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FAITH ADIELE is author of The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide To Lady Problems (Shebooks) and Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), which won a PEN award for Best Memoir; writer/narrator/subject of My Journey Home (PBS), a documentary about her family; and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press). A graduate of Harvard University, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, she’s written for periodicals like Yes!, Marie Claire, and O: The Oprah Magazine; and teaches at CCA, VONA: Summer Workshops for Writers of Color, and the Grotto. She’s completing Twins, an epic family memoir. adiele.com.
MARIE BACA is interested in people on the fringes of society. She has written about morgue workers, day laborers, Bigfoot enthusiasts, cockfighting spectators and the wrongfully convicted. Once, she chased a bear and his pursuer through a forest while wearing a sundress and flip-flops. She has recently begun exploring the world of personal essays. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, ProPublica, California Watch, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Salon, among other publications. www.mariecbaca.com
TOM BARBASH is the author of the novel The Last Good Chance and the New York Times bestselling non-fiction book On Top of the World. He has held fellowships from the NEA, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories and articles have been published in The Best American Non-Required Reading, Tin House, McSweeney’s, OneStory, Narrative, The Missouri Review, VQR, Men’s Journal, ESPN the Magazine, The Observer, New York Times, Bookforum, The Believer, and other publications, and performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts.
ALLISON HOOVER BARTLETT is the author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession (Riverhead Books). She has written on a variety of topics, including travel, art, science and education, for the New York Times, the Washington Post, San Francisco Magazine, and other publications. Her original article on book thief John Gilkey was included in the Best American Crime Reporting 2007, and the book was selected for Barnes and Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” program. Bartlett was named a San Francisco Library Laureate in 2010 and is the education outreach coordinator for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. www.allisonhooverbartlett.com
NATALIE BASZILE is the author of Queen Sugar, published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. She has an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award, was co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition. Natalie has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her nonfiction work has appeared in O Magazine, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9, The Rumpus.net, and Mission at Tenth. She is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review. www.nataliebaszile.com
JD BELTRAN’s artwork and films have been exhibited internationally, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, The Getty Center, and in three Zero1 New Media Biennials. She has public art commissions all over the world, and her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Art in America, and ArtNews. She writes columns for SFGate.com and the Huffington Post, and is President of the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is also faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for underserved youth. www.jdbeltran.com
ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN is a fiction writer and freelance book and story editor. Her short stories have been published in McSweeney’s, Tin House, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, the North Atlantic Review, Eleven Eleven, and other journals. She has won the Bay Guardian Fiction Contest and the Katherine Manoogian Scholarship award, and was a finalist for the West Coast Live fiction contest and a two-time finalist for the Wilner award. Her short plays have been produced in several venues, including the Exit Theater, The PlayGround, Impact Theatre and Fringe of Marin. She founded the online litmag The Big Ugly Review. www.ebc-books.com
JENNY BITNER’s fiction has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for The Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Her nonfiction has appeared in Utne Reader, To-Do List, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and Men’s Health. She organized Irrational Exuberance, a cross-genre performance series, and The Basement Reading Series. Pine Press published her poetry chapbook Mother. She has finished a novel, Here Is a Game We Can Play. She was a Hoyns Fellow in creative writing at the University of Virginia. jennyart.com.
KAREN BJORNEBY is the author of Hurricane Season, which received Foreword’s Honorable Mention as best short story collection published by an independent/university press. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Threepenny Review, New Letters, The Sun, North American Review, StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, Confrontation, and online at Poetry Daily, among others. She’s received a Pushcart Special Mention citation, two other Pushcart nominations, a National Magazine Award nomination, and she was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Currently, she’s completing her first novel, Naked, Shining, and Alive. www.karenbjorneby.com
HEATHER BOURBEAU’s poetry has been published in Alimentum, The Citron Review, Duende, Cleaver, The Fabulist, Open City, Tupelo Press, and Work. Her piece “Hopscotch” was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her journalism has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The New York Times. She was a contributing writer to the New York Times bestseller, Not On Our Watch: A Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. She has worked with various United Nations agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia. Her first collection of poetry, Daily Palm Castings, profiles people in overlooked professions.
E.B. BOYD is a contributing writer at Fast Company and San Francisco. She’s reported on everything from Silicon Valley hotshots to Marines in Afghanistan. Most recently, she covered technology for FastCompany.com. Previously, she was a producer in Jerusalem for CNN and a staff writer at The Toledo Blade, where she was a Writer of the Year. She’s reported from the Middle East, China, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Her work has also appeared in Elle, BusinessWeek.com, Utne Reader, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has a degree in international policy from Princeton and is president of the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California. about.me/ebboyd
PO BRONSON is a Grotto founder and the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers NurtureShock, What Should I Do With My Life?, and the Nudist on the Late Shift. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and New York. He and his frequent collaborator, Ashley Merryman, have won nine national awards for their work. Their newest book is Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Po also serves as volunteer president of San Francisco Youth Soccer. www.topdogbook.com
MONICA CAMPBELL is the immigration reporter and editor at Public Radio International’s The World. She also contributes to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Prior to joining PRI, she reported internationally, with stories ranging from Mexico’s migrant shelters, the Pope’s Cuba visit, press freedom in Venezuela. From 2003 to 2009, she lived in Mexico City and covered immigration, politics, and crime for The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, Marie Claire and Newsweek. Monica, a 2009-10 Harvard Nieman Fellow, has also reported from Afghanistan. www.theworld.org
ZOE FITZGERALD CARTER is the author of the memoir, Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go (Simon & Schuster) an account of her mother’s decision to end her own life after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The book was excerpted in O magazine, chosen as a finalist for the National MS Society’s Books for A Better Life Award, and is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Zoe has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and Vogue. She is currently at work on a novel. http://zoefitzgeraldcarter.com
XANDRA CASTLETON is a screenwriter, producer and story consultant whose scripts have served as the basis for award-winning documentary, television and film projects. Her films have screened at the Sundance, Tribeca, AFI and Rotterdam film festivals, among others. Her feature film Full Grown Men was the winner of the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award and was released in over a dozen theaters in 2008 by Emerging Pictures. She won an Emmy Award as the Series Producer of Independent View for her profile of John Waters. Xandra has an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is represented as a screenwriter by the Gersh Agency.
