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Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization 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. Her work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women and by ​BostInno Magazine who gave her their 2014 Arts and Entertainment Award for driving innovation in Boston. 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 decreasing youth violence and drug abuse by increasing job opportunities. 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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As Editor of GrubWrites, GrubStreet's popular blog, Colwill serves the Grub community a daily dose of literary goodness. Book lovers can find reviews, news, recommendations, and conversations with exciting new authors to stay up to speed on all things lit. Writers, GrubWrites is your go-to spot for expert craft talk, thoughtful discussions on how writing is learned and taught, and essential publishing and publicity advice. Colwill is also a GrubStreet instructor and consultant specializing in the novel.

 

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

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Christopher Castellani is the author of four books, most recently The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on the craft of point of view in fiction. He has published three novels: A Kiss from Maddalena won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award, was a Top Ten BookSense pick, and has been published in five countries and three languages; The Saint of Lost Things was long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin award in 2005 and was also published abroad; All This Talk of Love was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a finalist for the 2014 Ferro-Grumley Literary Award. His short story, "The Living," was recently published as a Ploughshares solo.

 

In 2014, Christopher was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Level One Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for his fourth novel, Leading Men , which will be published in January 2019 by Viking Penguin. Leading Men is the result of exhaustive research into the relationship between Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner, Frank Merlo, and the alchemy that helped to create Williams's great plays.

 

Over the years, Christopher has contributed essays on creative writing to numerous anthologies, including Naming The World, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston, Now Write! edited by Sherry Ellis, and Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Elizabeth Benedict.

 

Christopher has been involved with Grub Street since 2000, when, upon graduation from the MFA program at Boston University, he was hired to teach his first fiction workshop. He has since held many positions at the organization, including head instructor, board member, and Executive Director. In his current role as Artistic Director, he helps to develop new advanced programs, advise on pedagogy, and serve as a resource for the program team.

 

When he's not at Grub Street, Christopher is a sought-after teacher and speaker. He is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, which is frequently ranked as the top MFA program in the country. He has given readings and presented on numerous craft topics at dozens of writing conferences, colleges, and universities, including Swarthmore, Harvard, Tufts, UConn, Allegheny, CUNY, Brown, AWP, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the YoungArts Foundation in Miami.

 

Christopher holds a BA in English from Swarthmore College and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts. In 2015, he won the Barnes & Noble / Poets & Writers "Writer for Writers" Award in recognition of his service and contributions to the literary community.

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As Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Ian Jude Chio brings over twenty years of financial and business management experience to GrubStreet.  He is responsible for the overall management of GrubStreet’s financials which includes but is not limited to financial reporting, cash flow management, budgeting, financial planning, and employee contracts and benefits administration. Prior to coming to GrubStreet, Ian Jude served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Schneider Associates, a Boston public relations firm, where he worked for almost a decade. Before moving from his native California to Boston in 2005, Ian Jude owned and operated a Mail Boxes Etc franchise and served as an elementary school librarian. He holds a Master of Arts in Colonial American History and has completed accounting coursework at Harvard Extension School. 

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

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


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

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As the Development Assistant at GrubStreet, Serina Gousby serves to meet target goals, assist the Executive Director, help coordinate events and logistics, and make sure that all donors and members feel welcomed and appreciated. In her role as Boston Writers of Color Group Coordinator, she assists the Director of the Muse Conference & Advocacy with program events, 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 writer and poet, her work has been published in Venture Magazine, Paradise In Limbo Magazine, The Suffolk Journal, Necessary Fiction, and her blog, The Rina Collective. Serina holds a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in Black Studies from Suffolk University. 

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Hanna Katz holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Since moving to Boston in 2012, Hanna has held a variety of positions including Special Markets Sales Intern for Perseus Books Group, writer for a political campaign, Community Specialist at CIC Cambridge, and Art Director and Treasurer for Emerson's student-run publisher, Wilde Press. She's previously been published in the Kansas City Star and BU's Coup d'Etat and is hard at work on a novel about a young woman in a Missouri town who struggles between the boundaries of organized religion and standing up for what she holds dear. Hanna joined GrubStreet in January 2015 as the YAWP intern and has worked on the Muse & the Marketplace each year since.

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

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

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

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

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

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Matt is GrubStreet's new Finance & Operations Coordinator. He's an adventurer prepared for anything Boston can throw at him: in the past year he has taught English in two under-served French middle schools, visited 7 countries, and biked from Baltimore to Seattle to support young adults with cancer. By some miracle he still enjoys biking, as well as swimming and yoga. He wants to do a triathlon next year, for some crazy reason. In college he wrote op-eds for the campus newspaper, and now he's wondering if they'll let crazy alumni submit some crazy stories.

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As the Development Manager, Alyssa Mazzarella assists with ensuring that GrubStreet has the resources it needs to support writers of all types and talents. Prior to joining GrubStreet's staff, she taught and tutored writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Creative Writing for poetry. She also previously served as the Development Associate at Bottom Line, a local non-profit that helps low-income and first-generation students graduate from college. As a poet, Alyssa is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and was a semifinalist for a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship in 2015. She has taught at Baystate Correctional Center, holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, and has had poems appear in apt, The Briar Cliff Review, Common Ground Review, and Freshwater.

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

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Dharani Persaud is GrubStreet's Youth and Community Programs Coordinator. She holds a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Political Science and a minor in Italian Studies from Wellesley College. She has had publications appear in BrownGirl Magazine and Kajal Magazine. When Dharani is not writing you can find her sitting in secluded corners of bookstores, petting other people's dogs, or both.

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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 underserved 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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Lauren Rheaume has held various titles since she started at Grub (including Registrar, Registration & Operations Coordinator, and Office Manager), and made her full transition over the Finance & Administration side of the organization in 2015. As HR & Operations Manager, she handles vendor relations, manages the internship program, and with the support our Finance & Operations Coordinator, oversees operations of the organization. She also handles benefits administration, instructor payroll, and other finance tasks. Lauren is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and hails from the south coast of Massachusetts.  When she's not spending hours staring at spreadsheets at her desk, you'll find her writing and reading essays, infusing bourbon and experimenting with cocktails, and practicing yoga in hopes of finally achieving crow pose. She is a student in the inaugural Essay Incubator program. 

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

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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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