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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 is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently "Against Football." 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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Memoir, narrative non-fiction, literary fiction, and profiles. The books by my bed tend to be about seekers, family, solitude, the environment, relationships, trauma, and displacement, of one kind of another. I'm happy to help with preparing MFA or residency applications. Please contact for rates.

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Howie Axelrod's memoir, The Point of Vanishing, is forthcoming from Beacon Press, 2015. His work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineShambhala Sun, Harvard Magazine, and he's a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe. He received the Michael C. Rockefeller fellowship from Harvard, and has been awarded residencies from the Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has taught literature and writing at Harvard and University of Arizona.

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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 or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, New Ohio Review, PANK, F(r)iction, and elsewhere. In 2016, she was the runner-up in Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest, winner of F(r)iction's winter flash fiction contest, and a finalist for scholarships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, and Smokelong Quarterly. She's taught writing and English since 2008 and has been an editor and reader for a number of literary magazines, including Conjunctions, Lit, and Slice Literary. She lives in Northampton, MA and is the founder of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a creative writing school offering one-day and multi-week writing workshops. She's interested in fabulist, slipstream, speculative, and genre-bending literary fiction, and is currently at work on her first novel. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com.

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Rebecca is an independent writer and editor specializing in marketing and SEO, with a background in journalism. She writes about a broad range of topics to serve a diverse clientele, which currently includes marketing agencies and startups, and has years of experience as a freelance journalist and copywriter.

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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 Eula Biss, Margo Jefferson, 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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Matthew Battles received his MA in fiction from Boston University's Creative Writing Program in 1996. Since then, he has written for such venues as The American ScholarThe AtlanticThe Boston GlobeHarper’s Magazine, and The New York Times; his books include the short-story collection The Sovereignties of Invention and Library: an Unquiet History. His forthcoming volume, a material and cultural history of writing entitled Palimpsest, will appear in Spring 2015. A fellow at the Berkman Center and Society, he serves as associate director of metaLAB at Harvard, a research group dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture in the arts and humanities.

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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 nonprofit, and helped to capture the stories of schools and nonprofits in Boston and across the country. She 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. Ms. Bayerl has received several honors for her fiction, including the Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award of PEN-New England. Her first novel, A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS (Penguin/Putnam, 2017), was named a most anticipated young adult debut by Barnes & Noble and Bustle. She is represented by Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management.

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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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Ben Berman’s first book, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, is just out from Able Muse Press.  He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He teaches at Brookline High School and is the Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine. www.ben-berman.com

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Kevin Birmingham is the author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses (Penguin Press, 2014). He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he was a lecturer in History & Literature and where is currently an instructor in the university's writing program. He was a bartender in a Dublin pub featured in Ulysses for one day before he was unceremoniously fired.

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David Blair is the author of two books of poetry. His first book Ascension Days was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize in 2007, and his second book Arsonville will be published in the spring of 2016 by New Issues Poetry & Prose as part of the Green Rose Series. Blair's poems have appeared in Agni, Boston Review, Fence, The Harvard Review, Terminus, storySouth, Ploughshares, and Slate Magazine, and they have been featured in the anthologies The Best of Lady Churchhill's Rosebud Wristlet, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, and also in Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet from Jaded Ibis Press. He has twenty years experience teaching creative writing and has taught at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the New England Institute of Art, and in the MFA Program in Writing at the University of New Hampshire. A Pittsburgh native, he lives with his family in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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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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Character-driven fiction: literary, young adult, adult coming-of-age, speculative fiction. Family dynamics, pop culture (especially rock music), class issues, the environment and animals are all themes that pique my interest.

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Lisa Borders’ second novel, The Fifty-First State, was published by Engine Books in 2013 and was a finalist for the Housatonic Book Awards. 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's short stories have appeared in Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and other journals. Her essay "Enchanted Night" was published in Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes, and an essay on Kate Bush was published in Scott Heim's The First Time I Heard series. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Somerville Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and fellowships at the Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. 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 The Southeast Review, Lilith Magazine, Alimentum, 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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I'm an Episcopal priest and author of two books and a blog. I live in Cambridge and have also taught a day-long course at Grub St. called The Art and Craft of Spiritual Writing. It is a time of fun, lots of time to write, conversation about the particular characteristics of spiritual writing, samples of such writing, and some of the differences between, and distinguishing qualities of religion and spirituality, without trivializing either.

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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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Stephanie K. Brownell is an interdisciplinary writer, artist and educator with roots in Wisconsin, being in Boston, and heart in France. Stephanie holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston Univeristy and a BA in Theatre Arts from Carroll University. She has taught at Boston University, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, The Eliot School, and the Urbano Project. She is a member of Artists' Theatre of Boston, Company One's 2017 PlayLab, and the Dramatists Guild of America. Stephanie has been a Kennedy Center Fellow at the National Playwrights Conference, a student of New York Theatre Intensives with Ensemble Studio Theatre, and an Assistante de Langue in Angouleme, France. She is the 2015 National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award winner, a 2014 Gary Garrison Award National Finalist, and the UT WomenWorks 2015 runner-up. Her creative work is visual, intersectional and magical. Her scholarly work focuses on discourses of oppression and resistance in contemporary literature.