ANGIE CHAU is the author of Quiet As They Come (IG Publishing,2010), which was a Finalist in First Fiction for The California Book Award and a Finalist in Fiction for the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ Award. She is the recipient of the Maurice Prize in Fiction and has been awarded an Anderson Center Residency, Hedgebrook Residency, and a Macondo Foundation Fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in the Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and the 2012 Hey Day Books anthology, New California Writing, and other publications. She has lived in Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Hawaii, and Vietnam and currently calls the Bay Area home. She is at work on a novel. www.angiechau.com
MARIANNA CHERRY’s fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The 2001 Pushcart Prize XXV, Fourteen Hills, Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2005 and elsewhere. Her TV pilot “Kill That Guy” got Second Round at the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition. She has wrapped up a novel, Hard Left, about the aftermath of a Colombian kidnapping, and is at work on another. She received a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She performs with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Bay Area arts group dedicated to the music and dance of Bali.
JANE CIABATTARI is author of the short story collections California Tales and Stealing the Fire. Her short fiction has been widely published and honored with three Pushcart Prize special mentions and an Editors’ Choice award by Hampton Shorts. She serves as Vice President/Online of the National Book Critics Circle (and a former NBCC President), writes the global Between the Lines column for BBC.com, and also contributes to NPR.org, the Daily Beast, the Boston Globe, and NYTBR. She is a founder of the [Flash Fiction Collective] and on the advisory board of The Story Prize. www.janeciabattari.com
CHRIS COLIN is the author most recently of What to Talk About, as well as What Really Happened to the Class of ’93 and Blindsight, named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2011. He’s written about chimp filmmakers, ethnic cleansing, George Bush’s pool boy, blind visual artists, solitary confinement, running in Iceland, drinking in Napa, the Yelpification of the universe and more for the NewYorker.com, the New York Times Magazine, the Atavist, Outside, Wired, Smithsonian, Mother Jones, McSweeney’s and Afar, where he’s a contributing writer. He teaches writing at the Grotto and was an early editor at Salon. www.chriscolin.com.
MOLLY COLIN is a San Francisco-based journalist who has reported and edited for newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Canada, and Russia, including The New York Times, Newsweek, American Lawyer Media, the Christian Science Monitor, the Globe and Mail, and Newsday. Her wide-ranging subject matter has ranged from profiling intrepid moose researchers and dogged sand-grain detectives to bored opera understudies and mass murderers. Currently at work on nonfiction projects, she’s taught journalism at McGill and San Francisco State universities.
CHRISTOPHER D. COOK is an author, essayist, and award-winning investigative journalist. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, and elsewhere. Chris is the author of the widely praised Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. He is also a contributing writer for The Progressive magazine. His honors include a Project Censored Award, finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and an Aronson Award. Chris runs Progressive Message, a communications consultancy, with clients ranging from nonprofits and unions to local and statewide political campaigns. Check out his journalism and writing at www.christopherdcook.com.
MICHAEL J. COREN is a reporter covering science, economics and the environment for The Economist, FastCompany, Foreign Policy and other magazines. He co-founded Publet to produce digital publications that work on any device — and the data you need to understand your audience. Michael served as the science editor of CNN.com, managing editor of Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post and a Jakarta-based correspondent for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. He’s now working on the next story at www.publet.com.
