Representing Award-Winning Fiction, Non-Fiction, YA Literature, and Children's Books
Representing Award-Winning Fiction, Non-Fiction, YA Literature, and Children's Books
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.
Shelly Kim, the artist behind Letters By Shells discovered the act of creating art as a creative outlet from her desire to release stress from her full-time insurance job back in 2015. She has now made it a mission for her artwork to express love and positivity, and for it to inspire others to believe that anything in life is totally possible. Shelly has also collaborated with a wide range of creative companies, including Apple, at their Today at Apple event, where she shared her artwork and story; Adobe Students, for their Spark Stories Sweepstakes; Enso Rings for their limited edition inked collection; MOO for their Cotton Paper Campaign; and with such crafts manufacturers as Tombow, Ranger Ink, Blick Art Materials and Princeton Brush. Shelly and her work have been featured on CBS News, Art Insider and Voyage LA.
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.
J. Daniel Elam writes about activism: anti-colonial revolutionaries in the 1910s-1920s; anti-racist thinkers in the 1930s-1940s; Third World solidarity in the 1950s-1960s; anti-apartheid movements in the 1970s; and AIDS activism in the 1980s-1990s. His book about anti-colonialism in India, Impossible and Necessary, is forthcoming from Fordham University Press in 2020. He is currently writing a book about gay uncles, the ongoing AIDS crisis, and queer inheritance. He teaches comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong. He lives in Hong Kong, Toronto, and on airplanes.
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.
Holli Johnson Karrer writes from her life experiences to revitalize others, bringing encouragement, inspiration, and a bit of laughter. From her name embossed on the front cover to the ancient maps in the back, Holli believes that the entire Bible is not only true, but is God’s roadmap to living her best life. As a wife, mother, author, and Children’s Ministry Director, “Mrs. Holli” often wonders why her Sunday School kids grow older, but she never does. When Holli isn’t busy writing, teaching, or speaking, you’ll see her cheering on her own three daughters at school and on the field.
Kate Seldman is a mother, writer, teacher, and metalhead. She has been writing about music for almost two decades, and her writing has appeared in Scary Mommy, Your Teen magazine, Albumism, and elsewhere. She also teaches music appreciation to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, using rock music to help kids learn about concepts like time signature, song structure, and vocal range. She created her first children’s book, FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK, because her oldest son wanted to learn more about the bands she played to him all the time. She ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the book’s creation, illustration, and publication.
Born and raised in London, England, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, a small, cream-colored dog, and three cats of varying sizes.
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.
Annie Levin writes middle grade and adult fiction and holds an MFA from Hunter College. While at Hunter she acted as research assistant to Francine Prose, providing key research to the book Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.She is anative New Yorker and has taught writing and literature at New York University and Fordham University. She is the co-founder of Sing in Solidarity: a resistance choir that performs struggle songs at political inaugurations, benefit concerts, and street actions. Her work has been published in The Maine Review, The Tottenville Review, Eclectica Magazine, Canon Magazine, and Bookslut.
Dan Miller is member of the platinum-selling boy band, O-town, and one of the original stars of the ABC/MTV reality series, Making The Band. As a husband and father of 2 young children, he currently enjoys a double-life; just another parent in the school pick-up line during the week but singing power ballads in front of sold-out venues on the weekends.
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.
Richard Scott Larson holds an MFA from New York University, and his writing has appeared in Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Joyland, Hobart, Booth, and other venues. Recent work was also listed as notable in the Best American Essays series. He was the Assistant Editor of the "Queers Destroy Fantasy!" issue of Lightspeed, and he regularly contributes film and literary criticism to Slant Magazine. He was also recently awarded fellowships and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, he now lives in Brooklyn.
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.”
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.
Sarah Prager is the author of three books about LGBTQ+ history for young readers: Queer, There, and Everywhere (YA, 2017, HarperCollins), Rainbow Revolutionaries (MG, 2020, HarperCollins), and Kind Like Marsha (PB, 2022, Running Press). Sarah’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, Business Insider, HuffPost, The Advocate, JSTOR Daily, and elsewhere. Sarah has spoken on LGBTQ+ history to over 150 groups across six countries and lives with her wife and their two children 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.
