Liese Mayer joined Scribner as an editor in 2013, having previously worked at The Overlook Press, where she edited The Facades by Eric Lundgren, How to Disappear Completely by Kelsey Osgood, and Beautiful Fools by R. Clifton Spargo, and Little, Brown and Company, where she worked on the publication of books by bestselling authors such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Jake Tapper, Evan Thomas, James Bradley, and Mary Gabriel, among others. She acquires literary and upmarket commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction in the areas of social and cultural history, memoir, and investigative journalism. Her forthcoming titles include War of the Encylopaedists by Chris Robinson and Gavin Kovite, Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Flannery O‘Connor and Rona Jaffe Award winner Lori Ostlund’s After the Parade.
Yaniv Soha is a senior editor at Doubleday, where he publishes into the areas of narrative nonfiction, culture, the arts, humor, and science. His recent publications include Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller with more than half a million copies in print, as well I Like You Just the Way I Am by Jenny Mollen, which was a New York Times bestseller with a sitcom currently in development by ABC. He has published Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, film producers, rock journalists, professors, and stand-up comedians. He was formerly an editor at St. Martin’s Press and an assistant at The Robbins Office literary agency, as well as the fiction and prose editor for the inaugural issue of the 2 Bridges Review, the literary/arts journal of CUNY City Tech.
Chuck Sambuchino of Writer‘s Digest Books edits the Guide To Literary Agents and the Children’s Writer‘s & Illustrator’s Market. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog is one of the largest blogs in publishing. His 2010 humor book, How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack, was optioned by Sony Pictures. His second humor book,Red Dog/Blue Dog(2012), is a humorous photo collection of dogs doing liberal and conservative things. His books have been mentioned in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, and more. Besides that, he is a freelance book & query editor, husband, sleep-deprived new father, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham.
Mark Hummel is a novelist, essayist, editor, and writing teacher. His work has regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the story collection Lost and Found and is the editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories. He lives in Montana’s Flathead Valley.
Claudia Mauro is the founding director of Whit Press. Her work was selected for a 2012 Wyoming Poetry Fellowship. She is also the recipient of two Seattle Arts Commission Awards, a Hedgebrook Fellowship, University of Washington Whiteley Center Writing Residencies and Jack Straw Writers Fellowship. Her verse has appeared in Zyzzyva and Lambda Book Review. She has published two collections of poetry, Stealing Fire(Whiteaker, 1996), Reading the River (Whiteaker, 1999), and edited In Praise of Fertile Land (Whit Press, 2003) and In Praise of Trees and Forests (Whit Press 2014).
Patricia Lee Lewis
Patricia Lee Lewis, who founded Patchwork Farm Retreat in western Massachusetts over 35 years ago, has led writing retreats there since 1992, and internationally since 1996. She celebrates our relationship to the earth as sacred, to writing as a way of finding what is deepest within us, and to teaching writing as a participatory, supportive endeavor. She has two published books of poetry, A Kind of Yellow (winner of a Writer’s Digest international competition) and High Lonesome, and her poetry has appeared in numerous journals. She will be offering a writing and yoga retreat the week prior to the conference.