Omer Friedlander’s debut story collection, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land, won the American Jewish Library’s 2023 Fiction Award and is a short-list finalist for the Wingate Prize, the only UK literary award to recognize authors and writing that explore the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. Nicole Krauss lauds the collection as, “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.
Nelson George is an award-winning author, filmmaker, television producer and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting diverse elements of African-American culture. His books have been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Before Columbus Foundation. As a filmmaker, George was a producer on the Emmy Award-winning The Chris Rock Show (HBO) and executive producer of the highly rated American Gangster crime series (BET). He directed Queen Latifah to a Golden Globe in the HBO film Life Support, which he also co-wrote, and was a writer/producer on The Get Down (Netflix); he does most of his work through his production company, Urban Romances.
Meghan Gilliss is a former bookseller and graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars as well as the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Her work has been published in Salamander, The Rattling Wall, Nat. Brut, and fields magazine, among others. Her first novel ISLANDERS is forthcoming from Catapult in 2022.
Nicky Gonzalez is a writer from Hialeah, Florida. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, BOMB Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Taco Bell Quarterly, and other publications. She has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Granum Foundation, Millay Arts, Lighthouse Works, and the Hambidge Center. Her debut novel MAYRA and short story collection SWALLOWING THE SPIDER are forthcoming from Random House.
Andrew J. Graff is the author of the novel, Raft of Stars (Ecco - HarperCollins Publishers, March 2021). His fiction and essays have appeared in Image and Dappled Things. Andrew grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin's Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Graff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Ohio and teaches at Wittenberg University.
Greenfeld's award-winning writing has appeared in publications such as Harper's, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ, and in anthologies including Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Best Creative Nonfiction. He is currently a writer for the television show Ray Donovan.
Minrose Gwin is the author of the memoir Wishing for Snow and the novels The Queen of Palmyra, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Book, a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Promise, which was an Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction; and The Accidentals, which was awarded the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters 2020 Fiction Award.
Lise Haines is the author of the novels Girl in the Arena (Bloomsbury), a South Carolina Book Award Nominee; Small Acts of Sex and Electricity (Unbridled Books), a Book Sense Pick in 2006 and one of ten "Best Book Picks for 2006" by the NPR station, San Diego; and, In My Sister's Country (Penguin / Putnam), a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Fiction Prize, which The Boston Globe called "an authoritative fictional debut."
Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee and she is the recipient of the Best Fiction award from the Southern California Writers Conference, a Writing by Writers Emerging Voices fellowship, and a Hedgebrook residency. Her debut novel Hula is forthcoming from Scribner.
Meredith Hall is the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir Without a Map (Beacon Press). At the age of forty-four, Meredith Hall graduated from Bowdoin College. She won the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, which gave her the financial freedom to devote time to her first book. Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize and notable essay recognition in Best American Essays; she was also a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Award. Hall’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Southern Review, Five Points, Prairie Schooner, and several anthologies. She teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire and lives in Maine.
Rachel Halliburton read English and Classics at Cambridge. As a journalist for the past twenty years, she has written for publications including The Times, Financial Times, New Statesman, Spectator, Evening Standard and Independent. She lives in London.
Brooks Hansen is a novelist, screenwriter, and illustrator. He is the author nine books, including novels both for adults and young readers. His first novel, The Chess Garden, was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and he won a Guggenheim Fellowship for his novel John the Baptist. His new novel is The Unknown Woman of the Seine (Delphinium Books, 2021).
Karen Havelin is a writer and translator from Bergen, Norway. She attended Skrivekunst-akademiet i Hordaland, and has a Bachelor’s degree in French, Literature, and Gender Studies from the University of Bergen and University of Paris Sorbonne. She completed her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in May 2013. Her work has been published both in Norwegian and in English. Her first novel, Please Read This Leaflet Carefully was published simultaneously in the US, the UK and Norway in spring 2019, from Dottir Press, Dead Ink Books and Cappelen Damm (norsk tittel Les pakningsvedlegget nøye), and it was also translated into Catalan (Angle Editorial).
Before turning his hand to writing, James Hazel was a lawyer in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial litigation and employment law. He was an equity partner in a regional law firm and held a number of different department headships until he quit legal practice to pursue his dream of becoming an author. He has a keen interest in criminology and a passion for crime thrillers, indie music and all things retro. James lives on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds with his wife and three children.