James Richards is an internationally recognized urban designer, travel artist, urban sketcher and professor based in Siesta Key, Florida. He is the author of the award-winning book Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers,and is an online sketching course instructor for Bluprint, Skillshare andThe Great Courses. He serves as an Advisory Board member, blog correspondent and instructor for the international non-profit Urban Sketchers.
Jim has sketched on location in 40 countries around the world. His work has been widely published, shown in group and solo exhibitions and seen on NBC Nightly News. His watercolor sketches of Cuban sites related to Ernest Hemingway’s life and work was the subject of his solo exhibition at Hemingway’s home (now a national museum) near Havana during the 2015 Havana Arts Biennial. He is a frequent keynote speaker and travels globally to teach sketching workshops for artists, designers and travelers.
Michael Strecker is the author of The Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes Books 1 and 2 (Sterling 2017) and Jokes for Crescent City Kids, (Pelican 2019). His fourth joke book for kids will be published by Scholastic in the fall of 2021. He also writes fiction for adults. His short story The Woman at the Well was selected as a finalist by the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and his story A Lake Catherine Lesson appeared in The Critic, a literary journal that has published some of the country’s most highly regarded writers, including Walker Percy, Flannery O’Connor and Graham Greene. In addition to his writing, Strecker is a stand-up comedian, who regularly performs at some of the top comedy clubs in the country. He lives in the New Orleans area with his wife Jillian and their sons Stephen and Joseph.
Kelly Coyne is a writer and PhD candidate in film and media studies at Northwestern University. Other than publishing in academic journals, she has written about books, television, movies, and culture for sites such as The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Literary Hub, and The Millions.
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.
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.
Matthew Daddona is the author of the poetry collection House of Sound (Trail to Table Press, 2020), which was praised by Publishers Weekly as "ruminative...carefully crafted," and by the Chicago Review of Books as "a debut collection for this moment." His writings--ranging from poetry to fiction to non-fiction--have appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Grammy.com's The Recording Academy, Tin House, Slice Magazine, Outside Online, Fast Company, The Rumpus, Amtrak's The National, Literary Hub, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other places. He is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and was a runner-up in The Blue Earth Review's 2017 flash fiction contest. Originally from the North Fork of Long Island, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lindsey Steffes has an MFA in Fiction from University of California, Riverside and a background in publicity and film. She enjoys small towns, quiet moments, and stories that vibrate with tension. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is currently at work on her debut novel. Her stories and poems have been featured in Midwestern Gothic, Black Heart Review, and Atticus Review.
Jasmine Harris is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ursinus College, and co-founder of The Hues Company. Her research, writing, teaching, and entrepreneurship focus on the impacts of racism and racial inequality on Black communities and Black people as individuals, particularly when living and working in predominantly white institutional settings. Jasmine’s examination of academic experiences among DI football and men’s basketball players has appeared in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and Philadelphia Inquirer. The Hues Company has been covered by CNBC, Nylon Magazine, Glamour, Self, and BET.com among other outlets. Her forthcoming book examines educational racism in the U.S.
Megan Doney is a professor of English at New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia, where she has taught since 2008. She was a Fulbright scholar in South Africa in 2007, and during the 2015-2016 academic year, she was a research fellow at the University of the Free State in that same country, studying reconciliation after school violence and working on her essay collection. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Lesley University. Her writing has been featured in Creative Nonfiction; Earth and Altar; Inside Higher Ed; and the anthology If I Don’t Make It, I Love You, a collection of writing by school shooting survivors.
Erin Slaughter is editor and co-founder of The Hunger, and the author of I Will Tell This Story to the Sun Until You Remember That You Are the Sun (New Rivers Press, 2019). Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid writing has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Split Lip Magazine, New South, Passages North and elsewhere. Originally from north Texas, she holds an MFA from Western Kentucky University, and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University.