LINDSEY CRITTENDEN is the author of two published books, The View From Below: Stories and The Water Will Hold You, a memoir. Her fiction has won national awards and appeared in Arroyo Literary Review, Glimmer Train, Bellingham Review, Quarterly West, Pisgah Review, and elsewhere. Her articles and personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Spiritual Writing, Bon Appétit, Real Simple, Spirituality & Health, and Image. Lindsey has been awarded fellowships by the Ucross and Ragdale foundations, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, UC Davis, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She was named Honored Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension in 2013. lindseycrittenden.wordpress.com
LAURIE ANN DOYLE is author of World Gone Missing, coming from Regal House Press in 2017. Stories in this book have won the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, as well as nominations for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize. Her stories and essays have been published in The Los Angeles Review, Timber, Jabberwock Review, Under the Sun, and elsewhere. Laurie co-founded Babylon Salon, San Francisco’s long-running literary reading series, and teaches writing at both The Writers’ Grotto and UC Berkeley. www.laurieanndoyle.com
DAVID EWING DUNCAN is an award-winning science journalist and a bestselling author, with eight books published in 19 languages. His latest is When I’m 164: The Science of Radical Life extension and What Happens if We Succeed. He regularly writes for The New York Times, Atlantic, Wired, and others, and is Chief Correspondent for NPR Talk’s “BioTech Nation”. He has been a a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline and a commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition.” David is the Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Life Science Policy. He has won numerous awards, including the AAAS Magazine Journalism Award. www.davidewingduncan.com
ALI ETERAZ is an American writer. His short fiction has appeared in Akashic Books, Digital Americana, Forge Journal, Burrow Press Review, and PANK, among others. His critically acclaimed memoir, Children of Dust (HarperCollins, 2009), was selected as a New Statesman Book of the Year, was long-listed for the Asian-American Writer’s Award, and was featured on PBS with Tavis Smiley, NPR with Terry Gross, and C-SPAN2. Eteraz’s essays on topics ranging from existentialism to immigrant identity and foreign languages have been highlighted by the New Yorker, Andrew Sullivan, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Guardian. Eteraz grew up in the Middle East, the Dominican Republic, and the American South and graduated magna cum laude from Emory University. Find him at eteraz.net
YALITZA FERRERAS was a 2014-2015 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where she won the Delbanco Thesis Prize. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in The Colorado Review, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women.
RODES FISHBURNE‘s first novel, Going to See the Elephant, has been sold to an imprint of Random House. In the past ten years he has written for magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the acclaimed “Big Issue,” an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers. His plays have been performed off-Broadway in New York City, San Francisco, and Palm Springs. www.rodesfishburne.com
THAISA FRANK’s sixth book, Enchantment, includes two semi-autobiographical novellas and thirty-three stories. Heidegger’s Glasses (2010), about the mythical haven of an underground mine during WWII, sold to ten foreign countries. She is also the author of Sleeping in Velvet and A Brief History of Camouflage. Her nonfiction book Finding Your Writer’s Voice has been translated into Portuguese and Spanish and is used in MFA programs.
LAURA FRASER is an author, journalist, and publisher who is a longtime Grotto member. She is a co-founder and editorial director of Shebooks.net, which publishes short e-books by women. She is the NYT-bestselling author of the memoirs An Italian Affair, All Over the Map, Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It, and the Shebook The Risotto Guru. She has written articles and essays for numerous magazines, including the New York Times, Gourmet, O The Oprah Magazine, Sunset, Tricycle Buddhist Review, and almost every national women’s magazine you can think of, except Cosmopolitan. More at laurafraser.com.
ALASTAIR GEE is a British-born journalist and has written for The New York Times, The Economist, The Lancet, Slate, The Sunday Times, U.S. News & World Report, Foreign Policy, The Independent, WWD and other publications. He is the Monocle magazine correspondent in San Francisco, where he is based. After graduating from Cambridge, he lived in Moscow for four years, and was an editor at The Moscow Times. www.alastairgee.com
SUSAN GERHARD is a San Francisco-based writer and editor whose creative nonfiction, journalism, and criticism have appeared in a variety of international and local publications, including Salon, McSweeneys.net, CinemaScope, Mothering Magazine, POZ, the Village Voice, and San Francisco Magazine. Her work has been republished in a variety of anthologies. She was a senior editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian for many years, co-created digital film magazine SF360.org with Indiewire and the San Francisco Film Society, and currently writes and edits film criticism for Fandor. She was a Sundance Arts Writing Fellow 2002–4.
MELANIE GIDEON is the bestselling author of Wife 22, The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After and two young adult novels: Pucker and The Map that Breathed. Her books have been translated into 31 languages. She has written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, More, Shape, the London Times, the Daily Mail and Marie Claire as well as other publications. www.melaniegideon.com
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JEFF GREENWALD is a writer, photographer and performer. He is the author of six books, including Shopping for Buddhas (1990) and The Size of the World (1995), for which he created the first Internet travel blog. His work has appeared in Wired, Salon, Smithsonian,
ANISSE GROSS is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She received both her MA and MFA from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. Her work has appeared in TheNewYorker.com, The Guardian, Quartz, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Lucky Peach, The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and elsewhere.
MERON HADERO was born in Ethiopia and grew up mostly in the U.S. She’s a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan (MFA), Yale Law School (JD), and Princeton (AB, history). She has attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony (supported by an NEA fellowship for her time there), The Corporation of Yaddo, and Ragdale, and has received fellowships from The Elizabeth George Foundation, Artist Trust, and the International Institute at the University of Michigan, among others. She’s currently working on a novel and story collection.
CONSTANCE HALE is a fiend about the craft of writing, covering it at sinandsyntax.com and in three books, including the bestseller Sin and Syntax, a favorite of writers and teachers from Honolulu to Rhode Island to Rwanda. She has been an editor at the Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, Wired, and Health; her journalism has appeared everywhere from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times to The Atlantic and Afar. She directed the narrative journalism program at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, and runs the Latest in Longform conference at Berkeley. She also edits books, turning narratives about serious subjects into serious page-turners.