Cheryl A. Head is based in Washington, DC and is the author of the two-time Lambda Literary Award-nominated Charlie Mack Motown mysteries; Time’s Undoing is her first standalone novel. Head is a member of Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Authors of America, Sisters in Crime, and a member of the Bouchercon Board of Directors.
Jacqueline Holland received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Kansas. Her short fiction has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Big Fiction Magazine. She was selected as a top-twenty-five finalist for Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, as well as Sequestrum Magazine's New Writers Award.
Michelle Hoover is the author of the acclaimed novel The Quickening (Other Press) as well as the novel Bottomland (Grove/Atlantic). She has been a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholar, the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the 2005 PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction.
Angela Palm Hopkins is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. In praise of Riverine, bestselling author Leslie Jamison wrote, “her gorgeous candor sings urgently through these pages, her prose a tuning fork offering frequencies I’d never heard before.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved, “Combining lyrical prose with a haunting narrative, she recounts a story filled with secret longings, family history, and musings on what might have been... this is a memoir to linger over, savor, and study.” She is at work on an essay collection, The Builder’s Sacrifice.
A former US Representative for New York’s third congressional district, Congressman Steve Israel has also served as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee since 2010. He served on the Huntington, New York town board before being elected to Congress in 2001.
Naseem Jamnia is a 2019 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat Fellow and freelance writer and editor, with an MS in Biological Sciences. Their nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan and other sites, and they were the 2018 Bitch Media Fellow in Technology. A native Chicagoan and child to Iranian immigrants, Naseem lives with their husband, dog, and two cats in Reno, Nevada, where they're getting their MFA in Fiction.
Sativa January holds an MFA in fiction from New York University, where she received a Veterans Writing Workshop fellowship. At NYU, she taught poetry and fiction, served as a fiction editor for Washington Square Review, and led writing workshops for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review,Rattle magazine, The International Journal of Transitional Justice and elsewhere. She is working on a novel.
When Genevieve Jenner was six years old, she liked to play dress up, write stories, and wanted to be a mermaid. She has finally accepted that being a mermaid isn't the most secure career option but the other two things have remained constant. Her debut story collection, CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR IMAGINARY LIVES, is shortlisted for the 2023 UK Guild of Food Writers’ Award in the Best First Book category.
Claire Jiménez is a Puerto Rican writer who grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. She is the author of the short story collection Staten Island Stories (Johns Hopkins Press, 2019), which received the 2019 Hornblower Award for a first book from the New York Society Library, was named a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards, a New York Public Library Favorite Book about New York, and Best Latino Book of 2019 by NBC News. She received her M.F.A. from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in Remezcla, Afro-Hispanic Review, PANK, The Rumpus, el roommate, Eater, District Lit, The Toast and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.
Laurence Jones was born and raised in London. His short stories have been published in literary journals including Storgy, New Zenith Magazine and Collages, as well as the forthcoming Seven Hills Review, Sanctuary and Impermanent Facts anthologies. He has been shortlisted/longlisted for multiple literary prizes including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and TLC’s Pen Factor.
Shane Jones is the author of three previous novels, Light Boxes, Daniel Fights a Hurricane, and Crystal Eaters, and several smaller works of fiction and poetry. Light Boxes was an NPR Best Book of the Year, translated into ten languages, and optioned for film by Spike Jonze; Crystal Eaters was named a “50 Best Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read” and “50 Best Genre-Bending Books Everyone Should Read” (Flavorwire). His work has appeared in hundreds of journals in print and online, including The Paris Review Daily, VICE, The Believer Logger, Tin House, The Millions, Dazed Digital, The Rumpus, BOMB, Salon, and DIAGRAM. His newest novel Vincent and Alice and Alice is out now from Tyrant Books.
Amy Jones's first novel, We're All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a "Best Book of the Year" by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as Longform's Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto.
Leah Kaminsky is poetry and fiction editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. She conceived and edited Writer, M.D., an anthology of contemporary doctor-writers. She is the author of We’re All Going to Die, the award-winning poetry collection Stitching Things Together, and collaborated on the number one Amazon bestseller Cracking the Code. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Sunnah Khan is a multi-talented Scottish Pakistani poet, creative facilitator and filmmaker living in London. Her debut pamphlet I Don't Know How to Forgive You When You Make No Apology For This Haunting was published by Roughtrade Books in 2020.
