Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer and editor. Her satirical first novel, FashionVictim, drew rave reviews and acclaim, and was covered in TheWall Street Journal, Forbes, Martha StewartLiving, Fashionista, Entertainment Weekly, BookRiot, Crime Reads and more. Amina’s worked at Vogue, Elle.com, Style.com, NYTimes.com, and NYMag.com, where she was the founding editor of The Cut blog. She’s written for numerous publications, including Yahoo Style, Fashionista, xoJane, Refinery29, Billboard, and more. She currently lives not too far from the Sedona vortexes. This is her second novel.
Saher Alam is the author of the novel The Groom to Have Been, which Publishers Weekly called “an absorbing debut…delicately crafted and multi-layered.” She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, and she was a fiction fellow at Emory University.
Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth (2015), The Book of Dahlia (2008), How This Night is Different (2006), and the editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot (2010). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies. Albert grew up in Los Angeles and received an MFA from Columbia University. Her next novel, Human Blues, is forthcoming from Avid Reader Press in 2022.
Beloved author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote her first novel, The Inheritance, when she was seventeen. The discovery and publication of the lost manuscript was a literary cause célèbre and became the basis for a CBS Sunday Night Movie. Aevitas Creative Management represents Louisa May Alcott’s literary estate.
Samina Ali is recognized as one of the most influential voices in Muslim America, a powerful advocate for Muslim women’s rights and interfaith understanding, with an international profile: featured speaker at the International Conference of the Nobel Women’s Initiative; curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices; and Cultural Ambassador for the U.S State Department abroad. Her TEDx talk “What Does the Qu’ran Really Say about a Muslim Woman’s Hijab?” has more than eight million views. Ali’s award-winning novel Madras on Rainy Days was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Étranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Samina is currently at work on a memoir about her recovery from a fatal illness, which led to rediscovering and redefining her own identity as a mother, daughter, wife, and Muslim woman.
Dur e Aziz Amna is the author of the debut novel American Fever, named one of the Must Read Books of 2022 by Harper’s Bazaar and a Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Bustle. In its starred advance review, Kirkus called it “a funny and affecting novel,” and bestselling author Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of the New York Times bestseller A Place for Us, hailed Amna’s “brilliant new voice.”
Amna’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and Dawn, the largest and oldest English language newspaper in Pakistan and the country’s newspaper of record. She is the recipient of the 2019 Financial Times / Bodley Head Essay Prize and the 2021 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction. A graduate of Yale University, she received her MFA in creative writing from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. Raised in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, she now lives in Newark, New Jersey.
Isa Arsén is a bleeding heart based in Austin, TX, where she lives with her spouse and a comically small dog. She has work featured in several independent anthologies (Not One of Us Magazine, Agapanthus Collective, Stone of Madness Press) and developed her 2019 short story Pygmalion Lied as an interactive visual novelette. Outside of writing, Isa records and mixes music and audio for various platforms.
Odafe Atogun was born in Nigeria, in the town of Lokoja, where the Rivers Niger and Benue meet, but hails from Edo State. He studied Journalism at the Times Journalism Institute, Lagos and is now a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Abuja. World rights to Atogun’s first novel, Taduno’s Song, were acquired by Canongate and sold in the United States, Germany, Italy and Turkey. It was chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
Ayesha Harruna Attah is a Ghanaian-born writer living in Senegal. She was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and New York University. She is the author of the Commonwealth Writers Prize-nominated Harmattan Rain, Saturdays Shadows, The Hundred Wells of Salaga, currently translated into four languages, The Deep Blue Between, a book for young adults, and Zainab Takes New York. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Elle Italia, Asymptote and the 2010 Caine Prize Writers’ Anthology. Ayesha Harruna Attah is the 2022 protegé of Bernardine Evaristo in the Rolex Arts Initiative.
Federico Axat was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975. His novels include Benjamín, The Meadow of the Butterflies, Kill the Next One and Amnesia. They have been translated into 35 languages and sold over 250,000 copies worldwide, making him one of the most important thriller writers in Spanish. Axat’s novels stand out for their high dose of suspense, plot twists and unexpected endings.