DOROTHY HEARST is the author of The Wolf Chronicles trilogy (Promise of the Wolves, Secrets of the Wolves, Spirit of the Wolves) published by Simon & Schuster. The series tells the story of how the wolf became the dog from the wolf’s point of view, and is based on the controversial theory of wolf-human co-evolution. It was originally published for adults, but readers as young as nine have gotten their paws on it. Previously, Dorothy was an acquiring editor for Jossey-Bass/Wiley, where she published books for nonprofit, public, and social change leaders. www.dorothyhearst.com
RACHEL HOWARD is a fiction writer and journalist, and author of The Lost Night, a memoir about the emotional aftermath of her father’s unsolved murder. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, and The Village Voice. Her short stories and literary essays have been published in ZYZZYVA, Canteen, the Arroyo Literary Review, and other journals. A dance lover since childhood, she reviews dance for the San Francisco Chronicle and other outlets. She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and is currently at work on a novel. www.rachelhoward.com
VANESSA HUA is an award-winning writer and journalist. She is a Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at SJSU. Her fiction has appeared in the Atlantic, ZYZZVA, Calyx, DailyLit and elsewhere, and her non-fiction in the New York Times, New Yorker online, and Salon, among other publications. At the San Francisco Chronicle, she covered Asian American affairs, and has filed stories from Burma, China, Panama, and South Korea. A graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program, she is working on a novel and a collection of short stories. www.vanessahua.com
SUSAN ITO is the author of The Mouse Room. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books). She is a creative nonfiction editor at Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves and elsewhere. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the US. She teaches in the Creative Nonfiction MFA Program at Bay Path University, and is working on a theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma. Her website is http://susanito.com.
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GERARD JONES’s next book, The Undressing of America: How Our Culture Wars Over Sex and Privacy Were Born, will be coming from FSG. His previous books include Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books 2005), Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Superheroes and Make-Believe Violence (Basic 2002), Honey I’m Home: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream (St. Martin’s 1993) and The Beaver Papers (Crown 1983). He’s also done some screenwriting and written a whole lot of comic books. He often teaches his “Finding Your Story” workshop at the Grotto. http://gerardjones.blogspot.com
YUKARI IWATANI KANE is a journalist with 15 years of experience writing about technology. She is a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the author of Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs (HarperCollins). She is best known for her in-depth analyses, features and scoops, among which include the news about Steve Jobs’s liver transplant. Prior to WSJ, she was a correspondent for Reuters in Chicago and Tokyo. She will be teaching at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in the fall. www.yukarikane.com
DIANA KAPP is a freelance journalist who writes about education, culture, technology, adventure travel and curiosities like charisma coaches, Chinese birds nest soup and what led the UC system’s first female chancellor to jump to her death from San Francisco’s tallest building. This year she traveled to Afghanistan to see schoolgirls ditch their headscarves for the first time as they joined a cricket camp for girls, and went inside San Quentin to talk start-up ideas with inmates in the world’s only prison-based tech incubator. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, ELLE, Marie Claire, MORE, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. She loves running, skiing and Idaho. www.dianakapp.com
STEPHANIE ROSENBAUM KLASSEN is a journalist specializing in food, drink, restaurants, weddings and travel. She is the author of six nonfiction books, including The Art of Vintage Cocktails, The AntiBride Guide, and Honey from Flower to Table. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies, including Beyond Definition; Virgin Territory; Electric; and Tangled Sheets. She has written for the New York Times, San Francisco, Kinfolk, KQED, Time Out NY, Edible East Bay, Edible Brooklyn, Chow, and Forklift, among others. She has taught “Ten Words for Tasty,” a food writing class, as part of Stanford’s Continuing Education program.
JESSICA CAREW KRAFT is an independent print journalist in San Francisco, specializing in cultural trends and sustainability. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Grist Magazine, Yoga Journal, ARTNews and other publications. Originally from the Midwest, Jessica trained as an anthropologist at Swarthmore College and Yale University, and then worked as an art critic, a graphic designer and an adjunct professor. She is currently on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley Extension and spends free time in her art studio. www.WritingKraft.com
LEE DANIEL KRAVETZ is the author of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success (HarperCollins). A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Lee has written for print and television, including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Medium, and The Huffington Post, as well as for Sesame Street, Frontline, and NOVA. His work has appeared in Business Insider, Fast Company, and The Harvard Business Review. www.leekravetz.com
MARY LADD is working on The Wig Report, comedic riffs detailing: pining for one’s doctor (transference), hair loss, chemo, “bathroom issues,” and endless hospital visits from cancer. Her writing has been featured in Playboy, KQED.org, 7×7, SF Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Chile Pepper Magazine. She ate calf brains and testicles on TV with Anthony Bourdain and studied meat platters and food history at the California Culinary Academy and Mass Communications at UC Berkeley. Mary lives in the Mission with her husband Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor of ZYZZYVA and their breakdancing son Cipriano.
