- Lauren Abramo
Lauren E. Abramo completed her B.A. in English at New York University and her M.A. in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Upon returning to New York, Abramo joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (DGLM), where she is now Subsidiary Rights Director for the agency and maintains a small client list. She is always on the lookout for smart commercial fiction and well-paced literary fiction with a unique voice, including middle grade, YA, and adult. She also seeks a wide variety of narrative nonfiction including science, interdisciplinary cultural studies, pop culture, psychology, reportage, media, contemporary culture, and history. Born in New York City and raised not far outside it, she now lives in Brooklyn.
- Jay Boyer
Jay Boyer’s awards as a writing teacher include being named Arizona Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council For The Advancement of Education. His most recent books are a novel, Desert Ice (2011), and Flight (2012), a collection of short fiction.
- Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. He is the author of ten books of fiction, including the novel The Signal from Viking. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies. Carlson’s work has been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts,” and his book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, is taught widely. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award; and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. Mr. Carlson, who taught at Arizona State University for twenty years, is Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.
- Paul Cook
Paul Cook has published eight novels in the science fiction field with publishers such as Bantam Books, Roc SF (a division of Penguin USA), Ace Science Fiction, and Berkeley Science Fiction. His stories are published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Amazing Stories, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as The Hawaii Review and anthologies such as Digital Science Fiction #4 (2011). He is a Principal Lecturer at ASU and teaches classes in science fiction, creative writing (both science fiction and fantasy), and pulp fiction. He has also published over 1000 classical music reviews and he now reviews the latest science fiction books at www.galaxysedge.com.Website
- Alan Dean Foster
Alan Dean Foster
Born in New York City in 1946, Alan Dean Foster was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from UCLA (1968, l969), he spent two years as a copywriter for a small Studio City, CA advertising and public relations firm. His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Foster’s in 1968 and much to Foster’s surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth’s bi-annual magazine. The Arkham Collector. Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed, and since then, Foster’s sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major San Francisco magazines as well as in original anthologies and several “Best of the Year” compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.
Foster’s work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, and both Transformers films. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English, Foster’s work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so. He is the recipient of the Faust, the IAMTW Lifetime Achievement award.Website
- Beckian Goldberg
Beckian Fritz Goldberg holds an M.F.A. from Vermont College and is the author of several volumes of poetry including Body Betrayer, Never Be the Horse, Lie Awake Lake, The Book of Accident, and Reliquary Fever: New and Selected Poems, and a collection of prose poems, Egypt From Space. Her work has appeared widely in anthologies and journals including The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 1995, Field, The Gettysburg Review, Harper’s, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, New American Poets of The 90s, and American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary American Poets. She has been awarded the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, The Gettysburg Review Annual Poetry Award, The University of Akron Press Poetry Prize, The Field Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
- Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and much of her writing centers on the urban South. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, a coming-of-age story set against the city’s infamous African American child murders of 1979–81, won the Hurston/Wright Award for debut fiction. Her second novel, The Untelling, about a family struggling to overcome the aftermath of a fatal car accident, received the Lillian C. Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries.
Jones’s widely-praised third novel, Silver Sparrow, has been included in O Magazine‘s Favorite Things for 2011, and was among the best books of 2011 at Library Journal, Atlanta Magazine, slate.com, and salon.com. Jones spent the 2011–12 academic year as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for 2012, and is presently Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University.
- Bill Konigsberg
Bill Konigsberg is an award-winning young adult author. His debut novel, Out of the Pocket (Dutton), won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. The novel was an Indie Next pick for 2008, and made the ALA’s Rainbow List and the New York Public Library’s Stuff of the Teen Age list for 2009. His second novel, Openly Straight, was published by Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) in the summer of 2013. It was an Indie Next pick as well, and it received a rave review from The New York Times and starred reviews from Booklist and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books. The novel has been optioned for television by Fremantle Media.Bill has a weakness for well-written, contemporary young adult fiction, but he has been known to get excited by a well-spun fantasy or dystopian tale. In terms of the kinds of writing he enjoys, Bill is captivated by scenes he’s never read before, characters he’s never met, and places he’s never been. This sort of creativity, when rendered in an authentic manner, really excites Bill as a reader, and it’s also his goal as a writer. A sucker for humor, Bill’s favorite novels have the ability to make him laugh and cry within the same page.