A poet, novelist, and an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball won the Plimpton Prize in 2008 for his novella, The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp and Carr. The Way Through the Doors was chosen as one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction and poetry books of 2009. His most recent novel, A Cure for Suicide was longlisted for the National Book Award in the Fiction category.
Artist and writer Mira Bartók is the author of The Memory Palace (Free Press), winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and noted in The Best American Essays 1999 and other anthologies. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her art and for her writing.
Lucía Baskaran (Zarautz, Basque Country, 1988) is a writer and a translator. She is the author of the novels Partir (Leaving) and Cuerpos malditos (Cursed Bodies). She also writes pieces for different outlets, such as El Salto Diario and Playground Magazine.
Joshua Bennett is a poet, spoken word performer, and Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth. His first collection of poetry, The Sobbing School (Penguin Books, 2016), was the winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series; his second collection, Owed (Penguin), and book of essays of literary criticism, Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press), were published in 2020.
A licensed attorney, Christine Melanie Benson has published her fiction and satire online and in print. Since 2011, Chrissy has worked as a regular freelance legal writer for Baltimore’s The Daily Record.
Janet Benton work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train and other publications. She has co-written and edited historical documentaries for television including the award-winning FEVER: 1793. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and for decades has taught writing and helped individuals and organizations craft their stories.
Jedediah Berry was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. His first novel, The Manual of Detection, won the IAFA Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, and was adapted for broadcast by BBC Radio. The book was named a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award finalist and a Locus Award finalist.
Zac Bissonnette has written for The Boston Globe Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He’s appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC, among others. His book How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents was a New York Times bestseller.
Maame Blue is a Ghanaian-Londoner and author of the novel Bad Love, which won the 2021 Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize. She is a recipient of the 2022 Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, an Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice grant, and is a POCC Artist-in-Residence. In her twenties she trained as a psychotherapist and has over a decade of experience working for community and arts organizations in project management. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies; ‘Prodigal’ for Not Quite Right For Us, ‘Howl’ for New Australian Fiction 2020, and ‘The Way Home’ for 2022 children’s anthology Joyful, Joyful. She previously produced and co-hosted the podcast Headscarves and Carry-ons about Black women living abroad, and her writing has also appeared in numerous publications, including Refinery29, The Independent, and Writers Mosaic. She regularly runs workshops on crafting short stories, writing about desire and creating realistic narratives that feature complicated relationships.
Marc Bojanowski is the author of the novels The Dog Fighter (William Morrow), longlisted for the NYPL Young Lions Award, and Journeyman (Granta; Soft Skull/Counterpoint), a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His writing has appeared in The Literary Review, McSweeney’s, and Granta. He lives in northern California with his wife and their two children.
Ruth Brandon was a trainee producer for the BBC, working in radio and television after reading French and Spanish at Girton College, Cambridge. But she found she preferred writing, and moved to freelance journalism, and eventually to books. Ruth is primarily a non-fiction writer, using biography to look at social and cultural history through individual lives. Ruth lives in London. She is married, with one daughter.
Gary Braver is the bestselling and award-winning author of nine critically acclaimed mysteries and medical thrillers including Elixir, Gray Matter, Choose Me (with Tess Gerritsen) and Flashback, which is the only thriller to have won a prestigious Massachusetts Book Award. He has taught literature and fiction writing at Northeastern University, as well as at workshops and conferences around the world.
Cambria Brockman grew up in Houston, London, and Scotland, and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a degree in English Literature and Art History. Her award-winning wedding and portrait photography company, Cambria Grace, is followed by 60k Instagram users including Martha Stewart and Grace Bonney of Design Sponge. Brockman lives in Boston with her husband, son, and dog. Tell Me Everything is her first novel.
Michael Byers is the author of the story collection The Coast of Good Intentions, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His novels Long for This World and Percival’s Planet were both New York Times Notable Books, and his novella, The Broken Man, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Byers’ short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is on the faculty of the MFA in creative writing program at the University of Michigan.
Jim Carrey is an actor, comedian, and visual artist, and has starred in some of the most beloved films of the past two decades (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Truman Show, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, among others). He is the executive producer and star of the Showtime series Kidding and the author, with Dana Vachon, of the semi-autobiographical novel Memoirs & Misinformation (Knopf, 2020).