RACHEL LEHMANN-HAUPT is an author, editor and content strategist. She is the Creative Director of StoryMade, a boutique storytelling studio that she founded. She works on nonfiction manuscripts, book proposals, multimedia web content, and e-book development. Past projects have included the launch of TED Books and editing the best-selling The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine. Her writing on gender politics and the influence of science and technology has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, New York, Vogue, Slate, Self, Outside, and Wired. She is the author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Commitment, and Motherhood (Basic Books, 2009) and DIY Mom: A Solo Parenting Adventure (Shebooks, 2014) www.lehmannhaupt.com
RACHEL LEVIN is a freelance journalist who has written about pastrami and Point Reyes, upscale pot suppers and high-tech tipping, speed-dating moms and ex-con ultra-marathoners, and more — for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Outside, Afar, Modern Farmer, Pacific Standard, Food & Wine, Slate, Lucky Peach, San Francisco magazine (where she is a contributing writer), and Sunset, where she was a senior travel editor. Her essays have been anthologized in Best Food Writing and Best Women’s Travel Writing, and she is a contributing editor at OZY. byrachellevin.com.
JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult (Holt, 2015) which was born from her years as Dean of Freshmen at Stanford where she was known for her fierce support of students and her equally fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in undergraduate life. Toward the end of her tenure she received Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for defining “the” undergraduate experience at Stanford and she began writing about the phenomenon of overparenting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, and Slate. She is a highly acclaimed public speaker and her 2015 TED Talk is forthcoming. She is the host of a podcast produced by Slate. She has an A.B. from Stanford (American Studies), a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and she is completing an MFA (Writing) at California College of the Arts.
CONSTANCE (Connie) LOIZOS is a magazine writer who has written for a more than a dozen outlets, including Barron’s, Business 2.0, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, I.D., Inc., 7×7, San Francisco Magazine, MBA Jungle, Corporate Board Member, and Technology Review. An editor at Red Herring magazine in the mid- to late-’90s, Connie also remains a fixture on Silicon Valley’s venture capital scene, writing about everything from entrepreneurs and illicit love affairs to the occasional kidnapping for several publications, including the national magazine Venture Capital Journal. She is currently working on her first novel, Funeral Parlors, a romantic comedy.
STEPHANIE LOSEE is the Managing Editor of Dell, directing the company’s editorial content strategy. Most recently she led the launch of Dell’s Paid Posts as the inaugural brand on The New York Times’ native advertising platform. She is a former writer at Fortune and editor of PC Magazine, and the co-author of two nonfiction books. Her essays and articles have appeared in several anthologies as well as in O, The Oprah Magazine; The Los Angeles Times; Forbes; Salon.com; San Francisco Magazine; The New York Post; and The San Francisco Chronicle; among others. Follow her on Twitter at @slosee.
KIMBERLEY LOVATO is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles about travel, lifestyle, and food have appeared in print and online media including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, AFAR, Delta Sky, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Easy Jet Traveller, American Way, Wine Enthusiast, bbc.com, travelandleisure.com, lonelyplanet.com and more. Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, was the 2012 Gold Lowell Thomas Award winner, and her essay, “Lost and Liberated,” won the Bronze Lowell Thomas Award the same year, and appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing . She is a co-founder of Weekday Wanderlust, a monthly travel writer reading series. www.kimberleylovato.com
ROBERT LOVATO is a writer and Research Associate at U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Latino Policy Research. Roberto is also the recipient of a crisis reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center. His journalistic work spans the entire hemisphere and centers on the border-smashing issues of our time: immigration, the drug war, national security and climate change. A frequent contributor to The Nation magazine, his work has also appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, the American Prospect, Mother Jones, and La Opinion.
KATHRYN MA is the author of the novel The Year She Left Us (HarperCollins). Her short story collection, All That Work and Still No Boys, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and was named a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Discoveries Book. Kathryn’s short fiction has been published in The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the David Nathan Meyerson Prize in Fiction. http://www.kathrynma.com
AYESHA MATTU is an essayist and the editor of two groundbreaking anthologies –Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy – featured globally by media from the New York Times to the Jakarta Post. She was selected a ‘Muslim Leader of Tomorrow’ by the UN Alliance of Civilizations and has served on the boards of the Women’s Funding Network and World Pulse. Ayesha is an alumna of the VONA/Voices writers’ workshop. http://loveinshallah.com
LAURA MCCLURE is the editor of IDEO and a national award-winning magazine journalist, editor, and digital innovator. A former Salon.com and Mother Jones staff writer/editor, Laura has covered topics ranging from toy design to the Congo. She has also been an International Reporting Project editor (Liberia), Peace Corps Volunteer (Togo), and speaker at SXSW Interactive, Facebook, and USC Annenberg. She teaches nonfiction writing workshops at Stanford University and the San Francisco Writers Grotto. www.lauramcclure.us
JOSHUA MOHR is the author of four novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things That Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His latest novel is All This Life, published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull.
DAVID MUNRO is an award-winning filmmaker based in San Francisco. His latest project, Stand Up Planet, is a semi-scripted documentary about a new generation of global comedians sparking change through humor. David’s debut feature, Full Grown Men, won the Sundance Channel Audience Award en route to a national theatrical release, and was a critic’s pick in New York Magazine, LA Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His short films have screened from Sundance to Berlin, leading Filmmaker Magazine to name him one of 25 New Indie Faces. David is an original member of the Grotto and a founding member of the alt-country band Joe Buck.