Prior to turning his talents to fiction, Bill was a sports journalist. His sports writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Denver Post, The Arizona Republic and for The Associated Press as well as ESPN.com. He is currently working on his third novel, The Porcupine of Truth, which will be published by Scholastic in 2015. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his partner, Chuck, and their Labradoodle, Mabel.Website
- Deborah J Ledford
Deborah J Ledford
Deborah J Ledford’s latest novel, CRESCENDO, is book three of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series from Second Wind Publishing. Other novels include: SNARE—The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist, and the classical music-themed STACCATO. Also a writer of short stories, she is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Her award-winning stories appear in numerous print publications as well as literary and mystery anthologies. Part Eastern Band Cherokee, Ledford spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina where her novels and quite a few of her literary and short stories are set. She is a professional content editor and President of IOF Productions Ltd., current member of International Thriller Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and current President of the SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter (AZ).
More details can be found at her website: http://deborahjledford.com/.Website
- Tom Leveen
Tom is the author of young adult novels Party and manicpixiedreamgirl with Random House, and Sick, from Abrams/Amulet. His second novel, Zero, is an ALA/YALSA Best Book of 2013. He can be reached at www.tomleveen.com or on Twitter at @tomleveen, and will be instructing at the 2014 Desert Nights, Rising Stars conference at ASU.Website
- Kimberley Griffiths Little
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Kimberley Griffiths Little is a native California girl, but a current resident on a dirt road along the Rio Grande in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband and three sons. She’s the author of The Healing Spell, Circle of Secrets, When the Butterflies Came, and the upcoming The Time of the Fireflies, all with Scholastic. She recently sold a YA trilogy to Harpercollins which will debut Fall 2014. Kimberley has received the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, a Crystal Kite Finalist, and the New Mexico Book Award. Kimberley is a co-founder of SPELLBINDERS, an online newsletter for Educators/Librarians/Parents and helped launch the popular Middle-Grade blog, From the Mixed-Up Files. She makes way too many cookies when she’s revising and the best MG book trailers in the universe – for reals! Check them out on www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com.Website
- D.T. Max
D.T. Max is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker and has worked as a journalist and editor at publications ranging from The New York Observer to Elle. He is the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery, and his long essay on David Foster Wallace, “The Unfinished: David Foster Wallace’s struggle to Surpass Infinite Jest,” was published in the March 9, 2009 issue of The New Yorker to wide acclaim. His 2012 biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, is a New York Times bestseller.
He is a graduate of Harvard University and lives outside of New York City with his wife and two young children.
- Jessica McCann
Jessica McCann’s debut historical novel, All Different Kinds of Free, was awarded the 2009 Freedom in Fiction Prize and was published in 2011. She has worked as a journalist, editor and communications professional for 25 years, and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1998. Her award-winning nonfiction work has been published in dozens of magazines, including Business Week, The Writer, Phoenix and ASU Research. McCann also dabbles with short fiction; her award-winning short story Night Window was published in the River Styx literary journal. She has eclectic reading interests, though she is most passionate about historical fiction and has taught an online workshop on writing historical fiction for ASU’s Piper Writers Studio.