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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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Stace Budzko has been published or is forthcoming in Blip, Southeast Review, Versal, Upstreet, Necessary Fiction, Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, Press 53, PANK, Hobart, elimae, The Los Angeles Review, Night Train, The Collagist, Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward, Brevity & Echo, Quick Fiction and elsewhere. The screen adaptations of his stories have received numerous honors and showcases as well. At present, he is a writing instructor at Emmanuel College and writer-in-residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 international, cross-cultural, and regional narratives; pop culture; literary criticism; and themes exploring class, feminist, and identity issues. 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 sarah@grubstreet.org. 

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As marketing and community engagement manager, Sarah runs all of Grub's major communication channels, edits GrubWritesthe GrubStreet blog, and works with the program team to develop a rich, inclusive learning experience for students. Sarah is a Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House. Her creative work has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, 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 graduate of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program, Sarah is at work revising her first novel. She was educated at Leeds University, 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, Sarah completed an MA in English Literature at Boston College, where she was awarded an MA fellowship and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize. 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 services, please visit sarahcolwillbrown.com.

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I'm primarily interested in powerful life stories packed with lyricism. I enjoy empowering others to tell their stories. As someone who has wrestled with permission for years, I'm good at dispensing writerly and (I hope) life advice. I'm also a veteran of the MFA application process and all processes related to publication, from first draft to final edits. I'm somewhat of an expert on the 1000 word essay.

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Garrard Conley is the author of a memoir, Boy Erased (Riverhead/Penguin 2016). His work has been published or is forthcoming in TIMECNNVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe RumpusThe CommonLit HubThe Madison Review, and others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences and was a fellow at the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Sozopol Seminars. He has taught writing at The American College of Sofia and Auburn University and has led workshops on memoir for Grub Street's "Muse & the Marketplace," the Ali Forney Center, and other organizations. He holds an M.A. in creative writing from Auburn University and an MFA (in progress) at UNC-Wilmington. 

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The Northeast, coming-of-age fiction, historical fiction, literary and lyrical work. 

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John Cotter's first novel, Under the Small Lights, was published in the summer of 2010 by Miami University Press. He is a founding editor of the online arts magazine Open Letters Monthly and has published short fiction in Hanging Loose, Lifted Brow, Lost, and genre fiction in New Genre (forthcoming) and Lifted Brow.

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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 who 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 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. She teaches at the University of New Hampshire, St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program, and GrubStreet. Kelly's work can be found in Flash Fiction Magazine, Bloodstone Review, and she was a finalist for the Charles Johnson Fiction Award with Crab Orchard Review. She writes literary fiction, and focuses on family, roots/identity, and motherhood. She is also interested in 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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Cross-cultural, international, family, feminism, travel, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. 

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Jennifer De Leon is the winner of the 2011 Fourth Genre Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Brevity, Ms., Briar Cliff Review, Poets & Writers, Guernica, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010, and elsewhere. She has published author interviews in Granta and Agni, and she has been awarded scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Blue Mountain Center, and the Sandra Cisneros Macondo Writers’ Workshop. The editor of the anthology, Wise Latina: Writers on Higher Education(University of Nebraska Press, 2013), she is also working on a memoir and a novel.

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Denise Delgado is a writer, artist and curator. Her fiction and critical work have appeared in Inch, Hinchas de Poesía, Jai-Alai Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, the monograph for Frances Trombly: Paintings; and Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash, among others. Since 2010 she has organized the Free School for Writing, a modular, itinerant classroom for literary craft talks and workshops. She was a Fellow of the Honors College of Florida International University and Writer-in-Residence for Girls’ Club, a South Florida exhibition space and private foundation dedicated to women in contemporary art. She is the recipient of 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 on A Wig in the Duplex, a collection of short stories set in Florida.

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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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Elaine Dimopoulos’s debut novel for young adults will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2015. Elaine has served as the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence and as a Saint Botolph Club Artist Fellow. A graduate of Yale, Columbia, and Simmons College, she teaches children's literature and writing for children at Boston University and Simmons. Her blog on children’s books, The Picky Reader, is hosted by mommybites.com. Elaine is represented by Edward Necarsulmer IV at Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner. To learn more, visit elainedimopoulos.com or follow @ElaineDimop.

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DAWN DORLAND is an LA-based writer and educator at work on her first novel and a memoir. She has been a fellow at Ragdale, Hambidge, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and received scholarships from the MFA program at the University of Maryland, the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops, and elsewhere. Dawn teaches fiction and nonfiction on the faculty of GrubStreet, Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and at the Downtown Women's Center, serving the homeless women of Skid Row. Dawn's fiction and essays are published in Green Mountains Review online and GrubWrites, collected in Paragraph, and versioned as audio for The Drum. Born and raised in rural Iowa, Dawn graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College, holds a degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity School, and an MFA from the University of Maryland. You can find her personal and craft essays on GrubWrites: https://grubstreet.org/blog/author/dawndorland/

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Jane Dykema’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Big Big Wednesday, Cosmonauts Avenue, the anthology, Cover Stories, and elsewhere. She’s a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from UMass Amherst and teaches writing at Clark University.

