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Lauren Artiles (she/they) is GrubStreet's Programs Assistant. Lauren previously worked in events at Harvard Book Store and is passionate about fostering connection and community amongst fellow readers and writers. She received her MFA in Writing from the CalArts School of Critical Studies, a BA in English and Creative Writing from Muhlenberg College, and is an alum of GrubStreet's Short Story Incubator program. Outside of arts administration and thinking about fiction, Lauren loves horror films, gardening, cooking, and adding more books to the precarious TBR pile on her nightstand.
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Under Eve’s (she/her/hers) leadership, GrubStreet has grown into a national literary powerhouse known for artistic excellence, working to democratize the publishing pipeline and program innovation. An active partner to the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Eve was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston and securing chapter 91 space in the Seaport to build a creative writing center. The Barr Foundation recently named her a 2019 Barr Fellow in recognition of her leadership. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on the future of publishing, what it takes to build a literary arts center, and the intersection of arts and civics at numerous local and national conferences. Her essays and op-eds on publishing, the role of creative writing centers and the importance of the narrative arts have appeared in The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Writer's Digest and TinHouse. Eve serves on the Advisory Board of The Loop Lab, a new Cambridge-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing representation in the Media Arts. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers. Before starting GrubStreet, she attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, and ran an international bookstore in Prague.
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Laniesha Brown (She/Her/Hers) is GrubStreet's Program Coordinator. She holds an M.F.A in Poetry and an M.A. in English Literature from McNeese State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Caribbean Writer, The Hunger, the minnesota review and more. She has also been recently featured as a 2021 Boston Poet of the Day by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing fetch with her cats and eating fried plantains.
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Olivia Carey (she/her/hers) is the Marketing Associate at GrubStreet. She aids the Director of Marketing & Communications in promoting GrubStreet across social media, the web, email, and elsewhere. Olivia has been in the marketing, strategy, and publicity space since 2018. She is experienced in social media management, email marketing, and analytics-driven strategy and loves using social media as a storytelling tool. She received a BA in Publishing from Emerson College, where she discovered a passion for book design. She is originally from Richmond, VA. In her free time, she enjoys tooling around InDesign, wool blanket restoration, and knitting comically long scarves.
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Christopher Castellani founded the Muse and Marketplace Conference and continues to advise on the design, structure and programming of the conference in collaboration with the Muse team.   Christopher is the author of four novels, including All This Talk of Love (2013) — a New York Times Editors' Choice — A Kiss from Maddalena (2003)— winner of the Massachusetts Book Award — and The Saint of Lost Things (2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book. His book of essays on the craft of fiction, The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, was published by Graywolf in 2016. His most recent novel, Leading Men, for which he received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, was published in February 2019. Leading Men has been optioned for film by Peter Spears and Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) with a screenplay adaptation by Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance). Christopher is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He is also the Chair of the Writing Panel for the National YoungArts Foundation. In 2015, he was awarded the Barnes and Noble/Poets & Writers "Writer for Writers" Award in recognition of his contributions to the literary community and his generosity toward fellow writers.   Christopher was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. For the 2022-2023 academic year, he will be the Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. He lives in Boston and Provincetown.
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Erin works on GrubStreet's core curriculum, intensive programs, and scholarship committee. She came to Boston from Oakland, CA, where she was a coordinator for a literacy nonprofit in public elementary schools. In addition to her role on the Programs staff, she teaches essay classes, and is a student of both fiction and nonfiction here at GrubStreet. Erin studied classical literature as an undergraduate at St. John's College and Mills College, and studied English, philosophy, and education as a graduate student at Harvard.
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Florann Estiler (she/her/hers) is the Marketing Coordinator at GrubStreet. She supports the Director of Marketing & Communications in the promotion of departmental campaigns and events, including social media, email, print, and the web. She has a strong background in social media management, content creation, and online advertisement. She holds a BA in Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College. Prior to joining the team, Florann had the opportunity to work in the beauty, tech, and music industries, where she developed a passion for photography, videography, and writing. During her free time, Florann enjoys watching K-dramas, reading mystery novels, and experimenting in the kitchen.
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Kathryn Fenneman (she/her) serves as Director of Administration and Operations, focusing on supporting staff and creating spaces that foster learning, growth, equity, inclusion and belonging. She brings over 15 years of experience working with domestic and international nonprofits in human services, youth development, education and community development. She holds a dual MA in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence & Conflict Studies from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Outside of work, you might find her playing or watching soccer, curling up with a good book or eating something tasty.
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Lev Friedland (they/them/theirs) is GrubStreet’s Operations Associate. They received an MFA in Creative Writing and a graduate certificate in Jewish Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Lev is a 2021 Somerville Arts Council Literature Fellow, a finalist for the 2021 Chautauqua Janus Prize, and the winner of Redivider’s 2019 Blurred Genre contest. They consider themself an experimental writer, a performance artist, and a queer science fabulist. When not writing, Lev is thinking about how they probably should be writing.