In 2021 she won a commission to reimagine Scottish myth for Historic Environment Scotland, she wrote and performed a piece in collaboration with a classical dancer and sitar player and collaborated with a perfumer on an immersive performance guided by smell for Winter Notes at Chiswick House. She was awarded funding to run 6 weeks of workshops with teenage survivors of sexual violence by Women of the World Festival and ran this with the support of clinical psychologists. She put the groups work together into a film which was showcased at Shameless Festival at Battersea Arts Centre alongside a panel discussion on reclaiming the lost voice in therapeutic space.
She is part of the poetry collective 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE. The collective came together in 2017 and has been published with Femzine (2018) and Roughtrade Books (2020) as well as taken a 5 star sell out show to the Edinburgh Fringe. The collective have opened for T.S Eliot prize winner Roger Robinson at Stoke Newington Literary Festival (2019), performed and responded to the Tate's winter commission (2020), performed at the British Library (2020), London Literary Festival (2021), commissioned to create work for Quentin Blake Exhibition at The Foundling Musuem (2021) , performed at festivals including Byline & Prima Donna and were featured in Vogue UK last year.
Sunnah is also a writer and freelance documentary director and producer having worked across the BBC and Channel 4 in production and development from Dispatches - Born Homeless, BBC Two’s Generation Gifted to developing shows for Amazon, and Vice Studios and most recently working on a high profile national charity campaign on suicide prevention. She is currently working on her debut novel.
Dana Kletter is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a was Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won Hopwood prizes in both Short Fiction and Novel. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Phoenix, and elsewhere. She is also a musician, with releases on Mammoth, Hannibal, Interscope, and Rykodisc records. She is at work on a memoir, Dear Enemy.
Alyssa Knickerbocker is the author of the novella Your Rightful Home. Her short stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Meridian, and The Best of the West 2011. She held the Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. Knickerbocker earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received the David and Jean Milofsky Prize in fiction.
A University of Michigan graduate, Koslowski holds an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in Fiction from the University of South Carolina. His fiction has been published in Blue Mesa Review, Front Porch Journal, and Amazon’s Day One. Koslowski lives with his wife in Columbia, South Carolina.
Nancy Kress is the bestselling author of more than thirty science-fiction and fantasy novels and novellas. Kress is a six-time Nebula Award winner, including two consecutive awards for her novellas After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall and Yesterday’s Kin. She is also the recipient of the Sturgeon and Campbell awards, as well as two Hugo awards. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages, including Klingon. Kress teaches writing at workshops, including Clarion West and Taos Toolbox, as well as at the University of Leipzig in Germany, as a guest professor. Kress lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, the author Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.
Snorri Kristjansson is an Icelander living in Edinburgh. He is a writer of books, films and plays, as well as a drama teacher for a secondary school. Among his many odd "achievements" in life, he's variously: Taught Icelandic to the British Ambassador; Appeared on Sky News to explain the banking crash; Performed stand-up comedy in various venues across the UK and other countries, including (but not limited to) a boxing ring, a barn and a warship; Written a BA thesis on himself; and taught roughly 9000 people to pronounce Eyafjallajökull and various other things of a similar nature. He is the author of five novels.
Gene Kwak is the author of two chapbooks: Orphans Burning Orphans available from Greying Ghost Press and a self-titled collection available from Awst Press. He has published fiction and nonfiction both in print and online in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Wigleaf, Paper Darts, Redivider, Hobart, Electric Literature. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and his debut novel, Go Home, Ricky! is forthcoming from The Overlook Press in 2021.
Andrew Lam is the web editor of New America Media, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and NPR’s All Things Considered, and author of the essay collection East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (Heyday) and the short story collections Birds of Paradise Lost (Red Hen Press) and PEN Open Book Award–winner Perfume Dreams (Heyday).
Robert Lanza, MD is one of the most respected scientists in the world. Lanza is head of Astellas Global Regenerative Medicine, Chief Scientific Officer of the Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was recognized by TIME magazine in 2014 on its list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." Lanza was part of the team that cloned the world's first human embryo, as well as the first to successfully generate stem cells from adults using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (therapeutic cloning). In 2001 he was also the first to clone an endangered species, and recently published the first-ever report of pluripotent stem cell use in humans. He is the author of three nonfiction books, most recently <i>The Grand Biocentric Design</i>.