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Character-driven, high-concept and indie, drama, comedy, historical, and adaptations.

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Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is a writer and documentary filmmaker. She studied writing and literature at Goddard College, has a BS from Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She has published poetry and articles about Shakespeare, screenwriting, and film. She teaches screenwriting, film and literature at Lesley University and Northeastern University. Her new film, Nothing is Truer than Truth, is based on the book Shakespeare By Another Name. Cheryl is a lecturer at Shakespeare conferences around the country. Her debut documentary, All Kindsa Girls, screened at art house theaters and film festivals in London, Toronto, and throughout the US, is featured in Paul Sherman's book Big Screen Boston, and was short-listed for the PBS series POV. The film's theatrical screenings included the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston. She served as President of Women in Film & Video/New England for several years and was the 2012 Judge for the WIFVNE Annual Screenwriting Competition. She also served as a panelist for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 2012 Play/Screenwriting Fellowship. She served on the Board of Directors of The Next Door Theater in Winchester, Massachusetts for five years, and was just elected to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.

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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. 

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 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 is the winner of the 2016 Waasnode Fiction Prize, a 2017 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship, the 2017 Ivan Gold Fellowship from The Writers' Room of Boston, and a 2017 Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship. He earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota where he was a DOVE Fellow, an Anderson Center Fellow, and the Fiction Editor at DislocateHe is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House artist retreat in Western MA. He has taught Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota, UMass Boston, the Red Wing Youth Correctional Facility, Roxbury Open Studios, and at GrubStreet. Jonathan's writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, The Caribbean Writer, Passages North, Salt Hill Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, 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 directed the feature-length epic, Smalltown, from his screenplay and 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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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 appeard in Black Heart Magazine, Friend 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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Lana Fox is Co-Founder of Go Deeper Press, and she also co-runs the indie publishing service Here Booky Booky, where great manuscripts are made into beautiful books. Fox is the author of several book-length works, including "Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee" (Harper Collins’ Mischief), "Paws Off My Bone! An Assertiveness Guide for Dogs and Their Owners" (Go Deeper Press & Here Booky Booky), and "Con, Book 1: You Can Play it Safe When You’re Dead" (Go Deeper Press). Under another name, Fox is published in literary magazines, and works for a popular, bestselling branding expert. She has won literary awards from venues such as Glimmer Train and Narrative, and has worked as an editor for the latter. Fox’s erotic stories have appeared in numerous erotic collections, including "Best Women’s Erotica" among others. She is also the Editor of several anthologies, including Dirty Little Numbers, Femme Fatale, and Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame. An avid blogger, Fox’s articles appear at My Yoga Online, Spirituality & Health, BostonMagazine.com, Glo Magazine, and elsewhere. Find her at the (sometimes NSFW) lanafox.com and godeeperpress.com.

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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, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, New England Review, Guernica, Poetry Daily,Verse Daily, and the Missouri Review online. 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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I consult on memoir and most other nonfiction genres, including social critique, DIY, humor, travel, cookbooks, and design. My emphasis is on helping writers find and develop the central concept or theme that will drive their book project, and from there helping translate it into a narrative structure, topical organization, and/or graphic format.

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Matthew Frederick is a nonfiction literary scout, book consultant, author, and architect. His first book, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (MIT Press, 2007), was a LA Times and Boston Globe bestseller. It remains, eight years after its release, the intermittent #1 bestseller in architecture at Amazon.com. Mr. Frederick is also the creator, editor, and illustrator of the 101 Things I Learned book series, which has been translated into twenty-two languages. He teaches classes in memoir and other nonfiction genres at Grub Street and at writers conferences throughout the United States.

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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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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 work has been cited in the anthology Best American Essays 2016.

His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in PoetryThe Southern ReviewThe QuarterlyExquisite CorpseThe North American ReviewThe Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly and dozens of other literary magazines and in several anthologies. He is the winner of the Hobblestock Peace Poetry Competition and the Esme Bradberry Contemporary Poets Prize; has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center; and grants from the Somerville Arts Council and Vermont Arts Council.

