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- Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer’s novels include The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife, which was made into a film that garnered Glenn Close an Academy Award nomination. Wolitzer, who has also written books for young readers, was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories. She has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Skidmore College, and the 92nd Street Y, and along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche, Wolitzer was a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier at Princeton University.
- Susan Scarf Merrell
Susan Scarf Merrell
Susan Scarf Merrell is most recently the author of Shirley: A Novel, soon to be a major motion picture starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg. Program director of BookEnds, Merrell also co-directs the Southampton Writers Conference and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. A former fiction editor of TSR: The Southampton Review, Merrell’s writing appears most recently in Newsday, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online and The Washington Post.
- Amy Hempel
Amy Hempel is the author of five story collections, including Sing to It, Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage. The New York Times named The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of 2006. A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Guggenheim Fellow; and the recipient of the Hobson Award, a USA Fellowship grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction.
- Paul Harding
Paul Harding is the author of two novels, Enon and Tinkers - which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His third novel, This Other Eden is forthcoming from Random House. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA, and has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, The Michener Center for Writers and Harvard University.
- Karen Bender
Karen Bender is the author of two story collections: Refund, a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, a shortlist selection for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, a longlist selection for the Story Prize, and a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and The New Order, a longlist selection for the Story prize. She is also the author of two novels: Like Normal People, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and A Town of Empty Rooms.
- Christina Baker Kline
Christina Baker Kline
A #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her latest novel, A Piece of the World, explores the real-life relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his masterpiece Christina’s World . An instant New York Times bestseller, A Piece of the World was awarded the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction and the Maine Literary Award, among other prizes. Kline has written five other novels — Orphan Train Girl, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines. Her new novel, about Australia’s complicated convict history, will be published in 2020.
Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, NYU, and the University of Virginia, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Kline now lives in New York City with her husband, David Kline. They are the parents of three sons, Hayden, Will, and Eli. Kline spends as much time as possible in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
- Matthew Klam
Matthew Klam was named one of the twenty best fiction writers in America under 40 by The New Yorker. He’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Bingham/PEN Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts. His first book, Sam The Cat and Other Stories, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year in the category of first fiction, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, and by the Borders for their New Voices series. His second book, Who Is Rich?, was selected as Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, GQ Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Hollins College, and has taught creative writing in many places including Johns Hopkins University, St. Albans School, American University, and Stockholm University in Sweden.
- Fiona Maazel
Fiona Maazel is author of the novels A Little More Human, Woke Up Lonely, and Last Last Chance.
Maazel is winner of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bard Prize for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in Conjunctions, Harper’s, Ploughshares, Tin House, Best American Short Stories 2017, and elsewhere.
She has taught in the creative writing programs at Brooklyn College, NYU, Adelphi, Princeton, Syracuse, Columbia, and the University of Leipzig, Germany, and is currently the Director of Communications for a legal nonprofit, Measures for Justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
- Scott Cheshire
Scott Cheshire is the author of the novel High as the Horses' Bridles , a Best Book of 2014 pick at The Washington Post , The Wall Street Journal , New York Magazine , Salon, and Electric Literature . His work has been published in AGNI , Catapult, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s , One Story , and the Picador Book of Men . He is a managing editor at The Scofield and lives in New York City.