LOUISE NAYER has written two books of poetry: Keeping Watch, with funding from the NEA, and The Houses Are Covered in Sound. She co-authored How To Bury A Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life. Burned: A Memoir was mentioned in O Magazine, was a finalist for the USA Book News Award and won the 2011 Wisconsin Library Association award. She received six California Arts Council grants. Retired from teaching at City College of SF, she continues to teach —private workshops—and through Osher UC Berkeley and at the Grotto. She’s done numerous readings and radio spots, including NPR. www.louisenayer.com
JAMES NESTOR (mrjamesnestor.com) has written for Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, Dwell Magazine, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and more. His science/adventure book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Eamon Dolan Books) was released on June 24, 2014. DEEP was an Amazon Best Science Book of 2014, BBC Book of the Week, BuzzFeed Best Nonfiction Book of 2014, ArtForum Top 10 Book of 2014, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and more. In 2015, DEEP will be translated into German, Chinese, Portuguese, and Italian.
ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH is a writer, performer and stand up comedian. The New Yorker magazine dubbed her one-woman show, “All Atheists Are Muslim” a highlight of the Int’l NYC Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Her performances have sold-out theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Zahra is a contributor to the groundbreaking, NY Times featured anthology, “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women” featuring her piece, “The Birds, The Bees—and My Hole.” ZahraComedy.com
PEGGY NORTHROP is an award-winning magazine editor and a cofounder of Shebooks, a publishing platform devoted to women’s storytelling. Most recently the editor-in-chief of Sunset Publishing, she was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest, overseeing 50 magazines and digital properties in 45 countries. Prior to that she was Editor-in-Chief of More magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Organic Style, and held senior positions at Real Simple, Glamour, and Vogue, among others. Both Sunset and Reader’s Digest won National Magazine Awards for General Excellence under her leadership.
TODD OPPENHEIMER is the founding editor and publisher of Craftsmanship Magazine, an online quarterly about the quest for excellence (www.craftsmanship.net). Todd has written for a range of newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. His awards include a National Magazine Award for reporting in the public interest, and a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). He is the author of The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology (Random House, 2003), which was a finalist for IRE’s investigative book award.
PETER ORNER is the author of Esther Stories and the novels The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Best American Stories, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Bomb, The Southern Review, and other publications. Esther Stories was named a New York Times Notable book, and was named a top five book of the year by National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He has been been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Goldberg Award from the National Foundation of Jewish Culture, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is on the M.F.A. faculty at San Francisco State University.
CHERYL A. OSSOLA is editor in chief of Dance Studio Life magazine, a writer for San Francisco Ballet, and a former associate editor at Dance Magazine and copy editor at Human Kinetics book publishers. Her work has been published in Dance Magazine and Dance Studio Life, at danceusa.org and sfballet.org, and in print at SF Ballet and other ballet companies. She holds a BA in theater from The College of William and Mary and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is working on a novel. cherylaossola.com.
SUSANNE PARI is the author of The Fortune Catcher, a novel of a young woman—American and Iranian, Jewish and Muslim—caught in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. She writes and speaks on issues of immigration, religious fundamentalism, women’s rights, and what she thinks it means to be an American. Her work appears in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She was Program Director for Book Group Expo, is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and judges for The California Center for the Book.
CAROLINE PAUL is the author of Lost Cat, A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (Bloomsbury 2013); the novel East Wind, Rain (HarperCollins 2006), and Fighting Fire (St. Martins 1998, updated edition Skywriter 2011), a memoir of her career as a San Francisco firefighter. Coming in March 2016 is her first book for kids, called The Gutsy Girl, Tales For Your Life of Ridiculous Adventure (Bloomsbury 2016).
BRIDGET QUINN is the author of Broad Strokes: 15 Kick-Ass Women Who Made Art & Made History (In that order), essays on the artwork, lives and legacies of fifteen essential but overlooked artists, forthcoming from Chronicle Books. Bridget is also the author of the memoir, Home Team. Three excerpts have appeared in Narrative, and two received Pushcart Prize nominations. Bridget’s essays can be found in the anthologies Solo: On Her Own Adventure (Seal Press), Two In The Wild (Vintage) and Brain, Child: Greatest Hits. Her Narrative memoir, “At Swim, Two Girls,” was included in Best American Sports Writing 2013.
SOPHIA RADAY is the author of Love in Condition Yellow: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage (Beacon Press, 2009), about her ongoing romance with her political opposite. LICY was selected for the ABA’s Indie Next List and as an Indie Hardcover Favorite. Sophia’s work has also appeared in various outlets including The New York Times, Slate, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a co-founder of the website Literary Mama. Currently, Sophia is at work on a young adult novel. Connect with her on Twitter: @sophiaraday.
For 37 years, CATHRYN JAKOBSON RAMIN has been an investigative journalist and essayist. She wrote the New York Times bestseller, Carved In Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife, published in 2007. In the fall of 2015 she’ll complete her current book project, The Fragile Column: How to Beat the Back Pain Industry at Its Own Game. Based on interviews with hundreds of experts and patients, Ramin exposes the underpinnings of the $100 billion back pain industry. She also writes for NewYorker.com and MORE Magazine. Next up is her novel, about one strong man’s weakness and sudden fall from grace. www.cathrynjakobsonramin.com
JASON ROBERTS is the author of A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler (HarperCollins), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the international Guardian First Book Award and named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus Reviews. He is also the inaugural winner of the Van Zorn Prize for emerging fiction writers (sponsored by Michael Chabon) and a contributor to McSweeney’s, The Believer, the Village Voice and other publications.