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. Now, Gilsdorf primarily covers the arts; pop, gaming and geek culture; and media and technology, for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Wired, Salon, and WBUR's The Artery. His commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, WBUR's Cognoscenti, Newsday,  and elsewhere. He reviews movies for the Boston Globe and Art New England magazine, and reviews books for the New York Times Book Review and Boston Globe. He has published hundreds of feature stories, essays, op-eds and reviews in dozens of other publications worldwide, and frequently appears on NPR, The Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC, the Learning Channel, and on podcasts. A regular presenter, performer, and event moderator, he 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 a poet, literary translator, teacher, and author of Bread on Running Waters (2013) a finalist for the 2011 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and 2011 May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. A native of Albania, Gjika moved to the U.S. at age 18 and earned an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her other honors include awards and fellowships from the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, the Banff Centre International Literary Translators Residency, the Robert Fitzgerald Translation Prize, a Pushcart nomination, and an NEA grant for her translation from the Albanian of Luljeta Lleshanaku’s, Negative Space, forthcoming from New Directions (2018). Gjika’s poems have been featured in fishousepoems.org, Plume, Seneca Review, Salamander, Taos Journal of Poetry and elsewhere. Her translations have appeared in Asymptote Journal, AGNI Online, Ploughshares, World Literature Today, Tupelo Quarterly 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 fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, sequel, Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). You can check out her editorial services here and visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

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Kat Gonso was recently a semi-finalist in The Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Contest. Her flash fiction has been featured in American Literary Review, Fringe, Corium, and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, among others. She is the 2013 winner of The Southeast Review’s World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest, judged by Robert Olen Butler. In 2010 and 2012, "Escape Plan" and "Capture the Flag" were listed as finalists in this same competition. Currently, she divides her time between writing and teaching composition at Northeastern University, where she is the Writing Center Director.  

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An Irish native, Aine Greaney has lived in the U.S. for 26 years, currently on the North Shore of Boston. As well as her four published books, she has placed personal essays in Salon.com, The Boston Globe Magazine, Forbes, The Daily Muse, Writers Digest and Books by Women. Her how-to writing book, Writer with a Day Job, was released by Writers Digest Books in 2011. As well as writing, she is the communications director for a local non-profit, and she teaches and presents on creative writing at schools, universities and arts centers. Her author website: www.ainegreaney.com.

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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, family and relationships, mental health, medical trauma, childhood, adolescence. 

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Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), and the nonfiction parenting guide, 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 The Writer magazine, Parenting magazine, and Psychology Today. For more about Lynne’s work, visit her website, www.LynneGriffin.com or her blog, Field Guide to Families.

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Cynthia Gunadi’s fiction appears in 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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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, Driver’s Ed, which is a darkly comic story about a sex crime in a small town. 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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Constructing a chapbook or first book; lyric poetry; narrative poetry; persona poetry; identity/voice and poetics; GLBTQ poetry; formal poetry.

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Christopher Hennessy is the author of three books, including his debut book of poems, Love-In-Idleness, from Brooklyn Arts Press (2011), which was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award. His work has appeared in seven anthologies, including anthologies of poetry on topics as different as superheroes and divas. His other books are Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire, University of Wisconsin Press (2013), and Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets, from University of Michigan Press (2005). Most recently, he was the Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence at Western Illinois University. He has taught creative writing previously at Grub Street and also at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He earned an MFA from Emerson College and currently is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was included in Ploughshares' special "Emerging Writers" edition, and his poetry, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, Verse, Cimarron Review, The Writer's Chronicle, The Bloomsbury Review, Court Green, OCHO, Crab Orchard Review, Natural Bridge, Wisconsin Review, Brooklyn Review, Memorious, and elsewhere. At this year's Massachusetts Poetry Festival he presented a workshop and chaired a panel on poetry and desire, among his several conference appearances. Hennessy is also a longtime associate editor for The Gay & Lesbian Review-Worldwide and has extensive knowledge on submitting and publishing work at all levels of the process.

Poets who have worked with him on a consultant basis have gone on to win fellowships and publish first books.

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Calvin Hennick’s, fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Baltimore Review, the Boston Globe, Runner’s World, Eating Well, and dozens of other publications. He has taught writing at UMass Boston and in New York City’s public schools. 

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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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Jenny Hudson, founder and CEO of Merrimack Media, has a background in web and graphic design. A writer herself, she expanded her services to print-on-demand publishing in 2008 after publishing three of her own books and is dedicated to helping other authors succeed. Merrimack Media offers concierge book preparation as well as DIY services, book promotion, and most recently, crowdfunding, as an official partner of Pubslush. Merrimack Media published 25 new titles in the last year.

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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 is due soon from WW Norton & Company.

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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 teaching teens at Grub Street since 2009. His teaching experience includes elementary school reading, creative writing, literature, special education, and English as a second language. 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 collection of short stories. 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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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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Nadine Kenney Johnstone recently completed her memoir about the risks and repercussions of IVF. Nadine received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and her stories have been featured in The Moth, The Drum, Chicago magazine, and Pank, among other publications. She has worked in all aspects of writing: as a literary magazine editor, reporter, fiction contest judge, story performer, and creative writing coach. Currently, she teaches at Loyola University, Story Studio Chicago, and Grub Street (online). Find her writing advice at Beyond The Margins, The Review Review, and monthly at Grub Street Daily. Find her at nadinekenneyjohnstone.com and http://www.facebook.com/NadineKenneyJohnstone.

