing and publishing at the University of Glasgow (MLitt, 2010), and I'm currently working as a freelance journalist. I mostly write about food and sport, and I sometimes write about art, photography, and politics. (Still thinking about writing a novel. Some day.) I live in Allston. I eat way too many dumplings.

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Literary, speculative, and experimental fictions. Critical, reflective, and political essays. Book-length manuscripts welcome.

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Jane Dykema’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Guernica, Electric Literature, Fanzine, the anthology, Cover Stories, and elsewhere. She’s a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from UMass Amherst, teaches writing at Clark University, and is a Program Assistant for the Disquiet International Literary Program.

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Xujun Eberlein is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer, as well as a literary translator. She is the author of Apologies Forthcoming, a short story collection that won the Tartts First Fiction Award and also a runner-up for the Drake Emerging Writer's Award. Her work has appeared in Agni, American Literary Review, Asia Literary Review, Brevity, Iron Horse, Meridian, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Night Train, Post Road, Prism International, Stand, StoryQuarterly, Walrus, and elsewhere. In addition to literary magazines, she also wrote for Foreign Policy, LA Review of Books, theAtlantic.com, and the New America Media. Prizes and honors she received for her writing include: winner of the American Literary Review's Creative Nonfiction Contest, notable mention in Best American Essays, Artist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, fiction scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, first prize winner of the Ledge Fiction Award, second prize in Literal Latte's Essay Awards, finalist in Narrative Magazine's story contest, special mention in The Pushcart Prize. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Emerson College. An excerpt from the memoir she's currently working on is forthcoming in AGNI.

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I'm interested in literary fiction of any kind, with particular interest in cross-cultural, international, and identity narratives. I'm also interested in high-concept, plot-driven or character-driven narratives, comedy or dramedy. I'm also available as a sensitivity reader. 

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"Jonathan,

 I love reading your feedback because you totally get it, and your insights are very meaningful."

- Marina Hatsopoulos

"Jonathan is a very thoughtful line-editor who also uses higher-level critique to suggest how stories can work better as a whole. I was particularly impressed by his ability to speak in my language and honor the worlds of my stories so acutely. His commentary gave my pieces the extra push I needed to get accepted into MFA programs, and he even followed up when I was worried I had cut a story down too small for a contest. Thanks, Jonathan!"

-David Schwartz

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Jonathan Escoffery's most recent honors include a Distinguished Story selection in Best American Short Stories 2018, a 2018 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and the 2016 Waasnode Fiction Prize. He has received fellowships and support from the Somerville Arts Council, The Writers' Room of Boston, Kimbilio Fiction, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Jonathan earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota where he was a DOVE Fellow, a COSP Fellow, an Anderson Center Fellow, and the Fiction Editor at Dislocate. He is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House artist retreat in Ashfield, MA. He has taught Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota, UMass Boston, the Red Wing Youth Correctional Facility, and Roxbury Open Studios. Jonathan's writing has been selected to appear in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, The Caribbean Writer, Passages North, Salt Hill Journal, Solstice Literary Magazine, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, and elsewhere. For a full listing of his publications and projects, please visit Jonathan’s Author Page.

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Since establishing Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank has had the pleasure of working with a dynamic and varied list, representing best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and of course one of her favorite kinds of client – the debut author. Tastes in novels tend toward literary fiction, international voices, and women’s voices. On the nonfiction side, books that tackle current events and topical and societal issues with a narrative treatment. She has a strong interest in women’s voices and class and race issues, quality lifestyle books (food, wine, design), memoir that goes beyond the me-moir, and humor, gift books, and pop culture. 

Authors and books represented by Fairbank Literary include: O. Henry Prize winner Charlotte Forbes; Ethan Gilsdorf, Pulitzer nominee & LA Times Cairo Bureau Chief Jeffrey Fleishman; Edgar winner Rex Burns, Matthew Frederick and his best-selling 101 Things I Learned series;  Eudora Welty prize winner Miroslav Penkov (East of the West), Jonathan McCullough’s A Tale Of Two Subs: An Untold Story Of World War II, Essayist Jessica Handler; New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich; Sharron Kahn Luttrell, author ofWeekends With Daisy. Humor and gift book clients include Chuck Sambuchino (How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack), Terry Border (Bent Objects empire), and Carl Warner (Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes).

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Mystery, suspense, true crime.

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Attorney Kate Flora's fourteen books include seven series mysteries, four gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller and two true crime books. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been filmed for TV. Death Dealer,a true crime involving a Canadian serial killer, is a 2015 Agatha and Anthony finalist. Flora's Joe Burgess police procedurals have won the 2013 and 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. She spent seven years as editor and publisher at Level Best Books. Flora is former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the Maine Crime Wave and New England Crime Bake conferences. She has taught writing at Brown, the Cape Cod Writers Conference, for the Maine Writers and Publishers Association, and at many national conferences. She teaches writing for Grub Street.

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Mark Fogarty has worked as a writer, director and editor on feature-length and short films and has made every kind of video imaginable from DJ tutorials to Pet Fashion Shows (yes, pet fashion shows).  He has recently completed his first novel.

As an actor, Mark has been in dozens of independent films and uses his knowledge of acting to inform his writing. Mark graduated from Emerson College with a degree in filmmaking, and runs a filmmaking program for High School students at Bishop Hendricken High School. He is also a frequent contributor to Motif magazine (www.motifri.com).

Mark is the Co-founder of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative (RIFC), a non-profit created to help local filmmakers find resources in the Ocean State. The RIFC has been involved in the production of dozens of films and has helped hundreds of filmmakers acquire the resources to get their films made. For more information, visit www.rifcfilms.com.

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Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editor's pick, an Amazon Best of 2018 (so far) pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut, an iBooks favorite, and more. Tessa spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and have appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden's Ferry Review, Autre, and elsewhere. Other work can be found in Glamour, The Believer, LitHub, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK], Brevity, and more. ​Raised outside San Francisco, Tessa got her MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Utah. She is the recipient of the University of Alabama’s 2012 graduate departmental awards in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and the 2013 awards in fiction and nonfiction. She has won the University of Utah’s Academic Fellowship and the University of Alabama’s National Alumni Fellowship, Boone Fellowship, Truman Capote Award and First-Year Teaching Award, and has recieved awards and fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Taft Nicholson Center, Writing by Writers, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and more. She has taught for the New York Times summer journeys, at the Universities of Alabama and Utah, in prisons in Alabama and Utah, and founded a Salt Lake City Writers in the Schools program. ​Around the country, she has performed her one-woman plays in theatres ranging from New York to San Francisco. The scar on her cheek from a 2am whip act is slowly fading.

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Kelly J. Ford is an Arkansas-bred, Boston-based writer. Her debut novel, Cottonmouths, was published by Skyhorse Publishing on June 6, 2017. She completed GrubStreet Writing Center's Novel Incubator program and is a contributor/editor for Dead Darlings, a writing-focused website. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. She is a freelance editor and software project manager with over 15 years' experience in industries such as higher education, technology, and publishing. 

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Memoir, personal essay, with themes of family, adolescence, mental health, loss; travel and food writing; fiction with a strong first-person voice. I’m drawn to writing that is lyrical but thematically taut, deeply honest, that blends scene with an introspective impulse. I’m also happy to consult on professional matters, such as fine-tuning MFA applications and submitting work to literary journals.

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Dorian Fox’s essays and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in December Magazine (as Honorable Mention in the 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards for Nonfiction), Under the Gum TreeGastronomicaAlimentumMonkeybicycle, Bright Lights Film Journal, and others. His work has also been shortlisted for awards by PloughsharesPhoebe and Bellingham Review. He received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Emerson College and has lived and worked in Boston for many years.

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I love to work with students on book-length manuscripts, chapbooks, packets of poems for submissions and applications, or individual poems. I am also available to consult with writers who want to learn how to navigate the literary magazine or book submission process. I also look forward to mentoring students through graduate school applications and academic job applications. I have experience mentoring many writers through the academic job market process. Such career guidance can include helping applicants navigate the entire process, providing feedback on application materials, and helping applicants prepare for interviews.

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Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of two poetry collections, The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon 2016) and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her third collection, Sometimes We're All Living n a Foreign Country, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in October 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, New England Review, Guernica, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and fellowships from such places as the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Writers’ Room of Boston, and the Mississippi Arts Commission. She holds a BA from Vassar College, an MFA from Emerson College, and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Cincinnati. She has previously taught at Emerson College and at the Center for Writers, the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series. Co-founder and editor of the literary magazine Memorious.org, she is the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence at Brandeis University.

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Sara Freeman is a Montreal-born fiction writer. She graduated with an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she was a Writing Fellow and Teaching Fellow and the 2013 winner of the Henfield Prize. During her time at Columbia, she interned in the fiction department at The New Yorker. Her stories have been featured in the Canadian general interest magazine Maisonneuve, where she was also the 2nd place winner of their yearly fiction competition. Her story in Joyland was voted 'most-read.' She has taught writing in Columbia's University Writing Program, in the Columbia High School Program and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. She has received scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Workshop, and was awarded a residency at Catwalk, in Catskill, New York. In her work, she examines the particularities of living between languages, exile and solitude, and the slippery nature of self. She is at work on her second novel, The Lining.

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Shari’s screenplays include LOW AND OUTSIDE (2015 quarterfinalist: Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, Austin Film Festival, & Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competitions) and GAP YEAR (2014 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.) Both were previously optioned. Shari is currently a reader for the Austin Film Festival. 

Shari’s plays have been produced at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Warner International Playwrights’ Festival, the New Works Festival, and Our Voices. THE DRIVING LESSON, is published in New World Theatre’s ‘A Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues.’ (2018) I JUST LOVE THAT KEITH URBAN is published in Smith & Kraus’ ‘The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017’. BANG FOR THE BUCK is published in Smith & Kraus’ ‘The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015’. 


Shari received her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Stage & Screen from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she is now a member of the adjunct faculty. She is also the creator/producer of the annual TNT! - Totally New Theater playwrights' Collective and Festival.

 

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Nicole Galland's professional life straddles stage and page. Her debut novel, The Fool's Tale, was a "Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers" pick, and The Rise and Fall of DODO, co-written with Neal Stephenson, was a New York Times bestseller. Her other historical novels include Revenge of the Rose; I, Iago; Godiva; and Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade. She has also written 2 contemporary novels, Stepdog and On The Same Page, and is grateful that HarperCollins publishes all of her work even as she jumps between genres. Theatrically, she is former Literary Manager of the renowned Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and has worked extensively as a dramaturg, including on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. She is also co-founder/director of Shakespeare for the Masses at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, now in its 11th year. She has lived in many wonderful places, but also in LA, from whence she ran screaming shortly after her first screenplay won an award and was endlessly optioned, but never made. When she has time, she write a tongue-in-cheek advice column, MV Ps & Qs, for the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Ellen Gandt has an MA from Hollins University and an MFA from the University of Alabama. She has taught research, expository, business, and creative writing. Several years ago, after she had a story published in the New Orleans Review, she left teaching and joined a publishing house in Boston. She has spent years producing creative fiction and non-fiction and helping professionals of all kinds to write more effectively.

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Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist working as a novelist, playwright, and journalist. Her debut novel, White Light, was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, Al Día, Flavorwire, and NBC Latino. As a journalist, feature writer, and essayist, her pieces have appeared in The LA Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, The Southern Humanities Review, The Art Basel Magazine, and The Rumpus, among numerous other publications. She’s also a Huffington Post blogger. Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the world. These include The Cuban Spring (a full-length Carbonell Award nominee for Best New Play, 2015) and The Crocodile’s Bite (a short included in numerous anthologies such as Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016; the City Theatre Anthology 2015; and the Writer’s Digest Annual Award Anthology, 2015). Garcia holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine in English (with a focus in Creative Nonfiction), an MFA from the University of Miami (in fiction), and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (English and Art History). She's also currently Assistant Editor at The Miami Rail.

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Annette Gendler is the author of Jumping Over Shadows, the memoir of a German-Jewish love that overcame the burdens of the Holocaust. Her writing and photography have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, Kveller, Bella Grace and Artful Blogging, among others. She served as the 2014–2015 writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois, and has been teaching memoir writing at StoryStudio Chicago since 2006. She also teaches memoir workshops around the country and abroad, such as at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, the Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park, WriteSpace Jerusalem and the Writing Pad in Tel Aviv.