Since 2001, PHILLIP ROBERTSON has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for a number of news organizations. He has also reported for Time magazine, BBC World Service Radio, National Public Radio in the United States and the Christian Science Monitor. Phillip has written many feature articles for Salon.com, using first person narrative to communicate the effects of conflict on ordinary people. During the August, 2004, siege of Najaf, he documented the devastating course of the war in the Shi’ite holy city, crossing the lines to the Mahdi Army fighters. The story, “In the Mosque of Imam Ali” was chosen by David Foster Wallace to appear in The Best American Essays 2007. In August 2008, after assignments in Colombia and Burma, he returned to Iraq for the Associated Press covering violence in the northern city of Mosul. In 2013, Phillip traveled to Syria and worked for Human Rights Watch in Aleppo, where he was captured by ISIS.
JILL K. ROBINSON is an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer. Her articles have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Coastal Living, Robb Report, ISLANDS, Saturday Evening Post, San Francisco magazine, American Way, Celebrated Living, Delta Sky, and more. She has received a Solas Award, ALTO Award, and Society of American Travel Writers awards for travel writing, as well as the Bill Muster award for photography. Her essays have been published in Travelers’ Tales books: The Best Travel Writing, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Leave the Lipstick Take the Iguana. dangerjillrobinson.com[http://www.dangerjillrobinson.com/]
ETHEL ROHAN is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the latter named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by The Story Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook, Hard to Say. Her e-book, a short memoir titled His Heartbeat in my Hand, is forthcoming from Shebooks in 2014. Winner of Ireland’s 2013 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, her work has or will appear in The New York Times, World Literature Today, PEN America, Tin House Online, BREVITY Magazine, and The Rumpus, among many others. Raised in Ireland, Ethel Rohan lives in San Francisco. www.ethelrohan.com
LARRY ROSEN is a writer, editor and podcaster who has written extensively about music, sports, politics and real estate during his 20-plus-year career. His work has appeared in San Francisco Magazine, Seattle Magazine, The Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, The Santa Clara Review, SOMA, ESPN.com, WNBA.com, NBA.com, Patch.com, and others. From 2007-2014 he was the real estate columnist for The San Francisco Examiner and he is the co-host of the podcast (Is it) Good for the Jews? He is also the author of the unpublished memoir The Rabbi Has Left the Building and is presently working on his first novel.
GRACE RUBENSTEIN is a journalist and media producer specializing in public health, behavioral health and immigration. Her stories — told variously in words, photos, audio and video — have appeared in TheAtlantic.com, New York Times, Boston Globe, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco’sBay Citizen, and Parenting and Edutopia magazines. She is the multimedia editor for TED Books and a regular contributor at KQED radio and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Grace speaks fluent Spanish, can’t resist a good salsa beat, and has lived in Mexico and reported stories across languages. She is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. www.gracerubenstein.com
JULIA SCHEERES is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Jesus Land and the award-winning A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. Presently she’s at work at a second memoir. To learn more: www.juliascheeres.com
JULIA SCOTT is an award-winning radio producer, journalist and essayist based in San Francisco. Scott produces radio documentaries – most recently, for the BBC World Service – and long-form radio news features for such nationally syndicated programs as Marketplace, The World and Living on Earth. Her freelance work is anthologized in Best American Science Writing and has appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, Maclean’s, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. Scott is a former staff writer for the San Mateo County Times and Bay Area News Group, including the San Jose Mercury News. Follow her on Twitter @juliascribe. www.juliascott.net
SHANTHI SEKARAN lives in Berkeley and teaches in the Writing MFA program at California College of the Arts. She’s also consulting editor for ApostropheCast.com, a literary podcast. Her novel, The Prayer Room was published in 2009. Her short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, The Chattahoochee Review, and Fourteen Hills, with stories forthcoming in Canteen Magazine and The Asian American Literary Review. She’s currently at work on her second novel. www.shanthisekaran.com
JULIA FLYNN SILER is a prize-winning journalist and the author of The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. Her work has appeared in the New York Times,BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal. Her first book, The House of Mondavi, was a New York Times bestseller and was honored as a finalist for both a James Beard Foundation award and a Gerald Loeb award for distinguished business reporting. Her second book, Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012) was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and is now available in paperback. www.juliaflynnsiler.com
JENNIFER SOLOW decided to leave her twenty-year career in advertising on 9/11 in the ashes of the World Trade Center. Her first novel, The Booster, was a National Bestseller. The Aristobrats was an Indie Bestseller. She’s collaborated with Spike Jonze, Spike Lee, photographers Terry Richardson and Richard Avedon. Solow was named one of “New York’s Young Guns” by the NY Art Director’s Club. She’s won a Gold Lion at Cannes and has work in the permanent collection of The Museum of Broadcasting. Solow also writes the farm-to-table blog, The Muddy Kitchen. Her upcoming novel, The Butterfly Project, is a collaboration with her teen daughter. www.jennifersolow.com
LAVINIA SPALDING is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (named one of the best travel books of 2009 by the L.A. Times) and With a Measure of Grace: the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. She’s also the editor of the 2011, 2012 & 2013 editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. A regular contributor to Yoga Journal, she has also contributed to Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Inkwell, Post Road, Gadling, and The Best Travel Writing Volume 9, among others. She is a co-founder of Weekday Wanderlust, San Francisco’s monthly travel reading series. www.laviniaspalding.com
T.J. STILES won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his most recent book, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His previous biography, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and won the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award in Civil War Scholarship. He is a member of the Authors Guild board of directors, and reviews books for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. He is currently working on a biography of George Armstrong Custer, with the support of a Guggenheim fellowship. www.tjstiles.net
BONNIE TSUI is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, winner of the 2009-2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Best of 2009: 50 Notable Bay Area Books selection. She writes for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Outside, O the Oprah Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveller, and is a recipient of the Jane Rainie Opel Award from Harvard University and the Lowell Thomas Award for travel journalism. She wishes fervently for a surf house in Costa Rica. www.bonnietsui.com
ELEANOR VINCENT’s debut memoir, Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story, poignantly describes the death of her 19-year-old daughter Maya in a horse riding accident and the subsequent donation of Maya’s organs to strangers in need. Since its reissue in 2013 by Dream of Things, the book has twice reached The New York Times e-book bestseller list. Eleanor is writing a fictionalized account of an Oakland cohousing community where she was a resident. She also writes essays and articles, and blogs at www.eleanorvincent.com.