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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 holds degrees in literature and creative writing from Brown University, New York University and the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of two books:  The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, named the Best Travel Book of 2013 by the  Huffington Post; and  Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the New American Fiction Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including 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 and three summers teaching creative writing in Cuba, and her photographs often accompany her travel writing. She is on the faculty of Writing, Literature and Publishing and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College.

She is Co-director of the Cuba Writers Program, where she teaches in May.

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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. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia University and an MFA from NYU. Her short stories appear in the anthologies Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been and Tremors and she’s written for The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Together Tea has been translated into several languages and was recently adapted for the stage by playwright Matthew Spangler. Marjan grew up around the world 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 for five years and is currently working on her second novel.

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Carrie Kei Heim Binas is a writer, mother, former actress, and recovering attorney. In college she studied poetry, literature, creative writing, translation, and education, graduating with a degree in French from Vassar College and a second degree in English from Hunter College. Her work has been published in Boston Literary Magazine, Thaumatrope, and PicFic. When not working on her novel or building Lego pirate ships with her husband and daughter, she blogs about writing, Grub Street, the path to publication, and whatever else is on her mind at HeimBinasFiction.blogspot.com.

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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, Kristin Cashore, Cheryl Strayed, George Saunders, Lois Lowry, Malcolm Gladwell, Oliver Sacks, Eowyn Ivey, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Barry Lopez, Roxane Gay, 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 holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and 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 loves any opportunity to talk about books for all ages.

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Social media consulting. Training on general social channels as well as assisting with overall development of social strategy. 

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Crystal King is a 20-year marketing, social media and communications veteran, freelance writer and Pushcart-nominated poet. She is the author of the FEAST OF SORROW, about the ancient Roman gourmand, Apicius. Crystal has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at Harvard Extension School, Boston University, Mass College of Art, UMass Boston and GrubStreet writing center. A former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in media res. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at her website: crystalking.com

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Jeremy Lakaszcyck holds an MFA in creative writing in fiction from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he teaches creative writing. His fiction has won awards from Playboy Magazine and the Jack Kerouac Estate. An essay he wrote on teaching appears in the anthology Dispatches from the Classroom:  Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy published by Bloomsbury.

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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 Assistant Director of the Muse and the Marketplace, Sonya oversees the staff, organization, sponsorship, and execution of GrubStreet's annual conference of 800+ writers, guest authors, literary agents, editors, and publishing innovators. 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 or is forthcoming 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, Del Sol Review, The Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. She has received awards and honors from Best American Short Stories 2017 and 2015, 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 she was awarded the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship 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 is currently studying fiction in the MFA 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 in all genres in a variety of venues including The Boston Globe Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Redbook and The Massachusetts Review. Her essay, "At The Donkey Hotel," was a finalist in Solstice's Nonficition contest and her essay on non-traditional families is forthcoming in Soundings East. Her collection of nonfiction, The Death of Fred Astaire: Essays on an Improvised Life, is forthcoming from SUNYPress in May of 16. 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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Nature, magic, fairy tales, post-modernism, pop culture, family, childhood, tween and teens, as well as all aspects of Children's Literature and personal narrative, historical fiction, fantasy, thrillers, cozies, and detective fiction.
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Cheryl Lawton Malone is a freelance writer and poet who teaches creative writing at Grub Street, and at Lesley University at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her children's writing has been published in numerous journals and magazines, and her children's poetry has received several awards. In addition, she holds a BA in International Relations from Lehigh University, a JD in Law from Suffolk University School of Law and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Albert Whitman will publish her debut picture book, Dario and the Whale, in the spring of 2016. You can follow her on line at www.cheryllawtonmalone.comon Twitter at @MaloneLawton and on Facebook as Cheryl Lawton Malone Author

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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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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 is a contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing and reporting have also appeared in the New York Times, American Scholar, Atlantic Online, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Phoenix, Salon.com, Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, The Drum, The Weekly Dig, and AOL News. He's appeared on NPR and had multiple pieces named notable essays in the Best American series.

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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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Memoir, Family, Childhood, Trauma, Legal Narratives, Personal Narratives.

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s first book, a work of combined memoir and literary journalism titled ANY ONE OF US, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, among other honors. Her essays and short fiction appear in many publications, including The New York Times, Oxford American, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly Online, and the anthologies TRUE CRIME and OUT OF MANY. She teaches graduate public policy students at Harvard and the Memoir Incubator program at Grub Street. (Photo credit Joanna Eldredge)

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Anneli Matheson is an Associate Editor and Director of Special Projects for Black Lawrence Press.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from City University in Hong Kong, and has been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, 5x5 Literary Magazine and the Lowestoft Chronicle among others. She co-edited a poetry anthology cookbook titled Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner (Black Lawrence Press).  She loves working with young writers and creating a writing camp experience that’s fun, challenging and very generative.  

