WILLIAM WESTBROOK BURFORD
Director of Semester by the Sea, Playwright, Producer, Designer
Bill Burford has directed, produced, written or designed over 100 stage productions. He served as Dean of Performing Arts at the Ross School, Interim Dean of Students for Stony Brook Southampton and General Manager for Bay Street Theatre. He has helped start or renew theatre companies and arts education programs around the country for 40 years, and has recently contributed as both photographer and playwright to The Southampton Review. Photo: Suzanne Savoy
Director, Creative Writing Minor, Poet
Julie Sheehan's three poetry collections are Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise (W.W. Norton), Orient Point (also from Norton) and Thaw (Fordham). Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Photo: Star Black
Poet, Collage Artist
Star Black's sixth book of poems, Velleity's Shade, was released by Saturnalia Books late last year. She is the author of three books of sonnets – Waterworn, Balefire and Ghostwood, a collection of double sestinas – Double Time – and a book of collaged free verse, October for Idas. Her poems have been anthologized in The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11, and The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1880 to The Present. Her collages have been exhibited at Poets House and The Center for Book Arts, and published in One of a Kind: UniqueArtists Books by Pierre Menard Gallery. She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor.
Andrew Botsford is the former associate editor of The Southampton Press and The East Hampton Press weekly newspapers. An actor for 25 years with the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue, he has appeared in more than 30 productions. He also offers film commentary in the Finest in World Cinema summer series at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.
Film Critic, Biographer, Essayist
Neal Gabler is the author of four books: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, and Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Vanity Fair, Esquire, Playboy, Newsweek, and Vogue, and he has been the recipient of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's nonfiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year, a National Book Critics Circle nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Public Policy Scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Patrick Henry Fellowship at Washington College's C.V. Starr Center. He has also served as the chief nonfiction judge of the National Book Awards.
ROBERT EMMETT GINNA
Robert Emmett Ginna taught writing and film courses at Harvard 1987-2003. A former editor in chief of Little, Brown, assistant managing editor of LIFE, and an editor of three other national magazines, he has also been a writer/producer of theatrical feature films and network TV programs. His byline has appeared in more than a score of journals, and he is the author of The Irish Way: A walk through Ireland's past and present.
EMMA WALTON HAMILTON
Children's Book Author, Editor
Emma Walton Hamilton is a best-selling children's author, editor, arts educator and arts and literacy advocate. She has co-authored over 20 children's books with her mother, Julie Andrews, six of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including the #1 bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage. Emma's own book for parents and caregivers, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category and won a Parent's Choice Gold Medal, silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards, and Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine's Best Book of the Year. Emma is a faculty member and directs both the Southampton Children's Literature Conference and YAWP (the Young American Writers Project). Her blog, Emmasaries: Raising the Next Generation of Readers and Writers, can be found at http://www.emmawaltonhamilton.com/blog
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist
Susan Scarf Merrell is the author of the novel A Member of the Family and the nonfiction book The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships. Her short stories and essays have been published in the literary reviews Tin House, The Southampton Review, and The New Haven Review. She has also written on the subject of adoption for The Daily Beast, and on author Shirley Jackson's Vermont homes for Writershouses.com. Merrell's articles have appeared in Edible East End, Self, New Woman, Parents, Parenting, Child, Psychology Today and elsewhere. A graduate of Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences, Merrell holds an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars.
LOU ANN WALKER
Publisher, Editor and Memoirist
Lou Ann Walker's book, A Loss for Words, a memoir, won a Christopher Award. Her other books include Hand, Heart & Mind. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Life, Allure, Parade, The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times Book Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Writer, and The Hopewell Review. Formerly an editor at Esquire and New York Magazine, Walker has lectured on writing at Smith College and Yale University, and taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Southampton College, and Columbia University. The author of several screenplays, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America.