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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 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 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. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing fetch with her cat and eating fried plantains.

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Christopher Castellani is the author of five books, most recently the novel Leading Men, a work of alt-historical literary fiction about the relationship between Frank Merlo and Tennessee Williams, which was published in 2019 by Viking Press and featured in Publishers Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, where it was named an Editors’ Choice. Algonquin published his three previous novels: A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award; The Saint of Lost Things (2005), which was long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin award in 2005 and was also published abroad; and All This Talk of Love (2013), which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a finalist for the 2014 Ferro-Grumley Literary Award. His short story, "The Living," was published as a Ploughshares solo and was a Distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories 2014.

 

Christopher is also the author of The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on the craft of point of view in fiction, which was published by Graywolf Press in 2016 as part of its prestigious “Art Of…” series, edited by Charles Baxter.

 

In 2014, Christopher was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Level One Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for Leading Men.

 

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. He has also published essays and reviews in The LA Times, O, LitHub, Italian Americana, and The Boston Globe.

 

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, his focus is on events taking place on our new Writers’ Stage on the waterfront, as well as our annual conference, “The Muse and the Marketplace.” He works closely with our major partners Porter Square Books and MassPoetry and other collaborators to develop various speaker and performance series.

 

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, the national YoungArts program based in Miami, 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, centers, colleges, and universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, Swarthmore, Harvard, Tufts, UConn, StoryStudio, Lighthouse Writers, Allegheny, CUNY, Brown, AWP, the Key West Literary Seminars, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria.

 

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 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, where she earned an Ed.M. degree in Learning and Teaching. 

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Florann Estiler is GrubStreet's Marketing Coordinator. She has a strong background in social media management, content creation, and online advertisement. She holds a BA in Media Studies from 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 likes to watch horror films, read mystery novels, and experiment in the kitchen.

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Vero González is a queer femme-inist writer and translator from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she was a Dean's Graduate Fellow and a BFA from Pratt Institute, where she won the Thesis Prize in Fiction. She has received support from A Room of Her Own Foundation (Touching Lives Fellow, 2015) as well as Hedgebrook and the Rona Jaffe Foundation (Hedgebrook/Rona Jaffe Inaugural Fellow, 2018). She lives in Boston, where she is working on a hybrid book about intergenerational trauma, colonialism, and healing. Vero is GrubStreet's Neighborhood Programs Fellow for Egleston Square.
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As the Development Associate at GrubStreet, Serina Gousby serves to meet target goals, 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 BWOC Manager 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 poet, she has performed at Boston Poetry Marathon, HUBWeek, and Literary Death Match. Her essays has been published in The Suffolk Journal, 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 (she/her) has worked on GrubStreet’s annual Muse & the Marketplace conference for aspiring and emerging fiction and nonfiction writers since 2016. Originally from Kansas City, Hanna moved to Boston to study Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. She is at work on a novel about a woman in a Missouri town who struggles between the boundaries of organized religion and standing up for the values it taught her.

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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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Yeleen Lee (she/her) is GrubStreet's Donor Communications and Events Coordinator. She holds a BA in women's, gender, and sexuality studies and a minor in religion from Barnard College. Prior to joining GrubStreet, Yeleen organized diverse communities for language access and economic justice, working with youth and low-income immigrants in New York City. As a Seeding Change Fellow, Yeleen developed an interest in utilizing storytelling as a powerful tool of community and resource building. Outside of GrubStreet, she floats between various passion projects, including zine-making, baking, and writing.

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As GrubStreet's Finance & Operations Coordinator, Matt handles various types of payments, runs the internship program, and manages GrubStreet's physical space. He studied French & English at UMass Dartmouth, and has also completed programs at the Middlebury College School of French and the Université Grenoble Alpes. Before joinging the GrubStreet team, Matt taught English in two middle schools in St. Etienne, France, and biked across America for a Baltimore based organization that supports young adults with cancer. When he's not at GrubStreet, he enjoys listening to French radio stations, writing poems, and staying active. 

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Quentin Lucas is a Germany-born, Boston-raised bookworm. After meandering through college on his way to a degree in Business Management, he then adventured his way through the US Army and discovered a need to follow his passion for writing. As a freelancer, copywriter, and essayist, Quentin has worked on projects with MIT and Vistaprint, and has written for publications like the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Blerds Online, and Fourth River Literary Magazine. While awaiting the fall of 2019, when he will begin his MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Quentin is crafting the second novel of his fantasy trilogy and is considering a memoir about his military days.

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As the Senior 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, Cagibi, Common Ground Review, and Freshwater.

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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 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 The Wall Street Journal, 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. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, 2040 Review, Kajal Magazine, Brown Girl Magazine, and others. 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 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 Capital Campaign Manager, Kat Read (she/her) is working to bring GrubStreet's new home on the waterfront to life. Prior to joining the team in 2019, Kat 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. In her free time, you will find Kat at the park with her dog George, lifting weights, or working on perfecting her homemade sourdough bread recipe. 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 or is forthcoming in The Manifest-Station, The Sun - Readers Write, The Hunger, GRLSQUASH, Pangyrus, Brevity Blog, Punctuate., and Prometheus Dreaming.

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Lauren Rheaume has held various titles since she started at Grub in 2012 (including Registrar, Registration & Operations Coordinator, and Office Manager). 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 graduate of the inaugural Essay Incubator program and her work is published or forthcoming at Boston Accent, Punctuate., Crack the Spine - Neighbors Anthology, and the GrubWrites blog. 

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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 is the author of the novel The Playwright’s House (forthcoming, Red Hen Press) and the story collection A Kind of Solitude (Willow Springs Books), winner of the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and the 2019 International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories. He has also published a poetry chapbook, titled In The Land of Tropical Martyrs (Backbone Press). Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Education Director at GrubStreetHis prose has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The Threepenny ReviewThe Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Third CoastSouthern Humanities Review, North American Review, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. Dariel earned his M.F.A. in Fiction at Boston University and now resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.

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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 Roxbury.

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Emma serves as the Executive Assistant for Eve Bridburg. A Boston native, she has previously worked for theaters and non-profits in New York and New England, including Theatre Communications Group, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Live & In Color, Sleeping Weazel, and more. Her piece, "The Language of Gender Parity: 19 Women Playwrights and Their Voices," is featured on HowlRound.com, and she completed a playwriting residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. She holds a BA in Theater (Concentration in Playwriting) and Gender & Women's Studies from Connecticut College.

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