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Stacy Mattingly is a U.S. writer and the founder of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual group of young and emerging poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She holds an MFA in fiction 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. She has worked as a ghost writer for people in the news on books, including with Ashley Smith, the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Angel, an Atlanta hostage story now being made into a feature film. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Currently, she is writer-in-residence at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is completing a first novel, set in the Balkans. 

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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 as a writer for nearly a decade. Her work has appeared for Boston.comDig BostonUntitled MagazinePerformer Magazine, and several other outlets. 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. She currently resides in Brighton, Massachusetts and teaches creative writing at Urban College of Boston. For more information on Candace, you can visit her website at candacemcduffie.com.  

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Randy Susan Meyers' novels are informed by her work with families impacted by emotional and family violence. Her debut novel, The Murderer’s Daughters, was named one of the “2011 Ten Best Works of Fiction” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Accidents of Marriage, released in September 2014 was a PEOPLE magazine “Pick of The Week”, and an IndieBound September choice. 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.” She is the co-author of What To Do Before Your Book Launch. 

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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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I love working on all poetry, with a special interest in poetry that searches for the emotional resonance under daily events and family interactions. I am happy to work with both beginning and more advanced poets, on a small group of poems or a larger collection that they are readying for publication.

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Wendy Mnookin's most recent book of poems is Dinner with Emerson (TIger Bark Press, 2016.) Her other books are The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, What He Took, To Get Here, and Guenever Speaks. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Wendy has taught poetry at Emerson College, Boston College, and at workshops around the country. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. You can find out more about her work at wendymnookin.com.

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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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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 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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Offers private Scrivener lessons, both the basics, and how to best adapt it to work best for your specific project. Also 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. Prefers character-driven fiction and nonfiction with a strong personal voice, and specializes in helping writers find the best structure for their work.

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As Director of Programs and Marketing at GrubStreet, Alison Murphy oversees the design, execution, and marketing of all Grub programming to create the best possible creative environment for our students and instructors. 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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GLBT literature, Jewish literature, feminist literature, literature with strong female protagonists, historical fiction, humor, formal and free verse poetry, cross-genre (a novel told in verse, for example), children's books for alternative families.

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Lesléa Newman is the author of 62 books for adults and children including the novel, The Reluctant Daughter,the short story collection, A Letter to Harvey Milk, the poetry collection, Nobody's Mother, the young adult novel Jailbait, the middle-grade novel, Hachiko Waits, the children's book, Heather Has Two Mommies, and the writing guide, Write From the Heart. Her literary awards include creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, a James Baldwin award in cultural achievement, a Parents' Choice Silver Medal, and four Pushcart Prize nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists. From 2008-2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA. Her latest poetry collection, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard is forthcoming. Visitwww.lesleanewman.com for more information.

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Nathan Oates's debut collection of short stories, The Empty House, won the 2012 Spokane Prize. His stories have appeared in The Antioch Review, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. His stories have been anthologized twice in Best American Mystery Stories (2008, 2012), as well as in Forty Stories (Harper Perennial). He has been awarded fellowships from the New York State Summer Writer's Institute and the Sewanee Writer's Conference. He earned his M.A. in Fiction Writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri and is now an associate professor at Seton Hall University where he teaches creative writing and literature. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Science, education, business, human potential, psychology and psychiatry, medicine, health, parenting, politics.

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Dr. Ogi Ogas is a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University School of Education, where he serves as Project Head for the Dark Horse Project. He co-authored the books A Billion Wicked Thoughts (Penguin, 2010), Shrinks (Little Brown, 2015), The End of Average (Harper One, 2016), and The Drug Hunters (Arcade, 2016). He is currently co-authoring Dark Horse (Harper One, 2018). He also co-authored the ebook Unlocking the Sexy in Surrender. Shrinks was longlisted for the PEN Literary Science Writing Award and is currently being developed as a documentary series by PBS. His writing has been published in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Wired, Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychology Today, and Seed Magazine. He reached the million dollar question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and battled Ken Jennings in the finals of Grand Slam. 

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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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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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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 The 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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Sophie Powell was born in 1980, and split her time growing up between London and a sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. She graduated in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge University and has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from New York University. 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 and creative nonfiction. She has taught at Boston College, New York University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and with the Lesley Seminars and was previously assistant director of Abroad Writers' Conferences. For more about Sophie, visit www.meetsophiepowell.com.

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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, WIRED, TIME, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. His first book, GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN, is forthcoming from Little, Brown & Company in August 2017.

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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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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 Rivera is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently based in Boston. She holds a BFA in Art Studio (Sculpture) and a BA in English from the University of New Mexico, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Boston University. Sara's artistic practice includes music, theater, drawing, sculpture, and text, and she believes that art is most alive when it is both interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her literary interests include poetry, genre fiction (science fiction and fantasy), and Spanish-English literary translation (focus on Latin American literature). She was awarded a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her poetry and speculative fiction are featured in the Loft Anthology, DIALOGIST, Origins Journal, Storyscape Journal, Circuits & Slippers, in Boston's City Hall as part of the 2015 Mayor's Poetry Program, and elsewhere. Her work is upcoming in spoKe and the Green Mountains Review.