- Ander Monson
Ander Monson is the author of six books, including the forthcoming book in a box, Letter to a Future Lover (nonfiction, Graywolf, 2015), a website, a decoder wheel, two chapbooks, and other paraphernalia. He is an editor for the magazine DIAGRAM and for the New Michigan Press in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.Website
- Allison Moore
Allison Moore is an assistant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She works on a range of titles including picture books by Todd Parr, Marc Brown, Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Sujean Rim, Nancy Tafuri, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, and Bob Staake; leveled readers; novelty books by Sandra Magsamen and Matthew Reinhart; and novels by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Karen Healey. Allison is particularly interested in smart picture books that can be appreciated by all ages; early readers with a strong voice; inventive novelty ideas; middle grade stories with interesting settings; and YA novels that encourage readers to consider new points of view. Before working at Little, Brown, she interned at Bloomsbury and Walker Books for Young Readers, Barefoot Books, the Kneerim & Williams agency, and Simon & Schuster UK; worked as a bookseller and at her hometown library; and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Originally from New Jersey, Allison graduated from Boston University and now lives in Brooklyn.Twitter
- Jim Natal
Jim Natal’s most recent poetry collection, 52 Views: The Haibun Variations, was published by Tebot Bach in April 2013. He is the author of three previous collections: Memory and Rain, Talking Back to the Rocks, and In the Bee Trees, which was a finalist for the 2000 Pen Center USA and Publisher’s Marketing Association Ben Franklin Awards. He is also the author of three chapbooks and two limited-edition handmade chapbooks. A multi-year Pushcart Prize nominee (including 2012), Natal’s poetry has appeared in numerous print and online journals, as well as in many anthologies, among them New Poets of the American West, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease. After a 25-year career as a creative executive with the National Football League, he received his MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2005. Natal teaches creative writing and curates literary events, including The Literary Southwest series at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ. With his wife, book artist Tania Baban, he runs indie publishing house Conflux Press (www.conflux press.com). He lives in Los Angeles.
- T. Jefferson Parker
T. Jefferson Parker
T. Jefferson Parker is the author of 20 crime novels, including Silent Joe and California Girl, both of which won the Edgar Award for best mystery. His last six books are a “Border Sextet,” featuring ATF task-force agent Charlie Hood as he tries to staunch the flow of illegal firearms being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico. Parker enjoys fishing, hiking and cycling. He lives in Southern California with his family.
- Barbara Peters
Barbara Peters holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Northwestern University, and an MSLS from the University of Tennesse. After careers at the Library of Congress and in law, she moved to Arizona and founded The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in 1989—for fun. In 1997 she and her husband Robert L. Rosenwald founded Poisoned Pen Press, an independent publishing company with over 100 authors and hundreds of books.
Peters was nominated for a 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award, received the Mystery Writers of America’s Raven Award (bookselling) and Ellery Queen Award (editing), has earned a dozen nominations as Bookseller of the Year, and was awarded a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award /Million Dollar Club from the Arizona Republic. The Poisoned Pen has been named Best Bookstore in Phoenix and in Scottsdale by the Republic and Phoenix New Times.
- Jem Poster
Jem Poster is the author of a collection of poetry, Brought to Light, and two novels, Courting Shadows and Rifling Paradise. He is currently editing a volume in the six-volume series of Edward Thomas’s prose writings for Oxford University Press. He is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University; Director of Academic Programmes for the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival; Programme Director of Cambridge University’s Summer School in Creative Writing and Programme Advisor for its Master’s programme in creative writing. From January to May, 2014, Poster will be Writer-in-Residence at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
- Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of the historical novels, Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, and the contemporary voodoo-inspired trilogy, Season, Moon, and Hurricane. She has also written a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness, two writing guides including Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction, and the middle grade novels, Ninth Ward and Sugar.
Her work has been published in China, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and has been reproduced in audio and for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Ninth Ward, selected as one of the “Best Books of 2010″ by School Library Journal, has received a Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, and the 2011 Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Award. Sugar, published May 2013, was chosen as a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List Selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.Website
- Michael Schiffer
Happily living and writing in Phoenix after escaping alive from L.A., Michael Schiffer wrote the ground breaking screenplay for Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Sean Penn and Robert Duval. His next film, Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman, won NAACP Image Awards for Best Film and Best Actor and was followed by Crimson Tide (Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington), The Peacemaker (George Clooney and Nicole Kidman), and The Four Feathers, starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, and Kate Hudson.
Schiffer published two books with Simon & Schuster, Lessons of the Road and Ballpark, and is working on a new novel, To End All Wars. His producing credits include Lean on Me and Le Divorce, a Merchant/Ivory film based on the novel by Diane Johnson, a finalist for the National Book Award. A Creative Advisor at the ScripTeast Writers Conference in Poland, Michael has taught for over twenty years and is currently a Trustee Professor teaching actors and writers at Chapman College.
