Andrea Barnet

Andrea Barnet

Creative Nonfiction

Andrea Barnet was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, where she wrote primarily on the arts and culture. She is the author of Visionary Women, How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World, a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld Award for biography and one of Booklist’s four “2018 Editors’ choice for biography” selections. The book received the 2019 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from the Santa Monica Public Library. Her previous book, All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. Her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and The Toronto Globe and Mail, among other publications. She splits her time between New York City and upstate New York, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White.

Megan Griswold

Megan Griswold

Creative Nonfiction

Megan Griswold is the author of The Book of Help. She went to Barnard College, received an MA from Yale, and went on to earn a licentiate degree from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. She has trained and received certifications as a doula, shiatsu practitioner, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and in wilderness medicine.

Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin

Fiction

Willy Vlautin was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. Vlautin has published five novels: The Motel Life (2007 NYT Editor’s choice and notable book, made into a major motion picture starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsh, Stephen Dorff, and Kris Kristofferson), Northline (2008), Lean On Pete (2010 Winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, short-listed for the IRISH IMPAC award, and a major motion picture starring Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny), and The Free (2014 Winner of the Oregon People’s Choice Award). His fifth novel, Don’t Skip Out On Me (Shortlisted for the Pen-Faulkner Award, ALA Notable book of the year, A Southwest Book of the Year) has just come out in paperback. His work has been translated in ten languages.

Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band has produced ten studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs.

Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.

Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht

Fiction

Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States. Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her new novel is Inland. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Vogue, Esquire and Zoetrope: All-Story, among many others. She was the recipient of the Rona Jaffe fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. She lives in New York with her husband, and teaches at Hunter College.

Dan Sheehan

Dan Sheehan

Fiction

Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, Oprah.com, GQ, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, Epiphany, and Electric Literature, among others. He lives in New York, where he is the Book Marks editor at Literary Hub and a contributing editor at Guernica Magazine, and was a recipient of the 2016 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship.

His debut novel, Restless Souls, is available now from Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Ig Publishing (US).

Tab Murphy

Tab Murphy

Screenwriting

Tab Murphy attended USC Film School and has been a working screenwriter since 1983. His major break occurred with a writing credit on ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ in 1988, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Tab’s work in the world of animation is extensive. He spent ten years in the Disney machine, writing such feature length animated movies as ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’; ‘Tarzan’; ‘Atlantis: the Lost Empire’ and ‘Brother Bear’. He’s been nominated for several Annie Awards and ‘Brother Bear’ was additionally nominated for an Academy Award. He has written projects for Dreamworks and Warner Bros, including the DC animated direct-to-DVD features ‘Batman/Superman: Apocalypse’ and ‘Batman: Year One’, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel. He also wrote nine episodes of the animated ‘Thundercats’ re-boot for Warner Animation. In 1994, Tab wrote and directed the western fantasy ‘Last of the Dogmen’, starring Tom Berenger and Barbra Hershey, and is currently working on numerous TV and film projects, including a remake of the cult ghost story ‘The Changeling’.

Jane Ubell-Meyer

Jane Ubell-Meyer

Book Marketer

Jane Ubell-Meyer is the founder of Bedside Reading. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and former TV/Film Producer. Credits include GMA, WSJ-TV, ET, and three indie-feature films. Jane is a contributing writer, covering books for Hollywood Weekly and Afar magazines.

Jane founded Bedside Reading, in 2017, an innovative book marketing program that places books by the bedsides in luxury hotels, in the Media and offers a podcasting channel through her hotel-partners and through ThriveLoud.com.

The company’s goal is to introduce and promote an author to new readers and build their fan base. Jane believes, “An author’s name is their brand and when you have some of the best hotel brands in the world promoting that author and their book to their guests, on their social media platforms, in the media and at book signings at the hotel, it can elevate the author to another level.”

Melanie Crowder

Melanie Crowder

Young Adult / Middle Grade

Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers. She writes Young Adult historical fiction: Audacity, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, and the forthcoming Mazie. She also writes Middle Grade novels of all sorts: Three Pennies, A Nearer Moon, Parched, and the new middle grade duology The Lighthouse between the Worlds and A Way between Worlds. The author lives under the big blue Colorado sky with her wife, two kids, and one good dog.

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt

Children’s / Young Adult

Kathi Appelt is the author of more than 30 books. She writes novels, picture books, poetry, and nonfiction for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, French, and Swedish. Her first novel was The Underneath, illustrated by David Small and published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. For that work she received the annual Children‘s Literature award from PEN Center USA . She was also a runner-up for the National Book Award (National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist) and the American Library Association Newbery Medal (Newbery Honor Book).

Juan Morales

Juan Morales

Poetry

Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed (Fairweather Books, 2006), The Siren World (Lithic Press, 2015) and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (UNM Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 International Latino Book Award. His poetry has appeared on CSPAN2, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, terrain.org, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondo Fellow, the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Jonathan Fink

Jonathan Fink

Poetry

Jonathan Fink is the author of two poetry collections: The Crossing (Dzanc, 2015) and Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the Soviet Union and the Siege of Leningrad (Dzanc, 2016). His poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, New England Review, TriQuarterly, Slate, The Southern Review, Witness, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. He has also received the Editors’ Prize in Poetry from The Missouri Review, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction/Essay from Southwest Review, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Jonathan lives in Pensacola with his wife and kids and is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of West Florida, where he also edits Panhandler Magazine and Panhandler Books.