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Former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie Gibson received his MFA from New England College. He's lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba and Europe– most recently at Teatro Binario 7 in Milan, Italy. In 2008 as a representative of the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. Himself and his work appear in "love jones" a feature-film based on events in his life. He's been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and nominated for a Boston Emmy. He's a recipient of both the Walker Scholarship for poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and a YMCA Writer's fellowship. He's been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard's Divinity Magazine and The Iowa Review among others. His volume of poems Storms Beneath the Skin received the Golden Pen Award. In 2010 Regie received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry and the 2010-11 Lexington Education Foundation Program Grant. He performs regularly with his literary music ensemble Neon JuJu.

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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 travel, pop culture, geek culture, fantasy/science fiction; subcultures; overcoming family/medical trauma; childhood, adolescence.

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, and writing nonfiction book proposals. 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 serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Boston Book Festival Program Committee and is 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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Ani Gjika is an Albanian-born poet, literary translator, teacher, and author of Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. She moved to the US when she was 18, earning an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her translation from the Albanian of Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku is due in 2018 from Bloodaxe in the UK and New Directions in the US. Her honours include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, Framingham State University’s Miriam Levine Reader Award, English PEN Translates Award, and the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize. Gjika's own poetry appears in Seneca Review, Salamander, Plume, From the Fishouse and elsewhere. Her translations from the Albanian appear in World Literature Today, Ploughshares, AGNI Online, Catamaran Literary Reader, Two Lines Online, From the Fishouse and elsewhere. 

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Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary SCREEN QUEENS (Razorbill, June 11, 2019) and the contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan) and sequel, Circle of Jinn). You can check out her editorial services here and visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

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Kat Gonso's stories have been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, New Flash Fiction Review, Hobart, Gravel, Corium, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and various other journals and anthologies. She was the 2017 winner of the Gover Flash Fiction Prize and is featured in Best New Writing. Her flash piece "A Pinch of Salt" won the Southeast Review's World's Best Short-Short Story Contest. She earned her MFA in fiction at Emerson College. Kat teaches writing at Northeastern University.

 

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Vero González is a queer femme-inist writer and translator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She lives in Boston, where she is working on a hybrid book about intergenerational trauma, colonialism, and healing.

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torrin a. greathouse (she/her or they/them) is a genderqueer trans womxn & cripple-punk from Southern California. They are the author of two chapbooks, boy/girl/ghost (TAR Chapbook Series, 2018) & Therǝ is a Case That I Ɐm (Damaged Goods, 2017). Their work is published/forthcoming in POETRY, The New York Times, Muzzle, Poets.org, Redivider, BOAAT , Waxwing , & The Rumpus. She is the winner of the Peseroff Poetry Prize, F(r)iction Poetry Prize, & the Sundog Lit Collaboration Contest with Linette Reeman. When they are not writing, their hobbies include awkwardly drinking coffee at parties & trying to find some goddamn size 13 heels.

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I'm interested in and can offer constructive feedback on all forms of poetry: lyric, narrative, formal, experimental, etc. I have particular expertise in the emotional arc and thematic sequencing of a poetry manuscript. I'm most excited by poetry that is imagistic, urgently voiced, makes language both strange and beautiful, and situates a speaker in a sociopolitical/ecological context.

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Sarah Green is the author of Earth Science (421 Atlanta, 2016). Her previous chapbook, Skeleton Evenings (Finishing Line Press, 2015) won the 2014 New Women’s Voices prize. Poems of hers have appeared in Best New Poets 2012, the Incredible Sestina Anthology, Pleiades, FIELD, Passages North, Mid-American Review, Gettysburg Review, Redivider, Ruminate, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize winner, she holds both an MFA and Ph.D. in Poetry. Sarah has 14 years of creative writing teaching experience, in settings ranging from higher ed (Oberlin College, Emerson College) to nonprofits (Grub Street, The Loft Literary Center) to artists' retreats in France and Italy. Enthusiastic about engaging with students at all experience levels and coming from all styles, as an instructor she emphasizes play, intuition, precision, and musicality. She is currently compiling a multi-genre anthology called Welcome To The Neighborhood.

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Upmarket fiction, memoir, young adult, nonfiction health, education, psychology, with a focus on the depth and complexities of relationships, mental health, medical trauma, childhood, adolescence, family. I'm especially interested in helping writers find the right structure for their projects and dig to the heart of the emotional narratives that drive their work. 

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Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin's Press), and the nonfiction guides, Let's Talk About it: Adolescent Mental Health (SixOneSeven Books) and Negotiation Generation (Penguin). In addition to teaching at Grub Street, Lynne teaches in the graduate program of family studies at Wheelock College. She is the family life contributor for Boston's Fox Morning News and writes for Psychology Today. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in Slate, Brain, Child, Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, Psychology Today, The Writer, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Drum Literary Magazine, Parents Magazine, and more. For more about Lynne's work, visit her website www.LynneGriffin.com.

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Cynthia Gunadi’s fiction appears in Hayden's Ferry Review and New South Journal, and has received honorable mentions from Glimmer Train and The Masters Review. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from Vermont Studio Center, Kundiman, The Writers Room of Boston, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories. Cynthia has an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and an M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. When she’s not writing, she’s designing as principal of GLD Architecture.

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Shalene Gupta has a BA in writing seminars and psychology from Johns Hopkins and an MS from Columbia Journalism School. In the past Shalene was a reporter on Fortune where she wrote about the intersection of diversity and tech. She also reviewed books for Kirkus. Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, ESPN-W, The New Straits Times, GoKunming.com, The Jakarta Post, and Mint. Before working as a reporter, she taught English in Malaysia on a Fulbright scholarship and wrote a book documenting the history of the Malaysian Fulbright program. She's currently working on a book on trust and business for Harvard Business School, and a YA novel.

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My literary interests include sci-fi, fantasy, YA, and most speculative fiction in short or long form. I'm very passionate about accurate representation of gender, race, sexuality, and ability in fiction, so I'm especially interested in narratives that want to develop their female, queer, poc, and disabled characters. I want to help genre writers find that balance between complex worldbuilding and accessibility for your readers. I can also be a resource for your personal writing goals and habits, for example if you want to have monthly/weekly check ins and discuss your work in progress and get continuous feedback. I can also help you submit to literary magazines, especially for speculative fiction. If you have writer's block or are stuck at any stage in the writing process I can help get you through that and come up with tangible steps forward to continue your work!

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Marcella is a writer, dancer, and assistant pig keeper who writes speculative and feminist fiction and poetry. She studied Creative Writing and Linguistics at Arcadia University, where she also taught several classes on the Hero's Journey and Women's Comedic Memoirs. She was a founder and editor of Quiddity lit mag, a Nanowrimo Come Write In Coordinator, and a teacher at Breakthrough Philadelphia and the Nationalities Service Center of Philadelphia. She received a Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Fellowship and was a finalist for the Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.

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Kit Haggard earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence and her MFA from Emerson College. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming with The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature, and The Masters Review, among other places; critical essays on queer literature and fabulism have appeared in a number of outlets. Haggard is the recipient of the St. Botolph Emerging Artists Award, the Rex Warner Prize, and the Nancy Lynn Schwartz Prize for Fiction. She currently teaches at Emerson College.

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Tracy Hahn-Burkett is a writer and former public policy advocate. She founded the adoption and parenting blog, Uncharted Parent, contributes to the fiction-writing blog, Writer Unboxed, and has published dozens of essays, stories, articles, and reviews in places like The Drum, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, The Washington Post’s On Parenting, and Adoptive Families magazine. A recipient of a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, she is currently working on her first novel. Before turning to creative writing, Tracy served as a member of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl’s Judiciary Committee staff, clerked in the U.S. Department of Justice under the U.S. Attorney General’s Honors Program, and was Deputy and Acting Director of Public Policy for the civil rights and civil liberties nonprofit, People For the American Way. She also worked in post-Communist Czechoslovakia, teaching English and coordinating Western assistance programs for the Federal Assembly and the Czech National Council.

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Hanna Halperin Goldstein is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her stories have appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, New Ohio Review, Joyland Magazine and The Adirondack Review and received recognition from Glimmer Train. She has taught Creative Writing workshops as well as mentored aspiring writers and given individual consultations on works-in-progress. She is currently finishing revisions on her first novel.

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Paul Haney is a poet, essayist, journalist, songwriter, and cat guy. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Nonfiction from Emerson College ('17) and an MA in Literature from Florida State University ('12). Currently, he's working on two different books: a hybrid-essay collection in conversation with Bob Dylan's studio albums, and a travel memoir recalling a summer spent bumbling around the U.S. via Amtrak. His work has appeared in Slate, Fourth Genre, Sweet, Essay Daily, the Boston Globe Magazine, the Tallahassee Democrat, and many more places. He enjoys coffee-shop hopping, and his wallet bulges with punch cards. Nothing like getting that tenth one free.

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I read widely across genres, so I would love to help with your literary fiction, your fantasy, your mysteries, and your “I’m not sure what to call this yet.” I love working on novel manuscripts and I am obsessed with the construction of linked short story collections. I also love working on individual short stories and helping clients submit to literary magazines. I am interested in fiction for both adult and young adult markets. I especially love dark comedy, and work that walks the line between the real and the fantastic. I could talk forever about the MFA degree, and I am always happy to help with the dreaded statement of purpose.

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Annie Hartnett is the author of Rabbit Cake, which was selected as an Indies Introduce title and an Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association, as well as an Amazon Best Book of the Month (March). Rabbit Cake received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal, was People magazine’s Book of the Week, and The Boston Globe called it “darkly funny and soulful.” Annie is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alabama, and she was the 2013-2014 Writer-in-Residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She has received awards and honors from the Bread Loaf School of English, McSweeney’s and Indiana Review. She is currently at work on her second novel. Annie lives in Providence, RI with her husband and their border collie.

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Mike Harvkey is the author of the novel, In the Course of Human Events, and a graduate Bingham Fellow of the Columbia University MFA program in fiction. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Salon, The Believer, Poets & Writers, Nylon, Zoetrope All-Story Magazine, Mississippi Review and other publications and journals. A former Deputy Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, Mike teaches creative writing in Boston and New York City.

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Calvin Hennick’s travel writing has been published in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Club Traveler, Budget Travel, SmarterTravel.com, Yahoo Travel, Northshore, WestJet, Cape Cod Travel Guide, and elsewhere. Recent assignments have taken him to Costa Rica, Tuscany, Iceland, Barbados, and Curacao. He prefers aisle seats

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Edwin Hill is the author of Little Comfort (Kensington) the first in the Hester Thursby mystery series. He has also written for Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. After attending Wesleyan University, he headed west to San Francisco for the original dotcom boom. Later, he returned to Boston, earned an MFA from Emerson College, and switched gears to work in educational publishing, where he currently serves as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin’s, a division of Macmillan. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their yellow lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.

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Julie Lekstrom Himes' short fiction has been published in Shenandoah, The Florida Review (Editor's Choice Award 2008), Fourteen Hills (nominated for Best American Mysteries 2011), Mid-American Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Mikhail and Margarita, was published in 2017 by Europa Editions and received the Center For Fiction First Novel Prize of 2017. A Grubbie for years, she credits GrubStreet with helping her to take herself seriously as a writer.
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Coaching authors in developing marketing and event strategies for their book(s). I have worked with authors of all genres and publishing paths, with a concentration in children's book and YA authors.

I also coach pre-published authors on how to think about their brand, social media platforms, and marketing connections as part of their career goals.

As a reader (and writer) I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, literary fiction, short stories, children's and young adult literature, food writing, and personal essay. I am currently available for full manuscript reviews/consults in these genres.
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Allison Pottern Hoch is a writer and event coach with over eight years of experience in marketing, publicity, sales, and event planning. She spent four years promoting academic titles at The MIT Press before she went to work for Wellesley Books as a bookseller and event coordinator. She organized, hosted, and promoted over 150 events during her tenure, ranging in size from intimate workshops and lunches to multi-media events with over 700 attendees. She worked with veteran authors, celebrities, and debut authors alike. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University where she coordinated the Adamson Visiting Writers series. Allison is currently working on her first novel and teaching courses on writing and marketing at Grub Street and The Writer's Loft. For more information on her workshops and coaching services, visit http://events.pottern.com
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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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Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror/Suspense, Travel Writing, Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. I've worked with and enjoy all themes, though rural stories, or stories of big landscapes and strong voices, stories where characters might get a little muddy, are often my favorite. Still, the quick-witted urbanite with philosophical leanings can trip my trigger too. It's all about the writing for me.