- Aurelie Sheehan
Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels, History Lesson for Girls and The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, as well as the short story collections Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant and, most recently, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, Epoch, Fairy Tale Review, Fence, New England Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award. Sheehan teaches fiction at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
- Dana Stabenow
Dana Stabenow was born in Alaska and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there had to be a warmer, dryer job out there somewhere. Her 30th novel and first historical novel, Silk and Song, the first in a trilogy, came out in February, 2013.
- Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is the bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. In the summer of 2008 he was the first author to have work for sale in Apple’s App Store, and he’s been an advocate for authors taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital revolution. He regularly tours the country attending conventions, giving writing workshops and lecturing on writing careers in the post-paper era. His work combines tight plots and suspense with strong character development.Website
- Beth Staples
Beth Staples is the assistant director of the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she teaches Books & Publishing, Publishing Practicum, and Special Topics in Publishing for UNCW’s Creative Writing Department. She is also the Associate Editor for their literary magazine, Ecotone, and the department’s boutique press, Lookout Books. She joined the UNCW faculty from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University where she managed the literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review and the Center’s other publications from 2007 to 2012. She has taught classes and given lectures on editing, publishing, and fiction writing at various universities and conferences, and received her MFA in fiction writing from ASU.
- Laura Tohe
A librettist and an award winning poet, Laura Tohe’s books include No Parole Today, Making Friends with Water (chapbook), Sister Nations (edited), Tséyi, Deep in the Rock, and Code Talker Stories (oral history). Her commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio made its world premiere in 2008 and was performed by The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Plans are to expand Enemy Slayer into an opera. She is Professor with Distinction in Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University.
- Xu Xi
Xu Xi許素細 is the author of nine books of fiction and essays. Her most recent titles are Access: Thirteen Tales (2011), the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), which was a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, and an essay collection, Evanescent Isles (2008). She is also editor or co-editor of three anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English; a fourth anthology of new Hong Kong short stories, The Queen of Statue Square & Other Stories, co-edited with Marshall Moore, is forthcoming from CCC Press, Nottingham, UK.
Recent and forthcoming fiction, essays and critical work appear or will appear in the journals Ploughshares, Four Quarters Magazine (India), The Letters Project (Univ. of Nottingham, UK), Silk Road, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, Fleur des Lettres (Chinese translation, Hong Kong), Toad Suck Review, Writing & Pedagogy (UK), as well as in several anthologies, including All About Skin (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), APA Arts Anthology (AAWW, New York), The Bedford Introduction to Literature (St. Martin’s, New York), Still (Negative Press, UK), and Understanding the Essay (Broadview Press, Canada).
A Chinese Indonesian native of Hong Kong, Xu Xi long inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand, until her mother’s Alzheimer’s ended those peregrinations; her mother is 93 in the moderate to severe stage. From 2002-12 she was on faculty for the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was elected and served as faculty chair from 2009-12. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English, where she established and directs Asia’s first international low-residency MFA in creative writing that also focuses on writing of, from, and out of Asia.Website
- G. Pascal Zachary
G. Pascal Zachary
G. Pascal (“Gregg”) Zachary is a professor of practice at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His five books include a memoir, Married to Africa: a love story (2009), and a biography, Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century (1997), which won the IEEE Literary Award and was described as “deeply informed” by the New York Times. Zachary has written and directed several television documentaries, including “Code Rush,” about innovation in Silicon Valley, for PBS. At ASU, Zachary has taught fiction writing about the future as well as non-fiction writing about science, technology and society. Zachary spent 13 years as a senior writer at The Wall Street Journal, and wrote the Ping column on innovation for The New York Times from 2007-2008. In a review of his work in 2000, The Atlantic Monthly called Zachary “a serious public intellectual who can combine familiarity with scholarly literature [...] with first-hand reporting.”
- Lisa Zeidner
Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels, including Layover and, most recently, Love Bomb (Farrar Straus and Giroux). She has also published two books of poems, one of which, Pocket Sundial, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Zeidner has written screenplays for Universal Studios and Focus Features. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, GQ, and other publications. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden.