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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 by expanding offerings to better educate and equip writers in the digital age, launching new, innovative programming for advanced students, and significantly expanding scholarship opportunities to ensure access. Eve curated GrubStreet’s NEA-funded Publish it Forward lecture series and our innovative Launch Lab, led GrubStreet’s Diversity Task force, laying the foundation for GrubStreet’s next chapter, and was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston. Eve’s work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women in 2010, and by â€‹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 publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous conferences, including AWP, O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, GrubStreet’s own The Muse and the Marketplace, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. 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 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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Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, each published by Algonquin Books: A Kiss from Maddalena (2003) won the Massachusetts Book Award, was a Top Ten BookSense pick, and has been published in five countries and three languages; The Saint of Lost Things (2005)was long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin award and was also published abroad; All This Talk of Love is forthcoming in February 2013. In addition, he 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, most recently, Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Elizabeth Benedict. Chris 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. Throughout his time at Grub Street, Chris has had the great pleasure and honor of hiring the instructors who’ve formed the core curriculum and working with them to make the organization as rigorous and supportive as it can be. Of all his accomplishments at Grub, Chris is particularly proud of his work as the curator and visionary of “The Muse and the Marketplace,” Grub Street's flagship annual event, which gathers 500+ authors, editors, agents and aspiring writers from all over the world. Each year, Chris works to create the most dynamic mix of authors, editors, literary agents and special guests so that emerging and aspiring writers will have a truly unique, inspired, and one-of-a-kind experience. Chris's unique and rigorous artistic vision coupled with his ability to bring in world-renowned writers like Julia Alvarez, Chuck Palahniuk, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Grace Paley and Charles Baxter as keynotes have set a new standard for writing conferences and made the Muse a national model. Chris is also proud of his work creating Grub's National Book Prize, which now offers a $5,000 cash award. The prize recognizes talented writers who have made a commitment to their careers beyond their first books; since its inception, it has honored a wide range of poets, fiction and non-fiction writers from all over the U.S. Recent winners include Eileen Pollack, Debra Allbery, Frances McCue, Sheri Joseph, Linda Gregg, Susan Richards Shreve, Vestal McIntyre, Alan Cheuse, Rebecca Seiferle, Dinty W. Moore, Rick Barot, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto and Gina Ochsner. When he's not at Grub Street, Chris is a sought-after teacher and speaker. He has presented on numerous craft topics at dozens of writing conferences and given talks and readings at various colleges and universities, including Harvard, Tufts, The University of Connecticut, Allegheny College, CUNY and Brown. He has been twice a fellow at Bread Loaf and visiting writer at Swarthmore College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is currently on the fiction faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, where he teaches every other semester. He holds a BA in English from Swarthmore College and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts. For more about Chris and his books, visit www.christophercastellani.com.

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As Director of Finance and Administration, Ian Jude Chio brings over sixteen 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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As the Administrative Assistant, Erin coordinates the regular operations of GrubStreet’s headquarters, including office management, financial support, and customer service. Erin came to Boston from Oakland, where she ran a literacy tutoring program in public schools after a slew of unrelated but formative jobs—at a grocery store, a publishing house, a pizza place, a campground, and at a clinical trial in Peru. When she wasn’t working, she was studying English and Classics at St. John’s College NM, Mills College, and Harvard. These days, Erin writes mostly about contemporary fiction and the internet, and is relishing the freedom of reading for fun after finishing grad school. She is a lifelong lover of soccer, hip hop, and perfect sentences.

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As Editor of GrubWrites, GrubStreet's popular blog, Sarah 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.

Sarah is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House and a recipient of the work-study scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her creative work has appeared in 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. A graduate of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program, for which she was awarded a scholarship, 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 a tuition 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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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, educator and consultant. 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 linked collection of short stories set in Miami.

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Liz Goodwin is a marketer who’s passionate about engagement. She’s managed online communities for book publishers, developed editorial calendars for a local non-profit, and written mobile strategy tips for higher ed. As the Senior Communications Manager at GrubStreet, she upholds the brand voice across email, social media, and the web. Prior to GrubStreet, Liz managed content and social media at Skyword, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and Modo Labs. As a volunteer for Quincy Animal Shelter, she regularly writes adoption success stories for The Scoop, the organization’s quarterly newsletter. Liz has a Masters of Communication with an Integrated Marketing Communication concentration 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 desert 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 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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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 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 and 2017 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 is currently studying fiction in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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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 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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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 Administrative Assistant, 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.

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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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Lauren Smith is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, where she studied English with a minor in writing. She has been writing since she knew how to read, and her first great work of fiction synthesized Big Bird, a pretty princess, and the Backstreet Boys. Since then, her work has appeared in Spectrum Literary Arts Magazine, 308 Press, and the Fenway News. In her free time, you can find her curled up reading, practicing martial arts or running around the streets of Boston--if you're fast enough to catch her.

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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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