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Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read." Her second novel, Bottomland, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in March 2016. She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. For more, go to www.michelle-hoover.com.

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BLAIR HURLEY received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. Her stories are published or forthcoming in West Branch, Mid-American Review, Washington Square, Hayden's Ferry Review, Descant, Fugue, and elsewhere. She has received a Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her debut novel, THE DEVOTED, is due in August 2018 from WW Norton & Company.

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Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is the author of the bestselling crime novel Wrong Place, Wrong Time, which won the Beverly Hills Book Award.  Her next novel, Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café, received Honorable Mention in the London Book Festival.  Her short stories often appear in The Flash Fiction Press, and she has contributed to fiction and nonfiction anthologies.  Tilia is a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition in San Francisco, and a book reviewer for IndieReader.com.  She sits on the board of Mystery Writers of America (New England chapter).  Tilia holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a secondary school teaching certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has taught middle school, high school, and college, and works as an instructor for Grub Street in Boston.  Tilia’s most rewarding educational experience has been, and continues to be, teaching inmates in the Massachusetts state prison system.
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Gina James is a die-hard story teller and can be found managing development and operations at the Public Radio Exchange in Cambridge, MA. She is both a MOTH Story Slam winner and producer as well as a self-published author. Gina is an oral-history-gatherer, mom, friend, coach, sister, daughter, aunt, long-time Grub Street fan, and a genuine lover of the spoken word.

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Drew Jameson is a teacher and writer, originally from Concord, MA. He has been working with teens at Grub Street since 2009. His teaching experience includes reading fundamentals, creative writing, literature, special education, and English as a second language at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He earned his BA in English from Reed College, and his M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2003 he won the fiction contest of the IdeaFestival at the University of Kentucky. His short story “Drown” appeared in the April 2011 installment of The Drum. Currently, he is working on a dark fantasy novel for young readers. He lives with his wife and daughter in central Massachusetts.
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Brionne Janae is a Southern California native who came to Boston to get an MFA at Emerson College.  While in California, Brionne received her B.A. at U.C. Berkeley where she was a Student Teacher Poet in the Poetry for the People class/movement. As an STP Brionne had the privilege of teaching, learning and writing poetry within a “beloved community” inspired and developed by the late June Jordan. Brionne is currently an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. Her work as a poet has been published or is forthcoming in Plume, Apogee JournalToe Good Poetry, Redivider, Fjords Review, and others. Brionne is also the winner of the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest at the Comstock Review, and a Cave Canem Fellow. 

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Susan X Jane’s mission is to help people understand the ways that media affects how they see themselves and the world, especially around concepts of race, class and gender. She has been a speaker and trainer for educators and community activists, providing tools and strategies for using media education to combat racism and sexism. She worked for 18 years with youth in the community, supporting youth empowerment through organizing and youth media where she developed curriculum to teach critical media literacy and racial justice to middle and high school students before building a unique communications major at Wheelock College. As the director of the Communications and Media Literacy program at Wheelock, she has taught undergraduate courses in critical media analysis, media literacy and production, blogging, and using media for social change. Susan currently blogs at smntks.com (pronounced semantics) and offers diversity and inclusion services to organizations seeking to create a more equitable workplace and world

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Daniel Johnson is the author of How to Catch a Falling Knife, published by Alice James Books. Currently, he is working on his second collection titled In the Absence of Sparrows, which explores his nearly twenty-year friendship with American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in Syria in 2014. Johnson’s poetry has been featured on National Public Radio, PBS News Hour, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, The Iowa Review, The Boston Review, and I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio. From 2007 to 2016, he served as the founding executive director of 826 Boston, a youth writing center in Roxbury's Egleston Square, which is part of the national network founded by writer Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari.

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Tatiana is a MFA candidate in poetry at Emerson College. She is the 2018 Gish Jen Fellowship awardee at the Writers' Room of Boston and 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI nominee. Her writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma and what it means to heal. She feels especially good when someone tells her that they felt something by reading her work. Her first collection of poems “for the love of black girls” was released in July 2017. She has been published in Fog Machine, Hypertrophic Press, Maps for Teeth Magazine, Madcap Review and Broad! Magazine and has performed at the Boston Poetry Slam and the Bowery Poetry Club.

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Nadine Kenney Johnstone is the author of the memoir, Of This Much I'm Sure, which was named Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association. Her infertility story has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Today’s Parent, MindBodyGreen, Metro, and Chicago Health Magazine, among others. She teaches at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her other work has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Chicago Magazine, PANK, and The Magic of Memoir. Nadine is a writing coach who presents at conferences internationally. She lives near Chicago with her family.
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Ben writes darkly funny stories about good people doing bad things, and modern riffs on classic tales. Fragile Thing Cracks was developed in readings at Argos Productions (MA), as well at Panndora Productions (CA), who presented the world premiere in April of 2014. Acadiana Rep commissioned and produced Carol: A Broken Chain, and produced the regional premiere of Fragile Thing Cracks and a developmental production of Medea of the Big Box Store; the Delta Grand Theatre commissioned and debuted Something-Summer Might-Have-Been. Communion and Cain + Abel were both developed by The Wilbury Group; Haunted was a finalist for Sanguine Theatre’s Project Playwright (NYC), and was developed there in a workshop this spring. His one-act plays have appeared at Little Fish Theatre (CA), the Boston Theatre Marathon (MA), and elsewhere. The Resurrectionists won the judges’ award for best script at the 2014 Silver Spring Stage Company’s one act play festival (MD). Cold was developed in readings and workshops at The Wilbury Group, Ivy Theatre Trellis Project, Newburyport Actor's Theatre, and Hollins Plawrights lab, and it is been named a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, a finalist for the Woodward and Newman Award, and winner of the David L. Shelton award. Ben earned a B.A. in Writing from SNHU and studied at the 2012 Stony Brook Playwrights Conference, and is currently an MFA candidate at Hollins Playwright's Lab. He was winner of a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Dramatic Writing Fellowship, and has held residences with The Wilbury Theatre Group and Acadiana Rep.

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Literary travel writing, literary fiction, memoir, fiction with travel themes, exoticism, GLBT literature, alternative forms of prose. As an editor, I am interested in helping writers find the tightest structure for their short-form work and addressing ways to tell story through scene.

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Alden Jones is the author of  The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award and named the Best Travel Book of 2013 by the  Huffington Post; and  Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the New American Fiction Prize and the Lascaux Book Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in AGNI, Time Out New York, The Believer, The Rumpus, Post Road, the Barcelona Review, the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, The Smart Set, Gulf Coast, and the Best American Travel Writing. Alden has traveled widely, including as a Visiting Professor of English on Semester at Sea, a Cuban Culture Expert for Royal Caribbean Cruises, and a WorldTeach volunteer in Costa Rica. With Grub instructor Tim Weed, she founded and directs the Cuba Writers Program. She teaching creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College and is a Core Faculty member in the Newport MFA Program.

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Daphne Kalotay is the author, most recently, of the novel Sight Reading (HarperCollins 2013)—a Boston Globe bestseller also available or forthcoming in multiple foreign editions. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday) was short-listed for the Story Prize and includes work first published in Agni, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and Good Housekeeping, among others. Her award-winning debut novel, Russian Winter (Harper 2010), an international bestseller, has been translated into twenty languages. Her nonfiction has appeared in Poets & Writers magazine and Tottenville Review. Daphne holds a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literary and an MFA in Creative Writing and has received fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bogliasco Foundation. She has taught at Boston University, Skidmore College, Middlebury College, and the Harvard Extension School and is available for one-on-one consultation through Grub Street. More information at www.daphnekalotay.com or www.facebook.com/DaphneKalotay

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Marjan Kamali’s debut novel Together Tea (EccoBooks/HarperCollins) was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. It has been translated into several languages and was recently adapted for the stage. Marjan graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia University and an MFA from NYU. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her stories appear in the anthologies Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been and Tremors. Her essays appear in The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Marjan grew up in Turkey, Iran, Germany, Kenya and NYC and has spent her adult life in Switzerland, Australia and the U.S. She taught writing at Boston University and currently teaches at GrubStreet. Her second novel, The Stationery Shop, will be published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster in 2019.

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Laura Kiesel is a freelance writer whose feature articles, op-eds, and essays have appeared in many media outlets including The Atlantic, The Guardian, Salon, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Self and Narratively. She currently blogs about having chronic pain for Harvard Health Publications. In 2016, she founded the nonprofit project Writing for Survival, which offers writing workshops and one-on-one mentoring for at-risk youth. She lives in Arlington.

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My tastes are broad--everything from the classics to sci-fi. Some of my favorite authors include Sherman Alexie, Tan Twan Eng, Khaled Hosseini, Cheryl Strayed, George Saunders, Lois Lowry, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Sacks, Eowyn Ivey, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Barry Lopez, Roxane Gay, Clint Smith, and many more! (It's cruel to make me choose, and even this list seems terribly short to do justice to all the great writers out there.) I'm a greedy reader who wants to read anything and everything, and I love surprises. So surprise me.

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Eson Kim serves as the Director of Community and Youth Programs at GrubStreet, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her stories have appeared in Calyx Journal, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, among others. She received a Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and earned the David B. Saunders Award for creative nonfiction. She was also named to the Notable list of Best American Essays. She's appeared on Radio Boston's Summer Reads series and Stories from the Stage (WGBH). She loves any opportunity to talk about books for all ages.

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Douglas Koziol is a writer and teacher living in Boston. He received his MFA in fiction from Emerson College, where he currently teaches in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department. His writing has appeared in The Millions, Lunch Ticket, CounterPunch, Crack the Spine, Driftwood Press, and theEEEL, among other venues. He is at work on his first novel.

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Ying-Ju grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and graduated from Wesleyan University with degrees in German Literature and Psychology. She also completed her MFA in creative writing at Boston University. She previously taught at BU and Northeastern University. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Ploughshares, Literay Hub, and Threshold Journal. She is a recipient of fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and Wesleyan Writer's Conference.

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I love writing that features contradictory characters, humor, a strong voice, and/or political concerns (particularly matters of race and ethnicity). Emotional complexity and power is my first aim. I have a sharp eye for line-level mechanics, and often find that large issues in fiction can be addressed through quite tiny adjustments of language, syntax, and the sequence of passages.

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Sonya Larson joined GrubStreet in 2005, and helped to grow the organization from offering 80 classes a year to over 600. Since then she has managed GrubStreet's many and proliferating programs, and served as Program Director for several years.

     Now, as the Director of the Muse and Advocacy, Sonya oversees the staff, organization, sponsorship, and execution of GrubStreet's annual conference of 800+ writers, guest authors, literary agents, editors, and publishing innovators. She also spearheads Grub's efforts to expand access to classes and services for writers of historically marginalized backgrounds. Sonya also represents GrubStreet at conferences nationwide, including AWP, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Book Expo America. 

     Sonya's short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2017, American Short Fiction, The American Literary ReviewPoets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle, Audible.com, West Branch, Salamander, Memorious, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Del Sol Review, The Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. She has received awards and honors from Best American Short Stories 2017 and 2015, the Pushcart Prize, Glimmer Train, Meridian, Salamander, the American Literary Review, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is at work on a novel about a Chinese community living in rural Mississippi in the 1930s, which earned her an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. In 2016 and 2018 she was awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center.

     Sonya received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as editor of The Madison Review, and her MFA in fiction from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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Leslie Lawrence is a recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. She has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a variety of venues including The Boston Globe Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Literary Mama, Cognoscenti, and The Massachusetts Review. Her essay, "At The Donkey Hotel," was a finalist in Solstice's Nonfiction contest. Her collection, The Death of Fred Astaire--And Other Essays From a Life Outside the Lines, came out from SUNYPress in 2016 and was a finalist in the Foreward Indie Book Award for Memoir. To read about her experience debuting late in life, go to https://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/writers_notebook_view/281 Leslie has been teaching in the Boston area for more than 30 years. She lives in Cambridge and does improvisational dancing several times a week.

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I'm interested in literary fiction, complex characters, international settings, and political novels. My background as a former academic roots me in the long tradition of the novel, so I can offer good guidance to writers working with novel form either to tweak or modify established structures. I'm also especially interested in coaching writing and can work with writers to help them devise short-term and long-term motivational plans.