FRED VOGELSTEIN is a business and technology journalist and a contributing editor for Wired Magazine, where he was a 2010 finalist for the Gerald R. Loeb Award. He’s been a staff writer for Fortune, US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. His first book, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, was published in 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It’s been released in 13 countries and translated into 11 languages. http://www.fredvogelstein.com
LYZETTE WANZER‘s work has appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, Journal of Advanced Development, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Pleiades, Flashquake, Glossalia Flash Fiction, International Journal on Literature and Theory, and others. She’s a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (WyattMacKenzie). Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts, Playa, Virginia Center forCreative Arts, Horned Dorset Colony, and Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She is the recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Creative Capacity Fund.
MEGHAN WARD is the author of Runway: Confessions of a not-so-supermodel. Her work has appeared in San Francisco Magazine, 7×7, The Rumpus, Mutha, the San Francisco Chronicle, and It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style. Her story “If Pigs Could Fly” will be published in Wake Up and Smell the Shit this fall. Meghan is a freelance writer, book editor and blogger who writes about writing, publishing, and social media at Writerland.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghancward or at meghanward.com/blog
ETHAN WATTERS is an author and journalist who has spent the last two decades writing about mental health, culture, and social psychology. Most recently, he is the author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche. Watters is a contributor to Pacific Standard, The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Men’s Journal, Details, Wired, and This American Life. His writing on the new writing on epigenetics was been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Watters is co-founder of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. http://www.crazylikeus.com/
MAW SHEIN WIN’s writing has appeared in various journals, and she has work forthcoming in the anthology Cross-Strokes (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions). She is a poetry editor for Rivet and was an Artist In Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Win often collaborates with visual artists and musicians, and her chapbook, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. She is also a recipient of the Arkadii Dragomoshchenko Prize for Innovative Poetry. Along with composer and musician, Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind that combines poetry with abstract electronic music. http://www.amandachaudhary.com/potm
EMILY WOLAHAN is a poet and author of the collection HINGE (National Poetry Review Press). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Omniverse, DIAGRAM, Boston Review, New Linear Perspectives and Drunken Boat. Her essays have appeared on NPM Daily, The New Inquiry, and Gulf Coast and she recently completed a Vermont Studio Center residency. She has collaborated with artist Joshua Thomson on his multi-media project Platinum Metres. She is also Editor and co-founder at JERRY Magazine, an online literary magazine, and currently working on writing poetry, essays, fiction and more.
MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Come on All You Ghosts, one of New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011, and Sun Bear, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2014. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in Open City, Bomb, Slate, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Tin House, Harvard Review, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Boston Review, The New Yorker, The Believer, Real Simple, The Los Angeles Times, and Best American Poetry. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, a May Sarton Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is an editor for Wave Books, and teaches at the Saint Mary’s College of CA MFA. matthewzapruder.wordpress.com
MAURY ZEFF’s fiction has appeared in Southern California Review, American Fiction 2012, and Switchback. His story about a North Korean soccer player was shortlisted for The American Fiction Prize and his short musical “Love Spacewalked In” was staged at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in November 2013 as part of the PlayGround Monday Night series. It went on to win the People’s Choice Award. He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a former Grotto Fellow. He is a co-founder of the San Francisco-based reading and performance series Babylon Salon.
ANNE ZIMMERMAN‘s first book, An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, is the product of extensive research at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library. She has compiled and introduced two subsequent collections of Fisher’s work: Love In A Dish and Other Culinary Delights (Penguin UK and Counterpoint Press in 2011), and Wine Is Life: M.F.K. Fisher’s Musings on Wine (Sterling Publishing, 2012). She has written for Culinate, The Kitchn, Tasting Table, Diner’s Journal, Gayot, and is the San Francisco Editor for Blackboard Eats.