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Travon earned an M.F.A. in Poetry and an M.A. in Literature from McNeese State University, while also holding a B.A. in English with extensive studies done in Secondary Education and Ethnic and Gender Studies from Westfield State University. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Persona and Five2One, and his prose poetry was a finalist for Redivider’s Blurred Genre Contest in 2017. He has served as a staff member for The McNeese Review and Persona Literary Journal throughout his graduate and undergraduate studies. He has read several times for the Dr. Gray’s Free-Range Reading Series, and was a panelist for the South Central Modern Language Association Conference in 2018. In addition to sharing his works publicly, Travon has also facilitated several symposiums regarding cross-cultural conversations and celebrations of race in the English classroom. While joining GrubStreet’s community, the former DIII National Champion simultaneously serves as an assistant throws coach for Amherst College’s Track and Field program. Travon is also the 2017 Shipley’s Donut on a String Eating Champion.
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(she/her/hers) As the Senior Program Coordinator of the Boston Writers of Color Group, she oversees programming, engage with members through media outlets and monthly BWOC newsletter, and provide opportunities and guidance to self-identifying writers of color. Prior to joining the team in 2018, she has held administrative, marketing and retail positions---beginning in the literary space as the Poetry Editor Intern at Salamander Magazine. As a poet, she has performed at Boston Poetry Marathon, HUBWeek, and Literary Death Match. Serina holds a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in Black Studies from Suffolk University. When she's not writing poetry, she's either writing on her blog, The Rina Collective, or creating artwork with her calligraphy. 
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Eson Kim (she/her) serves as the Director of Community Engagement at GrubStreet, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her stories have appeared in Calyx Journal, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, among others. She received a Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and earned the David B. Saunders Award for creative nonfiction. She was also named to the Notable list of Best American Essays. She's appeared on Radio Boston's Summer Reads series and Stories from the Stage (WGBH). She loves any opportunity to talk about books for all ages, preferably while sipping on a tall glass of bubble tea.
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Yifei “Effie” Kong was raised by her grandmother in Xuzhou, China, and immigrated to Texas at the age of seven. A third-culture kid at heart, much of her interest, work, and writing echo her enduring questions about belonging, ancestry, and self-definition. Prior to joining GrubStreet in 2021, she was a social worker for immigrant teens in Boston and a creative writing teacher for high school students in Shanghai. Effie earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Creative Writing at New York University. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain with two furballs and south-facing windows.
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Aamani (she/her/hers) is GrubStreet's Grants Manager. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a certificate in Arts Management from UMass Amherst, and she has a background working in arts organizations. She can often be found strolling around a park or at the plant store, selecting new members of her ever-growing plant family. The rest of her free time is spent thinking about all things art, testing out new recipes, and curling up with a good book.
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Alex (he/him) is GrubStreet's Finance & HR Associate. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2012, where he earned a B.F.A. in Film & TV Production with a focus in Animation. He made a career in educational children's programming, and was fortunate to work on characters, props and backgrounds for such award-winning shows as Peg + Cat (PBS), Click Clack Moo (Amazon Prime) and Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic). He continued to explore other interests, and has gone on to work in carpentry, immersive theater, and hospitality. Prior to joining the Grub team, Alex worked for Hostelling International, a venerable non-profit dedicated to promoting cross-cultural experiences and making travel accessible for all. In his free time, Alex enjoys surfing, impromptu road trips, craft beer, schlocky horror movies, and working on his graphic novel.
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Hannah Levinson (she/her) serves as the Development Associate for Membership & Individual Giving at GrubStreet. She serves as the primary point of contact for the GrubStreet membership program, and supports the Senior Manager for Leadership Giving in donor stewardship. She is a graduate of Northeastern University with a BA in English and Theatre, minor in Writing. Previously, Hannah worked at Actor's Shakespeare Project as their Social Media Coordinator and at the National Women's Theatre Festival as the Artistic & Administrative Apprentice. As an artist & writer, Hannah strives to bring an ethic of care and justice into whatever project she's working on. She wears a variety of hats, including playwright, researcher, stage manager, dramaturg, director, avid baker, and devoted plant parent. When she's not at GrubStreet, she's probably cooking up something tasty in her cozy home in Jamaica Plain.
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Emmanuela Maurice serves as the Head of Faculty at GrubStreet. Her professional background is in higher education, and Emmanuela takes classes and teaches at GrubStreet. Her unique 3-tiered perspective (college professor/administrator, GrubStreet student and GrubStreet instructor) assists her in developing workshops and trainings that will further enrich the instructor/student dynamic, especially regarding culturally responsive pedagogy. Emmanuela holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University.
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Laura McCormick (she/her) serves as the Human Resources Manager for GrubStreet. Laura attended Bradley University where she studied Psychology and has previously worked with organizations that focused on equitable access to healthcare. She is passionate about collaboration and continuous improvement, progressive policy development, and creating a warm and welcoming culture for her fellow Grubbies. Outside of work, she enjoys reading satirical fiction, listening to WBUR, petting cats, and watching horror films.