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Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel The Clover House was published by Ballantine Books in April 2013 and was a Boston Globe best-seller and a Target Emerging Authors pick. Her work has appeared in publications including ELLE, Narrative Magazine, Salamander, the New England Review, The Millions, The New York Times online, and the Huffington Post. She is the founding editor of The Drum, an online literary magazine publishing short fiction and essays exclusively in audio form. Find her older Grub Daily posts by searching for Henriette Lazaridis Power.

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Identity, sense of place, writing about the Midwest/regional writing, sports writing, gay and lesbian topics, coming of age, Jewish identity and culture. Performance pieces (i.e. spoken word and developing a one-person show), consulting on self-publishing. 

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Judah Leblang is a Boston-based writer, teacher and storyteller. His radio essays have appeared on almost 200 NPR and ABC-network stations around the US, and on several college and community radio stations. His column, "Life in the Slow Lane," appears regularly in Bay Windows, a Boston-area newspaper. The second edition of his memoir, "Finding My Place: One Man's Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond," was published in 2013.

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Vanessa Lewis is a Boston area digital content creator and novelist. In addition to her own writing projects, Vanessa has been providing writing, coaching and editing services to aspiring writers for over four years. Vanessa especially enjoys helping writers to develop an online platform and social media presence to promote new work and engage with their fans. You may learn more about her services at www.byvanessalewis.com

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Yara Liceaga-Rojas is a Puerto Rican poet/performer, cultural administrator and educator. She is a 2018 Cambridge Arts grantee for curating/coordinating the multi-disciplinary artists performance series Poetry Is Busy: Visible Caribe Series, and NEFAs' Creative City program grantee for her literary project Acentos espesos/Thick Accents. Recently, her work has been published in the anthologies Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2018) and Isla Escrita: Antología de la Poesía de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana (Amargord Ediciones, 2018).  Former Buscapié columnist at El Nuevo Día newspaper, she has three poetry books: Cielo Riel (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017), Época Opaca (Atarraya Cartonera, 2015), and El Mundo No Es Otra Cosa (La Secta de los Perros Editores, 2014). She has given creative writing, perforpoetry, and visual poetry workshops at The City School, Dorchester, MA; The Puerto Rican Museum of Contemporary Art, Santurce, PR; and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan and Ponce, PR, among others.

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Zyanya Avila Louis received her MFA in Fiction from Emerson College and now teaches in their First Year Writing Program. In her time working with students at Emerson, she as developed a passion for working with international students, multilingual students, and other diverse student populations, which is born from being bilingual herself. She loves writing and reading fiction and non-fiction, and occasionally enjoys poetry. Zyanya was born and raised in El Paso, TX and now lives in Quincy, MA with her husband and her growing library of books.

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Nina MacLaughlin has written for the Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Believer, Bookslut, the Daily Beast, the Rumpus, Boston Magazine, and elsewhere. She writes a weekly column on New England literary news for the Boston Globe, and her book, HAMMER HEAD: THE MAKING OF A CARPENTER, about leaving her journalism job to learn the carpentry trade, came out in 2015 from W.W. Norton, has been translated into four languages, and was a finalist for the New England Book Award. She lives in Cambridge.

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Literary, mystery, and particularly experimental fictions, loosely defined. 

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Ron MacLean's novel HEADLONG won the 2014 Indie Book Award for Best Mystery. Ron's other books are the story collection Why the Long Face? (2008), and the novel Blue Winnetka Skies (2004). His short fiction has appeared in GQ, Greensboro Review, Prism International, Night Train, Other Voices and other quarterlies. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. He holds a Doctor of Arts from the University at Albany, SUNY, and has been a proud part of team Grub since 2004.

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Steve Macone studied journalism at Boston University and has worked as a contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing and reporting have also appeared in the New York Times, American Scholar, Atlantic, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Morning News, VICE, and Salon.com. His writing has been featured on NPR, Comedy Central, Longreads, and received notable essay mentions in The Best American Essays series. In 2015, he was named one of the Top 100 Comics in the country on Last Comic Standing.

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JR Mahung is a Belizean-American poet from the South Side of Chicago. He is an MFA Candidate at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, a 2017 Emerging Poet’s Incubator Fellow, and a founding member of the Plantain Collective. His poetry is published or forthcoming in Moko Literary Magazine, Maps for Teeth, WusGood, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. JR resides in Boston where he helps organize the Louder than a Bomb MA youth poetry slam and The Plantain Collection, a poetry reading and conversation series for writers of diaspora. His second collection of poems “Since When He Have Wings” is forthcoming on Pizza Pi Press. JR’s mixtape is not for sale but he’ll ask you to buy it anyways.

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Jess Mann is a writer and an overthinker from a long line of storytellers. At an early age, she remembers wanting to tell stories of her own, but teachers didn't like her talking all through class, and her friends sighed and rolled their eyes a lot, when she was yelling tales at them, so she began to write them down to keep from forgetting them. Jess now writes a lot of stories down. She has a BFA from the University of Maine, and is currently at work on her MFA at Goddard College. She has also managed to publish some of her tales in publications like The Sandy River Review, Paige Leaves, and contributed to the book Baking By Hand.

She is excited to meet all members of the storytelling tribe, and will never roll her eyes and sigh at anyone.

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Genre fiction that has literary heft and/or that attempts to break genre conventions. Literary fiction that is character-motivated but also plot-driven. The application of techniques from playwriting and screenwriting to prose fiction.

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Michael Marano is a horror and dark science fiction writer whose first novel, Dawn Song, won the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano's new and reprinted short fiction, was named one of the Top Ten Horror Publications of 2011 by Booklist. His supernatural crime novella "Displacement" was nominated for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Stories From the Plague Years was reprinted in 2012 by ChiZine Publications of Toronto, who reprinted Dawn Song in 2014, which will be followed by two sequels, A Choir of Exiles and Winter Requiem

Since 1990, he has also been reviewing movies for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International. Mike's pop culture commentary has appeared in many national publications. Marano is also a beginning circus performer, developing and choreographing narrative aerial pieces for the trapeze and lyra based on the works of J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick.

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Andrew Martin is the author the novel Early Work (FSG, July 2018) and a forthcoming collection of short stories. His fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Zyzzyva, and Tin House online, and his essays and criticism have been published by the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. He received his MFA from the University of Montana.

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Vanessa Mártir is a NYC based writer, educator and mama. She is the creator of the #52essays2017 challenge, and founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop, which she teaches in NYC. Vanessa is currently completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and chronicles the journey in her blog: vanessamartir.blog. A five-time VONA/Voices and two-time Tin House fellow, Vanessa's essays and fiction have appeared in The Butter, Poets & Writers Magazine, Kweli Journal, As/Us Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, and the VONA/Voices Anthology, Dismantle, among others. Vanessa has penned a novel, Woman's Cry (Augustus Publishing, 2007), and has served as guest editor of Aster(ix) Journal and The James Franco Review. When she's not writing, you can find her either on a dance floor, in a gym punching a bag or in the woods hugging a tree.

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Anneli Matheson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from City University in Hong Kong. Her short work has been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, 5x5 Literary Magazine and the Lowestoft Chronicle, among others. Before she moved to Boston in 2015 Anneli worked as an Associate Editor and Director of Special Projects for Black Lawrence Press. In addition to reading heaps of great submissions in fiction and nonfiction, she co-edited a poetry anthology cookbook titled Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner (Black Lawrence Press). Anneli loves working with young writers and teaching generative, fun, challenging classes at Grub Street.
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Stacy Mattingly is coauthor with Ashley Smith of the New York Times bestseller UNLIKELY ANGEL, an Atlanta hostage story now a feature film, CAPTIVE. Stacy’s work has appeared in the Oxford American, EuropeNow, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and elsewhere. In 2012, she launched the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual collective of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and at GrubStreet and helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange (Caracas-Sarajevo) for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Stacy holds an MFA from Boston University, where she was a Marcia Trimble Fellow, a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow, and recipient of the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. Her first novel, recently completed, is set largely in present-day Sarajevo.
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Memoir, essay, radio reported pieces, spirituality, travel, fiction, radio storytelling, nonfiction, commentary and opinion.

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Jennifer Mattson is a former producer for NPR's nationally syndicated program "The Connection" and worked as an editor for National Public Radio. She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN's daily live newscasts and producing CNN's international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau's political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories for USA TODAY including a piece on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. She has also reported, most recently, from Asia. Her work has appeared inTheAtlantic.comUSA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Women's Review of Books, AsianCorrespondent.comTablettalk.com and CNN.com. She is the former Managing Editor of AsiaSociety.org. Follow her on Twitter at @jennifermattson

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Author of over thirty travel guides, Carolyn McCarthy has been writing about the Americas since 1998. Interested in remote cultures and wilderness, she has explored the Amazon Basin via dugout canoe and solo hiked Patagonia to write Lonely Planet's Trekking in the Patagonian Andes. Her work has also appeared in National Geographic, the Boston Globe, the Daily Telegraph, Outside and other publications. A graduate of Emerson College’s graduate program in Writing, Literature & Publishing, Carolyn also received a Fulbright fellowship to write on rural life in Chile and a Banff Mountain Culture Grant.

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As a dedicated music journalist and educator, Candace McDuffie has been freelancing for over a decade. Her work has appeared for GlamourForbesTeen VogueVibe, and several other publications. She received her M.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she specialized in Critical and Creative Thinking. Candace enjoys working with youth and previously taught at the nonprofit teen literacy program, Books of Hope. For more information on Candace, you can visit her website at candacemcduffie.com.  

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I’m eager to consult on any form of creative nonfiction, including the personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, flash nonfiction, and writing about literature. I’m also very happy to assist with flash fiction. My particular interests include braided essays and memoirs, and writing about trauma, war, identity, family, mental illness, psychology, and religion. I very much enjoy character-based, scene-driven prose.

I’m particularly excited about writing that engages and interrogates the personal narrative amidst the backdrop of larger historical, political, and social contexts. I was born and raised in Miami, FL, and would love to work with narratives that sensitively and meaningfully include Spanish as well as diverse settings and characters.

I have a wide range of experience in revising, editing, and publishing—and teaching writing and literature in college and community classrooms—and can help writers prepare writing samples for MFA applications, fellowships, and grants.

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Caitlin McGill is a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Chattahoochee Review, Crab Orchard Review, Consequence, Iron Horse Literary Review, Vox, War, Literature, & the Arts, and several other magazines. She recently completed a memoir about intergenerational trauma and abuse, inherited survival mechanisms, immigration, race, class, addiction, mental illness, war, and the cost of ignoring our histories. One essay from her book was named a Notable in The Best American Essays 2016. She teaches at Emerson College, GrubStreet, & Writers Without Margins. For more information please visit caitlinmcgill.com & follow her on Twitter @caitlindmcgill.

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Nathan Scott McNamara's work has been published at The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. He has taught fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Johns Hopkins University and Amherst College, as well as in Ireland and the Czech Republic. He has a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University.

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Tom Meek is a longtime contributing film critic at The Boston Phoenix, Cambridge Day, WBUR’s ARTery, the Charleston City Paper and New England Cable News, and the president of the Boston Society of Film Critics. His short stories have appeared in SLAB, Open Windows, Web Del Sol, Slow Trains and Thieves Jargon. Tom is also a writing instructor and rides his bike everywhere.

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Randy Susan Meyers' internationally bestselling novels are informed by years working with families impacted by violence— and a long journey from idolizing bad boys to loving a good man. Her fourth novel, "The Widow of Wall Street," released in 2017, was called an “engrossing emotional journey” by Kirkus Review, and “compelling” by Associated Press. Her third novel, "Accidents of Marriage" was chosen by People Magazine as "Pick of the Week." Meyers' debut novel, "The Murderer's Daughters" was a Target Book Club pick for the country and called a 'knock-out debut' by the LA Times. The Boston Globe wrote of her second novel, "The Comfort of Lies," sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny when the author skewers Boston’s class and neighborhood dividing lines, but it has a lot of heart, too. Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage ­— the simple joys of stability, the pleasures of veteran intimacy ­— and deftly dissects just how ugly things can get after infidelity." Her novels have twice been chosen by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, as "Must Read Fiction,” who wrote, “The clear and distinctive voice of Randy Susan Meyers will have you enraptured and wanting more.”
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I am happy to consult on any form of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and writing about literature. My particular interests are dramatic novels and long stories which relish style, language, setting, and deep character, coming-of-age narratives, family-based memoir, travel memoir, writing about illness, and historical biography. I have broad experience in editing non-fiction books and articles for publication, and can help writers choose, edit and prepare creative writing samples for MFA applications, fellowships and grants.