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Aviv Rubinstien is a screenwriter, director, and teacher living in LA. He is writing this bio himself, in the third person, and feels very awkward about it.

 

In 2009, while earning a screenwriting MFA from Boston University, Aviv founded the music website Sleepover Shows with two friends--giving touring bands a free place to sleep in exchange for an unplugged performance. The site quickly gained national recognition, and Aviv produced, directed, and edited over 300 live music videos from acts such as Lady Lamb, Group Love, OK Go, and Saintseneca, often breaking them onto the national stage.

 

In 2012, Aviv bought a van and moved from Boston to Los Angeles, directing his first feature in the process: a narrative-docu hybrid, The Anchorite. The film follows three musicians at different parts of the careers, as they tour the country and become a family. The Anchorite was on shot a real music tour: 33 states over 35 days. It features musical performances from a over dozen up-and-coming artists, and many Sleepover Shows alums. The film is out on VOD through Synergetic Entertainment.

 

Since then, Aviv has written and directed several feature films and documentaries across all genres. He has worked as a screenwriter and/or script doctor for over a dozen feature films and TV Pilots. These works include Lift Me Up, Directed by Mark Cartier and Produced by North of Two Productions, Good Grief, Directed by Brandon Ford Green and The Reason, Directed by Randall Stevens. 

 

Most recently Aviv sold a Western which is in pre-production, slated to be filmed in 2018.

Aviv has been teaching screenwriting and filmmaking since 2007. He primarily teaches at Relativity School and New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. He is formerly the Director of Film and Arts at ICL Academy, a performing arts high school in Los Angeles, and has guest lectured at Boston University and The University of Rhode Island.

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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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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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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 co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children (Hudson Street, 2011), Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too (McGraw-Hill, 2008), and has written and edited numerous other titles, both commercially and independently. Katrin has been featured multiple times on TODAY, Talk of the Nation, and in The London Times, as well as other national and international media outlets. Current works-in-progress include a novel, a book on parenting strategies that can make or break affluent children, and on-going editorial work for editors, agents, and writers. For the past ten years she has been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and at Bay State Correctional Facility, 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. She has a regular column on The Grub Daily and can be found at katrinschumann.com, and on Twitter and Instagram: @katrinschumann.

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Beth Schwartzapfel is a staff writer at the Marshall Project, covering the criminal justice system. Before she joined the Marshall Project in 2014, she worked for a decade as a freelance journalist whose long-form and narrative work appeared in Mother Jones,  the American Prospect, and Boston Review.  Before becoming a journalist, she worked as an outreach worker and educator at an HIV/hepatitis C clinic. Check out the Marshall Project at www.themarshallproject.org.

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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 Sender's fiction has won the Glimmer Train fiction open, The Mississippi Review fiction contest, the Boulevard emerging writers contest, and the Lawrence Prize for best story published in Michigan Quarterly Review.  Her work also appears in The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Salon, and others.  A MacDowell Colony and VCCA fellow, she holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and a B.A. from Yale.  She is currently studying Literature & Religion at Harvard Divinity School.

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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 and The Center of the World. 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 and Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and leads writing workshops in Jamaica, Guatemala, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.

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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 and three cookbooks, A White House Garden Cookbook, a chronicle of the first season of Michelle Obama’s garden; The Boston Chef's Table, a collection of recipes from Boston restaurants; and The New England Soup Factory Cookbook with chef Marjorie Druker, a bestselling soup title on amazon.com. 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. She directs the Chautauqua Writers' Center, a nine-week series of poetry and prose workshops in western New York. She has taught adult workshops at Chautauqua and teen workshops at Books of Hope and Urban Scholars. She has an M.A. in History from University of Massachusetts Boston 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 spelling, 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. 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 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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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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Travel, politics, education, and, music. Much of my own writing been inspired by my experiences living and traveling in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as working with immigrants and refugees in inner city communities, so I am particularly interested in assisting on projects dealing with diverse settings and characters.

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Adam Stumacher's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Night Train, Massachusetts Review, Five Chapters, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He holds degrees from Cornell University and Saint Mary's College and was a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He has been awarded a tuition scholarship from Bread Loaf and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Spiro Arts, and others. He has taught creative writing at MIT, the University of Wisconsin, Saint Mary's College, and Grub Street, and he has many years experience as a teacher in inner city high schools, for which he was awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education. He is the author of a short story collection, The Neon Desert, and is currently working on a novel, entitled A Liar's Opus.