Christopher Castellani is the author of four novels: All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, A Kiss from Maddalena, and most recently Leading Men. Based on the life of Tennessee Williams, Leading Men was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a “Best New Book” in People magazine, and a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. A rave review in The New York Times called Leading Men “blazing,” and an “alert, serious, sweeping novel.” Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “Dazzling... with an evocative precision that historical fiction often merely aspires to.” Leading Men has been optioned for film by Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name. Castellani is also the author of The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story.
Among other awards, Christopher Castellani is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Wendy Chen is the author of the collection Unearthings and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize. Her poetry, translations, and prose have appeared in Crazyhorse, A Public Space, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry from Syracuse and she lives in Denver. Her first novel THEIR DIVINE FIRES is forthcoming from Algonquin.
Rita Zoey Chin is the author of the critically acclaimed debut memoir Let the Tornado Come, hailed by The Huffington Post as a “euphoric ode to the human spirit.” She holds an MFA from the University of Maryland and is the recipient of a Katherine Anne Porter Prize and an Academy of American Poets award. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Tin House, Marie Claire, and elsewhere. Her first novel, The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern, is forthcoming from Melville House.
Amanda Churchill’s work has been featured in Hobart Pulp, Witness, River Styx, among others. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas and is a Writers’ League of Texas 2021 Fellow. Her first novel, THE TURTLE HOUSE, is forthcoming from HarperCollins.
Angel Luis Colón is the Derringer- and Anthony Award-nominated writer of five books, including the novel Hell Chose Me. In his down time, he’s edited an award-winning anthology or two, hosted a podcast, helped edit the flash fiction site Shotgun Honey, and has taken up bread baking during the pandemic because carbs never hurt anyone, right?Keep up with him on Twitter via @GoshDarnMyLife
Marisa Crane is a queer, nonbinary writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages North, The Florida Review, Catapult, Lit Hub, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A graduate of the summer and winter Tin House Workshops, Marisa currently lives in San Diego.
Jonathan Crowl’s fiction and essays have appeared in Guernica, Joyland, Day One, and other publications. His journalism has received honors from the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is earning an MFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and he is at work on a novel, Coping.
Nan Cuba is the author of Body and Bread (Engine Books), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction. Cuba co-edited Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press), and published other work in such places as Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Columbia, and Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row. She is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence.
Rijula Das's debut novel Small Deaths comes out in September 2022. It was previously published as A Death in Shonagachhi by Picador India in July 2021, where it received the Tata Lit Live First Book Award 2021, and was longlisted for many prominent awards, including the JCB prize 2021.
Russian rights have been bought by Ripol; and French rights have been bought by Éditions du Seuil, for publication in 2023. Adaptation rights have been optioned by Drishyam Films, and a limited series is currently in development.
Rijula received her PhD in Creative Writing/prose-fiction in 2017 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where she taught writing for two years. Her critical research focuses on the connections between public space and sexual violence. A Death in Shonagachhi was born of this research.
Rijula is a recipient of 2019 Michael King Writer's Centre Residency in Auckland and the 2016 Dastaan Award for her short story Notes From A Passing. Her short story, The Grave of The Heart Eater, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019.
She currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
RS Deeren writes about odd jobs that helped him, and others like him, pay the bills. Salon magazine says his work offers a "uniquely 21st century perspective on class." Originally from the rural working-class Thumb Region of Michigan, his fiction has been published in Joyland Magazine, The Great Lakes Review, and anthologized in John Freeman's Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.
Rachel studied Philosophy and Politics in University College Dublin, before working in communications. Her short stories have been published in the Irish Independent, Irish Times and RTE.ie, and in 2017 she won the Hennessy "New Irish Writer of the Year" Award. Her first novel, The Temple House Vanishing, has been nominated for 'Best Newcomer' at the 2020 Irish Book Awards. She lives with her family in Dublin, Ireland.
Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey and lives in Dubai. She has a BA in art history from Barnard College in New York and a Masters in history of art from University College London. She was awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2013 and a Charles Pick Fellowship in 2014. Her writing has appeared in British Vogue, Granta and The Sunday Times. Her first novel, Burnt Sugar, was originally released in India under the title Girl in White Cotton, where it won the 2021 Sushila Devi Award and was longlisted for the 2019 Tata First Novel Prize. Upon publication in the UK, Burnt Sugar was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. Named a 2020 Book of the Year by the Guardian, Economist, Spectator and NPR, it is being published in 26 languages. In 2021, it was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of the year. Avni is currently working on her second book.
Elisabeth Elo, author of North of Boston, grew up in Boston. She worked as an editor, an advertising copywriter, a high-tech project manager, and a halfway house counselor before getting a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis University; since then, she’s taught writing and literature in the Boston area.
Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong and more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium.
Christine Estima is a novelist, freelance writer, Spoken Word artist, and playwright based in Toronto. An Arab woman of mixed ethnicity, her essays and short stories have appeared in countless publications. She was short-listed for the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism, long-listed for the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative NonFiction prize, and was a finalist in 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada short-prose competition.
Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths, named one of 2017’s best books of the year by the Los Angeles Review and featured in the “52 Books in 52 Weeks” from the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in Post Road Magazine,Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. She is an instructor for GrubStreet Writing Center and an IT project manager. She also appears on Grepcast, a weekly podcast covering technology and technology adjacent topics from TSP LLC. Kelly is Arkansas bred and Boston based.
Christa Fraser received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a residency from the MacDowell Colony. She grew up in the farmlands of California’s Central Valley and considers as her home the beaches and mountains of the state’s Central Coast. She is currently at work on a novel.
Omer Friedlander’s debut story collection, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land has received the highest praise. From Nicole Krauss, “A beautiful debut by a deeply humane writer.” Kirin Desai calls the stories “[as] outrageously funny as they are outrageously tender… A spectacular collection," and Rebecca Makkai hails Friedlander as “a marvelous new voice, bringing magic, chance, and surprise. I’d follow this writer anywhere.” Bestselling author Anthony Marra offers this praise: “In these wise, capacious, achingly beautiful stories, Omer Friedlander maps the hidden geography of the human heart like a young Chekhov.”
Omer Friedlander received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, England, and an MFA from Boston University. His short stories have won numerous awards, and have been published in the United States, Canada, France, and Israel. Friedlander’s first novel, The Glass Golem, is forthcoming from Random House.
Javier Fuentes (Barcelona, 1974) is a Spanish-American writer and educator. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University where he was a Teaching Fellow. A 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow, Javier has taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia and at The School of Visual Arts. He’s been living in New York City since 1997. Countries of Origin is his first novel.
Samuel W. Gailey is the author of Deep Winter, which The New York Times described as "beautifully written" and Esquire called “enthralling and suspenseful." Gailey's second novel, The Guilt We Carry, was released by Oceanview Publishing in 2019.
Ramin Ganeshram is a journalist and professional chef trained at the Institute of Culinary Education. For many years she was an award-winning writer for the New York Times and Newsday. She is the author of several cookbooks including an IACP award winner, and her most recent, Cooking with Coconut. Her writing has been featured in Saveur, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and on epicurious.com, as well as National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Traveler, and many other publications.
John Gapper is chief business commentator and associate editor of the Financial Times. He writes an award-winning column on business, with a focus on finance, media and technology, and also contributes editorials and features, including regular Lunch with the FT interviews.John is one of the FT’s most senior and influential writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Between 2005 and 2012, he was based in the FT’s New York office, where he helped to lead its successful expansion in the US. John was formerly comment editor of the FT, and in that role was in charge of introducing and editing the paper’s award-winning comment page.As a columnist, he has written on topics including Wall Street and the aftermath of the financial crisis; management and corporate strategy, the future of digital news and entertainment; innovation and venture capital; how should companies handle crises, and the disruptive impact of technology.He often appears on television and radio, including on the BBC, CNBC and CNN.The winner of the 2013 Gerald Loeb award for commentary, he has received three annual Best in Business citations for his column from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In the UK, he was named best business columnist in the 2014 Comment Awards and gained the technology writer and best communicator awards in the Business Journalist of the Year awards. He was named one of the 100 most influential men in Britain by GQ magazine.John won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to study at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.He lives in east London with his wife, the novelist Rosie Dastgir, and their two daughters.