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After completing an M.Phil in English Literature at Oxford, Nicole Miller worked at The New Yorker and The Oxford English Dictionary, where she is a longstanding scholarly reader in etymology. Her short stories have appeared twice in The May Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks, and her nonfiction won the Dorothy Cappon prize for the essay in New Letters magazine in 2014. She held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Boston, gaining her MFA in 2012.  In 2012, she was also awarded a Ph.D in Victorian Literature from University College, London. She currently edits faculty manuscripts for Harvard’s English Department and teaches creative writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda and the British novel at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. Her interests span the novel, short story, ghost story, essay, memoir and the translation of Modern Greek poetry. 

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Jessica Moreland is a ghostwriter, editor, and book developer. Her clients have been published by every major publishing group, including Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Macmillan. She has edited over five hundred books, articles, and stories for publishing houses, magazines, and individual authors across the globe. Her editorial specialties include literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, creative nonfiction, memoir, general nonfiction, health and fitness, and business.
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Alix Morris is a Boston-based science writer and the Director of Communications at Earthwatch Institute. As a freelance writer, Alix has contributed to Sierra Magazine, MIT Technology Review, National Geographic Voices, WBUR’s CommonHealth, MIT News, and more, as well as a variety of technical, policy, and medical outlets. She recently authored a book on cutting-edge medical advances for young adults called "Medical Research and Technology." In her role at Earthwatch, Alix works across digital platforms to produce photo essays, videos, podcasts, and virtual reality – breaking down complex environmental research through multimedia storytelling. Before becoming a science writer, Alix worked as a global health researcher in East Africa, where she conducted field studies to improve access to malaria diagnosis and treatment. She has a Masters in Science Writing from MIT and a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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I'm interested in consulting on 10 Minute, One Act and Full Length plays of all genres including comedy, tragedy, historical fiction, one-person shows, musical theatre book writing and everything in between.

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Nina Louise Morrison is a Boston-based playwright, director and teacher with an MFA from Columbia University. She is a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow, Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, winner of the 2016 Boston Project commission at Speakeasy Stage Company, a Company One Affiliate Playwright, a core member of the devising company Project: Project, and a member of Rhombus writers. Her plays have been workshopped, read, and produced by Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, 20% Theatre Company, Kitchen Theatre Company, Saltbox Theatre, Open Theatre Project, Our Voices, WOW Café, SLAM Boston, Wax Wings, Bostonia Bohemia, and the Boston One Minute Play Festival.  She was a semi-finalist for the 2014 National Playwrights Conference and she is the recipient of a Richard Rodgers Fellowship and a Shubert Foundation grant. Before moving to Boston, Nina was the Senior Program Associate at The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage's Philadelphia Theater Initiative. She also trained as an actor at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the New Actors Workshop, and received her BA from Oberlin College.  She currently teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Grub Street and the University of New Hampshire. www.ninalouisemorrison.com
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Literary Interests: Asian fiction and nonfiction; Poetry, especially in translation; Literary fiction written by women; Healing and Memoir; Travel Writing.
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Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Her debut novel was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and republished as Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016). Her short story collection is Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) and edited collections include Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She has two poetry collections: The Third Glass of Wine (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009). She is a Juror on the The Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2017 and holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics) from Texas A&M University.

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Consults on novel-length projects and personal essay, with a particular interest and expertise in cross-cultural and international narratives, medical narratives, and themes exploring religion, identity, trauma, and/or war, and specializes in helping writers find the best structure for their work. Also offers private Scrivener lessons, both the basics, and how to best adapt it to work best for your specific project.

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As Director of Online and Special Programs at GrubStreet, Alison Murphy works on developing new and innovative models for our online and intensive programs, as well as overseeing our consulting program. When not at Grub, Alison can usually be found at her laptop with her faithful basset hound Murray at her feet, writing about war and pop culture, or teaching creative writing to inmates in the prison system. A 2016 James Jones First Novel Fellow and graduate of the 2014-2015 Novel Incubator, Alison is hard at work revising her first novel. Her nonfiction can be found in ROAR Magazine, Men's Journal, PsychologyToday.com, and elsewhere.

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Maria Murriel is a journalist, essayist and audio producer. She likes stories about family history and defiance, and she is all about empowering underheard people to tell their own stories.

She's reported on immigration, extremist politics, culture and the arts in Miami and Boston for the better part of a decade. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru, until her family moved to Miami, "the capital of Latin America." Her writing is informed by this experience of growing up bicultural in the United States, which also colors the podcast she co-hosts, Las Cafecitas.

Maria co-founded SMASH Boston, a group for women and non-binary audio producers smashing the patriarchy. SMASH hosts skillshares with the PRX Podcast Garage in Allston. Aside from teaching non-fiction, audio storytelling and narrative structures at GrubStreet, Maria teaches writing and reporting in Spanish at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and podcasting at Emerson College.

She firmly rejects the fallacy that prestige equals worth or competence. She's a proud public school grad who prefers hidden gems to institutional favorites. But for context, she'll tell you her work has won Edward R. Murrow awards for broadcast journalism and Sunshine State awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her audio work has aired nationwide on NPR stations, internationally on the BBC World Service, and at the local level in Florida and New England. Her written work has been published on NPR.org, the Miami Herald, PRI.org and more.

Maria lives in Jamaica Plain, where she marvels constantly at how three Cuban restaurants could exist within walking distance of each other, so far north of Miami. Drop her a line if you like cafecito.

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Heather Nelson is a poet, teacher, mother and recovering attorney based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She studied writing under the poet C.D. Wright as an undergraduate at Brown University. Most recently she studied poetry with Tom Daley and Barbara Helfgott Hyett. Heather is also a member of Poemworks, the workshop for publishing poets. Her work has been published in Main Street Rag, The Somerville Times, Constellations, Ekphrastic and The Compassion Anthology.
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Rani was a professor of Ethnic American and Postcolonial Literature at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in Salon, The New York Times Book Review, Hobart, Redivider, The Nervous Breakdown and Entropy Magazine. Additionally, she was longlisted for Cosmonauts Avenue's 2017 Fiction Prize and awarded a 2017 Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, MA. She is working on a transnational memoir about fractured identity and her relationship with her mentally ill Bengali immigrant mother.

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Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Black, poet, queer-dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha is a native of Chicago who now resides in Boston where she organizes, writes and teaches. Porsha co-founded The House Slam, Boston’s first poetry slam venue and coaches their award winning poetry slam team. In 2018, Porsha was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. A Create Well grantee, Olayiwola is releasing a choreopoem and theatrical production entitled Black & Ugly as Ever in the fall of 2018. She is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College. As an artist, Porsha writes infra-politically to tell the stories that are silenced, erased, or difficult to release from the tip of the tongue. She has a book forthcoming in 2019 with Button Poetry. Her goal is to maintain a cipher of self that is uncontrollable, undocumented and just plain ole dope.

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Lindsey O’Neill is a yoga teacher, yoga & writing workshop facilitator, and poet. She completed her 200 HR yoga teacher training through the New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics in 2012, and teaches group yoga and writing classes in the Boston area. She believes both mindfulness based yoga and creative writing are practices and indispensable art forms capable of enhancing our wellness, inspiring our passion, and creating embodied social change. Lindsey has held Embodied Writing Workshops at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston’s Grub Street, at the 2016 & 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Festivals, and teaches in Mass Poetry’s Poetry in the Schools program. Lindsey is currently working towards her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University, and is at work on her first poetry manuscript. She writes to give voice to the sacred and the visceral.

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Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah is a Ghanaian American poet living out the diaspora in Boston (Massachusetts). He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the current Walltalk teaching artist at the Institute of Contemporary, Boston. He is an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press, and the reviews editor at Winter Tangerine. Emmanuel has had work published in The Hartford Courant, Narrative Northeast, and Bird's Thumb. While writing this personal biography, Emmanuel realized he was referring to himself in the third person. This upset him. He chose to write a list of some things that make him happy instead: hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, the long sigh at the end of a good book.

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As a literary agent, I am familiar with both the publishing industry and the craft of writing. I know what editors and other agents are looking for in a manuscript or proposal and am pleased to provide an array of editorial services to help you give your work its best shot at publication. Please send me an email description of your project and the kind of assistance you need. If the project seems like a possible fit for me, I will request an excerpt to determine whether or not I am the right editor for your work. My editorial experience is wide-ranging but some topics do fall outside my field of expertise or interest and I will not take on a project that I do not feel I can enhance or help to develop. Rates vary by service.

 

Thematic interests include but are not limited to: contemporary + historical fiction; family relationship + coming-of-age stories; history + current affairs; social + cultural issues; memoir; food.

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Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, she represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, and is always looking for works that wed beautiful writing with a strong narrative and tackle big issues in engaging, accessible, and even surprising ways. Amaryah began her career at the Laura Gross Literary Agency in 2009 and, prior to that, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at various academic research foundations, including the Tauber Institute, where she edited books for Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Amaryah earned a BA at McGill University before coming to the United States to pursue graduate studies in American History. She completed an MA at Ohio University’s Contemporary History Institute and a PhD at Brandeis University, and currently serves as Co-President of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

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Lin Pang is a queer Asian American poet, youth worker, and teaching artist based in Boston. Their work explores family histories, diaspora, (gender)queerness, and belonging. Lin is a 2018 Pink Door Fellow, 2017 FEM Slam finalist, and founding member of Disrupt Slam at Tufts University. Lin previously coached youth slam teams at A-WAY (Allies Working with Asian Youth) for Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts and Tufts University for CUPSI, the national college poetry slam. Lin's writing is anthologized in Crab Fat Magazine: Best of Year Three.

Lin is passionate about youth power and poetry as a tool for resistance and healing. Currently they are the Leadership Development Coordinator at BAGLY (Boston Alliance of GLBTQ+ Youth), the longest running LGBTQ+ youth organization in the country. Find Lin on Instagram @lin.pang_

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Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane (Viking), a modern-day interpretation of Jane Eyre, named Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review. She graduated from Swarthmore College and received her MFA from Boston University. She has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and WNYC, and has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Salon, Daily Beast, and others. A former Fulbright research scholar, she has taught writing at Boston University and Queens College.

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Eric Parkison received his MA in English from the University of Rochester, and his MFA in poetry from Boston University. He has taught creative writing, literature, and college composition at community colleges in Rochester, New York, Pittsburg, California and, here at Bunker Hill Community College. He is wholly interested in community education and creative writing. His work has appeared in American Chordata, The Columbia Review, Midwest Quarterly, and Zyzzyva among others. He lives in Roslindale, where he reads books, drinks coffee, and walks his dog.

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Catherine Parnell is the author of the memoir The Kingdom of His Will (Arrowsmith Press, 2007), and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in BarnhouseRedividerThe Southampton ReviewPost RoadThe Baltimore Reviewslush pilerogerDos Passos ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyStone’s Throw Magazine, and Consequence Magazine, among others. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers and newsletters. She’s a contrubuting editor for Salamander and the senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine. She received her BA from Boston University and her MFA from Bennington College. She recently completed a collection of short stories and is working on a novella.

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I'm interested in all forms of story, including speculative fiction (fantasy, weird fiction, horror, and other genre fiction), literary fiction, cross-genre/hybrid writing (or any writing that plays with form), fiction (long and short form) and nonfiction. I'm most excited by writing that plays with form, and that critiques and is concerned with gender, sexuality, popular culture, memory, and history.

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KL Pereira's chapbook, Impossible Wolves was published by Deathless Press is 2013. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are forthcoming or appear in The Drum Literary Magazine, Shimmer Zine, Lightning Cake, The Golden Key, Innsmouth Free Press, Innsmouth Magazine, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, Bitch Magazine and other publications. Pereira’s work on fairy tales, sexuality, Wonder Woman, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are featured on Studio 360 and other radio programs, cited in numerous publications, and assigned in courses all over the United States and Canada. Find Pereira online on klpereira.com and @kl_pereira

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Heather Wells Peterson has her MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Subtropics, American Short Fiction, Lit Hub, Lucky Peach, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Collagist, among others. She and her agent are currently submitting her first novel to publishers, and she has just finished writing her second. She has taught various kinds of writing--including fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting--at the college level since 2011.

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Maria Pinto studied creative writing at Brandeis University. She’s been awarded fellowships by the Writers’ Room of Boston and The Mastheads, and her work has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Cleaver, and FriGG, among other journals. When she’s not working on her second novel or reading fiction for FLAPPERHOUSE, she’s in the woods hunting mushrooms.

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Sophie Powell grew up in London and on a sheep farm in Wales. She is the author of the novel The Mushroom Man (Putnam Penguin) which received glowing reviews, including one from the New York Times Book Review, and which has been translated into several languages. She has also published short stories, including one in a collection selected by Zadie Smith. With a BA in Classics from Cambridge University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, she is especially fond of writing that involves myth, magic and fantasy. She has taught Creative Writing at Boston College, New York University, George Washington University and on seminars abroad, as well as in prisons and libraries. For more about Sophie, visit www.meetsophiepowell.com.

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Caroline Preston Bio Caroline Preston is the author of three novels (including NYT Notable Book Jackie By Josie) and two graphic novels-- The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and The War Bride’s Scrapbook (Ecco). Preston’s innovative “scrapbook” novels are created from her extensive collections of vintage letters, documents and images. Frankie Pratt won a 2012 Alex Award. Her book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post. She has taught fiction at the University of Virginia and workshops on the graphic novel at George Mason and other colleges. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is a distinguished artist at the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Charlottesville, Va. with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman.

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Marika Preziuso is a Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She teaches literary and cultural theory, gender studies, and literature from the Caribbean and its diasporas. She also has experience training faculty and students on issues of intercultural understanding. Topics of interest are geographical and emotional displacement, moments of intercultural tension and connection, personal narratives of embodied pain and growth, and the alchemy of the creative process itself. In her non-academic life, Marika writes poetry and journal work. She has had a few poems published, in Italian and recently in English, in the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis.

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Virginia Pye is the author of two award-winning novels, Dreams of the Red Phoenix and River of Dust, and the forthcoming short story collection, Shelf Life of Happiness. Her stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in The North American Review, The Baltimore Review, Literary Hub, The New York Times, The Rumpus, Huffington Post and elsewhere. She lived in Richmond, Virginia for many years and now lives in Cambridge. Find her online at www.virginiapye.com, FB, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Leidy V. Quiceno was born in Colombia and raised in Boston, MA. She is passionate about civil, racial, and educational rights. She has a BA in Criminal Justice (magna cum laude); is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma); and has earned a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As a former teacher turned Student Advocate, turned community organizer. She currently strives to racially, politically and academically empower “at-promise” urban youth and communities of color. She also worked as a Research Assistant for UMass Boston’s Latino Student Success Initiative (LSSI) and the Latinx Leadership Opportunity Program (LLOP). Her 2016 LSSI research project shed light on the personal, academic, and professional experiences of Latinx transfer students from Bunker Hill Community College, whom expressed the many barriers (language, racial, cultural, and financial) they face on a day-to-day basis as non-traditional first generation students. Her presentation at the Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) conference, sought to communicate how educators and higher educational institutions can listen to the voices and narratives of vulnerable and marginalized populations in order to best support such students to achieve academic success. As a graduate student, Leidy Quiceno focused on the School-to-prison pipeline and educational reform through the use of Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies (TCCS, MS 18’). She aspires to continue working with Black and Latinx communities as an educator, leader, youth mentor, and advocate.

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Character-based, imaginative fiction; dialogue and description; visual and performing arts, pop culture, camp and kitsch; revision technique. I love stories about outsiders, weirdos and dreamers, rendered vividly through close attention to language, details and style.

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Kate Racculia is a writer and researcher who called Boston home for many years and currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2010 and named a Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her second novel, Bellweather Rhapsody, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014. You can find her online at www.kateracculia.com.

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Benjamin Rachlin studied English at Bowdoin College, where he won the Sinkinson Prize, and writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he won Schwartz and Brauer fellowships. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Virginia Quarterly Review, TIME, Orion, Pacific Standard, Lithub, and Five Dials. His first book, GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN, is available now from Little, Brown & Company.

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Diana Renn is the author of three young adult novels published by Viking / Penguin: TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE. TOKYO HEIST was optioned for film, LATITUDE ZERO was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and BLUE VOYAGE was honored as a Massachusetts Book Awards 2016 "Must-Read." Diana's collaboratively written novel for adults, FALSE IDOLS, was published episodically in 2018 by Serial Box, and then in book form by Adaptive Books. Diana's essays have appeared in such publications as Publisher's Weekly, The Huffington Post, Brain Child, Literary Mama, The Writer, and Writer's Digest. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.

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Paulina Reso is a writer and educator pursuing an MFA at Columbia University. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Philadelphia City Paper, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, and "Around the World: An Anthology of Travel Writing." Currently, she is writing a short story collection, which includes a piece published in Meridian: The Semiannual from the University of Virginia.

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Hillary Rettig is an author, workshop leader and coach who specializes in helping people overcome procrastination and use their time better. Her latest book is The Seven Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer's Block (Infinite Art, 2011). Of her prior book, The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006), the leading liberal blog, DailyKos.com, said, "If I had but one book to spend hard-earned cash on this year, The Lifelong Activist would be it, hands down." Hillary is a Bronx native who currently enjoys living in East Boston. She has published numerous nonfiction articles, and also short fiction. Some of the acclaimed science fiction writers she has studied with are Ursula K. LeGuin, Samuel R. Delaney and the late Octavia Butler. Hillary is also a kidney donor, foster parent, lover of dogs and other animals, and vegan. Download free ebooks and other information on productivity and related fields at www.hillaryrettig.com, and Hillary welcomes your emails at hillaryrettig@yahoo.com.

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Javed Rezayee is the founder of StorySlam!, an LLC for organizational change by means of storytelling, and a storytelling club. He has coached, organized, and emceed live storytelling events in Boston, New York, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey, and Sri Lanka for workplace inclusion, community building, and promoting diversity and inclusion. He’s told stories at the Moth, Massmouth, WGBH, International Institute of New England, and Northeast Storytelling among others. Javed graduated from Tufts University in 2010, as an adult student, where he now teaches a course on the structure and performance of live storytelling, featured The Power of a Story.

Javed is a writer. He’s currently working on his debut novel. He is also a developmental editor and a translator. His nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, Tufts Magazine, and Open Society Foundations. He’s authored an introduction to The Forbidden Reel (Daylight 2014). He’s been an associate producer of One Bullet Afghanistan, an upcoming documentary out of New York University, and a consultant for PBS/FRONTLINE’s Opium Brides. Presently, Javed is working with the National Geographic in New York City.

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I consult on speculative fiction, poetry, and literary translation. Speculative Fiction: science-fiction, fantasy, and related subgenres that explore the possible and impossible (urban fantasy, dark fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, space opera, etc.). Novel-length manuscripts welcome, as well as individual short works or collections of short works. Poetry: traditional form, poetry manuscripts, chapbooks, free verse, prose poetry, experimental forms, text-in-space. Translation: Spanish/English, fiction or poetry in translation, individual pieces or manuscripts in translation.
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Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian writer, artist, educator, and translator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her poetry and speculative fiction have appeared in The Loft Anthology, Origins Journal, DIALOGIST, Storyscape Journal, Circuits & Slippers, The Green Mountains Review, in Boston's City Hall as part of the 2015 and 2017 Mayor's Poetry Program, and elsewhere. She was awarded a 2017 St. Botolph's Emerging Artist Award in Literature. In Boston, she works as a teaching and collaborating artist at GrubStreet and the Urbano Project. Sara is currently working on a fantasy novel, a book of poetry, and on translating the work of Peruvian poet Blanca Varela.
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Flash fiction, historical fiction, realism, magical realism, fabulism, experimental writing, column writing, social commentary, personal essay, lyric essay

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Matthew Salesses is the author of a novel, I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying, a novella, The Last Repatriate, and two chapbooks. In 2014, Thought Catalog Books will release two ebooks, Different Racisms and All-American Bear Terrorizes Canada. His current project is a serialized, illustrated novel, Marked, to be published by Gazillion Voices. Matthew has written nonfiction for The New York Times, NPR, Salon, the Center for Asian American Media, The Rumpus, and most often for The Good Men Project, where he is a Contributing Writer and Fiction Editor. His stories appear in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Witness, PEN America, West Branch, and over 50 others. He has received awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, [PANK], HTMLGIANT, IMPAC, Inprint, Emerson College, where he did his MFA, and the University of Houston, where he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature. He has taught writing at Grub Street, CCAE, 826 Boston, Writespace, and Inprint. More at matthewsalesses.com.

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Ashley-Rose is an award winning Haitian-American educator, organizer, actress and award-winning poet from Boston, MA. She was honored by Mayor Marty Walsh with the OneIn3 Impact Award for being one of the most influential people under age 35 in Boston and in 2016 she was awarded  Boston’s Extraordinary Woman Award for her work with within arts, education and community development in Boston. Most recently she was awarded 2017 National Poetry Award by the City Works Journal in San Diego, California. Her writing has been featured  alongside collections and anthologies including, The Anthology of Liberation Poetry with greats such as Professor Hoagland and Black Arts Movement Co-Founder Askia Toure. This led to her delivering one of the first TEDx Talks in Boston based on her poem, “The Other Side of Ruggles”. Her poem, “Dark Skin Representative” was highlighted and featured by the American Repertory Theatre for their sold out play, The Black Clown, inspired by Langston Hughes.

After attending Northeastern, Ashley-Rose found success both on the page, and on the stage with acting. Her past  storytelling and acting experience has led to her being featured on PBS Stories From the Stage and in productions such as  Urban Fresh’s remake of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, Having, where she played the lead role of Lady in Red. Wearing multiple hats, Ashley-Rose was also the lead organizer for the 2008 RoxVote Campaign when Barack Obama won his first presidency, and in 2015 she was hired as the Boston Organizer and Facilitator for the first Youth Lead the Change- Participatory Budgeting process in the United States. She currently works teaching Restorative Justice through the lens of arts and science for middle school students in BPS.

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Joseph Santaella Vidal is a Puerto Rican writer who graduated with an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, with a concentration in Fiction Writing. He is a reader for the acclaimed literary magazine Ploughshares. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Barely South Review, The Acentos Review, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Flash Fiction Magazine among others. His screenwriting has been featured on National Television and in 2015, his screenplay, The Guest, was selected as the "Best Short Screenplay," in the Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest's Screenplay competition. His short story collection, Experiments With Sunflowers is forthcoming from Mariana Editores. Currently, he is working on his first novel.

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International fiction and nonfiction, travel writing, nature writing, family memoir, literary fiction, magical realism fiction, historical fiction, linked stories, novellas.

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Shuchi Saraswat's writing and photographs have appeared in Ecotone, Quick Fiction, and Juked. Excerpts of her novel have won her the Gulliver Travel Research Grant from The Speculative Literature Foundation and fellowships and scholarships to Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Writers Omi at Ledig House, The Writers' Room of Boston, Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She lives in Boston, where she received her MFA at Emerson College while working in the editorial department at Fringe Magazine and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and she currently works as a buyer at Brookline Booksmith, an independent bookstore right outside of the city.

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Whitney Scharer is a writer and book cover designer. Her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Mare Nostrum, and elsewhere. She was awarded an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Gerberding Fellowship to study creative writing in Rome. Whitney lives in Arlington with her family, where she is a co-founder of the Arlington Author Salon reading series. She is at work on her first novel, and is represented by Julie Barer at The Book Group. More information is available atwhitneyscharer.com.

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Jenn Scheck-Kahn runs two online services for writers: Journal of the Month and Tell It Slant. Her prose has placed in contests hosted by the Atlantic Monthly and Glimmer Train, and appeared in a number of literary journals.

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Michael Schermerhorn is a poet now living in the belly of Boston, MA after finishing his degree in Vermont. Currently at work on his first full-length manuscript about material culture, memory, and the authority of voice, Michael is interested in exploring the ways in which cultural and political histories have shaped his identity as a queer poet. Michael most recently has poems forthcoming in december Magazine, and he is actively submitting for upcoming reading periods. Previously, Michael has worked with GrubStreet as the YAWP intern and the YAWP Assistant. He is so thrilled to continue his relationship with Grub in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, Michael works as a Regional Placement Manager with EF Education First's High School Exchange Year program. When he's not working, teaching, or writing, you can probably find him reading. When he's not reading, you can find him wishing he were.

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Historical and literary fiction, short stories on all topics, memoir and book-length narrative nonfiction. I'm especially intrigued by themes that explore the conflict between the individual and the environment, whether political or personal. I love working with novices helping them find their voice and story, and I do significant work with seasoned writers preparing their material for submission. I help writers find the right tone and content for their query letter; choose the right material to showcase; and/or put together a compelling and relevant nonfiction book proposal. Agents and editors often hire me to work with their writers. While most of my editing is big picture, I also line edit and ghostwrite. 

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Katrin Schumann is the author of the novel The Forgotten Hours (Lake Union, 2019), and numerous nonfiction titles. For the past ten years she has been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and in the MA prison system, through PEN New England. Before going freelance, she worked at NPR, where she won the Kogan Media Award. Katrin has been granted multiple fiction residencies. Her work has been featured on TODAY, Talk of the Nation, and in The London Times, as well as other national and international media outlets, and she has a regular column on GrubWrites. Katrin can also be found at katrinschumann.com, and on Twitter and Instagram: @katrinschumann.
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Michelle Seaton’s short fiction has appeared in One Story, Harvard Review, Sycamore Review, The Pushcart Anthology among others. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Robb Report, Bostonia, Yankee Magazine, The Pinch  andLake Effect. Her essay, “How to Work a Locker Room” appeared in the 2009 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is the coauthor of the books The Way of Boys (William Morrow, 2009) and Living with Cancer (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). She has been an instructor with Grub Street since 2000 and is the lead instructor and created the curriculum for Grub Street's Memoir Project, a program that offers free memoir classes to senior citizens in Boston neighborhoods. The project has visited fourteen Boston neighborhoods and produced five anthologies. Twenty-two participants on Nantucket have also completed a Memoir Project class, and that anthology is called Little Grey Island.

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Courtney offers intensive line-editing, overall editorial feedback, and personal consultations on fiction projects, both short stories and longer works. She is enthusiastic about helping you make your work the best it can be. References available upon request.
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Courtney Sender's fiction has won the Glimmer Train fiction open, The Mississippi Review fiction contest, the Boulevard emerging writers contest, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival fiction contest, and the Lawrence Prize for best story in Michigan Quarterly Review. Her work also appears in AGNI, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Georgia Review, and others. A MacDowell Colony fellow, she holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and currently studies religion & literature at Harvard Divinity School.
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​Kate Senecal​ received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. ​She is the Assistant Director of the Pioneer Valley Writer's Workshop, and a workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery in Vermont. Her fiction has been published in The Laurel Review , The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com where she was the fiction editor for two years before it stopped publication. ​

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Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is also a psychologist. A New Englander through and through, she spent twenty years living far from home in Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, photography, freelance journalism, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of high school puppeteers. 

Her novels include, The Comet’s Tale a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, and Picture This ,The Center of the Worldand The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, Modern Love. She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline has been awarded residencies at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming and Turkey Land Cove on Martha's Vineyard. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and leads writing workshops in Guatemala and Scotland.

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Angela Siew is a multilingual poet and teacher who received her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College and her BA in American Studies from Brown University. Angela is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has work published in Crab Orchard Review, Dialogist, The Merrimack Review and Art New England. A former private tutor and English language teacher, Angela has also taught overseas in Chile and Italy. She loves to learn languages and speaks Cantonese, Italian, and Spanish.

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Family history, creative research methods, interview techniques, cookbooks and food essays, writing about race.

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Clara Silverstein is the author of the memoir White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation, the historical novel Secrets in a House Divided, and three cookbooks. A former food writer at the Boston Herald, she has contributed articles to the Boston Globe, Runner's World, Health magazine, and many other periodicals. Her poems have been displayed at Boston City Hall and published in journals including Blackbird and the Paterson Literary Review. She is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers' Center and has taught workshops to adults and teens. She has an M.A. in History from University of Massachusetts Boston, gives many public lectures about history, and blogs about historic American recipes at www.heritagerecipebox.com

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I’ve helped novice and veteran nonfiction writers improve their work and get published through careful attention to macro issues such as structure, flow, audience, voice, and purpose; as well as micro issues such as grammar, punctuation, and redundancy. I view my role as a collaborator, coach, and cheerleader. Together, we set realistic goals and create a system of accountability. I specialize in personal essays about relationships, family, work, pop culture, media. I also consult on query letters, book proposals, and MFA application materials. I offer personal coaching to help writers understand and work through writer’s block and other inner obstacles to creativity. As a published picture-book author, I consult with prospective or active children’s-lit writers who want help with project concepts, manuscript editing, queries, industry information.

To learn about Debbie's approach to generative writing, see https://grubstreet.org/grub-daily/freewriting-with-a-purpose-get-started-and-keep-going/.
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Debbie Sosin is a writer, editor, teacher, and psychotherapist. Her picture book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place (Parallax Press, 2015), was named the Gold Winner in Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. The book also won the 2016 Silver Medal for Children's Picture Books (7 & Under) from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was named a 2015 Bronze Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards. Her first nonfiction book, Breaking Free of Addiction: 42 Therapeutic Tools to Help You Recover from Problem Drug and Alcohol Use,was published by Between Sessions Resources in Fall 2017. A craft essay, "The Self as Antihero in the Essays of Nora Ephron, David Sedaris, and Steve Almond," was the cover story in the Oct/Nov 2015 issue of The Writer's Chronicle. Other essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Globe Magazine, Zone 3, The Manifest-Station, Writer's Digest, The Review Review, Journal News, on Salon, Cognoscenti, in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the Perspectives in Modern History series. Since 2009, Debbie has facilitated Write It Like It Is workshops and groups in the Boston area. She also offers personal coaching and manuscript consultation for writers at all levels. Debbie offers mindfulness services in Newton, where she has a private psychotherapy practice. She earned her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and her MFA from Lesley University. Learn more at www.deborahsosin.com.

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Emily Spencer studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is an MFA candidate in poetry at Boston University. Her Master of Education and teacher licensure (7-12) was earned from Ohio State University. She has taught K-12, undergraduate, and beyond. Her work is published in The Huffington Post, Midway Journal, and Star 82 Review.

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Jenn is a writer, multimedia producer, and audio artist. She was formerly a senior producer at Rewire.News, where she created, hosted, and produced the narrative podcast, CHOICE/LESS. She's worked as a facilitator for StoryCorps, and her writing and reporting have appeared in The Guardian US, Salon, NPR, Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour, among others. She holds an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she received of the Bernard Gordon Entrepreneurial Award for Magazine Journalism. She studied literature and acting as an undergraduate at Bennington College, during which time she spent a semester at the Moscow Art Theatre School.

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Lizzie is a freelance journalist who has written for the Daily Beast, The Washington Post, The Today Show Website, io9.com, Jezebel.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere. She is the author of two nonfiction books: Pandora's DNA (October 2014), which tells the story of the so-called breast cancer genes through the lens of her family tree, and was named an ALA Notable Book of 2015, and Leaving Mundania (Chicago Review Press, 2012), about larp, or live action roleplay, which is essentially make-believe for grownups. She holds an MS in journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction writing from Emerson College.

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Daphne Santana Strassmann is Memoirist. She writes about the intangible spaces between her Latino heritage and her American life. She’s passionate about memoir as craft and its relationship to memory, especially in the digital age. As an academic, she teaches bright first-year college students in several Boston universities. Her work has been featured in Creative NonFiction, Tex{t}Mex, and several textbooks. Daphne runs prompt-writing seminars every month in several locations in the Boston area. Creating physical and metaphorical spaces where writers can engage or re-engage with their process is a big part of what motivates her teaching. If Daphne could award a Nobel prize to anyone it would be to whoever invented coffee.
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The 2015 Writers' Room of Boston Nonfiction Fellow and former Essays Editor of The Rumpus, Tracy Strauss has been named by Bustle as one of eight women writers with advice to follow. She has published memoir and essays in Glamour, Ms. Magazine, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Ploughshares, xoJane, The Huffington Post, Writer's Digest Magazine, Cognoscenti, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Southampton Review, and other publications. In 2014, she appeared on The Steve Harvey Show as a relationship blogger for The Huffington Post. Tracy was the 2013-2014 Vice President of the Women's National Book Association Boston chapter, a guest writer in memoir at Harvard University, and a judge for the Annual New England Book Show. Her writing has garnered scholarships and acceptances to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Southampton Writers Conference, Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Tin House Writers Workshop, and Wesleyan Writers Conference, where she was a fellow in nonfiction. Tracy's debut self-help/relationships cum memoir, I Just Haven't Met You Yet, will be released in May 2019. She currently teaches writing at the New England Conservatory of Music.

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Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the economic crisis known as The Special Period. His story collection, A Kind of Solitude, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and is forthcoming from Willow Springs Books. Dariel is the Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet and one of City of Boston’s inaugural Artist Fellows. His writing has received honors or awards from The Caribbean Writer, Glimmer Train, and Nimrod International’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. His prose has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Third Coast, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. Dariel holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Boston University.

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I am open to all types of fiction, but I especially like middle grade and YA realistic fiction.

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Mary Sullivan's middle grade novel, Dear Blue Sky (Penguin), won the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Award.  She is also the author of the novels Stay and Ship Sooner, and she has ghostwritten for the Beacon Street Girls series. She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Literature, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, and a St. Botolph's Award.  She was also chosen as one of the Borders' Original New Voices.  She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their four children.

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Shubha Sunder's fiction has appeared in numerous journals, among them Crazyhorse, where it won the 2015 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize; Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of "30 Below"; Michigan Quarterly Review; and The Bangalore Review. Two of her stories were named "Distinguished Stories of 2016" by Junot Diaz in the Best American Short Stories 2016 anthology. She is a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, an Associate Fiction Editor at West Branch, and has just completed her first novel, titled Boomtown Girl. She holds a BA in physics from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA from the Boston University Creative Writing Program, which awarded her the Florence Engell Randall Graduate Fiction Prize and a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship. She grew up in Bangalore, India, and now lives in Jamaica Plain.

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Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher and social advocate and the author of the chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017) and Higher Ground (2006). His poems have appeared in Transition Magazine/Jalada, Interviewing the Caribbean, Pangyrus, jubilat, Soundings East, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, sx salon and Tidal Basin Review, among others. Surin is the recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation and is a PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is currently Associate Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College.

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Poet, playwright, performer Aimee Suzara has graced stages and classrooms nationally with poetry, spoken word, plays and instruction. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR, was a Willa Award Finalist (2015). Her work has earned the YBCAway Award, AROHO Spirited Woman Award, a CalShakes Artist Investigator residency; she has been teaching writing for over 15 at the college level as with youth and adults through arts education programs. She currently teaches at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University and is an Artist-in-Residence with Loco Bloco in San Francisco.

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Grace Talusan lives in Somerville and teaches writing at Tufts University. She has published essays and stories in Creative Nonfiction, The Boston Globe, Brevity, Buran, Tufts Magazine, Colorlines, and other publications. She earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine and a Massachusetts Artist Grant in Fiction.

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Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review and Salt Hill Journal. Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Frost Place, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her first collection of poems, If One Of Us Should Fall. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and is a lecturer at Boston University.

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I'm curious about the whole spectrum of novels and short stories, both literary and genre. Through my own writing, I have a lot of experience working with historical fiction, as well as magic realism, fantasy, and other forms of speculative fiction. 

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A 2014 James Jones First Novel Fellow, Cam Terwilliger's writing has appeared in a number of magazines, including West Branch, Electric Literature, Post Road, and Narrative, where he was selected as one of the magazine's "15 Under 30." His fiction has also been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society. A graduate of Emerson College's MFA, he has taught at GrubStreet and Louisiana State University.

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Shawnna Thomas was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. degree in English and African American Studies from Yale University in 2015. She is a recipient of the Elmore A. Willetts Prize for Fiction and the Second Place Wallace Prize for Fiction. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories.