Samuel Leader holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford. He was a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is working on a novel entitled The Trial of Monsieur Pascal.
As the steward of her father’s legacy, Shannon Lee serves as the CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Company and the chairperson of the Bruce Lee Foundation. Her mission is to provide access to her father’s philosophy and life through education and entertainment. She is the author of Be Water My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee (Flatiron Books). An in-demand speaker, she has spoken at TED, TEDx, Creative Mornings, among others. Shannon is the co-creator and host of the Bruce Lee Podcast, the executive producer of Cinemax’s Warrior series also based off of a treatment written by Bruce Lee, and is now working on GUARDIAN OF THE SCROLL, aYA duology, with award winning fantasy and science fiction author, Fonda Lee.
Ashley Nelson Levy received her MFA from Columbia University and has published fiction and essays in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, The Atlas Review, and Fourteen Hills. In 2015, she co-founded Transit Books, an independent publishing house with a focus on international literature, and her debut novel Immediate Family was published in 2021 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Ananda Lima is a poet, fiction writer and translator, the author of Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press), winner of the Hudson Prize, and four chapbooks: Vigil, Tropicália, winner of the Newfound Prose Prize, Amblyopia, and Translation. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The Common, Witness, and elsewhere. For her fiction, she was awarded the inaugural WIP Fellowship by Latinx-in-Publishing, sponsored by Macmillan Publishers, and an early version of CRAFT was named a finalist for the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA from Rutgers University, Newark. Originally from Brasilia, Brazil, she lives in Chicago. Her first collection of fiction, CRAFT, is forthcoming from Tor.
Natalia Litvinova (Gómel, Bielorrusia, 1986) is an Argentinean writer and editor, specialized in poetry and translation. She was born five months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In the 90s, when she was about to turn ten, her family decided to emigrate to Buenos Aires. She has published several poetry collections, Todo ajeno (Vaso Roto, 2013), Siguiente vitalidad (La Bella Varsovia, 2016), and Soñka, manos de oro (La Bella Varsovia, 2022). Her poetry has been published in Germany, France, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and the United States. She’s currently working on her debut novel.
My Nameis Venus Black is Heather K. Lloyd’s debut novel. She spent many years working as a freelance editor and book doctor. After raising her children on the West Coast, she and her husband recently moved to New York City where she is at work on her second novel.
Bruna Dantas Lobato is a novelist and translator. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, A Public Space, The Common, and other publications, and it has been recognized with fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Jentel, A Public Space, NYU, and Disquiet International. Her literary translations include Caio Fernando Abreu's seminal story collections Moldy Strawberries (longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize) and No Dragons in Paradise, among others. Other translations from Portuguese have appeared in Bookforum, Vogue, BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and The American Scholar. She serves on the Board of the Directors of the American Literary Translators Association, and holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University, and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa and, like the protagonist of her forthcoming novel, TWO LIVES (Grove, 2024), she attended undergrad in Vermont. Originally from Brazil, she lives in St. Louis with her partner and pet bunny.
Jessica Lott, a graduate of the MFA Program in Fiction Writing at Boston University, is the author of the novel The Rest of Us (Simon & Schuster).
Violet Lumani was raised in a family of superstitious omen-watchers, absorbing the stories and myths her family brought to America with them. She holds a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University, and an MBA from UCONN and lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and forever-dieting chihuahua named Kiwi. Foretold, part of the Scryer series, is her YA debut.
Siobhan MacGowan is from a family of great storytellers, the most prominent of which is her brother Shane MacGowan (of the Pogues fame) and it’s clear from this debut that she too has inherited the writer’s gene. Siobhan is a journalist and musician who lived and worked in London for much of her life but returned to Tipperary, Ireland, several years ago.
Tom Macher is the author of the memoir Halfway, recounting his time in a halfway house in Louisiana. National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon proclaimed, “I felt an exhilaration, even a joy, in coming across a voice so brilliantly calibrated to make this life visible from inside. Tom Macher invented a unique language for the job…broken in pieces, muttered, slangy, more spat out than sung, yet eloquent, poetic in its way, and devastatingly clear.” Macher received his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has twice been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His short stories have appeared in the Mississippi Review, Slice, Day One, and other magazines.