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Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. He’s the author of the chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press. Dariel has taught creative writing at the Boston Arts Academy and Boston University, where he obtained his MFA in Fiction as a Global Fellow, and is now Head of Faculty and Curriculum at GrubStreet. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie SchoonerNorth American ReviewSouthern Humanities Review, The Florida Review, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary PrizeDariel has recently completed a novel, titled THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, and a story collection, A KIND OF SOLITUDE, both set in his native Cuba. More can be found at www.darielsuarez.com

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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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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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I enjoy all sorts of fiction, narrative verse, poetry, and personal essays. In fiction I'm drawn to contemporary realism, cross-cultural, international, 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 Lit: young adult fiction, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, verse novels, biographies, picture books, poetry.

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Holly Thompson is the author of the young adult verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards (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) and the forthcoming Twilight Chant (Clarion), and she edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press). She is regular contributor to ANA Wingspan magazine, and for over ten years she has served as Regional Advisor for the Japan chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). A native of Massachusetts and longtime resident of Japan, she is a graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program, presents 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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All types of literary and commercial fiction.

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Becky Tuch is the founding editor of The Review Review, a website which reviews literary magazines and interviews journal editors. She has received literature fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Somerville Arts Council, and her fiction has won awards from Moment Magazine, Briar Cliff Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. Other writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, Hobart, Quarter After Eight, Folio, HTMLGiant, Night Train, Graze, and has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 her work was included in The Drum's audio series at the Boston Book Festival. She is one of the founders of the writing and publishing blog, Beyond the Margins. Learn more: www.BeckyTuch.com

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Jason Tucker's essays have appeared in The Southeast Review, River Teeth, Cream City Review, Waccamaw, The Common, and Sweet, among other places. He also teaches writing at Suffolk University.

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Karina van Berkum is a poet, teacher and editor. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Curio Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Penny Engine, 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. Now that she is back in her beloved New England, however, she is loving her days teaching preschool and editing for "spoKe," an annual poetry magazine 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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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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Tim Weed’s first novel, WILL POOLE'S ISLAND (2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. He is the winner of Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction and Solas Best Travel Writing awards, and his work has appeared in The Millions, Colorado Review, Talking Points Memo, The Rumpus, Fiction Writers Review, Talking Writing, Writer's Chronicle, and elsewhere. Tim teaches at Grub Street and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University and is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers’ Program. His new short fiction collection, A FIELD GUIDE TO MURDER & FLY FISHING (Green Writers Press, 2017) has been shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Tim lives in southern Vermont and periodically serves as a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions in Cuba, Spain, and Tierra del Fuego.
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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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Erotica, romance, sex scenes, and sex nonfiction (including nonfiction book proposals).

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Sue Williams is co-founder of Here Booky Booky (herebookybooky.com) where authors' works are made into beautiful books. With a background in psychology, education, and online marketing, she is an instructor and confidence coach at Grub Street and has published her short stories at a variety of magazines and journals including Narrative (where she also worked as an editor), Salamander, the Yalobusha Review, and elsewhere. Under her pen name, Sue is agented, has published a novel and several collections, writes columns on sexuality and spirituality, and also runs an indie press. As Sue, she works as a marketing assistant for branding and marketing expert Dorie Clark, and also coaches writers who are looking to build their confidence and platforms. Find out more at www.herebookybooky.com and www.suewilliams.co.uk

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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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Ashley Wong grew up in New Hampshire. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming 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 an independent school in the greater Boston area.

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Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a comic series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series, is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling comic anthology, FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead as well as the FUBAR: American History Z and Vic Boone: Bourbon and Buckshot anthologies. She also writes non-fiction features for infoplease.com. Jennie is one of Go Magazine’s Women We Love for 2013. For more, go to www.jenniewood.com.

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I’m interested in just about any kind of nonfiction and love to help writers figure out the story and structure of their books. I also have extensive experience as an editor in publishing and can edit and/or critique partial and complete manuscripts. Additionally, I can advise on submitting nonfiction book proposals. As an agent, I represent books in psychology, women’s issues, history, education, health and wellness, sports, humor, food and culture, natural history and anything about animals, religion and spirituality, and African American studies.

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Joanne Wyckoff is an agent with the Carol Mann Agency. Prior to joining CMA, she was an agent with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. Before becoming an agent, Joanne worked as Senior Editor at Ballantine Books/Random House, and Executive Editor at Beacon Press. As an agent, Joanne represents nonfiction exclusively. She has a particular love of the memoir, narrative nonfiction, the personal narrative, and narrative journalism. She is always looking for writers with strong, original voices who explore a subject in new and surprising ways. She has extensive experience working with academics and experts in diverse fields, helping them develop and write books for a broad market. Her nonfiction list includes books in psychology, women's issues, history, education, health and wellness, sports, humor, food and culture, natural history and anything about animals, religion, spirituality, and African-American studies.

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Family and relationship stories, parenting essays, coming-of-age, mental health, humor, experimental forms in creative nonfiction.

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Amy Yelin’s essays and interviews have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, Brainchild Mag, Salon.com and other publications, including two anthologies. She’s the recipient of a Pushcart nomination, a notable essay mention in The Best American Essays (2007), a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a scholarship from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony. Amy is currently assistant nonfiction editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.
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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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