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I enjoy all sorts of fiction, narrative verse, poetry, and personal essays. In fiction I'm drawn to contemporary realism, cross-cultural, international, diverse, Asia-related, science/natural history threads, and historical. Adult: short fiction, flash fiction, novels, personal essays, narrative poetry/verse novels, fiction in translation, multimedia poetry. YA and Children's: young adult fiction, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, verse novels, biographies, picture books of all varieties, poetry.

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Holly Thompson is the author of the young adult verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (both Delacorte/Random House), and the middle grade verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth (Henry Holt). She is also author of the adult novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the picture books The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's/Lee & Low) Twilight Chant (Clarion), and One Wave at a Time (Albert Whitman), and she compiled and edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press) to support teens in the 2011 tsunami impacted areas of Tohoku. She is a columnist and feature writer for Wingspan , the ANA inflight magazine. For over ten years she has served as Regional Advisor for the Japan chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Originally from Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan, she holds a B.A. in biology and an M.A. from the NYU Creative Writing Program. She visits schools and offers workshops in the U.S., Japan and internationally, and teaches creative writing at Yokohama City University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and GrubStreet.

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Jackson Tobin is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His stories have appeared in Tin House and Midwestern Gothic and received recognition from Glimmer Train and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. A former elementary school teacher and college instructor, he is at work on his first novel.

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Liz Tracy is a Miami-bred journalist, grant writer, ghostwriter, and mother. She was the music editor at New Times Broward Palm Beach for three years, weekend editor at Inverse, and is the managing editor of the quarterly magazine about female drummers, Tom Tom. She currently freelances and has written for publications such as Vice, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Miami New Times, Refinery29, and Huffington Post. She worked as a grant writer for Perez Art Museum, Miami City Ballet, and Miami Children's Museum. Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She taught classes on public policy at Florida International University and new media journalism at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. If you look hard enough, you can find her viral video.

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Got a germ of an idea and not sure where to take it from there? Have a story that you've revised so many times you can't even see it anymore? Are you done with a story and in need of suggestions for where to submit your work? I love working with writers at any stage of their manuscripts, whether it's a rough idea for a novel that needs coaxing into form or a short story that has been over-workshopped and needs fresh eyes. Personal interests include WWII, immigration, motherhood, family life, race, class, religious identity...But I have taken on projects on a range of issues and am always happy to learn and explore new styles and themes. I also have extensive knowledge of literary magazines, and can provide detailed information about where to submit.
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Becky Tuch is a fiction and nonfiction writer, based in Pittsburgh, PA. Her fiction has been honored with awards from Briar Cliff Review, Glimmer Train, Moment Magazine, a fellowship from The MacDowell Colony, and was recently included in Sundress Press's Best of the Net Anthology. Other short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Day One, Eclipse, Hobart, Literary Mama, Post Road, Salt Hill, Summerset Review, and other publications. Her nonfiction has appeared in Role Reboot, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Online, and elsewhere. She is also the Founding Editor of The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of literary magazines and interviews with journal editors. The Review Review has been listed for the past six years as one of Writer's Digests 101 Best Websites for Writers. Learn more at www.BeckyTuch.com
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Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director and actress originally from the city of Boston. She studied Writing for Film and Television at Emerson College and graduated in 2009. After graduating from Emerson she moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to work on developing projects in film and television including working as Second AD for the television show "Juanita's Gran Salon y Spa". In 2010 she started La Gringa Loca Productions, a multi-media production operation which has since produced three stage plays both in Boston and the Dominican Republic: "RANT!" (2008), "Show Up" (2012), and "Queseyocuanto" (2012), a 60 Min. Narrative Film "Saturday" (2010), two promotional videos for Miss Rizos "Lecciones en La Calle" (2011), a Documentary Web Series, "Onomatopeyas Dominicanas" (2013­-2014), an official commercial for Miss Rizos Salón in Santo Domingo (2015 and 2016), a comedic web series “The Pineapple Diaries” (2015-2016). In 2016 Paloma was the recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City Grant. With this grant she produced, through La Gringa Loca Productions, season two of "The Pineapple Diaries". Episode 17 "Pero Mi Cédula No" of season one won the Special Jury Prize at the International Festival of Santo Domingo Mujeres en Cortos 2016. The Episode "Brunch" from "The Pineapple Diaries" was Official Selection at the Roxbury International Film Festival 2017. The Episode "Untitled" was Official Selection at the Latino Short Film Festival 2017, Official Selection at the Howard University Film Festival 2018, Finalist at the Rolda Webfest 2018, Official Selection at the Providence Latin American Film Festival 2018 and Official Selection at the New Orleans Film Festival 2018. Paloma continues to produce and direct for various projects through La Gringa Loca Productions including the Official Music video for Dominican artist AcentOh for his song “2020” and a promotional video for Write Boston’s Teens in Print Program. She plays the role of Lolita in the upcoming Dominican coming-of-age comedy, "Un 4to de Josue" set to premiere in October of 2018. Paloma has worked as Second AD for three Dominican feature films and is currently in Boston touring "The Pineapple Diaries" Monologue Writing Workshop. Paloma has been awarded as one of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Creative Luminaries of 2018-2019. She is very excited to be joining GrubStreet as a Teaching Artist!

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Karina van Berkum is a poet, teacher and editor. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, and Strange Horizons among others. She was a 2016 Robert Pinsky Poetry Teaching Fellow at Boston University where she was awarded the Hurley Prize in Poetry. Before her fellowship, she studied creative writing and American Sign Language at Emerson College. She has enjoyed writing and teaching internationally during her travels to Peru, South Africa, Slovakia, Austria and Greenland. But now that she is back in her beloved New England she is loving her days teaching kids and editing for Spoke, an annual poetry journal focusing on international writing and translation.
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I’m open to all styles and voices, but lean toward the literary for short fiction, novellas, and novels, with a particular affinity for complex characters, strong voices, and a vibrant sense of place. Particular thematic interests include magical realism, linked stories, foreign landscapes/travel, family and relationships, coming-of-age, feminism, scientific exploration, and the supernatural. In addition, I am experienced with consulting on professional matters, such as preparing MFA Applications and submitting to literary magazines and agents. 

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Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves (2009), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award, and The Isle of Youth (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013). A New York Times Editors’ Choice, The Isle of Youth was named a Best Book of 2013 by NPR, Amazon, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, O, The Oprah Magazine, and The Huffington Post. A novel, Find Me, is forthcoming from FSG in 2015. Laura currently lives in the Boston area. For more about Laura, please visit: www.lauravandenberg.com

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Sean earned his BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College, where he served as both the president of the long-form improvisational comedy troupe This Is Pathetic and Editor-of-Prose for the literary magazine Gangsters In Concrete. His short story collection, I Am Happy You Are Here, was published by Wilde Press in 2011. Despite having a serious aversion to his own sweat, he also managed to earn a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Sean was raised in Maryland and currently lives in Sommerville.

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Black Venus is a renaissance, drawing inspiration from artists like Josephine Baker and Audre Lorde, who allowed no limits to their creative expression. As a multidisciplinary artist, Black Venus breaks through the boundaries between art and form to center their life experience as a born and raised Bostonian who is queer, black, and gender non-conforming. Their work is deeply introspective and strives to challenge normalized language and discourse. Black is also an active community organizer, collaborating with fellow artists on programming that aims to dismantle oppression and promote healing through creative practices.

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Jodie Noel Vinson received her MFA in non-fiction creative writing from Emerson College, where she wrote a book on literary travel. Her essays and reviews have been published in Ploughshares, Creative Non-Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Nowhere Magazine, The Rumpus, SAND, December, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Her work has been selected as Notable Essay in The Best American Essays, and anthologized in Around the World: An Anthology of Travel Writing and in Home is Elsewhere. Jodie lives with her husband in Providence, where she is working on a book about insomnia.

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Annie Weatherwax’s stories have appeared in The Sun Magazine, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She was the 2009 winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction and has written for The New York Times. Her Novel, All We Had, was published by Scribner in August and has been optioned for a film. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, for years she earned a living sculpting superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics, Pixar and others. She is currently a full time painter and writer.

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Linda K. Wertheimer, a former Boston Globe education editor, is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, Faith Ed, Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance. Her book, a look at public schools' efforts to teach about the world's religions, grew out of a proposal she wrote in a Grub Street class and was named one of the top two religion books of the year by the Religion News Association in 2016. She worked full-time as a newspaper reporter for nearly 25 years before pursuing her dream to write books. She has published op-eds, personal essays, and long-form nonfiction for many publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, TIME, and The Washington Post. Other awards include a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Finalist award for an excerpt from Faith Ed; second place in the national Education Writers Association contest; third in Moment magazine’s memoir contest; and an honorable mention in Tiferet journal’s nonfiction writing contest. She is a mentor-editor with The Op-Ed Project. In summer 2017, she will be a prose writer-in-residence in 2017 at the Chautauqua Writers' Center. For more about Linda and her work, visit lindakwertheimer.com. Follow her on Twitter @lindakwert.

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Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He's a a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he won the Brian Rattigan and Mary Doyle Curran Creative Writing Scholarships. He's a Blacksmith House Emerging Writer. His poem, "These Kingdoms of Ours" was a finalist for RHINO Magazine's Editors Prize. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to the Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology. Derek's poems are published or forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Salamander, Plume, Best New Poets, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Storyscape Journal, and Pleiades, among others. He's currently a doctoral student in poetry at Ohio University, where he also teaches.

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Narrative and subject-focused nonfiction, spirituality, food, travel, literary fiction, poetry, memoir.

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Kathleen has been an instructor for Grub since the summer of 2008. She is the author of memoir The Blue Poppy and The Mustard Seed: A Story of Loss and Hope, published by Wisdom Publications. Her essays and articles have appeared in Hip Mama Magazine, The Shambhala Sun, the anthology The Best Spiritual Writing of 2009, and Psychology Today Online, as well as other publications. She is also the co-author of Images of America: Chicago’s Gold Coast, from Arcadia Publishing. She holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and is currently working on a MDIv in Chaplaincy at BU, specializing in Psychology and Religion and creative spiritual approaches in ministry and healthcare. She teaches Tibetan Meditation as well as creative writing, and combines both with a love of nature leading hybrid workshops at local surf shops, nature reserves, and inspiring retreat locations. She can be reached at www.kathleen-willis.com.

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I appreciate authenticity, complexity, and unpredictability.  Literary and historical fiction greatly appeal, as do creative non-fiction projects that address personal struggle or coping with illness.  Thematic interests include coming-of-age, family/relationships, cultural diversity, foreign locations/language, feminism, humor, and social satire.  I’m also a fan of breaking rules in convincing,  innovative ways (as encouraged by my former mentor, the late Andre Dubus).  Surprise me!  

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Lara JK Wilson’s short fiction has been published in the The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Indiana Review, Confrontation, Printers Row and the Chicago Tribune Book Section, among others.  Her work has been anthologized in Short Stories from Printers Row, Volume One and Hacks: 10 Years on Grub Street, as well as selected as first runner-up for the Nelson Algren Awards and the Mark Twain Award for Fiction. She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and fiction scholarships from both the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. For six years, she served as a member of the board of directors at Grub Street, where she has taught fiction workshops for over a decade.  As a life-long practitioner of meditation and a breast cancer survivor, she now incorporates mindfulness practices into her writing process (having studied mindfulness, health, and the creative process with Ellen Langer and associates at Harvard). As the mother of four children who attend four schools, she’s also an organizational guru.

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Ashley Wong is a poet and educator. Her poems have been published in Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Salamander, Image, Fugue, Poetry International, and the 2011 Montreal Global Poetry Anthology. Ashley holds a BA in English from Georgetown University and a MFA in poetry from Boston University, where she was recipient of the George Starbuck Fellowship and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Timor-Leste. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and literature at the National University of Timor-Leste in Dili. In addition to her work at GrubStreet, Ashley teaches English at the Meadowbrook School of Weston. She loves listening to others' stories and discovering the power of words on the page with her students. When she's not teaching or writing, she loves getting outdoors and trying new recipes from her favorite food blogs (not at the same time).

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Julian Zabalbeascoa’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train (1st Place Winner in the April 2014 Very Short Fiction contest), Ploughshares, Post Road, Shenandoah, Sonora Review, and other publications, and will be translated into Basque by Asun Garikano for the magazine Erlea. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and teaches in the Honors College at UMass Lowell. He is currently working on a collection of linked stories centering around the Spanish Civil War and the Basque Country, where he has lived and traveled extensively.

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