You can find her online at erin-slaughter.com
Her debut story collection, A Manual for How to Love Us is forthcoming from HarperCollins.
Emme Lund lives in Portland, OR and holds an MFA from Mills College. Her debut novel, The Boy With a Bird in His Chest is forthcoming from Atria Books in Spring 2022. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Paper Darts, 580 Split, and APT Magazine among many others. In 2016 Quiet Lightning Books published The Sacred Text of Rosa who is Great, with collaborative art by Stella Peach. Emme was was the recipient of 2019 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship.
Emma Bolden is the author of three full-length collections of poetry -- House Is An Enigma (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2018), medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press, 2016) and Maleficae (GenPop Books, 2013) – and four chapbooks. She received a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2019 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. A Barthelme Prize and Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Prize winner, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Best American Poetry, The Best Small Fictions, and Poetry Daily as well as such journals as the Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, New Madrid, TriQuarterly, Conduit, the Indiana Review, Shenandoah, the Greensboro Review, Feminist Studies, The Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, the Seneca Review, and Crazyhorse. She currently serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly and as an editor for the Screen Door Review.
Her debut memoir, The Tiger and The Cage is forthcoming from Softskull Press.
Raz Tal is a writer interested in how relationships shape women, identities, and culture. She is a Columbia University MFA writing candidate and military intelligence unit veteran. Raz is founder of the dating advice column, Smart Girl Knows, where she offers hilariously true advice on modern love. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Forbes, and betches, among others.
Maureen O’Leary’s short stories and essays can be found most recently in Scoundrel Time Magazine, The Howling Mad Review, and the anthologies The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women, The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories, and The Monsters We Forgot Volume 2. She is an MFA candidate in fiction at Ashland University, and the assistant managing editor of The Black Fork Review.
Suzanne Grove is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and received the J. Stanton Carson Grant for Excellence in Writing while studying at Robert Morris University. Her fiction and poetry appear or are forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, Barren Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, No Tokens, Okay Donkey, The Penn Review, Porter House Review, Raleigh Review, Rust + Moth, XRAY, and elsewhere. She has been a flash fiction finalist with SmokeLong Quarterly and received honorable mention for her fiction appearing on Farrar, Straus, & Giroux's Work in Progress website.
She currently serves as the short fiction editor for CRAFT literary and resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
Daniel Dockery is Senior Staff Writer at Crunchyroll.com, the world's most popular anime streaming service. He also writes for SYFY.com and has served as both columnist and editor for the humor site Cracked.com. He's written about pop culture online since he graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011, and recently, his article "Licensing of the Monsters: How Pokemon Ignited An Anime Arms Race" was runner-up for a Folio Award for best Consumer Analysis. He lives in North Carolina and his debut book Monster Kids: How a Generation Was Taught to Catch Them All is forthcoming from Running Press (2022)
Sydney Warner Brooman (They/Them) lives in Toronto, Ontario with their partner and French bulldog. Their debut short fiction collection The Pump is forthcoming with Invisible Books in Fall 2021. They are the co-creator of the arts & mental health podcast I Go To Therapy, a fiction editor for Patchwork Literary Magazine in Iowa, and they have recent work in American Chordata, The Quarantine Review, and other literary journals. Their short story "The Bottom" was shortlisted for the Malahat Review Open Season Awards 2020. They are currently working on their debut novel Bird Suit, funded by the Canada Council For The Arts. Their work can be found at sydneywarnerbrooman.com
Headshot courtesy of Sarah Bodri.
Lyndsie Manusos's fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other publications. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives in Indianapolis with her husband, two daughters, and a little dog named Eleanor. She is a member of SFWA and writes for Book Riot and Publishers Weekly.
Anna holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her essays have been published in The Rumpus, Longreads, and Quarterly West. She has an essay forthcoming in an anthology of personal essays by voices of the Armenian diaspora that is being published by University of Texas Press. She works for The Sun Magazine in Chapel Hill, NC.