LIBBA BRAY is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine; Beauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.
BILLY COLLINS is the author of 10 collections of poetry, most recently a new and selected collection titled Aimless Love (Random House 2013). Others titles include Horoscopes for the Dead, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, Ballistics and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of three anthologies: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Bird Poems. His poems have been published in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar, and he appears regularly in The Best American Poetry. A Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Public Library "Literary Lion," he is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. He served as New York State Poet (2004-5) and United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003). This fall will see the publication of a second new and selected collection titled Aimless Love.
JULIA GLASS is the author of Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award in Everywhere, winner of the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award; as well as The Whole World Over and The Widower's Tale. Her fourth novel, And the Dark Sacred Night, was published in April. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Labor Day: True Birth Stories for the 21st Century, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon, and Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning. Julia has taught fiction workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center, Brooklyn College's M.F.A. program, the Humber School for Writers, and various conferences. She lives with her two sons and their father in Massachusetts.
Annette Handley Chandler teaches Screenwriting through the MFA Writing & Literature program at Stony Brook University and Fundamentals of Dramatic and Visual Writing at NYU Tisch. She has produced films for Paramount Pictures, Disney, PBS, ABC and CBS. In 2001, she won an Emmy as Executive Producer of Ansel Adams: A Documentary, directed by Ric Burns. A former literary agent, Handley Chandler was also a programming executive for ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles, overseeing the production of over twenty films in four years. A member of WGAWest, she has taught screenwriting at UCLA and Pepperdine University and recently at NYU Tisch. She is currently developing a documentary on the Shinnecock Nation with director Treva Wurmfeld (Shephard and Dark) and in development and pre-production of three feature films.
TERRANCE HAYES is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. How To Be Drawn, his new collection of poems, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015. More info can be found at: terrancehayes.com
MATTHEW KLAM was named one of the 20 best young fiction writers in America by The New Yorker in 1999. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim, a PEN/Robert Bingham Award, an NEA grant, a Whiting Writers' Award, and an O. Henry Award. His first book, Sam the Cat and Other Stories (Vintage), was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and Esquire, was chosen by Borders Books for their New Voices Series, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Harper’s, Nerve, and The New York Times Magazine, where he is a contributing writer. He has taught creative writing at the University of Michigan, American University, and Stockholm University in Sweden.
PETER LERANGIS has written more than 160 books, which have sold more than 5 million copies and been translated into 33 languages, including six New York Times–bestselling titles: The Colossus Rises and Lost in Babylon in The Seven Wonders series; The Sword Thief, The Viper’s Nest, and Vespers Rising (the latter co-authored with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson) in The 39 Clues series, and The Dead of Night in the Cahills Vs. Vespers series. Other titles includeSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written with Harry Mazer (American Library Association’s 2013 Schneider Award “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for adolescent audiences,” Best Fiction for Young Adults list, Junior Library Guild); Smiler’s Bones (N.Y. Public Library Best Book for Teens, Bank Street Best Book, Junior Library Guild); wtf; and theDrama Club, Spy X, Watchers, Antarctica, and Abracadabra series. With R. L. Stine and Marc Brown, he traveled as guest of the White House to represent the U.S. in the first Russian Book Festival. Peter has spoken in thirty-two states, Canada, Russia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore and has conducted workshops for the National Book Foundation, PEN, SCBWI, and the Highlights Foundation. He graduated Harvard with a degree in biochemistry, acted on Broadway, ran a marathon, and went rock-climbing during an earthquake (but not on the same day). He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their sons, Nick and Joe. And he loves chocolate.
PATRICIA MARX is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a former writer for day Night Live. She is the author of twelve books, including the novels Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again The End of Him, both of which were finalists for the Thurber Prize for Humor, and several collaborations with the cartoonist Roz Chast. Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. She has taught screenwriting at Princeton University and can take a baked potato out of the oven with her bare hand.
ROGER ROSENBLATT's essays for Time magazine have won two George Polk awards, among others. His television essays for the NewsHour on PBS have won the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 15 books, published in 13 languages. They include the New York Times bestsellers Kayak Morning, Unless It Moves the Human Heart, and Making Toast, a memoir of his family, which initially appeared as an essay in The New Yorker. Other books are the novels Beet and Lapham Rising, another bestseller, as were Rules for Aging and Children of War, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy book prize. His one-man show, Free Speech in America, was cited by the Times as one of the 10 best plays of 1991. In 2008, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook.
FREDERIC TUTEN grew up in the Bronx and later lived in South America and Paris, writing about Brazilian Cinema Novo and teaching at University of Paris 8. Among his novels are The Green Hour, Tintin in the New World, and The Adventures of Mao on the Long March. He has written extensively about art, literature and film; acted in an Alain Resnais movie; taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco; cowrote the cult classic Possession; and, along the way, earned a PhD in literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His newest book is Self Portraits: Fictions.
MEG WOLITZER is a novelist whose works include The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Wolitzer has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, Columbia University, Skidmore College, the University of Houston, Boston University and Barnard College. In the fall she will be a visiting artist at Princeton University's Atelier program.
DAN YACCARINO is an internationally acclaimed artist, writer, and producer who has created many children’s books and commercial illustrations as well as his own animated television series. He has exhibited his work in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna. Dan has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most notably, Doug Unplugged, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, and Every Friday. Dan’s work in children’s books has garnered a host of prestigious awards and many of Dan’s books have been translated into foreign editions including Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, and French. Dan’s animated television series, Oswald, premiered on the Nickelodeon network to high praise and ratings as well as a Parent’s Choice Award Recommendation. His animated series, Willa’s Wild Life, won an Emmy. Dan is also the designer behind Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, The Backyardigans. Dan had the honor of being invited to the White House to read his books and participate in the annual Easter festivities. Dan lives in New York City with his wife and two children and vintage toy collection.
*Participating authors subject to change. Schedule of events will be forthcoming.