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(she/her/hers) As Finance Coordinator/Bookkeeper, Dana Mead monitors and performs the day-to-day financial operations and financial reporting as well as the administration of payroll and benefits for GrubStreet. She brings over 8 years of nonprofit financial experience. Prior to working at GrubStreet she worked as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development, a regional nonprofit affordable housing developer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is originally from Delaware and as someone who hates the cold is continually confused about how she ended up living somewhere that experiences winter for half the year. Outside of creating pivot tables and analyzing P&L statements, you can find her reading one of the many books on her to read list, practicing her ice skating moves, or supporting local abortion access with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund where she serves on the board. 
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As the Development Director, Stephanie Poggi works to ensure that GrubStreet has the resources to meet its ambitious goals, including dramatically increasing access for underrepresented communities. Before coming to GrubStreet, Stephanie helped to lead and raise funds for literary journals, reproductive rights and justice efforts, and racial and economic justice campaigns. She also worked as a journalist and editor for many years, including as editor-in-chief of Sojourner: The Women’s Forum and as news and then features editor of Gay Community News. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and back in the day, she earned a double major in Feminist Studies and Italian from Stanford University. She is revising her first novel.
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As the Senior Manager for Leadership Giving, Kat Read (she/her) works to support GrubStreet's programming and bring the new home on the waterfront to life. Prior to joining the team in 2019, she worked in fundraising at several international and human services organizations. Kat has a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and an M.S. in Fundraising Management from Columbia University. Kat is also a writer and a graduate of GrubStreet's Essay Incubator program. Her essay "The Whale" was a finalist in Hippocampus Magazine's 2019 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in River Teeth, The Manifest-Station, The Sun - Readers Write, The Hunger, GRLSQUASH, Pangyrus, and Brevity Blog.
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Eliza (she/her/hers) is GrubStreet's Operations Manager. Prior to this role, Eliza supported GrubStreet's Finance and HR teams. She has also had experience working in numerous capacities at publishing houses. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2020 where she studied Sociology and Spanish. For fun, she is regularly bingeing literary fiction, EDM, and guilty-pleasure reality TV. Eliza is dabbling in Grub classes after a many-year creative writing hiatus and is eager to see where this pen to paper journey takes her.
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Preety Sidhu leads GrubStreet's annual Muse & the Marketplace conference team. She has worked on the editorial teams at Electric Literature and The Southern Review literary journal, and holds an MFA in fiction from Louisiana State University. Previously, she taught math at independent schools in the Boston and New York areas.
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Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1997 at age fourteen. He is the author of the novel The Playwright’s House (Red Hen Press) and the story collection A Kind of Solitude (Willow Springs Books), winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Education Director at GrubStreet. His work has received the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize and will be anthologized in this year’s Best American Essays. His prose has also appeared in numerous publications, including The Threepenny Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Literary Hub, and The Caribbean Writer. Dariel earned his MFA in Fiction at Boston University and currently resides in the Boston area.
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Sean Van Deuren (he/him/his) is the Director of Marketing & Communications at GrubStreet and is responsible for marketing and communications initiatives, brand strategy and management, and the production of promotional materials and marketing campaigns. He has had many roles at GrubStreet over the years including marketing, volunteer coordination, community engagement, and youth program management. He previously worked on programs and communications at an applied research and design lab focused on tech and new media for civic good, and earned his BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing from Emerson College. When not working on amplifying GrubStreet’s mission, programs, events, and the many artistic successes of students and community members, you’ll find him enjoying the latest independent films and old Hollywood classics at local theaters, riding around town on his bicycle, and generally collecting (read: amassing) more books than he could ever hope to finish in his lifetime (but he’s still giving it a go!). He invites everyone to follow and connect with GrubStreet on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and encourages the whole GrubStreet community to share their writing and publishing success stories with us via the "good news" section of our website. 
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Emma (she/her/hers) is the Senior Coordinator for Executive Administration and Special Initiatives. She previously worked for theaters and non-profits in New York and New England, including Theatre Communications Group, Huntington Theatre Company, Company One Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Live & In Color, Sleeping Weazel, and more. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and her writing has been featured on HowlRound.com and at the Huntington Theatre Company. She holds a BA in Theater and Gender & Women's Studies from Connecticut College and received additional training at the National Theater Institute and British American Drama Academy.
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Ellen (she/they) is an Operations Associate at GrubStreet. Ellen grew up in Storrs, CT, graduated Emerson’s BFA Creative Writing program in 2018, and worked in a substantially separate classroom for neurodivergent learners at Cambridge Public Schools before joining GrubStreet. Ellen’s writing has appeared in 3Elements Literary Review. Beyond GrubStreet, Ellen can be found deep in a park, lounging at the beach, or splashing in the water; and most enjoys being accompanied by friends and family, or some tunes and a good book.
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