Carmiel Banasky is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop (Dzanc, 2015), which Publishers Weekly calls “an intellectual tour de force.” Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Glimmer Train, LA Review of Books, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places.
Koa Beck is the former editor-in-chief of Jezebel and the co-host of “The #MeToo Memos” on WNYC’s The Takeaway. Previously, she was the executive editor of Vogue.com and the senior features editor at MarieClaire.com. Her literary criticism and reporting on gender, LGBTQ rights, culture, and race have appeared in TheAtlantic.com, The New York Observer, TheGuardian.com, Esquire.com, Vogue.com, MarieClaire.com, among others. She is at work on a forthcoming book about white feminism for Atria Books.
Heather M. Bryant fell down the rabbit hole at a young age and bumped the reality right out of her head. These days she can be found raising two little masters into a life of whimsy, while belting out impressively tone-deaf Disney ballads. She consumes YA novels like she drinks coffee, and will never say no to a manicure. Her real world revolves around flowers, family, and fun times.Killing characters with a smile since 2010.
Peggy Dean (the Pigeon Letters) is native to the Pacific Northwest and is a nationally recognized freelance artist, with worldwide publications as a platform artist. She is the best selling author of The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide and Botanical Line Drawing. Peggy is an award-winning online instructor with a range of classes on Skillshare. She is predominantly self-taught, which she proudly uses to assist others.
Kristy Dickerson, keynote speaker, author, businesswoman, mom of 3 boys, and active CEO to START brands, has devoted her life to providing hope for individuals who are looking to achieve balance, success, and happiness within their own lives. She is a health enthusiast as that is people’s most important asset in life! Her health slowly slipped away from her in 2017.
LaChrista Greco is the creator of Guerrilla Feminism and The Guerrilla Feminist. Lachrista is a cultural critic, a writer, speaker, curator, and maker, She has been interviewed by NPR, NBC, The Red Elephant Foundation, and others. Lachrista has her Master’s Degree in Women’s & Gender Studies and has written for Bitch Media, Ravishly, Rebellious Magazine For Women, Elephant Journal, Decolonizing Yoga, and more.
Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics’ Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study other places. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Robb Hitt (Bodega Cats) went to Rutgers University for Management Science and Information Systems along side Computer Science while working a side hustle building websites for his bands where he plays drums. A graduate of the Flatiron School’s Full-Stack Web Development Program, he worked previously at Curalate as an engineer and currently at Taboola helping build UI components for Microsoft, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, Fox, Business Insider, and more. Currently he enjoys running his record label I Surrender Records and keeping up with Bodega Cats accounts.
James King is the author of the award-winning Bill Warrington’s Last Chance, published by Viking/Penguin. Bill Warrington’s Last Chance won the 2009 Breakthrough Novel Award on Amazon. His non-fiction work has been published in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and New York Daily News. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds an M.A. in Writing from Manhattanville College. He lives in Conneticut.
Dustin Illingworth’s writing has appeared in a variety of outlets including The Atlantic, Paris Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Los Angeles Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He writes a monthly column for Paris Review called Archive of Longing. Illingworth is also finishing a debut novel.
Jennifer N. Levin writes scripted television, articles and essays. She has been published in the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, LA Weekly, and others with a focus on social and cultural issues both in the US and abroad. In television she has worked in the writers' room on a variety of dramas, including CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION when it was the #1 drama in the world, and creates and develops female-driven comedy and unscripted formats. Jennifer splits her time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Berlin. She is working on a self-help/memoir.
Marissa Miller’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, GQ, CNN Style, BBC Travel, Cosmopolitan, VICE, Teen Vogue, Allure, Women’s Health, SELF, The Huffington Post, Chatelaine, Reader’s Digest, The Frisky, The Montreal Gazette, The National Post and more. Cosmopolitan and BuzzFeed listed one of her tweets among the 100 most “hilarious” of 2016. Twice, The Huffington Post listed it among the funniest written by women in 2016 alongside Hillary Clinton and Aidy Bryant.
Rebecca Minelga is a graduate of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where she studied liberal arts. She is an author, speaker, stay-at-home-mom, and Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Rebecca is currently working closely with KTF Films and Guide Dogs for the Blind to present Pick of the Litter, an award-winning, feature-length documentary.
Tom Mulroy is an award-winning educator living in the greater Minneapolis area. He’s been a teacher at the same elementary school for more than twenty years, and has been writing since he was in elementary school himself. He’s earned degrees from St. Cloud State University and St. Mary’s University, both in Minnesota. Tom is a contributor to the blog “Middle Grade Minded” and maintains his own blog, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”
Deena Dolce O’Connor is a Speech Language Pathologist and children’s picture book writer. Her passion for social-emotional learning shows in the topics she chooses to write about. O’Connor is also an educator who loves teaching language through literature and character strength through strong characters. She lives and work in Haddonfield, New Jersey with her husband and two sons.
Sarah Prager is dedicated to raising awareness of LGBTQ history through writing, speaking, and her app, Quist. Her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere came out from HarperCollins Children’s in hardcover in May 2017 and in paperback May 2018. . Sarah’s writing has been published on the websites of The Atlantic, The Advocate, Huffington Post, It Gets Better Project, and elsewhere.
She has been a guest on HuffPost Live, the Michelangelo Signorile Show, and The List on ABC2. She lives with her wife, Liz, and their daughter, Eleanor, in Massachusetts.
Jennifer Shulman writes contemporary YA. When she’s not writing, she works as a consultant for children’s television and toy companies, including Nickelodeon, Sprout, and LEGO. Read more about Jennifer and her books on her website and follow her on twitter and instagram.
Morgan Adair has an affinity for disasters, whether that’s mandatory evacuation due to historic flooding while getting her MFA from the University of Iowa, serving in Peace Corps Georgia during the Rose Revolution, or enjoying typhoons while living in Xiamen, China. Life, while getting a BFA in dramatic writing at Tisch NYU, was full of large and small disasters, some, like the 2001 cockroach apartment incident, were merely off-putting, while others were more formative. After transitioning to YA fiction, Morgan’s predilection for disasters became a feature in her work. When not writing about the apocalypse, or getting rescued by helicopter from the Shasta National Forest in CA, Morgan teaches English at Smith College and Western New England University. She’s also an avid, if new, practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and will happily convince anyone willing to listen why grappling with friends (or enemies!) is a spectacular idea.
Erika Stallings is an attorney based in New York City. She received her B.A. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she attended as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (2010) and currently practices in the trademark/copyright group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She is also an active volunteer with the New York Junior League.
Rachel Strauss is the woman behind @woodburncorner. You can find her artwork on the packaging of the newest professional wood burner to hit the market: the Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner. She is a featured teacher on Skillshare for her Introduction to Wood-Burning class. Her work has been featured on the official Instagram feeds of Etsy (1.5M followers), Joann, Pinners, Craftsposure, Walnut Hollow, Creatorslane, Handmade Revolution, and many more. Her artwork is in @doityourselfmagazine. She is the proud creator of the Burnt Month Challenges (most recent: #BurntOctober).
Jason Tougaw is the author of The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism (winner of the 2017 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize), The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience (Yale University Press), and Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge). He is editor, with Nancy K. Miller, of Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community (University of Illinois Press). He has published essays in Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Electra Street, Modern Fiction Studies, and OUT magazine. He teaches literature and writing at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. You can hear his weekly radio show, “The Mixtape,” on 90.5 WJFF Radio Catskill.